Snow is falling in Copper Ridge, Oregon–but the heat between a holiday–loving party planner and the town's resident Scrooge is off the charts in this sweet and sizzling Christmas novella…
Holly Fulton is throwing a special Christmas Eve party for the foster parents who gave her so much. To finish the preparations in time, she needs to recruit her one–time foster brother, Ryan Masters. He may have a scowl that could curdle eggnog, but under that surly demeanour is a big heart. And amazing muscles. And a gorgeous chest. In fact, X–rated visions of Ryan have been dancing in Holly's head for years, but she can't risk complicating the only real family she's ever known.
But maybe there's a way for Holly to have her Christmas cake and eat it too. A no–strings affair, just until they're done with the planning. Ryan is certainly willing. But from the first touch, it's clear that this isn't just a festive fling. It might just be a Christmas miracle in the making…
About the Author
During her high school and college years, she spent a lot of time dreaming about holding a book in her hands that had her name emblazoned across the front, but she did a lot more dreaming than actual writing.
At her very first job she was fortunate enough to meet her very own tall, dark and handsome hero, who happened to be her boss, and she promptly married him and started a family. It wasn't until she was pregnant with her second child that she found her very first Harlequin Presents book in a local thrift store. She'd never read a Harlequin romance before, and by the time she'd reached the happily ever after she had fallen in love. She devoured as many as she could get her hands on after that, and she knew that these were the books she wanted to write!
Soon after that she saw that Harlequin was running a competition to win an editor for a year. She decided that was her sign to get in gear and start writing again. So she wrote her chapter and synopsis and hit send with trembling hands. She didn't get any feedback from the contest, but it was the boost she needed to get her first full manuscript finished and submitted to Harlequin Presents.
Nearly two years later, while pregnant with her third child, she received The Call from her editor, informing her they wanted to buy that manuscript. She was very glad that the good news didn't send her promptly into labor!
She still can't quite believe she's blessed enough to see her name on not just any book, but her favorite books.
Maisey lives with her supportive, wonderful, diaper-changing husband and three small children across the street from her parents, and the home she grew up in, in the wilds of southern Oregon.
She enjoys the contrast of living in a place where you might wake up to find a bear on your back porch and then head into the home office to write stories that take place in exotic urban locales.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been in a Oregon cowboy/holiday mood, so decided it was the perfect time to *finally* get to this Copper Ridge novella. It perfectly hit the spot! Ryan and Holly have known each other for years, ever since they shared a set of foster parents. Though their time with the family didn't overlap a whole lot, Margie and Dan (the foster parents) have always made an effort to keep their "kids" a part of their lives and Ryan and Holly both still live in Copper Ridge. They've been a part of each others' lives since childhood, and have been aware of each other almost as long. So when Holly asks Ryan to help her to put on a holiday party for the Traverses, they're suddenly spending more time together than either is sure is particularly wise, and...things happen. The fact that the two of them have a history definitely helps to make the shorter format of a novella work for their story. A longer work would have given us more information and details about why Holly and Ryan both think lasting, loving relationships won't ever work for them, but honestly, I think we get enough of their background here to make their current hang-ups make sense; personally, I'd much rather they focus on the present and learning to be able to move on instead, which they do nicely. They have great chemistry, and his gruff grumpiness and her relentless cheer play off of each other nicely throughout. Who declares themselves to whom first is a pleasant surprise, as is which one makes a run for the hills...and the grand gesture is very sweet. And maybe a little bit sticky, too ;) Overall, this was a sweet holiday read that just hit the spot in my busy holiday weekend. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
What is there not to love in this beautifully written novella of love, family, Christmas and a HEA for Holly and Ryan. Maisey always writes wonderful stories that warms the heart and "A Copper Ridge Christmas" is no exception. It has some sweetness and daring in Holly and some grumpiness and hotness in Ryan. This is one story you won't want to miss. A holiday story for your bookshelf. 4.5 Stars!
Very sweet story! Loved it!
True love wins again....good story...I enjoyed
Yates shows readers another side of Copper Ridge with this Christmas novella. At the same time, she shows how relationships aren’t easy. They take work, but are worth the reward. Through this all, Yates brings Copper Ridge to life in a vivid way, giving readers access to the lives of her characters. I liked the character development in the past and present, as well as how past perceptions tie into today’s actions and reactions. It gave me a complete and complex view of the main characters without detracting from the forward motion of this novella. Yates is one of those rare authors who can make me cry and leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling at the same time. She definitely does that with this Copper Ridge Christmas novella. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.