Cowboy for the Holidays, 2
For fifteen years Carson MacDonald has been thinking about the woman who vanished from his life without a trace. Working his family ranch has kept his days busy but his nights are too long and empty without her there. Carson never forgot his first and only love, no matter how much he tried.
Jennifer MacElroy did what was needed to do to survive after having her heart broken. But fate is a fickle thing and she’s forced back to her birthplace to take part in training for her newest movie role. Unfortunately it’s on Carson’s ranch. If she’s lucky the new persona she’s taken on as Monica will help her fly under the radar. What she hadn’t counted on was her daughter.
A few hints, a couple of clues, and these two are facing off once more. Will they get beyond past hurts or will they lose one another again?
Throwing his truck into Park, he sat for a long time staring over the manicured lawns. Neatly trimmed hedges lined the roadway, flowers followed the paths, and giant trees created interesting patterns of light over everything.
Slowly, he turned off the engine and pocketed his keys. Grabbing the bundle from the passenger seat and his Stetson from the dash, he slid out into the cool morning air. Pushing the hat onto his head, he took a breath as he locked up the truck.
He walked slowly along the path and paused when he reached his destination. Clearing his throat, he swallowed a couple of times before he felt comfortable enough to begin.
“Hi Mom,” he said quietly. “I know it’s been awhile, and for that, I’m sorry. The ranch has been pretty busy already this year, but I’m sure you remember how that goes. Too much to do in too few hours of every day.”
Rubbing at the bridge of his nose as birds chirped in a nearby tree, he shifted on his feet. “Had to hire a couple more hands and from the way things look, I’ll be getting a couple more come June. Bev called the other day,” he said, mentioning his younger sister, a major pain in his ass. “She said to tell you hello and to let you know that she and Mark were thinking of you.” His sister’s husband never particularly liked his mother-in-law, but he did respect her for raising a strong, independent daughter.
“Both her rugrats are getting big, so she says, though I won’t be able to see for myself until the end of summer, when they come down from New York to visit. Talked to them both briefly, though, and it sounds like Moira has a boyfriend. Yeah, I know she’s only seven and we all know how well those last at that age, but she’s pretty excited. Mark definitely is not happy about it, even if Bev tells him it’s just a puppy crush. He still thinks he needs to have words with the boy.”
Grinning, he shook his head and then spoke about his nephew, Collin. “Collin’s getting all A’s again this year and doing well on the wrestling team. Bev says he’s a scrapper and, while he’s still gangly at ten, he’s got some solid technique happening. They’re planning a trip down to Florida once school is out to visit with Dad. I told them that if I can manage it, I’ll slip away for a couple of days to meet them there for some fun in the sun. But we all know how hard that can be.” Especially with his old man having found a new woman to share his life with. Not exactly how he wanted to spend his time, watching his old man make the moves on a younger woman. Or spend too much time with his sister, who would bug him nearly nonstop about his life and the fact that he didn’t call and relay all to her as he was apparently supposed to do. But seeing the kids was really why he wanted to go, since he missed his niece and nephew.
“Anyway, I just wanted to come by and say hey. I know I’m a little early, but Mother’s Day falls on a cattle buy day this year. I know, they should know better. But I’ll come back on your birthday too and bring you something a little more special, as well. I promise you’ll like it and no, it won’t be expensive. I know how you always hated us blowing our hard-earned money on you.” She’d always insisted that both he and his sister make her a gift each year.--something from their hearts to her,something they thought she’d like, and she always did, no matter how butt-ugly it had been.
Crouching, he lay the bouquet down gently. “Happy Mother’s Day, Momma,” he whispered. Pressing his hand to the cold stone that marked her final resting place, Carson bowed his head and let out a shuddering breath. Sixteen years and it never got easier but still he came each and every Mother’s Day and birthday. “I love you, Momma,” he managed to get out around the lump in his throat.
Posted by Isis on 4th Jul 2014
A Cowboy for Mom by Honor James is a cute contemporary cowboy romance that I enjoyed a lot. It is one of those parent trap type stories. A Cowboy for Mom is about old flames becoming new flames and rekindling the love that never really burned out. A Cowboy for Mom is one book in the Cowboy for the Holidays series and I am looking forward to reading the other book in the series. I hope that she will write more in this series as well. A Cowboy for Mom is Carson and Jennifer’s story.
Jennifer has always loved Carson her high school sweetheart but she hasn’t seen him in years. She left and made a life for herself and her daughter years ago. She has done really well for them as well. She enjoys the life that she and her daughter have but she can’t help and think of how things could have been. When her latest movie wants her to do some training she isn’t thrilled when she finds out it will all be at Carson’s ranch. She also isn’t thrilled when her daughter starts asking more questions about her father. The moment she sees him she knows that the feelings she has had for years would never go away. The more time she is there the more her daughter meddles and the more likely it is that she will lose her heart and get hurt all over again. When she learns the truth about her past will it make a difference for their future? Or will she go back to the life she has created for her and her daughter?
Carson has never forgotten the girl that broke his heart. He has never been able to love anyone the way he did her. He couldn’t understand why she up and left him when and he still doesn’t now. He keeps himself busy with his ranch it keeps him from going crazy wondering about what happened and what could have been. When his ranch is going to be used by a popular actress he isn’t sure what to think of the situation. What he does know is that there is something familiar about the actress but he can’t quite put his finger on it. Then her daughter begins to ask him all sorts of questions that get him thinking about Jennifer and how she broke his heart all over again. When he finally realizes that the actress is Jennifer his life is turned upside down again especially since he also finds out that her daughter is also his. Can they come back together and become the family that they were always meant to be? Or will his heart be broken all over again?
A Cowboy for Mom was a nice quick and easy read. I enjoyed watching Carson and Jennifer come back into each other’s lives again. I liked watching Carson realize who she really was and his reaction to finding out he had a daughter. I also liked it when the truth of what happen all those years ago came to light. I would have felt robbed if anything like that had happened to me. I liked Jennifer because she wasn’t the type of girl who would wallow in self-pity when her heart was broken. She got out there and made things happen for herself and her daughter. She made something good come out of a bad situation. I liked Carson as well because he was a hardworking man and he truly loved Jennifer. He was willing to do anything to ensure that she was happy. I would recommend A Cowboy for Mom to anyone who enjoys a contemporary cowboy romance.
Posted by Susan Coleman on 16th Apr 2014
I loved this book. I read this one before the first one and I wasn't lost or confused. The first book was terrific too. I've read other of this authors books and I think that these short books are her best works yet.
Posted by Hannah on 13th Apr 2014
What a great second book for this holiday series. I enjoyed this read a great deal. I look forward to reading the next book from Ms. James and see what her wickedly wild mind comes up with next.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Apr 2014
This storyline was a great one! Carson and Jennifer were together 15 years ago and through circumstances and deceits they were torn apart. Now Jennifer is sent back to Carson's ranch for work purposes and she has a little surprise for him. I loved the characters and how they worked well together. Definitely a great series to read and I'm looking forward to reading more from this series!