Review: Christmas With a Colorado Cowboy by Cindi Myers, Pamela Jane Larson, Marje Porter, Mary Ellen Blackwood, Christina Hovland, and D’Ann Lindun

Posted November 17, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Christmas With a Colorado Cowboy by Cindi Myers, Pamela Jane Larson, Marje Porter, Mary Ellen Blackwood, Christina Hovland, and D’Ann Lindun
Christmas With a Colorado Cowboy

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Series: Mile High Matched #.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 1, 2018
Pages: 690
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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The Delight

I originally hunted down this anthology because I’d just read Christina Hovland’s Going Down on One Knee and saw she’d written a novella for the series.  But, the theme of the antho and the other new to me authors had me all in for a sweet and spicy holiday-themed pack of novellas featuring cowboys and Christmas out West.

Review

There were six stories and all were standalone.  I loved how each author took the holiday + Colorado setting + cowboy them and worked it in for a nice variety of romances.  Of course I loved some more than others, but that was only a matter of degree since I definitely liked each one for different reasons.  They all had the heartwarming factor, cozy holiday feels, and one had a suspense element.  I surprised myself by enjoying two stories that had Hollywood-ish romance and one had a reporter.  I shy away from those types generally so kudos to the authors for making them so appealing.

So many cowboy types and settings, spicy mixed with sweet romances, and fairly well developed plots and characters for being novella-length.  Glad I gave them all a try and will look for more from these authors.

As to my reason for picking the antho up?  I had a good time with Christina Hovland’s Rock Hard Cowboy and enjoyed encountering the hero from Going Down on One Knee in a passing scene.  The engaging characters and a few hilarious moments with Tucker’s parents reminded me what I loved about the author’s writing.

For those looking for stories they can read in one sitting that give them the warm holiday fuzzies and some sensual cowboy loving, I’d point to this collection as an

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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.

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Carole Rae
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ooo! Fun!

Sophia Rose
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It sure was, Carole. 🙂

Northwoman
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Sounds fun. I’m reading an anthology for my last one which is all newly written short stories. They don’t have a theme other than holiday. I read A Christmas to Remember when it came out and liked some of those a lot. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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Oh neat! I’ll watch for your review on it. This one was a spur of the moment thing when it had a novella from a series I wanted, but I was happy to read the other stories, too A Christmas to Remember is still one of my favorite Christmas anthos. I need to read the earlier one they all did together, too.

Northwoman
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OK I actually did the review on Yummy Men and KickAss Chicks 5 years ago. I am posting it as a review on Books Of My Heart ICYMI on 12/13/2019. I did all my ICYMI posts for the Blog Ahead Challenge. But here’s the link to YMKAC if you want a preview:
http://yummymenandkickasschicks.com/?p=18360

Sophia Rose
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LOL, yeah that’s a ways out. Way to go on your posts. 🙂
But, good to get the link and your thoughts. I had read a few of those series so I think I did better with the Ashley and Pappano story than you because of it. I do think the Shalvis and Ramsay stories were adorable. I think I might have found the other gals a forgettable story, too, since she was the only new to me author in that group at the time. Thanks for sharing the link, Anne.

Lola
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Sounds like a fun theme for an anthology. I like to pick up an anthology now and then as they are a great way to find new authors and read more by authors you already know. Sounds like this one had a good variety of stories while also having some of the same themes in different ways incorporated. Good to hear the story that made you pick this one up was a good one :).

Sophia Rose
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I agree. I’ve found so many authors that I love by trying their story in an anthology. It was funny to see all the different ways the setting of Colorado and the cowboy with the Christmas theme could be used and still be different entirely.

vvb
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Sounds great for a quickie 😉

Sophia Rose
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For sure, Velvet! They were fast reads and just right for the business of this time of year.