It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…
Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…
With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?
Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy!
Yates returns to her frequent themes of Christmastime and cowboys in her fourth rural Oregon romance (following Good Time Cowboy), a sweet story that also addresses mixed feelings around the holidays. McKenna Tate, who grew up in foster care, has resigned herself not to aspire to anything more than emotional or material sufficiencies. Prompted by a public records search for the father she has never known, McKenna arrives in Gold Valley, Ore., with little more than the clothes on her back, harboring suppressed hopes for the opportunity to connect with her biological family. Widower Grant Dodge chooses to isolate himself as much as possible from his loving family and community, chafing at the constraints of their perceptions and expectations. When he finds McKenna roughing it in an abandoned cabin on the Get Out of Dodge dude ranch, McKenna accepts his family's offer of employment while she braces herself to contact her father and half-siblings. Grant and McKenna's steamy and refreshingly honest progress toward a romantic relationship is intertwined with stories of the other Gold Valley residents from past and future books, adding extra satisfaction for series fans.