Series: Three River Ranch #3.5
Published by Macmillan Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance
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The power might be out…but the heat is on.
Every year, free-spirited Frankie Sylva banishes her holiday loneliness with good deeds. This time, she’s rescuing a truckload of neglected reindeer—until a blizzard sidetracks her scheme, and now she’s stuck…literally.
Local sheriff Red LeClair is shocked to find a very cute, half-frozen woman trespassing on Three River Ranch in a ditched rig, with a suspiciously empty trailer. Is she a horse thief? Is she on the run? Is she out of her mind? He has no choice but to take her back to the ranch and keep an eye on her.
But when the power goes out, Red and Frankie are forced to depend on each other in a way that both have avoided for years. The sheriff’s quiet holiday is suddenly festive: a crackling fire, candles, carols, and an irresistible stranger…who might be a felon.
This book was super adorable and awesome. I love me some Christmas tales, and I really like books where two people end up stuck together for an extended period of time by themselves, it makes for the perfect recipe for romance. Plus the heroine in this book is kind of an animal crusader, and I love it.
So Frankie found out from some animal activist groups about this guy who basically help like a roadside zoo over Christmas to get some extra cash, and he has some elk/moose who he’s been feeding dyed food to make look like reindeer. Once the attraction is over though Frankie’s new “boss” wants them taken to the slaughterhouse. So Frankie intercepts and ends up in a truck she can’t really drive in the middle of a blizzard, trying to get these “reindeer” to the local mustang sanctuary. Only the sanctuary is being watched by Sheriff Red, who is about positive she’s in a stolen truck doing something illegal.
The two of them end up at the house he’s watching when the power goes out and all the roads are closed. They could end up there for days. There is no denying that the two of them are attracted to each other, which is really kind of adorable (especially because you get to read it from both points of view). Frankie can’t help but start to tell Red what she is really doing there, and while she is super worried about getting in trouble, she is more than willing to do so if it means the safety of those animals. I loved that about her, she’s so passionate and kind, but she’s also super spunky and can hold her own.
Red is awesome, he’s all about upholding the law, but he has a good heart. He’s definitely recovering from his divorce, but Frankie is definitely pulling his attention away from his past. It’s so much fun reading the two of them and their half-hearted attempts to not fall together while they are stuck in the house alone. They really were super cute together. This is definitely a cute novella, not super Christmas-y, but it was a fun read and I recommend it.