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True love gets a second chance this Christmas in Mustang Creek Growing up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, Charlotte Morgan couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But with a job she doesn't love and a sense of loneliness she can't shake, life in New York is less fabulous than she'd like to admit—especially now that veterinarian Jaxon Locke has left town. Jax's move to Idaho to True love gets a second chance this Christmas in Mustang Creek Growing up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, Charlotte Morgan couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But with a job she doesn't love and a sense of loneliness she can't shake, life in New York is less fabulous than she'd like to admit—especially now that veterinarian Jaxon Locke has left town. Jax's move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's practice ended things with Charlotte just as they were getting interesting. But he didn't expect to miss her so much. So when Charlotte returns home to help care for the great-aunt who raised her, Jax is determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back…and he'll start by giving her the most magical Mustang Creek Christmas of all.


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True love gets a second chance this Christmas in Mustang Creek Growing up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, Charlotte Morgan couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But with a job she doesn't love and a sense of loneliness she can't shake, life in New York is less fabulous than she'd like to admit—especially now that veterinarian Jaxon Locke has left town. Jax's move to Idaho to True love gets a second chance this Christmas in Mustang Creek Growing up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, Charlotte Morgan couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But with a job she doesn't love and a sense of loneliness she can't shake, life in New York is less fabulous than she'd like to admit—especially now that veterinarian Jaxon Locke has left town. Jax's move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's practice ended things with Charlotte just as they were getting interesting. But he didn't expect to miss her so much. So when Charlotte returns home to help care for the great-aunt who raised her, Jax is determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back…and he'll start by giving her the most magical Mustang Creek Christmas of all.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Christmas at Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller is a 2015 HQN publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This light and charming story is exactly what you want from a holiday read. Charlotte- aka- Charlie is a city girl through and through. She has a career in advertising, lives in New York, and loves the hustle and bustle of city life. So when her boyfriend, Jaxon, makes the decision to leave the city, she can't see herself a Christmas at Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller is a 2015 HQN publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This light and charming story is exactly what you want from a holiday read. Charlotte- aka- Charlie is a city girl through and through. She has a career in advertising, lives in New York, and loves the hustle and bustle of city life. So when her boyfriend, Jaxon, makes the decision to leave the city, she can't see herself adapting to small town country living. So, sadly they go their separate ways…. But, as fate would have it, Charlie gets laid off from her job and discovers the aunt who raised her like a daughter, is having some health problems. So, Charlie heads back home to Mustang Creek to care for her aunt. But, wouldn't you know it… her 'young man' Jax is the new veterinarian in town. Charlie moves back into her childhood home with her aunt's mysterious friend, Mrs. Klozz, positive her stay in Mustang Creek is only temporary. But, Charlie never stood a chance with Jax, her aunt, Mrs. Klozz and a few delightful and adorable pets,working double time to persuade Charlie she could have all she ever wanted in Mustang Creek. As the holiday season approaches, warm and fuzzy, light and easy romances are always on the menu. This story should put you in the holiday spirit with snow, skiing, pets, wonderful homemade meals and cookies, with just a touch of magic thrown in. I enjoy the big city versus the small town trope, but I also like a story that demonstrates making the best of what you have, sort of like making lemonade out of life's lemons. Charlie just needed to consider her options, and stop looking at her situation with blinders on. Compromise is always the key and this story proves it works, but might need a lot of patience and love to pull it off. Any story that features pets will always rate high with me and this one has its fair share of cute fur babies to up the sweetness meter a few notches. There is nothing too deep or overly dramatic, and it's pretty much standard holiday fare, but the dialogue stands out more with this story, written by a seasoned author, and I loved the touch of whimsy and magic, with Mrs. Klozz coming through for Charlie and Jax. Cute story, recommended to fans of this author and to romance lovers looking to get a jump start on their holiday reading. 3.5 rounded to 4

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Charlotte Morgan may have grown up in a small town but her passion was for the big city lights. She became educated and wanted to build a career and in the city fell in love with a country boy. But when it was apparent that it was the wrong time for them to be together, she had to let him go even if it broke her heart to do it. But she knew they weren't compatible like they needed to be. But then she lost he This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Charlotte Morgan may have grown up in a small town but her passion was for the big city lights. She became educated and wanted to build a career and in the city fell in love with a country boy. But when it was apparent that it was the wrong time for them to be together, she had to let him go even if it broke her heart to do it. But she knew they weren't compatible like they needed to be. But then she lost her job and when her aunt ends up being put in a living center due to medical issues, Charlotte without a job needs a place to stay. So she ends up moving back to a small town and she bumps into the least likely man she thought she would see....Jaxon Locke. Jax has never stopped being in love with Charlotte, and has moved from home to be closer to her. With the holiday season closing in, and two old lady matchmakers, two dogs and a cat and a ski trip brings Charlotte and Jax back together in time for holidays The Hero Jaxon Locke, has always been a small town boy, and even though he went to the city and enjoyed his time there, his passion was wide open