Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Christmas in Coral Canyon #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: August 9, 2018
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
A cowboy returning to his hometown—and the best friend he left a dozen years before. She’s divorced with a child now… can they build a family and find their happily-ever-after?
Graham Whittaker returns to Coral Canyon a few days after Christmas—after the death of his father. He’s just found out his long-time girlfriend in Seattle has been cheating on him, and while Coral Canyon isn’t his first choice of where to live, it’s certainly the friendliest.
He takes over the energy company his dad built from the ground up and buys a high-end lodge to live in—only a mile from the home of his once-best friend, Laney McAllister. Laney returned to her family ranch after college, but her husband wasn’t cut out for the country lifestyle on the land at the base of the Grand Teton National Forest. He left Laney and their daughter, Bailey, to work the ranch themselves, which they’ve been trying to do.
But with her furnace on the brink of failure and the snow falling faster than ever, Laney agrees to bring Bailey up to Graham’s lodge for the holidays. They were best friends once, but Laney’s always entertained feelings for him, and spending so much time with him while they make Christmas memories puts her heart in danger of getting broken again. Can they take their friendship to the next level and build a family? Or will Laney be risking her heart only to remain in the friend zone?
Sweet, clean romance.
I liked the main characters for the most part. I liked that Laney got brave enough to voice her needs to Graham and then Graham had to decide what to do about it. He changed his life to not only be a better match for her but also because he wasn’t all that happy with his life as it was. But until Laney voiced her needs he didn’t really seem to think there was anything he could do about it.
Laney’s daughter Bailey was cute, though often in the background. And I liked Graham’s brothers. I also quite liked Celia as a grandmotherly figure.
A couple things I didn’t like. Laney’s mother was invited for Christmas but I don’t remember her actually being there. Perhaps I just missed it. Also, I felt like there was no real resolve with Mike. He disappeared and they were trying to find out what he was about but nothing ever came of it. The next book is about a different brother so it seems odd that the Laney’s ex storyline would resolve in the next book either. That part felt unfinished.
Light religious themes.
Sex: some kisses