This cowboy can handle the heat
For cowboy and firefighter Jake Ramsay, Christmas at Thunder Mountain Ranch is all about family, food and celebration. Okay, and maybe a chance to run into his high school sweetheart, singer Amethyst Ferguson. Six months ago, they had a scorching-hot, wild reunion and this cowboy can't wait for another chance to play with fire.
Now their sexual attraction is an insatiable, five-alarm blaze that's only grown more addictive. But Amethyst has career dreams that don't include Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or a "relationship." Whatever this is between them, however real it feels, it can never become anything more. Once Christmas is over, Amethyst must walk away even if they both get burned.
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Title: Cowboy Unwrapped - Thunder Mountain Brotherhood 8 Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson Published: 11-22-2016 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 224 Genre: Romance Sub Genre: Western Romance; Blaze Series; Holidays ISBN: 13: 9780373799237 ASIN: B01DSPXLG8 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.75 Stars I received a copy of "Cowboy Unwrapped" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: This cowboy can handle the heat… For cowboy and firefighter Jake Ramsay, Christmas at Thunder Mountain Ranch is all about family, food and celebration. Okay, and maybe a chance to run into his high school sweetheart, singer Amethyst Ferguson. Six months ago, they had a scorching-hot, wild reunion…and this cowboy can't wait for another chance to play with fire. Now their sexual attraction is an insatiable, five-alarm blaze that's only grown more addictive. But Amethyst has career dreams that don't include Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or a "relationship." Whatever this is between them, however real it feels, it can never become anything more. Once Christmas is over, Amethyst must walk away…even if they both get burned. My Review of "Cowboy Unwrapped": There is something about a cowboy that automatically says honorable, strong, dependable. Who doesn't love a cowboy. "Cowboy Unwrapped" has characters that you can't help but like. They are strong, bold individuals that light up the page and draw you in and make you feel you are part of the story. Add in a plot that is as intriguing as it is romantic and you have a winning combination. My rating is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
How do you measure success? That's the theme running through this story as Jackson and Amethyst reconnect. Amethyst is happy with her life, but has the nagging feeling (brought on by other's comments) that she should be doing something more with her singing career. She's set up a soundproof recording studio in a spare bedroom of her apartment where she gives music lessons to children in between recording her music. She travels around locally giving concerts and making enough money to live on. Her friends and family all live close by and she's content with her small town life. But if she really wants to make it big, she should be going to New York or L.A. or somewhere where her music can really take off. But will moving away from the life she's known make her any happier? Jake is very happy to be home for Christmas, to see his foster family, and relive some of his better childhood memories of Christmas past. Seeing Amethyst again is an extra present. He sets up a fun sleigh ride date for them (and I believe it's the first time I've read about sleigh ride sex!) and they go on to find moments where they can be together. They share some steamy love scenes that are clearly more than just sex for both of them. Jake comes across as a protective and confident man, clearly fitting his firefighter career well. Being back at the ranch makes him a little homesick, and he decides that he's going to see about getting a job with the Sheridan fire department so that he can stay home permanently. It's a decision he makes regardless of what Amethyst plans to do in the New Year, though some part of him hopes it might persuade her to change her mind about moving away. I liked that even though he didn't think Amethyst was necessarily making the right move to pursue her career elsewhere, he was trying to be supportive of her choice. The story, taking place over the Christmas holidays gets an extra sparkle from the family gatherings of both Jake and Amethyst. There are several lovely scenes showcasing the closeness and love they experience with their families, and some lighthearted humorous moments as well. In the end Jake and Amethyst both make decisions that lead to their happy ending and it all wraps together nicely. I look forward to reading the next story in the series, which will be switching over to the Harlequin Special Edition line. If you are looking for a sweet and sexy Christmas themed story with a second chance romance, I highly recommend this one.
What a lovely Christmas time at the Thunder Mountain Ranch. I have enjoyed every book in the series, they are full of a family of heart, cheer and jubilee of life, steamy romance, and enticing, charming characters. And Cowboy Unwrapped doesn't disappoint either. The connection between Amethyst and Jake is scalding hot, the innocent high school attraction has turned into a fervor of desire and they are more than willing to act on it. But when it comes to making their relationship into more than that, that's where they have a difference of an opinion. The story is a well-balanced mix of Amethyst and Jake getting it on and getting to know each other better, family Christmas activities, visiting on the ranch and getting to know Amethyst's family better. I love how everyone is connected to the Thunder Mountain ranch one way or the other. The future is on the display, how, when, and where will Amethyst go about her music career and will Jake, a relationship and a possible family have room in her future dreams and plans. Ardent and earnest fling turns into a thing, the feelings grow deeper yet do the emotions have a say when pondering about the future goals and dreams? Is this just a sexy fling heating up the snowy holidays, or do they have something worth building upon, worth making a plan for a more permanent solution with deep grown affection? Entertaining, alluring, intriguing, imaginative story of Amethyst and Jake heating up the Christmas holiday while making some serious future decisions ~ Four Spoons