The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them.
James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse.
Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.
SERIES: Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2017
“We can’t always control the things that happen to us, but we can control…how we react.”
Oh my goodness, y’all. Keep those fans handy for this read! Even though the book’s setting may be cold and wintry, the romance generates plenty of heat all its own. I’m still not sure I’ve recovered from always-in-control James being felled by one woman with a fierce heart and her endearing little boy.
Javi is completely adorable – the boundless faith of a child slightly tempered by the harsh realities he’s already endured. And yet, that sweet little heart keeps loving unconditionally and wholly. Sofia and James have an instant chemistry hot enough to melt even the coldest of blizzards, but of course many obstacles stand in their way – not the least of which are their own fears.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this trio of characters and watching them navigate the plot together. Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed? The Cade family!! We got a small taste of their loyalty and close-knittedness (which I think is a word I just made up) in the prequel A Cowboy to Keep but this further exploration is just delightful! I can’t wait for you to meet them – and I can’t wait to watch the rest of their stories unfold.
This isn’t just a romance though. It’s a story about family – the one you’re born into and the one you collect as you go through life. It gives us permission to own our pasts, even the moments we’d rather forget but it’s also a reminder that we aren’t defined by them. Change takes courage and so does trust – and we see both represented in James and Sofia.
Bottom Line: Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock is a great read when the weather outside is cold and snowy – or even just when you wish it were! (We never get enough wintry-Christmas here in Kentucky for my taste.) Kisses to make you melt, a sweet message of family and faith and restoration, and vivid characters who settle right into your heart… when you want a clean read that isn’t short on romance, it doesn’t get much better than this!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Fabulous!
KissingBook Level: 5 / Read this from the safety of your freezer!
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