Christmas at Cardwell Ranch (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1455)

Christmas at Cardwell Ranch (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1455)

by B. J. Daniels
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Christmas at Cardwell Ranch 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Once again, B.J. Daniels took me on an exciting ride in Christmas at Cardwell Ranch. There is so much going on in this romantic thriller that I was happily turning pages all day. The love story is classic, but the angst is full fledged creepy. Well done.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: B.J. Daniels Published By: Harlequin Intrigue Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Series: Cardwell Ranch #4 Review: "Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" by B.J. Daniels was a wonderfully told story that you will want to read especially during the holidays. It is not a story of just Christmas but all in all it comes into play that you will soon see it as you read through the novel. I really liked the two main characters Lily and Tag that were drawn together in the very good intriguing story. Who knew that while Tag has come to visit his father for the holiday that he would met such a woman like Lily. From their meeting serious things start to happen...missing people and murders? There will be some evilness that will return to this small town of Big Sky, Montana from the pass that will put many of its residents in jeopardy. "Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" will be one of those reads that you will not be able to put down until the very end. The characters from Tag Cardwell, Lily McCabe, Hud Savage to only name a few where you will find they are all well developed and so very captivating. This author was able to present to its reader a story of intrigue, mystery, suspense and some even some romance. The reader will be quickly 'pulled into the lives and stories of these families'....the Cardwell's and their kin folk. Be ready for the twist and turns that will come into this plot. Also, if you are a cowboy lover you have definitely come to the right place. Oh, I will say there are three previous novels by this author that comes before this series and I would highly recommend you read those first, however this one I felt could be read as a stand alone read. So, if you are looking for a interesting Christmas holiday read I feel "Christmas at Cardwell Ranch" would be recommended to you as a good read.
jef71 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much. Could not put it down. Just had to see what would happen next..
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 STars Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Big Sky, Montana until murder happens and not just one but several. When Tag Cardwell returns to Montana after a long sojourn, he finds he isn’t exactly welcomed home by his father, but cousin Dana insists that he stay for a Cardwell Christmas. She wants family together. Trying to get things back to normal after an insane woman posing as her cousin wreaked havoc in her home. Lily McCabe is filling in at her brother Ace McCabe’s bar for the holidays. The pretty young math genius enjoys her solitude though, especially after being jilted at the alter six months prior. When one of the waitresses winds up missing a whole lot of trouble starts to happen over a flash drive with gibberish on it that mysteriously winds up in Tag’s pocket. Is it gibberish or a mathematical code? When Tag and Lily find they may have to put their heads together to solve the mystery, a lot more may happen than finding answers. Maybe a little kissing under the mistletoe? When Lily’s proper ex-fiance appears on her doorstep she suddenly doesn’t know what direction to take her life. The safe and quiet one? Or the one that could lead to passion and excitement. Marshall Hud Savage has been second guessing himself since he allowed imposter Camilla Northland, who posed as Dana’s long lost cousin, into his home to terrorize his family. How could he have let someone that unstable near his precious family? How could he have been so blind? These thoughts go through his mind constantly nowadays and he worries that his days as Marshall are numbered. Even though she is apparently tucked away in prison, Camilla Northland plots her revenge on Hud and Dana. Is her arm long enough to reach Cardwell Ranch? It takes all of these people involved to try to solve the murder mystery plaguing Big Sky and the clock is ticking. The question is, can all be solved before time runs out? Lord, do I love picking up a B.J. Daniels book. I always know I am in for a good time. B.J. gets the reader’s mind a flutter with all the facts and the possible resolutions. She is a master at telling more than one story at a time with incredible ease and sucking in the reader until the very end. It is so nice to be back in Big Sky, Montana and with the Cardwell Clan and its extended family especially at Christmas time. Watching the evolution of these awesome characters is always part of the charm mixed in with all the mystery and suspense. I loved B.J. Daniels’ CHRISTMAS AT CARDWELL RANCH and I know you will as well.
KathyJoStl More than 1 year ago
"Christmas at Cardwell Ranch" It’s like coming home! I have read all of the Cardwell ranch stories and "Christmas at Cardwell Ranch" was just as entertaining as the first "Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch". I felt like I was coming home right along with Tag Cardwell. I don't know where BJ Daniels comes up with some of these plot twists but she keeps them coming. Love her style!
