Review of Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch #3) by Soraya M. Lane

“I wish I didn’t love him so much…” 


Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: 297 Pages

POV: Third Person


Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!

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. . .

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.*

Cody pretty much ran away from his hometown when he was old enough to. It wasn’t because he’d had a bad childhood, opposite really, it had been wonderful and then his mom had gotten sick and he couldn’t bear to see it. The pain clouded all the good memories.

Lexi was one of those forgotten memories, Cody’s high school sweetheart. He’d just left without so much as a goodbye. And she’d held onto all of that hate for him over the years, that is until he came home for the holidays and was in her life every single day reminding her heart of what she’d once had.

Lexi had thought working for Cody’s dad wouldn’t be an issue or the fact that she lived on the farm while employed…she was wrong. Having him back home just added to her mountain of stress. Being a single mom who was also trying to take care of her mother didn’t put her in the best of situations, but she’s a fighter and she won’t let anyone, not even Cody, get in her way of doing what she thinks is right.

“If I wasn’t on my deathbed, I’d give you a damn good run for your money, son. A girl like that doesn’t come along often.”

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is a heartfelt holiday read filled with a little sassiness. Yes, I know it’s too early in the year for Christmas stuff, but this one was worth getting started a little early.

I haven’t read any of the other River Ranch books, but based on the characters I glimpsed in this book I bet they were just as good. I mean sassiness meets heat and Cody and Lexi are definitely heat whenever they’re close to each other. I could feel it. I could feel all of the emotions as I read and that is what made it such a good book.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.


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