spaces and the cattle that he loves. But his heart ended up broken when the woman he loved wanted the city lights more than him. But Jax wasn't willing to let her go so easy. What was so fun about Jax's character was so endearing. I like how determined and driven he is. He is stubborn and doesn't give up on anything or anyone that is truly important. I also liked that he didn't care what other people thought. He is creative and has balls of steel when it comes to Charlotte. You have to admire the lengths he goes to, to win her over her affections. The Heroine Charlotte Morgan has always wanted to live in the city even though she grew up in a small town. She is very driven and determined and wants more out of her life. But when a prominent job ends up going bad, we learn that sometimes life plans changes things. She ends up having to go home for good. Now there were some things that I liked about Charlotte and some things that I didn't quite like. What I did like about her character was how independent she is and she tends to take initiative and be proactive at times. But I did feel like she looks at certain situations with a blind eye, and doesn't seem to communicate very well. But she does learn eventually and I did like seeing the character growth in her through the length of the story. Plot and Story Line I knew I had to pick this one up, especially when seeing this available through my library's overdrive and it being a holiday romance I had to snatch it up. I have a weakness for Linda Lael Miller and especially with her Christmas books are quite endearing. So I was pretty excited to pick this one up and from the beginning I was drawn into it. The first aspect of the story that I noticed was the chemistry that builds between Charlotte and Jax. Of course, its a story of two lovers being reunited and finding a second chance at love. I did find it interesting to see how they interact with each other at first. Its like two people stumbling a bit, trying to figure out what they really want and how to compromise and what to make of the current situation. I had a ball of fun with the animals especially the two dogs. Then we have the fun matchmaking of Charlotte's Aunt and her friend. Boy were they a riot...and the lengths they go to, to bring these two together are pretty outrageous at times. The romance was quirky, fun and sweet. There are some conflicts of the past that come into play but they work through them pretty well. The only complaint I really have is that this story didn't feel as deep, a bit more lighthearted than I wanted from this one. One of my favorite things about this story was the small town setting with the cute Christmas traditions. The Cover What a sweet and romantic cover!!! I love the almost "poppin" kiss like pose here in the snow!!! a lovely romantic wintery scene. Overall View Christmas in Mustang Creek is a Christmas ball of romance and fun.....bound to leave the reader wanting a cup of hot cocoa, with a cozy blanket and some holiday tunes to jig to. Click To Buy On Amazon [foogallery id="24415"]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie_la_geek

    I am really not on a good reading streak at the moment. In keep picking up books and wading through pages hoping to find something that will interest me but it is just not happening. Christmas in Mustang Creek is the latest in a long line of books that I just didn’t like. To be honest this wasn’t a bad book and I didn’t hate it but it bored me. The writing was fine but not enough happened and the characters, although well writing, just weren’t likeable enough. I did find this book sweet and it ce I am really not on a good reading streak at the moment. In keep picking up books and wading through pages hoping to find something that will interest me but it is just not happening. Christmas in Mustang Creek is the latest in a long line of books that I just didn’t like. To be honest this wasn’t a bad book and I didn’t hate it but it bored me. The writing was fine but not enough happened and the characters, although well writing, just weren’t likeable enough. I did find this book sweet and it certainly had its moments but at the same time I also found it a bit silly. The main problem I had with this book was the characters. I wanted Charlotte to be stronger and firmer. Mrs Klozz I would too pushy and noisy but the worst was Jason. I cannot quite put my finger on it but there has something about his attitude towards Charlotte that just didn’t sit well with me. I found him too pushy and presumptuous. It was clear that he held real feelings for Charlotte but I couldn’t shake the feeling that he wasn’t happy with who she was, that he would have preferred her to change to suit him more. This feeling ruined the romance for me. I just couldn’t get behind them as a couple and I felt no chemistry or personality between them at all. It would be unfair for me to say that Christmas in Mustang Creek is a bad book, it isn’t. On the end it just wasn’t the book for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    I loved the cover of this book - the snow, the lake, the trees and horse in the background and even the lucky couple who are sure to get their HEA. Unfortunately, the cover is pretty well where my love stopped. I love Christmas stories during this time of the year and I was very disappointed. Although the book is well written and edited, it was extremely boring. Yes, there were moments that were sweet, but they too were boring. And when I wasn't bored, I was frustrated. Charlotte is supposed to be I loved the cover of this book - the snow, the lake, the trees and horse in the background and even the lucky couple who are sure to get their HEA. Unfortunately, the cover is pretty well where my love stopped. I love Christmas stories during this time of the year and I was very disappointed. Although the book is well written and edited, it was extremely boring. Yes, there were moments that were sweet, but they too were boring. And when I wasn't bored, I was frustrated. Charlotte is supposed to be this successful business woman - successful in the competitive world of New York city advertising. An yet she comes home and gets railroaded by every single person she knows and meets. The woman does not show any back bone - ever. She was wishy-washy about what she wants in life and that's fine. We all need to step back and re-evaluate. But she doesn't re-evaluate as much as just accepts whatever anyone else says. She came across as the quintessential door mat through the entire book. I like strong female characters and she didn't measure up. If you don't know if you want a relationship with a guy would you get yourself steamrolled into having him stay at your place? Plus I really didn't get the I don't know if I want a relationship but hey let's go skiing as an excuse for a night of sex. I imagined another ending where here he's boarding in your home, everyone else has gone home, you've had your night of sex and you say "NO" to the marriage proposal. Well that would be awkward living under the same roof.