Cowboy Christmas Jubiless by Dylann Crush (Holiday, Texas #2)
Released: October 30, 2018
Reviewed by Mandi
This is an easy holiday read – not too angsty, not too crazy – just two people who seem like opposites from the outside, falling in love.
Jinx is a bartender who flees her drug-dealing ex, and takes money from him that he owes her. She escapes without him knowing, jumps on her motorcycle and plans to start over in New Orleans. She makes it to Holiday, Texas when her motorcycle breaks down. Guess who finds her on the side of the road? If you said our hero, you are a winner.
Cash is a sheriff’s deputy in Holiday, with a young daughter named Kenzie. His wife abandoned them both years ago, and he is a single dad trying to do his best. He has a large, noisy family who are always there to help. When he sees Jinx on the side of the road, he offers to help her. She has blue hair, one side of her head shaved and many piercings. From first glance, he isn’t sure about her, but he can’t leave her stranded on the side of the road. Jinx takes up as a bartender at his sister’s bar, and ends up becoming very friendly with Cash and his daughter.
Jinx still keeps all her secrets close to her chest. She never shares much about her personal life and can get very defensive if it feels like she is being attacked. Cash’s loud family makes her uncomfortable and she isn’t used to kids, but tries her best with Kenzie. The author takes her time with building up their relationship. Kenize, Cash’s daughter is in the book A LOT. I think she sounded and acted like a second-grader but I got tired of her being in almost every scene. The kid needed to go to sleep away camp or something so that Cash and Jinx could have a moment to them selves! How dare Cash be such an involved father?!
I would have liked a little more courtship between Jinx and Cash. A little less Kenzie and an ending that wasn’t so dramatic. But Jinx and Cash are very likable. I enjoyed Jinx’s more standoffish behavior – it worked well for me. I enjoyed Cash’s worry about his kid and his extended family. It was a happy, feel good read.