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Three Nights before Christmas

(Wild Montana Nights #3)

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Have yourself a steamy little Christmas…

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn’t expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother’s Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by th
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Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published October 25th 2015 by Tule Publishing
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Claire Robinson
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "I don't know why it's you... and I wish like hell it wasn't." Stars!

I really enjoyed Three Nights before Christmas, it is always a pleasure to return to the town of Marietta, Montana and it’s inhabitants, and Kat Latham, gave Austin and Lacey and absolutely stellar story for me to sink my teeth into.



I think what made this little novella such a treat is the fact that it was quite unusual in its tropes, the ex-con and the man who helped send her to jail falling in love, over the rebuilding of
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Julie
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing



Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham is a 2015 Tule publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Don't let the holiday season pass by without reading this book!

Lacey has just been released from prison for a crime she committed unwittingly. But, the evidence was compelling, and her own boyfriend testified against her.

Now three years later, Lacey is home, helping her brother with his Christmas tree business, when she comes face to face with Austin, the
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Beth
Looking for some holiday fun, check out Three Nights before Christmas.

Lacey is a recent parole, thrust back into a life she was ripped from 3 years prior.

The man who was the catalyst behind her incarceration doesn’t think he can trust her but needs her train expertise to make a Christmas wish come true.

This is a slow building romance, with lots of character growth and mutual appreciation.

I have to admit, I was a little reluctant about an ex-con falling in love with the lawman storyline but Lath
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Sophia
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just getting out of prison on parole right before Thanksgiving, Lacey Gallagher returns to her brother's home and the family Christmas tree farm ready to get her life back. Too bad she encounters the man who arrested her and he's as disdainful of her as ever.

Austin Wilder wasn't prepared to encounter the woman he arrested for transporting drugs and being a huge part of a drug ring. She looks harder and wary, but she's also the only one he knows who can get the steam locomotive up and running in
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Carrie
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lacey Gallagher has finally been released from prison after being convicted of a crime she didn't really know she was involved in. Lacey had been an train engineer and got caught up with the wrong man. Her boyfriend had used her to traffic drugs but being caught with the package she couldn't convince a jury she hadn't known what was going on and her boyfriend Dave had testified it had all been her idea.

Austin Wilder was the officer that had arrested Lacey three years ago. When he runs into her
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Jules2016
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Some spoilers

DNF. Sorry, I just can't get past the description of the heroine who sounds like an old hag:

"She’d certainly gained weight, and not in an I spent all my time in the prison yard pumping iron sort of way. Fine lines bracketed her wide mouth, and strands of premature gray hair glittered among the dark brown ones. Her eyebrows were thick and rough, and her gaze grew harder as he stared her down."

UPDATE: finished 17/07/2017

Ok, here's the deal. Overall, while this is not a literary master
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Nicola
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
2015 has seen Kat Latham become one of my go-to authors. I just know that when I pick one of her books up I’m not going to be left disappointed and Three Nights Before Christmas reinforces this.

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I have to say I wasn’t quite sure how a romance between Lacey Gallagher and Austin Wilder would work; after all he played a part in her ending up spending three miserable years in prison, how do you go from that to lovers? But Kat Latham did make it work and crafted a wonderful festive romance focusing on
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namericanwordcat
I adore this book.

It is so thoughtful. Our heroine was a train engineer. My love of trains can't be understated so I completely get her train love. And this thing she loved was taken away from here when she was implicated in drug smuggling.

She is coming home to her family christmas tree farm after serving her sentence. She readjusting.

The hero is the ranger who arrested her. But he needs her to help fix a train. And then she gets to know her.

I love the heroine sexual agency. I love the hero'
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Katie
I liked this! I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because ex-con and the guy who arrested her didn't seem up my alley, but it got enough reviews that I decided to give it a try. It dealt with that issue well enough. And I do like Latham's characters.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Review to come...
Diane
This was kind of difficult to review, because I absolutely loved it and I want to make sure I explain exactly why. It is set in Montana right before Christmas, but it's about so much more than just the holidays. It's feels very realistic and gritty about someone who just served three years in prison for a crime she swears she was innocent of but who toughed it out and now just wants to get on with her life. In some ways she's much stronger, but she's also pretty jaded, knowing she can't ever go ...more
Monique
This book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. My review is below.

OK - I admit it. I cried a bit over this story, in a totally good way. It didn't blow me away, but it was more than solid in its emotional strength. I'd say this year's crop of Christmas stories out of the Montana Born books got started with a winner.

Lacey has just gotten out of prison, three years for drug dealing. It's been a hard road, especially for a woman who swears she's not a drug dealer. But she's home no
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Lenore Kosinski
3.5 stars -- After reading His Christmas Gift by Sarah Mayberry, I knew I wanted to read the companion story about Sawyer's sister, Lacey. And it was a steamy, quick holiday read! I loved the premise of the book -- an ex-con (if wrongly convicted) being released after 3 years in prison, and her developing relationship with one of the officers who helped put her away. I had a bit of a problem with how their relationship started -- I guess b/c Lacey was already having hot sweaty dreams about Austi ...more
The_Book_Queen
If you're looking for a fun, and sexy, holiday romance with an interesting heroine and set up, look no further than Three Nights Before Christmas! Also, why haven't I read Latham before? I know I have one or two on my Kindle, unread, and I also know that Kame loves her books. After enjoying this one so much, you better believe I'm looking forward to reading her other novels, too.


Lacey made some mistakes and trusted the wrong guy, which lead to her being arrested and sentenced for a drug-bust thr
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Maria Rose
Nominated for a 2016 RITA Award in the category Contemporary Romance: Short!

