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Three Nights before Christmas
     

Three Nights before Christmas

4.5 25
by Kat Latham
 
Have yourself a steamy little Christmas...

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn't expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother's Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory

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Have yourself a steamy little Christmas...

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn't expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother's Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by the man who haunts her dreams--the forest ranger who sent her to prison.

Austin Wilder isn't thrilled about Lacey working in his forest--but he soon realizes he needs her help. His family is depending on him to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event, and train expert Lacey is his only hope of finishing in time.

Working together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other, and they discover a desire hot enough to melt even the deepest Montana snow. But will the season of second chances be enough to mend the most hardened broken heart?

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BN ID:
2940150815179
Publisher:
The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date:
10/26/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
11,078
File size:
364 KB

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Three Nights before Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
Her biggest enemy became the one she needed most to help her start over, to clear her name, and to find love. Wonderful Christmas story of second chances and knowing everyone is worthy of love!
redmoran1 More than 1 year ago
***This ebook was provided by Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review*** Three Nights Before Christmas is book #3 in the Wild Montana Nights series and it was a very emotional and intense book. Lacey trusted her boyfriend but her trust in him send her to jail for 3 years and now that she's finally free all she wants to do is to keep a low profile, work with her brother at the family Christmas tree farm in order to save money to get her life back in order but on her first day back home she meets Austin Wilder, the forest ranger who sent her to prison and her planes change. Austin is not happy that Lacey is working in his forest but when he needs help to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event he knows that Lacey is the only person that can help him and he ask for her help and shockingly Lacey agree to help him. Spending time together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other and it turns out there is a strong chemistry and desire between them but can this attraction be enough to build a future together or will the past will hold them back? I really enjoyed reading about Lacey, it's not very common in romance books to read about heroines that were in prison, especially when the story takes place as soon as she got out of prison. I loved how Lacey was willing to work hard to make up for her mistake. How she was willing to keep fighting to prove that she's innocent and that her ex-boyfriend used her and tricked her. I loved Austin and how he learned to get to know Lacey better and find a way for them to have a future together. Three Nights Before Christmas is a very emotional book that deals with sad and complicated subjects and that what made it a great love story- it was real and it dealt with real life problems.
cowboysfan65 More than 1 year ago
Lacey Gallagher is coming home after 3 years in prison. But when she runs into the the man that helped put her there on her first day home it may not be as easy to get on with her life.When Austin Wilder needs help trying to get a train back together he Goes and ask for Lacey's help he see's he may have been wrong about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but had to work at suspending belief. I thought since he arrested her and she was on parole, that for them to be dating was strange. Of course it all works out, but somethings just didn't seem believable. I still enjoyed the story.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Lacey Gallagher was finally being released from prison. She was convicted of helping her then boyfriend transport drugs for sale. Since she worked on a train, he would give her a briefcase filled with drugs that she would deliver to his "friend". She didn't realize they were drugs. She trusted him. Big mistake. Lacey knew she was innocent but ending up going to jail anyways. After Lacey's release, she got back to her hometown just before Thanksgiving and was happy she could help her brother out with the family tree farm. One day while working who does she see, but officer Austin Wilder, the man who arrested her. I really enjoyed this story of Lacey and Austin. How fun to fall in love with the man who arrested you and made your life miserable! I loved how these two didn't like each other, but as it turned out Austin needed help with an old train that he wanted to get back up and running, and she was the only person who would fix the train for free. It was fun seeing how once these two starting really knowing each other, that they both realized that what they thought they knew of each other was really not true. It was fun learning about what things are like in prison and how people are treated once they are out. It was also fun learning about all the train stuff. What a really unique job. And the Christmas sweater that Lacey made for Austin! Priceless! Overall, this was a fun, enjoyable holiday story, with interesting characters and a fun story line.