Sunday, December 4, 2016

ARC Review: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm

Title: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas

Author: Nicole Helm

Synopsis:

BIG SKY CHRISTMAS

Thack Lane has his hands full. For the past seven years, he’s been struggling to move on from his wife’s tragic death and raise a daughter all by his lonesome. He doesn’t have time for himself, much less a cheerful new neighbor with a smile that can light up the ranch.

Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.

With Christmas right around the corner, Summer Shaw is searching for somewhere to belong. When her neighbor’s young daughter takes a shine to her, she is thrilled. But Thack is something else altogether. He’s got walls around his heart that no amount of holiday wishes can scale. Yet as joy comes creeping back to the lonely homestead, Summer and Thack may just find their happily ever after before the last of the Christmas miracles are through…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I love, love, loved this book! I have really enjoyed all the books in this adorable series, but True-Blue Cowboy Christmas is without a doubt my favorite. Thack and Summer were EVERYTHING! And I mean EVERYTHING!

Summer is by far my favorite of the Shaw siblings. When we first met her in the first book in this series I found her character a little too whimsical, but in this book I realized that was not the case. She was strong and good and so loving and that was all despite the horrible home life she had growing up. She suffered a lot, but she never stopped fighting for herself and doing what was necessary to protect the people she loved and I lover for because of that. And then we have Thack Lane. His name is really silly and it took me a while to actually like it, but unlike his name I loved him as a character from the moment he was introduced into the story. the whole brooding, overprotective father and widower thing really struck a chord with me and I just couldn't get enough of his character.

The romance in this novel was absolutely marvelous. I loved the way that their relationship started with Summer and Thack meeting because his daughter had a habit of escaping when she was bored and came across Summer's caravan thinking it was fairy palace. It was a really adorable way to start things off. Then the fact that Summer and Thack initially distrusted each other made everything that happens between them throughout the book so worthwhile. Their love story was so heartwarming and captivating. It was an absolutely flawless romance that was full of so much emotion and healing for these characters.

On top of the romance, I also really loved the focus on family relationships in this book, especially all the craziness going on in the Shaw household as they finally 100% came to terms with the reality that Summer was their family. And the climactic moment in which they all came together to help Summer in the end was really wonderful and satisfying.

Going back to the romance, the way that the author concluded not only Summer and Thack's romance, but Mel and Dan's and Caleb and Delia's in this book was so perfect. Nicole Helm really knows how to write a satisfying happy ending and the end of this book was the best of example of her skills. I loved this book so much and while 2016 isn't done yet, I think I can say with absolute certainty that this book was my #1 favorite romance of the year!

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