So the quick of it is Thack's little girl has gone exploring and landed on the neighboring farm at Summer's caravan door. And, well, he's a little overwrought from fear and she's a little past being rational from worry over the little girl and, whew, yeah, that first meet does not *hangs head* go well. But eventually it leads to her working for him and taking care of his little girl. And messy attachments kicking up no matter how hard they both try to resist. Oo!
Alright, so Thack and Summer. Lordy, yall. These two...it's amazing they're both still standing after all the stuff they've been through. He's a single daddy and a widow with the weight of the world on his shoulders. She's fled a manipulative parent and trying to get to know siblings and a father that knew nothing of her until she arrived. They're both lonely and hurting and easily lash out in fear and I just wanted to wrap them up tight.
"You honestly expect me to let my only child go to a stranger's weird-butt caravan in the woods?"
"Did you just say weird...butt?"
"No. I... Weird-ass. I meant ass."
She pressed her lips together like she was trying not to laugh, which frustrated him even more, because it was ridiculous.
I really loved seeing them both with his little girl, too. She's a delightful little force and giving him grey hairs. lol He tries so hard to be a good daddy and the three just stole my heart as they became a little family. And speaking of family... Thack's dad lives with him...
"You...in your... Morning... But... Mrs... Mrs. Bart?"One of the things I'm really loving about this series is the family on a larger scale. Her father and siblings and their mates. His daughter and father who lives with them. They were all quite the mess when the series started. Floundering, angry, full of resentment and feelings of inadequacy. Life has been hard on all of them and their relationships suffered. It's made me ache for them and root for them when they start to figure things out. It's really been amazing watching the transformation of the individuals and the families as a whole over the last three books and gah they definitely teared me up this go around. But thankfully it's not all doom and gloom. There's a good dose of humor as well.
"Hell, son, I'm only fifty-five. We can't all live like monks." He glanced at Summer, and she knew her face was going thirty-five shades of red, even as Mr. Lane disappeared back into his bedroom.
Ticking moments of silence followed, and Summer wasn't sure that Thack moved. She wasn't even sure he breathed.
"Are you all right?" she finally asked.
"My father is sleeping with my kindergarten teacher."
Oh. "Well, I suppose that doesn't happen every day."
"God. What if it happens every day? In my house. With me in it" He shuddered and shook his head. "I can't... Nope. I need to get to work."
All in all, Helm has created an emotionally charged series full of deeply flawed characters that will grab your heart and have you cheering for them. True-Blue Cowboy Christmas was no exception. This Christmas romance will warm the heart.
Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.
With Christmas right around the corner, Summer Shaw is searching for somewhere to belong. When her neighbor's young daughter takes a shine to her, she is thrilled. But Thack is something else altogether. He's got walls around his heart that no amount of holiday wishes can scale. Yet as joy comes creeping back to the lonely homestead, Summer and Thack may just find their happily ever after before the last of the Christmas miracles are through...