A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe
By Jessica Clare
The Wyoming Cowboy series, Book #3
Author Website: jillmyles(.)com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro
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 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.