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This was cute holiday story to round out the Brides of Bliss County series. While I did like the couple, Charlotte and Jackson, the story was a little underwhelming. Jaxon was very sweet in his pursuit of Charlie, but I think the story was longer than it needed to be and at times repetitive. The "Klozz" effect was a cute idea, but got a little corny after a while. I guess it was supposed to have you believe in the magic of the season. Anyway, I do recommend this series as a whole. I really enjoy This was cute holiday story to round out the Brides of Bliss County series. While I did like the couple, Charlotte and Jackson, the story was a little underwhelming. Jaxon was very sweet in his pursuit of Charlie, but I think the story was longer than it needed to be and at times repetitive. The "Klozz" effect was a cute idea, but got a little corny after a while. I guess it was supposed to have you believe in the magic of the season. Anyway, I do recommend this series as a whole. I really enjoyed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I finally did it, last week after years of seeing people reviewing Linda Lael Miller's books I finally decided to bite the bullet after this one strayed across my path at the library a while back. I wasn't sure how Christmas at Mustang Creek would read since it is the fourth book in the Brides of Bliss County series but I was worried for nothing. This was a quick and easy holiday read and one that I really needed. I'd read a pretty heavy sort of book and this was just the right amount of lighteni I finally did it, last week after years of seeing people reviewing Linda Lael Miller's books I finally decided to bite the bullet after this one strayed across my path at the library a while back. I wasn't sure how Christmas at Mustang Creek would read since it is the fourth book in the Brides of Bliss County series but I was worried for nothing. This was a quick and easy holiday read and one that I really needed. I'd read a pretty heavy sort of book and this was just the right amount of lightening up and it fit in perfectly with the season. I really enjoyed the small town feel of this book but I do wish it had been highlighted more because while I enjoyed the glimpses, they were all too brief and I found myself wanting to get to know they other characters in the town more. I liked Charlotte and Jaxon together more than as individual characters, well that's not true. I like Charlotte better when she was with Jax as a couple because on her own she wasn't the most likable heroine for me. There was far too much inner dialogue on her end and her "rationale" to find reasons not to do things got annoying after while but I will say I loved how she took care of her elderly aunt, she loved her so much and that really came through and in the end when Charlotte opened up more I did come to like her. Jaxon was a great hero all on his own. He's a vet, a country boy and he is completely head over heals in love with Charlotte, Mustang Creek and all the residents. He was such a sweetheart and he had no problem being henpecked by the women and being at their beck and call. In fact he seemed to really enjoy having women to take care of and I loved it. He was such a good guy and the way he delt with all the townsfolk was wonderful I'm glad he balanced out Charlotte. Mrs. Klozz though was the true star of the book, with her baked goods, feasts fit for a king, a welcoming embrace, advice and some good old fashioned old lady meddling I couldn't not love her, She had a delightful sense of humour and she was such a lovely character she really made tied the whole book together and she embodied the feeling of Christmas for me. This is one that was on the sweeter side of the romance scale and didn't delve into the intimate details much though there was a certain amount of sexual tension and and the odd innuendo but nothing you wouldn't be shocked by. It had all the fixins' of a holiday love story and while I did think Charlotte needed more character development and I wish we'd gotten to know more of the folks in the town. I'm glad these two characters got their happily ever after. I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of holiday romances. If you're a fan of Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle books Mrs. Klozz is sure to remind you of them. Check this one out if you're looking for a quick and sweet read to snuggle up with for the evening. I can't wait to read more of this series and enjoyed my experience reading Linda Lael Miller's work for the first time. 3.5 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Christmas in Mustang County looked cute and sweet when I read the blurb and it definitely lived up to my expectations even though I am nowhere near ready for the Christmas season to begin. The story is centered around Charlotte and Jax … his quest to win her back and her quest to try to convince herself that Mustang Creek is not the place for her. There’s nothing exciting, nothing high-powered and certainly not a place for her to apply her adv Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Christmas in Mustang County looked cute and sweet when I read the blurb and it definitely lived up to my expectations even though I am nowhere near ready for the Christmas season to begin. The story is centered around Charlotte and Jax … his quest to win her back and her quest to try to convince herself that Mustang Creek is not the place for her. There’s nothing exciting, nothing high-powered and certainly not a place for her to apply her advertising degree. But it does have certain charms to it. The friends she grew up with, cozy little stories and, now, Jaxon. Jaxon tolerated the big city but, when he got the call to go back to Idaho, he was concerned for his father but excited to return to the wide open spaces, blue skies and the animals that he loved. His biggest regret was leaving Charlie. He tried to convince her that she should give it a chance, give him a chance but she wouldn’t. Stalking her FB page, he finds out that she’s going back to Mustang Creek. He doesn’t know if she is there to stay but it is worth moving there and taking the job offer from his friend to help out at his Veterinary Clinic. A little bit of magic, a lot of meddling from the adorable Mrs. Klozz, the love of animals, a secluded cabin and a sleigh ride were all working against Charlotte and definitely in favor of Jax. Then throw in good meaning friends and planting a little idea into the right minds and Charlotte falls harder than the snow during a blizzard. So, yes, the story was adorable but … it really moved a little too quickly for me. Charlotte was in love with Jax when they were in New York and their chemistry was off the charts. I love how fate kept throwing them together from the moment they both set foot in Mustang Creek. But, she just kept giving me whiplash. No, she wasn’t falling into his