A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Wyoming Cowboy, #3)
‘Tis the season for starting over for one military man turned cowboy in this new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy and His Baby.Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the way, it’ll be a Christmas miracle. Local busybody Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrel something fierce, but it’s time for her to move on. Since her father passed away, the family ranch feels too big for just her, and there’s no chance of finding a husband in this small town. To the rest of the world, she’s just another local fixture, known for her closet full of ugly Christmas sweaters and being perpetually single. It isn’t until Jason shows up in desperate need of a cowboy crash course that Sage discovers a tall, dark, and handsome reason to stick around. And with the holidays coming up, Sage is in need of a date for a special event—maybe they’ll turn out to be each other’s best Christmas present.

A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Wyoming Cowboy, #3) Details

TitleA Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Wyoming Cowboy, #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Wyoming Cowboy, #3) Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not a regular reader of Cowboy books (In fact, the titles embarrass me a wee bit! ), and I’ve not read any others in this series, but A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was a quick, easy read with some good emotion and drama, exactly what you expect from a holiday romance. I loved watching Sage and Jason’s romance unfold, and it proved to be a great escape and just the type of read I needed at the time. Thanks to Berkley for the complimentary copy. I’m not a regular reader of Cowboy books (In fact, the titles embarrass me a wee bit! 😂), and I’ve not read any others in this series, but A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was a quick, easy read with some good emotion and drama, exactly what you expect from a holiday romance. I loved watching Sage and Jason’s romance unfold, and it proved to be a great escape and just the type of read I needed at the time. Thanks to Berkley for the complimentary copy.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I fell hard for this one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you read a lot of books like I do it takes something special to really capture my attention. This book had something special and I’m not sure I can really put my finger on but I’ll try.I think one of the main things that drew my attention is the way the author created her characters. They both were vulnerable but yet have pride in themselves.I think that’s what’s missing in many stories where someone is held down or pushed down. The OMG I fell hard for this one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you read a lot of books like I do it takes something special to really capture my attention. This book had something special and I’m not sure I can really put my finger on but I’ll try.I think one of the main things that drew my attention is the way the author created her characters. They both were vulnerable but yet have pride in themselves.I think that’s what’s missing in many stories where someone is held down or pushed down. The characters are written with that negative energy in themselves. While Jason had some, Sage’s amazing support and friendship just turned him around in a minute.What’s best of all is the amazing friendship that they built first. From that love just came naturally. He was so gentle and kind and loving to her and she was the same to him.I absolutely love that the author took the time to write this book with amazing positive energy, steamy love, sweet surprise, and much needed grace throughout the entire story. Beautiful five-star read that envelops what a shining, warm romance story should be.* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/a-cowboy-und...
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I think Jessica Clare may have captured all of the best in emotions and healing in this Holiday tale; what being a true friend is, a romance that blooms slowly and caring about those around you, not to mention a heated passion that was built from a steadily growing spark. A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE is so much more positive than so many stories, not that Jason’s problems do not exist or that Sage has never been seen as anything more than the local “go to” fixture. Two people who just need I think Jessica Clare may have captured all of the best in emotions and healing in this Holiday tale; what being a true friend is, a romance that blooms slowly and caring about those around you, not to mention a heated passion that was built from a steadily growing spark. A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE is so much more positive than so many stories, not that Jason’s problems do not exist or that Sage has never been seen as anything more than the local “go to” fixture. Two people who just need someone in their corner with an open heart and open arms find humor, hope and heat that could last a lifetime!Small town characters, sometimes a little quirky, sometimes a little hard, this well-told tale makes a wonderful, magical gift of reading that reminds us that everybody needs somebody!I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley! This is my honest and voluntary review.Series: The Wyoming Cowboys - Book 3 (Standalone)Publisher: Berkley (October 15, 2019)Publication Date: October 15, 2019Genre: Holiday RomancePrint Length: 318 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsJason, an ex-navy guy hasn’t had the best luck with jobs since his PTSD has him struggling with panic attacks that are even worse now that he lost his support dog. At his ends, he takes a job as a ranch hand even though he has zero experience. Thankfully, he runs into Sage, and she offers him a trade: she’ll give him a crash course in ranching if he’ll be her date at her friend Greg’s rehearsal dinner and wedding. Sage is tired of being known as Greg’s mooning sidekick but finding a 4.5 StarsJason, an ex-navy guy hasn’t had the best luck with jobs since his PTSD has him struggling with panic attacks that are even worse now that he lost his support dog. At his ends, he takes a job as a ranch hand even though he has zero experience. Thankfully, he runs into Sage, and she offers him a trade: she’ll give him a crash course in ranching if he’ll be her date at her friend Greg’s rehearsal dinner and wedding. Sage is tired of being known as Greg’s mooning sidekick but finding a date in the small town of Painted Barrel has so far been an impossible task! Jason is tall, dark, and handsome, but more than that he’s a sweet, hard working man and Sage’s heart aches for all the struggles he’s had to endure. Sage had such a big heart, loneliness making her a bit naïve in the past when it came to Greg. That guy was a complete idiot, and I’m happy Sage didn’t let him walk all over her once she got a clue. Jason can’t believe that Sage, both beautiful and sweet, has struggled to find a date, and has been at the beck-and-call of a douchebag like Greg. Jason doesn’t feel like he deserves her either when his PTSD easily sends him into a panic, but if Sage feels he’s worthy he’s not fool enough to pass up a chance to be with her. I was so happy Jason didn’t deprive them of love because of feeling unworthy at times. Their relationship was slow and steady at first, but boy did it build up into a wickedly hot romance! I just loved A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe! It was such a delightful wintery/holiday read: small town, snowy nights, ugly Christmas sweaters, homemade cookies, gift giving, ranching, and a sweet rescue dog! Jason and Sage brought out the best in each other, providing support and inspiring confidence where lacking. Also, they brought so much passion and joy to each other I was filled with happiness that they met!I can’t wait for Becca’s story next! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christine~justlovemybooks.com blog~
