September 2, 2015

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

In this sexy Whisper Creek romance for readers of Kristan Higgins,Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe, a red-hot cowboy uses some Montana magic to give a reclusive beauty her happily ever after.

Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She’s got dark secrets she can’t share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend’s wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.

Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he’s always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he’s sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she’s full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she’s at Whisper Creek, there’s nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love.

I picked up Once Upon a Cowboy having forgotten how much I enjoyed another Whisper Creek novel prior to this. This one definitely did not disappoint. Jess and Cole's story has been two years in the making. I think that is part of the reason why it feels so good to read about them finally getting together. You've got two fiercely loyal individuals who have yet to "find" their other half. Actually, I should correct myself, Cole was already in tune with his feelings for Jess. Jess, however, needed some work. I love that there was patience, time and effort put into the development in their relationship. It gave it a level of reality and added to the intensity of their chemistry. Cole proves himself to be the rock that Jess needs in her life (not that she hasn't managed just fine before he came along) and their story makes for a HEA ending as the Whisper Creek series wraps up. I definitely recommend this novel--it's got your hot and steamy along with your sweet and heartwarming. Did I mention there are cowboys? SOLD.

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