arms or bed; yes, she was; well, maybe she will; aw, what the hell, she can’t fight it. I was happy that she was giving into the magic that was being woven around them but I was also stunned. But, Jax didn’t surprise me at all … he was determined to make her see her place in Mustang Creek, in his bed and in his life, forever. Linda Lael Miller actually brought the “sweetness” factor up a notch with this story filling it with every known decadent desert you could possibly imagine. Mrs. Klozz and Aunt Geneva, Mutley, Can-Can and Felix lit up this story and brought the fun factor into the book. She made sure that we understood what Charlie and Jax were thinking and how they got where they were by weaving their pasts into the present … made sure that we are still wondering just who Mrs. Klozz really was … she made sure that we smiled throughout the whole story. These are all characteristics that I truly love in an author. Review copy provided for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    This is a nice warm, wintry tale about a girl who has to admit defeat in New York and drive home to Mustang Creek. She's had to put a relative who raised her in assisted living, and wants to make sure everything is okay. Happy to see her is the veterinarian who fell in love with her before she left for the big city. But is she still the same girl, and why does the fact that they once had a romance mean all the old biddies in town think they'll be getting married? Some fun and frolics as you'd ex This is a nice warm, wintry tale about a girl who has to admit defeat in New York and drive home to Mustang Creek. She's had to put a relative who raised her in assisted living, and wants to make sure everything is okay. Happy to see her is the veterinarian who fell in love with her before she left for the big city. But is she still the same girl, and why does the fact that they once had a romance mean all the old biddies in town think they'll be getting married? Some fun and frolics as you'd expect with good location detail including having to care for the horses on Christmas Day. I was a bit surprised that our heroine doesn't start inquiries about running websites, accountancy or marketing for town businesses as she just seems to be in a slump. Surely the benefit of getting experience is to put it to good use and spread the skills around, not to call yourself unemployable in a recession. Maybe she is just depressed and leaving work issues until after Christmas. This is an adult romance tale. There's a bit too much of a fanciful character named Mrs Klozz who is baking cookies every time we meet her and organising everyone's life; this is clearly suggesting a magical involvement and it's odd that in a small town nobody seems to care who her people are or where she grew up. I think the author was just having some fun. Still, the spiced gingerbread sounds nice.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Christmas in Mustang Creek is #4 in The Brides of Biss County, and is a delightful shorter story for the Christmas season. Charlotte is returning home to the small Wyoming town to the house she shared with her aunt since childhood. Her aunt is now in a home, because she has a little dementia. Residing in the house is the warm, rather mysterious Mrs Klozz. (say her name out loud and you'll get the idea). A little Disney, but kinda sweet. She certainly has the Christmas spirit and is not about doin Christmas in Mustang Creek is #4 in The Brides of Biss County, and is a delightful shorter story for the Christmas season. Charlotte is returning home to the small Wyoming town to the house she shared with her aunt since childhood. Her aunt is now in a home, because she has a little dementia. Residing in the house is the warm, rather mysterious Mrs Klozz. (say her name out loud and you'll get the idea). A little Disney, but kinda sweet. She certainly has the Christmas spirit and is not about doing a little organising so that Charlotte is put in the path of Jax. She and Jax had been an item, but had parted company over a year ago. Now he too has come to the small town to help Nate in his vet practice. Mrs K sees to it that he is right in the action and right in the path of Charlotte. Want to get into the Christmas spirit - this is an ideal book to put you into the scents and warmth and goodwill of this season. Mrs Klozz is a magical mystery, and she certainly adds to the spirit of Christmas. There is goodwill aplenty, the small town ambience where everybody knows everything, and of course it has delightful animals, family and a hint of new birth. Some romance too of course. Save this one up for near Christmas and you will be right there in the spirit of the season.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Christmas in Mustang Creek reminds me of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas books, but with a little more spice. The resemblance is strongest in the character of Mrs. Klozz, a warm, caring older woman with an almost magical touch in the kitchen, who seems determined to set Charlotte’s life to rights – and Jaxon’s too, while she’s at it. Add in a small town, a huge Victorian house, an adorable puppy, Christmas trees, and even a skiing trip, and you’ve got a comforting Christmas romance. There’s little r Christmas in Mustang Creek reminds me of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas books, but with a little more spice. The resemblance is strongest in the character of Mrs. Klozz, a warm, caring older woman with an almost magical touch in the kitchen, who seems determined to set Charlotte’s life to rights – and Jaxon’s too, while she’s at it. Add in a small town, a huge Victorian house, an adorable puppy, Christmas trees, and even a skiing trip, and you’ve got a comforting Christmas romance. There’s little real conflict, but plenty of warmth and charm. And how can you resist a hero who’s willing to move to a small town in hope of a second chance with the girl who got away? This was my first introduction to Miller, and I am curious about the previous books in this quartet. Recommended for fans of RaeAnne Thayne and Debbie Macomber (with the caveat that there’s more heat.) 3.5 stars FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Everyone needs a Mrs. Klozz in the kitchen at Christmastime Charlotte Morgan has lived and worked in advertising in New York City for the last seven years. Now events conspire against her and her career and she heads back to Mustang Creek, Wyoming right before Christmas, wanting to help her elderly great aunt that raised her. Veterinarian Jaxon Locke has taken a job in Mustang Creek partnering with another vet but he's really there to win over Charlotte's heart (or Charlie as he calls her). Great a Everyone needs a Mrs. Klozz in the kitchen at Christmastime Charlotte Morgan has lived and worked in advertising in New York City for the last seven years. Now events conspire against her and her career and she heads back to Mustang Creek, Wyoming right before