Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Grape Seed Falls #7
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
A cowboy with anger management issues, the woman whose ranch he “stole,” and their chance to get everything they want for Christmas…including each other.
Austin Royal loves his life on his new ranch with his brothers. But he doesn’t love that Shayleigh Hatch came with the property, nor that he has to take the blame for the fact that he now owns her childhood ranch. They rarely have a conversation that doesn’t leave him furious and frustrated—and yet he’s still attracted to Shay in a strange, new way.
When he shows up to the anger management meeting Shay runs, she’s annoyed beyond measure. She has to deal with him in her space at Triple Towers Ranch, which her father lost because of his hoarding problem, and now in her personal life too? Doesn’t seem fair.
Problem is, Shay is inexplicable drawn to Austin too, which utterly confuses and angers her. But when he finds out Triple Towers used to be the place to be during Christmastime—and that she still has all the decorations in an old shed—he insists they bring back the holiday glory days. As they work to make this Christmas the best the Triple Towers Ranch has ever seen, can they also navigate through their rocky relationship to smoother waters?
I’ve read 4-7 of this series so far and this one is my favorite. I thought the story flowed well. Initially I wondered how Austin and Shay could feel such an attraction toward each other when Shay’s animosity toward Austin and his brothers was so blatant. But the spark was there despite their own wishes.
The book deals a lot with anger management since both of the characters have problems. Both of them are dealing with issues with their fathers having disappointed them in life. Both understand the pain of having lost their happy families and their homes. And both learn to cope with that loss and accepting their fathers in their lives without being walked on.
One thing I really liked about the characters in this book was that they actually communicated. Often miscommunication or none at all are the catalysts for contention but in this book the moment comes and instead of making assumptions the characters confront each other and they voice their needs and respect the other’s needs. Even in anger they communicated well.
I think this book maybe had stronger religious themes in it but it was all part of the story instead of overpowering or sticking out of the story.
No sex, language or violence