A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy by April Murdock

Posted June 8, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Previously Published, Series Connection, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Felicity Duncan has had a crush on Jack Taylor since she was a teenager. She follows the rodeo because of him. When she finds out he’s in her cousin’s wedding; she’s beside herself with nerves and excitement.

Jack knows who his best friend’s cousin is, but he’s never really paid attention to her. He remembers her as just a kid. Now that she’s all grown up, he’s taken by surprise at how she’s changed. No longer the awkward teenager, she’s a stunner with a serene nature that draws him to her.

When they’re paired up in the wedding party, they’re both quietly excited. When the wedding party is asked to join the bride and groom on the dance floor, Felicity is rigid with fear. She can’t dance at all. He promises to take the lead and that everything will be okay. She stomps on his feet the whole dance. She’s beyond embarrassed.

And then, when she apologizes, he just disappears. She has no idea what set him off or why he’d be gracious and kind one minute and avoid her the next. He’d told her he was planning to be at the ranch for the entire holiday. So was she. This was going to be a long holiday if her biggest crush avoided her like the plague just because she’d stepped on his toes. Literally.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Is it possible Jack is avoiding her for a reason she has no idea about?

Titles in The Brothers of Duncan Ranch series include — A Party Planner for the Cowboy —♥— A Second Chance for the Cowboy —♥— A Rare Beauty for the Cowboy —♥— An Open Heart for the Cowboy —♥— A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy —♥—

This is a romance that includes no swearing, no violence, and no sexual content (beyond a few light kisses).

Booksprout ARC

***Originally published in the Christmas Wishes and Cowboy Kisses multi-author boxed set***

Title:  A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy
Series:  The Brothers of Duncan Ranch #5
Author:  April Murdock
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  June 7, 2023
My Rating:  4.5

A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy wraps up all the dangling ribbons in The Brothers of Duncan Ranch series with Jack returning for a Duncan wedding (he is almost a brother to the Duncan clan) and finally considering giving up his traveling rodeo days when he once again runs into Felicity, a Duncan clan cousin.  She’s been crushing on Jack for, well, it seems forever, but this year at the wedding Jack has finally noticed that Felicity has grown up into a beautiful woman that he’d very much like to get to know better.

I smiled my way through this romance as Jack and Felicity felt the sparks igniting between them, and laughed out loud at Felicity’s inability to not destroy toes in her efforts to dance with Jack at the wedding.  With the holiday activities in full bloom, even with a wedding, this couple will begin their emotional fall-into-love moments under the careful watch of Felicity’s relatives.  Jack never expected to leave the rodeo life behind or to even consider a long-term relationship.  And he’ll make a few missteps along the way before this couple gets their happily ever after future.  Watching them fall for each other was a sweet, funny, emotional treat.  I had fun with the final Duncan relative’s romantic journey.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout, and I sincerely thank them for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available for the Kindle as this title is currently in KU


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