Review: The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown

Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown
Series: Cowboys and Brides  (# 2)
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 349
Source: Book was provided by NetGalley for review

‘Tis the season for…
A pistol-totin’ woman who’s no angel
A tough rancher who doesn’t believe in miracles
Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can’t wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.

When he pulls in, there’s Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But wait…is that a BABY in her arms?


Review: Carolyn Brown writes fantastic “cowboy novels” or as my ex-boyfriend calls them “cowboy porn”. Her men are always strong, silent types who are a bit broken and maybe a bit damaged. Even though her books may have similar qualities at the core they are very different. Lucas was raised by a group of men in his family and his housekeeper Hazel. A very unconventional family for Texas. Natalie is pink gun toting spitfire who does things her way. She doesn’t take any guff from anyone. I think his family life made it easier for him to enter into an unconventional relationship with Natalie while he was in Kuwait.

I loved how Lucas’ father and grandfather took to Josh, Natalie’s son. They doted on him and treated him like he was their biological grandson even before Natalie and Lucas became engaged or a couple. Everyone enjoyed having a baby in the huge ranch house. Lucas’ family was big on being close and a family.

Natalie and Lucas may have been internet pals, they still had a lot of getting to know each other once they were in the same house. They both had some hang ups and things they needed to get over before starting to enjoy each other and date. They were super sweet and I loved how different they were but similar at the same time.

The one thing that bugged me was the fact that she didn’t breast feed and fed Josh solid food sooner than is recommended. It bugged me but didn’t take away from the story. I just have a personal preference when reading about babies that I want them to be breastfed.

I can’t wait for A Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride. Brown’s books are a comfort read and I always look forward to the next one. The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby fits the bill of a comfort read.