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I loved this book so much! Why haven't I read this author before now?If I could give this book more than five stars, I certainly would. This author wrote in a way that tugged every one of my heartstrings. At some point we all say, "every now and then a certain book will come along and once you finish, you are left will long sigh, a huge smile and a feeling like you've been awarded something special," Well that was A Cowboy Under The Mistletoe for me. A truly endearing, heartwarming, poignant Oh, I loved this book so much! Why haven't I read this author before now?If I could give this book more than five stars, I certainly would. This author wrote in a way that tugged every one of my heartstrings. At some point we all say, "every now and then a certain book will come along and once you finish, you are left will long sigh, a huge smile and a feeling like you've been awarded something special," Well that was A Cowboy Under The Mistletoe for me. A truly endearing, heartwarming, poignant story. I am absolutely going to put time aside and read more from Jessica Clare. Sage and Jason.....This is a story that you'll need to experience each emotion your own, so I'm not going to tell you anything that will take away from that. Sorry, no spoilers.Sage grew up in a small Wyoming town called Painted Barrel. While she is friends with everyone in town, Sage still feels very much alone. Sage made a decision that once the Spring rolled around, she would sell her ranch and move on to a larger town where she can start over and hopefully find love. With her longtime crush (never noticing her for more than his friend) getting married, Sage realizes she needs a change. It's time.Jason Clements has a story. An endearingly, heartbreaking story. He desperately wants to fit in, wants to finally call someplace home rather than jumping around from job to job. Employment is something Jason is struggling with due to his PTSD. While Sage had me sad for her loneliness, Jason's story had my heart bleeding. That said, I really appreciated how the author wrote his struggles so I could experience them with him. I was sad when he was sad. When Jason was afraid, I was scared with him. And when he found love, I was teary-eyed, not to mention, relieved. This book was so perfect for a Christmas romance. I don't want to say anything more other than this is a must read and I recommend you check it out when it releases mid-October. This book will leave you truly feeling warm and exudes that special feeling that is in the air around the holiday season. A Cowboy Under The Mistletoe has all the feels, and then some.This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. :)
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars -- Apparently the theme of this series is "Jessica Clare makes me OK with tropes that I usually don't like." Basically, I just really like Jessica Clare's authorial voice and humor, so it is hard for me to have a bad time reading her stuff. I don't love cowboy stories usually (though they have been growing on me recently with the sheer volume of them coming from authors I like), and I also don't like romances where there's a big secret at the heart of the conflict. That said, this one 3.5 stars -- Apparently the theme of this series is "Jessica Clare makes me OK with tropes that I usually don't like." Basically, I just really like Jessica Clare's authorial voice and humor, so it is hard for me to have a bad time reading her stuff. I don't love cowboy stories usually (though they have been growing on me recently with the sheer volume of them coming from authors I like), and I also don't like romances where there's a big secret at the heart of the conflict. That said, this one won me over... all the cute doggos didn't hurt
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....If you follow me you know how much I love reading Christmas themed books. I'm not a fan of how early I have to read them but do enjoy sharing the ones I liked with you guys so that you'll have some ideas on what to buy to read for the season. A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe started out slightly slowly for me. I was a little lost and I don't know why. I'm thinking it was just how the author started it. When he met Sage Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....If you follow me you know how much I love reading Christmas themed books. I'm not a fan of how early I have to read them but do enjoy sharing the ones I liked with you guys so that you'll have some ideas on what to buy to read for the season. A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe started out slightly slowly for me. I was a little lost and I don't know why. I'm thinking it was just how the author started it. When he met Sage is about the time it started getting good. After that I found the story to move at a very fast pace and I was able to get into and enjoy the story. I really liked both Sage and Jason. I don't know if I could have been like him taking a job at something I had no clue about doing. I'd be scared to death. I loved that he asked her to help him. It showed he wasn't one of those guys who though only another man could help him. Sage character is a 'more than meets the eye' type. You think of her in one way and shortly learn she so much more. These two just needed someone to be there for them in a way no one else could or would. I think throughout the book that they each not only learn about each other but about themselves too. This makes it a very enjoyable story. Nothing to complex just a sweet Christmas story. Follow me on:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for an honest review
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book has everything that I want in a romance novel. A military man who is seeking solace in a ranch, looking to become a cowboy and a sweet heroine that has the perfect ranch for this “new ” cowboy.Jessica Clare, the author, gives us the perfect amount of drama with the storyline and characters in the book. It was filled with so many emotions but it felt complete.. Sage is strong but sweet. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to be herself and didn’t shy away from conflict. Jason is a bit broken This book has everything that I want in a romance novel. A military man who is seeking solace in a ranch, looking to become a cowboy and a sweet heroine that has the perfect ranch for this “new ” cowboy.Jessica Clare, the author, gives us the perfect amount of drama with the storyline and characters in the book. It was filled with so many emotions but it felt complete.. Sage is strong but sweet. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to be herself and didn’t shy away from conflict. Jason is a bit broken and struggling from his time in the service but they compliment each other.I loved reading how their friendship grew into something more.This is the first time I’ve read anything by this author, but I’m looking forward to reading more from her.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe is a charming first-love romance between a former Navy master-at-arms and the sweetest woman in town. Jason Clements headed to the town of Painted Barrel and met Sage Cooper where she helped him learn the basics of being a cowboy in one weekend. Jessica Clare did an amazing job of showcasing the innocence and passion that is unique to first love.Jason Clements was a former military man who is looking for a job. He has PTSD which has made it hard for him to hold down A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe is a charming first-love romance between a former Navy master-at-arms and the sweetest woman in town. Jason Clements headed to the town of Painted Barrel and met Sage Cooper where she helped him learn the basics of being a cowboy in one weekend. Jessica Clare did an amazing job of showcasing the innocence and passion that is unique to first love.Jason Clements was a former military man who is looking for a job. He has PTSD which has made it hard for him to hold down a job. His cousin gets him a job at a ranch in the town of Painted Barrel. He is both excited and nervous. He is looking for a fresh start and a place to belong but worried that his nerves will get the best of him.Sage Cooper is the queen of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. She wears them because they make her smile and to pay tribute to her late father. Her father's death is hard to bear so she looks into selling his ranch. Maybe she will find a new path somewhere else. Sage and Jason come into each other's lives at the perfect moment. They are both struggling and vulnerable. Jason is new to the cowboy lifestyle so he needs to learn the basics ASAP. He meets Sage and she is more than willing to help. One weekend changes everything. Not only does Jason learn more about how to ride a horse but he learns how giving, compassionate, and selfless Sage is. And the feeling is mutual. Sage is starting to see a man who is kind and protective. She doesn't see him as a weirdo with PTSD.I love their story of finding love and be a catalyst for each other in their healing processes. I adored Jason and Sage but appreciated Jessica Clare's ability to write amazing supporting characters. Overall, I give A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe 4.5 stars. It was a delightful holiday romance that reminds of us all of the beauty and power of love!
