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The Littlest Cowboy

(The Texas Brands #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,381 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Baby on his Doorstep!

Sheriff Garrett Brand has raised his entire brood of siblings single-handedly, and he’s done his best to teach them some values, to mold them into honorable, responsible, and trustworthy human beings. So when a baby lands on the doorstep of the Texas Brand, his first question is which younger brother is in for a butt-kicking? But the little fellow isn'

Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published July 23rd 2014 by Thunderfoot Publishing (first published May 1st 1996)
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The Littlest Cowboy is one of the cheesiest, cornball romances ever AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! I should really give it a three, but I was charmed by the characters. Correction: I was charmed by the male characters.

Romances can be defined or driven by a variety of things: plot, sexual dynamics, sturm and drang, angst, great heroes, and/or great heroines. This book doesn't just have one great hero, it has a whole family of them.

Garrett, the star of this book, is a gentle giant and a man of fe
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
A lovely book with the sweetest giant of a H, and his horde of siblings who can give you serious sibling-envy. And that 'littlest' guy should be banned for the cheery cuteness overload.
So, can not blame the h as she faced tough competition, to wiggle out a space for herself. Even though she had valid reasons to be a doubting cynic from the city, she just comes across as a sourpuss amidst the all pervasive goodness.
I like the book with the little suspense bit on the side, but not something
Jacqueline J
Wow I just read this and I came to review it only to find out I’ve read it before! I had absolutely no memory of it. And it was just as crappy the second time as it evidently was the first.November 2020

I read a later volume in this series and liked it really well but this one just didn't work for me. Too hokey I think. The girl was TSTL also. I did like that the hero was supersized. I felt like a lot of elements that I like were there but the writing was just meh. Still this is an early work by
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe-for-me, cowboys
3-3.5 stars

This was a very sweet story. The baby was adorable. Unfortunately, he was barely in the story after 50%. But the beginning was great!

This is more a story about trying to keep safe from a very bad man than anything else. The heroine is seriously messed up from a terrible childhood so she is not looking for "love" and the hero just wants to keep her and the baby safe so he is kind of oblivious. This is clearly the introduction of a series because you get to know most of the Brand kids.
Debbie Oxier
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this story mainly because of the hero. He was a sheriff, a cowboy and a cut above other men when it came to his size, his strength and his demeanor. Known as the Gentle Giant, he was perfect for Chelsea, who had been abused by her father as a child and swore she'd never love any man. How could she resist someone like Garrett? He was tender, gentle and a bit naive when it came to romancing a woman. Fortunately, his little sister was all too willing to help in that respect. She even wrote ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

The Littlest Cowboy is set in Texas and involves a family - all grown up now and overseen by the eldest Garrett. It is the first in what is a series of books about the various members of the family. While it didn't drag me into wanting to read any more of the books it was a pleasant enough read.

Garret is a fine upstanding man, his brothers Elliot and Wes are fascinating in themselves and the one girl in the family is good hearted. When a baby turns up on the door step it provides all kind of fun
Deserie williams
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Sweet safe story. Although it wasn't the best and at times I kind of lost interest I'm glad I stuck it out. Garrett was such a sweet gentle giant:DI loved all the brands and will read
their books(hopefully there safe)!
Melissa Levine
This was a cute story overall. I can safely say that I wasn't really a fan of Chelsea though, she just seemed overly stupid in my opinion. There were several times throughout the story where she either did or said something that just left me wanting to smack her. I'll list them below.

First example of Chelsea being stupid:
When she finds Garrett's name, what in the world made her think that her sister would have left his information directing Chelsea to her nephew, if Garrett was the bad guy?

Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Predictable? Yes.
Enjoyable? Yes.
Well written plot? Yes
Characters that were both realistic, adult, and believable? Yes.
A real western with good guys? YES
And bad guys? Yes.

Do characters seem to reappear in other books about the Brand family of Quinn, TX? Yes.

Would I read more by Ms Shayne? YES! YES!

Maggie Shayne has become a favorite author of mine this year. I decided to pick up a couple of books to read over the holiday and this just so happened to be one of them.

I thought the story was well-written and transitioned well to the end. This Brand brood of characters make for a delightful bunch of siblings and had me smiling more than once throughout the story.

It was a good comfort read and I enjoyed very much.

~Mindy Lynn~
Freebie 6/6/17
J.d. Egan
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The first installment from the Texas Brands series used a very cliched and typical storylines. But this was written in the early 90s so I'd say it's forgivable? You decide. What made me want to read this though was the synopsis and the overly cute baby boy in the cover image who was left by his mom at the Brands' doorstep to be in the care of his very shell-shocked father, Garrett, who was dead sure the boy wasn't his and who also happened to be the town's sheriff. It piqued my curiousity on how ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garret Brand has had a lifetime of being responsible so when he finds a baby on his doorstep along with a note stating that the baby is his, he knows for a fact that something fishy is going on because there is no way that he is anyone’s daddy. His younger brothers and sister are not so easy to believe him though. Being the town Sherriff has its advantages though and he will get some answers first thing Tuesday morning. He only has to harden his heart for the long three day weekend.

When Chelsea
Paula Legate
This book is one of my all time favorites. It had suspense, action, romance, humor, and was very emotional in places.