Christmas, wanting to help her elderly great aunt that raised her. Veterinarian Jaxon Locke has taken a job in Mustang Creek partnering with another vet but he's really there to win over Charlotte's heart (or Charlie as he calls her). Great aunt Geneva is hoping this young couple will get together, along with the mysterious Mrs. Klozz, who's cooking up a holiday storm in the kitchen and making all kinds of things happen otherwise. I loved this light, sexy Christmas romance. All the characters are memorable and believable. Dogs, a cat, a horse, mistletoe in strategic spots, meals made by Mrs. Klozz that I wish I could eat, and all kinds of plans to keep Charlie happy and in Mustang Creek make this a holiday book I will remember. NOTE: I received this book from HQN Books through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    This was not what I had expected from Linda Lael Miller. I'm accustomed to her contemporary romances...and the ones I really enjoyed were the McKettrick and Creed series. This was more of a fairy tale with a Christmas theme with a woman named Mrs. Klozz...( really?) who doesn't seem to have any background and who suddenly disappears, who knows things that will happen, etc. I'm very glad I got this from the Library and didn't pay $17.99 for the small hard over or $9.99 for the ebook. LL Miller is This was not what I had expected from Linda Lael Miller. I'm accustomed to her contemporary romances...and the ones I really enjoyed were the McKettrick and Creed series. This was more of a fairy tale with a Christmas theme with a woman named Mrs. Klozz...( really?) who doesn't seem to have any background and who suddenly disappears, who knows things that will happen, etc. I'm very glad I got this from the Library and didn't pay $17.99 for the small hard over or $9.99 for the ebook. LL Miller is a favorite author of mine, but not this piece of fairy tale fluff. If fairy tales are your thing, you may enjoy this novel. I would suggest, however, you borrow it from your library before spending your $ for this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    If you're gonna do Christmas, you may as well do it the Mustang Creek way. I loved this and wish I knew more about Mrs. Klozz. This is a lovely and wholesome romance. If you're gonna do Christmas, you may as well do it the Mustang Creek way. I loved this and wish I knew more about Mrs. Klozz. This is a lovely and wholesome romance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a heartwarming holiday story with just the right amount of sizzle. Charlie grew up in Mustang Creek, raised by her aunt after her parents were killed. But she wanted more than the small town life, so she headed for New York City as soon as she could. She's spent seven years living the life in the big city, but lately she hasn't been as happy as she was. The job isn't as great as it used to be, she doesn't really have any friends, and the dating scene stinks. There was one man that had p This was a heartwarming holiday story with just the right amount of sizzle. Charlie grew up in Mustang Creek, raised by her aunt after her parents were killed. But she wanted more than the small town life, so she headed for New York City as soon as she could. She's spent seven years living the life in the big city, but lately she hasn't been as happy as she was. The job isn't as great as it used to be, she doesn't really have any friends, and the dating scene stinks. There was one man that had promise, a veterinarian, but when he had to go back to Idaho to help his sick dad, she wasn't ready to give it all up and go with him. Now she's headed back to Wyoming to take care of Aunt Geneva, never expecting what is there for her. Jax had really fallen hard for Charlie, and has missed her since their breakup. Now that his dad is doing better, Jax is no longer needed in Idaho. When he finds out that his college roommate, Nate Cameron, lives in Mustang Creek and is looking for a partner in his vet practice, Jax jumps at the chance. Now all he needs to do is convince Charlie that they belong together. Fate being what it is, Charlie and Jax end up arriving in Mustang Creek at the same time and in the middle of a blizzard. Jax has the last available hotel room because finding Nate's house in that weather would be impossible. Charlie doesn't want to disturb her aunt's mysterious housemate that late at night, but find no room at the inn - thanks to the last person she ever expected to see in Mustang Creek. Jax is, of course, sweet and chivalrous and offers to share the room with her. The sparks are still there between them, but Jax is determined not to rush things and maintains his distance. Charlie isn't sure what to think, other than the need to keep herself under control. The next day, Charlie meets the mysterious Mrs. Klozz, who knows far more about Charlie than Charlie knows about her. Mrs. Klozz also seems to have a knack for knowing just what Charlie is thinking or needs. While Charlie is off to the assisted living center to see her aunt, Mrs. Klozz manages to get Jax to the house and invites him to stay there while looking for a place to live. Of course, he knows that Charlie isn't going to be thrilled with the idea, but he's willing to see how it plays out. He was right, but Charlie finds herself succumbing to Mrs. Klozz's gentle bulldozer tactics. Mrs. Klozz is quite the matchmaker and finds any number of ways to throw Charlie and Jax together. Add in her happily married friends, Hadleigh, Bex and Mel, and Charlie quickly gives up resisting the sparks. I loved their ski weekend together, as they started the process of getting to know each other again. Jax tries to be patient and not push too hard, but he wants Charlie in his life. I liked Jax a lot. He's really a sweet guy with a big heart. It was fun watching him work his way into the hearts of all the ladies, from Charlie to Mrs. Klozz, just by being his charming self. I liked how he was up front with Charlie about his feelings for her. I enjoyed seeing how easily he slipped into life in Mustang Creek. I liked Charlie, but there were also times that she frustrated the heck out of me. I really liked that she had no problem dropping everything to take care of Aunt Geneva. There is a lot of love and respect between the two of them. Charlie is also quite stubborn, and when she sets herself on a path, it takes a lot to change her direction. She had a hard time admitting, even to herself, that city life wasn't everything she had expected it to be. Even back home, she was still focused on trying to find another job in the same field. Even though multiple people told her the same thing about what she could do, she didn't want to listen. I really enjoyed the rekindling of their relationship. Jax is steady in his resolve to win her, and finds little ways to win her over. Charlie has a hard time resisting the sparks, but can't see a way past the obstacles she sees in their conflicting dreams. She spends a bit too much time overthinking everything