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Former SEAL, Jason Clements, left Afghanistan six years ago but came back with a limp and PTSD. It's not been so long since he lost his service dog either. He have trouble getting used to civilian life again and can't keep a job. Now he's going to Wyoming and trying his hand at being a cowboy. He's gonna work at Price Ranch, with two couples and their babies and pets. But Jason lied about having experience at ranching. And in a sweet but oh so touching and heartbreaking moment, he meet Former SEAL, Jason Clements, left Afghanistan six years ago but came back with a limp and PTSD. It's not been so long since he lost his service dog either. He have trouble getting used to civilian life again and can't keep a job. Now he's going to Wyoming and trying his hand at being a cowboy. He's gonna work at Price Ranch, with two couples and their babies and pets. But Jason lied about having experience at ranching. And in a sweet but oh so touching and heartbreaking moment, he meet librarian/post office clerk/munical clerk, Sage Cooper, who offers her help in teaching him about ranching life. She's preparing to sell her father's ranch and moving out in a new town. Hoping that maybe she'll finally find love, in a place where not all people know her at the endlessly single woman who used to have an unrequited crush on her best friend. Helping someone come as natural as breathing for a generous soul like her. But what Jason appreciate even more about Sage is that no matter how strange he may act, she never judge him. She'll only ask for one thing in exchange for her help; that he be her date at her best friend's rehearsal dinner. Jason and Sage quickly become friends but the attraction they're supposed to fake will become real pretty quickly too.It's not my first Jessica Clare but that's the first book I read in this series (but it won't be my last!). I absolutely adored this book and didn't expect to fall in love so much with Jason and Sage but I did! While I'm no expert on the subject, the hero's struggle with PTSD felt so real to me. What I means is that it's one of the best portrayal I've ever read about it.
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  • Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis book is a perfect example of why I tend to binge on cowboy romances in the winter. There is just something so right about finding comfort in the arms of a cowboy, on a ranch, in a small town on a cold and gloomy day. Jessica Clare did a great job with Jason's characters and showing how his past plays such a huge role in his everyday life. As someone who feels looked over quite often, I could totally feel Sage's need to find somewhere new in hopes of, in a way, re-inventing herself. 4.5 StarsThis book is a perfect example of why I tend to binge on cowboy romances in the winter. There is just something so right about finding comfort in the arms of a cowboy, on a ranch, in a small town on a cold and gloomy day. Jessica Clare did a great job with Jason's characters and showing how his past plays such a huge role in his everyday life. As someone who feels looked over quite often, I could totally feel Sage's need to find somewhere new in hopes of, in a way, re-inventing herself. Watching as these two came together as a perfect balance to each other was so great to watch. The way Sage helped Jason cope with his PTSD and the way that Jason made Sage stop feeling invisible really won me over and I couldn't get enough. Even though I could see where the conflict was going to come in, I couldn't wait to see how everything would play out. I haven't read the previous books in this series but after being introduced to the secondary characters in this one, I WILL be going back to read the others as soon as I have some free time.*I received a paperback ARC from Berkley for honest review
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from the publisherBetween Tess LeSue and now Jessica Clare, I’ve rediscovered my love for Western romances this year. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting swept away in a canvas covered wagon or a rusty old pickup truck, I’m in! I’m especially fond of the ‘softer’ cowboys, because I feel like they’re harder to come by. Luckily for me, A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe definitely fits that bill.5 reasons why A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe will lasso your heart:1. A Relatable Heroine – I found Sage to be ARC from the publisherBetween Tess LeSue and now Jessica Clare, I’ve rediscovered my love for Western romances this year. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting swept away in a canvas covered wagon or a rusty old pickup truck, I’m in! I’m especially fond of the ‘softer’ cowboys, because I feel like they’re harder to come by. Luckily for me, A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe definitely fits that bill.5 reasons why A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe will lasso your heart:1. A Relatable Heroine – I found Sage to be such a relatable heroine in so many ways. Her life is stagnant; she’s stuck in the small town she grew up in, and while she feels like she’s living life in a fishbowl, she also feels overlooked. She’s a good friend to everyone who knows her, but she’s unable to set boundaries, often letting people take advantage of her. In spite of all that, she’s not afraid to put herself out there, and while she could be shy on occasion (like when a sexy new cowboy swaggered into town,) she wasn’t one to hold back. She’s antsy to break away from her small town surroundings to finally get on with life, but not to the point where she’ll make a run for it if something (or in this case, someone) worthwhile comes along. Her heart particularly aches around Christmas because of the loss of her father, and living alone is such a sprawling place.2. A Sexy Cowboy Hero – I loved Jason as much as I loved Sage. The events of his life have shaped him, but not in the way I’d think. I would expect him to be somewhat hardened; that’s not who he was at all. It may have taken him just a teensy bit longer, but he was also willing to put himself out there, and he was as patient and kind as Sage was – such a perfect match for her. He was always there to tell her just how special she was, and as an outsider of Painted Barrel, he was able to see the situation for what it was and offer her some ‘sage’ advice. (Har,har.) His PTSD was never pushed to the back burner in this book; it was relevant and prevalent, and his struggle was pretty devastating to watch. I thought this was portrayed very well, and the way it was manifested throughout the book realistic. And one last thing – this soft, sexy cowboy had a mouth on him in the bedroom!3. The Emotion – I know I’ve covered it when talking about Sage and Jason, but there really was so much emotion in this book. From Jason not feeling good enough to Sage’s loneliness (and vice versa,) it really was a tangible feeling. But it wasn’t all sadness. Sage had a true love for Painted Barrel. She did everything she could to make this town a place it’s residents enjoyed and loved, and she did it so well. It was such a part of who she was, and it almost made everything Sage did for it seem so effortless. Everything she did was done with heart. And Jason made a furry friend that stole his heart, and the way he adored him and treated him was so sweet and heartwarming. 