I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
In the heart of the Rockies
In the arms of a cowboy
One white Christmas can change everything.
When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his four kids to a Colorado Christmas tree ranch, he intended for it to be a safe haven. But he never expected danger to follow them to his childhood home...
Or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget.
Folk artist Camille Brandt lives a quiet life. As the town's resident eccentric, she's used to being lonely--until Steve freaking Springfield changes everything. Brave and kind, he's always had a piece of her heart, and it doesn't take long before she's in danger of falling for him and his rambunctious kids. But as mysterious fires break out across the sleepy Colorado town, Steve and Camille will have to fight if they want their happy family to survive until Christmas...
To stay I am a Katie Ruggle fangirl is to put it mildly. I fell madly in love with her romantic suspense books last year, and was so very excited to see this one up on Edelweiss. I downloaded it immediately, and even though it’s a Christmas/Winter book releasing in late September I read it right at the beginning of July. While my hope of all the talk of freezing mountain winters would cool me off during a heat wave didn’t work, I sure did enjoy this one. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle is not my all-time favorite, but it sure did suck me in.
Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas is about single father and firefighter Steve Springfield who moves his four children back to his family’s Christmas Tree Ranch in Colorado. When he sees Camille Brandt, he can’t deny that he’s attracted to her. Camille is used to being alone, and is a bit surprised by Steve’s interest in her. But she is also attracted to him, and loves his family. But it soon becomes clear that someone is out to hurt Camille, and they have to figure out what is going on.
Katie Ruggle has a way with creating these very unique characters in her novels. It’s something I don’t see everyday in a romantic suspense novel. They are almost like quirky, small-town contemporary romance characters, in a romantic suspense and it makes her books so good. It’s no exception with the cast of Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas.
I have a real soft spot for single fathers in romance novels, and Steve is definitely one of the best. He’s raising four children who are all a handful, but he’s doing a wonderful job. Seriously, that alone made me love Steve. Add in the fact that he’s a firefigher, gorgeous and also a nice guy and I was in love. He may not be my all time favorite Ruggle hero (George from Gone too Deep has that honor!) I definitely loved Steve. Ruggle created this strong, capable hero, who isn’t really you’re typical alpha man.
Camille was adorable. She is an artist and takes supports herself from online orders. She creates objects from scrap metal, and I just loved that aspect of Camille. She’s a quiet, and the town residents don’t really know what to think of her, even though she’s lived there nearly her whole life. I loved how Camille would show little bits of spunkiness every now and then. She’s quiet but feisty as well.
Camille and Steve were really such a great couple. She fit right in with his children, and their relationship was based on much more than just chemistry. Although they did have chemistry, it was more than that. And the rest of the cast is charming and quirky and I loved them. Even Camille’s nosy, interfering elderly neighbor.
The suspense was a little different than I am used to from a Ruggle book. There wasn’t quite as much action, and the baddie was not who I was suspecting. I actually didn’t really love who the baddie was but that is all personal preference on my part. Although I wouldn’t call this book slow in the slightest, it didn’t quite have the intensity that her others have. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas is still fantastic, though.
Basically what I’m saying is Katie Ruggle writes some of the best romantic suspense books out there. I highly recommend her books, whether you starting with Hold Your Breath (my recommendation) or Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas.