Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Western Romance with a Fairy Tale Twist: Big Bad Cowboy (Review)

In the New York Times tradition of Lori Wilde and Carolyn Brown comes the first book in a new western romance series from Forever debut author Carly Bloom about a no-strings cowboy fling with a fairy tale twist.

Who's afraid of the big, bad cowboy? 

After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay? 
Big Bad Cowboy
Once Upon a Time in Texas #1
Carly Bloom
Pub Date: 10/30/18
Genre: Western Romance
Rating: 5/5
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Carly Bloom's Big Bad Cowboy is a refreshing western romance debut! I loved Maggie and Travis because they were not what I expected, but they were absolutely perfect.

Big Bad Cowboy was a joy to read because as the story unfolded I became emotionally invested in the characters. Travis is quite the opposite of the bad boy the locals paint him as, and being the guardian of his nephew, while taking on loads of other new responsibilities, gave his character even more depth. While Maggie seemed quite aggressive from the get go, her feistiness gave her character a strong voice and contrast to when her feelings changed. When she softened toward Travis and his nephew it was even more intriguing to watch her battle her desire for the flesh and blood man that annoyed her and the 'big bad wolf' he was pretending to be through anonymous texts.

It's definitely unique the way Travis and Maggie are brought together. Each progression in the novel made me wonder how everything was going to play out, but it's a story full of twists so I was literally guessing the whole time! I loved that the story managed to surprise me but still feels like a classic western romance. Big Bad Cowboy is humorous and downright sexy! I'm so excited for more from Carly Bloom!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*


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