"Vivid and charming."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
HE’S THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
In the heart of the Rockies
One white Christmas can change everything.
When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his four kids to a Colorado Christmas tree ranch, he intended for it to be a safe haven. But he never expected danger to follow them to his childhood home…
Or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget.
Folk artist Camille Brandt lives a quiet life. As the town’s resident eccentric, she’s used to being lonely—until Steve freaking Springfield changes everything. Brave and kind, he’s always had a piece of her heart, and it doesn’t take long before she’s in danger of falling for him again. But as mysterious fires break out across the sleepy Colorado town, Steve and Camille will have to fight if they want their happy family to survive until Christmas...
“Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Also by Katie Ruggle:
On His Watch (Search & Rescue Series, FREE Novella)
Hold Your Breath (Search & Rescue Series, Book 1)
Run to Ground (K-9 Unit Series, Book 1)
What People Are Saying About Katie Ruggle:
"I love Ruggle's characters. They're sharply drawn, and vividly alive. I'm happy when they find each other. These are wonderful escapist books." —CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
"Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." —JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author for Hold Your Breath
"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice." —D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath
In Ruggle's sappy contemporary romantic thriller (after Through the Fire), set in a chilly Rocky Mountain December, a lonely outsider finds the spirit of the holidays on a Christmas tree ranch. Camille Brandt has always been a misfit but has made a productive life for herself in small Borne, Colo., as a folk artist. When her high school crush, firefighter Steve Springfield, returns to his brothers' Christmas tree ranch as a widower with four children, Camille is drawn into the carefree and affectionate family life she has always yearned for. Steve is an endearing single father whose love for his children does not prevent him from being a sexy romantic interest. Shy Camille becomes even more awkward when she realizes the handsome cowboy is romantically interested in her. To complicate matters, as she begins to relax and reciprocate his attention, she becomes the target of a mysterious campaign of threats. The lackluster suspense plot mars this holiday romance, and there is much less derring-do than in Ruggle's K9 and search and rescue series, but she still includes enough warmth and affection to satisfy her fans.
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A Wonderful Read!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
I truly loved reading this book. Steve-frecking Springfield was a wonderful hero and his four adorable children. The children were such a fun addition to the story. Camille was a shy introvert that had a phobia of being around people and she was tongue-tied while around them. This was a true joy. The book was beautifully written and I was engrossed right from the beginning.
The suspense part of the book was a real shocker. I never would have guessed who would be causing the fire (minus the first one.) I highly recommend this book to everyone. I hope that the brothers get their stories told!!!
This totally got me in the Christmas mood! There were so many good things in this story!
Camille, the heroine is described as a socially awkward hermit who spends all of her time creating beautiful pieces of artwork out of metal. I really wish I could have seen some of these pieces in real life based off of the way they were described. I was fascinated by Camille.
Steve, the hero is a cowboy, volunteer fireman, a widower with 4 very smart kids and one of them also suffers with social anxiety. He works with his 3 brothers on their family ranch selling Christmas trees.
This background setting is what truly will put you into the Christmas mood. They use horses to take families out to the rows of trees to pick one for their home. The kids get to ride the horses while the horses pull the tree to the cars.
The kids in this were such a great addition to the story line. Will, the oldest boy is friendly, outgoing and always happy. Micah, is the youngest boy who suffers from social anxiety who also happens to be an artist. His interaction with Camille will make you want to cry! Then there is Zoe, the oldest girl. She's a genius with mechanics. There are few explosing from her experiments that will make you laugh. Then there is Maya, the youngest girl. She is just very loving and as adorable as you think a little girl would be.
The overall feeling of family is felt in almost every page. I love to read about socially awkward characters find that one person who accepts them for who they are. When you add in that person getting a full family when she only every had her Grandma, just gives me the warm and fuzzies!
This was very well written and I would love more from these characters. ARC provided by NetGalley.