A Cowboy for Christmas
by Sara Richardson
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Book #6 in the Rocky Mountain Riders series
Number of pages: 480
Source: Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
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.
This author always has a way of hooking me immediately into her stories. As much as I was enjoying this book, this one didn’t seem to hook me right away. I was invested in the story and characters and wanted to keep reading, but didn’t feel the overwhelming need to keep reading until the end. Then, a switch was flipped about the time Darla and Ty were heading to the airport to get his parents. I got so immersed in their tale I just didn’t want to put the book down.
Throughout the whole story I had butterflies. Sometimes that had to do with the obvious chemistry between the characters. Sometimes it was the heartbreak I would feel for one or both of them. Not only were they hurting each other (albeit not on purpose), but they were both dealing with past hurts. I will admit I didn’t expect to like Ty’s parents, just as Darla didn’t expect to like them. Not only did they surprise us both, but it was hard for me to understand how they treated Ty as compared to how the treated his brother, Rhett. Especially when Ty is such an obviously good person and his brother…is not.
Being around Ty’s family really helps cement a lot of the feelings Darla has been denying when it comes to Ty. But she has to figure out a way to accept that she has feelings and what that means. And if she’s going to let things go further and become real.
I love this story so much. Not only does Darla learn to live again, but Ty gets his family back. Ty’s parents definitely did not handle things with him and his career correctly, but he finally understands their actions and learns to see things from a different perspective.
While I’m sad this is the last of this series, I’m looking forward to what Sara Richardson has in store for us next.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**