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lacey was in prison for a crime she didn't commit. If she was guilty of anything it was stupidity. She trusted her boyfriend and he betrayed her. Now she's been released and she's home with her brother. She feels vulnerable and lost. She knows that she'll have to face the gossip and snide comments. Can she rebuild her life? One of the first people she sees is Officer Austin Wilder, the man who sent her to prison. His coldness stuns her. I felt Lacey's pain and heartbreak. I was angry. She deserved so much better. It took me awhile to warm up to Austin. It bothered me that he showed no compassion. As they spent time together restoring Lucinda, he saw the real woman and was attracted to her. I wasn't sure how a romance between them would work. So much had happened. As I watched them, I saw understanding and love grow between them. Kat Latham did a wonderful job with a difficult storyline. Three Nights Before Christmas is an emotional journey filled with heartbreak and passion. This was a very thoughtful romance that had me shedding tears.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I discovered Kat Latham with her wonderful London Legends series, all about Rubgy players and the women who love them. I knew nothing about Rugby before starting this series, besides the fact that it was kind of like American Football, but with a lot less in the way of pads or helmets. But I completely fell for the author's clever writing and witty dialogue, I still know very little about Rugby, but, you know, hot guys playing sweaty sports in my imagination! Wins all around! So yes, it was all about the name recognition when I saw this cross my Christmas potential reads list. In addition to the great dialogue that I have come to expect from the author, I just had to read about a train engineer. One who's a former convict. And a female! A female train engineer ex-con. Never read that before! Totally made me look. And it was AWESOME! (Just sayin.) I totally dug Lacey and all the crap she has dealt with. Total bonus was finding out that our leading man, Austin, is the brother to Camila from Taming the Legend, the last book in the London Legends series. I didn't go into this realizing the books were linked... or that this is the third book in the brother's series. So now I have to go track down One Night with Her Bachelor & Two Nights with His Bride. (Which I am sure that I will absolutely enjoy.) And if that's not bad enough, Lacey's brother has his own book too, by author Sarah Mayberry, that I totally have to read. Because getting a peek at his romance but not finding out the details is gnawing at me. *squinty eyes at tricksy authors* Basically, this was a book about second chances and forgiveness. Forgiveness from others, yes, but forgiving yourself as well. Admitting that everyone makes mistakes, and being able to forgive yourself and move on was a major theme in this book. It felt longer than the number of pages listed, mostly because there was a lot of emotion packed into those 183 pages. I gave this 4 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for the opportunity to read and review the book.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this Christmas story! I story of forgiveness, grace and redemptive love. After three years Lacey is heading home, but she's not sure if that is a good thing or not. Home will still be the same, but after all of these years being gone she is different. How does she step back into the life that she had years ago, but now doesn't recognize it or who she should be in it? Coming home should have felt like a relief to Lacey, but instead she felt stressed and overwhelmed. She felt like she didn't belong at home any longer, but seeing the house that had pretty much had stayed the same, her brother was there and their Christmas tree business made her feel like she was welcomed home. Her brother also had made molasses cookies with their grandmother's recipe to welcome her home. The one thing that she didn't want to have to deal with on her first day back was the past especially the past that included Officer Austin Wilder. Austin didn't want to give Lacey a second chance. He didn't care to hear her side of story today anymore than he did three years ago, but something about Lacey was different and he wouldn't be doing the right thing if he didn't give her a chance. Who knew that the chance would make them both see each other so differently than they had three years ago. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
A wonderful Christmas read, for anytime! Lacey Gallagher always lived her life on her own terms, not listening to anyone. She has a successful career as a train engineer, a family who loves her, and a cute on-again, off-again boyfriend she enjoys, despite her brother's warnings. Then it all falls apart when she is arrested for transporting drugs. In shock, she is convicted on her boyfriend's testimony that she is the mastermind behind the operation. Three years later she has a new lawyer and an early parole, and now has to put her life back together. All she wants is to make amends with her brother, including help him with the family farm, and keep herself from being a statistic. The last thing she needs is Austin Wilder looking over her shoulder as she struggles to readjust to life. Forest Ranger Austin Wilder has seen it all, and usually the worst is what people live up to. When he arrested Lacey, it was black and white, he caught her in the act. It is only a matter of time before she messes up again. When he takes on restoration of an old steam engine to help his brother, he has to swallow his pride and ask for help from the one person who has the least reason to agree. Lacey has no reason to agree, but the cause and the chance to do something she loves, trump her misgivings. As they work together, the long hours challenge his assumptions, and friendship and respect grow. This was a Christmas story that is so much more. There are second chances, redemption, and love. The characters are well-developed and real, their struggles and feelings are well-written, the story moves at a good pace, and there is more than enough development to make you feel like you are getting more than the novella it is. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Sawyer and Austin's Mom, as well as the other characters we have met before. Kat Latham has become a go-to author for me, and this story does not disappoint. I highly recommend this Christmas read, any time of the year. *I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It was so awesome to see a female character rebuild herself and fight to remake herself. And Lacey did that. I enjoyed reading her journey. Although afraid of judgment and rejection, she persevered. She displayed strength for herself, gave to others and made Austin see her for who she really is. Austin was a very good honest man who was leary of Lacey but took the time to get to know her. I loved how he treated her and understood her vulnerabilities after she got out (after he swallowed his pride). They had a very good connection. This was a very intriguing premise for a book that I truly enjoyed reading. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
This story is proof positive that one mistake does not define who we are. That is why I fell in love with this book and these characters. Lacey is a good person that trusted the wrong man and it ended up costing her three years of her life, her reputation and her self- respect. Austin has seen Lacey at her lowest and was instrumental in her spending three years in prison. Trusting Lacey is not easy for him. Needing her help is unexpected. As they work together for a good cause and he gets to know the insecure girl with the big heart, he starts to question all he thought he knew. Will his actions years before ending up costing him dearly? Or will Austin and Lacey find their own Christmas miracle? Kat Latham has written another wonderful tale. Lacey was one of Ms. Latham's best character's. In spite of the shame she endured she was still determined to prove she was more than her criminal past.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This is the other side of the story, where His Christmas Gift told Lacey brothers and her lawyers' story, this is the story from Lacey's point of view, when she finally gets out of prison and her falling in love with Austin. The story is heartfelt and emotional. Lacey does an amazing job with trying to adjust to the life outside the prison. It is not easy, so many obstacles, so many hurdles, both practical, physical, and emotional. But she is tougher than the most, and determined to build her life again. I love and admire her spirit and guts. Her and Austin has a very painful history, he is the arresting officer, and his testimony was, what puts Lacey into the prison. But now through circumstances in life, they are working together, and learning to know each other, and see each other with a totally new eyes, see into each other's heart, finding a soul mate they don't want to live without. I adore this story. The characters really got to me, they life hasn't been easy, but they make due with the cards they are dealt with. I love how well His Christmas Gift and this one were built together, but still separate stories, both stories totally getting into my heart. I'm glad I read the books in the order I did, I think the other one built this one up perfectly. These characters, their destinies, will stay with me for a good while, these stories are the kind that changes something inside of you, gives you a new kind of perspective into many things ~ Five Spoons
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book could be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. I would suggest reading the whole series because they are all great!
SW57 More than 1 year ago
This was a truly unique story about a Lacey, who has just gotten out of jail for a crime she didn't commit, and Austin, the cop whose testimony put her there. She was really hardened & it took a lot to break through. Austin still believed her guilty, but couldn't fight his attraction to her. She was a train engineer, unable to go back to her job, as the conviction stemmed from her arrest on the job. Austin had an antique train that he wanted to restore for a Christmas village meant to raise funds for handicapped children, including his nephew. Since Lacey was an expert, he enlisted her help & they ended up working together & getting close. Then, there is a new twist in the case that tears them apart. There was a lot of emotion packed in this story, with likable & realistic characters. Loved it!
ChristineLee More than 1 year ago
I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham is a wonderful and heartwarming story about giving, and receiving second chances. About learning to trust again, and about the love of family. Kat's books are always so full of detail and emotion; it's easy to get drawn into the story. It feels like you are there. And it really is a small world: her books are woven throughout with characters crossing over each of her series, so you never know who you will run into!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham is a fantastic read and I must say, my favorite from Ms Latham that I've read to date. Three Nights Before Christmas is a well written book. I love the characters! Lacey, train geek on parole and Austin, the man who arrested her, have a strong dislike that morphs into a relationship. Lacey is full of snark and sarcasm and simply makes this book an awesome read. Three Nights Before Christmas is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. Three Nights Before Christmas is part of the Montana Born Christmas series, but can be read as a standalone. I received an copy of this book for review purposes.