All Liz Hanson has ever wanted is a house without wheels. Born and raised in a traveling carnival, it's what she's asked for every Christmas since she was ten. When she got older she added one more thing to her request, a sexy cowboy.
Just when she's about given up on Santa every giving her either one, her uncle gives her an ugly house on twenty acres in Texas. With rancher Raylen O'Donnell as her nearest neighbor...Will Liz finally be able to settle down?
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown is the third story in her Spikes & Spurs series. This delightful and charming holiday romance just hit the spot; I fell in love with Ms. Brown's characters and their lively and occasionally humorous dialogue. The small town setting and even pace perfectly fit Ms. Brown's voice and helped to highlight her love of Texas.
Liz Hanson is a really likeable character. Part of family's traveling carnival since birth, Liz longs for a different life; a life where she can settle down in a regular house and marry a sexy cowboy. When her uncle offers her his house and twenty acres in Texas, she jumps at the chance and packs her bags even though both her mother and her aunt don't think it will work. I loved Liz's independent streak, she knew what she wanted and went after it. She knew it would mean a lot of changes but she's ready to make sacrifices for what she believes will be a better life. She's also looking forward to finding the other part of her dream, a sexy cowboy.
Raylen O'Donnell is a super sexy cowboy who was easy to fall in love with. Secretly attracted to Liz since they were kids, he's looking forward to reconnecting with her now that she's his family's neighbor. He never imagined she'd grow into such a sexy and desirable woman, or that he'd want to be with Liz for the rest of their lives and want her to dance her "gypsy" dance only for him. He does have one concern though, will Liz be able to give up the "carnie" life for that of a rancher. Would he be able to prove that Santa Clause could make her dreams come true?
The scenes between Liz and Raylen are full of sizzling chemistry and razor sharp dialogue. Their attraction is so strong; sparks ignite between them when they touch. But all is not a bed of roses, both of them have tempers and they aren't afraid to show it. Fortunately their fights never last long and they enjoy making up. Ms. Brown did an excellent job with both of these characters and with how she developed their romance, while it did move fairly fast; it was easy to see it was going to be something that lasts.
The secondary characters in this story were all likeable and fairly well developed, I liked both of Liz and Raylen's family members and the characters we met in town. I especially liked how Ms. Brown added two additional smaller romances, which highlighted how much fun it can be to fall in love and find the one you are meant to be with. There were also plenty of secondary characters who in my opinion were fairly screaming for their own story and I hope Ms. Brown gets a chance to write them.
The end of the story has two surprising weddings, one which takes place sort of "off screen" and one which was somewhat surprising, not because of who got married but because it took place so fast. Were Liz and Raylen one of the couples that got married? You'll have to read Darn Good Cowboy Christmas to find out, I think you'll really enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, One Hot Cowboy Wedding, which will be released in April of 2012.
The author of the #1 bestselling Christmas romance in 2010 (Honky Tonk Christmas) creates a new installment in her sexy contemporary cowboy romance series that showcases her amazing Southern voice.
Born and raised in a traveling carnival, all Liz Hanson ever wanted for Christmas was a home that didn't have wheels. After she was old enough to date she added one more item: a sexy cowboy.
She's about given up on Santa ever bringing either one when her father dies and leaves her an ugly house and twenty acres in Texas. Then rancher Raylen O'Donnell walks onto her property...