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Head back to Big Verde, Texas, where a homecoming queen and the bad-boy-turned-sheriff get a second chance at first love!

Once Jessica Acosta left Big Verde, Texas, she didn’t look back . . . until now, when a temporary homecoming brings her face-to-face with her high school sweetheart. Still devastatingly sexy, Casey Long sets off the same sparks that drew them together years ago. But Jess can’t forget how he broke her heart . . . or the secret that came between them.

Casey may have traded in his bad-boy rep and big rodeo dreams for a sheriff’s badge, but he’s never gotten over Jess leaving. Having her back in town feels like a second chance, especially when it’s clear that their chemistry is as strong as ever. But can Casey and Jess move beyond the pain of the past . . . to have the future they both deserve?

Titles in the Once Upon a Time in Texas series include – Big Bad CowboyIt’s All About That Cowboy (#1.5) – Cowboy Come Home –

* It’s All About That Cowboy was a bonus novella included in Justified (Loveless #1) by Jay Crownover – in that sense this novella was previously published)

Title:  It’s All About That Cowboy
Series:  Once Upon a Time in Texas #1.5
Author:  Carly Bloom
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  January 14, 2020
Publisher:  Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4 stars

It’s All About That Cowboy is an emotional novella that packs a powerful punch.  Once upon a time Jessica and Casey were high school sweetheart headed for a future together until her mother needed to move them out of town right after Jessica’s graduation with no notice, no time to get to Casey.  Each believed the other had abandoned them and moved on, as well as two people in love but separated, could.  Now Jess is back in town for a very short time and coming face to face with the boy she loved is harder than she believed it would be.  The connection, the sizzle is still there all these years later – but so is heartbreak, secrets, and anger.  Giving in to the strong attraction is foolish, right?  Even if it’s the right thing, the necessary for happiness thing to do.

I enjoyed Casey and Jessica’s romance.  It’s a quick read but full of emotions that will draw you in and keep you flipping pages until the ending.  It takes both sides of any situation for those involved to understand why things happened.  Finally, Casey gets answers, but they weren’t the ones he expected.  I will always love a second chance at love for two people who really do belong together and It’s All About That Cowboy didn’t disappoint at that reunion one little bit.  If you love a second chance romance then you’ll enjoy this novella in the Once Upon A Time In Texas series.

*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.*

Available for the Kindle (release date 1/14/2020)