Lacey and Austin have a pretty unpleasant history. He was the arresting officer in a drug case that Lacey inadvertently was involved in due to her relationship with the man in charge. Imprisoned for three years, she's finally free to try to pick up the pieces of her once thriving life. Working at her family's tree farm with her brother is a chance to rebuild, but for one reason or another Austin seems to always be aroun
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Sue
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this Christmas romance about unexpected love and second chances.

The main characters are unique and do not have a positive past experience. I liked how Kat brought them together...nothing was instantaneous, it was a slow growth of a relationship that neither expected to go anywhere! There are no secrets between Lacey and Austin. What starts off as distrust, unease soon morphs into something much more positive when Austin needs Lacey's help to restore the old steam train. The unan
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Sonja
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was really good! I didn't think I would like this as much as I did based on the summary, but it was excellent! I loved Lacey so much and I felt for her and how stupid she must've felt to be used by her ex and pay the ultimate price for it. I love that at least at first it was really a story about HER and her trying to get used to a life outside of prison, and that the romance only started somewhat later. I loved the romcom trope that was a play on one of my favorites ((view spoiler) ...more
Cheesecake
Lacey and Austin. Lacey has spent the last 3 Christmases in prison and finds it hard to believe she gets to spend this one with her brother.(.. early parole.) Her brother who runs the family Christmas tree farm. She wants to make the best of it, but the man who arrested her, Ranger Austin, keeps showing up and every time he does, she has to call her parole officer. All she can think of is his words during the trial, "She was either guilty or criminally stupid". Just when she is about to lose her ...more
Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
**I received this book as an ARC through Tule Publishing via NetGalley. In return I will give my honest review**
First of all let me say I absolutely loved this book!! Couldn't put it down, went home after 12 hours of work and had to finish this book! I did not read any other books in this series but now I will. Very well written book with excellent character development.
Lacey had such a rough past. I felt sorry for her but she is a fighter. Very strong woman absolutely loved her character. Alon
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Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
**ARC given in exchange for an honest review**

If your looking for a great festive read then look no further than Three Nights Before Christmas.
Lacey has recently been released from prison after doing nothing more than falling for the wrong guy and paying a heavy price for it. She back at her families Christmas Tree Farm with her brother hoping to pick up the pieces of her life.
Austin is the police officer that arrested Lacey during a stake out then testified against her in court. When fate bring
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Delene Yochum
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not just your normal holiday read! A gripping, emotional read that grabs your heart. Lacey and Austin's story keeps you turning the pages. This is one I'll read again and again

I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
Dabney
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this quite a bit. It is wildly rushed in the last few chapters--the novella problem strikes again--but up until that point, it was a great read. If it were a novel, I'd give it three stars but I'm bumping it up because almost all novellas seem rushed to me.
Mary
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a captivating story of love, redemption, forgiveness and trust. Austin is judgmental, stubborn, bold, caring and sweet. Lacey is independent, stubborn, brave, naive and vulnerable. Austin arrested and helped convict her 3 years ago, now that she's been released, he's going to make sure she can't become a drug dealer again. Lacey hates Austin for his part in her wrongful conviction, but at the same time, she's got the hots for him. Eventually she propositions him, and he takes her up on i ...more
Tara Peters
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but would have liked more build up where Lacey and Austin's relationship was concerned. I also would have appreciated having more information about what was said at the end of the book ( I don't want to give away any details). Overall, I thought both characters were strong and had reason to believe what they did about the other at the beginning of the book. I liked Lacey's brother and her lawyer. The chemistry between Austin and Lacey was undeniable, but in some ways, I ...more
Shelly Celli
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Lacey and Austin’s story is fantastic! This is a read you won’t want to miss! I loved it all and am happily reviewing an advanced reader copy of this book.
She’s been charged with and served time for a crime she didn’t knowingly commit. He’s one of the ones that testified against her. When an opportunity to get something accomplished for his soon to be nephew, he’s in a bind and she’s the only one he knows of that could possibly help him. The time they spend together is hot and steamy after a whi
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Kristen Lewendon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read in the series and I did feel like I was missing a little bit of something by not having the rest of the background provided in the books before it – but it was very slight. I was in the right mood for a deep, angsty, emotional read, and that’s exactly what I got. I loved having the Christmas season as a backdrop to what was going on, but I really appreciated that Christmas wasn’t the solution to all their problems. Lacey and Austin have some very unique challenge ...more
Vanessa Fortuin
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a bit of an unconventional love story. There are so many issues to consider and the fact that Austin plays a major role in Lacey’s ordeal made me wonder how this relationship would develop but Kat Latham did a brilliant job of taking the hurt and uncertainty and vulnerability and making LAcey face her fears to become a stronger character. This story had me hooked from the beginning. It is well planned and the characters are exceptionally well-written with lots of raw emotion. I loved th ...more
Kim
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. Ex-con heroine who was a train engineer before she was convicted? Awesome. And Austin is the forest ranger who arrested her. They have a bumpy road. Lacey is super prickly and it's awesome to behold.

I did have questions about the letter at the end, though. It seems like Austin should've had to state, in no uncertain terms, his relationship to Lacey and that could've changed the outcome.
Lisa Hoak
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a unique story but the ending just wrapped up so quickly. I had not read any of the other books connected to this one. It can be read as a standalone. This is a heartwarming tale of two people on opposite sides that come together to work on a project. They get to see who they are and not judge each other based on past actions. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Patti
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, holiday
The hurt, the betrayal, the uncertainty that Lacey feels has her raw, exposed and vulnerable. But, this Christmas she will do her best to absorb as much holiday cheer she can since she missed a few while incarcerated. Little did Lacey know that the unlikely relationship with her arresting officer Austin and a steam train would be the way to regain her sense of self and acceptance.

Everything about this book is exceptional! The characters, the story, the authenticity and the miracles of Christmas
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Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She and her British husband now live in a small town in the rural N ...more

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