rather than listening to her heart. I loved the various ways that Jax and others showed her that she belonged there rather than in the city. Once she finally saw the light, there was no stopping them. I loved the epilogue and the peek into their future. Secondary characters are always good in these stories, and this was no exception. I loved Mrs. Klozz and subtle and not-so-subtle ways of getting them to do what she wanted. There was a hint of holiday magic about her that added an extra something to the story. I also loved Aunt Geneva. She loved Charlie so much, and wanted t make sure she didn't make the same mistakes. I also loved her practical viewpoint of the challenges of her life. I also enjoyed seeing the couples from the other books in the series again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    It seems like I always read more Christmas stories all year round than around the Holidays season. Charlotte couldn't wait to leaver her hometown. Now she's back in Mustang Creek after seven years in New York after losing her job and to take care of the aunt who raised her when her parents died when she was a toddler. Geneva was already in her late fifties when she inherited the responsibility and now Charlotte think it's time to give back the attention and care her aunt once gave her and before It seems like I always read more Christmas stories all year round than around the Holidays season. Charlotte couldn't wait to leaver her hometown. Now she's back in Mustang Creek after seven years in New York after losing her job and to take care of the aunt who raised her when her parents died when she was a toddler. Geneva was already in her late fifties when she inherited the responsibility and now Charlotte think it's time to give back the attention and care her aunt once gave her and before dementia tear her away. Charlotte realize she miss the landscapes and the comfort of her small town. Even if life brought her misfortunes lately, she chose to see things in a positive way and she's not discouraged. But what is Jaxon Locke doing in Mustang Creek ? They broke up just a year ago, basically because she chose the Big Apple over him and he was not interested in the city life. But she bump into him at every corner. Jax accepted a job offer to Mustang Creek as the new veterinarian and see it as a sign that Charlotte is coming back in her hometown at the same time he's becoming a new resident himself. He still feel something for her and intend to win her heart again. He's gonna have a little help from a meddling housekeeper/matchmaker/folklore character. Who knew car trouble could be so romantic ? I like the writing style, the mix of old-fashion and modern, Jax's honesty and Charlotte's optimism. The song Hometown Girl by Josh Turner was playing in loop in my head while I was reading this story, since the hero seemed to want his own country girl. And do I really need to add I liked the pets presence :p

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Christmas in Mustang Creek: The Brides of Bliss County is by Linda Lael Miller. It is a cute romance. You know how it will end but you don’t know how they will get there. That makes it easier to put the book down when life interferes, especially sleep. Charlotte Morgan and Jaxon Locke met in New York City. She had a good job and a nice apartment and loved the life of a big city. Jaxon was a veterinarian but he wasn’t a fan of the city life. When he went back to Idaho to help while his Dad was il Christmas in Mustang Creek: The Brides of Bliss County is by Linda Lael Miller. It is a cute romance. You know how it will end but you don’t know how they will get there. That makes it easier to put the book down when life interferes, especially sleep. Charlotte Morgan and Jaxon Locke met in New York City. She had a good job and a nice apartment and loved the life of a big city. Jaxon was a veterinarian but he wasn’t a fan of the city life. When he went back to Idaho to help while his Dad was ill, he and Charlotte broke up. She knew he wanted a life in Idaho and she wanted the City so it wouldn’t work. Then her life changed. She lost her job and had to return to Mustang Creek to check on her Aunt Geneve who she had to put in a nursing home. Something had to be done with the house and make sure her Aunt was fine. Charlotte arrived in Mustang Creek in the middle of a blizzard. It was late so she decided to try the hotel for a room. However, with ski season and the blizzard, no rooms were available. However, an unexpected source offered the use of the extra bed in his room. Jaxon Locke had taken a job in Mustang Creek and just happened to arrive at the same time as Charlotte; however, he had a room reserved. How will Charlotte cope with Jaxon in town? She has enough on her plate as it is. In addition, she has to cope with a meddling lady who is keeping Aunt Geneve’s pets and house going as well as all her friends who are still here in Mustang Creek.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Wicke

    Terrible. I'm embarrassed that it is on my read list; however, in my defense, it popped up on my audio library book account (probably because I'm reading the Wyoming Longmire series and this is also set in Wyoming) and, really, there is nothing available in my local audio library. So it was something to listen to...I guess. Here's a couple of things: No one says "critter." No one. Not even in Wyoming. And nobody would fly into Denver and then take a plane to Cheyenne only to rent a car there to Terrible. I'm embarrassed that it is on my read list; however, in my defense, it popped up on my audio library book account (probably because I'm reading the Wyoming Longmire series and this is also set in Wyoming) and, really, there is nothing available in my local audio library. So it was something to listen to...I guess. Here's a couple of things: No one says "critter." No one. Not even in Wyoming. And nobody would fly into Denver and then take a plane to Cheyenne only to rent a car there to drive to another town. It would never happen. It's like an hour and a half away, which, if you live in Wyoming, is nothing. M'kay, so there's that. Not to mention that the conflict was ridiculously contrived and drawn out. There were many moments when I literally guffawed. And finally, the reader...oh, the reader! he ruined an already bad book. His overacting pushed the dialogue into the ridiculous. I could not take it. So, it's a hard no for me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Yup, another Christmas book - this year I'm giving them all 4 stars - just cause I can! Merry Christmas !! Yup, another Christmas book - this year I'm giving them all 4 stars - just cause I can! Merry Christmas !!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    4 Stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller is a marvelous addition to The Brides of Bliss County series. This sweet romance takes place a few days before Christmas and it is a light-hearted and easy to read novel that old and new fans of the series are going to love. Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek but after college, her career in advertising led her to a dream job in New York. She loves the fast pace and vibrant atmosphere of big city living but when her aunt's health begins faili Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller is a marvelous addition to The Brides of Bliss County series. This sweet romance takes place a few days before Christmas and it is a light-hearted and easy to read novel that old and new fans of the series are going to love. Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek but after college, her career in advertising led her to a dream job in New York. She loves the fast pace and vibrant atmosphere of big city living but when her aunt's health begins failing and she loses her job right before Christmas, she knows it is time to return to her small hometown. As soon she arrives in town, Charlotte immediately crosses paths with Jaxon Locke, the veterinarian she dated while living in New York. She and Jaxon split up a year earlier when he returned to Idaho to take care of his father after he had a heart attack. Is it just a coincidence that Jaxon is moving to Mustang Creek just as Charlotte returns to town? Or is a little holiday magic responsible for their unexpected reunion? Charlotte and Jaxon cared deeply for one another, but while Charlotte loved living in the big city, Jaxon longed to return to the wide open spaces back West. He never stopped caring for Charlotte so after his father returned to work, Jaxon eagerly accepted a job offer to join a vet practice in Mustang Creek. He was even more thrilled to discover that Charlotte was returning home and he is cautiously optimistic they can resume their relationship. Charlotte returns to Mustang Creek with no clear plan for her future. She loves her career but she is torn between staying close to her beloved Aunt Geneva and moving to another large city where she can put her skills to use. She is stunned to discover that Jaxon is planning to settle in her hometown, but she still sees no way around their conflicting dreams. With a little help from the mysterious Mrs. Klozz, Aunt Geneva and a surprising business idea, Jaxon eagerly begins trying to convince Charlotte to give their relationship a second chance. Christmas in Mustang Creek is another low key, blissfully angst-free romance from fan favorite Linda Lael Miller. As always, the characters are quite appealing, delightfully engaging and beautifully developed. The holiday season is the perfect backdrop for the renewed relationship between Jaxon and Charlotte and their romance is quite heartwarming. Mustang Creek is still the same warm and inviting town and the addition of Mrs. Klozz to the cast of well-meaning and caring townspeople adds a bit of whimsy to the storyline. Although it is the fourth installment in The Brides of Bliss County series, it can be read as a standalone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Talk Books To Me

    Second Chance Romance…yum! Christmas loving…yes please! Hot Vet who is also good with his hands and lips…NOW! I liked this story…Jaxon knew who and what he was and he wasn’t afraid to go and get it, take it, and live it. Charlotte, or Charlie as Jaxon called her, was a farce. She was so busy trying to prove that she was big city and successful that she lost sight of what and who was important. I don’t like people like that…and you know what else I don’t like…people who can’t see the forest through Second Chance Romance…yum! Christmas loving…yes please! Hot Vet who is also good with his hands and lips…NOW! I liked this story…Jaxon knew who and what he was and he wasn’t afraid to go and get it, take it, and live it. Charlotte, or Charlie as Jaxon called her, was a farce. She was so busy trying to prove that she was big city and successful that she lost sight of what and who was important. I don’t like people like that…and you know what else I don’t like…people who can’t see the forest through the trees and Charlie was one of those people too! Thankfully, Mrs. Klozz helped her pull her head out of her back side and see the amazing, kind and loving man that was willing to take a chance on her and on love! This story made me hungry!!! Literally, Mrs. Klozz cooked some amazing Christmas treats and food through the whole book and Jaxon and Charlie ate them up! The banter and friendship between this couple is what really made this a great read. When Charlie relaxed and let her real self out to play, those were the great scenes. I loved the whole town’s interference and their gossip (small town awesomeness!). Looking for a steamy, second chance romance with fun side characters and a Christmas theme…grab this one! Enjoy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    I love Christmas stories and Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. I always like when authors continue a series and at least one of the books is set at Christmas. In this case it was unexpected since I thought there were only going to be three books in the The Brides of Bliss County series. This is Jax and Charlie's (Charlotte) story and there's a lot of Christmas magic going on between Mrs. Klozz, Charlotte's Aunt Geneva and especially Jax and Charlie. There are a lot of twists and tu I love Christmas stories and Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. I always like when authors continue a series and at least one of the books is set at Christmas. In this case it was unexpected since I thought there were only going to be three books in the The Brides of Bliss County series. This is Jax and Charlie's (Charlotte) story and there's a lot of Christmas magic going on between Mrs. Klozz, Charlotte's Aunt Geneva and especially Jax and Charlie. There are a lot of twists and turns to the story when Jax and Charlie unexpectedly reunite and it's fun to watch them get reaquainted but also realize their chemistry and feelings are still there. The descriptions of the food was mouthwatering and of Charlie's house made me feel that I was there. I could feel the cold of the snow and the wind. Once again there are family and friends, alpha males, characters we've met in the first three books in the series, kindness, happiness, laughter, tears, sadness, memories and lots of loving and love. The epilogue takes place a year later and ties up a lot of loose ends but we aren't privvy to all that happened in the interim. I look forward to where Miller will take us next!