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review 2020-02-14 00:08
Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom
Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas) - Carly Bloom

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I participated in a buddy read that Forever (publisher) put on, so I'm just going to highlight some of my thoughts in this review.


If you like your heroes to be beta in the streets and alpha in the sheets with a lot of Little Red Riding Hood references, you'll love this story. 


Travis just got out of the army and has to take over the care of his nephew Henry, Henry's mother died of ovarian cancer and Scott, Travis' brother, is in jail. Henry plays a big part in the story and there were often cute scenes with Travis learning how to parent and heart felt emotion as Travis begins to realize that he does want to take on the full responsibility of Henry.


Maggie was our loves her small town except for how she can't shake her "Mighty Mack" just one of the guys persona. She sits in judgement of Travis for a little longer than I would have liked, Travis had an alcoholic father and his brother in jail, but I enjoyed how she was strong willed. 


This was a pretty steamy novel from start to finish and even though these two get hands on pretty quickly, the way the author structured the story it never felt like insta-lust. If you're looking for BDSM lite, this would be the couple and story for you.


Secondary characters were pretty great in this, Claire is Maggie's friend and I enjoyed their friendship (her book looks to be coming up next). JD has been Maggie's friend since high school and even though it starts out with her having a crush on him, his storyline turns out more interesting than just playboy jilt. 


Overall, this was cute and fun with enough Stetson talk and imagery to give me a fetish for the look and conversation these cowboys can convey with every adjustment of their white, black, and straw hats. I wished Travis had revealed or talked with Maggie about a secret way earlier than he was finally forced to; the trust between them was too tenuous for me to solidly believe in their relationship for a lot of the book.


If looking for a light, fun, and steamy cowboy read, this would be a great choice.

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text 2020-02-13 18:17
Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas) - Carly Bloom

Happy Galentine’s Day to all!

Bringing this red velvet cookie cake to my Galentine meet-up and this book for added yum

Wrapping up the buddy read hosted by @readforeverpub and @angelareadsbooks , had fun discovering this new author and chatting (I have a Stetson fetish now)


Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom purchase link

(Kindle is only $1.99 right now!)


Red Velvet Cookie Cake recipe 

Love this one and try to make it every February




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text 2020-02-10 16:14
Reading Update: 40%
Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas) - Carly Bloom

Raiden (he loves to dress the part) and I are excited to join @readforeverpub and @angelareadsbooks for their weeklong buddy read of Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom.

Join and discuss with us if you can and happy Galentine’s & Valentines week!


Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom purchase link




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text 2018-11-14 14:52
ARC REVIEW Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom


Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas, #1)


Once Upon a Time in Texas #1, A good Autumn read that takes place just before Halloween and ends with a Christmas epilogue. I adored this book! Maggie and Travis meet at a Halloween costume party, Maggie dressed as slutty Red Riding Hood and Travis as a Wolf. Instant sexual chemistry sparked between them they snuck off together not knowing each others real names and for Maggie not knowing what her Big Bad Wolf actually looked like only to part quickly after but not before Maggie's best friend slipped Maggies's number on to his phone. Travis is fresh out of the military and stuck in his hometown taking care of his nephew, Henry, whose mother just died of cancer and Travis' worthless brother is in jail, again. He's trying to earn money the best way he knows how, especially since the property taxes on his Dad's, now his, ranch are overdue. Maggie is the owner and operator of her own business, Petal Pushers, with her landscaping degree she made a name for herself, now she views Travis as competition, and really annoying, and too sexy for his own good. They wind up getting hired for the same job but for different reasons and the more time Maggie spends with Travis she realises how wrong she was about him. 

Travis recognizes Maggie as Red Riding Hood right away but because he was the one wearing the mask Maggie doesn't recognize him. With her number in his phone he makes contact. Through text messages they flirt and sext and Travis falls in love. Maggie is torn between the her Big Bad Wolf and Travis, and what will she do when she realizes they are one in the same. Between the adorable Henry, the loveable Mrs. Garza (I want one of her) and Maggie's two best friends Claire and JD the secondary cast of characters is just as entertaining as Maggie and Travis. I really did like everything about his book. Overall, it ends up being such a heartwarming story with an endearing cast of characters.   



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