Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.
For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?
|This story opens with Gary Everett and his brothers burying their father on the ranch they own. The question is for how much longer. Gary has been keeping real estate developers at bay for all they want to do is make offers hoping that he will agree to sell. His younger brother thinks they should. On his way back to his home, he notices his neighbor Abby Douglas. When in his mind he decides that she is pleasant on the eyes and reliable, also someone who would be good for and with his daughter, he decides to ask her to marry him. This is where everything is a little strange. She has always liked him and thinks he is very attractive, but when he comes to her he is really offering what seems like a business proposal. She does accept and outwardly agrees to his rules or ideas. Though she does think some of them are ridiculous. She also finds that his daughter and she have a lot in common and get along very well. When it comes to Christmas though he forbids any decorations being put up in the house. Again they have a small argument over this but he prevails, until she starts baking Christmas cookies, and listening to Christmas music. Again this leads up to him just being mean at times I felt towards her because he had no one to get his feelings out, from the way his father was, to his wife running off and having affairs. Now when it gets to a point where his two brothers star noticing the way he is speaking to her. One night he is just downright mean to her and the things he says to her. That is the biggest problem I had with his character was how he could be so mean and nasty to her at times, words hurt more than a punch sometimes and his character was showing no character, for me. I did understand her hang-ups but most of hers were what a lot have, and for him to just be the way he was towards her especially if he said he liked, loved her, and cared for her just did not make sense to me in my head. Of course, this being a Christmas story the ending works out, and you should read this story the ending is very good and there are many parts of the book that are very good. I did like Abby’s grandmother. Overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com