Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Posted December 1, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Holiday Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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


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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Quinn's Book Nook
4 years ago

This cover cracks me up so much. There is this tough, manly cowboy with a look on his face like he means business. And he’s carrying a Christmas wreath. It just cracks me up.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

You know, that is a fun observation, Quinn. Good catch! 😉

4 years ago

love that song… and the cover


Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  dholcomb1

Oh yeah, her covers are some of the best with Sourcebooks and with Forever publishing.

Enjoyed matching the song. Thanks, Denise!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

That’s just such a great cover. And okay okay I need to do this series now that the Burnt Boot ones are over. 2017 here I come! lol

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

cannot believe its December already and I’m cracking up at crotchety scrooge :0

Great review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Oh yeah, it’s still not registering yet for me, either.

Haha, Truman is such a crank. It was fun to see how they got him to enjoy Christmas.

Alyssa Susanna
4 years ago

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!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

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!

Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

ooh….I haven’t picked up this series but I want to now. I really love how sassy her romances are. They are just so fun to read.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Oh yes, this is another sassy series. Hope you get the chance to read it.