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Looking for some holiday fun, check out Three Nights before Christmas. Lacey is a recent parole, thrust back into a life she was ripped from 3 years prior. The man who was the catalyst behind her incarceration doesn’t think he can trust her but needs her train expertise to make a Christmas wish come true. This is a slow building romance, with lots of character growth and mutual appreciation. I have to admit, I was a little reluctant about an ex-con falling in love with the lawman storyline but Latham works it out perfectly. My apprehension was for not. Cute, quick and very enjoyable, Three Nights before Christmas is a heartwarming Christmas love story. I received this copy of Three Nights before Christmas from Tule Publishing- Montana Born Books in exchange for a honest review.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have only one word for this story: Wow. Amazing story. Okay, that’s three words but you need to buy and read this story! I will admit that when I first started reading it, I couldn’t figure out what the Christmas hook was to the story. Trust me that it becomes obvious very quickly. This really is a very deep, caring, loving, gut-wrenching, make-you-teary-eyed story that will grab you and make you not want to put it down until you have finished the last page. Lacey will break your heart – and she displays the “cluelessness” about herself (that gets her into trouble) throughout the book but you can’t dislike her for it – it just endears her to you. And Austin – he will make you love him/hate him/wanna hug him/wanna slap him upside the head/and then comfort him as he deals with his past actions. These two have a long ride to get to their HEA but what an amazing journey. I really like this story and it gave me a holiday miracle that doesn’t often make it in all the stories out there. And I will make sure I read upcoming stories about the secondary characters – and they are characters! I can only highly recommend this book. It is a keeper.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
Lacey has recently been paroled from prison where she was for drug trafficking charges. Austin is the forest service agent who arrested her. She is trying to start her life over, but Austin keeps showing up trying to catch her breaking the law again. Then, in a twist of fate, Austin is forced to swallow his pride and ask for her help. The more he gets to know her, the more he questions what happened in the past. I really enjoyed this story. It certainly wasn't the standard romance novel. There were so many other factors at play. Lacey was a great character, and I really understood her trust issues considering how she was arrested and charged in the first place. I didn't even blame Austin for how he was in the past either. He was just doing his job. This was a great non-traditional love story and I really liked reading it. I hope to read more about Lacy's brother and attorney in the future too. They were great secondary characters and I really want to see more of them.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--THREE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the third installment (and novella) for Kat Latham in the Montana Born series. This is former freight train engineer, and current parolee Lacey Gallagher, and Officer Austin Wilder’s storyline. THREE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information is revealed where necessary. Several characters from Kat’s previous additions to the Montana Born –multi authored series -cross over in secondary and supporting roles. Told from dual third person perspectives (Lacey and Austin) THREE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS focuses on Lacey’s release from prison and her reintegration into the family Christmas Tree farm. Lacey’s early parole following three years in prison for a crime she did not commit, finds our heroine home in time for Thanksgiving but her happiness is short lived when the police officer who testified against her, reveals that she will be watched and visited on a daily basis. What ensues is an acrimonious relationship between Lacey and Austin when Austin asks Lacey for her help repairing a locomotive steam engine in time for the Christmas holidays. The relationship between Lacey and Austin is tepid in the beginning. Lacey and Austin were strangers at the time of her trial, and yet Austin testified to what he thinks he saw and to Lacey’s presumed guilt. An eight years sentence is commuted to three, and Lacey finds herself working side by side with the man who put her in jail. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. Lacey is desperate for companionship and touch, and Austin is ripe for the picking. The secondary and supporting characters include Lacey’s attorney Jenna Macintosh, and Lacey’s brother Sawyer Gallagher who has a thing for Lacey’s attorney. We are also reintroduced to Austin’s brother Gabriel, his wife Molly, and their son Josh; Josh has been in a wheel chair after suffering a near fatal fall (Montana Born Bachelor Auction Series). The world building mainly focuses on the relationship between Austin and Lacey, as well as the preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebrations. While Lacey and Sawyer keep busy at the family-owned Christmas Tree farm, Austin brings Lacey into his life in order to make repairs on the steam engine he promised his nephew, in time for Christmas THREE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a quick and sexy read; a second chance at life and love for Lacey Gallagher; and a second chance to correct the wrongs for Officer Wilder. The premise is full of holiday magic; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a bit of a roller coaster of forbidden love. I did have one issue with the ‘legality ‘ of Austin and Lacey’s relationship-I am not sure if their ‘love match’ would have been accepted in principle or in the real world.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing holiday story with wonderfully unique characters! Lacey is a recently released ex-con and former train engineer. Austin is the forest ranger who had a lot to do with her arrest and conviction. Parts of the story broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes, but it also had scenes that made me laugh. By the end my broken heart was mended and I highly recommend this amazing book!
