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I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with this. Normally I am super nervous picking up a book by an author I’ve never heard of before. But, I can honestly say now that I am a fan of Carly Bloom.
When I’m reading a book, I’m looking to see if the plot is structured, even paced, and somewhat original. The second thing I’m looking at is the characters. Do they feel like real human beings or do they seem more like marionettes being jerked around by the all seeing power of the author.
In Big Bad Cowboy, our two main characters clash over a landscaping job. Travis Blake, fresh out of the army and saddled with his nephew while is brother is in jail, needs the money to fix up his family’s ranch so that he can sell it and move on with his life. Our heroine, Maggie Mackey, runs the landscaping business that holds the contract to nearly all the plots in town and sees Travis as nothing more than a bona-fide lawn boy trying to steal her business.
Maggie is used to being one of the boys, drinking at their favorite bar and watching football, forever to be known as Mighty Mac in their eyes. So when she is taken through the woods at a costume gala event by a man dressed as the big bad wolf, she throws her inhibitions to the wind as Wolfie makes her feel for the first time like a woman.
As the days go on, and she is forced to work on the landscaping gig with Travis Blake as her partner. Though she can’t stand him working with her, she begins to see that he isn’t that bad of a person. But when she is alone at night, it’s the big bad wolf that’s sexting her and making her go wild.
I absolutely love contemporary cowboy romances, but Carly Bloom gave it a little extra something by adding in Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. I thought that was so cute. The plot itself was well paced and fun. As for the characters, I thought they were a blast. Maggie was such a firecracker and spunky, it was no wonder Travis couldn’t be mad at her for anything. I definitely saw Travis as an alpha male in this, but not one who was over the top dominant and arrogant. Every time he interacted with his nephew, I couldn’t help but smile.
Now comes the question, would I recommend this book? Absolutely. It was fun and quirky, with just the right touch of eroticism. 4 out of 5 stars!