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
I read anything that BJ writes. I know that it is going to be a suspenseful ride! This book was no exception! We have Tag who hasn't seen his father for a number of years so he returns to Montana to spend the holidays with him but immediately, things don't turn out the way he expected. His father doesn't have time for him and he even seems to be involved in something ---- illegal maybe? Tag meets Lily at the very beginning and they are thrust into a crime situation! They don't know what is going on but suddenly people are turning up dead and they can't even trust the sheriff at first. BJ weaves a couple of storylines into her books so we get to meet several characters that are good at being evil but we don't always know until the end! I had a hard time going to sleep until I finished this book so I usually just give up and finish the book, no matter how late it is! I recommend you read this book!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Christmas Intrigue and Romance in Big Sky Country!   I know when I see a book by B.J. Daniels, that I'm going to be treated to an engaging story of mysterious intrigue in Big Sky country. Christmas at Cardwell Ranch adds a touch of Christmas to that mix. Tag and Lily are our two main characters in this tale. Tanner "Tag" Cardwell hadn't seen his father or Montana since he was a little boy and, this year, he'd had a grand idea of catching up with him over Christmas. However, it appears that his grand idea of surprising his father by showing up at his door unexpectedly had been a mistake as his father hadn't exactly greeted him with open arms. As Tag is pondering what-to-do over a drink at the bar in Big Sky, one of the bar maids drunkenly stumbles into him and then disappears outside into the numbing cold. He follows her, worried for her safety in the cold, just in time to see her arguing with and getting into a truck with a man wearing a Western hat... Lily is in Big Sky, Montana helping her brother, Ace, with his bar there as it's always super busy at Christmas-time. When a co-worker takes off from her job early without an explanation, Lily questions Tag who had seen her leave... When bodies start piling up around Big Sky, Tag and Lily must decipher the clues before they both become victims. While this is not the 1st B.J. Daniels book I've read, this was the first Cardwell Ranch novel I've read. Christmas at Cardwell Ranch is the fourth story in the series but it can be easily read alone. I don't feel that my enjoyment of the book was affected by not having read any of the first three books. (I plan to read the previous 3 books soon!)  This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. As with all B.J.'s books, I loved the story and the setting in Big Sky country, Montana, was awesome. B.J.'s writing always makes me feel like I'm right there. The holiday theme was wonderful... perfect to read around the holidays or anytime you crave a bit of Christmas spirit. I'd highly recommend Christmas at Cardwell Ranch as a quick enjoyable holiday read.  4 Stars!
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on October 25, 2013 Book Info  Paperback, 224 pages Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Harlequin ISBN 0373697228 (ISBN13: 9780373697229) series Cardwell Ranch #4 Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS AT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTAL  It had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future.  Cowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. What was it about Tag? The dreamy eyes… The rugged physique… The protection she felt in his strong arms…  But before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree. My Thoughts I suddenly feel the need for eggnog and a fire! Big Sky Montana in winter close to Christmas can be a beautiful place however when a killer comes to town it can also be a dangerous setting to spend ones holidays! Taken from Big Sky at age 12 by his mother and raised in Texas Tag Cardwell has come back to spend Christmas with his father Harlan, a man he has rarely seen since his parents divorce and someone he feels a need to finally connect with now that his father is older and Tag is fully grown. Lily McCabe, a professor of mathematics, has her own safe and orderly life miles away in Bozeman Montana but she comes to Big Sky every year to help her brother James "Ace" McCabe through the Christmas/New Year rush at "The Canyon" bar that he owns. The pair meet on the first night Tag is in town, he was the last person to talk to one of the female servers at the Canyon bar as she stumbled into him on her way out the door and as he felt she was inebriated followed her outside where she was being helped into the front seat of a pickup truck. Lily had come outside right after him and confronted him about being in the alley back of the bar, after work she went to check on her coworker and found out the girl's apartment had been ransacked. Events begin to spiral after that with the finding of the girl's missing body, her friend at work Theresa also has gone missing and is also found dead later on.  Tag begins to suspect the worse from his father and his father's brother Angus. Those same suspicions lead him to also suspect his cousin Dana's husband, who is the local sheriff of Big Sky, Hud of not being trustworthy either. When Lily ends up as the next missing person will those suspicions prove true or will she be found by Tag in time? Read the book to find out for yourself, soon. This is a modern day "white knight riding in on his charger" contemporary romantic suspense that you will gobble up delighting in the holiday setting, the intrigue and the terrific ending that just might prove to be an early Christmas present for fans of the author !
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars Christmas at Cardwell Ranch was full of surprises. It had some twists that I was surprised with and some I had guessed at. The name really fits the book too. I never paid attention to much about the Cardwell of Texas. The plot was good I had wondered why Tag did not go to cops but the reason was very well done. There is a lot of drama, suspenseful, some romance, lots of bad guys? Had to keep reading to see how it would all work out. I like Tag Cardwell. He is trying to figure what is going on. He does not know who to trust. His father is not very welcoming when he shows up at his cabin to surprise his dad with a Christmas visit. Tag goes to the Canyon bar to hear his father play. When he is leaving he sees bumps into a drunk lady and then sees her getting into a truck. Then he talks to Lily McCabe as she is looking for the other women. She is not to impressed with Tag. Lily is helping her brother over the holidays by working at his bar. This way they get to spend the holidays together while she is off from teaching college. Lily and Tag end up trying to figure out what is going on. After Tag finds something in his coat pocket that he did not put their. This is a pretty fast paced book. Lots of things going on. Tag is not sure who to trust after he is lied to a few times. I enjoyed it. The snow sounds good on these hot August days. I wonder if we will get to meet Tag's other four brothers or if Lily's brother Ace will get his own book? I will want to see if their story get told. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it in exchange by NetGalley and Harlequin. 10/22/2013 PUB Harlequin Harlequin Intrigue ISBN 9780373697229
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CI don't know how BJ Daniels does it; she drags the reader into her stories immediately. This book, the 4th in the Cardwell Ranch Series, was no exception; she immerses the reader into a winter wonderland filled with all the best ingredients: suspense, lust, love, murder...perfect combination for a heart racing read. I absolutely love how the characters from the previous books in the series are allowed to continue throughout the stories. Daniels gives her characters a vulnerability which makes loving them that much easier. I have grown attached to the Cardwell Family and hope only the best in future books! Speaking of books, I highly recommend reading the previous books in this series; it is possible to read this book on its own, but it will be much more gratifying to have the others read prior. I am also impressed with the complex plot and side stories Daniels introduces. The book would be quite bland if there weren't other things coming along to keep the characters on their toes. Daniels' creativity is amazing - I would never have guessed what Harlan and Angus did pre-retirement...did not see that one coming! My first reaction to this story was 'how awful to experience these things around Christmas'...but the ending made it worthwhile. And now I'm not sure I can wait for Christmas; this book has put me in the holiday spirit...I'm ready to decorate my tree now (and hope to find a warm hunky body under it by the name of Tag).
