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Lone Star Christmas

(Coldwater Texas #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A family crisis brings him home...

Just in time for Christmas

Cattleman Callen Laramie has no intention of returning to his hometown of Coldwater, Texas, until a Christmas wedding and a family secret convince him he has no choice. And when he's reunited with his childhood crush, the girl who'd always been off-limits, Callen knows leaving might not be so easy this time.

Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Hqn
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DJ Sakata
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It was Gopher Tate, and he threw open his heavily lined raincoat to flash her. He had a blue bow tied around his wrinkly junk that was covered by a pair of whities that weren’t so tight. They were at least three sizes too big, and the elastic in the waist was shot… Shelby gave him a glare that was colder than the sleet pelting his thinly covered privates. “Close your coat, Gopher, before you have to explain to the ER folks why you got frostbite on your wanger.”

She was reasonably
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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LONE STAR CHRISTMAS (A Coldwater Texas Novel #1) by Delores Fossen is a holiday contemporary romance that has the perfect blend of laughter, tears, family and romance. This is the start of a new series featuring the Laramie brothers and the small town of Coldwater, Texas.

Buck McCall has taken in difficult to place foster kids onto his ranch with the help of his housekeeper, Rosy for decades. They are going to finally marry and Buc
Kayla Brunson
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, arc
This was a good start to my Christmas cowboy romances! I adore Delores Fossen's books so I was excited about this one. This book made me laugh and also it has some pretty steamy scenes for our two main characters.

The secondary characters really stole the show for me. I loved Lucy and Mateo and wanted the best for them, I couldn't wait for Buck and Rosy to get married, and I especially loved seeing all the Laramie brothers connect again. 

Now I'm not saying that I didn't like the romance. I really
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lone star Christmas Delores Fossen
Five stars
I was sent this book for a fair and honest review.
Callen Laramie has had a tough past, he and his brothers were in the foster system where they all still have their demons to put to rest. Finally they were placed with Buck Mcall. The man was great but the memories were too hard and when he was 18 Callen packed his bags and moved. He left his past in his reviewer mirror and never looked back.

Now it’s fourteen years later, and he’s a hot shot cattle
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who in their right mind sends a wedding invitation for a Christmas Eve wedding decorated with a stuffed armadillo wearing a bridal veil, draped in gold tinsel and carrying a bouquet of poinsettias? Callen Laramie isn't surprised to see the wedding invitation was sent by Rosy Muldoon inviting him to her wedding to Buck McCall, Callen's foster father, but the wedding is to take place in Coldwater, Texas. "No way" is Callen's first thought. He left Coldwater eighteen years ago and has no intention ...more
Julie Miller
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As usual, there were several laughs as I read this contemporary holiday romance. Ms. Fossen fills her HQNs with quirky characters and uniquew situations. This one, I felt, had more touching moments, as well. At the core of the story is the impact of good parenting. Buck, the elder statesman of this story, is the true hero, imo. Besides his daughter Shelby (the heroine), he has opened his ranch and his heart to many foster children over the years. Now that he is in trouble with his health, those ...more
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

It seems I've been on a Christmas reading roll. They Christmas season isn't even here and I've already read more then ten holiday books. Crazy right! If I had wanted to find this many to read during the holidays I wouldn't be able to.

I will say I've been enjoying reading them. They have really help put me in the mood for buying new Christmas decorations and doing my holiday crafts.

Today I'm reviewing Lone Star Chr
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Lone Star Christmas" was a sweet holiday novel about all the things we do for family (however we define it). Callen left home- his final foster home- when he came of age and hasn't looked in the rear view mirror since. He's now a successful businessman in Dallas, where his assistant/secretary, Havana, fondly refers to him as Scrooge. However, when he receives a wedding invitation for Christmas Eve with a personal note on it, he knows his comfortable life is about to change.

