Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink

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About The Book

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Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

About the Author


Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

My Review

Cowboy Christmas Guardian is a sweet, but suspenseful romance. The first few chapters have a great hook that grabs your attention and keeps you throughout the book. The characters are likable. I always love books with cowboys. I don't know if it's the Texan in me, or what, but books with cowboys make the top of my list. 

One of the amazing aspects of reading is how you learn so much about different lifestyles and places. I like the little nuggets of information I gleaned about gold and mining. It made for an interesting read. The book is short as are all Love Inspired books, but it feels well-written and complete. 

I struggled a little with some mechanics. Mostly, I didn't like the lack of contractions. It seemed to make the sentence structure a little more awkward, but this is a minor thing. It didn't detract from the book, but it did slow me down as a reader. 

I give this book 4 stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!

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