TPrewitt1 More than 1 year ago
If you love cowboys you will love this one. A romantic suspense that is packed with twist and turns on every page. First off thank you to B. J. Daniels for letting me be a part of the review team with an advanced copy of Forsaken. It never fails to amaze me how much she can pack into one book and Forsaken did not disappoint, I started this book just two days ago and hated to put it down. Beartooth Montana is by far my favorite place to visit and on this first chilly day of fall I guarantee it will warm you up too. Romance, twist, turns and suspense at ever corner. Especially loved the interaction between Detective Jamison and Maddie. On a side note I love the character named Maddie as that is my daughters name. If you are not familiar with B. J. Daniels other works I suggest you go grab the other two Beartooth Montana books, Unforgiven and Redemption and hold on. Grab your copy on bookshelves September 24th, you won't be disappointed.
EllenToo More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by BJ Daniels with lots of suspense. In fact it kept me awake past my bedtime because I just had to finish it before I could put it down. The hero Tanner and his brothers had been taken from Montana and moved to Texas by their mother and had not been back since. But this Christmas he decided to return to Montana and spend Christmas with his father and cousin only to find himself in the middle of a murder mystery. He was determined to not only solve the mystery but he was also determined to save Lilly McCabe from whoever was determined to kill her for some reason. If you like complicated mysteries where the ending is not clear until the end this is an excellent book to read. Just keep in mind that you are not going to be able to put the book down until the end.
JL_Coy0 More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Cardwell Ranch was another great story from Daniels. She brings us back to Big Sky's Meadow Village, MT for a reunion between Tanner "Tag" Cardwell and his father, Harlan. From the beginning, Daniels drops you right into the scene and right into the start of the action. Mysterious women, mysterious men - the book is full of them. We also get to revisit with Dana and Hud - Tag's cousin and her husband and see how they have progressed since "Cardwell Ranch Trespasser" and the visit with Dana's crazy 'cousin'. Lily McCabe is a bit of a nerdy girl that gets under Tag's skin right from the beginning. They soon find themselves searching for the answers to mysteries and murders. And, of course, they find each other. We get to know Harlan and his brother, Angus, better and learn about why Tag's mother took all the boys south to Texas so many years before. As with all BJ Daniels' books - the author takes us on a trip to Montana with her descriptions that make you feel like you are right there in the Beartooth Mountains in the middle of a snow storm. I love her character development as well as the venue. Every time I read a book of hers, I want to pack my bags and move west (until I think about those long winters and all that snow!). If you are looking for a good read with lots of mystery and action, this is the book to pick up and read.
sarahj2u More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - it started out just a little bit slow (for me anyway) but trust me and be patient - keep reading because by Chapter 2 I guarantee you'll be hooked. I LOVED the character of Lily! Maybe it's just that I can identify with the "nerdy girl" persona, but I loved how B.J. Daniels showed her insecurities and self-doubts. I don't know about you but I tire of reading books where the heroines are perfect, and have tons of self-confidence because, while that would be nice, I'm not sure in the real world it exists all that often. Add a hot cowboy from Texas into the mix and you've got the makings of a great romantic thriller. The last several chapters had me wanting to go back to biting my nails - it was just that edge-of-your-seat-suspenseful good! I highly recommend this one.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
‘Tis the season to start lining up those easy to read, easy to cozy up with, Christmas Romance novels. Be sure to add Christmas at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels to your list! Looking to reconnect with his distant father, Tanner "Tag" Cardwell comes home to Montana only to find that the man he thought of as a poor father was far more than just a overgrown kid in a country band. Thrown into the middle of murder, high tech intrigue and falling for a strong-willed woman that he must save, even if it breaks his heart to do so, Tag gets a Christmas unlike any he could have imagined! B. J. Daniels is the master of romance as she creates another easy to follow, twisted plot in her latest Holiday Romance filled with cowboys, snow, love, and few surprises along the way. Can you say, where's the Mistletoe? An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Intrigue in exchange for my honest review.