In Review: Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas #1) by Carly Bloom

Posted October 30, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas #1) by Carly BloomBig Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom
Series: Once Upon a Time in Texas
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Format: ARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I was looking forward to reading Big Bad Wolf from the minute it hit my mailbox and I read that blurb. When I saw other bloggers referring to it as a bit of Little Red Riding Hood mixed with a dash of You’ve Got Mail, I was even more excited. Plus, you know, it starts off with a Halloween costume party hookup so it was perfectly seasonal. It was a great debut and fantastic start to a new series. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Carly and the small town setting of Big Verde.

Both Maggie and Travis were great characters. She’s the once-ugly-duckling woman who is trying to get her landscape architecture business off the ground. Travis is back in town just long enough to sell off his family farm and pack up his nephew. He can’t get out of Big Verde fast enough. Or so he thinks. Things start to change when he realizes he really could make a home and a life there after all. Especially if Maggie is involved. I, for one, was totally on board with that plan, too. I loved these two together so freaking much. Their chemistry was amazing, their banter was fun and I loved how they got to know each other while working side by side. Of course, there was the little matter of the secret he was keeping from her. You know, that they’d hooked up during the Halloween party. But, I hoped he would come clean and they could move past it.

I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. I’m hoping to get more from quite a few of them as this series continues. One of my favorites, naturally, was Travis’ nephew, Henry. The kid was a trip and he kept me chuckling throughout the book. It helped that he shares a name with my bestie’s son, who is also a bit on the wacky side, so that made him even more realistic. I love a good small town romance and I’ve really come to enjoy cowboys in the last few months. Big Bad Wolf ticked all my boxes and it was a fun, sweet and sexy story with some unsurprising feels along the way. A fantastic debut!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Are you still down with this?”
“I’m not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.”

“Real life isn’t a fairytale, Claire.”
“I was shooting for a romantic comedy.”

I miss my moon. The world is dark without her.

About Carly Bloom

Carly Bloom began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children grew old enough to literally die from embarrassment. To save their delicate lives, Carly turned to penning steamy, contemporary romance. The kind with bare chests on the covers.

Carly and her husband raise their mortified brood of offspring on a cattle ranch in South Texas. Also? Carly is a vegan. The cows love her.

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