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Recent Release Review- Saddle Up by Victoria Vane

Title: Saddle Up (Hot Cowboy Nights, book #3)

Saddle Up

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Western

Author: Victoria Vane

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 7, 2016

Pages: 322

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

WILD HORSES COULDN’T BRING THEM TOGETHER… With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy “horse whisperer” Keith Russo once had the world at his feet – until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.

BUT MAYBE THEIR PASSION CAN… Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother’s Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.

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Victoria Vane has given us an insightful look into wild horses of the west.  She interweaves fascinating information about horse gatherings, Native American culture and ranching with a very intense, sizzling romance between skillfully fleshed out characters.  As in other books of this series she delves into a topic and does not rest until she explores all areas of research until she can present us with a totally immersive experience.

I highly recommend this book to those who love a fascinating romance read as well as those who love horses.

Hot Cowboy Nights Series: Each is a standalone novel.

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Holiday romance- A Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

Title:  A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed Country christmas

Genre:  Histori cal Romance/ Western

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Publisher: HQN, 2009

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Celebrate the holidays with the Creed forefathers—Montana men who built the family homestead and established a legacy of love…

In the unforgiving Montana wilderness of 1910, widowed rancher Lincoln Creed is up against more than rustlers, wolves and the coming winter storms. His young daughter has needs beyond the beans and bacon he can barely cook. Lincoln must find little Gracie a governess, a lady who can teach and cook—yet won’t set her sights on him.

Disowned for her refusal to marry, twenty-five-year-old Juliana Mitchell shares the love in her heart with her young students at the underfunded Indian school. When she meets Lincoln and Gracie, her response to the handsome rancher makes her realize she’s not against marriage after all.

She longs to help, yet the two orphaned brothers in her care need her. But in the season for miracles, Providence just might find a way to bring Juliana, the boys and the Creed family together for Christmas Eve….

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There are six books in this series, this one was written fourth but is actually a prequel to the remainder of the series.  It is a warm hearted story of tolerance, acceptance and love.  It glows with the kindness of Christmas spirit that we all wish for at the holidays and hope will extend through the New Year and beyond.  Ms Miller has written many romantic novels set in the western states of the USA,  this one is a lovely Chrismas gift to all of her many fans.  Well written, characters personalities well drawn and time and place brought to life; a recommendation from me if you are looking for a delightful book to put you in the Christmas mood.

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Review- A Stone Creek Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

Title:  A Stone Creek Christmas

Genre: Western Romance/Fantasy

Author:  Linda Lael Miller

Publisher: Silhouette Books, 2008

Source: purchased used

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from back of the book blurb:  Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O’Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia’s uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie’s pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he’s not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all the trimmings, including a tree-lighting ceremony and a man named Kris Kringle in a sleigh driven by seven reindeer…and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher–and family man–for all seasons?

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This is a sweet, sexy romance that feels very much like a Lifetime Movie. (Maybe it was?)  It is a bit predictable but it is charming in its way.  I am not about to say anything unkind about it but it is just not edgy enough for my taste.  That doesn’t mean that someone who likes sweet-predictable won’t love this one.  There is a touch of fantasy that fits in charmingly with the Christmas theme. There is one graphic sex scene so I wouldn’t buy this for your pre-teen.  It was written in 2008 as part of the authors Stone Creek series and has been reissued this year with another Stone Creek Series book, AT HOME IN STONE CREEK, as a combo of two in one.  The Title of this duo is, HOLIDAY IN STONE CREEK.

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