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Series: Copper Ridge: Novellas #2
Published by HQN on November 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Snow is falling in Copper Ridge, Oregon—but the heat between a holiday-loving party planner and the town’s resident Scrooge is off the charts in this sweet and sizzling Christmas novella…
Holly Fulton is throwing a special Christmas Eve party for the foster parents who gave her so much. To finish the preparations in time, she needs to recruit her one-time foster brother, Ryan Masters. He may have a scowl that could curdle eggnog, but under that surly demeanor is a big heart. And amazing muscles. And a gorgeous chest. In fact, X-rated visions of Ryan have been dancing in Holly’s head for years, but she can’t risk complicating the only real family she’s ever known.
But maybe there’s a way for Holly to have her Christmas cake and eat it too. A no-strings affair, just until they’re done with the planning. Ryan is certainly willing. But from the first touch, it’s clear that this isn’t just a festive fling. It might just be a Christmas miracle in the making…
I’m totally ecstatic that Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge series extends beyond the Garrett family—although I did expect that it would. As much as I love Eli, Connor, and Kate, there were just so many more characters I wanted to learn about, and it’s a yuletide present all on its own knowing I’m going to get to read their love stories sometime in the future, sometime soon, I hope. For now, there’s a short and sweet story perfect for the end of the year, entitled A Copper Ridge Christmas.
This holiday-themed novella features party planner Holly fulton and fisherman Ryan Masters, foster children who were taken in and taught the true meaning of home, family, and Christmas by Dan and Margie Travers (who, you may recall, own the garden store Kate Garrett works for). Now all grown up and hoping to repay her foster parents for years of love and care, Holly takes advantage of their cruise vacation and ropes Ryan into helping her plan the perfect surprise Christmas party for the couple.
What follows is typical of Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge stories so far, and part of the reason I really have enjoyed every story in this series: the two main characters battle their mutual attraction to each other, but once they give into it, they are forced to confront their inner demons before they find their happily ever after. Holly and Ryan help each other accept themselves for who they are and work through the issues stemming from their troubled childhoods that left them feeling that they were broken. The result? A sweet yet powerful love story amid a setting of holiday cheer—and, of course, the steamy coming together I’ve started associating this series with.
Plus, if you’ve read the other books in the series, you’re in for a treat, as the author pulls in the two Garrett brothers as well as coffeehouse owner and baker Cassie Caldwell and her hubby, Jake, for cameos. Also fun is the sneak peek at One Night Charmer, the next Copper Ridge novel featuring bartender Ace Thompson and barrel rider and rich-girl-turned-waitress Sierra West, who just happens to be related to Bad News Cowboy‘s Jack.
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