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A Cowboy under the Mistletoe by Jessica Clare
Series: Wyoming Cowboy #3
Published by Berkley on October 15, 2019
Genres: Western Romance
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Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the way, it’ll be a Christmas miracle.
Local busybody Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrel something fierce, but it’s time for her to move on. Since her father passed away, the family ranch feels too big for just her, and there’s no chance of finding a husband in this small town. To the rest of the world, she’s just another local fixture, known for her closet full of ugly Christmas sweaters and being perpetually single.
It isn’t until Jason shows up in desperate need of a cowboy crash course that Sage discovers a tall, dark, and handsome reason to stick around. And with the holidays coming up, Sage is in need of a date for a special event—maybe they’ll turn out to be each other’s best Christmas present.
I’m finally reading Christmas and holiday stories. Cowboy under the Mistletoe has a nice intermix of holiday activities along with its being set at this time of year. I had not read the two previous books in the series, which is not my usual way, but I still was able to enjoy this story.
The characters of Jason and Sage were well-developed but the others were not as much, particularly Greg seemed to be a cliche douche. I think the other two couples on the ranch Eli and Cass, Dustin and Annie were probably from the first two books. Yup, just checked and that’s it. I liked them and hope to go back and read about them.
Jason’s situation was completely believable and my heart broke for him with the difficulties he had with his PTSD and losing his service dog. Sage was much less believable, but in a small, insular town, I guess it is possible. She’s amazing but well protected, especially when her father was alive. Plus she was stupid for Greg for too long.
The romance between Sage and Jason was totally believable though. I loved how kind and supportive they were to each other. THIS is what a relationship should be. Plus sexy. I was thrilled for them both. The addition of dogs to any story makes it better, too.
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