4. That ‘Small Town Feel’ – I’ve mentioned this before, but Small Town Romances can be hit or miss for me. It’s easy for the meddling to go overboard, but it didn’t feel that way here. Yes, there was the town gossip, but even Sage said she knew how much the woman loved everyone and just wanted everything to be OK. There were a lot of shop owners, and I loved the camaraderie and support they shared. Even when some of those people didn’t deserve it. (I’m looking at Greg and his real estate business here…grrrr!) Earlier pairs from the series also appear in this book, and I enjoyed meeting them. I can’t wait to go back and read their stories!5. All the Holiday Things – The only thing better than a Small Town Romance is one that sports a holiday feeling as well; A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe didn’t skimp on that. From the snowy weather to Sage’s ridiculous Christmas sweaters, and from holiday shopping to town events, you get it all here. It was rife with all things Christmas, and I loved it!A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was such a wonderful read. It was all heart, and I just love that Sage and Jason found their way together. They really deserved each other. Now I just need to go back and read the previous books in this series so I can get the scoop on some of these other couples!
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    https://openbooksociety.com/article/a...A Cowboy Under the MistletoeBy Jessica ClareThe Wyoming Cowboy series, Book #3ISBN: 9781984804006Author Website: jillmyles(.)comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroSynopsis:Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the https://openbooksociety.com/article/a...A Cowboy Under the MistletoeBy Jessica ClareThe Wyoming Cowboy series, Book #3ISBN: 9781984804006Author Website: jillmyles(.)comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroSynopsis:Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the way, it’ll be a Christmas miracle.Local busybody Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrel something fierce, but it’s time for her to move on. Since her father passed away, the family ranch feels too big for just her, and there’s no chance of finding a husband in this small town. To the rest of the world, she’s just another local fixture, known for her closet full of ugly Christmas sweaters and being perpetually single.It isn’t until Jason shows up in desperate need of a cowboy crash course that Sage discovers a tall, dark, and handsome reason to stick around. And with the holidays coming up, Sage is in need of a date for a special event—maybe they’ll turn out to be each other’s best Christmas present.Review:A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe is not just a romance book following how a couple falls in love. This book demonstrates how a couple gains trust on each other by understanding the troubles and conflicts in their lives. Sage Cooper is at a time of her life were she is done with waiting and is ready for a change. She doesn’t want to be alone and she wants more from life. Jason Clements is ready to make things work. He wants to change and not let his PTSD make him lose another job. So when these two agree to help each other, wonderful things happen!I loved this book! It showed me a side of PTSD that makes me understand more what a person with it goes through. I liked that Sage thought of ways on how to help Jason and understood his situation. At the same time, Jason took the time to know Sage and how her life had been while growing up in a small town and how she felt about herself.The book also shows an interesting perspective of how some people can be subtly manipulative. You think people are your friends and they are trying to protect you, but in reality they only want for you to pay attention to them. This drove Sage to think that no one could ever be interested in her as a woman to the point that she wanted to leave her hometown and the people that actually cared for her. Good thing Jason saw what was going on and came to the rescue! It was also great to read about Eli and Cass, and Dustin and Annie, and how their lives have continued after their own happy endings. This story is a great example of what a relationship should be like. There needs to be trust and understanding between both of them, something Sage and Jason established well. Jason loves Sage for who she is and sees a wonderful woman in her, while Sage gives Jason the understanding he deserves. If you’re still not reading The Wyoming Cowboy series, you need to start ASAP. You don’t have to read them in order, just know that A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe will leave you hooked.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was my first Jessica Clare book but it certainly won’t be my last. I love holiday romances and this one did a fantastic job of being both a solid romance and capturing the magic (and possibility for loneliness) around the holidays. Sage was a great character and I loved her development through the novel. It was wonderful to see her grow from being somewhat of a doormat to having confidence in herself and owning her take-charge personality. Plus the author did a great A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was my first Jessica Clare book but it certainly won’t be my last. I love holiday romances and this one did a fantastic job of being both a solid romance and capturing the magic (and possibility for loneliness) around the holidays. Sage was a great character and I loved her development through the novel. It was wonderful to see her grow from being somewhat of a doormat to having confidence in herself and owning her take-charge personality. Plus the author did a great job of pointing out the toxic aspects of Sage’s relationship with Greg. I also adored her relationship with Jason and how they both grew together. I can’t speak for how well the PTSD rep was written but I loved that Clare took a lot of care to show that Jason wasn’t broken or damaged. And the bit about support dogs definitely opened my eyes. A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe is definitely going to be kept on my shelf of Christmas books. I’m looking forward to reading it again next year (and perhaps trying to bake some of the cookies that Sage did!). *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.3.5 heartsI'm finally reading Christmas and holiday stories. Cowboy under the Mistletoe has a nice intermix of holiday activities along with its being set at this time of year. I had not read the two previous books in the series, which is not my usual way, but I still was able to enjoy this story.The characters of Jason and Sage This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 heartsI'm finally reading Christmas and holiday stories. Cowboy under the Mistletoe has a nice intermix of holiday activities along with its being set at this time of year.  