A Last Chance Christmas
Sons of Chance
Vicki Lewis Thompson
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A Christmas kiss from a cowboy…
Ben Radcliffe reckons it'll be a cold day in hell before he considers a serious relationship or family of his own—with good reason. When he delivers a "secret" present to the Last Chance Ranch, however, Ben catches a glimpse of what family could be. And suddenly this lone cowboy finds himself under the mistletoe…planting one heck of a kiss on a stunning woman!
Genealogist and academic Molly Gallagher is all about family. And even if Ben's secrets make him as skittish as a wild mustang, there's nothing Molly loves more than an enigma. Especially a ridiculously sexy one! But the magic of Christmas—and the Last Chance Ranch—might not be enough to wrangle a cowboy who can't trust himself…
I truly think this is a story best read in order with the series
The latest release in this author’s Sons of Chance series, it works reasonably well as a standalone title, but there is certainly more familiarity with the plethora of characters introduced if you have read earlier titles in the series.
A western-themed romance, Ben is a custom saddlemaker, set to deliver a saddle to the Last Chance Ranch. The saddle is to be a secret, so he uses the ploy of looking for a horse as a cover – and runs straight into Molly.
Molly is a genealogist and a cousin, at the ranch to do a project for the family, with no intentions of staying through Christmas. She’s very family oriented, but isn’t particularly interested in ‘forever’ kind of relationships at the moment. Fortunately for Ben, as he is even less inclined to share or bare his past secrets.
But Molly never can resist a challenge – and Ben is the perfect one. As the magic of the ranch and the season start to work on them, their connection deepens and there just might be another reason to celebrate.
As mentioned, this is an installment of an ongoing series, and the comings and goings of characters made this a bit more difficult than necessary. Many of the characters are already developed in earlier books, so getting a solid handle on them and understanding the dynamics of relationships is left solely to information derived from this book. It was interesting and clever, but I didn’t have a great need to finish it, nor did I find that Molly or Ben were particularly well flushed out: both were rather shallow with a push to match another’s pull, and no real great ‘secrets’ to result in Ben’s reluctance about relationships. I truly think this is a story best read in order with the series, and fans of the series will like this one.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Western
- Published: Dec 01, 2014
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Seller: Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
- Print Length: 224 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Sons of Chance