Big Bad Cowboy

Big Bad Cowboy

by Carly Bloom

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"Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips will delight" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in this "sexy, smart" (Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author) western romance about a cowboy who comes home to save his ranch, and finds a family along the way.
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Romances of 2018!
After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay?

"Big Bad Cowboy is sweet and sexy!" --- New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan
What readers are saying about Big Bad Cowboy...
"I fell in love with this book...if you have a soft spot for dirty talking, alpha, sexy cowboys, then [Travis] is your guy."
"With its original storyline and the intense chemistry between the hero and heroine, I am one happy reader."
"Big Bad Cowboy is an amazingly good book."
"Big Bad Cowboy is a delightful western romance that is impressive on all fronts."
"Serious, funny, sexy, and just the right amount of angst."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538763421
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Once Upon a Time in Texas , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 30,102
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Carly Bloom began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children grew old enough to literally die from embarrassment. To save their delicate lives, Carly turned to penning steamy, contemporary romance. The kind with bare chests on the covers.

Carly and her husband raise their mortified brood of offspring on a cattle ranch in South Texas. Also? Carly is vegan. The cows love her.

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Big Bad Cowboy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Loved the text messages. Lots of humor.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It has everything...interesting charming men, witty conversations, a real plot, and fun sexy scenes that leave something to your imagination! At 288 pages, find somewhere you won't be bothered, sit down, and enjoy. J
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Big Bad Cowboy is the first in Carly Bloom’s new Once Upon a Time series. A take on little Red Riding Hood, this novel takes all the best parts of the fairy tale and updates them for a modern telling. Travis and Maggie start out as rivals, but when they are given the opportunity to be anonymous they realize they have more in common than they think. This cowboy meets fairy tale is a fun new twist. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I don't read much Western romance but this one completely blew away all of my expectations. This definitely won't be the last time I read this author!! I love modern retellings of fairytales and this take on Little Red Riding Hood was original and fantastic. Travis and Maggie were wonderful characters and I was drawn into their story from the very first page. I loved everyone introduced in this book and can't wait to see what comes next!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Amy_B1 More than 1 year ago
I read Big Bad Cowboy in one sitting! I loved it! Funny, steamy, AND sweet—a perfect (but rare) combination for a romance. The characters are so real and lovable that I was rooting for them from the start. And while I don’t usually find myself laughing out loud while I’m reading, I did with this one. I felt like I was in Big Verde myself, and I was sad to leave the charming small Texas town. Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s books will enjoy Big Bad Cowboy. I’m looking forward to Book 2!
MLH438 More than 1 year ago
Big Bad Cowboy, the first book in Carly Bloom's Once Upon a Time in Texas series, is a risque, steamy take on Little Red Riding Hood. Travis Blake has left the Army and been named guardian of his nephew, Henry. He returns to Happy Trails, the run-down ranch the family owns in Big Verde, a town where everyone knows everyone's business.. Travis had been a loner growing up and isn't sure about his place in the community. Maggie Mackey grew up in the town and runs a landscaping business but is known as everyone's favorite friend/sister. She is ready to change everyone's conception of her and attends the town's masked gala as a sexy Little Red Riding Hood. She unknowingly meets the Travis the Wolf, who is nothing like the nerdy young man she knew in high school. Boy, do the sparks fly! They each blossom in their new personas, and their relationship does too. This the first book by Carly Bloom that I've read, and I really enjoyed the small town dynamics and characters, including Henry, Mrs. Garza, J.D,, Gerome, and the ladies of the book club. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
carvanz More than 1 year ago
I love a fairytale retelling and this one hit all the marks for why I like them. With its original storyline and the intense chemistry between the hero and heroine, I am one happy reader. I loved that the big bad wolf wasn’t completely revealed right from the start as I thought it might be. The mystery of the wolf and the angst of wondering when he would be revealed kept this upbeat and sexy even as Travis is struggling to solve life issues that are weighing him down. (It’s known to the reader that the hero is the wolf but the heroine is completely in the dark about his identity.) Travis was an interesting hero. He wasn’t the type who had everything under control. In fact, it was quite the opposite. He was lost as to what to do. There were moments where he was completely human and reacted in a very real manner, even if reading those moments and/or thoughts made me flinch a bit because it’s not something we see our heroes do. All of that made him human and I could identify with him. Maggie is quite the firecracker and I loved that she was feisty and independent even when inside she felt vulnerable and isolated from what “normal” women have. The Big Bad Wolf was great for her self-esteem and I loved her reactions to his texts. Add in some great additional characters that helped to generate the humor, that wasn’t lacking to begin with, as well as truth that only a five year old can speak, and this book was elevated into absolutely charming. This was low on sex, high on fun, relatively fast paced and involved a kind of want to be cowboy who knew how to play wolf perfectly. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
