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A Cowboy for Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Kristen James
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When her estranged brother passes, Missy is suddenly an unwanted co-owner to Ocean View Stables by Florence, Oregon. Missy wants to start over somewhere new after her old boss burned her. She's jobless and has a wrongly ruined reputation, so this works out perfectly . . . until she meets the cowboy running the place. Brent built his dream with determination and his two hands; he's responsible for everything that happens there. Secretly, he feels responsible that his former partner died. He also doesn't hide his belief that Missy won't stick around. Women tend to take off on him so why would she be any different? They both have a past that can ruin their future. Can he trust her to stay? Can she trust him with her heart?

From Coffee Time Romance and More: "A Great Romance for the Holidays and Anytime You Like!

Due to the death of a brother she barely knew, Missy has just become co-owner of a horse ranch in Oregon. This is great timing for her as her old boss and job are now dust. However, things may just be a bit more than she bargained for.

Brent is put off by Missy being there. He does not want anyone coming in and taking his dreams away. Dreams he has worked hard on and wants to keep on enjoying. He truly believes that Missy will not stick around for very long.

Missy is thrown into a situation she is very unsure of, has many trust issues behind her, and did not know her now dead brother very well. She is unsure what to do, but with the help of one handsome cowboy showing her the ropes, she just might be able to make a life here.

A Cowboy for Christmas is a great romance for the holidays or anytime you like. Real flaws are found in Brent and Missy which result in the great journey this couple takes on. Humor and strength are also found in the pages of this book. A bit fun and flirty read that will not disappoint."

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Editorial Reviews


"I found myself unable to put the book down, I just had to find out if Missy and Brent could let go of their pasts, and trust each other with their deep held secrets, and learn to just let go and love each other. The sparks that flew between them was very entertaining, I loved how the storyline developed, it had a nice mix of romance and cowboy / ranch lifestyle ... it let my imagination run wild." ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"A nice western read that keeps you turning the pages." Babs Book Bistro

"Yummy Read!...If you enjoy romance, the countryside and amazing scenery, this book is for you." Literary Vixen

From the Author

My bestselling romance is now available in Spanish as Un vaquero para navidad.

This book has a fun mix of unexpected things, at least to me: an Oregon cowboy instead of a Texan, and a horse ranch by the rugged Oregon coast. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed creating it.

P.S. - Brent and Missy make an appear in More Than a Promise! It's Book 2 of my Second Gift Series, and it's set at Ocean View Stables.

Product Details

  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brilliant Book Press (November 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JTTI0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Holiday Romance August 5, 2011
Missy and Brent (main characters) were two highly secretive people and that's just part of the magic that's within the pages of A Cowboy For Christmas.

The story is sweet and heartwarming and draws you in like a moth to a flame. I sat down a couple nights ago to read after a long day of working out in the sun. I told myself I would just read one chapter and finish the book the next day. Wrong. I couldn't put the book down.

It was a great romance that I could easily see made into a holiday movie.

Kristen, the author, has a way with words that makes you feel what the characters feel and it was like watching a movie as I read the story. I easily could see the image of Brent and Missy as well as the stables. Kristen describes things in a way that feels natural and doesn't disrupt the flow of fast-paced plot in A Cowboy For Christmas.

My all time favorite thing about this book other than the fact it has cowboys and is about Christmas is...Not being able to guess the secrets Missy and Brent had which is a good thing. If I can guess how it's going to end or who did what from the very beginning then I loose interest.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 15, 2011
By Maralee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, this book is the perfect length. It was long enough to be a complete story with well developed characters, but also short enough that I was able to completely immerse myself into the book and ignore whatever was happening around me until I finished! Once I started I didn't want to put it down. It kept me wondering about what would happen next, and I love to be surprised when I read! It's all about the romance between Brent and Missy, but it's not predictable. They both have secrets that they don't want the other person to know, and you don't find out what those are until almost the end. I tried to guess on what one of the secrets could be, and I found that I was completely wrong! I loved that :) I don't want to give away the book (I'm not a fan of spoilers), but honestly can't say enough good about this book, and this author! This is the second book I've read of hers, and both were great! I'll definitely be reading more.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristen James does it again! November 17, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kristen James has done it again with another romance novel to warm your heart. She has created truly down to earth and like-able characters with Missy and Brent. The story is perfect for the holidays! Not too long, not too short, I finished the book in about a day. Like her other book, More Than Memories, you become immersed in the story, the plot and the descriptive scenery. Here's an excerpt to give you an idea:

