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Merry Christmas, Cowboy (The Bennetts)

by Janet Dailey

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The plot of this book revolves around Paula, a Denver cop, and Zach, a local cowboy. They are both volunteering at The Christmas House on their time off – and are immediately attracted to each other. There is a little (very little) romance and a little (very little) mystery in the plot line.

I really like reading holiday books that put me in the mood for Christmas. Unfortunately, this one didn’t do that. I really like Janet Dailey and have read almost all of her books, and was very excited when I discovered that I had won this one as a First-Reads on Goodreads. However, for some reason I just couldn’t connect with this one. I never felt that I really got to know any of the characters – nor felt that I knew enough about the setting to picture myself there.

Another thing that disappointed me was that when I first received this book, the cover really got my attention. It shows a cowboy, carrying a Christmas tree, riding a horse through the snow. Apparently, whoever did the cover art had not read the book because it didn’t relate to anything in the book. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I really like it when the cover at least relates to the plot of the book. ( )
  peggy.s | Mar 6, 2015 |
I have just finished “Merry Christmas, Cowboy” by Janet Dailey. She has written many Christmas romances and this is her latest.

The story takes place in Denver, Colorado. Paula Lewis is a cop and is working at a mansion, helping turning it into a Christmas wonderland for the local kids to enjoy. Zach Bennett has also come from his family’s ranch to help out. Paula also works as security for the holiday mansion because there have been some problems and mischief perpetrated by a few of the local teens. One teen in particular is in danger of becoming a problem for his grandmother with whom he lives. Zach and Paula take him under their wing to try to steer him in the right direction and away from other teens that are bad influences. Of course, during this time Paula and Zach get to know each other quite well and become romantically linked.

I enjoyed this novel as a Christmas treat for me. I always try to read the Christmas stories that come out every year and Janet Dailey is one of my favorite authors.

I received a free print copy of this book in return for my honest review from NightOwlReview.com and Zebra books by Kensington publishers.

You can read this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-8w. ( )
  SilverShrew | Feb 20, 2014 |
Merry Christmas Cowboy by Janet Dailey
Paula Lewis this holiday season is not only working as a cop but she's helping out at the Christmas House. There are many rooms with different themes and visitors come and pay an entrance fee and have safe fun with their friends and family.
Zach Bennett had left his familys ranch and is in town as a carpenter which the House can use. They do hit it off and are great company for one another.
The story also follows Brandon and he's a teen and all the mishaps he has. And elderly Edith who runs the whole show and what problems she has.
Love that different generations are in this book.
Medical problems and things are stolen are a few of the things that keep this story interesting along with love stories. Loved the setting, the house and the snow and instructions.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review ( )
  jbarr5 | Sep 24, 2013 |
Not Just A Romance!

This book isn’t your typical romance. I found there was mystery and suspense in the story line too. It wasn’t hard to figure out the culprits involved but I found it to be an enjoyable read regardless.

Paula Lewis is a Denver police officer who agrees to volunteer as a security officer at the Christmas House and soon learns she is enjoying herself immensely. She helps out wherever she is needed to help make this a delightful place to visit during the Holiday season for the public coming through to look at and enjoy the decor. Children especially enjoy taking a tour of this wonderful Christmas House.

Zach Bennett left his family’s ranch to volunteer to work as a carpenter, at the Christmas House, at the suggestion from his friend Jake. Turning the former Denver Mansion into a magical place finds Zach enjoying the work he is doing. What is even more enjoyable is Paula Lewis, very easy on the eyes.

Is love in the air for this couple or is it just a close friendship and nothing more? Being a police officer Paula doesn’t have time for a social life. Will that change?

To my knowledge this is the first book that I have read of Janet Dailey’s so I can’t compare this book to other books of hers. I do know that I enjoyed this story line.

Heads up for readers that are Christian fiction fans like me. There are a few mild cuss words and a few times the Lord’s name is used as a cuss word. All in all, I think readers will enjoy this story.

I wish to thank the publisher for sending me a copy to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. ( )
  passionforbooks | Sep 12, 2013 |
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Hoping to give back to the community, Denver police officer Paula Lewis volunteers at the Christmas House to help local children, where she is drawn to local rancher Zach Bennett, as they work together to help a young boy.

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