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AT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTAL It had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future. Cowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than oAT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTALIt had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future. Cowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. What was it about Tag? The dreamy eyes… The rugged physique… The protection she felt in his strong arms… But before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree....

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Christmas at Cardwell Ranch Reviews

  • Paula
    2018-12-07 06:52

    Tag Cardwell comes to Montana to spend Christmas with his estranged father. Little does he expect to find romance and also get caught up in a murder mystery in which his father may be involved. A very entertaining romantic suspense story which tended to focus more on the action and suspense than the romance. A lot was going on in this one, not only with the main plot but also with a secondary suspenseful subplot. I enjoyed the interesting cast of characters and the snow-filled wintry canyon setting. The story kept me thoroughly entertained throughout.

  • Susan
    2018-12-03 06:58

    Good book, though the back cover blurb isn't entirely accurate. It isn't Tag who has the secrets but his dad. Tag hadn't been back to Montana since his parents divorced and his mom moved he and his siblings to Texas. Now he wants to reconnect with his father. Problem is, dad doesn't seem too happy that Tag has shown up right now. While Tag is at a local bar watching his dad and uncle perform with their band he has a brief run-in with a drunk waitress then is questioned about it by fellow waitress Lily. When he stumbles across that waitress's body the next day things start getting really interesting. He ends up with a mysterious computer file that might be in code and Lily attempts to decode it. Pretty soon they're in danger and have to find out what's going on. And how are Tag's father and the sheriff involved, and on what side?I liked Tag. He wants a chance to reconnect with his father and has come to Montana to do it. He's a bit disturbed by his father's secretiveness, especially when Tag notices a link between him and the murdered waitress. There are some other things that he notices about his father and also about the sheriff that make him wonder which side of the law they are on. Tag is also intrigued by Lily, especially once they get together over the contents of the computer file. I liked the way that he isn't bothered by or intimidated by her intelligence. There are times when he feels he's in over his head, but it doesn't stop him from being involved anyway. The more they learn the more he worries about Lily's safety. I loved his resourcefulness at the end as he puts the pieces together. I also liked his growing feelings for Lily and how those feelings create a need to protect her, even when he isn't sure what her feelings are for him. I also liked Lily, though I wanted to smack her a couple times for being so blind. Lily is a math professor at a local college. Every year at Christmas she comes to help her brother Ace at the bar he owns. This year she's especially glad to have gotten away. Six months earlier she'd been left at the altar by her fiance and she's still feeling down about that. Tag is nothing like her ex, but he appeals to her in a whole different way. When they join forces to figure out what is going on she feels incredibly safe with him. When her ex suddenly shows up wanting to make amends she doesn't know what to do. They still have so much in common that she can see forgiving him and taking him back, but then again her feelings for Tag are so much more intense. She does feel okay enough with him to let him help her decode the computer file. Shortly after that she is kidnapped and held by someone who wants that file. I liked the way that she stayed calm and used her brain to try to find a way out of her predicament. Unfortunately she then ended up in trouble again, trouble that she should have seen coming. It was nice to see her come out of that one stronger than she knew she could be. Loved the ending with her and her brother included in the Cardwell ranch Christmas celebration and how much fun they had.A secondary but related storyline involved Hud, Dana and the imposter from Cardwell Ranch Trespasser. Hud has been battling feelings of inadequacy after his family was nearly murdered in that book. Now there are more murders and he's not having much success in solving them and he's thinking about giving up his job. We also see how Camilla, the perp from that book, is plotting revenge from inside prison. It's interesting to see how the two storylines intertwine.

  • Dianne
    2018-12-02 14:53

    Expected Publication Date: October 22, 2013Publisher: Harlequin IntrigueISBN: 9780373697229Number of Pages: 224Genre: Holiday Contemporary RomanceAge Recommendation: AdultsMy Rating: 4 StarsAvailable for Pre-order from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble‘Tis the season to start lining up those easy to read, easy to cozy up with, Christmas Romance novels. Be sure to add Christmas at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels to your list! Looking to reconnect with his distant father, Tanner "Tag" Cardwell comes home to Montana only to find that the man he thought of as a poor father was far more than just a overgrown kid in a country band. Thrown into the middle of murder, high tech intrigue and falling for a strong-willed woman that he must save, even if it breaks his heart to do so, Tag gets a Christmas unlike any he could have imagined!B. J. Daniels is the master of romance as she creates another easy to follow, twisted plot in her latest Holiday Romance filled with cowboys, snow, love, and few surprises along the way. Can you say, where's the Mistletoe?An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Intrigue in exchange for my honest review.For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  • Rhonda
    2018-12-01 14:01

