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THE RANCHER’S CHRISTMAS SONG

(Cowboys of Cold Creek #16)

By

RaeAnne Thayne

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Publication:  November 1st 2017 (Harlequin Special Edition)

Read:  December 6th 2017

Genres:  Romance; Christmas Romance

POV:  Third-person dual perspectives

Series:  The Cowboys of Cold Creek

 

Synopsis:

Keep a song in your heart this holiday season… 

Music teacher Ella Baker’s plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley’s wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She’s hoping that’ll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that’s lingered since her one and only date with Beck. 

It isn’t disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…

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My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars to The Rancher’s Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne.

I loved this book so much! Each and every book I have read by this author has left me with a lighthearted feeling. Her books are so sweet and the characters are very well developed. In this book, as with most of this series, there are a whole cast of lovable, quirky, and caring secondary characters. A big shout out to Colter and Trever McKinley, the most adorable seven-year-old twins! In addition, there is just enough, but not too much, angst to give the story some complexity.

Beck and Ella…….

Ella moved to Idaho to care for her ailing father. Unfortunately, Ella’s parents were separated and then later divorced during her childhood. Her mom lived in Boston and that was where Ella primarily grew up. But part of her heart was in Idaho with her father. Ella loved visiting her dad for long summers. She especially loved riding horses on his ranch. But unfortunately, something happens that causes a huge divide between her and her father. Now years later, Ella is determined to show her dad she is a strong, capable woman. Not the delicate, fragile, eastern city girl he thinks she is.

Beck runs and lives on the neighboring ranch. He has a bond with Ella’s father that stirs a bit of jealously in Ella. And maybe even a bit of resentment too.

Ella and Beck are attracted to each other from the start but neither knows the other is attracted. In fact, they are both under the impression that neither like each other.

When Ella begins to spend time with Beck’s twin boys, there is a whole lot of enlightenment going on. Not to mention a whole lot of adorable! Beck and Ella were slow to get together but I will say there was great tension between them and I was more than ok with their pace. I could feel their chemistry crackling on the pages as I read. I knew it was only a matter of time before Beck stopped being stubborn. I don’t want to give any details away of this lovely Christmas story. I can say that as always, I look forward to the next book in this series. And there are a lot, this book being 16 of The Cowboys of Cold Creek series.

While this is a fairly clean story, there were a few poignant steamy moments. Beck and Ella made the perfect couple.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet and satisfying Christmas romance, I recommend this author. She has several wonderful Christmas novels available.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking time to read it.

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I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com