Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas – Soraya Lane

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. . .

My review

It felt good to be back at River Ranch. Not so for Cody Ford. He fled from River Ranch at eighteen years old and he only returned once in a while for a family visit. But now he has returned home for the holidays from his New York apartment, because his father is seriously ill.
He is baffled when he finds out his father has a seriously good looking nurse taking care of him. And even more surprised when he discovers that this nurse Alexis is non other than his high school sweetheart Lexie. Lexie doesn’t know if she should be disappointed or not because her high school crush Cody didn’t even recognize her at first. Maybe her six year old son got him off guard or maybe she changed a lot since then.
What she does know is that her crush still isn’t over yet. But she needs this job desperately to keep her afloat, especially since she has to take care of the medical bills of her mother too. So, she will not make the same mistake of letting her heart be crushed by Cody.
Cody had his reasons to flee from River Ranch. But being home makes him realize what he left behind. Off course his brother Tanner (from All Night With the Cowboy) and his sisters Mia and Angelina will help him remind what he left behind. And while the family tragedy still haunts them, Cody discovers he still has feelings for Lexie. But she doesn’t let him in, both to protect herself and her son.
Can Cody make amends with his past? Can he convince Lexie that he will not let her down again? Find out for yourself whether it will be a merry Christmas after all. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: October 2019

ISBN: 9781250224286

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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