While he initially pl
Jess Lawson
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lone Star Christmas by Delores Fossen is FABULOUS! I absolutely enjoyed this second chance story about Callen and Shelby. Coldwater Texas is such a lovely place to visit. Callen had a major chip on his shoulder and needed a reminder of what was important and who would always be there for him. I am so glad I got to read this book it was really a blessing to see the way this family came together!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lone Star Christmas is Delores Fossen at her best! Get ready to saddle up with the sexy Laramie Brothers. Up first Callen, with those hot looks that man can melt a snow glacier 50 miles away.

Callen is one of Buck McCall's foster kids. The Laramie Boys came to Buck's foster home {a last placement for hard to place kids}. After receiving a wedding invitation for Buck and Rosy's wedding and a mysterious visit from Shelby McCall which carried bad news about her dads health, Callen found himself driv
Donna Repsher
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I would ever find a novel that went from the horrors of child abuse, to attraction, broken engagements, cancer, foster children, a flasher, a mooner, and a wedding complete with a shower of sequins and a stuffed armadillo named Billy, and sheer and utter zaniness, which made me laugh out loud one minute and cry the next, and utterly charmed me, but Delores Fossen managed to fit all of the above into one incredibly heartwarming Christmas story, and I absolutely loved every minute ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2018, kindle
Lone Star Christmas is the first in a new series set in the small town of Coldwater, Texas. This is Callen and Shelby's story. Callen hasn't been home since he left in his beat-up truck years before. He intends to never go back until he finds out something might be wrong with his foster father, Buck. Shelby was the girl who was off limits, but now they are adults. Can she convince him to come home for good?

I thoroughly enjoyed this romance. It was cute, funny and emotional all at the same time.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
This was such a cute, quirky, and hilarious western holiday romance! I loved immersing myself in the small town of Coldwater and getting to know all its quirky and lovable characters.

Lone Star Christmas is my first Delores Fossen book and certainly not my last! I'm definitely keeping an eye out for the future books in this series. Similarly to her characters, Ms. Flossen's writing style is cute and quirky, perfectly in sync with the tone of the story. Her writing style is comparable to Sandra H
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
[I received a copy from @harlequinpublictyteam for an honest review]

Lone Star Christmas by Delores Fossen is the first book in the Coldwater Texas series. It was a good start to a new series introducing us to a cast of characters I look forward to seeing more of.

Callen Laramie drove away from Coldwater Texas and didn't look back. He had a horrible childhood and even though his foster father Buck saved him and his brothers from the nightmare he needed to distance himself from the past. He has bui
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Lone Star Christmas is the first in a new series set in the small town of Coldwater, Texas. Callen , Laramie hightailed it out of Coldwater when he was 18, never planning to return. When he receives an invitation to the wedding of Buck, his foster father and his longtime girlfriend Rosy, Callen declines. When he gets a call from Shelby, Jake's daughter, he decides to head to Coldwater to find out what is going on. Shelby tells him Jake needs him. He is worried about seeing Shelby again, as he wa ...more
Christie Conlee
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Laramie brothers have arrived! Delores Fossen is taking us to the small Texas town of Coldwater where there is no shortage of memorable characters. From laugh out loud moments of “Dookie Head” being shouted from car windows to unconventional wedding plans of a pink tulle loving taxidermist, you simply cannot miss out on this ride!

Callen Laramie ran from this town, his tormented past, and his family the day he turned 18. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out. In Dallas, Callen had built Laramie Cattle o
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Callen Larmaire thought he would never step back into the town of Coldwater, TX. When he left at the age of 18, he hadn’t ever really put another thought into it. But when Shelby shows up at his office in Dallas and asks him to return home for her dad, he just couldn’t resist.

Shelby’s dad was his foster father and he feels like he at least owes the man a visit since so many people think he needs his help. But what he finds when he gets to Coldwater, isn’t exactly what he was wishing for. Now tha
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
This book was okay. I liked it enough to read it all the way through but I have to say I didn’t really connect to the characters very much. I wasn’t invested in their story or the advancement of their relationships, even the secondary characters. It feels like I stepped into the middle of a series and should know more about the history of these characters so I’m wondering if maybe this series isn’t a spin-off of another? This is my first time reading this author so I’m not sure.

