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Thursday, December 8, 2016

[Review]* Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County #4) by Linda Lael Miller

Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County, #4)


True love gets a second chance this Christmas in Mustang Creek.

Growing up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, Charlotte Morgan couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But with a job she doesn't love and a sense of loneliness she can't shake, life in New York is less fabulous than she'd like to admit—especially now that veterinarian Jaxon Locke has left town. 

Jax's move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's practice ended things with Charlotte just as they were getting interesting. But he didn't expect to miss her so much. So when Charlotte returns home to help care for the great-aunt who raised her, Jax is determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back…and he'll start by giving her the most magical Mustang Creek Christmas of all. 
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Length: 267 pages (Hardcover)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Brides of Bliss County
Available Formats: Print/E-book/E-Audiobook/Audiobook CD
Publication Date: September 29th 2015 by HQN Books
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I finally did it, last week after years of seeing people reviewing Linda Lael Miller's books I finally decided to bite the bullet after this one strayed across my path at the library a while back. I wasn't sure how Christmas at Mustang Creek would read since it is the fourth book in the Brides of Bliss County series but I was worried for nothing.

This was a quick and easy holiday read and one that I really needed. I'd read a pretty heavy sort of book and this was just the right amount of lightening up and it fit in perfectly with the season. I really enjoyed the small town feel of this book but I do wish it had been highlighted more because while I enjoyed the glimpses, they were all too brief and I found myself wanting to get to know they other characters in the town more.

I liked Charlotte and Jaxon together more than as individual characters, well that's not true. I like Charlotte better when she was with Jax as a couple because on her own she wasn't the most likable heroine for me. There was far too much inner dialogue on her end and her "rationale" to find reasons not to do things got annoying after while but I will say I loved how she took care of her elderly aunt, she loved her so much and that really came through and in the end when Charlotte opened up more I did come to like her.

Jaxon was a great hero all on his own. He's a vet, a country boy and he is completely head over heals in love with Charlotte, Mustang Creek and all the residents. He was such a sweetheart and he had no problem being henpecked by the women and being at their beck and call. In fact he seemed to really enjoy having women to take care of and I loved it. He was such a good guy and the way he delt with all the townsfolk was wonderful I'm glad he balanced out Charlotte.

Mrs. Klozz though was the true star of the book, with her baked goods, feasts fit for a king, a welcoming embrace, advice and some good old fashioned old lady meddling I couldn't not love her, She had a delightful sense of humour and she was such a lovely character she really made tied the whole book together and she embodied the feeling of Christmas for me.

This is one that was on the sweeter side of the romance scale and didn't delve into the intimate details much though there was a certain amount of sexual tension and and the odd innuendo but nothing you wouldn't be shocked by. It had all the fixins' of a holiday love story and while I did think Charlotte needed more character development and I wish we'd gotten to know more of the folks in the town.
I'm glad these two characters got their happily ever after.

I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of holiday romances. If you're a fan of Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle books Mrs. Klozz is sure to remind you of them. Check this one out if you're looking for a quick and sweet read to snuggle up with for the evening. I can't wait to read more of this series and enjoyed my experience reading Linda Lael Miller's work for the first time.

Really Liked It
★ 1/2

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  1. Great review baby. I know how much you like your Christmas stories. They always get you into the Christmas spirit. Glad you enjoyed it so much

    1. Thanks Babe, you know I'm a sucker for a Christmas love story.

  2. I guess I am the one alone now, cos I have not read her

  3. This was my first Miller too and I really enjoyed it. I loved the Mrs. Klozz character though Charlotte did get on my nerves some. This was such a Christmas-y read! Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that issues with Charlotte, I'm so glad I finally picked LLM up.

  4. I love how books can take us to the deep places but then balance us out with the lighter, happier feelings too. Reading is the BEST!

  5. I like Miller. I can devour her novels in one night and she usually leaves me smiling.

  6. I've read a few of Linda's cowboy trilogies. They were good. I need to finish the first one I've ever read.

  7. Aw yay! I enjoy her books and love Christmas ones. I'll have to add it to my pile :D


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