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USA TODAY bestselling author Being stranded for Christmas never had so much sizzle! Texas Cattleman’s Club member Jesse Stevens just hired a matchmaker to lure an appropriate wife to his remote ranch. But when a flash flood dumps Houston heiress Esme Perry on his doorstep instead, days before Christmas, is it a sign? Esme is smart, sexy…and a big-city girl to the core USA TODAY bestselling author Being stranded for Christmas never had so much sizzle! Texas Cattleman’s Club member Jesse Stevens just hired a matchmaker to lure an appropriate wife to his remote ranch. But when a flash flood dumps Houston heiress Esme Perry on his doorstep instead, days before Christmas, is it a sign? Esme is smart, sexy…and a big-city girl to the core. Totally wrong for him. So why can’t they keep their hands off each other?


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USA TODAY bestselling author Being stranded for Christmas never had so much sizzle! Texas Cattleman’s Club member Jesse Stevens just hired a matchmaker to lure an appropriate wife to his remote ranch. But when a flash flood dumps Houston heiress Esme Perry on his doorstep instead, days before Christmas, is it a sign? Esme is smart, sexy…and a big-city girl to the core USA TODAY bestselling author Being stranded for Christmas never had so much sizzle! Texas Cattleman’s Club member Jesse Stevens just hired a matchmaker to lure an appropriate wife to his remote ranch. But when a flash flood dumps Houston heiress Esme Perry on his doorstep instead, days before Christmas, is it a sign? Esme is smart, sexy…and a big-city girl to the core. Totally wrong for him. So why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

