From Publishers’ Website:

First-born son Jesse Cody is proud of his place in the close-knit Cody family. But everything he’s worked for is on the line when he falls for Janie Hansen. The alluring former tomboy is the sister of his rival for World Champion Bull Rider…a man who also happens to be the older brother he never knew he had.

Janie has loved Jesse all her life. And one romantic week in December at the National Finals Rodeo tells her he returns the feeling—and then some! She couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present than being the sexy cowboy’s wife. But the long-buried secret threatening to divide the Codys forever could also tear apart their new found romance.

When the dust settles, can Jesse step up and prove he’s worthy of the Cody name—and Janie’s love—not just for the holidays, but forever?

My Review:

Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy is the 6th and final installment of Harlequin’s Continuity Series, The Codys: First Family of Rodeo. I’m very sad to see this series end. I have loved this family since the first book.

Lynnette Kent probably had the hardest job of all of the authors included in this series. She had to take the information presented in the previous 5 books and make sure she didn’t change the history of this family or the series. I feel that Lynnette did a wonderful job living up to this difficult task.

Out of all of the Cody boys, Jesse has been the one I’ve wanted to know more about.  Lynnette has portrayed him exactly how I imagined him to be,  a gentle and kind man who feels that he needs to be something different to make his father happy.  But he quickly learns that the important thing in life is his happiness not that of his father’s.

Janie has had a hard life and presently it isn’t any easier.  She is caring for a mother who has dementia, dealing with the truth of who her brother’s biological father is, working two jobs, and going to school so she could go to Veterinary School (and she wants to go to my Alma Mater, Colorado State! Go Rams!).  She has a lot on her plate, but she still has her eyes on Jesse.  But she convinces her self that she isn’t worthy of him because of her background and because her brother is actually Jesse’s half brother too.

The bringing together of these two characters was done with realistic and beautiful story telling.   This book will be a go to book when I need something to lift my spirits.

I give Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy a 4 Horseshoe rating.

Publication Details:


Lynnette Kent

Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy
Number of Pages 217
Publication Date November 9, 2010
Publisher Harlequin
ISBN 978-0-373-75334-5