Welcome to Big Verde, Texas, where a love-’em-and-leave-’em cowboy faces his greatest challenge yet—the woman he left behind.
Some cowboys aren’t cut out to be Prince Charming—and Claire Kowalski knows that better than anyone. She gave her heart to Ford Jarvis two years ago, yet that didn’t keep him from disappearing into the sunset. Now that he’s back in Big Verde, Texas, she’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. But the ruggedly sexy cowboy still knows how to push all her buttons, and avoiding him is nearly impossible when she needs his help.
Ford didn’t plan on returning home—ever—but when he hears that the Kowalski ranch is in trouble, he hightails it back to town. He’s not eager to be reminded of the life he can never have, but his time in Big Verde is only temporary. He’ll stay long enough to get the ranch up and running, then hit the road again. But when Ford finds out the new foreman he’s training is Claire, still as stubborn and beautiful as ever, this cowboy is going to have to decide what matters most—repeating the mistakes of the past or fighting for a future with the only woman he’s ever loved.
*Includes Rocky Mountain Cowboy, a novella by Sara Richardson*
Title: Cowboy Come Home
Series: Once Upon a Time in Texas #2
Author: Carly Bloom
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Cowboy Come Home is the second story in the Once Upon a Time in Texas series and brings us right back into the heart of one of the best small towns in Texas where the people are real, the emotions are not hidden, and community matters so much.
I enjoyed Claire and Ford’s story so much. Their love for each other is there throughout this story, yet Ford’s already broken her heart once and now that he’s back, at least for a while, Claire has to decide if she’s going to hold out for a forever future or simply enjoy the time she has right now with the man she will always love. Take away the side issues and it really boils down to that simple fact. Happy now and deal with heartache later, or deny the now and still have the heartache from not taking a risk. Not a lot of real choices there.
I adored Claire, she’s strong, a bit stubborn, determined to be the best she can be, and devoted to the ranch. She’ll make sacrifices willingly, but she has to know what she’s fighting. Ford is complicated. His past, his superstitions, his reluctance to believe that he deserves to be happy will get in his way. There were times when I wanted to hug this man, and times I could easily smack his hat off his head not caring if he got hurt in the process. They are so right for each other, so much in love that watching them at times was painful when it was obvious that they could and should work out their differences. Cowboy Come Home is complicated and simple, each in the extreme. The fact is that nothing could hurry these two along their path. There was a town to rebuild, a ranch to tend to, family members to help, and a close-knit community to lend a hand along the way. We also have returning book friends to add to this delightful tale of a second chance at getting love right. I was hooked from the start, and definitely loved every moment spent in this world once again.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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