The picture seemed off...she leaned against the corral rail, but the ground wasn't dusty and the sun didn't beat down on her.
Instead, tall cedars surrounded them, with graceful limbs bowing as they leaned out.
Wispy clouds lay up in the sky like streaks of whipped cream while the sun warmed
her skin. She smelled salt in the air, mixed with forest scents. The oddity was completed
by the seagulls that called out to each other. She looked down from the birds just as
Brent led Jeffrey out of the stable entrance.

Missy arrives at the Oregon ranch after her estranged brother suddenly passes away. Not sure what she's up against, she definitely doesn't expect Brent. A long, cold drink on a hot day is this cowboy! Most people don't expect cowboys at a seaside ranch, but that's what she finds. She also finds a man who appears to hate her on sight, thinking she's going to take away his ranch. Little does he know that she has no job, no home and no money. After a bad situation forces her out of a job in Las Vegas the ranch and possibility of a roof over her head seem like something heaven sent. Missy plans on working hard to prove her worth, meanwhile avoiding the sexy stare of the gorgeous cowboy she now lives with and hiding her secrets.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of holes April 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm from the country and this sounded like a story about things in the country written by someone from the city who might have visited the country a few times in their teens.
This young woman had never ridden a horse in her entire life and knew nothing about horses. A very short time after she first rode one of the better trained horses, she took off riding one of the more spirited horses on a lengthy ride, alone, and in bad weather. Later, it's storming and the barn roof is leaking so these guys are on the roof in a storm repairing the roof in the middle of the night ~ the roof would be slippery when dry and dangerous when wet, not to mention it's storming with the wind blowing and the risk of being struck by lightning. I never saw what significance this had in the story line, it was as if it was filler to add a few pages to this short book. They were fixing the roof so the horses won't get wet, yet they rode the horses in the rain in another part of the book . . . horses, given a choice will often stand in the rain rather than go in a building ~ they like being outside. They board horses for a living but never seem to have over two or three and their own horses. They have two hired hands but there doesn't appear to be much, if any work for them. Why did she only meet her brother a time or two? So why is she grieving so greatly for a man she hardly knew. How is it that someone who can't cook can prepare Thanksgiving dinner that everyone raves over? He feels guilty because his partner, her brother was killed in an auto accident ~ he feels he should have taken the truck and trailer that day. Why is that his fault? The author has talent but needs to write about things she knows more about, leave out the filler and fill in the holes. This is also another one of those books where boy meets girl and they fall into bed and decide they're in love. Sexual attraction does not equal love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Story
This story was sweet and I just could not put it down . Just waiting to find out what both persons would do with there lives.
Published 1 month ago by Faye Burrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great romance
This is about a girl named Missy who did not know she had a brother until her father died. Then a few years later her brother passed away, and she went to a ranch that he was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice..
So, this was a good story. Both Brent and Missy were likable and there was plenty of sexual tension without too much sex, mostly fade-to-black. Which was good for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trish R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute easy reading
Published 5 months ago by Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a nice simple story.
Published 5 months ago by beth
4.0 out of 5 stars when life sucks only the unexpected may help to fix it.
A loving story sadness and the unexpected that helps to bring love to two people that really need it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mary linert
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable love story
Although I don't read many romance novels, I enjoyed this one.
Published 6 months ago by Gabriele
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author and her books.
I love these types of books. The characters work well together and are enjoyable to read. I can get lost for a couple of hours in the cowboy life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LovetoRead
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Product
Published 8 months ago by Ramon Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It, was a page turner.
Published 9 months ago by Debra J Crowder
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More About the Author

Kristen James is an outdoorsy girl who loves hiking, picking wild berries and mushrooms, and spending time with her family. Of course she loves reading and writing too! She discovered her love of writing in the fourth grade when her class wrote short stories. Now she writes love stories with a twist of mystery and suspense set in the rugged and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Kristen has over 20 novels, and her books have ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle US, UK and Canada, #1 in ten different categories, and #1 in Movers & Shakers and free rankings. Connect at

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