Monday, September 10, 2018

Cowboy SEAL Christmas by Nicole Helm

Three former Navy SEALs
Injured in the line of duty
Desperate for a new beginning...
Searching for a place to call their own.

Single mom and Revival Ranch's on-site therapist Monica Finley has dedicated her life to helping brave servicemen and women, but former Navy SEAL Gabe Cortez is the one man whose shell she just can't crack. Yet with the holidays fast approaching, she may finally have a plan. In a bid to get Gabe to open up, she'll ask for as much help as possible—cutting down the Christmas tree, stringing lights, the whole nine yards.

Who could possibly be a Grinch with so much holiday cheer in the air?

Gabe has always hated Christmas—the holiday never fails to remind him just how alone he truly is. But the more time he spends with Monica and her young son, the more he finds himself drawn to their cozy little family... and the more he begins to realize his long-suppressed Christmas dreams may finally be coming true.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/F Romance

This is Gabe and Monica's story. I have enjoyed each of the stories and was really looking forward to this one.

Monica is the therapist on the ranch. She moved with her young son and now is hoping to help other soldiers with their traumas. She has been successful at helping two of the three initial men, but Gabe is kind of an enigma for her. Figuring him out is somewhat of a challenge.

Gabe is a tough SEAL. He knows that what he and his buddies are doing is important, but he also knows that he is hiding something. Love isn't in the cards for him and hasn't been since he was a young boy. While he is happy for his friends, he can't help but feel a little jealous that they were able to overcome their issues.

This book was a lot of talking. While Gabe and Monica did have some chemistry, it wasn't as strong as the chemistry between the other two couples. I did enjoy the friendships that were developed in this book. I felt that the women, especially, were able to really get to know each other.

Overall, while this is a sweet story, it was less about the romance than it could have been. I think it would have been better had there been more romance and less about their pasts. But you also needed to know where they had come from and what they wanted.

This is the third book in the series, but the first I have read – I wanted a Christmas in summer fix, and this was perfect! I think that I would have understood some of the intensity of the men and their mission to set up the Revival ranch, but it was still an excellent story.

Gabe may have been with his friends when their SEAL careers ended, but he is not suffering from the PTSD that they are. He has plenty of other ghosts in his past though, so when resident therapist Monica talks to him, he can only clam up. He can't help but be attracted to her, but that is irrelevant, and he also is forming a good relationship with her young son. But his past has him unable or unwilling to accept the attraction or the potential.

Monica has had to restart her life after her husband died. Her plans to help veterans at Revival ranch are taking a hit because she just cannot get into Gabe's head – and doesn't want to admit to wanting to get into his clothes. Having her son around is useful as a chaperone!

I really enjoyed the head games that these two play, the intensity with which they consider every step, and the risks they are unwilling to consider due to past pain. And how, deep down, they recognise the attraction and the potential for love, even if it is utterly unacceptable. I love it when an author gets inside someone's head yet manages not to make it a long-winded inner monologue – a difficult skill, but definitely worked well here for me.

Also Available in the Navy SEAL Cowboys Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Cowboy SEAL Homecoming post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Cowboy SEAL Redemption post.

Nicole Helm writes down-to-earth contemporary romance specializing in people who don’t live close enough to neighbors for them to be a problem. When she’s not writing, she spends her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and two young sons in O’Fallon, Missouri.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Cowboy SEAL Christmas (Navy SEAL Cowboys #3) by Nicole Helm to read and review.

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