Review: Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown

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

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever on September 26, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A heartwarming holiday read from USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown

Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and he's having the time of his life. But after everything he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn't last.
Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her everything about his past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

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.

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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.
  • 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. 🙂