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This story was a cute Christmas story that had me smiling pretty much the whole time. Jaxson and Charlotte were sweet. They dated about a year ago and they broke up. Jaxson found out Charlotte was moving back to her hometown and decided to move there to win her over. The plus side was that he had a job lined up. Their was a matching matching that was done by a mysterious woman who has been helping with her sick aunt and her pets until Charlotte returned. This book reminded me of mrs miracle book This story was a cute Christmas story that had me smiling pretty much the whole time. Jaxson and Charlotte were sweet. They dated about a year ago and they broke up. Jaxson found out Charlotte was moving back to her hometown and decided to move there to win her over. The plus side was that he had a job lined up. Their was a matching matching that was done by a mysterious woman who has been helping with her sick aunt and her pets until Charlotte returned. This book reminded me of mrs miracle books. It was all fate but I enjoyed the road which this couple traveled and their wasn't any drama which with this book was actually nice. I loved Jaxson was a vet and Charlotte used to be in advertising. Jaxson really did try hard to show her that they belong together. I enjoyed the epilogue and I loved how we got a chance to see what happened a year later. It was sweet but I wish I would have read it at Christmas time to get the feeling. I also enjoyed getting to see all of the previous characters and where they are now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    This was a perfectly acceptable Christmas romance; however, I hated the fact that the first half or so of this book was mostly filled with inner-dialoguing and a lot of angst. You have to understand the level of romance in this book –this couple had already been in love and things just didn’t truly work out. Each one wanted something different out of life. Now that Jax has heard that Charlie is back in Mustang Creek and he comes and takes a job there to win back Charlies heart. Sweet and perfect This was a perfectly acceptable Christmas romance; however, I hated the fact that the first half or so of this book was mostly filled with inner-dialoguing and a lot of angst. You have to understand the level of romance in this book –this couple had already been in love and things just didn’t truly work out. Each one wanted something different out of life. Now that Jax has heard that Charlie is back in Mustang Creek and he comes and takes a job there to win back Charlies heart. Sweet and perfect for the season right? The second half of this book engages the reader so much more and the sexual tension builds. They sure do get a lot of help from Mrs. Klozz, Aunt Geneva and a possible business venture –eventually Charlie and Jax get their HEA and a lovely Christmas to boot. It was a lovely read, but I’m not so sure that it is going on my re-read shelf…for sure it will go on to my Christmas books shelf though and maybe someday down the road I’ll pull it out again. ARC Supplied by publisher.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    So much to dislike and not much to like. For one thing, no one should adopt a pet on Christmas Eve, ever. For another, no one should ever give someone a puppy as a present on Christmas, at least not without prior approval of the recipient. Then again, who makes a dog wear a scarf? If the weather is so cold that the dog is uncomfortable, then a sweater is called for. A scarf is just decoration to make the owner smile. It's meaningless to the dog. Also, who can knit an entire scarf, even a dog sca So much to dislike and not much to like. For one thing, no one should adopt a pet on Christmas Eve, ever. For another, no one should ever give someone a puppy as a present on Christmas, at least not without prior approval of the recipient. Then again, who makes a dog wear a scarf? If the weather is so cold that the dog is uncomfortable, then a sweater is called for. A scarf is just decoration to make the owner smile. It's meaningless to the dog. Also, who can knit an entire scarf, even a dog scarf, in half a day? No one I know. Then there is the stalker behavior and the supposedly no-nonsense, hard-edged, business woman who is so passive that she lets everyone around her tell her what to think, feel, believe, and do. She doesn't even get to choose her response to the guy's proposal, that's done for her, too. She makes literally no decisions during the entire book. Why is it so hard to find a good, Christmas romance??

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    Didn't work for me. The heroine's friends and family all agree with the hero that she belongs in the country and should just marry the guy, making her protests seem weak and pointless. Add in the fact that others take care of all her (quite valid) practical problems with the hero's plan, and the conflict at the center of the novel is non-existent. I'm fine with romances where the conflict between the hero and heroine is minimal to non-existent, but most authors replace that conflict with some oth Didn't work for me. The heroine's friends and family all agree with the hero that she belongs in the country and should just marry the guy, making her protests seem weak and pointless. Add in the fact that others take care of all her (quite valid) practical problems with the hero's plan, and the conflict at the center of the novel is non-existent. I'm fine with romances where the conflict between the hero and heroine is minimal to non-existent, but most authors replace that conflict with some other challenges, and this author... didn't. The solutions to all their problems seem to fall in their laps. Add in the constant, "Hey, did you know this is part of a series?" routine, and it was a bit of a slog. Not a horrific slog -- I did finish it -- but not a keeper for sure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    It is rare that I do not finish a book written by an author I like but this book fell into that category. I was never thrilled with the key romantic characters. I liked the side ones better. I kept reading in hopes the book would improve. Sadly when I got about 35% in, the heavy sex scene began... I completely lost interest in the female character. Some will like this book. Sadly I'm not one of them. It is rare that I do not finish a book written by an author I like but this book fell into that category. I was never thrilled with the key romantic characters. I liked the side ones better. I kept reading in hopes the book would improve. Sadly when I got about 35% in, the heavy sex scene began... I completely lost interest in the female character. Some will like this book. Sadly I'm not one of them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    A new character with a good story line. Another fun romance for Miller fans. Look for Mrs. Llozz and see who you think she is.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    Usually get a kick out of Miller's cowboy books but found this one too bland although the dog characters were fun. Usually get a kick out of Miller's cowboy books but found this one too bland although the dog characters were fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    as usual this christmas story felt very average and too much at the same time. Never one for public holidays this was not a good fit for me.

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