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
Wow. This story packed a punch and lots of emotions. I wiped my eyes numerous times throughout the story. Lacey is released from serving 3 years in prison, for a crime she didn't commit. A cliche, I know but she really didn't, though no one believes her. She is beyond happy to be going home, to her families tree farm and her brother Sawyer. Though every time she turns around Officer Wilder, who arrested her is there, watching her. Until he goes to her and asks for something. A great story in the series that helps to fill in missing parts of previous stories. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Lacey and Austin have a pretty unpleasant history. He was the arresting officer in a drug case that Lacey inadvertently was involved in due to her relationship with the man in charge. Imprisoned for three years, she's finally free to try to pick up the pieces of her once thriving life. Working at her family's tree farm with her brother is a chance to rebuild, but for one reason or another Austin seems to always be around. Despite their best efforts to stay uninvolved, there is a strong attraction between them and they can't resist giving in. But can they develop the trust to put their troubled past behind them? Kudos to Lacey for embracing the real spirit of forgiveness because I'm not sure that I would have been able to consider developing a relationship with a man who was responsible for the worst three years of my life. But Lacey is determined to move on, and Austin is realizing that things might not have been what they seemed, to his (most likely) everlasting guilt. The friendship they develop starts out very slowly, but eventually they find a space where they can just be themselves at the moment, and not what they were to each other before. I really liked both characters, Lacey's strong will and determination balancing well with Austin's dedication and wish to make amends. They share some steamy scenes together, and the spirit of the Christmas season definitely shines through. 4 stars for an entertaining, sometimes bittersweet, but eventual happy ending story.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
A fast paced love story After spending three years in prison for a crime she was unknowingly committed, freight train engineer, Lacey Gallagher is trying to restart her life. She ends up in Marietta working with her brother at the Christmas tree farm. Forest ranger Austin Wilder was the man who helped put Lacey behind bars. Now that she is out of prison and living in town, he is keeping a close eye on her. But checking in on Lacey so often, Austin is starting to become attracted to her. When Austin needs Lacey's help with a holiday project, he starts seeing Lacey for who she really is and not some common criminal. Will Lacey be able to trust Austin enough to give love a chance? This well detailed story had me hooked. I was anxious to find out how the story ends. This book will make you believe in Christmas miracles.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Are you looking for a uniquely original holiday romance? Then pick up a copy of Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham. This novella will tug at your heartstrings, cause you to shed a tear or two, and smile from ear to ear. What more can you ask for in a holiday read? When freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher falls in love, she trusts her heart to her significant other inexplicably. So when her boyfriend frames her for a crime she unknowingly commits, she ends up going to prison. After serving her time, Lacey is back in the real world, helping her very supportive brother run their family's Christmas tree farm. Lacey throws herself into her work, in order to forget the past, save some money and figure out her new normal. The testimony from forest ranger Austin Wilder helped put Lacey behind bars. Now that she is back in his jurisdiction, he can't help making a pest of himself by checking in with her on a daily basis. He realizes he should not be attracted to her, but he just can't help himself. Little does he know that the attraction is mutual. How bizarre is that? Not to mention the fact that Austin needs Lacey's engineering expertise to get his charitable holiday project completed in time for Christmas, and is more than shocked when she agrees to help him. Lacey and Austin are a steamy couple and the circumstances that bring them together romantically are beyond unusual. As they truly get to know each other, Austin realizes that not all cases are black and white. Their relationship as well as Lacey's future, are replete with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I liked Lacey immediately and her ability to bounce back was truly inspiring. Austin's character had to grow on me, and by the end of the book I was able to forgive him for his criminal stupidity. Sawyer, Lacey's brother, and Jenna, Lacey's chic and determined lawyer, make a comical team and I am hopeful that Ms. Latham will create a story about them. Overall, this is a well-conceived holiday novella that you do not want to miss. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.