Do you believe in love at first sight?
Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Marietta, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. She discovers a handsome lone survivor, a prisoner in handcuffs, and despite her apprehension about harboring a criminal, she rescues him anyway.
Jacob Reeves, on his way to Seattle to testify against his organized crime family, is miraculously saved by the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on, who has every reason not to trust him, but getting through a freezing Christmas Eve forces them to work together to survive.
During the long night, their chemistry is off the charts and Jake realizes that Allie could be the love of his life. But as soon as the storm is over, he’ll be gone. Is Jake destined to break both of their hearts, or will a Christmas tragedy end in a miracle?
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This is a short Christmas read that’s quick in more ways than one. Not only does it not take long to read, but it also takes place over one night – a long, cold, snowy night, true enough, but to be honest it was all just too fast. Not least because one moment Allie is holding a gun on Jake, not trusting him in the least, the next she’s kissing and snuggling up to him, completely unbothered by all that she worried over before.
I quite liked the plot involving the horse and I found the opening scenes regarding the crash riveting. However, my interest waned as the story progressed. Not just the swiftness of their feelings, but the way Jake seems to make one decision before immediately choosing to do the opposite. As for the ending… well, that left me scratching my head. I’d wondered all along just how Jake was going to get out of things and I’m still not convinced that would have worked.
So, in short, this one wasn’t for me. It’s short and Christmassy and has a horse giving birth, but I didn’t particularly care for the characters and everything happened too quickly. I hope the next Cherry Lake Christmas tale takes place closer to town.
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