ARC: Christmas At Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels

Posted on 12/18/2013 in Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: Christmas At Cardwell Ranch by B.J. DanielsChristmas At Cardwell Ranch by BJ Daniels
Series: Cardwell Ranch #4
Published by Harlequin on 10/22/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars

AT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTAL \r\n\r\nIt had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future.\r\n\r\nCowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. What was it about Tag? The dreamy eyes… The rugged physique… The protection she felt in his strong arms…\r\n\r\nBut before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree.

I like returning to the families of Cardwell Ranch.  There’s something about cowboys and Christmas – YUM!  And Christmas At Cardwell Ranch is no exception, it was fun, light reading, great for cozying up on the couch, sippin’ on some eggnog or coffee, next to your Christmas Tree.

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Lily McCabe is in town helping her brother run his bar during the Christmas season, much like she does every year, when she runs into Tag Cardwell, quite literally, at the bar one night, when one of the bar’s waitresses drunkenly stumbles out into the blustering snowy night with a stranger, never to be seen again.   Tag and Lily, Cowboy and mathmetician extraordinaire, team up to find out why the waitress went missing, why Tag’s father and uncle is involved and run from the people who seem to be out to get them, too.  Exciting stuff in Big Sky Montana!

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I really enjoyed this book.  Not only did it have sexy cowboys, Christmas and romance, but throw a little murder mystery in there and I’m a goner.  I’ve only read one other book by B.J. Daniels (Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch) and really enjoyed myself, so she must have her formula down pat.  Not only does she write the romance well, but I was guessing on the whodunit and who was involved up until about the very end.

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Daniels also writes a bit about family in here, what with Tag never having gotten to know his father, so they struggle with each other here.  It’s almost as if the relationship is an inconvenience to them both, but they want to get over that hump and be family.  And Tag certainly wants to return to his roots in Montana.

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I’m going to keep this review short to avoid spoilers, but you really can’t go wrong with Christmas At Cardwell Ranch.  It was fun, witty and well, it has Christmas!

four-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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