    4 starsChristmas at Cardwell Ranch was full of surprises. It had some twists that I was surprised with and some I had guessed at. The name really fits the book too. I never paid attention to much about the Cardwell of Texas.The plot was good I had wondered why Tag did not go to cops but the reason was very well done. There is a lot of drama, suspenseful, some romance, lots of bad guys? Had to keep reading to see how it would all work out.I like Tag Cardwell. He is trying to figure what is going on. He does not know who to trust. His father is not very welcoming when he shows up at his cabin to surprise his dad with a Christmas visit.Tag goes to the Canyon bar to hear his father play. When he is leaving he sees bumps into a drunk lady and then sees her getting into a truck. Then he talks to Lily McCabe as she is looking for the other women. She is not to impressed with Tag.Lily is helping her brother over the holidays by working at his bar. This way they get to spend the holidays together while she is off from teaching college.Lily and Tag end up trying to figure out what is going on. After Tag finds something in his coat pocket that he did not put their.This is a pretty fast paced book. Lots of things going on. Tag is not sure who to trust after he is lied to a few times.I enjoyed it. The snow sounds good on these hot August days. I wonder if we will get to meet Tag's other four brothers or if Lily's brother Ace will get his own book? I will want to see if their story get told.I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it in exchange by NetGalley and Harlequin.10/22/2013 PUB Harlequin Harlequin Intrigue ISBN 9780373697229Description below taken off on NetGalleyAT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTAL… It had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future. Cowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. What was it about Tag? The dreamy eyes… The rugged physique… The protection she felt in his strong arms… But before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2018-12-17 12:03

    Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsReview copy provided for an honest review3 STARSThe Cardwell Ranch series has always intrigued me because of the location and the fact that there always seems to be a lot of intrigue going on there. Christmas At Cardwell Ranch is no different but Harlan’s oldest son has come for a visit and gets caught up in a mystery that will rock the ranch and town to its core.Tag Cardwell has come to Montana to try and reconnect with his father who he hasn’t seen in years, but he gets the feeling his father would have preferred him not to come. So, he happily reconnects with his cousin Dana, her husband Hud, and their children. But he soon finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and helping Lily, a mathematician/waitress; try to figure out what is going on in this town.As always this author gives us a lot of mystery and intrigue. What I didn’t feel was the overwhelming attraction between Tag and Lily. Yes, there was some interest but it just didn’t seem to smolder the way it has in her past books. It was hard not to love Tag; he was so excited about being back in Montana for Christmas and even with his father’s less than stellar reaction he decided to make the best of it. I like that even though he didn’t know the people in town well he got involved when he realized he was the last person beside the killer to see a woman alive. He didn’t shy away from the questions; he did his best to help with the situation. I liked Lily although at times I questioned her sanity when dealing with her ex. While I understand she had a connection with him, it was hard to believe she even considered what he was suggesting. I enjoyed watching Tag and Lily work together and maybe if the book had been longer I might have felt the heat between them more but overall that part of the story just kind of left me uninterested.Christmas at Cardwell Ranch is a romantic suspense story that was heavier on the suspense than the romance. While I enjoyed it, I think some additional alone time spent between the two main characters could have made the book better.*Readers keep in mind this is a romance pure and simple, the acts of passion take place out of sight, so heat warning is between a 1 & 2.

  • Arlena
    2018-12-05 06:47

    By: B.J. Daniels Published By: Harlequin IntrigueAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Series: Cardwell Ranch #4Review:"Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" by B.J. Daniels was a wonderfully told story that you will want to read especially during the holidays. It is not a story of just Christmas but all in all it comes into play that you will soon see it as you read through the novel. I really liked the two main characters Lily and Tag that were drawn together in the very good intriguing story. Who knew that while Tag has come to visit his father for the holiday that he would met such a woman like Lily. From their meeting serious things start to happen...missing people and murders? There will be some evilness that will return to this small town of Big Sky, Montana from the pass that will put many of its residents in jeopardy. "Christmas At Cardwell Ranch" will be one of those reads that you will not be able to put down until the very end. The characters from Tag Cardwell, Lily McCabe, Hud Savage to only name a few where you will find they are all well developed and so very captivating. This author was able to present to its reader a story of intrigue, mystery, suspense and some even some romance. The reader will be quickly 'pulled into the lives and stories of these families'....the Cardwell's and their kin folk. Be ready for the twist and turns that will come into this plot. Also, if you are a cowboy lover you have definitely come to the right place. Oh, I will say there are three previous novels by this author that comes before this series and I would highly recommend you read those first, however this one I felt could be read as a stand alone read. So, if you are looking for a interesting Christmas holiday read I feel "Christmas at Cardwell Ranch" would be recommended to you as a good read.

