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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (Nov. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482967
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #621,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestsellers Feehan and Sizemore deliver a pair of sensual holiday novellas, each featuring a female vet who can communicate with animals. In Feehan's Rocky Mountain Miracle, Maia Armstrong is forced to accompany Cole Steele to his Wyoming ranch a few days before Christmas to try to save his teenage brother Jase's favorite horse. When a blizzard socks them in, Maia learns about Cole and Jase's abusive father, who was especially cruel at Christmastime and who was shot to death a few months earlier. Before long, it becomes apparent that whoever killed evil old dad is looking for something hidden on the ranch—which is where Maia's ability to commune with animals comes in handy. In Sizemore's A Touch of Harry, vet Marj Piper rescues handsome Harry Blethyin, part-time werewolf/full-time PI, from a pair of dog thieves while he's in canine form. Harry is actually in town to help the council of shapeshifters track down five of their runaway teenage offspring, one of whom is romantically involved with a human girl. As all werefolk know, unions between shapeshifters and humans rarely work out. So what's Harry to do when he finds himself falling in love with Marj? Fans of sexy, over-the-top paranormal romances will enjoy discovering this unusual offering tucked inside their Christmas stocking.
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About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Carpathians, the Ghostwalkers, the Leopard People, and the Drake Sisters series. Her books have been published in multiple languages and in many formats including palm pilot, audiobook, and ebook. She has been featured in Time magazine and Newsweek, and lives in Cobb, California.

Susan Sizemore is the bestselling author of Primal Needs, Primal Desires, and Primal Heat, the most recent novels in her vampire Primes series, and more than twenty other romances. Susan, who lives in the Midwest, loves vampires, basketball, and hearing from readers.

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I've rated this a 4 since I found that Ms Sizemore's book rated a 5 and Ms Feehan's rated a 3.

The Shadows of Christmas Past by Susan Sizemore
This is a dualogy by two disparate authors. On one hand in "Rocky Mountain Miracle "we have the typical Christine Feehan's uber angsty and somewhat depressing males. Cole and his brother Jase had been terribly abused by their father and have no love for the Christmas season.. It takes Maia, a veterinarian who can "talk" to the animals to bring them out of their mutual misery and give them hope...along with the animals.

On the other hand, we have Susan Sizemore's somewhat lighter and more humorous "A Touch of Harry" who in the opening scenes finds himself bare butt naked in the Vets largest dog cage! After all the vet did capture a wolf, or did she? As in the first novella in this dualogy Dr Marjorie has an affinity with animals of all kinds. This time it is the female protagonist who has a problem with the holidays and Harry soon rides to her rescue!

I loved both of these novellas but my heart goes with Susan's contribution, since Christine's just left me feeling depressed no matter how the happily ever after the book finally turned out.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cole Steele has come back to his abusive father's ranch, to try to salvage the 14 year old brother he never knew he had. Brett Cole was a controling abusive monster. Now Cole who is as damaged as Jase, must try to give the attention to his brother that was never given to him. He is a loner himself and doesn't know how to open himself to anyone.

Jase is so untrusting he can't even let himself hope. Their father killed anything they showed interest in, whatever, an animal or a friendship. Beatings, brandings, and both think he killed their mothers.

Maia Armstrong is a traveling vet. She does not stay anywhere too long because people begin to think she is strange. She seems to have an affinity for animals almost as though she can talk to them. She can calm the meanest animal and sheds warmth wherever she goes. Cole meets her in town and is fasinated by her. But she knows a predator when she sees one.

Strange things are happening at the ranch, while Cole is in town Jase calls to tell him one of the horses has crashed into a fence. The one Jase has let himself become attached to. Cole rushs Maia and her portable clinic to the ranch. They arrive ahead of a major snowstorm and are stranded on the ranch.

Can one woman full of love and understanding reach these two lost souls, can she somehow see and reach in to calm two hurting hearts and redeem what has been beaten out of them?

Can Cole discover who murdered their father and why? What secrets live in the cold murkiness of the house and ranch?

