Holt Callahan used to love the holidays, but getting dumped on Christmas Eve would turn anyone into a Grinch. Now he hates Christmas and all the holly jolly shenanigans that go with it. When he moves back to his cousin’s ranch in Creedence, Colorado, the last thing he expects is to come face to face with the one who got away and all of her holiday cheer.
Lainey McBride is all about Christmas. Now, she’s running her family’s ranch festivities while her grandfather is in rehab, and no matter how many things don’t go according to plan, she’s determined to bring her holiday spirit. But the holidays have their own way of healing, and a Christmas in Creedence just might be the merry magic that brings these two broken hearts back together again.
Titles in the Creedence Horse Rescue series include — A Cowboy State of Mind —♥— When A Cowboy Loves A Woman —♥— How to Cowboy —♥— Never Enough Cowboy —♥— Every Bit A Cowboy —♥— A Cowboy Country Christmas —♥—
*I have read and enjoyed this series. However, the earlier reviews are on another blog of mine – I will only be linking the titles reviewed here to avoid linkage confusion. :)*
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: A Cowboy Country Christmas
Series: Creedence Horse Rescue #6
Author: Jennie Marts
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: October 10, 2023
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5
A Cowboy Country Christmas continues the Creedence Horse Rescue series with the story of young lovers, each believing their love had been betrayed, tossed aside without reason, only to be unexpectedly reunited during the Christmas season. Emotions run high in Lainey and Holt’s story, from anger and tears to laughter and passion and finally to understanding and forgiveness. It’s quite a journey for this couple and for the reader as well. I was so easily caught up in their romance, and watching real love work its way back into their lives once again was a road filled with potholes, but the destination was well worth the rocky road they had to travel.
Although I will always suggest reading a series in order if at all possible, you could read Holt and Lainey’s story as a standalone title for any characters from the previous stories are explained enough within the dialogue or narrative that you wouldn’t feel lost. We’ll run into some familiar faces for those who have read the previous books, and for that, I’m always grateful to catch up a bit.
What I enjoyed most about A Cowboy Country Christmas was something so simple yet so very true for some people. In spite of circumstances, real love between two people will find a way to show itself again if risks are taken, if trust can be rebuilt, if or when the entire truth about the past can be faced, dealt with, and moved on from. And if it’s not obvious, yes, sometimes love does take some work, commitment, and even a few miracles along the way… but it’s always worth fighting for, no matter what obstacles are tossed in the way. I experienced all of that and more within Holt and Lainey’s romance. I won’t go into details of the storyline because I feel each reader should discover this love story on their own… but what a story full of love this one was. Sometimes, the best of intentions lead us right back to where we began.
If you love a story full of laughter and tears, anger and forgiveness, of seeing two people who really do belong together fight their way back to their happiness – then you will love this romance. Plus, there are probably all the Christmas cheer, shenanigans, and miracles you’d want to find in a romance taking place during the most magical time of the year. I’m still smiling over a fainting goat… just wait, you’ll see. I had a blast back in this world, and I’m definitely waiting for the next visit to the Creedence Horse Rescue.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, and I sincerely thank the author or publishing house for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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