Once upon a time, I used to love the heck out of western romances. I haven’t read one in ages but when this book was brought to my attention, I perked right up. This series sounds like a good one and Once Upon a Cowboy, the second book in the Copper Creek series released last week so it can be yours today for the low price of $3.99!!Once Upon a Cowboy (Copper Creek, #2) by Stina Lindenblatt
Series: Copper Creek #2
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cinderella's fairy godmother just turned hot. And male. Very, very male.
Sexy cowboy Jake Daniels has three priorities in his life: his horse ranch that he manages with his brother, his family, and Sophie West. Sophie is the ranch’s horse trainer and his close friend. The one thing he doesn’t have time for is a girlfriend. And he especially doesn’t have time for a relationship with an employee. Mixing business with pleasure never ends well. Been there. Done that. Had it branded on his ass.
Not a problem—until Sophie asks for his help. She’s tired of being single. She’s ready to find her soul mate—or at least a nice man. The issue? She’s socially awkward around guys she’s interested in. The solution? Recruit Jake to be her “fairy godfather” and help her be more confident, especially around the new veterinarian who just moved into town.
Great plan, except Sophie's no naive Cinderella and Jake realizes if anyone's going to be her Prince Charming, he wants it to be him. If only he didn't have to put his heart on the line to win hers.
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“So will you do it?” she asks.
I’m about to say “Hell, yes.” Of course I’d be more than happy to give her all the orgasms she can handle…and then some. But a voice in my head points out that I’m a dumbass. That’s not what she’s talking about.
“Will you be like my fairy godmother? You know, the one who turns Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown and a pumpkin into a sparkly coach?”
Here’s the thing about men. Half the time we have no idea what women are talking about. What might seem highly logical to the woman is miles from there for the man.
This is one of those times.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about, Soph. For one, I’m a man. Two—while I might not know anything about the movie, I’m pretty sure the fairy godmother performs some sort of magical spell. Unfortunately, my business degree didn’t include any courses along those lines.”
Chuckling, she pats my arm. “That doesn’t matter. It’s like the Cinderella trope in romances. A friend—sometimes a female and sometimes a gay guy—turns the dull, kind of ugly heroine into a beautiful swan. Then the prince—or whoever the guy might be—falls in love with her.”
“One—you’re already beautiful. You don’t need help with that. And two—are you telling me you think I’m gay?” I slap my hand against my chest, the move as genuine as veneer is to wood.
She laughs. “I’m aware that you’re one hundred percent heterosexual man, which is why I need your help. Who better to teach me to be more comfortable around guys I’m interested in than you?”
Even though the words are coated with syrup to sweeten the blow, they’re a sucker punch to the gut.
I must have misheard her. That has to be it. There’s no way she just asked me to help her land a boyfriend.
“Please, Jake. You’re my only hope.” The pleading in her voice is like going for another round with a heavyweight champ. You’re already weakened from the first blow and now more likely to go down for the final count.
“Except I have no idea how to teach you something like that. It’s not a skill I’ve ever had to think about.”
She reaches up and kisses my cheek. “I’m sure you’ll figure something out.”
An electrical hum vibrates from the spot where her lips touched me, and I resist the urge to cover it with my fingers.
Remember how I said I would do anything for her?
Now I’m wishing that wasn’t true.
But Ryan is a nice guy. Is he damaged after finding out his fiancée cheated on him?
Sophie deserves to be with someone who makes her happy. She deserves for all her dreams to come true.
Ryan could be that guy…if he gives her a chance.
You really are an idiot, my heart says.
I ignore it.
“All right,” I say. “I’ll help you. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, because I’m guessing this isn’t something I can Google to find the answer. But somehow I’ll help you win your man.”
The bright side?
Once she and Ryan are headed toward their own happily ever after, I can finally move on.
I can finally stop lusting after my best friend.
She flings her arms around my shoulders. Her sweet scent of strawberries and cream teases me. Not helping me, Soph. “Thank you so much, Jake. I owe you big-time.”
My arms automatically go around her and I hold her close. Closer than I should, given we’re just friends and I promised to help her with her love life.
Even with our jackets on, I can feel her heat sinking into my body. It fuels my heart rate,
causing it to kick up a notch.
This isn’t the first time I’ve hugged her.
But it is the first time it’s felt this way. This amazing.