Overall I enjoyed my time in Painted Barrel, Caleb and Amy were cute (and hot) together in this Christmas themed romance.
Caleb Watson has been crushing on elementary school teacher Amy Mckinney ever since he saw her. She’s oblivious to his feelings–probably because he’s never said a word to her. But when he learns Amy’s going to be Mrs. Claus in the local Christmas celebration, he volunteers to be Santa so he’ll finally have the chance to introduce himself. Even more than that, he’ll use this opportunity to shower her with presents.
Amy’s been receiving all kinds of Secret Santa gifts at work — and she has no idea who her secret admirer is. She wishes he’d make himself known so they can go on a date, though, because being a newcomer in close-knit Painted Barrel, Wyoming, is pretty lonely. When her flaky landlord claims he’s the gift giver…it’s not quite the bachelor Amy had in mind. However, she’s doubly shocked when gruff newcomer Caleb Watson crashes her date and insists he’s really the one leaving her presents.
Amy’s not sure what to think. Caleb’s never indicated that he likes her, much less wants to date. Can he prove to Amy he’s not just the perfect Santa to her Mrs. Claus, but the man of her dreams?
Author : Jessica Clare
Title : Her christmas Cowboy
Series : The Wyoming Cowboys Series
Number of pages : 320
Publisher : Berkley
Release Date : October 13th, 2020
Genre : Contemporary Romance
I started this a hundred percent excited about the premise, a strong, bearded and brawny cowboy getting totally tongue-tied around the small town’s school teacher? Yes please! So much so he finds himself agreeing to be part of the school Christmas carnival in full Santa cosplay with Amy, the school teacher as his Mrs. Santa? Bring it!
Admittedly the whole setup was super cute, if you’re into that kind of thing. I especially enjoyed witnessing Calebtrying to get the teacher’s attention, going to his brothers—as inadequate when it comes to dating as he is— for advice was fun and endearing. Caleb is the epitome of the strong silent type, he is a great listener, has an equally protective and caring streak and is a thoughtful gift giver, alas, he is prone to lose any composure next to this woman he’s having a major crush on. For all his eagerness to please and woo Amy, the man is pretty much a vault about his emotions, which makes all his gestures and attempts at flirting awkward and misconceived. It was both endearing and painful to watch! Poor Caleb!
Sadly I had a hard time with the heroine’s perpetual need to be rescued and naive act. Fresh out from an abusive relationship, Amy is starting things up anew in Painted Barrelas the elementary school teacher. I couldn’t warm up to her constant state of disarray. Her neverending struggles to find her footing was a bit of a turn-off for me, I wish she had been more resourceful, less clueless and less dependent of Caleb somehow.
Overall I enjoyed my time in Painted Barrel Caleb and Amy were cute (and hot) together in this Christmas themed romance. I’m very much looking forward to read about the third brother, Jack, the lady’s man. 😉
After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.