  • Denise Van plew
    2018-11-27 10:56

    Christmas is coming soon and why not spend it a father you haven't spent one with in like forever add a cousin in there too. At least that is the plan for Tag but you know what they say about plans sometimes-does not always happen or turn out that way. Going into the bar Canyon where his father Harlan and Uncle Angus -Canyon Cowboys were playing to a packed bar. Oh the memories for him were great until being taken off to Texas after a divorce. Just earlier he "surprised " his father saying he wanted to spend Christmas with him.Bumping into a lady on way in could be more of a beginning to holiday fun then what he has in mind. Especially since same lady ends up dead and wonders what it all has to do with his father and Marshal Hud married to his cousin who seems to know more than meets the eye. Than there is Lily who is Age's sister helping out for said holidays at bar who worried about Mia finds ransacked place instead. So when Tag needs help with a piece of a clue he turns to Lily for that help. Sometimes helping can come with extras like trouble big time. So a mystery to be solved that is filled with danger and murder is afoot with family in danger you know no hunk of a cowboy is going to turn away from that. Holidays are all about family right? His present comes early I think in the form of Lily where love will have its way with these two. But she carries with her baggage in form of ex who pops in to add to the mix. Oh what a mess-more murder, mayhem and trouble from afar on a past not yet forgotten causes this to be so exciting. So much action in Big Sky Montana it will be a holiday season not soon forgotten. Secrets will be revealed and those answers must be found out on your own. Sprinkled in there will be hope and love in the air all in time for Christmas. Received early copy for review.

  • Christine
    2018-11-22 08:00

    Christmas at Cardwell Ranch tells the story of Tag who is visiting his father in Big Sky, Montana for the holidays. During his stay, a couple ladies are murdered, and Tag finds himself right in the thick of things.The story was quick to develop, and had a few interesting twists and turns. I appreciated the author's style of writing, and found it really easy to get into this book. I enjoyed reading about the residents of Big Sky, and found them very down to earth and likeable.Another thing that I really liked was that even though I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, I never felt that I didn't know what was going on. All the relevant backstories were explained in enough detail that I could follow what was happening.I didn’t always feel that Tag and Lily had the strongest connection since they hardly knew each other, but I admired how he went looking for her when she was abducted. He really seemed to care for her, but Lily seemed to still be going back and forth between Tag and Gerald. I would have liked a bit more romance between Tag and Lily.The ending was a bit rushed, but other than that I had a good time reading this story.Overall, I thought Christmas at Cardwell Ranch was fast paced and entertaining. I enjoyed the characters and plot, and it was a fun read.I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!

  • Judy C
    2018-12-17 09:05

    I just love the Cardwell Ranch books and the Christmas one was a great start to the holiday season. You had everything in this story murder, suspicion, secrets, and a little love thrown in the mix to wrap this big Christmas present. I loved that we has some of our old favorite characters while we got to meet some new ones who will hopefully be with us in the future. This book gives us an ending to two stories one of which is from the Cardwell Trespasser book.I'm was glad finally to learn what exactly Harlan and Angus do beside play the guitar and drink beer. If you haven't read any of the other books in the series you can get by without reading them to read this but I would highly recommend that you read the series. You'll be defiantly be missing out. Thank you B.J for another wonderful addition to this series.

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    2018-12-07 15:10

    *I received a free ARC of Christmas at Cardwell Ranch from Harlequin via Netgalley in exhcange of an honest review*Christmas at Cardwell Ranch is a fun and suspense-filled romance, but the love was a little bit too much instantaneous for me to believe in it fully.Full review to come soon.This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog(un)Conventional Bookviews

  • June
    2018-12-09 10:59

    Love BJ Daniels writing and this book didn't disappoint. The action was seat of the pants. It was fun to figure out the code since I like puzzles like that. The story of Tag and Lily being thrown together after a murder kept me hooked from the first page.

  • Linda
    2018-12-09 09:00

    Tag Cardwell came to Montana to surprise his father and spend Christmas with him. His father isn’t too pleased to see him and urges him to return to Texas. But Tag had met a gorgeous brunette named Lily McCabe and he was in no hurry to leave. When a couple of waitresses from her brother’s bar are found strangled, Lily is concerned and starts investigating. Then Lily disappears and Tag is determined not to lose her.

  • Mrs. Garen L. Herd
    2018-12-16 13:56

    Good readLots of mystery, lots of twists and turns, romance, a little sex, murder and mayhem. The heroine was super smart, but kind of wimpy. The hero was hot. Still highly recommend.

  • Judy
    2018-12-05 10:09

    I think this one was her best book ever. And I just can't get enof of her books.

  • Marsha
    2018-11-29 11:04

    Once again, B.J. Daniels took me on an exciting ride in Christmas at Cardwell Ranch. There is so much going on in this romantic thriller that I was happily turning pages all day. The love story is classic, but the angst is full fledged creepy. Well done.

  • Connlou Ross
    2018-11-26 09:15

    Tag Carwell returns to Montana to visit with his father Harlan who seems either surprised or disappointed by the sudden drop in and hides someone. Tag sees a lady's leather jacket through the doorway before he tells his father he will be back. A lady wearing the same jacket shows up murdered and Tag thinks his father has something to do with her murder. Nothing is as it seems. Without giving too much away there are numerous characters and you wonder what are the motives and who did it?

  • Jackie
    2018-11-26 11:11

    Book InfoPaperback, 224 pagesExpected publication: October 22nd 2013 by HarlequinISBN 0373697228 (ISBN13: 9780373697229)series Cardwell Ranch #4Source:Netgalley EARCBook Buy LinksAMAZONB&NBOOK SYNOPSISAT CARDWELL RANCH, THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE BRUTAL It had been years since Tanner "Tag" Cardwell's boots touched Montana soil. This Christmas he was determined to change that. Until a run-in with local Lily McCabe revealed dark secrets from his past and deep trouble for his future. Cowboys came and went in these parts. But Tag Cardwell caught Lily off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. What was it about Tag? The dreamy eyes… The rugged physique… The protection she felt in his strong arms… But before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree.My ThoughtsI suddenly feel the need for eggnog and a fire!Big Sky Montana in winter close to Christmas can be a beautiful place however when a killer comes to town it can also be a dangerous setting to spend ones holidays! Taken from Big Sky at age 12 by his mother and raised in Texas Tag Cardwell has come back to spend Christmas with his father Harlan, a man he has rarely seen since his parents divorce and someone he feels a need to finally connect with now that his father is older and Tag is fully grown.Lily McCabe, a professor of mathematics, has her own safe and orderly life miles away in Bozeman Montana but she comes to Big Sky every year to help her brother James "Ace" McCabe through the Christmas/New Year rush at "The Canyon" bar that he owns.The pair meet on the first night Tag is in town, he was the last person to talk to one of the female servers at the Canyon bar as she stumbled into him on her way out the door and as he felt she was inebriated followed her outside where she was being helped into the front seat of a pickup truck. Lily had come outside right after him and confronted him about being in the alley back of the bar, after work she went to check on her coworker and found out the girl's apartment had been ransacked.Events begin to spiral after that with the finding of the girl's missing body, her friend at work Theresa also has gone missing and is also found dead later on. Tag begins to suspect the worse from his father and his father's brother Angus. Those same suspicions lead him to also suspect his cousin Dana's husband, who is the local sheriff of Big Sky, Hud of not being trustworthy either. When Lily ends up as the next missing person will those suspicions prove true or will she be found by Tag in time? Read the book to find out for yourself, soon.This is a modern day "white knight riding in on his charger" contemporary romantic suspense that you will gobble up delighting in the holiday setting, the intrigue and the terrific ending that just might prove to be an early Christmas present for fans of the author![EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

  • Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
    2018-12-13 15:14

    4 1/2 Stars...It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Big Sky, Montana until murder happens, and not just one but several. When Tag Cardwell returns to Montana after a long sojourn, he finds he isn't exactly welcomed home by his father, but cousin Dana insists that he stay for a Cardwell Christmas. She wants family together. Trying to get things back to normal after an insane woman posing as her cousin wreaked havoc in her home.Lily McCabe is filling in at her brother Ace McCabe's bar for the holidays. The pretty young math genius enjoys her solitude though, especially after being jilted at the alter six months prior. When one of the waitresses winds up missing a whole lot of trouble starts to happen over a flash drive with gibberish on it that mysteriously winds up in Tag's pocket. Is it gibberish or a mathematical code? When Tag and Lily find they may have to put their heads together to solve the mystery, a lot more may happen than finding answers. Maybe a little kissing under the mistletoe? When Lily's proper ex-fiance appears on her doorstep she suddenly doesn't know what direction to take her life. The safe and quiet one? Or the one that could lead to passion and excitement.Marshall Hud Savage has been second guessing himself since he allowed imposter Camilla Northland, who posed as Dana's long lost cousin, into his home to terrorize his family. How could he have let someone that unstable near his precious family? How could he have been so blind? These thoughts go through his mind constantly nowadays and he worries that his days as Marshall are numbered. Even though she is apparently tucked away in prison, Camilla Northland plots her revenge on Hud and Dana. Is her arm long enough to reach Cardwell Ranch?It takes all of these people involved to try to solve the murder mystery plaguing Big Sky and the clock is ticking. The question is, can all be solved before time runs out?Lord, do I love picking up a B.J. Daniels book. I always know I am in for a good time. B.J. gets the reader's mind a flutter with all the facts and the possible resolutions. She is a master at telling more than one story at a time with incredible ease and sucking in the reader until the very end. It is so nice to be back in Big Sky, Montana and with the Cardwell Clan and its extended family especially at Christmas time. Watching the evolution of these awesome characters is always part of the charm mixed in with all the mystery and suspense. I loved B.J. Daniels' CHRISTMAS AT CARDWELL RANCH and I know you will as well.~KIMBERLY~

  • Katrina Epperson
    2018-12-19 06:52

    B.J. Daniels brings us a mystery with a mild romance in the center. The plot flows effortlessly and her use of imagery is brilliant. The characters are lovable and strong. With each page turned I became more invested in the storyline. This is a great book and I enjoyed it. Tag Cardwell is a character the reader will cheer for the entire story. Lily McCabe is a character you want to cheer for one minute and choke the next. Tag comes to Montana to reconnect with a father he's basically been estranged from since his parents divorce. Upon reaching his father's house the reception he receives is less than inviting, but Tag is determined to put their relationship on tract. He finds his dad at the local bar playing music and hopes to be able to talk with him, but instead has a run in with a drunk waitress. Suddenly another one questions him about the first one, which he knows nothing about, not even her name. The next day while on a family outing to find a Christmas tree with Dana, a cousin, and her children, Tag finds a dead body. It turns out the dead body is that of none other than the waitress who he bumped into last night that was so drunk. When foul play is suspected, Tag worries about her having a connection to his father. Lily comes to Big Sky every year to spend the holidays with her brother and to help out in his bar while she's there. This year has been a not so good year and she desperately needs time to think about the choices she's made in her life. 6 months ago Gerald, her fiancé, had hurt and humiliated her by leaving her literally at the altar without any explanation. She is still as confused now by his abandonment as she was then. One night during a shift, one of the waitresses just disappears during her shift. Finding her purse and coat, Lily decides to drop by her condo and drop them off and maybe get some answers to why she left. When she arrives to find the apartment trashed, the police are notified and she finds out that the girl has been killed. Tag and Lily are both suspicious of this murder and when important factors are brought to the surface the combine forces to solve this mystery. As they spend more time together, romantic tension erupts between Tag and Lily. Unfortunately for Lily, she is in the middle of solving something crucial in the case when Gerald unexpectedly arrives. Of course this leads to even more confusion for Lily. As things in the investigation heat up Tag is convinced that Lily could be in danger and wants to protect her.

  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    2018-12-05 11:47

    I got a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange of an honest review.When I first fell in love with reading romances, B.J Daniels was one of the very first authors I have read and enjoyed during my beginnings. So it pains me a little to write a less then stellar review for Christmas at Cardwell Ranch.I really wanted to like it. I had a hard time after the first few chaptesr. It read okay at the beginning and then it felt out of control. With holidays on the horizon Tag Cardwell has not been back home in years and he is hoping to change that. Until he meets Lily McCabe revealing dark secrets from his past and trouble for his future.Okay the trouble part is right. Someone is kidnapping women and they are turning up dead, so when Lily get's kidnapped, Tag will stop at nothing to find her even if he is way over his head. The dark secrets part, I didn't see it. If it was the dark secret about his father, I didn't think it was that dark of a secret. But that's not what turned me off from this book. The fact that it felt rushed and that there was just sooo many things going on, is what did it for me. Ugh, there was so many different killers in this and so many different bad guys coming into light that it was starting to hurt my head.Lily wasn't doing herself any favors either. I really wanted to like her, but oh my goodness the girl is a moron. She is a mathematician so when her ex-fiance shows up on her doorsteps on a lone road after Tag got ran off the same road not a few minutes ago (why couldn't they put the two together?) and tried to apologize, she almost fell for it! There was nothing in the way the author was describing the man's apology that hinted that he was sincere so I found Lily's reaction less then desirable. He was snappy with her, irritated and gave a lame excuse and she swallowed it up with a humble pie. Then, lied to Tag that the night her and Tag slept together never happened cause he was woozy from the pain killers and couldn't remember... like what? oh and what's with the whole thing about not wanting to get close to cowboys? Cause really Tag was one of the sweetest man she had met. Honestly, he was nicer to her then her ex from a five minute conversation.Of course the ending was rushed as well, more killers revealed did not stop at 2 man but escalated to 2 other characters. Lot's of people dying, lots of shots and me realizing this just wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted to like it, but it seemed too much. First book I liked. Hud I still like. Everything else was just one big pile of mess.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-27 08:03

    Well this certainly wasn't a relaxing Christmas romance. It barely had any Christmas at all actually. But there was adventure and mystery. And this is the fourth book in a series that has had its ups and downs but takes place in the beautiful state of Montana.Tag headed up to Montana in hopes of spending the holidays with his father. It was a sentimental thing, and he sure didn't expect to become embroiled with a couple of murders. Worse, his father is acting like his is a part of it. And a local lady he just met the acquaintance of seems to be involved as well.I actually didn't get much of a personality out of Tag. He was more of a prop to keep Lily out of trouble and respond to what she was doing. And he's highly suspicious of everyone even though he doesn't know them. I guess that's a reason to be suspicious, but being that he normally works in a social setting (is in the restaurant business) it just doesn't seem authentic. Lily is smart. She's a mathematician and more logical than most. And it was made clear that she's just helping her brother out by waitressing because she's family, not because she needs to. There are a couple of reoccurring characters in this book. Hud and Dana are there, but while they have glimmers of themselves in the first book, they're still much weaker characters than they used to be.There was a lot going on in this book. The excitement never ended and there was always someone after somebody else. It was a little overwhelming in fact. I think that the author tried to mix in a few too many plotlines and it left the story very convoluted and fast paced. Just removing a side story (namely the one involving an antagonist from the last book) would have given more detail to the main plot and made the book more believable and easier to read. I'm not saying that the book was terrible, but it wasn't as good as the last one in the series. I did enjoy all the descriptions of Montana again and think that the author always has a good setting for her romances. And there was a little bit of romance in this particular romance novel, which I also appreciated.I'm sure there will be more books in this series, and I'll probably read them. It would seem that they are definitely more action oriented than romance though.**This book was received as a Goodreads Giveaway**Christmas at Cardwell RanchCopyright 2013218 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2013 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  • Linda
    2018-12-02 12:56

    I know when I see a book by B.J. Daniels, that I'm going to be treated to an engaging story of mysterious intrigue in Big Sky country. Christmas at Cardwell Ranch adds a touch of Christmas to that mix. Tag and Lily are our two main characters in this tale. Tanner "Tag" Cardwell hadn't seen his father or Montana since he was a little boy and, this year, he'd had a grand idea of catching up with him over Christmas.However, it appears that his grand idea of surprising his father by showing up at his door unexpectedly had been a mistake as his father hadn't exactly greeted him with open arms.As Tag is pondering what-to-do over a drink at the bar in Big Sky, one of the bar maids drunkenly stumbles into him and then disappears outside into the numbing cold.He follows her, worried for her safety in the cold, just in time to see her arguing with and getting into a truck with a man wearing a Western hat...Lily is in Big Sky, Montana helping her brother, Ace, with his bar there as it's always super busy at Christmas-time. When a co-worker takes off from her job early without an explanation, Lily questions Tag who had seen her leave...When bodies start piling up around Big Sky, Tag and Lily must decipher the clues before they both become victims.While this is not the 1st B.J. Daniels book I've read, this was the first Cardwell Ranch novel I've read.Christmas at Cardwell Ranch is the fourth story in the series but it can be easily read alone. I don't feel that my enjoyment of the book was affected by not having read any of the first three books. (I plan to read the previous 3 books soon!) This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. As with all B.J.'s books, I loved the story and the setting in Big Sky country, Montana, was awesome. B.J.'s writing always makes me feel like I'm right there. The holiday theme was wonderful... perfect to read around the holidays or anytime you crave a bit of Christmas spirit.I'd highly recommend Christmas at Cardwell Ranch as a quick enjoyable holiday read. 4 Stars!

