I’ve gotten so behind on my reviewing that Valerie Comer has written four books in a series before I even got my review of the first one up! So I decided to review all four at once and give you a great idea of what this new Valerie Comer community looks like!
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Summary of the Series from the Author:
Welcome to Saddle Springs, the fictional western town that’s home to the Montana Ranches Christian Romance Series! Revel in the lush mountain scenery with rocky peaks, tumbling rivers, and peaceful lakes. Meet the cowboys who ride the ranges, mend fences, and are lassoed by romance in this new series by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer.
So hold onto your hats (I couldn’t resist!), and I’ll give you my thoughts on all four books!
Book 1: The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion
Publication Date: January 5, 2019
Print Length: 202 pages
Summary from the author: When Kade Delgado joins his buddies in a Cowboy Santa program to shower Christmas blessings on old folks and single moms, he doesn’t expect his former fiancée to return to Saddle Springs, in need and with a child in tow. Does God really expect him to treat Cheri the same as the others on his new Christmas list?
Cheri Mackenzie has never forgiven herself for the pain she caused Kade by fleeing a week before their wedding, but undoing the past is impossible. Circumstances force her back to her aging grandparents’ Montana ranch, where Kade, now a widower with a toddler, is making himself cheerfully indispensable. When she receives kindness instead of the hostility she surely deserves, she can’t help but pray for a Christmas reunion with the cowboy she’s never stopped loving.
Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
I always enjoy Valerie Comer’s writing style, the characters and worlds she creates, and most of all, the community life she writes into her worlds. This book checks all those boxes and so I enjoyed reading it. I can’t say I loved it though because several instances of forgiveness felt a little too easy to me and jarred me out of the story. The book almost felt allegorical at times because Kade is so perfect – (despite his saying he isn’t several times, I couldn’t see it.) He felt like a picture of Jesus which actually is how a husband should be so I guess that’s not a bad thing. In that way, the book really did speak to my heart about the depths and the quickness of the forgiveness Jesus offers to me. So I ended up really liking it when I looked at it in that way. All in all, a solid 4-star book for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of her street team, but as you can see, I have expressed my own opinions about the book.
Book 2: The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker
Publication Date: December 1, 2018
Print Length: 213 pages
Summary from the author: Friends don’t let friends turn thirty… single.
It’s been almost fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren Yanovich steps up her matchmaking game to let James off the hook. Not that he likely remembers.
James Carmichael has been waiting forever, praying Lauren will be waiting for him. But, just when the end is in sight, she begins dating someone else, and his hopes crumble.
What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?
While this book includes some of my favorite things about books: Valerie Comer’s writing style, the characters and worlds she creates, and most of all, the community life she writes into her worlds, I can’t say I loved this book because it involves my least favorite romantic story plotline – no real problem in the book except for two main characters who just need to sit down and have one real conversation but they don’t do it until the very end of the book. I know lots of people love that storyline though and I’m weird which is why I’m giving this book 4 stars. It is well-written and it has great characters and a storyline I know many people enjoy. I just couldn’t help but spend the entire book wanting to shake both main characters and say “spit it out already!” the whole time.
Book 3: The Cowboy’s Romantic Dreamer
Publication Date: April 6, 2019
Print Length: 219 pages
Summary from the author: Opposites attract in this romance with a grumpy cowboy burned by love and a bubbly romance editor with (almost) all the answers!
Burned by love, Trevor Delgado has pushed aside all his personal dreams in favor of expanding his family’s ranching empire in western Montana. That’s what any hardworking, dependable firstborn son should do, right? He’s not lonely, just solitary. All he needs is a saddle beneath him, the mountain breeze on his face… and no time to think.
Editing hundreds of romance novels has made Denae Archibald an expert on love. She knows how it’s supposed to go… and tall, dark and mysterious Trevor Delgado is exactly her kind of hero. If only her issues weren’t enough to send any worthy cowboy galloping for the range.
How can the romantic dreamer and the guarded cowboy kindle their hopes for a future together?
I really enjoyed this story featuring Denae, the romance novel editor, and Trevor, the stoic, loner cowboy. I felt like this series really hit its stride with this third book, and all the community building and character building that Comer is so good at came together beautifully in this story. From the times we had met Denae in other books, I did not expect the depth that we saw in this book so that was an unexpected and delightful surprise. I appreciated the sensitivity with which Comer dealt with issues like abuse and anorexia; she showed there is hope and healing in Christ without making it seem like magic by showing a few glimpses of the long, slow, and painful process that healing often comes through.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of her street team. All opinions expressed are my own.
Book 4: The Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage
Publication Date: June 24, 2019
Print Length: 213 pages
Summary from the author: Rivals form a marriage of convenience in this contemporary cowboy romance, but plan not to fall in love!
When Spencer Haviland receives registered mail from his great-uncle’s attorney, he figures he’ll sell his upcoming inheritance after the old man dies. After all, he’s anything but a cowboy. But when Spencer’s life suddenly unravels, he retreats to the rundown Montana ranch only to discover his cousin’s widow and child firmly entrenched.
The Rocking H is the most secure home Carmen Haviland has ever known until Spencer arrives, claiming to be Great-Uncle Howard’s heir. But with the attorney’s revelation that his client is considering bestowing the ranch to charity instead, Carmen reluctantly agrees to Spencer’s rash plan for the sake of her daughter.
Will a marriage of convenience offer them both what they seek, or will their vows become anything but convenient?
I love a good marriage of convenience story because I love seeing love develop and deepen within a context of commitment. Modern-day marriage of convenience stories are rare though so I really wondered how Comer was going to pull this one off. I’m happy to say she actually did it! While I would never have made the same choices these characters did, she made me believe that they would based on their personal histories and their personalities, and that was enough to make this a really enjoyable story. I feel like this series is getting better and better, and I love getting to revisit this Montana ranching community whenever a new installment to this series comes out!
I received a complimentary early copy of this book from the author as part of her street team. I’ve only expressed my own opinions in this review.
So there you have it! A whole series reviewed in one (long) post! I hope you enjoyed it and it gave you an idea of whether or not this series is a good fit for you.