Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Merry Christmas Cowboy

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Series: #3 Lucky Penny Ranch
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on September 27, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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A Crotchety Scrooge, a girl with a wandering foot, and one hot lucky cowboy take a ‘love thy neighbor’ sermon and turn it into an uproariously good time for the holidays in this latest of the Lucky Penny series.

The Lucky Penny Ranch series has been entertaining with two brothers marrying two sisters.  Now, the third sister, Fiona Logan, the prodigal child returned home and Jud Dawson, the cousin have arrived in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The series works best in order, but each book could be read standalone in a pinch.

Fiona is determined to get her feet under her and flit out of town once again since she never has felt a connection like her two older sisters.  They have talent and beauty, but are home bodies.  Fiona had brains and fiery red-headed looks, but had ambitions to take the city by storm.  A failed marriage and just pennies left in the bank when the coffee shop she was working in closed leads her to finally swallow her pride and come home.  Time with her mother, sisters, and grandmother along with her sisters’ husbands and the rest of the small town of friends leads her to seeing what she never realized before- she is cared about and fits with these people.  Her marriage failed because she tried to be someone she’s not and she failed to get that big city good paying job with a corporate business, but she still isn’t sure that means coming back home is her best bet either.  She needs a reason to stay and that reason is tall, goodlooking, and hardworking Jud Dawson.

Jud comes from a large family and has had prospects for working in the oil and gas industries or ranching.  He wants to finally settle down so bought into a ranch with his cousins.  He feels like a fifth wheel now that they are married by the time he arrives so he moves in to stay at the Logan’s house.  Not long after, he encounters the fiery and feisty Fiona Logan now home and looking for a restart.  She’s easy to talk to and they have a great deal of fun taking on the project of making Truman and Dora June O’Dell, the town characters, appreciate Christmas.  Fiona’s perfect for him, but she’s not planning to stick around.  Or is she?

Like others from this author, Merry Christmas Cowboy is light, humorous, and a bit on the sassy side.  Things go along in a gentle manner with ranching, small town happenings and a romance blossoming on slow burn.  This was one that was easy to know the outcome and just was a matter of the characters, namely Fiona, working it out.  There’s some sweet and spice going on with the romance, but all is rather low-angst and just heartwarming holiday fun.

I am now eager to get Deke’s story and I’m pretty sure it’s Jud’s sister coming to town who might make that wild cowboy mend his ways.

All in all, I do love these for easy and engaging holiday romance reading and recommend them to contemporary romance fans of cowboys and fun.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #370 CR
Books N Tunes #42  Alabama’s Christmas In Dixie


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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.


    1. These are fun. The three sisters grew up in a house that was once a bordello and the guys bought a bad luck ranch. The grandma has Alzheimer’s and is a hoot. Some of the townspeople are a crack up as usual. You’d probably enjoy these as much as the Burnt Boot series. 🙂 Book four will be up for review soon on NG so watch for it.

  1. Ooo, small town romance! I don’t read nearly enough holiday-related romance novels. I won a huge prize pack last Christmas from SMP, and I haven’t read any of them! For shame. I need to dig them out.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia! Great review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Right there with you on the ‘shame on me for not reading my prize books from last Christmas’. I have a few and I know they’ll be good. Hope you get the chance to break into yours. 😉

      Yes, this was a cute and fun small town romance. Love her books!