  • Maria Mitchell
    2018-11-24 07:03

    I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads to review.This book had a lot of action and mystery in it but not enough romance to really be a romantic suspense. The action and mystery was exciting and it was a lot of different guesses on what exactly was going on.Tag runs into a woman at a bar looking very drunk and hopping into someone's truck. Lily finds it very odd that her best waitress is leaving her shift early again. When tag finds a thumb drive in his pocket the dead waitress left him he and Lily end up on a danger filled quest to uncover the code on the thumb drive.Tag and Lily had very little interactions before they slept together and then they were apart for the majority of the rest of the book. So aside from their thoughts on one another there was very little romance or passion which is unusual in a romantic suspense novel but in a way refreshing too. It leaves more to the readers interpretation on what their life together would be like. B.J. Daniels used one of her old baddies from another book which worked because she featured old side characters as well, which made this book hard to read as a stand alone since past plot points were spoiled. However both that character and the other evil character were both very good and sometimes surprising. The book kept me on my toes throughout.The big complaint I had was that the book was very short so alot of things like the romance or mystery aspects were rushed and could have been better had more time been spent on them. I like this book enough that I would read more by author B.J. Daniels in the future.

  • Tara Taborsky
    2018-12-02 10:50

    I don't know how BJ Daniels does it; she drags the reader into her stories immediately. This book, the 4th in the Cardwell Ranch Series, was no exception; she immerses the reader into a winter wonderland filled with all the best ingredients: suspense, lust, love, murder...perfect combination for a heart racing read.I absolutely love how the characters from the previous books in the series are allowed to continue throughout the stories. Daniels gives her characters a vulnerability which makes loving them that much easier. I have grown attached to the Cardwell Family and hope only the best in future books! Speaking of books, I highly recommend reading the previous books in this series; it is possible to read this book on its own, but it will be much more gratifying to have the others read prior.I am also impressed with the complex plot and side stories Daniels introduces. The book would be quite bland if there weren't other things coming along to keep the characters on their toes. Daniels' creativity is amazing - I would never have guessed what Harlan and Angus did pre-retirement...did not see that one coming!My first reaction to this story was 'how awful to experience these things around Christmas'...but the ending made it worthwhile. And now I'm not sure I can wait for Christmas; this book has put me in the holiday spirit...I'm ready to decorate my tree now (and hope to find a warm hunky body under it by the name of Tag).

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2018-12-12 10:55

    This is a short fast exciting Harlequin Intrigue book featuring some interesting characters. Other books have been set on the Cardwell Ranch and some of the characters are reoccurring. There are mentions of past stories while new characters become the feature and some old ones play big part in the drama. This is the first Cardwell Ranch book I have read and I had no trouble reading this as a stand alone.“Tag” and Lily are both strong characters. They both become part of the mystery and the danger is what draws them together. Tag’s father and uncle play an unexpected part in the story. Even though Tag thinks that his father is just a beer drinking, guitar playing no account he still shows up at Christmas hoping to get to know him better. What he learns is that his Father has an interesting past that is at odds with his public appearance. Other characters are also not what they seem and they add to the danger.The drama and intrigue play out very fast. Neither the reader or the characters have time to draw a breath before more danger is added to the mix. Pick this one up if you like your mystery and romance to move at a fast pace. While the book is not long the story is so well written and well developed that I never felt that anything was rushed or anything important was left out.I received an ARC of Christmas at Cardwell Ranch from Netgalley.

