Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?
He left town and never looked back.
Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family—and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.
She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?
Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business—and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .
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—RT Book Reviews
This thin second chance romance, the third in Lane's River Ranch series (after All Night with the Cowboy), fails to deliver on a promising premise. When wealthy Cody Ford returns home to Texas for the holidays to visit his dying father, he's surprised to learn that his first love works for his family as a live-in nurse. Alexandra "Lexi" Murphy, now a divorced single mom, is still hurt over Cody leaving her without a goodbye 15 years earlier, but his father has become important to her, and she agrees to bury the hatchet so their bickering doesn't ruin Christmas. The attraction between Lexi and Cody remains undeniable, and they agree to one night together with no strings attached. But when old feelings flare, the pair must learn to compromise and forgive past hurt if they want to move forward. Readers hoping for a heartwarming reconciliation will be disappointed that Cody and Lexi's relationship is carried more by physical than emotional connection. Series fans will enjoy checking in with the extended Ford family but will struggle to root for the main couple.
This book was a really good Christmas romance and a second chance romance.
ONCE UPON A COWBOY CHRISTMAS
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
First I just need to say that I was a little disappointed in the editing of this ARC. I am used to typos and misspelled words or incorrect words used in context to the sentence and/or paragraph. It is common unfortunately to prevent piracy. While I do understand it, this book was littered with errors. It took me a lot longer to read than it should have as I was trying to figure out what was going on. I especially loved Lexi's magic bra. She took it off and the very next page, he took it off.
Okay on to the review. The plot was a good one. I felt that it dragged in spots (but it could have been due to the errors). Cody comes home at Christmas time to spend with the family. He lives in New Year dealing in land development. After high school, he couldn't get away fast enough once his mother became ill. He only comes home for Thanksgiving and Christmas with the one exception of his mother's funeral. Not only did he leave his family but he left his girlfriend without even a good-bye. He was running from the pain of losing his mother. A problem that I had with that was he left before she passed away, missing out on her remaining time. This did not endear the character to me. Then he meets his father's care-giver and introduced himself to the gorgeous woman. Another check mark, IT WAS HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND. It isn't until later that we find out that he is suffering from a form of PTSD. Okay now it all makes a little more sense.
Lexi, has a wonderful son, Harry. He was absolutely wondering in the book. I truly felt for Lexi. She has had several curve balls thrown at her over the years but she keeps up a brave front. That is until Cody returns.
I loved seeing prior characters throughout this story. Also having a dual POV format normally helps me to understand the characters and to identify with them. Unfortunately not here with Cody.
There are a few sexy scenes so I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18. The reason for the 4 stars versus 3, the author did make me feel while reading this book. Not all characters are perfect and likeable but they should make the reader FEEL. The reason it wasn't a 5 star isn't from the editing but I did feel it dragging at times.
Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press
Once Upon A Cowboy Christmas is book 3 in the River Ranch series by Soraya M. Lane, Christmas second chance romance, standalone, emotional read.
Lexi and Cody we high school sweethearts but when he went to college he never returned and broke Lexi’s heart. Now 15 years later he returns to the family ranch and who does he see...Lexi, who is his father caregiver/nurse.
Can these here two mend the past and move forward to a HEA or will Lexi’s grudge keep them apart?