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A True Cowboy Christmas

(Cold River Ranch #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  284 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the f
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
A True Cowboy Christmas is book one in the Cold River Ranch series by Caitlin Crews. This is my very first book by Caitlin. I have such a weakness for cowboy heroes and combine that with Christmas and I’m in. Plus there is this cover to consider. I could gaze at it all day.

Yall have a wonderful evening

Gray Everett is thirty eight years old and is the oldest of three brothers who were born and raised on the Cold River Ranch by a father that poisoned them with his drunken ravings and terrible temper. Gray is the single parent
Debbie Oliphant
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I love holidays stories and this was my first this year. This author was new to me and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this. I have to admit, the first 10% of the book threw me because of the proposal, but this author took her time peeling the layers of the characters which really made this a thoughtful story.

Gray and Abby are neighbors who suddenly decide to get married. Abby has loved Gray her entire life so the decision to jum
A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

As Gray buries his cold, hard hearted father, he vows to embrace the land that is his heritage and avoid becoming the bitter, hateful man his father was.

To that end, he approaches Abby Douglas, a woman who has a heart of gold, and is the polar opposite of his former wife, with a sudden marriage proposal.

Initially insulted by Gray’s version of marriage, eventually he convinces Abby to give it a try. But, once the
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know it's early to be reading Christmas romances, and I wasn't trying to get in the spirit or anything, but this book was beautiful.

Gray is the perfect cowboy. I love when authors get a character just right and he's everything I expected. Gray is a brooding alpha male who is set in his ways. His father has just died and left the ranch to his 3 sons. Gray is the only one interested in working the land. It's what he has always done. He has a daughter and would like a wife to help with life. He
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews is the first book in the contemporary romance Cold River Ranch series. The story is told by switching the point of view between the two lead characters in the book and takes place at the holiday season.

Gray Everett has just buried his angry and abusive father and isn’t mourning him in the least but for Gray all he wants is to not turn into him. Gray’s father had left the family ranch to him and his brothers but Gray had always been the one interested in r
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This marriage of convenience story could have easily fallen into the “two backstories fall in love” category. Thankfully it didn’t.

Heroine is a 30 year-old virgin barista who has crushed on the hero since she was five years-old. Her absentee mother is toxic to heroine’s self-esteem. Fortunately, heroine was raised by her practical grandmother.

Hero is a 38 year-old rancher with a 15 year-old daughter and a now-dead cheating first wife. He has been celibate for ten years since his hands were full
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This book... Gah! Chef's kiss!

No, but seriously, such a pleasant surprise, that book came on my radar after the spin-off upcoming release coming this December, Secret Nights with a Cowboy , came up on my twitter timeline. I thought I'd try on one of the author's cowboys for size until then.
I'm so glad I picked up A true Christmas Cowboy, it was the perfect story that came at the perfect time for me.

I knew from the blurb that the probabilities I would end up liking
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome love story! My heart is full.
I think I was just a few chapters into this book and I realized it was going to be a winner. I fell in love with Gray’s character and I was all in at that point.

Then as the author wove this beautiful story and we got to know Abby as well, I loved this book even more. What a perfect match up these two were for each other.

The further we get into the story the more you realize the intensity Abby feels for Gray and you also realize th
If you dig through the emotional wasteland and the horrendous memories shared by these characters, you will find a hidden gem about discovering that special Christmas spirit wrapped in love and family and the promise of a wonderful future!

A TRUE COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Caitlin Crews has some pretty brittle edges that must be worn down, but sometimes the most unlikely of relationships become exactly the healing medicine someone needs. What better time for a miracle-of-the-heart than Christmas?

Abby ha
A True Cowboy Christmas isn’t one of your typical feel good Christmas reads. Its has a cast filled with emotionally scarred individuals which made for some pretty intense and emotionally jarring situations. Crews fills the pages with words that bring the character’s heart break vividly across to the reader, striking the emotional cord that makes written words jump off the pages and straight into your heart. Don’t get me wrong, the HEA we all love slowly arrives, but holy cow does Crews make us w ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the cowboy romance for characters that have not had a healthy mental upbringing. The Everett brothers have just buried their father and breathe a sigh of relief. Gray Everett who sees himself coming off with traits of his angry abusive father; seeks the gal next door for marriage. Abby Douglas has had her own family dramas and lived with loving the unattainable Gray almost her entire life. This reminds me of a series I LOVE by Kate Pearce and her Morgan Brothers. Great brooding Everett brot ...more
ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 3.5

New Series my Caitlin Crews, based on small town.

We open with Gray Everett at the site of a funeral, his fathers. Not the nicest man, in fact a mean drunk pretty much. The ranch is now his and his two brothers. Gray has a teen daughter to raise. And is now reflecting on his life, realizing changes need to take place. He decides he needs a wife, someone loyal, stable and aware of the ranch life. His two
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A True Cowboy Christmas was a fantastic read featuring a modern marriage of convenience that doesn’t go quite how our hero planned.

Gray Everett is devoted to the family land and is determined to ensure the family’s legacy continues. With his two brothers pushing Gray to sell the land now that their father has died, Gray must work harder than ever to keep the land he’s worked his entire life while still managing to give his daughter a good life. Enter Abby Douglas, Gray’s longtime neighbor and th
This was a Christmas story of self-discovery for the main characters, Abby and Gray. Long-time neighbors in a remote Coloradoan mountain valley. Abby has been infatuated with Gray since she was a child;she never dated and has worked for many years in the local coffee shop as the manager, while being raised by her grandparents due to an absentee mother. Gray, the local cattle rancher, has been in a “living hell” with his father, Amos, since he was young, with rarely a mother figure in the pictur ...more
Maria Rose
A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews is a sweet start to her new Cold River Ranch series, with a modern day marriage of convenience romance set during the fall and winter holidays in rural Colorado.

