I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A Cowboy's Christmas Eve
Silent Night, Snowy Night . . .
Colin Malloy enjoys spending Christmas with his family at the Malloy ranch. But this holiday, what he really wants to do is to get closer to the alluring Dr. Anita Cross. So when a blizzard conspires to keep her from joining the Malloy family's festivities, neither snow, sleet, nor spun-out cars will prevent Colin from reaching her side.
As the new doctor in town, Anita is wholeheartedly devoted to her patients. So when a little boy needs her on this snowy night, she doesn't hesitate to care for him and send him home in time to spend Christmas with his family. An evening with a certain sexy cowboy will have to wait-or so she thinks. When a breathless Colin Malloy shows up at her clinic, Anita finds her cold, lonely night quickly heating up. And no crisis or well-meaning relative will stop them from making this a Christmas to remember . . .
If you want to read a book that gives you the warm and fuzzies, this is it. Totally sweet with a hint of spice (Just like Yancy’s Snickerdoodles), A Cowboy’s Christmas Eve by Ruth Ryan Langan is a cute Christmas novella to start off the season.
Okay, so I was missing a little backstory. This novella is part of the Malloys of Montana series. I guess Colin wasn’t getting a full novel, but this one was just enough to get a glimpse of what a sweet character he is. It also seemed like the Malloys are a family that sticks together in times of hardship and love. They really are a family that I would love to read more about. There is a small town feel to it as well, which I love.
Colin has the hots for the new doctor in town, Anita. She also has the hots for him but a snowstorm on Christmas Eve puts a damper on their dinner plans. It was cute how many times they got interrupted just as things were starting to heat up between them.
“She didn’t need food. Colin Malloy was a feast for her eyes and heart and soul.”
Stranded at the hospital, their Christmas Eve is eventful with patients that need a little care and attention.
Overall, I wished this could have been a full novel. I wouldn’t say it was hurried, but there wasn’t that much substance. There is no tension between our two characters; no secrets to uncover. Just a normal no-nonsense romance. Which could be a little lacking in this novella. Still, I found it to be cute; sometimes we just need to read stories like this to take a break from characters that may annoy and frustrate us.
Just a little note….
- This can be read as a standalone.
- Book read during #HoHoHoRAT Holiday reading challenge.
What are your thoughts on novellas? Have you ever read one and wished it was a full novel?