I had not read the two previous books in the series, which is not my usual way, but I still was able to enjoy this story.The characters of Jason and Sage were well-developed but the others were not as much, particularly Greg seemed to be a cliche douche. I think the other two couples on the ranch Eli and Cass, Dustin and Annie were probably from the first two books.  Yup, just checked and that's it. I liked them and hope to go back and read about them.Jason's situation was completely believable and my heart broke for him with the difficulties he had with his PTSD and losing his service dog.  Sage was much less believable, but in a small, insular town, I guess it is possible. She's amazing but well protected, especially when her father was alive. Plus she was stupid for Greg for too long.The romance between Sage and Jason was totally believable though.  I loved how kind and supportive they were to each other. THIS is what a relationship should be. Plus sexy. I was thrilled for them both.  The addition of dogs to any story makes it better, too.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    It's December in Painted Barrel, Wyoming, time for Christmas celebrations. The residents of small-town Painted Barrel know how to celebrate the holiday.Who takes a job as a cowboy on a cattle ranch with no experience with ranching or cattle and doesn't even know how to ride a horse? Former Navy Master-at-Arms Jason Clements, that's who. And he really, really needs this job. Call him desperate. Jason suffers from PTSD after a tramatic experience in Afghanistan and add to that he lost his support It's December in Painted Barrel, Wyoming, time for Christmas celebrations. The residents of small-town Painted Barrel know how to celebrate the holiday.Who takes a job as a cowboy on a cattle ranch with no experience with ranching or cattle and doesn't even know how to ride a horse? Former Navy Master-at-Arms Jason Clements, that's who. And he really, really needs this job. Call him desperate. Jason suffers from PTSD after a tramatic experience in Afghanistan and add to that he lost his support dog so he's in a world of hurt. When he first arrives in Painted Barrel he meets a most generous soul, Sage Cooper. Jason doesn't know why but he opens up to Sage when they first meet and the end result is that Sage will give Jason a crash course in ranching. In return she asks Jason to escort her to a special event. Did I mention that Sage is twenty-nine and has never been kissed? Hasn't ever been out on a date? Well, there's all that. Will Sage's crash course save Jason's job? How will their date turn out? Guess you will just have to read the book to find out.A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Jessica Clare is the third book in her Wyoming Cowboy series. Seems each book in this series gets better and better. The storyline is quite interesting. How Jason's PTSD affects him is heart-wrenching. Ms. Clare has a truly fascinating character in Jason. She depicts Sage as a big-hearted, generous woman who cares deeply for her friends and the town. She is the perfect partner for Jason. The dialogue, especially the texts, between Sage and Jason is very entertaining. So much fun to read! The small town atmosphere and Christmas festivities are a delight to read. All in all this is a fun, very entertaining Christmas read.
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  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolutely delightful holiday romance! I loved A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe for many reasons, not the least of which was the immensely likable characters—Sage and Jason. They were both charming and a little damaged by life (Jason certainly more so), but also both trying their best to find the best of life. Add in dogs—always a winner in my book—and appearances from previously loved characters, and this book is a total winner. Highly recommend for those who love light-hearted, fun, What an absolutely delightful holiday romance! I loved A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe for many reasons, not the least of which was the immensely likable characters—Sage and Jason. They were both charming and a little damaged by life (Jason certainly more so), but also both trying their best to find the best of life. Add in dogs—always a winner in my book—and appearances from previously loved characters, and this book is a total winner. Highly recommend for those who love light-hearted, fun, holiday-themed romance!
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  • Linda Rea
    January 1, 1970
    What a nice story even if it breaks your heart a little. Sage has been the assistant in the mayors office for ten years and not once did she get a date, she even put herself on dating apps and all she got were dirty old men. Sage has pined over her friend Greg since school but he is marrying Becca in a few weeks and has never seen Sage as anything but a friend. Jason needs a job badly so when his cousin recommended him as his replacement on the ranch Jason was happy, problem was he had no idea What a nice story even if it breaks your heart a little. Sage has been the assistant in the mayors office for ten years and not once did she get a date, she even put herself on dating apps and all she got were dirty old men. Sage has pined over her friend Greg since school but he is marrying Becca in a few weeks and has never seen Sage as anything but a friend. Jason needs a job badly so when his cousin recommended him as his replacement on the ranch Jason was happy, problem was he had no idea how to do anything on a ranch. When he meets Sage as he was having a meltdown she agrees to help him and soon Sage the woman no one noticed is noticed by Jason. This story touches on a few things that you forget about like someone’s loneliness and how to help one another. Reviewed on behalf of Once upon an Alpha
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Jason sometimes needs to soothe his woman, “I’m sure. Now, stop worrying and let me kiss you.” She smiled and put her arms around his neck again, leaning in." Jason sometimes needs to give his dog a pep talk, "Achilles’s tail wagged. “Just remember she’s my girl. No sad eyes at her. She’s got too soft a heart as it is.” He paused for a moment and leaned in. “The sad eyes are my move.” Achilles just squirmed with delight..." I liked this book, I loved Jason.
