Review: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas

cover-true-blue-cowboy-xmsTitle: True-Blue Cowboy Christmas
Author: Nichole Helm
Series: Big Sky Cowboys #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: Now


Thack Lane has his hands full. For the past seven years, he’s been struggling to move on from his wife’s tragic death and raise a daughter all by his lonesome. He doesn’t have time for himself, much less a cheerful new neighbor with a smile that can light up the ranch.

Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.

With Christmas right around the corner, Summer Shaw is searching for somewhere to belong. When her neighbor’s young daughter takes a shine to her, she is thrilled. But Thack is something else altogether. He’s got walls around his heart that no amount of holiday wishes can scale. Yet as joy comes creeping back to the lonely homestead, Summer and Thack may just find their happily ever after before the last of the Christmas miracles are through…

Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley

Ever since Summer first entered my reading world in Rebel Cowboy, I’ve wanted to know more about this newly found member of the Shaw family. She’s so different from the rest of the rough bunch, living up to her name and being remarkably cheerful against some intimidating odds, not to mention has a curious mix of sad and dark that she sometimes let slip.

Now, finally, Summer’s time has come – but, boy, does she have her work cut out for her with Thack. I found him tricky to warm to at first, and although his gruffness stems from his worry over his daughter, Kate, I’m still a little confused about how her mother’s tragic death transformed into a complete mistrust of everyone everywhere from ever come near the girl. Then again, Thack has some pretty messed up theories regarding responsibility and guilt, so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Because of this rocky start and Thack’s mixed up head, this is a pretty slow to get going. The romance definitely takes its time, and I’ll admit that at first I found this a bit of a slog. Kate is delightful and I do like Summer, but Thack made everything so difficult.

However, as the book goes on and Summer works her way into the heart of the Lane family, there is plenty to enjoy here. Not least seeing Thack slowly ease up and let go. By the end I really liked him and could completely see why Summer would fall for him.

The best is saved for the end, but spoilers, spoilers. All I will say is that if you’ve read the rest of the series, the emotional pay-off is huge. I loved how so much was wrapped up and resolved, without overshadowing the romance of this book and Summer’s own story. Plus Christmas!

In all this was everything I wanted from Summer’s book. Although it might have taken a while to settle in and get going, by the end I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thack definitely grew on me and it was great to catch up with characters from the rest of the books again. A fine end to a good series.

True-Blue Cowboy Christmas is Out Now.
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