Once Upon a Cowboy by Maisey Yates ~ New Release Review
ONCE UPON A COWBOY
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Once Upon a Cowboy is the third novella to be released in the Four Corners Ranch series by Maisey Yates. It takes place after Her First Christmas Cowboy and The Cowboy She Loves To Hate, and before the first full-length novel in the series, Unbridled Cowboy, which is set to release May 24, 2022.
You can read our review of The Cowboy She Loves to Hate here.
Once Upon a Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Four Corners Ranch #0.7
Published by HQN Books on April 1, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Source: Amazon Purchase
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Also in this series: The Cowboy She Loves to Hate, Merry Christmas Cowboy, Her Wayward Cowboy
Will this single dad cowboy get the happily-ever-after he never thought possible?
When Belle Langfords moves to Pyrite Falls, Oregon, to take a job as a live-in housekeeper and nanny, she’s ready for a new start. Shutting down her grandmother’s beloved bookstore had been devastating, but she’s hopeful that the three motherless young children she’ll be taking care of will ease that pain. The only challenge? When Belle arrives at her new employer’s house, the brooding cowboy has no idea who she is or what she’s doing there.
Adam Winchester knows exactly who to blame for Belle turning up on his doorstep out of the blue—his kindhearted former mother-in-law is playing fairy godmother. Adam is convinced he doesn’t need Belle in his life, but when he agrees to let her stay for a month, the transformation he sees in his children tells a different story. As does his entirely inappropriate, but impossible to ignore, physical attraction! For Adam knows that Belle couldn’t be more off-limits—all he can offer her is nights in his bed—but it’s clear that Belle deserves the whole fairy tale…
Once Upon a Cowboy is a short, fun, contemporary western romance. In the story, Belle agrees to take a position as a live-in nanny and housekeeper, but quickly discovers her “employer” had nothing to do with it. Instead, she was hired by Adam Winchester’s former mother-in-law and though Adam agrees to a trial run of thirty days, Belle isn’t at all sure what she might do if it doesn’t work out.
Live-in nanny and housekeeper stories are among my favorite tropes to read, and add in a gruff, emotionally closed-off hero, I’m in romance reading Heaven. Though this was a short romance that spans over several months, Yates managed to pack a lot into it, never once feeling too little or too much. On the contrary, this book had a delicious kind of slow burn that made the ending all the sweeter and more satisfying for it.
All in all, a short, sweet romance story that gave two deserving people their happily ever after while also helping to setup the first full-length book in the series, Unbridled Cowboy, coming in May 2022. Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series goes. So far, I’ve loved all three novella’s the author has released in it.
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