It will take a miracle bigger than the state of Texas for these two feuding families to survive the holidays!
Opposites might attract...
The Brennans and the Gallaghers put aside their one-hundred-year feud every Tuesday for their weekly poker game. This week, the stakes are sky-high. Goaded to recklessness, Declan Brennan bets one thousand dollars that he can woo the next woman to walk into the saloon. A minute later, fiery-haired Betsy Gallagher pushes through the doors. If Declan can tame this wild Gallagher, he'll have earned every penny.
If they don't kill each other first...
Betsy can outshoot anybody in Burnt Boot and loves ranching more than anything-until she falls for Declan. He's fallen for her too. But when she discovers what sparked their courtship, Declan will need a Christmas miracle to save his hide-and his heart.
Praise for The Trouble with Texas Cowboys:
"Humorous, heartwarming, and full of sass and spunk." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"A delightful romance amid hilarious feuding families...What a treat to be back in Burnt Boot!" -Fresh Fiction
"Captivating...filled with love and laughter!" -The Romance Reviews
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Four stars: A delightful Romeo and Juliet style tale with Texas style and Christmas cheer.
The Brennans and Gallaghers have been a feudin' for a hundred years. Each new generation is taught to hate the other family on sight from the time they are in diapers, but not all of them listen. Take Declan Brennan who has been nursing a secret crush on Betsy Gallagher since grade school, and unbeknownst to him, Betsy feels the same, but neither will act on their feelings because of the old feud. Things are about to change in the small town of Burnt Boot, where many folks are fed up with the feud. The winds of change begin to blow one night at a poker game, when Declan takes on a serious bet that could land him into a whole lot of hot water. Will Declan survive the bet? Will Christmas come to Burnt Boot this year?
What I Liked:
- A Cowboy Christmas Miracle is a delightful holiday read perfect for the season. I loved the chemistry and the sizzle, and that this one was packed full of all holiday cheer. If you need a feel good read, this is a fun one.
- I loved that this installment was more positive and that there wasn't as much nastiness when it came to the feud. In the previous books, the shenanigans between the Gallaghers and the Brennans was downright ugly. This time around, things are a bit more cheerful as one Gallagher and one Brennan work on the sly to restore Christmas to Burnt Boot. I won't tell you how it ends, but I will say, I had a big smile plastered on my face.
- I liked the Romeo and Juliet theme, especially since it didn't have a sad ending. The romance is funny and sweet, and it takes it's time to build. Once it ignites, it is fast and furious. If you like forbidden romances, this is one to try.
- I loved all the holiday cheer in this one. There is plenty of Christmas music, decorations, treats and goodwill to all mankind to help get you in the mood for the holidays.
- With every book by Carolyn Brown, I can't help but to smile at the humor and the sass. The characters are all down to earth, and they feel like your friends and neighbors. I always love that each and every one Mrs. Brown's novels includes at least one gal the other side of fifty, who has plenty of spunk and a sassy attitude. This time around, it was Lotty who made me giggle. I adored the characters in this one as well as the small town setting.
- The ending is sweet and satisfying, all done up with a nice, neat bow. It will leave you content and smiling. This is the perfect read for the holiday season.
And The Not So Much:
- The ending though sweet and nice was rapid fire. I thought everything moved at a whirlwind pace, and I wished that it had slowed down just a tad. I wanted to draw it out and savor the good stuff. Especially when it came to the culmination of the romance, it was too hasty for my taste, but I still loved it.
- I was disappointed that Lotty left town, and that she wasn't present for the finale, I really wanted that old gal to be there. It wasn't the same without her.
- I was frustrated that one of the story lines from the last book regarding Leah and her mother wasn't finished. I thought it would be completed in this one, and it wasn't. I really wanted to see how things played out for Leah, Declan and their mom.
A Cowboy Christmas Miracle was a treat for all of those who want a fun, romantic holiday book. I loved the romance, the characters, the small town and the holiday spirit. This is a Romeo and Juliet tale Texas style with a Christmas backdrop. If you need a book for the holiday season, don't hesitate, grab this one! Loved it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.