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Giveaway & Review: Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch #3) by Carolyn Brown

Blurb from Goodreads:

'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who's come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation . . . 

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he'd never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she's falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.
My Review:
I'm not quite in the holiday mood yet but I couldn't resist requesting and reading the latest cowboy holiday romance from Carolyn Brown after loving other books in this series.  While I didn't love this one as much as the first two books, it was still really cute and the setting can't be beat! Fiona returns to her family home in rural Texas for the holidays after striking out in the big city.  At home, she meets her brother-in-law's cousin, Jud (so I kind of hate this name) who's just moved to town to help his cousins run the Lucky Penny Ranch.  Jud is immediately just a great guy and totally over the moon for Fiona so you are rooting for them to happen. He is nice to everyone and goes out of his way to be helpful. And while their romance did move a little fast, it also felt right in its way. There were a lot of holiday parties and messages, which I think it normal for a holiday romance, but Texas style. My only criticism was not quite understanding Fiona's constant desire to fly the coop (like she originally did when she left rural Texas for Dallas when she was 18). This is a big part of the conflict in this book and it just didn't seem fully realized. Regardless, this was still a fun and fast holiday romance!
Every fiber in her body wanted the kiss. Every bit of her brain said that she should take two steps back.  She listened to the loudest inner voice and moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue. 
Although I liked the second book in this series more than this one, I always love a good holiday romance; this can also definitely be read as a standalone. Two of my absolute favorite cowboy holiday romances are A Bramble House Christmas and Snowbound in Montana, both by C.J. Carmichael. Merry Cowboy Christmas comes out TODAYSeptember 27, 2016, and you can BUY NOW:

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  1. Thanks for spotlighting this and putting it on my radar. ;)

  2. Thanks for hosting this awesome Giveaway, don't usually read romance but this looks promising!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  3. I did like the other two books better, too, Eva. I didn't really notice it at the time, but it was never brought out why Fiona didn't want to stay in Dry Creek originally. I thought there was a part where we'd get more of an explanation, but it never happened. I am looking forward to finding out how Deke can change his man-whoring ways! Great review! :)

  4. I'm not big on holiday themed books, but always force myself to read at least one every year. I'll keep this one in mind when it's time to decide. :)

  5. I'm getting in the mood for the holidays already. I'm currently reading a Thanksgiving romance, and read a Christmas romance last week. This looks like a good series so I'm going to see if my library has the first book.

  6. It's always a little disappointing when you're enjoying a series and then there's one that just doesn't seem as engaging as the others. But it sounds like this was still a good read. I have a holiday-themed ARC right now but I'm just not ready for it... still too soon. Maybe next month. :)


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