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Her Secret Christmas Hero

(Secrets of Cherry Lake #6)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Do you believe in love at first sight?

Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Marietta, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. She discovers a handsome lone survivor, a prisoner in handcuffs, and despite her apprehension about harboring a criminal, she rescues him anyway.

Jacob Reeves, on his way to
ebook, 102 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Tule Publishing (first published October 20th 2015)
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Claire Robinson
3 - ”I think the time to be careful is over.” Stars.

The synopsis of Her Secret Christmas Hero is what initially grabbed me with this one, I mean who isn’t going to be intrigued by a man in hand-cuffs, and not for kinky reasons either! It started well, the initial meeting between Allie and Jake is the stuff of Christmas nightmares, but once they made it back to the all-important barn, where pretty much the rest of this novella takes place things fizzled out for me.

”We’ll be fine.”

This novella had
Short Christmas story..
2.5 stars

If you're looking for a light, low angst, sweet short story- this will fit the bill. The main characters were average, at best. The hero was not alpha (IMO) and the heroine was immature

- no cheating
- no ow/om drama whatsoever
-no violence
- safe
-very low steam - definitely needed more
- lackluster HFN ending
Alexandra McHale is facing her first Christmas alone following the untimely death of her father some three months earlier. She lives on the family ranch where her beloved horse, McHale's Christmas Carol or CeCe as she is affectionately called, is due to give birth in about a week. The weather forecast is for storms with heavy snowfall so she's planning on sleeping in the barn with CeCe as the generator in the ranch is unreliable and she wants to ensure CeCe keeps warm despite the weather. As she ...more
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2.5 stars

Mallory Kane did a nice job of bringing Montana to life in “Her Secret Christmas Hero”. Unfortunately, she had a hard time keeping me involved and invested in the story.

Allie had me confused. I wasn’t really sure where she was coming from or where she was going. One minute she is holding a gun on Jacob, the next she is begging him to make love to her. She felt scattered, not well thought out and well, just confusing.

As for Jacob, he
Her Secret Christmas Hero by Mallory Kane is a very short holiday story that takes place on a horse ranch, one of my favorite themes. Unfortunately, this novella is too short to give the broader feel of the setting I prefer.

Why was this novella in Dorine’s TBR? I collect free novellas when I find them, especially for new-to-me authors. Not that every author is gifted at writing novels and novellas equally, but this gives me an idea of whether I want to try longer books by the same author. It’s a
Nov 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Contemporary Romance/Short Story
What a disappointment!

I know I should begin by saying "with all due respect," but I can't. The truth is, Ms. Kane needs a dictionary. She obviously hasn't a clue what a hero is. Since it's clear she doesn't own a dictionary, I've helped her out.
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or i
Eh, not as interesting reading The Secret Son (Secrets of Cherry Lake Book 2) by Joan Kilby, Her Secret Protector (Secrets of Cherry Lake Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek & The Christmas Secret (Secrets of Cherry Lake Book 7 but now called Marvells of Montana Book 2) by Jeannie Watt. It was nice and sweet. Very very short romance. The father's stroke felt a bit of a cop out.

This is a voluntary review via netgalley my thoughts are my own!
Jacob Reeves became Her Secret Christmas Hero when she rescued him from the backseat of a police cruiser that had crashed in the mountains on a curve close to her farm. Allie McHale heard the crash from her farm about half a mile from the dangerous curve in a snowstorm. She found the driver dead and the prisoner trapped in the back seat of the upside down car hanging from his seat belt with his hands swollen from the cuffs being too tight.

They made it back to her barn where she planned to spend
Bette Hansen
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
My actual rating on this one would be more 3.5 stars. It's a sweet story with some very interesting characters but it's short and feels very rushed! However, for a little holiday relaxation when you're short on time, this is the perfect read and I would definitely recommend it.

Allie McHale is alone on the family farm. Ready to settle in and ride out the snowstorm in the barn with her beloved horse. When she hears a terrible crash on the road, she fights her way out there only to discover the dri
3.5 stars

Her Secret Christmas Hero was a sweet, heartwarming read.
I enjoyed watching Allie and Jake open up and connect.
This was a quick good feel read that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

Thank you to Tule Publishing via NetGalley for the advance copy.
Dec 04, 2017 added it
The cover for this is simply gorgeous, but regrettably the story itself wasn't as good as the illustration.

The set-up simply didn't ring true to me. I'm not going into details, but to be honest, Allie was an idiot and Jake - the supposed 'hero' - did nothing heroic at all and the two of them ended up sleeping together. There was too much mention of sexual 'feelings' and 'excitement' and 'center' and 'harassment' and 'come-on' and instead of a nice, believable development of a relationship over
~ Cariad ~
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Getting myself in the mood with an early Christmas romance!
Black Butterfly
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

Lesley Book Lover
A short story, but really nice
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Her Secret Christmas Hero by Mallory Kane is the sixth book in the multi-authored Secrets of Cherry Lake series. This was a book I wasn't expecting because I thought the series had already ended, but it appears that Christmas has come to the small town of Cherry Lake and since I quite enjoyed the first five books, I'm more than happy to see this series continue. Al
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Her Secret Christmas Hero by Mallory Kane packs a lot of emotion into a novella in a believable way. Despite a very short period of time spent together, Jake and Allie come together in a magical way that made me believe in love at first sight.

