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Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Spikes & Spurs) Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011

Book 3 of 7 in the Spikes & Spurs Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Spikes & Spurs (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402261578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402261572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A feel-good read.... a romance worth reading." - RT Book Reviews

"A story with a cowboy always hits the target, but add a little Christmas flair and a saucy heroine and you have a winner... Hot, humorous and a great time." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"A great book for a Christmas warmup, it makes you want to believe in Santa. Throw your hats in the air and stomp your feet for Carolyn Brown." - BookLoons.com

"Sassy and quirky and peopled with an abundance of engaging characters, this fast-paced holiday romp brims with music, laughter... and plenty of Texas flavor." - Library Journal

"Brown has once again delivered a well-rounded group of characters you will wish were your neighbors." - Thoughts in Progress

"Snuggle down and get ready for a holiday ride that will make you laugh out loud and get the romance flowing." - Eva's Sanctuary

"So fun and full of life." - Books Like Breathing

"A heartwarming romance, that was as much fun to read as the bedroom scenes were hot!" - Dark Divas Reviews

"Carolyn Brown creates some handsomefied, hunkified, HOT cowboys! ...a fun, enjoyable four-star-Christmas-to-remember novel." - The Romance Reviews

"Laugh-out-loud humor... sexy banter... trademark Carolyn Brown cowboy romance." - Drey's Library

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 bestselling romances for the library market. She now writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma.

Customer Reviews

Interesting characters and a good story line.
Karen Alexander
I can't wait for the the next one, I wonder who it will be about.
Blodeuedd
This one of the reasons I have started to read her books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on October 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A story with a cowboy always hits the target, but add a little Christmas flair and a saucy heroine and you have a winner.

I know when I open a book by Ms. Brown, I'm in for a great time with characters I'll never forget. This book is hot, humorous and a great time. I love a book where there's a little bit of misunderstanding and a lot of longing. Ms. Brown delivers.

Saying Raylen is hot is an understatement. He's smoking hot. He's got Liz's best interests at heart--oh and he really, really wants her. Did I mention that? Yeah, he does. Can I just mention the scene where he brushes her hair was just...wow. Ms. Brown describes it quickly, but being one who likes having her hair brushed by her DH, I could literally feel the same things Liz felt and it gave me shivers.

Liz is...original. She grew up in a family who participated in a traveling carnival. To say she's happy to have a house without wheels is putting it mildly. I loved her independent streak. I could relate to her because I could feel how much she wanted to do things her way and how much she struggled each time she was around Raylen. I mean, how could she not fall for the hottie in the cowboy boots?

I loved the cast of secondary characters and can't wait to read their stories. The ending was fantastic and had me sighing and wishing it was Christmas (instead of wet and dreary like it is right now).

Grab a copy of Darn Good Cowboy Christmas and fall headlong into the Christmas spirit!

Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
DARN GOOD COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown is an exciting,sassy contemporary romance set in present day Texas. It is book #3 in the "Spikes & Spurs" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See "Love Drunk Cowboy" and "Red's Hot Cowboy". "Darn Good Cowboy Christmas" has everything a contmpory romance reader could want. It has romance, witty dialogue,love,holiday magic, sexy cowboy,sweet sensuality,dark-haired,sexy heroine,traveling carnival, passion,and slow kisses under the mistletoe.It is the story of Lizelle Hanson, raised in a traveling carnival,finding a home and a sexy cowboy next door. And Raylen O'Donnell,a sexy,smokin' hot cowboy next door. This author has done it again with her southern voice in a contemporary romance full of smokin' hot cowboys and sassy,women. Another must read from author,Carolyn Brown. "Darn Good Cowboy Christmas" will appeal to any and all contemporary,western,cowboy,main stream,and romance readers.A Christmas read that will have you turning pages as you watch Raylen and Lizelle have a Darn good Christmas holiday with a few ups and downs. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MoonlightReader on November 17, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lizelle Hanson is a carnie, as she calls herself. She traveled and worked as a fortune teller and belly dancer for most of her life. But what she always wanted was roots; somewhere to call home, a house that has a foundation and not wheels. In fact, that is a Christmas wish that she has; she wants a house and a cowboy. The first part of her wish comes true when her uncle moves out of his house to take care of his father and is going to leave it to her if she still wants to live there after she tries it out for a few months. Liz is ecstatic. She arrives at the house in Texas to find her uncle's neighbor, Raylen O'Donnell, there. He is the very cowboy that she had a crush on when she used to visit her uncle, and she has been fantasizing about him for years. Could this be the second half of her wish coming true?

My Thoughts:
This is the first book that I haven't finished since I started reviewing. I definitely gave it a chance though; I read to page 225. Besides just not being interesting, there were a lot of things that bothered me about this book.

First, the shifting of the characters points of view. There was constant shifting with no clear breaks. It gets very confusing, especially if the shift happens within a single paragraph, which it did!

Second, the repeating of thoughts. Liz would think a thought, and then say the thought out loud to someone else. Then she would repeat it later to another character. I get how perhaps the author is trying to show how the third character found out about what she was thinking, but this isn't the way to do it.

Third, Liz's character herself. She would ramble a lot, and it just wasn't attractive to me. Also, everything was handed to her on a silver platter. Where's the challenge?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.Mason on October 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I realy enjoyed this story. I had read the previous one in the series and wasn't disappointed with this one. The story had another within it that made it different than the usual romance formula. The characters we very likable and down to earth. I can't wait for the others in the series to come out. I even visited her web site to find other books of hers to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blodeuedd on November 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is one thing I have come to connect with Brown's books, and that is that they always makes me smile. I usually sit there with a grin on my face, because they are sweet and fun.

This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone. You will feel at home at once. The books are inviting and the town is a place I would like to visit, and the people there, I would love to have them as friends.

In this one we have Liz, a former carnie, who wants to settle down and get some roots, and then we have the hot cowboy next door, Rayleen. They met before long ago, and that crush never left either of them. It is just destined. They know it when they meet, and the passion is sizzling. They are just perfect together. She grows roots, and he finds love.

And as always what I like about her books are the sayings, the book is filled with them and they make me smile. I do feel they are one of the best things with this book. Let's see if I can brave one, their love is hotter than a hellcat on a Sunday (ok that makes no sense, but you get the general idea. And I am bad with these.) I love to read them though, and I sure want to talk like that, yes mam.

Conclusion:
Like I said in the beginning, this book is sure to make you smile and crave your own cowboy. I can't wait for the the next one, I wonder who it will be about.
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than seventy books.
Brown presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at www.carolynlbrown.com

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