*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
A Last Chance Christmas — Vicki Lewis Thompson
I know I said that I was going to go back and read all the other Chance novels that I’d missed… but I haven’t done that. Yet. There are like… twelve of them, okay? I will read them… but I couldn’t pass up this gem first.
In A Last Chance Christmas we have Ben Radcliffe. He’s a saddle maker and is hired by the Chance family at the end of the last book to make the matriarch of the family a saddle for her birthday/christmas present. Ben is tall and a ruggedly handsome cowboy from a nearby town.
We also have Molly Gallagher. She’s a kind of a distant cousin of the Chance’s and is visiting for part of the holidays, partly to visit and party to work on a genealogy project for the whole family. Back home in Arizona, she’s an academic and a genealogist. So being able to work on this project for the family is a dream come true for her. And also fun.
Ben and Molly meet after he comes to the family ranch to deliver the surprise saddle. Well… they didn’t meet over the saddle. They met because she was drawn to his harmonica playing.
I loved their interactions. When they first met, she was tripping all over herself and her words. Good looking guys will do that to you (at least in my experience). He was charmed by her personality and how she blushed. Their attraction was hot from the very beginning, but there were challenges in their way.
One… her family. Her cousin Jack Chance starts to figure out something is happening between Molly and Ben. Because he’s a guy, and a family member, and because her brother’s aren’t here… he takes it upon himself to “talk” to Ben about his intentions. Molly picks up on it and is not a happy camper, because of course not. Her relationship or whatever it is that they’re doing is her business with Ben. Not Jack’s… thank you very much.
The other thing standing in their way is Ben’s past. He grew up with an abusive father and is terrified about becoming the same man that his dad was, so he refuses to ever have a family or children. That’s something that Molly wants, and he knows that.
Their relationship was hot and very sweet at the same time. I was happy when they were able to work through all of their obstacles to be together.
I loved how they pushed themselves to be better versions of themselves. She was able to show him that he had nothing to fear with regards to turning into his father.
I loved this book. I’ve loved all of Vicki’s books so far and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I hope to see more of Ben and Molly in future books.
10/10 would recommend.