A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 20th 2011 Harlequin
AGES 18 & OVER
The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won't give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can't fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must decide—soon—because there's a new marshal in town, and she's living under his roof.
With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn't interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship—and passion. And when they say "I do" to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman's Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife…
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story about loss and pain, starting over, and discovering love. With Christmas right around the corner, it's also a great Christmas present. The story moves at a good pace and the characters will warm your heart. Clay was such a kind and loving person, it wasn't hard at all to fall in love with him right along with Dara Rose.
Dara Rose has been through a lot. She lost her husband, who was the marshal before Clay, and because of his death she is about to lose a lot more. She has two little girls who are very smart and have a little bit of an idea of what's going on. It was really sad reading their story because things like this happen today. Dara Rose lived off her husband and when he passed away, she was left with nothing. The house she lives in is meant for the towns marshal. Now that Clay is in town, it's time for her and her two girls to move out. And Clay, being the kind person that he is, made an arrangement with Dara Rose for her to be able to live in the house with her two children. The more time they spent together, the more they were pulled to each other. Neither one of them expected to actually find love. Clay wanted a wife and children and that is exactly what he got, and more.
There were so many moments that made me smile and laugh out loud. Dara Rose oldest daughter had to be one of the smartest six year old ever. She had a slick mouth and knew a little too much for her age, but you couldn’t help but laugh. It’s also a great Christmas story with a happy ending. Linda Lael Miller really makes cowboys super sexy. Now I cannot wait for Christmas!
4 out of 5 Stars!