Stranded in the middle of the road in big sky country, Wyoming, at eight months pregnant isn’t exactly what Sofie Pennington had planned when she decided to pack up and surprise her sister. Fly Creek is a fresh start for her, one where she’s finally free from her controlling ex and can figure out this whole single parent thing. First, though, she needs to get there. To her shock, her rescuer comes in the form of a frustratingly handsome cowboy.
Dan Rigby is on his way out of town—for good—when he stumbles across a very pregnant Sofie. She’s the most obstinate, exasperating woman he’s ever met…and the most appealing. She drives him crazy, in more ways than one. When her sister suddenly has to leave, and Dan becomes Sofie’s welcoming committee, they find themselves growing closer despite their desire for conflicting things. Can Dan convince Sofie that Christmas miracles do happen?
Titles in the Fly Creek series include: Her Cowboy’s Promise – Her Cowboy’s Homecoming Surprise – The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby –
Title: The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby
Series: Fly Creek #3
Author: Jennifer Hoopes
Genre: Modern Western Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: November 12, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My Rating: 3.5 stars
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby is the third story in the Fly Creek series. And although I’ll always suggest trying to read a series in order, in this case there is an unresolved situation in Her Cowboy’s Homecoming Surprise that does affect Dan’s early actions in his story. It’s certainly not a deal breaker, and you will still find a good story, just that somethings might be better understood if you’ve read the previous story… in my opinion.
In a character driven series there are times when the characters themselves decide for me if I’m enjoying their story. That was certainly true for The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby. Both Dan and Sofie had some issues. And you will discover what those are during the course of this story. Yet their actions or reactions changed this story from what I was expecting to simply a good story. I believe that Sofie was over the top rude and dismissive in her need to feel independent and in control of her destiny. Every single time I started to warm up to her, she did or said something so rude or mean spirited that I eventually gave up on loving that character. I “get” where she was coming from. I simply don’t feel she had to be portrayed as such a rude witch to get that point across. Every reader puts their own spin on the words coming out of a character’s mouth… but I could not care for or about Sofie… at all. Unfortunately, my impression of Sofie did have an effect on how much I enjoyed this story.
For me, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby was a good story and got a 3.5 star rating. I will round that up to a 4 star when posting on other sites since no one has that half star system. Don’t misunderstand, this is a good story at the core of it – one character changed how I felt about the story. It happens sometimes, and all I can do is accept the story as it was written and react accordingly.
*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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