This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on July 30, 2019
A good ol’ cowboy and a good girl find themselves reluctant partners in this latest of the Holiday, Texas down home country charm romances. I’ve enjoyed the Walker family and was tickled to see that playboy Presley is now up for his turn with a preacher’s daughter, no less.
Cowboy Charming is third in the Holiday, Texas series of standalone cowboy romances connected through a group of family and friends and the old Rambling Rose honky tonk.
Dixie has been a good daughter, granddaughter, student, worker. Keeping her nose clean and being dependable is what she is known for and now her friend Charlie needs her to help run things at the Rambling Rose during the first chili cook-off festival even while her parents have her keeping an eye on her precocious grandmother. But, she’s not on her own. Charlie’s idea of help was to pair up Dixie with the one man sure to make her as twitchy as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Presley Walker is a flirty, fun-loving guy who charms all the women and sticks with none. She might be secretly crushing on him, but Presley isn’t a good idea for a long-term gal, right?
Presley has a rep and he earned it, but lately he’s been thinking hard about settling down with a good woman- a woman like Dixie if he can get her to unwind and learn to get a bit of balance in her life of no-fun. They might antagonize each other but when the big bad business developers start sniffing around, he’s there forming a solid front with Dixie. He’ll show her there’s more than meets the eye if she’ll just take a chance.
This series has been one of those that make me take the load off, let out a sigh of relief and curl up in the backyard with an easy-going good book type. There’s family, small town, fun antics, flirty dialogue, heartwarming sweet and spicy romance, and it all comes together to leave me smiling and happy.
Dixie and Presley are the fun sort of opposites. They get on each other’s nerves a bit, but also get under each other’s skin. Neither of them lie to themselves about it even though Dixie, in particular, doesn’t think its a good idea. But, they are so busy trying to keep the Rambling Rose running, make the festival a success, and fight off the developers that they slide into friends and more before they know it. Dixie learns to not sweat the small stuff and that enjoying life doesn’t mean ignoring responsibilities while Presley settles down and proves he’s a solid, loving man she can believe in.
Naturally, family has to get involved and the quirky small town characters so that I was chuckling a lot at the antics that ensued. Dixie’s gran is a hoot and my favorite character in the story.
All in all, it was just summer sunshine and spiked lemonade in this one. I’m totally in love with the town and people of Holiday, Texas, and wish it were real so I could go for a visit. Those who enjoy light, small town romance set in Texas ranch country with a circle of quirky characters and a humorous with a pinch of spice romance should give these a go.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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