Christmas Cowboy
By Chrissy Dionne
Apr 1, 2006 - 8:50:00 PM

Abby works as an architect. Abby's extremely good at her job, but she has very few interests outside of work. She even works on the weekend and if she's sick, simply does the work from home. Her boss actually threatened to fire her if she doesn't take a break, even going so far as to pay for her to spend time at the Star Mountain Ranch. Fearful that he's serious this time, Abby goes on the vacation even though she has absolutely no idea how to relax.

Cade is a hired hand on the Star Mountain Ranch. He won't be a hired hand forever though, he owns a little spread where he's currently building his home . Cade has dreams of living a simple solitary life there. With the exception of his boss's wife and daughter, Cade dislikes women. Previous experience has taught him they can't be trusted. Abby affects him differently though, Cade might be forced to rethink his position on women . . . at least where she's concerned anyway

Living in Colorado, Abby should be used to driving on snow, but rural roads are much different from metro streets. She ends up crashing into a snowbank approximately a mile before reaching the ranch. Cade had been told that they'd be having a guest arrive, but with the snowstorm he thought she'd be smart enough to get a room in town until it blows over. He was wrong. Cade spots Abby's car in the snowbank. He has no choice but to offer her a ride to the ranch in his own pickup. Abby senses the extreme dislike Cade has for her but has no idea what she could have done to deserve his animosity. Despite Cade's dislike of women, he still desires Abby and even begins to like her. He takes a childlike glee in antagonizing her. Gradually, they get to know each other and soon even begin to enjoy each other's company, but can what begins as a vacation fling turn into something more?

CHRISTMAS COWBOY is a sweet tale of two people who desperately need each other, even if they aren't aware of that need. Abby's workaholic lifestyle stems from loneliness. She hasn't had any real friends or family since she was ten-years-old and she has no idea how to change that. Cade is basing his whole opinion of women on the one woman who used him. He's still bitter over the experience. Cade helps Abby enjoy a slower way of life, one that involves actually getting to know other people. Cade discovers that not all women are created equal and some of them are even worth not just liking but loving. Frankie Belleville does a beautiful job describing the Colorado countryside as well as bringing these characters to life for the reader.

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