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Her Christmas Cowboy by Jessica Clare
Series: Wyoming Cowboy #5
Published by Berkley on October 13, 2020
Genres: Western Romance
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Caleb Watson has been crushing on elementary school teacher Amy Mckinney ever since he saw her. She's oblivious to his feelings--probably because he's never said a word to her. But when he learns Amy's going to be Mrs. Claus in the local Christmas celebration, he volunteers to be Santa so he’ll finally have the chance to introduce himself. Even more than that, he'll use this opportunity to shower her with presents.
Amy's been receiving all kinds of Secret Santa gifts at work -- and she has no idea who her secret admirer is. She wishes he'd make himself known so they can go on a date, though, because being a newcomer in close-knit Painted Barrel, Wyoming, is pretty lonely. When her flaky landlord claims he's the gift giver…it's not quite the bachelor Amy had in mind. However, she’s doubly shocked when gruff newcomer Caleb Watson crashes her date and insists he’s really the one leaving her presents.
Amy's not sure what to think. Caleb's never indicated that he likes her, much less wants to date. Can he prove to Amy he’s not just the perfect Santa to her Mrs. Claus, but the man of her dreams?
I have read this Wyoming Cowboy series all out of order. I read 1,3,2,4 and now the 5th installment, Her Christmas Cowboy. There are some plot points related to the holiday but it isn’t only a Christmas story. I generally only read holiday stories after Thanksgiving but I did my series catch up in September so I read the last 3 in the series in the that month.
We got an introduction to the main characters, Caleb and Amy, in the previous book, The Cowboy Meets His Match. I’m really enjoying the small town, the ranching, and the dogs in the setting for these stories. It’s nice catching up with some characters in previous books or those who are part of this community. Except Greg, I don’t like him.
Caleb is such a sweetheart; I had to read his story. Caleb was the first of the three brothers to decide he would be staying in Wyoming rather than return to Alaska, because Amy was here in Wyoming. He has an insta-love for her and he sticks to it, no matter what. I love how hard he works at the relationship even when he is clueless. Also as Amy is clueless he even likes her.
Amy is really in a rough spot with no family support of any kind after her divorce and her ex being an asshole. Her financial situation is precarious and her rental reflects this issue. Greg is a horrible landlord in so many ways. Amy is so brave to help Donner. Luckily, Caleb wants to help her in every way. It’s tough for her because she wants to be independent after being in a marriage where she was controlled. Caleb’s actions speak louder than words about his care for Amy and she hears them.
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