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Delight This is a really sweet story grounded in some darkness. Overall, this is almost two sweet and nice. Easy. Review Coming into the series without reading books 1 & 2 left me a little confused, but not a ton as I grew to know the characters somewhat. Jason Clements is a former Navy master-at-arms. Things just haven't been I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Delight This is a really sweet story grounded in some darkness. Overall, this is almost two sweet and nice. Easy. Review Coming into the series without reading books 1 & 2 left me a little confused, but not a ton as I grew to know the characters somewhat. Jason Clements is a former Navy master-at-arms. Things just haven't been the same since he came back home. PTSD plagues him and for a while he had it under control with his support dog, but since his dogs death, he can't seem to hold down a job. Getting a job recommendation from his cousin seems like his only chance left, but this green horn knows nothing about cattle ranches. And now he has to prove he can do the job and hide his problems at the same time.Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrell with all her heart, but it's time to move on. Her father has passed away, she has sold off most of the cattle and now she is about to put the ranch on sale to move somewhere she can find a life, love and a family. When a man walks into the post office, library, county offices and more, Sage takes it in stride. This has been her job since high school and nothing phases her holiday spirit.Jason and Sage hit it off and Sage offers to help Jason learn about taking care of a ranch over the weekend. Yeah, that seems a little fast, but she doesn't dismiss Jason's fears, protectiveness or his need to keep a job and his life private. When Jason goes to work on Monday, they know he isn't as experienced as he said he was and now his shifty eyes scanning everything and the sweaty brow give them cause for alarm as they have children, wives and furry pets to worry about.The story moves along at a looping pace with Jason and Sage becoming friends. She soothes him in ways he didn't expect and Sage is attracted to him in ways she also didn't expect. Sage holds his secret close to her heart, but when he might lose his job, she does the one thing she doesn't want to do.Jason learns to grow. He starts to suspect some things when suddenly there is a dog thrust upon him, but everything is finally coming to be how he hopes. He's more at ease, learning to love and doing a job that is rewarding.The two fall way to fast and easily in love. That is my one complaint. Jason is always with her every chance he gets and Sage thinks of him every time he's not. They fall into bed, texting, dating and more without much of a bump on the road. So when the big conflict comes around, it feels silly how upset he gets knowing she loved him in ways he could only dream about. This does have love scenes, but also it is kind of sickeningly sweet. Sorry, it just got flirty, dirty and sweet all at once.As it is Christmas time, this flows through the holiday season with events and gifts. Sometimes we need these kind of uplifting holiday tales. Just to remember what is most important to us and what can be taken away from the ones we love who also serve our country.  PTSD is real and I loved that the author didn't just sweep his condition under the rug with love. Nope, she calmed him, but he didn't just all get better. This something that will continue through life and I loved she made that clear.A moving story of love, moving on, learning to accept help and learning not to be a doormat for your best friend. It all made a pretty decent story! Challenges Review Writing Challenge #54 Literary Pickers #40 - saddle  New Release #21 Try Something New #24 - series   This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader
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  • Rough Draft Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Jessica ClareJason & SageSO. DARN. CUTE.5 StarsThis was such a cute read. I thought it might be cheesy and a bit cliche, but it's actually an excellent story. It deals with some darker issues and shows how one can conquer the gloomier side of PTSD.Jason is a former Navy guy and going through some extremely tough times adjusting to civilian life. Sage is this funny, cute, and down to earth small town girl thinking she might become a city girl. When these two A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Jessica ClareJason & SageSO. DARN. CUTE.5 StarsThis was such a cute read. I thought it might be cheesy and a bit cliche, but it's actually an excellent story. It deals with some darker issues and shows how one can conquer the gloomier side of PTSD.Jason is a former Navy guy and going through some extremely tough times adjusting to civilian life. Sage is this funny, cute, and down to earth small town girl thinking she might become a city girl. When these two collide it's magic. I devoured the pages and found myself totally connecting to these characters. The dialogue flows nicely and the writing style is exquisite. There were plenty of highs and lows to keep this girl glued to her kindle! Great book!
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsAbout the book: Release Date October 15, 2019 Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the way, it’ll be a Christmas miracle. Local busybody Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrel something fierce, but it’s time for her to move on. Since her father passed 4 starsAbout the book: Release Date October 15, 2019 Former Navy master-at-arms Jason Clements is down on his luck and calling in one last favor. His cousin has secured him a job opportunity as a cowboy working at Price Ranch in Wyoming. Too bad Jason has never even saddled a horse. If he can keep this job without his PTSD getting in the way, it’ll be a Christmas miracle. Local busybody Sage Cooper loves Painted Barrel something fierce, but it’s time for her to move on. Since her father passed away, the family ranch feels too big for just her, and there’s no chance of finding a husband in this small town. To the rest of the world, she’s just another local fixture, known for her closet full of ugly Christmas sweaters and being perpetually single. It isn’t until Jason shows up in desperate need of a cowboy crash course that Sage discovers a tall, dark, and handsome reason to stick around. And with the holidays coming up, Sage is in need of a date for a special event—maybe they’ll turn out to be each other’s best Christmas present.