  • JL Coy
    2018-12-05 13:09

    Christmas at Cardwell Ranch was another great story from Daniels. She brings us back to Big Sky's Meadow Village, MT for a reunion between Tanner "Tag" Cardwell and his father, Harlan. From the beginning, Daniels drops you right into the scene and right into the start of the action. Mysterious women, mysterious men - the book is full of them. We also get to revisit with Dana and Hud - Tag's cousin and her husband and see how they have progressed since "Cardwell Ranch Trespasser" and the visit with Dana's crazy 'cousin'.Lily McCabe is a bit of a nerdy girl that gets under Tag's skin right from the beginning. They soon find themselves searching for the answers to mysteries and murders. And, of course, they find each other. We get to know Harlan and his brother, Angus, better and learn about why Tag's mother took all the boys south to Texas so many years before.As with all BJ Daniels' books - the author takes us on a trip to Montana with her descriptions that make you feel like you are right there in the Beartooth Mountains in the middle of a snow storm. I love her character development as well as the venue. Every time I read a book of hers, I want to pack my bags and move west (until I think about those long winters and all that snow!).If you are looking for a good read with lots of mystery and action, this is the book to pick up and read.

  • Karen M
    2018-12-18 07:11

    I jumped into this series in the middle. I won this book as a FirstReads giveaway so I haven't read the first three books but I didn't feel terribly lost or confused because when the past is mentioned it's explained clearly enough so I could easily follow the storyline. This is such a plus to me. And I discovered I already have the first book on my ereader so once again I will be reading a series out of order.Okay, a bit of romance, mystery, murder, kidnapping, all of which kept me reading. I very easily got drawn into the story and into the main characters. Lots of action keeps the story moving along quickly and Tag and Lily were both very well drawn characters and I was rooting for them almost from the very beginning. I enjoy a book with good character development and the setting of the story in Montana is another plus.The storyline of two people being drawn together so quickly may seem a bit of a push to some but if you've been there yourself, you know it can happen. Of course, chances are you weren't involved in a mystery but they are and who they do trust and who they don't trust just adds to the story.This was a good read and I especially liked the Christmas celebration at the end since it is December.

  • Tracy Prewitt
    2018-12-14 13:05

    Christmas At Cardwell Ranch is an Exciting, Suspenseful, Action-packed Romance. Each time I read a new book by B.J. Daniels I am amazed that each one gets better than the last. There are so many twist and turns on every page that it is impossible not to get sucked into the story. And just when you think you have it all figured out....You don't!I love how in each one of B.J. Daniels books she re-introduces us to characters from past stories and then adds in a whole new cast of characters for us to fall in love with. "Tag" Cardwell and Lilly are favorites in this series, although there is a couple from past books that have always been and always will be favorites. I am pleased with this book as a whole. Drama was not missing from this one. The ending was a surprise to me. I want to tell you more but I cant give away the story. Congrats B.J. For another outstanding book. You have outdone yourself. Thank you for an advanced copy so I could enjoy my Christmas book early.Grab a copy as soon as they hit shelves. You will want to find out what all the excitement is about.

  • Nyoka Smith
    2018-12-08 12:52

    In each one of her books, B.J. Daniels snags a readers interest right from the start by setting up an entrance, by the books character, into an intriguing situation. Christmas At Cardwell Ranch is no different. Right off the bat Tag Cardwell finds himself involved in a mystery that he just has to follow up on. In doing so he meets Lily McCabe and they find themselves trying to solve the mysterious 'code' and getting into all kinds of trouble! I like how B.J. combines several of the characters' stories in one book that, in the end,all converge to bring about a satisfying end. I am not one that likes seeing death, but the demise of one character in this book really made me breathe a little easier knowing they weren't going to surface in a future story to create havoc! Christmas At Cardwell Ranch grabs and holds the reader until the last paragraph and, of course, the little ' spice ' makes all B.J. Daniels books well worth reading.

  • Sarah Johnson
    2018-11-28 10:53

    I loved this book - it started out just a little bit slow (for me anyway) but trust me and be patient - keep reading because by Chapter 2 I guarantee you'll be hooked.I LOVED the character of Lily! Maybe it's just that I can identify with the "nerdy girl" persona, but I loved how B.J. Daniels showed her insecurities and self-doubts. I don't know about you but I tire of reading books where the heroines are perfect, and have tons of self-confidence because, while that would be nice, I'm not sure in the real world it exists all that often.Add a hot cowboy from Texas into the mix and you've got the makings of a great romantic thriller. The last several chapters had me wanting to go back to biting my nails - it was just that edge-of-your-seat-suspenseful good!I highly recommend this one.