This is one of Christine Feehan's best novellas. I was delighted and warmed by this sensitive insightful story.

Susan Sizemore gives us a werewolf Christmas story. Harry, a werewolf is hunting for 5 missing cubs. The trail leads to Marj Piper, a vet, she also can talk to animals. Harry an alpha male, finds in Marj an alpha female. Between searching for the missing youngsters and seduceing Marj, we have an interesting view of Christmas in a small mountain town.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
two fun paranormal veterinary romances Oct. 27 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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"Rocky Mountain Miracle" by Christine Feehan. In Wyoming, most townsfolk suspect that Cole Steele murdered his abusive sadistic father Brett when he retuned to the family ranch after years away to inherit the multi million dollar estate that he splits with his teenage half-brother Jace. Many locals expect to find Jace dead too because $64 million plus the ranch is double that of 32 million. Cole struggles to do the right thing for Jace, but has his own baggage to contend with as he too cannot trust anyone. That is until he meets veterinarian Dr. Maia Armstrong. She has the uncanny ability to sooth wild beasts with the Steele siblings being her prime patients. This is a fabulous full length paranormal romance starring a fantastic courageous healer (perhaps too perfect) and her scarred beloved that only she can heal.

A Touch of Harry" by Susan Sizemore. Using his wolf form for speed and olfactory purposes, werewolf private investigator Harry Blethyin tracks down missing teen shapeshifters when he is shot with a tranq dart. The men take the comatose Harry still in his wolf body to veterinarian Dr. Marj Piper. She locks the animal in a cage, but the next morning finds the human Harry locked inside. Fans of werewolf romantic long novellas will take immense delight with this strong tale of love between the werewolf sleuth and the human vet.

These two paranormal veterinary romances are terrific tales that will elate sub-genre readers as both stories contain delightful lead characters and a sold support cast that brings out much of the prime pairs.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great read Nov. 20 2004
By Mkath - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I almost gave this 5 stars but the second novalla was a little weak. I've been disappointed with the last several books by Feehan so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Cole is a very interesting character and the Vet is just as compelling. The mystery was a little too tidy but still interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By T. Walker - Published on
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I was hooked on the story from the very begining,it had a powerful pull where i needed to know what happened,but the best part to me was where cole and his brother came to terms with christmas i hope Christine Feehan will do a sqeul of this fine story
What secret gifts or past does each person hold? Oct. 24 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Maia Armstrong has a gift. She is the perfect veterinarian. She seems to be able to heal any wounds on any animals. She also has an uncanny ability to calm the animals down while she works with them. So, why if she is so good does she travel from place to place filling in for other doctors? Why doesn't she have her own clinic?

Oh, and did I mention that she is beautiful? Not only that she is a great drummer. When she is not working she likes to go to the local bar and fill in with local bands as their drummer. She is really good.

Then there is Cole Steele. He is aloof from everyone. He is hard, strong willed, intimidating and is a bad boy to the bone. He left home as soon as he could because of an overly abusive father. Since he has been away he has spent time in jail, intimidated way to many people and seduced his share of woman, never settling down.

But he has returned to town because his father has been murdered and he has discovered that he has a half brother, Jase, whom he has never known about or meant. His fourteen year old half brother needs a guardian. Cole returns to fill that role.

Oh, and as an aside the murdered father has left each of his sons 32 million dollars as their inheritance.

But the town people think that Cole probably killed his father and is planning on killing his half brother to get the full inheritance.

Cole and Jase go to town to have dinner and run into Maia. To say that Cole is intrigued is a light statement. He is captivated.

Through a series of events Maia, Cole and Jase will end up spending Christmas together. Will it be a disaster or will it be healing for to very hurt young men?

The story is very well written. The tension that is raised is amazing. The characters are each developed in perfect harmony to the story and the secrets of each ones past comes to the surface as they learn to trust each other and care for each other.

This is just a perfect Christmas read for anyone wanting that special heartwarming story.