Thursday, January 5, 2023

Review: Savoring Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Series: Rodeo Romance #10
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wholesome Hearts
Released: Nov. 10, 2022
356 pages
About the Book:

He’s a former rodeo star who gave up his career to run the family ranch.

She’s an aspiring chef with a food truck, a dream, and no interest in another man coming along to ruin her plans.

Troy Lucas walked away from his winning rodeo career to run the family ranch after the death of his grandfather. Now, being a rancher, a farrier, and even team roping just for fun can’t seem to keep him satisfied. He didn’t think he’d miss his glory days in the rodeo when he came back home — in fact, there’s nowhere else he’d rather be. Still, he can’t deny the hole inside that keeps reminding him he’s longing for something … more.

Chef Lark Gibson has only one thing on her mind: opening a restaurant in Portland. Until that day comes, Lark will take her food truck to as many events as possible and make sure her customers are always begging for more. The last thing she expected was to find herself distracted by a knight in dusty Wranglers, until a handsome cowboy comes to her rescue and catches her off-guard.

Will the approaching Christmas season lead this hungry cowboy and ambitious chef to realize that what they think they want isn’t what they really need? Find out in Savoring Christmas, a sweet romance full of humor, heart, and holiday fun.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This is book 10 of the Rodeo Romance series. There are recurring characters from the previous books, but the two main characters are new. We meet Troy who is a team roper with his cousin and Lark who runs a food truck. The two of them meet at one of the rodeo competitions and feel drawn to one another but as they get to know one another they learn that their dreams clash. Lark is saving up to move to the city and Troy can’t imagine ever leaving the ranch. Will they risk their hearts and dreams to see what could be?

I was expecting a Christmas based story but other than the Christmas market and such at the Rodeo convention in Vegas it felt like Christmas was skipped over. Troy and Lark meet in the summer and their relationship develops over the course of the fall. Then they spent time at the Rodeo convention at the beginning of Dec. but something happens at the convention which separates them and then suddenly is January. It felt more like a winter read than a Christmas read. I loved catching up with previous characters and seeing what’s happened since we last saw them. This story was filled with so much humor and sarcastic comments that I laughed so many times. There are also moments of growth for both characters. I enjoyed this story and there was a particular character that we meet that I would love to be given his own story next. 

Favourite Quote: 
“True strength is offering kindness to someone when they don't deserve it.”

(I received this book as a gift from a friend; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other books from this author that I have reviewed:   


The Christmas Bargain (Hardman Holidays #1)

The Christmas Token (Hardman Holidays #2)

The Christmas Calamity (Hardman Holidays #3)

The Christmas Vow (Hardman Holidays #4)

The Christmas Quandary (Hardman Holidays #5)

The Christmas Confection (Hardman Holidays #6)

Crumpets and Cowpies (Baker City Brides #1)

Thimbles and Thistles (Baker City Brides #2)

Corsets and Cuffs (Baker City Brides #3)

Bobbins and Boots (Baker City Brides #4)

Lightning and Lawmen (Baker City Brides #5)

The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance #1)

Wrestlin' Christmas (Rodeo Romance #2)

Capturing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #3)

Barreling Through Christmas (Rodeo Romance #4)

Chasing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #5)

Racing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #6)

Garden of Her Heart (Hearts of the War #1)
Home of Her Heart (Hearts of the War #2)

Valentine Bride (Holiday Brides #1)

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