by RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: HQN Books
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Goodreads: Christmas is the last thing Cole Barrett is thinking about this year. He's barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.
In the years since her cancer treatments, physician Devin Shaw has researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children the magical Christmas they deserve, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered hearts—and her own?
Kritters Thoughts: The third in a romance series and one that I will definitely keep reading and reading, RaeAnne Thayne has topped my author list in the romance genre. Her stories have plot and romance, but the plot comes first!
Something that sets RaeAnne Thayne among a lot of romance authors is the lack of sexy times and I am ok with it. I don't read erotica and don't tend to love all the sexy times, I love plot. The other thing that I love about her is that her leading men are not perfect. They have flaws and they have to deal with them before they can properly fall in love with the lady.
With most romance books and this one included, the reader knows who will most likely end up with whom, but the journey is still satisfying. Just once I wouldn't mind being completely surprised though!
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (and I know they are coming!)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.