A Tall, Dark, Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

37686712A Tall, Dark, Cowboy Christmas
Gold Valley #4
by Maisey Yates
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

Received a copy through a blog tour hosted by TLC Tours for an honest review.


“It’s amazing how two broken people can fix each other.”

I’m torn in the middle on this one guys! While it did have a main character and aspects that I loved, Grant is the reason why I couldn’t love it. I know, I know. Honestly, I did it to myself. I read a topic that I don’t normally like (widowed) because I love the Dodge family so much.

Mckenna💜 Y’all, I loved her so damn much! Even with everything that she went through, this girl had the biggest heart. She was smart and knew what she wanted. The thing I loved the most about her is that she wouldn’t take less than she deserved. From anyone, even Grant.

“If she could love, after all this time, if she could want something other than the small, attempted cynicism she had tried to make for herself and call it a life, then why couldn’t he change, too?”

Grant. Oh, Grant. When I heard that the next book in the series would be about Grant I was excited. His story was more on the A Walk to Remember side.  He’s known in town as the guy who married his girlfriend at 18 even knowing that she was going to die. I needed to know his backstory and about the man he became to be. However, we meet Grant YEARS after his wife died. He was really getting to me with the amount that he pulled Mckenna in only to push her away again. Ya’ll this was bothering me so much. Don’t do one thing and then another and expect someone to be there when you decided to get your crap together! I get where he was coming from, but it seemed like he was set on being miserable!

We did get a lot of inner monologue than dialogue here and that made the book feel a little slow at times to me. I did like the message of the book as a whole. No matter your past, you can’t give up on your future. You never know what’s around the corner.

Next up is Bea’s story, and to say I’m excited is an understatement!

About the AuthorNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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7 thoughts on “A Tall, Dark, Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

    1. I agree about light and fluffy christmas books. Those are the best!
      Grant’s past was pretty sad, but after seeing him in the other brothers books I had to know what his backstory was. While I’m glad we got it, it could have been done in the spring.

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