Weekend Reads #84 – Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone

Posted November 12, 2016 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Weekend Reads

Happy Saturday y’all! The Christmas countdown has begun and there are only 6 weeks left 😀 With that in mind and the HoHoHo readathon going on, I thought why not share with you all some great holiday reads for your weekend. Keep in mind that I enjoy light, sweet romance this time of year (think Hallmark movie style reading). If you’re looking for a little light reading to boost your holiday spirit, check out this book!

Weekend Reads #84 – Home for Christmas by Melissa McCloneHome for Christmas by Melissa McClone
Series: Copper Mountain Christmas #2, Bar V5 Dude Ranch #1
Published by Tule Publishing Group on 2013-11-05
Length: 166 pages
Reviewing eBook, Audiobook from My Book Shelf
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Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon...the smells of Christmas. The smells of home.

Rachel Murphy longs for home and family. Since childhood, she's dreamed of owning her own pastry shop, but after being burned by a celebrity chef and losing her new bakery in Arizona, Rachel's spending the holidays with her brother in Montana. To keep her dream alive, she's creating custom gingerbread houses and selling them around town. All she needs is a bigger kitchen...and to stay away from her brother's handsome boss.

Former venture capitalist Nate Vaughn has embraced his inner cowboy and now runs a successful dude ranch where Rachel's brother works. Nate's commercial kitchen is perfect for Rachel's baking needs, and seeing the cute blonde's business acumen, Nate knows she'd be the perfect partner for a new venture. When he makes her an offer she can't refuse, he discovers he's interested in more than her gingerbread.

While Nate could make her dreams come true, Rachel's heart, as well as her head, tells her mixing business with anything else could be a recipe for disaster. Should she return to Arizona, and leave Nate and her new eager-for-more customers behind? Or can Nate convince her that, here with him in the mountains of Montana, she's already home? For Christmas...forever.

Home for Christmas is the first book I’ve read from author Melissa McClone and it won’t be the last! Set in the hills of Montana on a ranch, this holiday story unfolds in the best possible way with gingerbread, snow and mistletoe.

Rachel Murphy comes to Montana to spend the Christmas holiday with her big brother and hopefully convince him to come home to Phoenix with her. She needs a new start. Her business plan was stolen out from under her, along with the seed money. She needs security and her heart needs the pieces put back together. I like her! She’s tough, refuses charity, and even though it’s the holidays has plans to earn cash by selling her gingerbread creations.

Nate Vaughn is the owner of the Bar V5 Dude Ranch and the best friend of Rachel’s brother Ty. Nate is a businessman. He never wanted his father’s life on the ranch until his father nearly lost it all. With the help of Ty, Nate saved the ranch but it cost him his job, his fiancé, and the city life he’d become accustomed to. Now though he wouldn’t trade the life he’s built on the ranch for anything…until he meets Ty’s sister.

Operation Hansel and Gretel commence! Nate learns that Ty is planning to move back to Phoenix with Rachel and well Nate can’t run the ranch without him. So he needs to convince Rachel to stay. The problem, he falls for her, the forbidden fruit. She’s his best friend’s sister, practically family. He can’t touch her, he can’t stay away from her either. I loved the sweet friendship that forms between the two and the romance that slowly unfolds. It’s also relatively clean, as in fade-to-black type scenes.

Overall I enjoyed this novella! It’s sweet, light and funny. Rachel and Nate balance each other perfectly and I love Ty! Hopefully Ty gets his own book in the series….I need to look and find that out 😀 If you enjoy contemporary romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this one.

About Melissa McClone

USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, two goldfish and a few cats who think they rule the house. They do!


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