The characters and their stories are unique, especially Jake's, and I felt like I got to know them really well in a short time. I really felt for both of these characters and what they are going through in this point of their lives. Allie is still strugglin
This book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. My review is below.

It's a return to the pit of Cherry Lake in this first book of this Christmas series. Allie is all alone after the death of her father. Her ranch hands are off holidaying and she is waiting for her favorite mare to give birth. Jacob is wishing he knew what to do after he greed to turn states evidence against his crime family. Unfortunately for Jacob, that decision didn't get him any real leeway and he is headed to
Fiona Marsden
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars This is a very quick read with the majority of the events taking place over one night. Allie McHale is getting ready to see out the coming blizzard in the barn with her very pregnant mare CeCe. It is Christmas Eve and she is just settling in when she hears a car crash on the nearby highway.

It is a patrol car and the only survivor is a man in handcuffs, Jake Reeves. Of the Reeves crime family.

Forced to rescue him and take him back to the barn to see out the storm, Allie is torn by susp
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to return to Cherry Lake, and what better than to celebrate Christmas in this wonderful town. Love at first sight, two opposites find them selves together in a barn delivering a foal on Christmas Eve.

Allie is planning on spending Christmas Eve alone in her barn with her horse that is ready to deliver, when she hears a loud crash. What she finds is a car accident that involves a prisoner, whom she rescues. As the night progresses, they find a mutual attraction and feel like th
Bonnie Gonzales
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Allie McHale is alone on her farm, on her own after her fathers death she is planning on spending this Christmas Eve night in the barn, even though its cold and the snow is coming down she wants to be with her horse which is pregnant and could have its 'baby horse' as Allie calls it, this very night.
This is such a good read, its short but sweet and held me captivated from the first page to the last.
I recommend it to adult readers of Western Romance, hope it touches your heart to.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read/review for Tule and author for a honest opinion

Her Secret Christmas Hero by Mallory Kane. A very enjoyable, touching story. I loved the character development in this story. A storyline of saving you can say. I've enjoyed every one of the books in this sectrets of cherry lake series.

Cute story, but a WTF lack of any mention of condoms, birth control or safe sex.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I couldn't sleep the other night and pretty soon I didn't want to sleep. It took me two nights of reading before sleep and I polished this one off pretty quickly. There is a heat rating! Four stars! I received this book in exchange for an honest review which I'm posting here:

Description as found in Good Reads: Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Marietta, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. Sh
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, reviewed
My Review on: Her Secret Christmas Hero by Mallory Kane

I downloaded this for free and can safely say for myself; I’ll not be downloading anymore of the Secrets of Cherry Lake books. This book was short and the story was not much at all to shout about. I understand it was a romance, but I was more into the welfare of the horses then I was in Allie and Jake. The repeat of history from one chapter into another bugged me also. The buff (Buff; I class as chapter filler to bulk the chapter) was awful
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Marietta, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. She discovers a handsome lone survivor, a prisoner in handcuffs, and despite her apprehension about harboring a criminal, she rescues him anyway.

Jacob Reeves, on his way to Seattle to testify against his organized crime family, is miraculously saved by the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on, who has every reason not to trust
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a quick read with a happy ending, then this book might fit the bill. If you're looking for believable characters, this book might not.

What would you do if you rescued a handcuffed criminal from an overturned vehicle? If you're like Allie, you fully believe his story and within a day or so of meeting him, practically beg him to make love to you. They are snowbound and the phones/internet along with the power is mostly out in her neck of the woods. She doesn't have much expe
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Her Secret Christmas Hero (Cherry Lake Christmas)

This book has two stories. The first story "Her Secret Christmas Hero" - the Christmas love story of Allie and Jacob. Allie is the own of a horse farm and just lost her father. Jacob is on his way to testify for the FBI against his father when the car he is in is in an accident. Allie save him, will love at Christmas time save them or will Jacob be lost. Great love story. The second "Montana Secrets". The love story of Nate and Pansy. Nate must ch
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Allie is waiting for her horse to give birth and a snowstorm is brewing so Allie moves into the barn. While moving things into the barn, Allie hears a horrific crash. Knowing the curve of the road is sharp and that many accidents have happened there, Allie heads to the crash where she discovers an upside down police car. The officer is dead but his passenger is still alive. Allie gets him out and manages to get him to the barn before the storm gets brutal. After they get the swelling down in his ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a charming, feel good Christmas romance. The plot is set on Christmas Eve and involved Allie McHale, who was still struggling after the sudden death of her beloved dad, when into her life crashes Jake Reese, who is being transported to give evidence against his crime family! It was simple, sexy and heart warming. My ebook version also had the addition of another nice short story, Montana Secrets. Perfect for those of us who don't want gruelling, involving reading during the busy Christm ...more
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Bestselling romance author Mallory Kane has published over 40 romantic suspense titles between Harlequin Intrigue and Tule Publishing Group, and she has multiple independent projects spanning genres. Mallory loves romantic suspense with dangerous heroes and dauntless heroines, and she enjoys tossing in a bit of her medical knowledge for an extra dose of intrigue.

Mallory taught herself to read at

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  • Small Town Secrets (Secrets of Cherry Lake #1; Sweetheart Hunters)
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