Review: The Christmas Cowboy by Shanna Hatfield

The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance, #1)The Christmas Cowboy
(Rodeo Romance #1)
by Shanna Hatfield
Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition, 376 pages
October 16th 2013


Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.

As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

My Review

I enjoy reading romance, especially when they're sweet, clean, and have a happily-ever-after ending. The Christmas Cowboy pretty much fit. It was sweet, with a gorgeous main gal, a charming and handsome cowboy, some romantic tension, and a happy ending.

I really liked the beginning of this book. I liked how both romantic interests had seen each other a couple of times in the airport while passing through (they both traveled a lot) and were attracted to each other. Then they finally ended up connecting and also spending some time on the same flights and that's what turned their attraction into friendship and dating.

There were some humorous, romantic, and heartfelt moments that I really enjoyed. There was family, friends, some bronc riding, and a little danger even. There was also one moment when Kenzie realized that God had blessed her with Tate and she needed to let go in order to let him in.

I really wanted to love this story as I'm always looking for clean romance stories like this one, but I wanted so much more than it gave me. I felt like the kisses didn't mean as much as they should have, that there was too much telling instead of letting the story be felt by the reader, sometimes too many day-to-day details, and that the story dragged in places. I wanted more tension in fewer romantic moments so that they were more meaningful.

Overall, The Christmas Cowboy was a sweet, clean story, with a happy ending. I definitely plan on making the recipe for Gingerbread Bars that was included at the end and I enjoyed reading the author's comments about how she found the recipe.

Content: Clean (There was some innuendo, but I would consider this clean for the genre.)

Source: From the author, which did not affect my review in any way.

Do you enjoy reading romance?


  1. Laurie Larsen9/10/14, 5:24 PM

    That is a gorgeous beach Tressa! My family and I went to San Diego this summer and everywhere we looked was like a picture post card!

  2. It's just a great place for families because there is so much to do and the weather is so nice. Plus, it's pretty much the closest to us at about 6-7 hours. Glad you got to visit. :)

  3. Thanks for leaving the link. I'll be over...

  4. So glad you're loving it! That's really the whole point, besides just lots of reading. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing, Heather! I'll come see what you did...

  6. Thanks for sharing, Ana!

  7. They all count. Anything you read counts. :) I definitely need more time, but I think I will always have more books I want to read than I have time for. :)

  8. I'm sorry that you didn't love this book as much as you wanted to. It does sound like a cute story, but I understand how you were disappointed about the too much telling instead of showing.

  9. Finished 1 book! Yay!! :)

  10. Natalie Hughes9/11/14, 12:08 PM

    I've been reading, but not posting updates because I can't figure out how to on Goodreads...would I be able to switch to Facebook (sorry, I did not know that Facebook was an option when I first signed up)? I signed up with Goodreads before the challenge started.

  11. Me too. I do think there's potential though. I would still try books by this author.

  12. Awesome! Keep it up!! :)

  13. Definitely! You can post an update really in any way you want. Just leave a link so we can find it. You can do a wrap-up on there too, if you want. With Goodreads you have to leave a note on something - such as an update on the book you're reading and then linking to that update or as a message you post on your profile, but FB is just fine. :)

  14. Natalie Hughes9/12/14, 11:37 AM

    Thank you!!

  15. Frances Cavallo9/19/14, 5:02 PM

    I would love to read about the futuristic world! I would like to read Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Trilogy!


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