Jul 14, 2015

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis Review

Once Upon a Cowboy
Whisper Creek # 1
By: Maggie McGinnis
Releasing June 30, 2015

In this sexy Whisper Creek romance for readers of Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe, a red-hot cowboy uses some Montana magic to give a reclusive beauty her happily ever after.

Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She’s got dark secrets she can’t share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend’s wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.

Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he’s always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he’s sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she’s full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she’s at Whisper Creek, there’s nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love.

When you see the title if this book, you are deceived into thinking that this is only a lighthearted cowboy romance, and while in part that is true, this book is also about survival.
Our story is about a woman called Jess, on the surface she is this fun and sexy yoga instructor, who brought her best friends out to a ranch in Montana to learn how to ride. But that is also where both of her friends found love and Jess falls for Cole. Cole is eager to see Jess again, but he is not quite ready for a relationship and Jess doesn't feel worthy of one.
But as I said, that is surface Jess, but that is not all who Jess is! She is a survivor of abuse from a parent and from a boyfriend, but no one knows that side of her and she plans for them to never find out...until her past come back to haunt her!
Man! What a book! It honestly takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, and I can honestly say, by the end of the book I was exhausted. Be warned! This is not a book that you can put down, it is a book that will keep you up till you finish it and stay in your thoughts for days.
Okay, so let's get to the basic of the book. I am not one for flashbacks; I feel that they take away from the story...except in this case! I think having that entire back story in the beginning would take away from the storyline. It flowed well and I found myself easily gripped by the storyline. I found the characters to be likeable (especially the camp kids) and I enjoyed knowing their back stories. Now this book is a part of a series that I have not read, but that didn't matter (other than the fact that it made me want to read them), it was easy to jump right into the story, as the author provided you all the background that you need.
Overall the book is very enjoyable; it sucked me in, left me emotionally drained but very satisfied. I give Once Upon A Cowboy 9 out of 10.

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Maggie McGinnis, USA Today Bestselling Author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award is a former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, who lives in New England with her family.


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