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Review: A True Cowboy Christmas (Cold River Ranch #1) by Caitlin Crews



Blurb from Goodreads:
From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?
My Review:
 
If you are looking for a sweet and fun cowboy Christmas romance, look elsewhere.  Specifically, I loved Snowbound in Montana and A Bramble House Christmas, both by C.J. Carmichael, Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr, and anything by Carolyn Brown (especially Merry Cowboy Christmas).   This was a marriage of convenience book but the marriage didn't happen until the book was halfway over - the two parties talked the marriage to death that it started to feel less like convenience and more like torture.  I never warmed up to Gray, either. This just was not lighthearted or fun or romantic . . .

A True Cowboy Christmas comes out TODAY on October 30, 2018, and you can purchase HERE. Hopefully you have better luck with this one than I did!
If this was a preview of what mothering felt like, this unbearable ache for someone else's pain and the knowledge she'd dig it out with her own hands and carry it inside her if she could, if it would make Becca feel better, Abby felt something like seasick. Except far more humbled.

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