After testifying at the murder trial that sent her stepmother to prison and escaping an attempt on her life, Melody Shaw has lost everything. Formerly CEO of her family’s pharmaceutical company, she’s now living incognito as a housekeeper at a cozy resort in rural Montana. New career, new apartment, new name. She knows she needs to keep a low profile. The last thing she needs is a romance with the handsome, hardworking owner of the Peak View Hot Springs Resort.
When rancher and resort owner Justin McQueen impulsively asks Melody for some ideas to increase bookings for the resort, he’s impressed with her creativity and quick thinking. He persuades the reluctant Melody to jump in as the temporary events coordinator, helping him plan a week of Christmas festivities. As they work together, both of them struggle to fight their growing attraction. Justin is still recovering from a bad break-up and is very aware that as her employer, he needs to tread carefully. He also senses Melody has a secret, which he is determined to uncover.
As their event planning comes to fruition, Justin knows he needs to put common sense on hold and take a chance on a love he wants to last forever.
Titles in the Once Upon A Western series include: Her Cowboy Prince – A Cowboy’s Kiss –
Title: Her Cowboy Prince
Series: Once Upon A Western #1
Author: Trish Milburn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
I liked and enjoyed Her Cowboy Prince for what it is… a good romance, a bit of a slow burn with likable, mostly believable characters. The cover description blurb pretty much tells you all you need to know to dive into this story. Melody once had a far different life, right up until she was almost killed and her step- mother and step-sister did kill her father. After testifying against her step-mother, Melody went into the Witness Protection Program and into a life that might have been safer but would always come with a constant look over her shoulders and secrets she could never tell.
Melody is currently working in Housekeeping at a resort where she ends up sharing event ideas with the resort owner. A temporary change of jobs, some fun planning events… and the possibility of a romance with the perfect man for her might come at a cost. When you love someone, you do not keep secrets from them, and right now Melody’s entire life, or past life, is one huge secret.
I enjoyed Melody and Justin’s romance and would recommend it – yet, I really wish there had been more about Melody’s backstory incorporated into this romance. I read the story I’m given and have no rights to ask for something different — I simply feel that would have cemented my support, understanding and liking of Melody a bit more. Nonetheless, Her Cowboy Prince is an engaging story with likable characters. The next story is due out in September, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for A Cowboy’s Kiss.
*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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