ARC: A Cowboy’s Christmas Courtship by Brenda Minton

Posted on 11/27/2013 in Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: A Cowboy’s Christmas Courtship by Brenda MintonA Cowboy's Christmas Courtship by Brenda Minton
Series: Cooper Creek #6
Published by Love Inspired on 9/17/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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With her mortgaged farm, rebellious brother and two jobs, Layla Silver is struggling to keep afloat for the holidays. But does she need Gage Cooper riding to her rescue? Back in high school, Gage was nobody's hero. Now he's an injured bull rider home for Christmas to make amends for his checkered past. And something about the stubborn, beautiful Layla has him wanting more than forgiveness. Can a wandering cowboy turn a Christmas courtship into an everlasting love? 

\r\nCooper Creek: Home is where the heart is for this Oklahoma family.

A Cowboy’s Christmas Courtship by Brenda Minton is a super sweet novel that all holiday  and romance lovers will especially adore.  This is probably my favorite Christmas book I’ve read yet, actually!

A Cowboy’s Christmas Courtship begins predictably enough:  cowboy Gage Cooper is coming home for Christmas when he runs (nearly literally) across Layla Silver and her cows on his way to his family’s ranch.  She doesn’t want his help; he’s insisting he give it anyway, and thus begins a book filled with headbutting and sexual tension.

Because, you see, they have a history together, that dates way back to when they were teenagers.  And Layla has never fully forgiven Cooper for what he did.  Meanwhile, even though Cooper’s had a successful bull-riding career, he’s come home determined to make amends to those he hurt the most – including Layla Silver.

This is a typical cowboy Christmas romance.  You have your “perfect” family (Cooper’s) and the girl who comes from a damaged family and is struggling to make it.  Yes, it’s  a bit formulaic but the formula works for a reason and I actually had a very hard time putting the book down, because Minton wrote it in such a way that the characters struggled with each other and their own demons, before achieving their HEA.

Speaking of Gage and Layla, I really loved the interaction between the two. Gage seemed determined to make amends with her, while she was just as determined to tell him he could kick rocks – that is until she figured out he was being sincere and was not the kid she went to high school with who broke her heart.  She really made him work for her affections, without even realizing his own until he was caught in a trap of his own making.  And what a sweet trap it was!

The holiday element was a complete bonus, because I think I would have liked the story even without Christmas involved at all.  The characters and setting were just done well.  But add Christmas to it, and I’m a goner.  I have a thing for cowboys, romance and Christmas in one tidy package.  You do not need to have read the others in the Cooper Creek series to read this either; it read well as a standalone.

This was the sweetest read for me yet, and romance fans will love it.

five-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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