Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby and A SEAL Wolf Christmas

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on new releases from two of my favorite authors in series I enjoy following.

Both books have a Christmas theme, but can be enjoyed anytime of the year. What better way to enjoy the holiday season than to give these delightful books as stocking stuffers.

9781402280498Author Carolyn Brown’s books should come with a warning label. It should caution that once you begin reading, you’ll lose all track of time being absorbed into the story so you can’t put it down.

With each new book I have a general idea of how the story will end. However, it’s the fun of getting to the end of the story I enjoy. Plus, Brown has an amusing way of slipping twists and turns in along the way that I didn’t see coming.

Ranch owner Lucas Allen never expected to find a girlfriend while serving as a National Guardsman in Kuwait. But it turns out he did and she is the best friend of his buddy and they met over the internet. Despite the miles apart, Lucas knows there’s something extra special about Natalie Drew.

Lucas is returning home and Natalie is scheduled to visit. But when Lucas arrives home early, he finds Natalie already there and she has a surprise she forgot to mention to him during the year they’ve been dating online – she has a baby. It seems Lucas has a few surprises of his own that might not set too well with Natalie either.

As the two try to work through their problems, they have some help from family and friends. Love discovered online may not be strong enough to withstand the ups and downs of real life. 

Brown’s characters are well-developed, likable and so realistic you’d swear some are based on people you know. Brown gives them strength and courage, but also flaws and problems readers can relate to.

The setting has a ‘down home country’ appeal. You feel the warmth of family and friendship through Brown’s words and the actions of her characters. For a well-blended story, Brown spices it up with a tantalizing romance and laugh out-loud humor.

THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS BABY is the second installment in Brown’s Cowboys and Brides series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This is a light-hearted, feel-good romance that is a delight to read. Can’t wait to see what Brown has planned for the rest of the series.

Author Carolyn Brown’s website is

The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown, Book 2 in the Cowboys and Brides series, Sourcebooks Casablanca, @2013, ISBN: 978-1402280498, Paperback, 352 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


9781402284083I know every time I pick up one of author Terry Spear’s books, I will soon be believing the unbelievable. 

Spear has a magical way of weaving a tale of paranormal shape shifting werewolves that seems like the most normal thing. She blends her story with sizzling romance, suspense, military intrigue and touches of humor for a well-balanced read.

Featuring a group of Navy SEALs who can also shift into wolves, Spear adds in holiday cheer for a fun read. Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson and undercover operative Anna Johnson, both gray wolves, have to pretend to be newlyweds preparing for the holidays while investigating a fellow SEAL’s murder at a Christmas tree farm. Since both dread the holidays, Bjornolf and Anna don’t mind working. Appearing to be a happy couple, however may be more difficult than they anticipated. 

While other couples are finding stolen kisses under the mistletoe, Bjornolf and Anna find danger. Their passion heats up and so does their mission. 

The characters are likable and well-developed. The setting draws you in and holds you captivate until the end. This is the 12th installment in Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series, but can be read on its own.

Spear’s extensive research and eye for detail brings this tantalizing tale to life. Readers can escape to a world of amazing characters and intriguing adventure in A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS.

Author Terry Spear’s website is

A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear, Book 12 in the Heart of the Wolf series, Sourcebooks Casablanca, @2013, ISBN: 978-1402284083, Paperback, 320 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. What series are you currently following? Have you read a story recently that you wished was a series?


  1. Mason - Two books with both romance and holiday themes? 'Tis the season indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I don't think I'd get much sleep with either of these on my nightstand . . . They look like they could be the same guy.

  3. These both sound great. The Navy Seal wolf shifters - wow, that is a cool premise!


I'd love to hear your thoughts on today's post. Thanks for dropping by.