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A Thunder Canyon Christmas, Raeanne Thayne

Nothing gets a reader in the mood for the holidays like a good Christmas story, especially one filled with a sense of community. Even if it’s one that plasters your business on the front page. Togetherness is togetherness, right?

Elise Clifton is back in Thunder Canyon for a family reunion—with her newly discovered parents. Now rumors are flying about the  woman behind the town’s hottest story and Matt Cates—the tall,  dark, goregous cowboy who’s making Elise long to turn the past  into a future… with him.

Ever since he came home to Montana, Matt’s been trying to live down his wild playboy reputation. And the moment he sees the petite blonde again, he doesn’t have eyes for anyone else. Will Matt’s love for Elise become the town’s next big headline?

Thayne drew me in with hit of sorrow, a load of angst, and a drunken cowboy who takes things just far enough for a hero to be needed. Even better, right in the first scene the writing produced that familiar squeeze in my gut when the hero walked in on the scene. Personally, I am very fond of that squeeze.

Throughout the book Elise is an emotional mess, and Thayne nails the feeling of being misplaced in your own world. I did have a moment of frustration over the amount of tears Elise had to spill for us to get there, but over all well done.

The romance between Elise and Matt flowed well throughout the story, and Thayne provided several childhood memories that highlighted Matt’s deep affection for Elise. That affection grew beautifully throughout the book. Matt is a guy who will lend you his shoulder whenever you need it, but push when he’s had enough. I ended up with what I found to be a very sweet romance.

The only true complaint I have is the ending, which was wrapped up a bit too quickly for me. Elise finds joy in accepting her new circumstance, and I would have enjoyed that being drawn out a bit more. Even so, it was definitely not a bad ending to the book.

This is a good holiday read that will make you thankful for having those in your life that anchor you. No one wants to be lost, let alone on Christmas.

I give A Thunder Canyon Christmas three hearts.  

Happy Holidays!


This book is apart of the Miniseries: Montana Mavericks: Thunder Canyon, preceded by different authors. You can learn about and purchase the series here as well as at: BordersB & NIndieboundAmazonPowell’s


2 Responses

  1. Great review, Crystal.

    I know what you mean about books that end too quickly. I think sometimes the word count is topping out and the authors has to take a short-cut to the ending. I’ve read those too and wished I’d had more.

    In a way, this is a huge compliment to the author because you’re so into the story and the characters that you don’t want to leave them yet.

  2. Exactly!

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