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Cold Night, Warm Stranger

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  679 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
She vowed not to love the gunfighter who made her burn with desire....

A shivering cold angel...

Maura Reed was all alone in her Montana hotel, curled up in her robe and slippers, when the blizzard hit. It was cold, quiet, and lonely--until a rugged gunslinger blew in from the storm demanding shelter. Just for this night--this wild, stormy night--Maura wanted someone, someth
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 10th 1999 by Dell
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Feb 09, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I found this to be astoundingly predictable. The "I'm never going to love anyone dark stranger" with the "oh woe is me, I got myself pregnant on the first try virgin" paired with a less than inspired plot really didn't move me at all. I've read this same storyline before, and done much better, by others. C-
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
May 30, 2016 Jamie (The Kansan Reader) rated it really liked it
My edition: Library book ISBN: 9780440224402

Pages: 400

Series: Stand-Alone

Rating:3.5-4 stars

Review: Well how do I put this? It is the typical Western Romance with a gunslinger. Maura just wants to get away from her horrible adoptive brothers and away from the Duncan Hotel. One night during a blizzard, Maura was alone while her brothers were in Hatchett gambling, when Quinn Lassiter comes in. Yeah the Quinn Lassiter, the famous gunslinger. Maura is swept away by him. In one night Maura says good b
A nice predictable pregnancy-forced marriage-turned-love story that had a really great heroine. The hero was predictable with his 'I wanna be free to roam' attitude and the small town side characters were predictable with their 'lets band together for the greater good' ethic... It's the heroine that had me stuck to this story though... She kept surprising me at every turn and I loved her spunky attitude and her quiet girly fantasies. She's one of those rare heroines that really understood the si ...more
what a wonderful book! very beautifully written, great characters, wonderful love story. I loved both hero and heroine and it was just beautiful to watch the hero veeeery slowly falling for her. this book goes straight into my favorites folder!
Maura has had a hard life being bossed around by her 2 no good step brothers. Their mom was a loving lady who accepted her as her own daughter but after her death it has been all hardship taking care of the family hotel by herself. One stormy winter night a stranger comes by and Maura is drawn by him. She give herself to 1 night of pleasure and wakes up alone. She dreams of running away and saves up money to do so but find herself pregnant. Quinn Lassiter is a gunslinger with reputation, he goes ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Wyrdness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I found the pace to be dragging and though Maura was a fairly likable character who took active steps to change her life for the better, she still somehow managed to come across as weirdly passive and "acted upon" for the sake of the plot. I had a tough time entirely liking Quinn since he went out of his way to be as emotionally responsive as a rock and kept throwing out he was going to up-sticks on Maura and move on all the time. Obviously I knew he wasn't going to, or would at least find out h ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Lorka rated it it was amazing
My first book by Jill Gregory and it was really good! What I loved most was the personalities of each character that she introduced into the story. They were all very realistic, believable and most importantly likeable. It seemed to me that the story pretty much happens all in the span of a month, maybe two. I would have loved to have seen it drawn out a little longer and watch the hero fall in love as her pregnancy showed more. I thought the heroine was super sweet, but had some tstl moments, l ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Tanya rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks, i-own-it
This silly Old Western romance was completely unbelievable (virginal Maura gives into loneliness and sleeps with a tall dark stranger, becomes pregnant, he marries her to give the baby a name, they fall in love and live happily ever after) and utterly predictable at the same time. The characters were inconsistent, veering wildly in their behavior from scene to scene (is Quinn cold and callous, or is he tender and heroic - make up your mind!). But it was a quick easy read on a long day of dance c ...more
Ingrid Spera
Mar 10, 2015 Ingrid Spera rated it liked it
Totally enjoyed this story. Yes, it was predictable, but I really liked the guy in it and I liked how his character had depth. My only real complaint was how you get 4/5 in and suddenly he not only loves her, but he's staying for her. I feel it was nice and gradual until one point where it was immediate and then it was over. I feel like I got cheated the end of the book. Either way, it was a cute read.
Aug 01, 2016 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Entertaining, but overall predictable. With some TSTL moments, not necessarily on the heroine's part.
Sep 19, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it
I do love Jill Gregory's books. This book was no disappointment. Of course there are story lines that are a bit predictable, but romances follow along those lines. I love a good western romance with a few side plots to keep things interesting. Jill Gregory always delivers. Her books are entertaining for the most part pretty light and easy to read in one day. You finish the last page feeling happy. I liked the book and will read Jill Greagory's books in the future. Her book kept me reading until ...more
Solid 4 Stars

This was a sweet, steamy, suspenseful, western historical romance. I was captivated by this book right from the beginning and found myself not wanting to put it down.

Although there were a few POVs going on at different times throughout the story, this was mainly told from the third person POVs of our hero Quinn and our heroine Maura. This story flowed well and was easy to read. This was my first read of Jill Gregory and it most definitely won't be my last.

I loved the mystery to this
As some have mentioned, this book may be quite predictable, but how many romances aren't? I tend to read romance novels for the l sweetness, a bit of sizzle, happy endings, and "escape for reality" factors, and this book didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters and the pace was nice with the plot constantly moving after the first chapter or so. It's a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys typical historical western romances.
Jan 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maura is one tough cookie, sleeping with a notorious gunslinger then demanding he give her his name after he knocks her up. Wow. Then she has to cope with three sets of bullies who want to beat, rape & shoot or knife her.

Maura holds fast to her dream & gradually weaves her husband into it.

Quinn is a frightening figure but a staunch advocate for women's safety. Had to laugh at what turned the fierce gunslinger to jelly.

Real page turner.
Jun 19, 2013 Malsha rated it it was amazing
I've being yearning to read this specific book by Jill Gregory for quite a long time. The trouble I went through to find and download it was totally worth it. Gregory's writing style, setting and characters are bit similar to Maggie Osborne's style. That made the book a whole lot better. Started reading the book at 1a.m and I simply couldn't rest my eyes until I was done with it. Until the last word was read. The current time is 3.53 A.M and I go to sleep, a happy and contended reader.
Aug 14, 2015 Sommertime rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loan
This book was a pleasant surprise. Yes, it is predictable and the heroine is a little too sweet and wonderful and perfect. I liked her anyway.

This book isn't anything I haven't read before but I loved the MCs and their struggles. I loved the romance and the plot. This is a book I would read again and that gives it a 4 star instead of 3.
Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"
Believe it or not I've read this book twice. It must be the whole dark stranger bit. Typical romance with the broken down heroine and the big bad hero. The domineering heroes are a guilty pleasure of mine and this book fit the bill. Worth checking out of the library.
Tracy Banach
Mar 27, 2015 Tracy Banach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great story! Love the characters, they were interesting. The story was well written. I couldn't put this book down! Well done, Ms. Jill Gregory, I am definitely going to read more of her books!!!
Ruby Tickle
Jul 03, 2013 Ruby Tickle rated it really liked it
Liked this western. Romance was not lacking.
Dec 04, 2014 Dorothea rated it really liked it
Cute funny read with lots of turns in the road , good for a Cold Night,with a Warm "Sexy"
Theresa Contreras
Super cute read, Jill Gregory never fails to deliver! Girl meets boy, boy seduces girl, girl gets pregnant and has to track said boy down... You know a classic! Would recommend 4 1/2 stars
Carol and Gary Curtis
Mar 07, 2015 Carol and Gary Curtis rated it really liked it
Excellent story, filled with interesting stuff.
Jun 10, 2012 Missy rated it it was amazing anything by Jill Gregory.
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3.5 stars
Jan 23, 2009 Peggy rated it liked it
just a romance-very predictable
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jill Gregory is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels. Jill has been awarded the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence and her novels NEVER LOVE A COWBOY and COLD NIGHT, WARM STRANGER were honored with back-to-back Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice awards for Best Western Historical Romance.

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