54 review for Hot Holiday Rancher

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mckernan

    good book good series

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Catherine Mann has been on my reading wish list for a while now. I finally got a chance to read her with Hot Holiday Rancher, the ninth and final book in the Texas Cattleman's Club: Houston continuity series. In case you are new to the series or the concept, the series is written by nine different authors who write about one couple for their book and a series couple whose road to a HEA is created and tested over the course of the series. There is also a mystery that spans the series. In Hot Holid Catherine Mann has been on my reading wish list for a while now. I finally got a chance to read her with Hot Holiday Rancher, the ninth and final book in the Texas Cattleman's Club: Houston continuity series. In case you are new to the series or the concept, the series is written by nine different authors who write about one couple for their book and a series couple whose road to a HEA is created and tested over the course of the series. There is also a mystery that spans the series. In Hot Holiday Rancher, Jesse Stevens and Esme Perry are the main couple. The two meet on a cold and rainy night when Jesse rescues Esme during a flash flood. Jesse is the president of the Royal chapter of the Texas Cattleman's Club. Esme has traveled from Houston to Royal to pay a surprise visit to Jesse, with the hopes of convincing him to vote for her father, Sterling Perry, for president of the new Houston chapter. The surprise is on her. Jesse AKA Viking Cowboy as she calls him isn’t anything like she expected. For starters, Jesse is a true rancher. He does as much as, if not more work than the people he employees. He's also looking for a wife without the whole dating thing. Jesse has hired a matchmaker who has selected three candidates who are supposed to be a true match for him. Christmas is a time for miracles and Hot Holiday Rancher proves that two people who aren't looking for or believe in love will discover what a true miracle is. The story of Jesse and Esme was good. Probably better than good. I just wanted a little more from their story. Catherine did a really good job of catching you up on the series. If you haven't read at least one other book in the series, I think you might be lost with the mystery, at least in the beginning. The first book I read in The Texas Cattleman’s Club: Houston series was book six, Off Limits Lovers, written by Reese Ryan. For me, it was easy to pick up on the mystery. In fact, I had a feeling as to who the villain of the series was. Having finished the series, I think I would have liked to have known the villain a little more. Over the course of the four books I’ve read, I’ve been given a glimpse as to what the person is like and their thought process, I just don’t feel like I truly knew them. I don’t know if reading the other books would have fulfilled my desire to have additional information or not. The love story of the series hero and heroine, Angela Perry and Ryder Currin is still being played out and tested, as with the previous books. As usual, this couple continues to face challenges and fight for their love. Catherine has written really great characters. At times, Hot Holiday Rancher was humorous. The story was definitely passionate. I have to say I really liked the way the story ended. I was definitely surprised. Catherine has wrapped up this series nicely and I think fans of the series will be very happy. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    The blurb (which I realize the author has no control over) leads you to believe these two are trapped together through Christmas. There is tree trimming and present wrapping, other than that there isn’t much holiday content. As far as being trapped together, there is a storm, yet several characters came and went from Jesse’s ranch with ease, Esme does have car trouble, though mostly it seemed like she stayed because she wanted to rather than because they were genuinely stuck together. When Esme The blurb (which I realize the author has no control over) leads you to believe these two are trapped together through Christmas. There is tree trimming and present wrapping, other than that there isn’t much holiday content. As far as being trapped together, there is a storm, yet several characters came and went from Jesse’s ranch with ease, Esme does have car trouble, though mostly it seemed like she stayed because she wanted to rather than because they were genuinely stuck together. When Esme shows up at Jesse’s home in the middle of a storm intent on winning his vote for her father, she’s focused on her career and impressing her dad, romance is the last thing on her mind. Jesse isn’t interested in romance either, he’s hired a matchmaker to be as matter-of-fact as possible when it comes to starting a family, love is not part of his criteria for finding a wife. But attraction tempts the pair to change their plans. I liked the chemistry between Esme and Jesse, and the comedic interactions between Esme and Jesse’s potential matches. I was interested in Jesse’s distance from his sister and the psychology that had him so desperate for a family that he would turn it into a business deal. I was interested in Esme feeling left out by her twin sisters and I really wanted to see more of her doing her job. However, the book didn’t ultimately explore those things or dig into Esme and Jesse’s relationship, instead what little conflict they had mostly revolved around she’s a city gal and he’s a country guy, which sure, where to live could be a stumbling block except it’s not like you see Esme miserable at the ranch, there isn’t much evidence beyond her wardrobe as to why she wouldn’t fit in there, so to have that serve as a breaking point for them felt like a reach. It probably didn’t help that there really wasn’t room to go deeper on the conflict and/or emotion in the main story when so many pages were given over to the secondary story. This is presented as Esme and Jesse’s story (in the blurb and also in the initial set-up) yet they often took a backseat to Esme’s sister Angela, Angela’s fiance, and a villain, all three had their own POV’s and were at the center of things for the second half of the book, yes, Esme and Jesse were there but more as bystanders than as active players in the action and drama (action and drama that felt more like Harlequin’s Intrigue line than Desire). It’s entirely possible that I would have found this more rewarding had I read the previous books in the series, an earlier introduction to the sister, Angela, might have had me more invested in her story. However, this wasn’t supposed to be Angela’s story. And, Harlequin series written by multiple authors over many years tend to be structured so that you can read individual books as a stand-alone, the author even suggests as much at the front of this book. Plus, even if I had been familiar with Angela, I’m still not sure how satisfying it would have been to feel shortchanged on the main characters so the book could focus on others.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Gettas

    3.5 stars -- I enjoyed this book. I particularly thought that Catherine Mann did an excellent job wrapping up a 9 book series. This was my first TEXAS CATTLEMAN'S CLUB series and I enjoyed it. Some of the books were uneven, but as a whole, I enjoyed following a narrative over a series of books. I'm reading more category romance these days, as I find they are the perfect length for my temporarily brain-fogged brain to read. So I'll be checking out some titles from the authors in this series whose 3.5 stars -- I enjoyed this book. I particularly thought that Catherine Mann did an excellent job wrapping up a 9 book series. This was my first TEXAS CATTLEMAN'S CLUB series and I enjoyed it. Some of the books were uneven, but as a whole, I enjoyed following a narrative over a series of books. I'm reading more category romance these days, as I find they are the perfect length for my temporarily brain-fogged brain to read. So I'll be checking out some titles from the authors in this series whose books I really enjoyed. The great news is that my library buys all the Harlequin 'bundled' books every month -- so I have years and years of Harlequin-rabbit-hole goodness to choose from :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hojonski

