Saturday, November 2, 2019

Review: A Cowboy for Christmas

A Cowboy for Christmas (Rocky Mountain Riders - Book 6) by Sara Richardson

Publication: 10/29/2019
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Pages: 416
ISBN-13 978-1538712290

(Received for an honest review from Forever)

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Books in the series:

Rocky Mountain Riders

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Excerpt from A Cowboy For Christmas courtesy of Amazon’s Look Inside feature


Come home to Topaz Falls, Colorado, where the best way to spend Christmas is in the arms of a cowboy!

When the beloved Farm Café in Topaz Falls burns to the ground, widow Darla Michaels comes up with the perfect plan to help her friends rebuild -- a Cowboy Christmas Festival complete with a sexy bachelor auction and a benefit rodeo. But to pull it off, she has to pretend to be engaged to Ty Forrester, the irresistible bull rider who keeps testing her keep-things-casual policy.

A fake fiancée wasn't on Ty's Christmas list this year, but it's the only way to get his family to visit over the holidays so his NFL-star brother can draw more tourists to the festival. The engagement wouldn't be such a problem if Ty wasn't starting to have real feelings for Darla. Knowing he can't go on pretending, Ty prepares to tell his family the truth-but then he and Darla discover a precious little Christmas surprise that just might help them embrace a whole new life together.


Christmas is a special time of year. It seems to put everyone in the mood to be more helpful and more kind than usual. But, sometimes it’s not just the Christmas spirit. Sara Richardson explores the idea of what a person might be willing to do for a friend in need in her latest novel in the Rocky Mountain Riders series. A Cowboy for Christmas starts with a devastating fire and features everything from a fake fiancé to a bachelor auction. Can a young widow find love in the midst of more cowboys than you can shake a stick at? It could take a Christmas miracle.

What I liked:

This one really hit the spot for me. Richardson has created a community in Topaz Falls that just makes you wanna pack up and move there yourself. It’s a small Colorado town that is big on the cowboy lifestyle and full of caring, genuine people. It’s the kind of town readers will fall in love with and want to know more. This is the sixth and final book in the Mountain Riders series and if it’s your first one, you will quickly go pick up the rest. The small town charm is just perfect for love.

Ty Forrester is a Cowboy, through and through. He is a rodeo rider and the head of the Rodeo Association. He’s a clean cut all around good person but he has a rocky relationship with his family to say the least. I really liked Ty because you can just feel his struggle with feeling second best to his NFL star brother. From the way his parents view his career choices to the way they treat his brother. I found myself really sympathizing with him when he lies to get them off his back about coming home for Christmas. But little white lies have a way of becoming big fat catastrophes. Ty was a great hero and full of heart.

Ty was a great leading man but I really had a heart for Darla. If you’ve read previous books in the series you have probably been hoping that Darla got her own book. I was too! And Richardson gave us what we wanted with this one. Darla’s struggle to move on with her life after the death of her husband really hits home. Grief has so many layers and seeing Darla try to always be the life of the party to hide her loneliness was heartbreaking. I loved that Richardson gave Darla a creative mind and a true heart for her friends. She was such a good character and she was so developed and full of life.

I never thought I would like Cowboy romances. Especially ones set in today’s world. But I’ve recently really started to enjoy them. Authors like Caripolyn Bown and Sara Richardson really bring this subgenre of romance to life. Richardson’s characters are just good people. Her attention to detail is flawless and it makes me as a reader really appreciate this type of life. The addition of the Cowboy festival from the bachelor auction to the calendar was just such a perfect idea. I want a festival like that in my town! Lol 😂 

What I didn’t like:

Ok, I know I said I sympathized with Ty lying about being engaged and I really do. None of us are above saying something now and then to get us out of situations we don’t want to be in. Lying in general, not a good policy. In this book it sets up the story of why Darla and Ty need to pretend to be engaged and helps them along in finding love. But always remember honesty is the best policy.

I didn’t like Ty’s family. Even after they sort of make up. Ty is a good man. His brother is not. His parents clearly favor Rhett over Ty for no good reason. I know this often happens in real life and I accept that. But they were a real piece of work. 

Bottom Line:

Overall this a great book and well deserving of the five apples I’m giving it. Heartwarming romance, great friendships, communities supporting their own. It was all good for me. The romance was spot on. The Cowboy festival was a perfect idea. Darla finding love. Ty reconciling with his family. You really want to read this one.

A Cowboy for Christmas is available now from your favorite bookseller

I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag

About the author:

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders. 

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Sara lives and plays in Colorado, still indulging her adventurous spirit, with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

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