Shortly after Chelsea found out her sister died, and identified the body, she found out where her nephew was. Chelsea was sure the man that had him, was responsible for her sister's death. She rang the door bell, and once she saw the face of a man she threw the first punch, and asked questions later. I enjoyed her take action personality in this story.

I loved Garrett, and his o
~3.5 stars~

I've had this book on my kindle for the longest time and just got around to reading it. It was offered as a freebie on amazon, which is always a nice gesture. This read was sweet and simple. I didn’t really feel any "suspense" when reading this but it was still a cute and light romance. Not a lot of drama and definitely a safe read. No OM or OW.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great find

I got this as a free book on Amazon and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to find the time to read more about this family!!! My only draw back was I wish they would have interaction with the baby
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-ebooks
Very cute enjoyable light read.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A romance and mystery.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I enjoyed this sweet read so much! With the Littlest Cowboy you'll just get a sweet romance that gives you a hint at the passion but doesn't go into too much detail, lots of feels and a few laughs.

Garrett is the best hero - raised his siblings with love and patience, hard working, and self-aware. He knows he's a big guy and that his size can be intimidating to a woman that has had her own past traumas, so he's very careful to be kind and gentle. He loves babies and he's
Sharing My
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a bunch of hot cowboy brothers?!

I loved Garrett and Chelsea 's story! I loved how stubborn they both were. Chelsea was determined not to let a man into her heart, but Garrett knew she was meant for him. Little Ethan was adorable. It was clear that Garrett and his brothers would do anything to protect the baby that was placed in their care. Chelsea quickly grew attached to Ethan as well and vowed he would not grow up like she did. They all loved Ethan, but could they protect him
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-cowboys
I wanted to punch this woman. I finished the book, but want those couple of hours of my life back. Ugh.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
First of a two-book freebie for the kindle... thought it would be a fun holiday read for winter break - kind of like a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie. It was pretty terrible. Only stuck with it because I committed to the reading challenge this year.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read, romance
When Garrett Brand, town sheriff in Quinn, Texas, hears a noise, he is astonished to find a baby in a basket on his ranch doorstep. Even more amazing is that the note indicates that the baby has been named Ethan after him, which puts him up for ridicule from his brothers and sister. But while he knows he is not the father of this six month old baby, he soon falls under his spell and is determined not to turn him over to social services but conduct his own investigation. Shortly thereafter a fire ...more
Shelle Perry
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sheriff Garrett Brand wakes up to a baby on his doorstep and note that says its his. Having raised his younger siblings on his own, he is no stranger to have young ones around the house, but this little one’s mama is in trouble.

Chelsea, grew up in home filled with violence. It is a past her sister hadn’t escaped. As Chelsea identifies her sister’s dead body, she once again is certain that she will never allow a man to have control over her life. She wants to find her sister’s son and make his fa
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
Book provided by free book on Amazon
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I picked up this book shortly after we featured Maggie Shayne on the blog as part of our anniversary celebration. I’d read some of her paranormals, but never one of her contemporaries. Since I enjoy westerns from time to time and I was in the mood for something mid-length, I pulled this read off my e-reader shelf. And let me say, this was an enjoyable read.

The blurb gives the run down of the plot, so
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Littlest Cowboy starts out with Garrett Brand being woken up by a sound. He is the sheriff of a small town in Texas so he he goes to investigate the noise with his gun drawn. What a surprise when the "noise" is a baby on his doorstep with a note saying he was the baby's father. Garrett knows this can't be his child but cares for the child anyway. He lives on a ranch with his 3 brothers and sister so they help out, however, they have no experience with babies so are not a lot of help. In the ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for a plot that involves a baby and a cute book cover. In the "Littlest Cowboy," Sheriff Garrett Ethan Brand has never wanted any kids especially after having to step in at the age of eighteen to raise his five other siblings after his parents were killed. So, when a baby suddenly landed on his doorstep he was surely going to call social services as quickly as his fingers could dial the number until he realized that it was the weekend and Monday wa ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve been a fan of Maggie Shayne for a while, but somehow I’ve missed all her earlier work. I started reading her Portal series and since then she has found a permanent spot on my TBR list. To be honest, I didn’t even know that she had written a Cowboy Romance until this cute little cover popped up on my TL.

If you’re a frequent visitor to my blog, you know that Contemporary Romance isn’t my ‘go-to’ genre, but I do enjoy a little diversion from time to time and that’s exactly what I where I would
The Littlest Cowboy arrives on the door step of the Brand ranch house one early morning with a note stating he is Garrett Ethan Brand, the son of the eldest Brand brother. Garrett Brand is the local sheriff, runs the Brand ranch for the family and took over raising his siblings when their parents were killed but he did not father this child. He is sure of that. Ethan as the baby is called soon captures the hearts of all the Brand siblings.

Chelsea comes to Texas at the request of the Texas Ranger
Bev Walkling
I am not a big fan of Western romances, but I am a big fan of Maggie Shayne so when I saw this was being offered as a free book by Amazon I grabbed it up (thanks to Book Bub for the recommend). It is the second book I have read in the Brand family series. The book is more than just a romance too. It also involves murder and women with a past history of severe abuse. These might be triggers for some readers. The Brand family have their own history of tragedy which has pulled them together althoug ...more
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