••••••••••REVIEW: A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE is the third instalment in Jessica Clare’s contemporary, adult THE WYOMING COWBOY erotic romance series set in the town of Painted Barrel, Wyoming. This is former Navy master at arms Jason Clements, and twenty-nine year old, municipal clerk Sage Cooper’s storyline. A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary.Told from several third person perspectives including Jason and Sage A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE follows the building romance and relationship between former Navy master at arms Jason Clements, and twenty-nine year old, municipal clerk Sage Cooper. Jason Clements is struggling with severe PTSD and finds himself lying in an effort to work as a cowboy at the Price Ranch in Wyoming but Jason doesn’t know the first thing about ranching, and the anxiety is beginning to add to the ongoing battles with PTSD. Meeting Sage Cooper proves to be the balm to his angst, balm that is about to ask for a favor in return. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Jason and Sage, and the potential fall-out when Jason believes Sage had betrayed his confidence.Sage Cooper is a twenty-nine year old virgin who has pined after her childhood best friend Greg for as long as she can remember but with Greg’s wedding to someone else, just around the corner, Sage is looking for a plus-one to prove she is worthy of happiness and love. Meeting Jason Clements, a wanna-be cowboy who is struggling with day to day living gives Sage an opportunity to prove she is capable of finding someone to love.The slow burn relationship between Sage and Jason begins as kindred spirits; a ‘fake’ boyfriend/girlfriend relationship meant to convince her best friend that she isn’t destroyed by the impending nuptials. Jason is willing to take their fake relationship to the next level but discovers that he is hoping to make Sage his own happily ever after. The $ex scenes are intimate, passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.We are reintroduced to Wyoming rancher Eli Pickett, and his wife Cassandra Horn(All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy #1), Dustin Worthington, and professional dog trainer Annie Grissom (The Cowboy and His baby #2), as well as Achilles the dog, and Sage’s childhood friend Greg Wallace.A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a story of family, friendship, struggles and love. The premise is heart warming and entertaining; the characters are colorful, energetic and real; the romance is captivating and intense. Jessica Clare pulls the reader into a love affair between two people who have waited a life-time to fall in love.Copy supplied by Netgalleywww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Smitten
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Clements, a Navy vet, is down on his luck. He gets one more opportunity to work on a ranch. He has little to no skills with ranch life and he is suffering with PTSD but he is determined to try to make this work. He meets Sage Cooper and forges an immediate friendship with her.Sage Cooper feels like the town is slowly closing in on her. Everyone takes advantage of her sweet nature. She is lonely and the lack of available men is not helping her situation. She has started to think about Jason Clements, a Navy vet, is down on his luck. He gets one more opportunity to work on a ranch. He has little to no skills with ranch life and he is suffering with PTSD but he is determined to try to make this work. He meets Sage Cooper and forges an immediate friendship with her.Sage Cooper feels like the town is slowly closing in on her. Everyone takes advantage of her sweet nature. She is lonely and the lack of available men is not helping her situation. She has started to think about selling her land and move away but Jason’s charm is working on her.I liked how caring towards one another the characters are. Sage feels overly protective of Jason as she knows he has not told everyone of the traumatic events that still causes him pain. She steps in to help him as much as possible. I like how she finally got some courage to set boundaries with the people in town. They drove me nuts, especially a particular guy who was inappropriate.Jason is very strong and alpha. He steps in to make sure that Sage doesn’t get hurt. I like how he tried to get over some of his past hurt. He started to blend in with his boss and family. Some of my favorite moments were when he bonded with his new “support” dog. It helped bring his issues to light in a different manner for me.A few things cause some minor tension between the couple and I wanted to knock some sense into Jason. I understand his reason to feel hurt but he should have known better when it came to Sage.Overall, I was pleased with the story and want to go back to read any other books in the series.~ Samantha
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  • Lisa Menor
    January 1, 1970
    Jason arrives in Painted Barrel ready to work at Price Ranch as a cowboy. One minor problem. Jason is ex-military and knows absolutely nothing about ranch life. He's found himself here after losing multiple jobs, he was qualified for, but his PTSD wouldn't allow him to keep.Sage grew up in Painted Barrel and figured it was probably time to move on. This Christmas would be her last in her hometown. She has no familial ties, only the friendships she'd made over the years, but at her age she wanted Jason arrives in Painted Barrel ready to work at Price Ranch as a cowboy. One minor problem. Jason is ex-military and knows absolutely nothing about ranch life. He's found himself here after losing multiple jobs, he was qualified for, but his PTSD wouldn't allow him to keep.Sage grew up in Painted Barrel and figured it was probably time to move on. This Christmas would be her last in her hometown. She has no familial ties, only the friendships she'd made over the years, but at her age she wanted more than friendships. Sage grew up a tomboy and the guys in town still treated her as such. She had never seemed to get anyone's attention. There was one guy, but he loved someone else. Sage was looking for love and realized that the dating pool in Painted Barrel was limited. Very limited. That was, until she meets Jason.Jason and Sage become great friends. She's looking for a date to a special event and he obliges her, in turn Sage helps Jason learn how to be a cowboy. They become fake boyfriend/girlfriend. They get along perfectly so it's no hardship. But it's only pretend. No matter how much Jason hoped it was real. These are the facts-Jason's PTSD has him really messed up. According to Jason, Sage doesn't need a guy like him. Besides Sage's heart belongs to someone else. Too bad he can't read Sage's mind, because then he would learn the truth about who her heart really belongs to.WOW ! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK 💓 EMOTIONALLY DEEP CHARACTERS WITH REAL LIFE ISSUES, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT WANT THEM TO FIND LOVE AND HAPPINESS !AMAZING STORYLINE THAT ENGAGES YOU FROM THE START AND KEEPS YOU READING UNTIL THE VERY END ! ! ! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ! ! !