What a great sweet funny romantic love story this was. As I was reading it I was smiling, laughing, giggling and just so impressed with Carly Bloom the author. Big Bad Cowboy was such a great love story that took place in a small town. Both Maggie and Travis grew up in Big Verde, Texas. Maggie was always just one of the guys that everyone wanted to be friends with but nobody wanted to date her. Travis was a loner. He had really only experienced heartbreak in his life. When Travis and Maggie first meet it is at a Halloween party and they hook up and then go their separate ways but neither knows who the other is. Travis is the first to figure it out but he never lets on to Maggie. At first Maggie is annoyed by Travis but he slowly grows on her. It isn't hard when you see him interacting with his nephew Henry who is so funny by the way. Travis and Maggie slowly develop something but what will happen when she finds out the truth? This book has so many side characters and even though they were side characters you got to know them really well. They were small story lines inside of the bigger story line. It was a very well written book. I spent my Thanksgiving weekend sneaking away so I could read this book. I was hooked from the very first chapter. I cannot wait to see whose story is next. I just finished reading this book and I already miss the people in Big Verde, Texas. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Carly Bloom's Big Bad Cowboy is a refreshing western romance debut! I loved Maggie and Travis because they were not what I expected, but they were absolutely perfect. Big Bad Cowboy was a joy to read because as the story unfolded I became emotionally invested in the characters. Travis is quite the opposite of the bad boy the locals paint him as, and being the guardian of his nephew, while taking on loads of other new responsibilities, gave his character even more depth. While Maggie seemed quite aggressive from the get go, her feistiness gave her character a strong voice and contrast to when her feelings changed. When she softened toward Travis and his nephew it was even more intriguing to watch her battle her desire for the flesh and blood man that annoyed her and the 'big bad wolf' he was pretending to be through anonymous texts. It's definitely unique the way Travis and Maggie are brought together. Each progression in the novel made me wonder how everything was going to play out, but it's a story full of twists so I was literally guessing the whole time! I loved that the story managed to surprise me but still feels like a classic western romance. Big Bad Cowboy is humorous and downright sexy! I'm so excited for more from Carly Bloom! *ARC provided in consideration for review*
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sexy spin on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale! It had lots of laughs, tender moments, and a wonderful cast of characters. I loved the nods to Little Red Riding Hood and the play on words/situations. It kept the story fun and entertaining. Travis and Maggie were sexy together and I loved their banter and innuendo. They don't have a traditional meet cute, but it's a moment where they can be free to want and do what they wish without being burdened by the chains of their realities. They both want so badly to be more than who everyone thinks they are. I did find Maggie a little too ornery at times though and she tended to overreact with Travis and her friends. Carly Bloom did an excellent job with the enemies to lovers trope though, and the back and forth was so delicious, especially as the walls started to come down. The epilogue brought everything full circle and left me feeling happy and smiling. I really liked the residents of Big Verde, especially Claire and JD (though his story was a little too predictable and cliche). The small town gossip and colorful characters added some wonderful comic relief and kept the story lighthearted (book club was hilarious!) I loved how the town all rallied together to help each other when needed. I'm hoping that we see a book for Claire (and Ford?!) in the future. Overall, this was a sexy and fun read and I look forward to reading more from Carly Bloom! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Travis Blake has always been the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, thanks to his dad's doing, and of course his brother's wild antics didn't help matters either, but he took all that stigma that following him around as fuel, and tried to be the one Blake who wasn't a screw-up. Which took him to the Army, where he has spent the last few years of his life, but now he is ready to start the next chapter, but before he can get started on it home calls, and he finds himself heading to a place he'd hoped to steer clear of. There he finds a young nephew to care for, the family ranch to repair and prepare for sale, and a sexy landscaper who loves to push his buttons... all the wrong ones of course! Maggie has had a secret crush on Travis since they were in high school, but he was a few years older than her, and of course his eyes never landed in her direction, so she just tucked that little crush away and never thought about it again... that is until she learns he is back in town to settle his father's affairs. Then she learns that while he is back in town that he is taking on some landscaping business to earn some money, which means the sexy cowboy is taking money right out of her pocket, and stealing potential clients right from under her nose which makes him her sworn enemy! That is until they unexpectedly run into one another at a Halloween party and share a few heated moments... Big Bad Cowboy is a delightful western romance that is impressive on all fronts; a dramatic story line that keeps you engaged, well crafted characters you can't help but form an attachment too, and loads of humor, passion and heart to keep you smiling and swooning throughout! Maggie and Travis's story did not disappoint, the moment they wandered onto the page I found myself enamored with them, one minute they had me giggling, and the next they had me needing a fan! This first time read really delivered; the writing was impeccable, the characters (main and secondary) came with a tangible feel; it's definitely one of the best literary discoveries that I have made in a while, I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for the next book! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Big Bad Cowboy is the debut novel for Carly Bloom and I think she hit this one out of the park. This is a small town romance with characters who are flawed and disillusioned but ultimately loyal and dedicated. I loved Travis and how he overcame a tough start in life to become the upstanding man he is. The way he stepped up to care for his nephew just melted my heart. Travis and Maggie have a rocky beginning but as they spend time together they start to see each other differently. Overall this is a wonderful story of family, community, and love filled with hope. I highly recommend this one for everyone.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Big Bad Cowboy is book one in the Once Upon a Time in Texas series by Carly Bloom. This is my very first book by Carly. This is one of those books that caught my eye while scrolling through my feed. How could I not want to investigate this book further? And I’m so glad that I did! Travis Blake has been away from his home town of Big Verde, Texas, for twelve years. He’s just left the military eight weeks ago and thought he had everything planned out. Until two weeks after getting out he got a call that changed everything. Travis’s dad has been gone for awhile now. He was a drunk and a gambler. The only thing he somehow kept ahold of was the ranch. It was left to both Travis and his brother. Only currently his brother is in prison. Travis gave his okay for his brother’s wife and their little boy to live there. Only now she has passed away and Travis’s nephew has no one. He has no experience with kids. So, with the full intention of this being a purely temporary arrangement until he can find someone else that is better equipped to raise a child, and also to sell the ranch, he goes home. “Henry struck him as being smarter than the average five year old, which was probably the very worst kind of five year old.” Mary Margaret Mackey, or Maggie as everyone calls her, went to college after high school and got her degree in landscape architecture. Now she’s back in Big Verde building a landscaping business. Her grandmother passed away a year ago and she inherited the ranch. She’s not sure what she eventually wants to do with her grandmother’s beautiful land. But what she ‘does’ want to do is keep the neighbors cows from breaking through the fence and eating all the apples in the orchard. A chance meeting brings Maggie and Travis together under the guise of disguise at a Halloween party. Inhibitions are forgotten and they share an unforgettable encounter. Travis will soon realize that the woman he can’t forget is to be his work partner in a landscaping job. Not only that, she’s his neighbor. She hasn’t figured out that he is the mysterious man she shared her evening with but he knows! Maggie and Travis’s relationship goes through so many stages. The one thing that is a constant through it all, though, is chemistry. The texting that goes on between these two is off the charts hot! As Travis is trying to navigate his growing feelings for Maggie, he is also trying to learn how to take care of a grieving five year old little boy and also to save the ranch. What he once thought was a very temporary arrangement is beginning to feel more and more permanent, more like home. “A month ago, it had been him and Henry against the world. Now he had friends and people who felt like family.” I have to say that I fell in love with this book. First, I am so in love with this community. They all jumped in to help Travis in any way they could. At first he couldn’t have felt any more alone. There came a point, though, when he realized he wasn’t alone at all, that these people were his friends, his family. Little Henry was so precious and stole my heart. And Travis, well, if you have a soft spot for dirty talking, alpha, sexy cowboys, then he’s your guy. Well, he’s MY guy! This book was sexy as heck, sweet, fun and just plain fabulous. After just one book, I am calling myself a Carly Bloom fan most definitely. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher** Big Bad Cowboy is the first book in Carly Bloom's "Once Upon a Time in Texas" series and it was a great opening novel for this new series. Bloom is also a new author to me, and I very much enjoyed her writing. Travis Blake moved away from his hometown of Big Verde, Texas a dozen years ago and while gone, he served in the military and just recently left the the armed forces. Like most people, he had a plan for when he got out, but as they say, best laid plans don't always pan out. One phone call changed everything. Growing up, Travis came from a family where there were more problems than not. His father was a drunk, although the one thing in life he managed to hold on to was the family's ranch. Not to mention his brother, Scott who ended up in jail. Travis is bound and determined that he is not going to follow in their footsteps and he is going to make something of himself. When the mother of Scott's son passes away, Travis is left to be the five year old's guardian, and he also needs to prepare the ranch for sale. Maggie is the local landscaper and owner of Petal Pushers and she's also had a crush on Travis since high school. Since he was a few years older than she was, she wasn't on his radar, so that crush got pushed to the back of her mind. When she learns he's back in town to settle his father's affairs, the crush resurfaces, well, that is until she finds out that he will be doing some landscaping work around town. She's fully convinced that he is going to be stealing clients right out from under her and she won't stand for it! He is completely off-limits in her mind. When these two are near one another, the sparks fly, but will their professional entanglement douse those sparks prematurely? I really enjoyed this book - it was fun, flirty, sexy and fabulous. Not only were the main characters great, but I loved the members of the community as well. They were all around good people and they came together and helped their fellow citizens in their time of need. And, I would be remiss if I didn't mention little Henry. He was fantastic and totally stole my heart! If you like alpha cowboys and small town romances, this book is for you. I'm now a Carly Bloom fan and I'm looking forward to what is next in this series!