    I enjoyed the book, but felt the author was more invested in Annabel and Roarke's story being completed in this book than Esme and Jesse's story. As I didn't read the other books in this series, that part of the storyline kind of disinterested me as I really hoped there would be a bit more fire in the relationship between Esme and Jesse. The interview on the couch was great as was the interactions with the matchmaker choices. I enjoyed the book, but felt the author was more invested in Annabel and Roarke's story being completed in this book than Esme and Jesse's story. As I didn't read the other books in this series, that part of the storyline kind of disinterested me as I really hoped there would be a bit more fire in the relationship between Esme and Jesse. The interview on the couch was great as was the interactions with the matchmaker choices.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Birch

    A little steam, a little suspense action, and a lot of Christmas romance! Esme and Jesse were an opposites attract pair on the surface but quickly realized that they shared more than sizzling chemistry. This is only my second TCC world book but I’m really enjoying it and will definitely be back!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Sweet story that I wish was fleshed out a little more, but this is a quick Harlequin after all. I liked the main character’s dilemma of pleasing her father vs following her heart. The other family relationships were interesting, too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Willard

    Wonderful spin-off series of the Texas Cattleman‘s Club, Houston. The characters were very realistic, with a sprinkling of people from previous books tossed in for interest. An intriguing thread of menace runs behind the storyline and I’m sure, will lead us through this series of books. Well done!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Padilla

    Another great one in this series. The author kept you engaged throughout the whole book. I love how the entwining of the previous characters is collaborated perfectly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.

    It was a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A light read with a great storyline. I really have enjoyed the Texas Cattlemen Club adventures. Looking forward to the next series

  13. 5 out of 5

    June Rodgers

    A great ending for this series. I have read and enjoyed all the books in this series and I think Catherine Mann did a really good job with the way she wrapped it up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Stump

    Good book

  15. 5 out of 5

    karen

    Nice to have an ending explaining everything from this whole series. Glad Jessie and Esme found each other.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    I love this series so I was anxious to see how it shook out..Catherine Mann took us all on a wild ride as we read each page. Esme is trying to find Jesse to have him help her to get her dad to the board of the Houston TCC. But on the way to his home she is almost swept away in the flood waters..But as she is walking to Jesse's house he comes and rescue's her. There are almost instant sparks flying..We also find out who has been behind the scenes. I had sorta figured it out the last book but was I love this series so I was anxious to see how it shook out..Catherine Mann took us all on a wild ride as we read each page. Esme is trying to find Jesse to have him help her to get her dad to the board of the Houston TCC. But on the way to his home she is almost swept away in the flood waters..But as she is walking to Jesse's house he comes and rescue's her. There are almost instant sparks flying..We also find out who has been behind the scenes. I had sorta figured it out the last book but was glad to find out who it was..Also loved how it shook out to who is going to win the Houston chapter...You will be going on a wild ride that will have you gasping and saying yes as you travel the road to finish this most wonderful series. I loved it and look forward to the next series starting soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda Baldwin

  18. 4 out of 5

    linda

  19. 4 out of 5

    Reva

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen Griffiths

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Yost

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lara Kjartansdottir

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Commander

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bettie Simmons

  26. 4 out of 5

    JAN Nelson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hovis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Forhart

  30. 5 out of 5

    Walter Schoenly

  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  33. 4 out of 5

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    karen

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    Loyce Rowe

  39. 5 out of 5

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  40. 5 out of 5

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  41. 5 out of 5

    karen

  42. 5 out of 5

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  43. 5 out of 5

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  44. 4 out of 5

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  45. 5 out of 5

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  46. 5 out of 5

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  49. 5 out of 5

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  50. 5 out of 5

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  51. 4 out of 5

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  53. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mastera

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    Karen

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