About the Book:
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense
Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.
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In My Opinion
First of all, can I just say, I love this cover? It’s so festive with the lights around the ranch sign. And it fits the story well.
Barrett Thorn has experienced tragedy. His happily-ever-after was cut short when the love of his life was killed in an accident. Now Barrett is content to spend time with his parents and three brothers working with the horses on their ranch.
When he finds a woman during a storm, a surge of protectiveness he’s not felt in a long time runs through him. Shelby seems to have a knack for getting herself in trouble. Yet, when he learns who Shelby is related to, he’s torn about spending time with her.
As both Shelby and Barrett navigate the choppy waters of learning to forgive others who have hurt them, they are embroiled in danger. Shelby is determined to assay the mine in order to help save her uncle from financial ruin—a mine that someone does not want her to explore.
There’s a good twist at the end of this one that I didn’t see coming which always gives a book higher marks for me. While the mystery is an engaging one, it’s the relationships that lie at the heart of this story—family, friends, and romance all have a place in Cowboy Christmas Guardian.
I, for one, am looking forward to reading more about the Thorn brothers and the Gold Bar Ranch in future books from Dana Mentink.
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About the Author:
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.
Guest Post from Dana Mentink
Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!
In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c0d3
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