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 this 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.
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Forever
Three and a half stars: A delightful romance with holiday cheer, adorable kids and a happy ending, just right for holiday reading.
Kasey is still trying to get through each and every day. It has been two years since her husband, Adam, was killed on a top secret, overseas military mission, leaving Kasey a widow with three small children to raise. Nash Lamont, reluctantly agrees to try ranching in Happy, Texas. He doesn’t expect to come face to face with Kasey, the widow of one of his former comrades. Then a fluke accident throws Kasey and Adam together. Sparks fly, but will the truth destroy everything?
What I Liked:
- If you are a long time Carolyn Brown reader, this book will satisfy you with its tried and true recipe. Whirlwind romance, holiday cheer, small town setting, plus lots of yummy food. Perfect for when you want a light, pick me up, holiday read.
- The romance was another one of Ms. Brown’s whirlwind affairs. Two neighbors meet and are thrown together due to unexpected circumstances. What follows are electric sparks, a friendship and then a romance. It is a fast romance, but it is sweet and nice. I especially liked that this romance was a healing balm to both Kasey and Nash. I loved seeing them learn to love and live again.
- The adorable children stole the show. I was especially fond of little Silas. He was too cute for words. All three of the kids were lots of fun, but Silas was my favorite.
- Let’s not forget the animals.This one has lovable dogs and some cute sheep. What is better than cute kids and animals?
- This wouldn’t be a holiday romance without the holiday cheer. You get a nice healthy holiday dose with cookies, decorating, parties, shopping and presents. I loved the warm cozy feel.
- The ending was sweet and satisfying. All ends well for the couple, but there are a few intriguing story lines that are left undone for future follow up.
And The Not So Much:
- There were several scenes featuring Hope, Kasey’s grandmother, reminiscing on her long, lost love. I found Hope’s view point a little jarring, it doesn’t resolve either. I am guessing all those interjections are to set up one of the next books, especially with the interesting phone call Nash gets right at the end.
- There were a couple of times when the couple had disagreements, mostly because they failed to communicate, I found this frustrating.
- For those of you who aren’t fond of instant romances, this may not work for you. The story goes down in six weeks.
Long Tall Cowboy Christmas is another sweet, whirlwind romance from Carolyn Brown. This features all you love in a Brown book: hot romance, cute kids and animals, cozy small town and holiday charm. If you want a light, breezy read for the holiday season, this is a fun one to pick up. A nice, relaxing read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.