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?
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USA Today-bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Caitlin Crews has written more than seventy-five books, including Frenemies, Princess from the Past, A Royal Without Rules, and Undone by the Sultan’s Touch. She’s won fans with her romance, Harlequin Presents, women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels, many of which she writes as Megan Crane (including the dystopian Viking romance Edge series). These days her focus is on contemporary romance in all its forms, from small town heat to international glamour, cowboys to bikers to military men and beyond. She’s taught creative writing classes in places like UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, gives assorted workshops on occasion, and attempts to make use of the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards, and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.
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Gray Everett, on the day of his fathers funeral looks up to see his neighbor and decides that it time he takes a wife. He needs someone reliable, who can be a mother figure to his teenage daughter and can pitch in around the house. He decides Abby would be perfect for the position and even though they have barely spoken he decides to ask her to marry him.
Abby Douglas loves her small town life for the most part, she has a job and friends she loves. Her whole love her mother has made her feel unpretty and inadequate so when Gray shows up and asks her to marry him she assumes she must be crazy. The man she has secretly pined over her whole life wants to marry her. Not for love but for practicallity, and she can’t decide how that makes her feel. She decides she’d rather have any part of Gray then nothing at all.
When they exchange vows, Gray seems to have exactly what he wants. On the other hand, Abby is left down trodden. She knows Gray didn’t offer her love, but she can’t help herself from falling for him more and more. When she lets these feelings show it destroys what Gray thought of as the perfect marriage for him. He doesn’t do love, he doesn’t do love and he also doesn’t do Christmas.
A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crew is a sweet holiday romance. I loved the chemistry between Abby and Gray and no matter what disagreements they had they came together and were perfectly in sync in the bedroom. I would have given it a higher rating but I felt like there was way too much inner dialogue that got repetitive fast. Overall, it was an enjoyable holiday read and I’m looking forward to Grays brothers getting their own stories.
” her mouth was another part of her that, once noticed , couldn’t be unseen. It was as full as it was soft, and Gray wondered how he had gone every year of his life so far without noticing it.”
” she wanted to slow down every sensation so she could drown herself in it. While at the same time, she wanted more. She wanted faster. She wanted everything.”