A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown #HolidayDelight

A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown #HolidayDelightA Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown

Series: #4 Burnt Boot TX
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 6, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This has been a riot of a fun series from start to finish with sassy cowgirls, flirty cowboys, and a family feud that was over the top hijinks.  It was fitting that the last book was told against a holiday that calls for ‘peace on earth; goodwill toward men’ because maybe- just maybe the Gallaghers and the Brennans can find a way to call an end to their feud.  Betsy Gallagher and Declan Brennan sure hope so because they do not want to be the Burnt Boot version of the doomed Juliet and Romeo.

As the fourth and final book in the series, this is not the best one to read out of order.  Both characters and the situation were introduced earlier in the series.

The story opens with Declan participating in the weekly poker game with his cousin and two of the enemy Gallaghers.  Things get heated as they generally do between the two rival families and Declan ends up losing a bet.  He has to make the first woman through the doors of the bar fall for him in thirty days or lose.  And in struts his secret childhood crush, Betsy Gallagher.  Declan isn’t the only man at the table to groan in frustration.  Her own cousins know what will happen if Betsy finds out she was the object of their bet, but pride kicks in and the bet goes forward.  Declan is more frustrated than ever over the stupid feud that won’t allow him to straight up ask out Betsy or have a chance of a future with her, but now, he doesn’t know what to make of this situation caused by the bet.

Betsy is frustrated.  Because of the stupid feud, her grandmother and the Brennan’s matriarch have both refused the usually funds to have the church Christmas programs and Nativity Play.  Betsy’s cousin is even more sad because it was to be her baby that would be the baby Jesus.  She begs Betsy to think of a way for the Christmas activities to go on.  Betsy has to find a way to do an end around her grandmother.  She leaves the bar to head out to her favorite thinking spot only to encounter her childhood secret crush, Declan Brennan parked under her tree by the river.

The meeting at the river results in the two pairing up to help save Christmas.  And all this sneaking around leads to some sizzle between the pair that take advantage of an ice storm, closed roads, a hotel room, and all that lovely snow to ignore the feud and find time to be together.  As Christmas draws near, the pair of them have to decide what is most important to them and will they go for a chance at happiness or heed family duty.

These are light and fun stories and I enjoy the easy of reading them.  I was not surprised to finally have a romance pair from both the feuding families and see that this might indeed be the shake up that it would take to bring it all to a head.  The two were peas in a pod and I loved seeing them figure it out and work together along with the growing feelings that they want more.

The Christmas backdrop was sweet and I loved all the small town festivities.  Christmas was a strong theme that blended well with the romance.

All in all, this was heartwarming and fun with a pinch of Christmas spice.  I’ll miss the series and this whole group of small town characters.  Those who enjoy light cowboy romance should definitely give these a try.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #287 CR
Books N Tunes #37 Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You


This story is loaded with good eats and music.  I’m going to give you a song and a recipe.  The song just fits the sitch for the two main characters.

But the recipe is a simple one that’s common all over America and probably beyond.  I picked it because it matched the Western theme of the story, but also because we serve this as one of our favorite appetizers at family shindigs.  I didn’t have a name for it in our family, but The Good Wife blogger calls it Cowboy Suishi.  I thought that was a hoot so I had to include the link for her blog post on it:  http://goodwifeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/09/cowboy-sushi.html

Cowboy Sushi Recipe

6 large whole kosher dill pickles
3 packages Buddig Beef
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

~Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over one slice of beef. Top with another slice of beef and spread cream cheese over the second layer.

~Roll the two slices of beef around one whole pickle.

~Repeat steps one and two so that the pickle ends up with four layers of beef and cream cheese.

~Slice the pickle into thick slices and serve cold.

~Repeat all the steps until all the pickles are covered.

Personally, our family does these with ham wrapped around cream cheese and green onion or salami wrapped around cream cheese and dill pickle.  I’d like to try The Good Wife’s beef version someday.

Oh and I looked up the mention of Cowboy Caviar that she had in her post because that sounded yummo and here is the link to the recipe on that:  http://boulderlocavore.com/cowboy-caviar/

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    oh boy a family feud, and a Cowboy for Christmas. How could you go wrong! Thanks Sophia Rose!

    • No kidding, Debbie! 🙂 I whole-heartedly agree.

  • Great review! This author has been on my to be read list for a while, but I still haven’t taken the plunge. I do love a good rivalries become lovers story, and the secret crush factor makes it even better.

    • Thanks, Angie! I think you’ll have a good time with her books. 🙂

  • oh I just these two feuding families and quite honestly…they are hilarious. I am a bit behind on the series though. Only read books 1 and 2. I am curious about seeing how these two get together and work their issues out especially with such a strong Christmas theme. Gotta read this one. Great Review

    And Great pick for the Books N Tunes. Love that song.

    • These families and the neutral families really are a hoot, Renee. I thought the whole holiday ‘Peace on Earth’ element worked really well with the grand finale about the feud and their romance. Yes, you really hafta catch up. 🙂

  • This just sounds fun all around…your review made me smile 🙂

    • It is great fun, Kimberly. I just love how her stories perk me up when I’m tired or stressed. 🙂

  • dholcomb1

    sounds fun

  • That looks like a cute read! Great review!

    • These are so cute and make me laugh. Love them.

  • Yes! I had fun with these two, too. I liked the last one being from opposite sides, too. Man those grannies. They’re something else, aren’t they? lol

    • Oh yeah, those grannies are scary types. I think she writes those old gal types well. I just finished a trio from her Cadillac, TX series and her Agnes and Violet in that series had their own private feud going on. Fun times!

      • I need to check out some of her other series now. I’ve only read in this series, I believe.

        • I discovered her books when Sourcebooks released her Cowboys & Brides series so I read all those then these Burnt Boot ones, but then I saw that Forever had her Lucky Penny Ranch ones so I’ve been reading those. I’ve been catching up on her Cadillac, TX series that is re-releasing with new title names for Sourcebooks now. NG might still have A Heap of Texas Trouble up for grabs if you have room to scooch it in. I have one each on my dusty TBR pile from her Spikes & Spurs and Lucky series so I hope to eventually get to those.