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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 30, 2018
I had a good time with All-American Cowboy the first book in this series so I was eager to press forward with the next member of the Walker family to get some lovin’ Holiday, Texas- style
Cowboy Christmas Jubilee is the second book in the series and does work best following book one, but it can easily be read out of order, too.
Hard as nails and down on her luck, Jinx Jacob’s Indian motorcycle breaks down in Holiday, TX. She’s never been able to catch a break. Case in point, she’d rushed out of LA because she got herself involved in a guy dealing drugs. Somehow she ended up with the gift cards he uses to launder the drug money. But, bad luck has a way of changing in the small, quirky town of Holiday especially during the holiday season. Jinx has never belonged to anywhere or any family so when the town and especially the Walker family embraces her, she practically gets the hives, but secretly wishes it could all be true for her.
Cash Walker knows the hard-talking and walled-up woman has something to hide. He wants nothing to do with someone else who plans to blow out of town as soon as she can, but his little girl and the rest of his family want what is best for him and also want to help thaw Jinx’s lonely, distrustful heart. Days of being around her have him willing to take a chance on another woman in his life and hopefully her secrets won’t end things for good.
Like with All-American Cowboy, I found the focus on family, neighbors, and holiday events was a great backdrop to this tender, fun, and slightly spicy slow-burn romance. Jinx is like a wild animal at first and she really takes a while to not shy away or snap at Cash. She can’t quite believe people are this good because she’s had a hard life. Cash’s little girl steals the show a few times as does his crazy and loving family in general. Cash is wary of opening up and I liked how he also worries about how Jinx’s plans to leave affect more than him. He was a great hero and mostly because he kept trying even when Jinx pushed him away hard and fought accepting help when she clearly needed it.
This was definitely a holiday romance with a capital ‘H’. From Halloween through Thanksgiving and into the Christmas festivities. There was a running bit about a pecan pie that never was and a snake in a Christmas tree that cracked me up.
All in all, it was sheer fun balanced with the serious issue of a woman healing and learning to trust in love. Low angst, but plenty of conflict, sweet and spicy romance, and colorful, engaging characters made this a second book in the series that I can highly recommend.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story was loaded with lots of small town Christmas fun. I know some folks wonder if small towns really do all that stuff you see in holiday romance books. Well… I happen to live in a small town and I can say with certainty that they do. Our town took a hit during the recent recessions so town events did have to cut back a tad from when I first moved here, but there are some traditions that went forward every year no matter what. Slowly those things have all returned as the economy has gotten a little better. After Thanksgiving, every light post and city signs get decorated with greenery and ribbons. Santa and his pals along with Frosty the Snowman get set up outside the library while the Nativity scene is set up near the Veteran’s Memorial by the City Hall. The fountain in the park is switched over for ice skating and the warming shed is open to sell cocoa, coffee, tea, and cider. The historical buildings including the town Christmas tree are decorated and the Saturday after Thanksgiving there is the tree lighting ceremony. There is a children’s choir and a live Santa for pictures and sharing Christmas list wishes with Santa. The historical buildings are open each weekend for tours and folks in period costume to sell cookies and treats to benefit the historical society. The library partners with them to offer classic children’s holiday tale readalouds and crafts. There is a house decorating contest and a store decorating contest which trust me, people get competitive over. The stores host a Buy Local weekend with a Passport guide and coupons for shoppers to snag Christmas pressies and the opportunity for prizes. The high school does a Christmas concert just before their holiday break. There is a Christmas light Walk and the VFW does a special candle vigil when wreaths are put on the graves of veterans at the old cemetery. People can buy a wreath to put on a family member’s grave to support the vets. The week before Christmas, several charity organizations who raised the money throughout the year come together to distribute toys, fully decorated trees, holiday food boxes and Winter Clothes to families. I love participating in this and its so easy to adopt a family and include them when out getting my own family Christmas gifts. It was all a big adjustment when I first moved here, but now I think I’d miss it all. Does your town or city do fun and festive things for the holidays?
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