Review: Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey

November 12, 2014 Review 0

Review:  Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey

The greatest gift is love...

Ski instructor Annie Bennett doesn't have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn't always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best—until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor's land becomes a potent distraction.

Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there's something about Annie that's as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn't want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she's too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word.

Title: Christmas in Cowboy Country
Author: Janet Dailey
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sunrise Canyon
Published by Zebra
Source: Publisher
Published: September 30, 2014
Genres: Western Romance
Pages: 336
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars

I have been a Janet Daily fan for a lot of years, so I was quite excited when Christmas in Cowboy Country came up for review.  It has been a while since I have read one of hers.

Christmas in Cowboy Country features Marshal Stone and Annie Bennett.  I figured out real quick that Marshal wasn’t “just a surveyor.”  Pretty much for the same reasons that Annie did.  He was hot, but oh so non-communicative.  How frustrating.  One had the feeling he was good and should be trusted but, there were so many questions.  But, most of that had to do with his job.  He was actually a deep thinker. “It was a little early in the day for manly brooding and staring into the flames, but he might as well get it over with.”

Annie is strong, true, loyal, hardworking, loving, caring, and almost perfect in fact, or so Marshal thinks.   “However, Annie stopped short of being too good to be true–there was something wild and sweetly enticing about her and she didn’t strike him as being innocent.  Exactly what he’d been looking for, in fact, without his ever knowing it until the day he’d seen her face.  Stone had never expected to meet the woman who was so damn close to perfect.” 

This story moseyed along through the small town of Velde, Colorado where not much was secret for long, and continued to meander through an interesting group of characters.  I loved the “Xmas Pajunt Reehersul At 4.  P.S. We Need Hey for the Manger.”  Yes it was a children’s Christmas pageant and parade where the children participated fully.  It was quite sweet and beautiful.

I was treated to a very sweet romance spiced with a little suspense and intrigue.  It didn’t move along very fast, but we were in a small town where things moved at its own pace.  Sometimes at breakneck speed but more often at a slow ramble.  It was a nice uncomplicated read that reminded me of why I started reading romance in the first place – getting to the happy ever after is where all the fun it, even when there isn’t any sex involved.  Just a nice sweet romance.


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