Title: Cowboy Christmas Redemption
Series: Gold Valley
Author: Maisey Yates
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Personal Collection/TLC Tours
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.75 Stars!
As snowflakes fall in Gold Valley, Oregon, will this rugged cowboy finally win the woman of his dreams?
Cowboy Caleb Dalton has loved single mom Ellie Bell, and her little daughter, Amelia, for years. But since Ellie is his best friend’s widow, Caleb’s head knows Ellie will always be strictly off-limits. If only his heart got the memo. So when Caleb discovers that Ellie has a Christmas wish list—and hopes for a kiss under the mistletoe—he’s throwing his cowboy hat into the ring. If anyone’s going to be kissing Ellie and sharing this magical time with her and her daughter, it’s him.
Ellie has dreaded the holidays since losing her husband. But this year, she’s finally ready to make some changes. She never expects the biggest change to be the heart-stopping kiss she shares with Caleb. For almost five years, Caleb has been her best friend, her rock, her salvation. This Christmas, can Caleb prove he’s also the missing puzzle piece of Ellie’s and Amelia’s hearts?
I LOVE DECEMBER!! It’s probably my favorite time of the year. There’s just something about putting up the Christmas trees, sitting under the twinkle lights, and drinking hot chocolate as the snow falls outside my window that makes me feel so incredibly joyful. I’ve always been a huge Hallmark Christmas movie fan, and for me, Christmas romance are like Hallmark movies in book form and I LOVE them. I have a huge stack of Christmas romance stories from Harlequin ready to go this month, and Cowboy Christmas Redemption was the first one I chose to read.
This was my first Maisey Yates book, and I’m not going to lie, I was excepting something light and fluffy and this book was much more serious and angsty then I originally thought, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Cowboy Christmas Redemption is the story of Ellie and Caleb. Ellie was married to Caleb’s best friend, Clint, however, Clint was killed in a firefighting accident several years ago, leaving Ellie alone and pregnant with their first child. At the time of Clint’s death, Caleb stepped up to the plate and became the rock that Ellie needed in her life, all while harboring intense feelings for his best friend’s wife.
The story centers around the feelings surrounding Ellie and Caleb. Both characters are battling feelings of guilt when it comes to Clint, and Ellie is struggling with loving someone as intensly as she loves Caleb. Caleb, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like he deserves Ellie’s love, and that Clint will always be the better man. These feelings leave both parties with a lot of internal conflict that they most resolve before they can come together as a couple.
While I really loved this book, I won’t lie. I did struggle a bit with the constant back and forth between the two characters. Neither one could get their stuff together long enough to really show their true feelings for each other, and I thought it created some unnecessary angst between the two characters. However, once they did get everything together, I loved the scene between the two of them and how much their love for each other shined through. It really made the book for me.
Maisey Yates’ writing was really well done in Cowboy Christmas Redemption and I’m curious now and can’t wait to go back and read the other books in the Gold Valley series.
Rating: 3.75 Stars!
She tried to figure out exactly what the feeling was as she watched his truck disappear down her driveway. Then she turned and walked to her porch, sitting down on the bottom step.
“What is wrong with me?”
And suddenly, it hit her.
He was moving on, and she hadn’t.
It was different, because of course, he had been Clint’s best friend. She’d been Clint’s wife. So Caleb moving on from the whole situation was easier. More expected.
But she wished… Well, she wished for a whole lot of things.
Things that were coming up more and more often. Her best female friend at the moment was Vanessa Logan. Vanessa was pregnant, getting ready to have a baby with her husband, Jacob, a man who loved her so much that just looking at the two of them together made Ellie’s whole body hurt.
She didn’t want that. She didn’t want to fall in love. She didn’t want a relationship. But she wanted…
It would be nice to be kissed under the mistletoe, maybe. To have something to wear a dress to. To go dancing in that dress.
And suddenly, those thoughts she had in the chicken coop, about those moments that felt out of her life, that felt like an escape, crystallized.
That was what she wanted. Just some moments. To feel like something other than a tired single mother, or a sad, grieving widow.
A moment to feel like a woman.
Maybe she needed to make some changes, too.
Maybe, instead of dreading Christmas, she needed to get started on her wish list.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.