If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Sweet Cowboy Christmas by Candis Terry / @TastyBookTours @CandisTerry

Title: Sweet, Texas #3.5: Sweet Cowboy Christmas
Author: Candis Terry
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Mistletoe, holly, and cowboys, oh my! Christmas in Texas has never been sweeter.

Years ago, Chase Morgan traded in his dusty cowboy boots for the shimmering lights of New York City and a fast track up the corporate ladder. But when his shiny life is turned on end just in time for Christmas, Chase knows he needs to reevaluate even if that means going home to Texas to endure his least favorite holiday.

When Mr. Tall, Dark, and Smoking Hot walks through her door at the Magic Box Guest Ranch, Faith Walker sees just another handsome, rich exec looking to play cowboy for a week-at her expense. She’s sure the grumpy, but sexy as hell Scrooge will put a crimp in her holly jolly plans. Until a sizzling kiss has her seeing him in a new light.

Chase is haunted by secrets, and even though it goes entirely against her “hands off the guests” rule Faith is tempted to help him leave the past behind. As the magic of the season swirls around them, she is determined to succeed because now she is certain one sweet, cowboy Christmas will never be enough.

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This sweet novella shows how not to judge a book by its cover. I don't mean the actual book cover, lol, but I mean stereotyping a person based on what he/she is wearing.

I enjoyed Chase and Faith's story more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure how a country boy turned city slicker would rediscover his love for the land when he'd been away from his roots for so long. And I also wasn't sure how Faith would overcome her past to see Chase as Chase, not as the man who'd hurt her. It took a little bit of time, some conversations, and a few kisses for these two to see how well they could be together.

I liked that Ms. Terry made Chase imperfect. On the outside, he was as gorgeous as a model. Inside though, it was a different story. A health scare prompted his leaving NYC for calmer pastures, and what he found was Faith and her ranch Magic Box Guest Ranch. They tug at each others' facade until they reveal what lies beneath: hearts of gold and a love that overwhelms, and heals, them both.

This is a terrific story for anyone really. It's short but it doesn't leave the reader feeling like something's missing. Well-developed characters, well-written scenes, and an even pace helped to make this book an enjoyable read for me. Ms. Terry's latest addition to her Sweet, Texas, series can be read as a standalone and will warm your heart and soul with its messages of opening your heart to love and to see the person behind the clothes.

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.