When Gray Everett’s miserable, alcoholic father died, he left the Cold River Ranch to Gray and his two brothers, Brady and Ty. Unlike his brothers, Gray has no intention of leaving his home, and with the advent of his father’s death, he takes stock of what is missing in his life and determines tha
T. Rosado

Update: Jan. 7, 2020: 5+ Stars

While currently reading the 3rd book in the Cold River Ranch series, I felt compelled to go back and read some of this first book which was a 5 star top read from 2018. What was supposed to be a short jaunt into some of my favorite scenes ended up being my morning and nearly the whole book. Sometimes, re-reading a favorite book can ruin the delight of the first time, but I can safely say that I still love this story and what I find to be the perfect writing style to
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Everett men don't have the best reputation in town. When Amos Everett died, no one was sad for the mean, bitter and spiteful drunk. What Gray, the oldest son, is angry about, is the fact the old man left Cold River Ranch to the three brothers, while Gray is the only one who stayed and kept the business running. And one of his sibling wants to sell it. But it's all Gray know, and what really make him happy, no matter the hard work it brings.

A thirty-eight-year old widow with a fifteen-year o
Robin Loves Reading
In the first book of this trilogy by Caitlin Crews, Gray Everett must work along with his brothers in order to keep their cattle ranch. The ranch is threatened by investors eager to take the property from them. Gray, Ty and Brady have previously gone down different paths and now working together is certain to present quite a challenge. It has been years since they have been around one another and they each bear the heavy weight of resentment.

The holidays are close and Gray is trying to the best
4.5 stars audio
4 somewhat annoying cheesy old fashioned stars story.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This is an unrequited love/marriage of convenience trope with a modern twist.

After one failed marriage made for all the wrong reasons, Gray decides it times to try again. This time for all the right reasons and no, that isn't love and all the emotional complications it brings. He means practical, fail-proof reasons like companionship and a positive role model for his teenage daughter. Abby is a practical woman, she understands family loyalty, shares a love for the land and their small town life
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin Crews’s A True Cowboy Christmas is one of the most convincing contemporary marriage-of-convenience romances I’ve read … and so many other things. It opens with the hero’s father’s funeral. Gray Everett, however, is not mourning his father, but afraid of ending up like him. Gray introduces us to the family with: “Everetts historically lived mean and more than a little feral … tended to nurse the bottle or wield their piety like a weapon, spending their days alone and angry.” Gray’s Colora ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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First of all, I'd like to say this photo of this man does not even resemble to Gray in the novel! Just sayin'!

Moving on..The beginning starts with Gray and his brothers burying their deceased abusive father on their Colorado property. Gary is one of those hardcore cowboys\ranchers type. Gary wonders about his life and how to save the land when he happens to glance up and sees his neighbor standing in his doorway and an idea forms.

Abby has been in love with Gary since forever. She's a hard worker
It was long, slow paced and low-angsty unlike I've expected and generally liked but at the end, it made me cry, so the rating. :)
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Back to back gems from Caitlin Crews! I recently finished Unleashed (out October 1st) and loved it a lot, and I love this one just as much.

[TW: emotional abuse, abusive parents]

So the story opened with our hero Gray's father dying. His father wasn't a nice person (in fact, he was the Absolute Worst), but his death still made Gray rethink a few things about his life as one sometimes does when faced with death, among them being the fact that he was raising his daughter alone. Surely a fifteen-year
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5 Stars.....
Loved this book so much! A very well written novel with great characters.

I knew from the first chapter this book would be a breath of fresh air. And I was not disappointed in my assumption. First I'll say that this was my first book by Caitlin Crews. I really loved everything about her writing style. Her descriptive monologues and scenes brought me right there to those Colorado mountains. I will add that this book is heavy on monologue. I would have like to read more dialogue from o
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Gray Everett buries his father and immediately gets into an argument with his two younger brothers. They’ve both left the family ranch years ago while Gray has stayed and worked the land, securing the property for future generations of Everetts. But their cantankerous – okay, just plain mean and ornery – father left the property to the three boys, and Gray’s brothers want to sell to a big real estate developer and take the cash. So, Gray decides he needs a wife who will help him run the ranch, r ...more
Donna Repsher
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A True Cowboy Christmas is the first novel in Caitlin Crews' Cold River Ranch series, and if you're looking for the average, run of the mill, sweet and wholesome Christmas story you're in for quite a surprise--because this exceptional novel is a far cry from the usual Hallmark Christmas story, in many ways it reminded me of one of my favorite novels, Jane Eyre, and I absolutely loved it. It gets 5-stars from this reader.

The novel opens at the funeral of Gray Everett's drunken, abusive father, Am
Susan (susayq ~)
This was deep. And dark. And made my heart hurt. Gray and Abby have LOTS, and I mean LOTS, of baggage that they bring into their relationship. Watching them work through it made me happy and restored my faith in happy endings :) Just so you know, Gray way of making it right with Abby was AWESOME. Honestly, he was swoony all through the book. His dark and brooding made him even hotter.

I'm anxious to get to the stories of Gray's brothers and I am soooo curious about what went on with Abby's friend
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary

Nice and very old fashioned CR. If you like your characters angsty this one is for you!

Still I wanter repeatedly to smack both Grey and Abby! Grey because he just couldn't get into his thick head that he is NOT his father and Abby because she just couldn't tell her mother to fuck off!
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