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- Print Length: 160 pages
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- Publisher: Little Stone Press (April 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y3WH6HJ
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Cowboy Player is book #3 in Mia Hopkins's Cowboy Cocktail series, but it can be read as a standalone. This was my first time reading anything by Mia Hopkins--I haven't read books #1 and #2, but I had no trouble following the story. However, I plan on going back and reading the others because Cowboy Player is one of my new favorite books. I love everything about it.
Melody Santos is back in her small hometown of Oleander, CA. She spent the past eight years of her life with her ex-boyfriend, who ultimately broke her heart. In addition, she's grieving the death of her mother while also helping to support her younger sister.
Melody's best friend growing up, Clark MacKinnon, is a local cattle rancher. His family's ranch specializes in grass-fed beef and Clark is hoping to acquire some lucrative contracts. When Melody comes back to town, she helps Clark promote the ranch at farmers markets.
Growing up, Clark always had a crush on Melody, but he never pursued it because they're best friends and he didn't want to ruin that relationship. Additionally, Clark has quite a reputation for being a player--a real ladies' man. In fact, he's never had a serious girlfriend before. But when Melody comes back into his life, suddenly Clark entertains the possibility that he could become a one-woman kind of man.
Since she's still reeling from heartbreak, Melody is not so easily convinced. She loves her best friend, but she knows he's still a player. She's also intensely attracted to him. One night, the chemistry is too strong and massive sparks fly between them. They spend the night together for the first time and it changes everything. They agree that what they have together can't last because of Melody's trust issues and Clark's inexperience with commitment. Their arrangement is temporary, so they're determined to enjoy it in the meantime. Because best friends can't stay lovers permanently...can they?
I adored both characters. I think Melody is probably the first Filipino heroine I've read in a romance novel and I wanted to make jazz hands every time a Filipino reference was made. I'm talking about Tagalog phrases and adobo dinners. Not to go on too much of a crazy tangent--oh hey, why not--but this is exactly why we need diverse books: in many ways, this heroine reminded me of myself and that's something I rarely, if ever, get to say.
Aside from this, Melody is just plain sweet. She looks out for her younger sister, constantly making sure that she's on the right track and has everything she needs, like a car and rent money. In the wake of losing their mother, Melody steps in as a type of maternal figure for her sister and it's very touching. Melody is someone who deserves real love.
I know that Clark has a reputation for being a ladies' man, but I found him very appealing simply because of the way that he treats Melody: with respect and consideration. As her best friend, he cares about her well being and wants her to be happy. After they become involved sexually, he only has eyes for her and stops sleeping around immediately. It's not long before Clark realizes that he's falling in love for the first time...with his best friend. But can Melody admit that she's doing the same?
The book is novella length, but it's fast-paced and has a rich depth of emotion within the story. Because Melody and Clark have so much history between them, I found the transition from friends to lovers believable.
Cowboy Player has humor, heart, and it's a combination that's hard to pull off: sweet and filthy at the same time, just the way I like it. This book made me so happy and I highly recommend it.
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
This was a short and extremely sexy story of best friends becoming lovers, one of my favourite tropes in romance.
Melody has returned back to her home town of Oleander after eight years away. She is now firmly back in the community and establishing her friendship with Clark by working for him. However the close proximity is bringing forward different emotions of how she is feeling about her best friend but then on a night out she discovers he is feeling the same way too.
The pair quickly agree to let these new feelings of passion for each other to be unleashed and oh my how hot it got between them. As in all good romances though there is always that bit of hesitation, a bit of angst to hinder the ride to a sweet HEA and in this case it is Melody’s trust issues due to her past relationship and Clark’s reputation with the ladies.
This book is my favourite in the series and I loved how this author really builds up the passionate intensity and chemistry between the two lovers. She capitalises on all the senses by describing in detail of the feelings, the touch, the smells but most of all the sounds of sex. A lot of authors miss out this key sense of sound as this is one of the most alluring parts of a great hot sex scene. It was sensationally steamy!
If you are looking for a quick, hot sexy but romantic read of best friends becoming lovers and more then this is one I would recommend. Four and a half stars.
Cowboy Player introduces us to Melody Santos who has a horrible history when it comes to romance. She's come back to her tiny hometown with her sister taking up working with Clark MacKinnon on his family's cattle ranch. Melody and Clark have known each other forever and Melody never considered Clark as anything other than a player but when the two find themselves attracted to each other the sparks fly but the question is can they remain friends?
Cowboy Player ended up being my favorite book in this series when finished reading. The fact that these are short reads always makes the relationships seem a bit rushed into but with the history between Clark and Melody I didn't feel like there was a rush from the pair since they had been friends forever.
The chemistry was off the charts between this couple and the story line behind whether they could save their friendships after the hot and steamy night was a nice one to follow. I would definitely recommend this particular sexy cowboy romance.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.