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.

Titles in the River Ranch series include –  Cowboy Stole My Heart – All Night with the Cowboy – Once Upon A Cowboy Christmas – My Once True Cowboy –

Title:  Once Upon A Cowboy Christmas
Series:  River Ranch #3
Author:  Soraya Lane
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  October 29, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4 stars

ONCE UPON A COWBOY CHRISTMAS is the third story in the River Ranch series.  While there were many parts of Cody and Lexi’s story that I enjoyed (thanks to secondary characters) this is a story that I was rather torn on – not feeling connected to the main characters at times, or simply wishing they’d get over themselves and live in this moment, not in the past.  Actions often have far-reaching consequences, this is something that Cody is about to learn firsthand.

Secondary characters can make or break a story for me, and that was very much what happened in ONCE UPON A COWBOY CHRISTMAS.  In the end, I finished this one not for Cody and Lexi but because of Cody’s family, and Lexi’s fight for her mother’s health and safety, and her devotion to her son, Harry.  Sometimes a story simply doesn’t work for me yet there are portions of the story that keep me reading and liking parts of the overall story – and that is exactly what happened here.  I could load this review with spoilers to justify my feelings but that’s not fair to readers who haven’t experienced this book for themselves yet.

So I’m going to leave saying that I liked this one, but didn’t love it while still looking forward to the next story in the River Ranch series.  It’s a good book, it simply didn’t connect for me and that’s life, not every book is for every reader.  Give this one a try and make up your own mind, this couple’s families make it worth reading and that’s what got the 4 stars.

*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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