Maverick Callahan lives up to his reputation as a freewheeling cowboy. But a year ago he fell head-over-heels for an extraordinary woman he met while on vacation, a woman he was convinced he’d never see again. So when she appears on his doorstep like a Christmas miracle, Maverick is determined not to waste his lucky break.
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Bridget O’Malley’s world has flipped upside down. As the new guardian of her best friend’s baby, she hasn’t had a moment to think about the Texas rancher who broke her heart. He’s just as sexy as ever, but she knows better than anyone that he’s not the settling-down type. As the trees are trimmed and mistletoe hung, will some holiday magic help Bridget trust this carefree cowboy with her heart and her future?
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Titles in the Longhorn Canyon series include —  Cowboy Bold – Cowboy HonorCowboy BraveCowboy RebelChristmas with a Cowboy – Cowboy Courage – Cowboy Strong
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Includes a bonus novella, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas” by Sara Richardson

Title:  Christmas with a Cowboy
Series:  Longhorn Canyon #5
Author:  Carolyn Brown
Genre:  Modern Western Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4.5 stars

CHRISTMAS WITH A COWBOY is the fifth title in the Longhorn Canyon series and one of my favorite Modern Western Romance series by Carolyn Brown.  This time we’ll get Maverick’s story and the woman who got away with his heart without even knowing it, Bridget.  It seems fair since she felt the same way about Maverick and was heartbroken when he left – although she didn’t give him the means to contact her again, that was her choice.  Now fate and perhaps some best friend grandmothers’ nudges (both here and in heaven) will show them what they could have together, a family full of love ready to be claimed – if they’re willing to risk their hearts again.

What you really need to know before picking up CHRISTMAS WITH A COWBOY is in the Cover Description.  What that doesn’t tell you is the emotional level of this one is high.  I loved watching Maverick with the baby, enjoyed seeing Bridget slowly trust and lower her walls.  With a bit of help from Maverick’s beloved (and lively) grandma, and the special magic of the Christmas season this couple will discover that love lasts when you give it a chance.  I had such a good time with characters I’ve come to love once again and would not hesitate to recommend this story or the entire series to any reader who loves a really good romance, strong men and women allowing love to soften them just a bit.  I had fun and that’s the entire point.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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