Review: Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Posted November 24, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on September 26, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

It’s little sister Kasey’s turn to find love and healing in Happy, Texas.  And Santa might just be listening to a little boy’s Christmas wish for a daddy when his puppy finds its way onto Nash Lamont’s Texas Star Ranch.  I can’t get enough of this author’s home cooked cowboy romances.

Review

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas is book two in the series, but it can be read as a standalone though the characters introduced in book one are all still around and part of this book.

Kasey Dawson is a widow with three children.  It’s been two years since her husband died on a mission in Afghanistan and at the beginning of the story, she’s convinced that she’s only around to raise her kids and help out on the family ranch.  But then Nash enters the picture and makes her come to life again.  She’s got guilt, anger, fear, hope, and some smoldering attraction all balled up inside her.

Now Nash, he truly has some guilt weighing him down with survivor’s guilt and envying another man his wife because he was part of Adam’s team and his commanding officer when Kasey’s husband got killed.  Between dark moments and figuring out how to come clean with Kasey, he just wants to really enjoy this Christmas season on his new ranch with Kasey, her kids, and her whole boisterous family.

The author can typically be counted on for a lot of laughs in her stories.  And there were some, to be sure.  But really, this one with its tougher subject matter and one character having recently lost a spouse, was more heartwarming and thoughtful, family and life struggles, the hope and magic of Christmas.  It was a nice change up and I felt it was a great Christmas read.

Now, I’m looking forward to the last single Dawson of Happy, Texas to get his story.  Who will tame Jace?  Because that handsome playful cowboy is ready to settle down.  Fans of contemporary western romance would be a great fit for this book.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #290 CR
New Release #171
Books N Tunes #45  Tracy Byrd’s Keeper of the Stars
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Recommendations

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Preview

 

About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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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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  • The story of finding new love and creating new family. Sounds really good and heartwarming!

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    • Oh it really was, Vanessa. Perfect for this time of the year and my mood. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    I want this thanks!

  • Great review of this book and I really need to read more Carolyn Brown. But I just love the culture that she implements in her stories and the love stories are so endearing. But I like it especially when authors tackle tougher topics.

    • Thanks, Renee. She does have a variety of what topics she puts in with some being light and others deeper, but her style of storytelling and the world are ones I love, too.

  • Sounds like a really good book. I’ve never read this author, but glad you enjoyed it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, these are more laid back country charm. I do like that about them.

  • I’ve read at least eight this year which is a lot for me so I must be in the Holiday reads mood, too. Thanks, Geybie. 🙂

  • I love this type of read this time of year.

    • Me, too! I just eat it up like sweets. 🙂

  • RO

    Christmas and Cowboy love from the awesome Carolyn Brown, yes! Hugs…RO

  • I have not read this one, but I am most excited about this pairing. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it so much. And I love the song pick!

    Great review.

    • Worth the excitement, Angie. I’d love to take credit for the song, but this author mentions her music in the story so this one and the scene its in really touched me.

  • Kind of excited, because on my TBR for Christmas but.. umm.. the whole survivors guilt just feels overdone? Maybe I am wrong about how its going to go but the last romance I read was similar so.. odd haha

    • No worries, Lily. It doesn’t dwell on the bad stuff just kind of touches on it. Definitely a feel-good story. 😉

  • I have several Carolyn Brown books on my kindle but I don’t think that I have actually read any of them yet. I didn’t realize she usually has some humor in the stories. This sounds like a really good read.

    • LOL, you sound like me collecting books for future reading. I have a few authors that I have a stack in the double digits.

      Oh yes! Her books are loaded with humor, generally.

  • I like Brown, and don’t know why I have not picked up more by here. This sounds perfect for the holiday 🙂

    • Her books are easy, happy reads. I do like that and this was definitely perfect for the holidays. I want to go have family Christmas with Brown’s characters. 🙂

  • Sounds like a lot of different emotions are part of this book! I also read a Christmas book set on a ranch this year, I thought the combination worked well. It’s always neat to get some Christmas themed reads in this time of the year.

    • Yes, it was one of her more moving ones. Usually her romances are light and comedic, but this one dug a little deeper.
      Oh yes, Christmas on a ranch sounds good. I must have been in the mood because I read two ranch Christmas books and a separate historical Western anthology of Christmas romances. 🙂

  • The lose, family and Christmas on the ranch sounds touching Sophia.

    • Yes, the deeper heartfelt elements really boosted this Christmas on the ranch-style story for me. 🙂