A rugged Texas cowboy gets into the Christmas spirit to prove himself to the woman he loves in this heartwarming novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Family Journal.
Maverick Callahan lives up to his reputation as a freewheeling cowboy. But a year ago he fell head-over-heels for an extraordinary woman he met while on vacation, a woman he was convinced he'd never see again. So when she appears on his doorstep like a Christmas miracle, Maverick is determined not to waste his lucky break.
Bridget O'Malley's world has flipped upside down. As the new guardian of her best friend's baby, she hasn't had a moment to think about the Texas rancher who broke her heart. He's just as sexy as ever, but she knows better than anyone that he's not the settling-down type. As the trees are trimmed and mistletoe hung, will some holiday magic help Bridget trust this carefree cowboy with her heart and her future?
Includes the bonus novella "Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas" by Sara Richardson!
Brown's dry fifth Longhorn Canyon series (after Cowboy Rebel) lacks passion. When Irishwoman Bridget O'Malley arrives at her temporary job in Texas two weeks before Christmas, she is baffled to learn that her unforgettable one-night stand, Maverick Callahan, is her new employer's grandson. When Maverick left Ireland the year before, he thought he'd never see Bridget again. Things have changed since they parted: Bridget has adopted her deceased best friend's young daughter, Laela, and has had to settle down, while Maverick is still unattached and fond of partying into the night. Their attraction remains strong, and Maverick quickly bonds with Laela, becoming a surrogate father. Their impromptu family develops without much thought in a way that feels natural and believable; however, the romantic relationship between Bridget and Maverick is devoid of chemistry and flirtation. They put more effort into the church's Christmas pageant than into building their connection. Maverick's grandmother, Iris, steals the show, and the hint of a romance between side characters is more enticing than the protagonists' dull union. Only series fans are likely to make it all the way through.