A True Cowboy Christmas (Cold River Ranch #1) by Caitlin Crews #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: A True Cowboy Christmas

Author: Caitlin Crews

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

Page Count: 352

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

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?


A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews is the first book in the contemporary romance Cold River Ranch series. The story is told by switching the point of view between the two lead characters in the book and takes place at the holiday season.

Gray Everett has just buried his angry and abusive father and isn’t mourning him in the least but for Gray all he wants is to not turn into him. Gray’s father had left the family ranch to him and his brothers but Gray had always been the one interested in running it so to fight off his brothers push to sell Gray comes up with a plan to find a wife.

Abby Douglas grew up next to the Everett ranch and has had a secret crush on Gray her entire life but he’d never looked twice at her being eight years older. What Abby never expected was to open her door one day and find Gray on the doorstep and proposing marriage. The ever practical Gray came up with the plan that Abby was the “salt of the earth” bride he needed in his life becoming the mother to his daughter and combining their land.

Starting off reading A True Cowboy Christmas I thought I was going to end up falling in love with this story. What kind of crazy cowboy proposes out of the blue? And Abby was absolutely hilarious in her reaction so while Gray came off cold and calculating I could see them balancing out in my mind. Well, as much as that is true the thing is the story was filled with angst which got to be way too much for my taste and Gray really didn’t become likable until the end. Add in the fact there wasn’t much Christmas in the story which would be the main reason I’m attracted to these at this time of year I was a bit let down. So the one thing that kept me from actually disliking this was Abby and for that I will say it was an OK read overall.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

USA Today-bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Caitlin Crews has written more than seventy-five books, including FrenemiesPrincess from the PastA 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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