Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review 'A True Cowboy Christmas' by Caitlin Crews

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?

The Facts: 

Publication Date:
October 30th, 2018
Cold River Ranch #1
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

I just love Cowboy and Christmas stories. So when I saw an email in my inbox about this book I just knew I wanted to read it. It just sounded like the perfect combination of a great read. And I loved the fact that this book was the first in a series.

In ‘A True Cowboy Christmas’ we meet Gray Everett and Abby Douglas. Gray is the oldest Everett brother and has always worked hard to keep the cattle ranch his family has owned for years going. Now his father has died and he is even more determined to work hard and to keep things going. Not only for himself, but also for his daughter. So when Gray looks at Abby, a farm girl who he has known all her life he sees the perfect chance to make his life work even better. Abby has been secretly in love with Gray for years. But he has never even looked at her. So when Gray show’s up at her house with a proposition, she is definitely wondering if the death of his father made him unstable and even a little crazy.

When I just started this book I had a lot of high expectations, and in the first view chapters I was definitely wondering if I didn’t set my expectations to high. This book just didn’t seem as romantic as I thought and hoped it would be. But I was definitely intrigued by this book and I kept going. Thankfully for me this book only got better and better. And I slowly came to love Gary and Abby.

In the beginning I didn’t really like Abby’s character all that much. She just didn’t seem all that interesting and I thought she was wallowing in self-pity way too much. But the more I read about her, the more I became to love her and in the end she was way stronger than I thought she was.
Gray’s character was from the very beginning of this read mysterious and definitely a cowboy you’d like to read about. But there was a lot of hurt and anger in him and I loved reading how he slowly became this ‘better’ person.

Although the Christmas part isn’t really all that present in this book, I definitely loved it. And in the end this book was definitely a perfect Christmas read, with a nice Christmas thought.

‘A True Cowboy Christmas’ is a great first book in a new series. It definitely made me want to keep on reading and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve, in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. The book (the title of which remains lost in the mists of time) made a serious impression. Caitlin was immediately smitten with romances and romance heroes, to the detriment of her middle school social life. And so began her life-long love affair with romance novels, many of which she insists on keeping near her at all times, thus creating a fire hazard of love wherever she lives.

Caitlin has made her home in places as far-flung as York, England and Atlanta, Georgia. She was raised near New York City, and fell in love with London on her first visit when she was a teenager. She has backpacked in Zimbabwe, been on safari in Botswana, and visited tiny villages in Namibia. She has, while visiting the place in question, declared her intention to live in Prague, Dublin, Paris, Athens, Nice, the Greek Islands, Rome, Venice, and/or any of the Hawaiian islands. Writing about exotic places seems like the next best thing to actually moving there.

She currently lives in Oregon with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

For more information about Caitlin please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I received this book from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review. 


  1. This sounds good Maureen. I am with you cowboys and Christmas are magic! LOL

    1. They sure are :D. Thanks for stopping by!


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