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  • Readaholic
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I've read a cowboy romance and I'm definitely feeling festive (even though it's only September) so I was excited to jump into A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe. We meet Jason who is a vet that is going through some PTSD. He lands himself a job as a cowboy on a ranch, but really has no idea what to do - he's just happy he has a job at the current moment. Sage is the towns girl next door and a complete sweetheart. She always feels like everyone tramples over her and doesn't take It's been a while since I've read a cowboy romance and I'm definitely feeling festive (even though it's only September) so I was excited to jump into A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe. We meet Jason who is a vet that is going through some PTSD. He lands himself a job as a cowboy on a ranch, but really has no idea what to do - he's just happy he has a job at the current moment. Sage is the towns girl next door and a complete sweetheart. She always feels like everyone tramples over her and doesn't take her seriously. She hasn't had much luck with the men in town and is about to sell her ranch and move out of Painted Barrel. That is until Jason and Sage finally cross paths. This was a very sweet romance and I enjoyed the progression of Jason and Sage's relationship. I appreciate the fact that the author didn't shy away from serious topics, such as PTSD and the fact that she gave our heroine a curvy figure that she owns. And although the I would classify this romance as a slow burn, Jessica Clare also knows how to write some very steamy scenes.I enjoyed this sweet holiday romance, even though parts of the book dragged a little for me. Overall this was a great book and I would give it 3.5 stars. **ARC provided kindly by Berkley and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**
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  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I've always adored Jessica Clare so when this series came out I jumped at it. I thought what a better combination then Jessica Clare and cowboys. However, this is my second book in this series and so far I find both a bit lack luster of a series. This time this story focuses on Jason Clements whom has a wicked case of PTSD and is desperate for this job at this new ranch, even though he lied about his experience to get the job. When Jason goes into town he meets Sage Cooper, whom is the I've always adored Jessica Clare so when this series came out I jumped at it. I thought what a better combination then Jessica Clare and cowboys. However, this is my second book in this series and so far I find both a bit lack luster of a series. This time this story focuses on Jason Clements whom has a wicked case of PTSD and is desperate for this job at this new ranch, even though he lied about his experience to get the job. When Jason goes into town he meets Sage Cooper, whom is the embodiment of this sweet town. Sage is single and has been pining over her best friend for years. And now her best friend is getting married to someone else. As she once again is putting her life on hold for her best friend until Jason walks into her work. She knows something is wrong with him instantly but doesn't judge him. Instead she just lets him be which is why Jason can let his guard down with her. I did like Jason and Sage together but I was still wanting a bit more from this story. I did like that the story addressed PTSD as I think mental health issue needs to be addressed more and more.2.5 stars!
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  • Monika
    January 1, 1970
    Caveat: I'm not the target market for romance novels.That said, I liked this more than most for a number of reasons:1. The story was actually pretty meaningful. I loved that the guy had issues that he needed the girl to teach him how to handle.2. The dialogue is a little more realistic. The guy actually says things real men say during sex.3. The conflict was realistic and resolved quickly and realistically. I loved that.I have a couple of challenges with this book1. Why do so many of these books Caveat: I'm not the target market for romance novels.That said, I liked this more than most for a number of reasons:1. The story was actually pretty meaningful. I loved that the guy had issues that he needed the girl to teach him how to handle.2. The dialogue is a little more realistic. The guy actually says things real men say during sex.3. The conflict was realistic and resolved quickly and realistically. I loved that.I have a couple of challenges with this book1. Why do so many of these books have to make the woman a virgin in some way? Why? Most of us are not virgins. Stop. 2. The last line of the book was "Jason was everything." Why? Why end making the whole damn book about the man being everything? The rest of the book felt more equal. This just left a really bad taste in my mouth.That said, I enjoyed it enough that I will definitely be looking more to this author! Better than a hallmark movie.
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  • Becky Tatar
    January 1, 1970
    Sage has been working as the city clerk in her small Wyoming town, and feels totally invisible to everyone. Everyone's good friend, person who gets the job done, but otherwise, invisible. Jason is in town for a last chance job on a ranch, except he know zip about anything to do with ranching. His PTSD from his service time makes it difficult for him to hold on to any job, whether he is let go or just up and leaves. However, a chance stumble into the city clerk's office/library/town hall, bring Sage has been working as the city clerk in her small Wyoming town, and feels totally invisible to everyone. Everyone's good friend, person who gets the job done, but otherwise, invisible. Jason is in town for a last chance job on a ranch, except he know zip about anything to do with ranching. His PTSD from his service time makes it difficult for him to hold on to any job, whether he is let go or just up and leaves. However, a chance stumble into the city clerk's office/library/town hall, bring Sage and Jason together, and over a weekend she gives him a Cowboy 101 lesson on her ranch. However, she ends up telling her friend about Jason's PTSD, even though he asked her to keep it a secret. Plus, she's being used by a guy she used to have a crush on, even though he's engaged to be married. Good story, now I have to go back and read book 1, 2, and wait for book 4!
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  • Lori McMullen
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give a half star...this book would be 3 1/2 stars.This is more what I was expecting from a Romantic Comedy (rom-com). Although I may have missed the “com” part. Jessica Clare does a good job of putting her reader in Painted Barrel, Wyoming...the ranches, the small town vibe, the snow, the stinky cattle. Sage Cooper, self proclaimed man-repellent, and Jason Clements, Navy vet with PTSD, are a perfect match. I’m a sucker for some steamy romance and a happily-ever-after ending, and I If I could give a half star...this book would be 3 1/2 stars.This is more what I was expecting from a Romantic Comedy (rom-com). Although I may have missed the “com” part. Jessica Clare does a good job of putting her reader in Painted Barrel, Wyoming...the ranches, the small town vibe, the snow, the stinky cattle. Sage Cooper, self proclaimed man-repellent, and Jason Clements, Navy vet with PTSD, are a perfect match. I’m a sucker for some steamy romance and a happily-ever-after ending, and I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t realize until after I finished this book, that it is number three in a series of four. The fourth installment of the series comes out next summer, I might just need to follow up on the goings on in Painted Barrel.
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  • Paige Turner
    January 1, 1970
    This has everything that I want in a romance novel. A military man who is seeking solace in a ranch, looking to become a cowboy and a sweet heroine that has the perfect ranch for this "new " cowboy. The author gives us the perfect amount of drama with the storyline and characters in the book. Sage is strong but sweet. I loved that she wasn't afraid to be herself and didn't shy away from conflict. Jason is a but broke and struggling from his time in the service but they compliment each other. I This has everything that I want in a romance novel. A military man who is seeking solace in a ranch, looking to become a cowboy and a sweet heroine that has the perfect ranch for this "new " cowboy. The author gives us the perfect amount of drama with the storyline and characters in the book. Sage is strong but sweet. I loved that she wasn't afraid to be herself and didn't shy away from conflict. Jason is a but broke and struggling from his time in the service but they compliment each other. I loved reading how their friendship grew into something more. This is the first time I've read anything by this without but I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
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