"Full of heart and passion."—JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author, for Cowboy Fever
Book 2 in award-winning author Joanne Kennedy's new Blue Sky Cowboys series, Blue Sky Cowboy Christmas is an emotional, compelling story from a master of the genre. Joanne Kennedy's sexy cowboy romances feature the rugged and lonely Wyoming range, where the nearest neighbors are miles away and the climate is brutal for man and beast. This beautiful and sensuous tale takes place at the holidays, when a lonely cowboy is more desperate than ever to connect with the woman of his dreams.
Also by Joanne Kennedy:
One Fine Cowboy
Tall, Dark and Cowboy
Praise for Cowboy Summer:
"Kennedy's delicious contemporary series launch is filled with nostalgia... Wit and charm suffuse this well-plotted story about remembering what's most important in life."—Publishers Weekly
"This sweet but sexy tale, the kick-off for Kennedy's new Blue Sky Cowboys series, is great for fans of Linda Lael Miller's contemporary romances."—Booklist
A couple struggles to overcome their traumatic histories in the over-the-top second installment to Kennedy's Blue Sky Cowboy series (after Cowboy Summer). Army veteran Griff Bailey returns to his family's Wyoming ranch hoping for some alone time only to discover that his parents are converting the place into a dude ranch and have hired contractor Riley James, a recovering addict with whom Griff shared a single, steamy night just before he shipped out. When the judgemental sisters of Riley's boss turned surrogate father, Ed Boone, come to town for Christmas, Riley moves into the half-renovated ranch house to avoid their subtle cruelties and she quickly falls back into bed with Griff. As Griff, who suffers from PTSD, burns through his days playing video games, Riley projects intentions and feelings onto him without giving him the chance to speak for himself. Both the subplot about the Boone family and Riley and Griff's frustratingly prolonged communication issues come to a head at the town Christmas party. Though the conflict is drawn out and convoluted, Riley's fractured self-image even years into her recovery rings true. Readers looking for a Christmas romance that doesn't skimp on steam will be pleased but they should be prepared for a winding road to the happy ending.
A good story
This is a wonderful read about how sometimes family doesn’t have to be a blood relative, as we can see with Riley and Ed. Riley works at Boone’s Hardware with Ed, but she also does renovations. This is how she gets to see Griff again. He returns home suffering from PTSD. Griff always had a thing for Fawn Swanson and she wants him now, since he’s a hero. Riley thinks Griff still wants Fawn, so of course, we have some angst in the story. What would you think if he’s kissing you and then later you see him kissing Fawn? Grab your copy and see what happens with all these characters, especially when Ed’s sisters come to town with his grandnephew, Trevor.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.