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Series: Wilder Brothers #3
Title: The Christmas Challenge by Sinclair Jayne
Publisher: Montana Born, Tule Publishing
Published: November 15th, 2016
This is another amazing festive read from the authors who write about events in the community around the town of Marietta in Montana. In this story Tucker McTavish is returning home for her twin sister’s wedding. The problem is, she’s not been home for a decade and the man her sister is marrying is her ex, the man she deliberately split up with because she was worried about how much she loved him. She’s returning to support her sister. There are other reasons she’s worried, most are secrets still to be revealed (so no, I’m not going to tell you them, you need to read the book yourself to find out!). Wanting a miracle to help her face everyone and to help her resist drinking or flirting with any men until after the wedding, she visits Miracle Lake, hoping her wish for help will be answered there. When she gets there, candles illuminate the ice and someone else is there skating. The skater is Laird Hunter.
Laird is going to visit Marietta to seek answers after discovering he was adopted and other information about his birth family. He wants to know more about them, if possible to connect with them. However, he’s not sure if he actually has the courage to do this. When feisty, flirty, red-headed Tucker invades his solitude, their attraction is mutual but she’s determined to resist and he’s determined to help her. As their paths continue to cross, will they be able to continue to resist temptation or will they open up their lives and their hearts to each other, giving love a chance?
I find these intertwining books great to escape into. The back story to this is a more complex one than usual and there are so many secrets being kept by so many different people. I did enjoy reading it but also found some of my reactions to it were confusing – for example, I couldn’t decide whether Tucker was an extremely selfish young lady or one who really didn’t believe anyone could truly love her. Her actions, reactions and behaviours seem to centre around her need for forgiveness for how these have impacted on others, especially on the life of her twin. This is a story of interlocking families with so many secrets to be unravelled to enable all of them to move on to achieve their own happy ending.It is a complicated jigsaw puzzle, with so many clues that it sometimes seems amazing that it takes so long for the conclusion to be reached! It is a story of betrayal by people who should have been more caring, deception, double dealing, drama and, of course, romance as well as exorcising guilt, seeking redemption and finding just what being part of a supportive family really means.
I requested and received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.
Prodigal daughter, infamous flirt and fiery-haired champion barrel racer Tucker McTavish blazes back home to Marietta with both a secret, and a personal challenge. She will keep a low profile at her twin sister’s Christmas wedding. Which means no whiskey. No kissing. No scandals. No fun. What she needs is a miracle, so it’s too bad when she visits the legendary Miracle Lake to plead for inner strength: a tall, dark, and handsome bad boy is waiting with a challenge of his own.
Extreme sports guide Laird Hunter doesn’t do boring. And he thought he didn’t have secrets. He thrives in carving his own trail through tight and dangerous spots, but when he finds out his entire life has been built on a lie, he heads to Marietta for answers. But when he meets the redhead with the killer smile, laughing eyes and body with more curves than a mountain road, he finds himself asking a whole new set of questions.
Will these two daredevils – with more than a few secrets between them – find the one person from whom they don’t need to hide?