*Although this t
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i loved it. i love finding great reads at Walmart. picked up 4 Christmas reads and was new to Delores (love that name) Fossen and will make sure to check out more from her asap!! i love her writing style. i would love to know more about this family and i see it is a series. can't wait. love the cover. must read. SOLD! check it out. ( ;
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m dumber for having read this. But not wholly unsatisfied.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific start to the new series, with a steamy romance, fun characters, and a quirky small town. There are secrets to deal with, a wedding to attend, and memories to face. Callen hasn't been back in Coldwater since he left at the age of eighteen. There were too many bad memories, and he was determined to leave them as far behind as he could. He has no intention of ever going back to Coldwater, even when he gets the invitation to his foster father's wedding. It doesn't matter that there is a not ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of Christmas books, especially Christmas romance. I was very happy to be able to review Lone Star Christmas. Lone Star Christmas is a great story with vivid characters and great romance.

Callen Laramie left his hometown of Coldwater Texas when he was eighteen and in the fourteen years since then, he has amassed a fortune in cattle. The sad memories of his childhood have made him never want to return, even though his three brothers still live in Coldwater. His exemplary foster father
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Callen Laramie is a busy business man who lives by himself, until he receives a wedding invitation from his former foster father, Buck, and Buck's longtime girlfriend, Rosy. He plans on just sending his regards and a gift,but then Shelby, Buck's daughter, shows up pleading for him to return. Callen has always lusted after Shelby, since they were teenager's on Buck's ranch, but she was off limits to Callen and his three brothers. Now they are adults and he can hardly resist the lightning storm of ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Well, it's been a little more than a year since I last read a Delores Fossen book. My question to myself is why? Seriously, I have love her books. I guess I needed a Christmas read. Anyway, Lone Star Christmas was pretty good story. Plus, it sets the tone for the rest of the series. In her new series we will be following four brothers who had a rough life until they landed at Buck McCall's home. Now they are all grown up, and Buck has called them home for his wedding. H
Books and Spoons
Lone Star Christmas shot right into my heart. What a delightfully ardent, heartbreakingly tragic, and cheerfully Christmassy story with laugh out loud humor drizzled into the mix to give it spice and cheer, delivering that all- around good feeling you get during the holidays.
Yes, I might have mentioned it many times that this series is my favorite cowboy series and this title just confirmed that top spot in my mind. From laughter to tears to smiles and to sighs to swooning, this story brought u
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Harlequin Publicity Team for sending Lone Star Christmas my way.
Published September 25th 2018 by HQN Books


"A Family Crisis Brings Him Home... Just In Time For Christmas"
Callen Laramie has avoided his hometown, Coldwater, Texas, like the plague. Which hasn't been all that hard for him up until now.

Although being so lucky to grow up in a warm, loving foster home and having a beautiful family. Long ago Cattleman Callen escaped Coldwater, on the search for bigger, better things and n
Sara Strand
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know I've reviewed other books by Delores Fossen on the blog before and I've really enjoyed them so it won't come as a surprise that I'm giving this on a solid 4.5 stars. I'm only knocking it that little bit because Callen kind of comes off as a callous asshole in the beginning and I really hate that romance stereotype in almost every romance. The guy starts as a jerk and gets less jerkish throughout the book. What I really loved? Shelby. Shelby is a take no nonsense kind of gal and when Calle ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Once Callen was of legal age he packed his bags and refused to ever go back. He isn't even interested after getting an invite to his foster fathers wedding. Its when his old foster sister Shelby gets in contact him about her dad's health that he decides to get the bottom of it. He's always had a thing for her but being foster siblings and his baggage it wasn't going to work. Now that he's back he gets hold of a family secret and his foster father wants him to attend a wedding and find a house fo ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Lone Star Christmas is the start of a new series by Fossen and this first book does not follow the pattern she used in previous books. There were no babies or pregnant women and while there were lawmen they were not the central male characters. I liked the change. Using characters who were in the foster care system or who had been in the system highlighted both the good and the bad. Callen Laramie is a product of the bad and then the good. His struggle is to remember the good. Shelby McCall has ...more
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