Her Cowboy Prince Charming
by Maisey Yates
Release Date: September 1, 2022
Publisher: HQN books
Book #1.5 in the Four Corners Ranch series
Number of Pages: 65
Ages 15 and up
CW: death of parents
Their one night of passion changes everything, but is a fairy-tale ending possible with her cowboy prince?
Tired of being alone for the holidays, tomboy Jessie Granger decides to make her debut at the annual Christmas masquerade ball. In a gorgeous dress and mask, she meets a handsome masked stranger, and they spend one passionate night together. And just like Cinderella, she even leaves a shoe behind. Neither expect to see one another again…until Jessie realizes it wasn’t a stranger at all but her brother’s best friend and her unrequited crush, Damien Prince.
Jessie knows Damien isn’t looking for anything serious, especially something that would put his relationship with her family in jeopardy, but her youthful crush is feeling more and more like something real. As the sparks between them continue to grow stronger, can they survive falling in love with the one person they were never supposed to touch, or will the other shoe drop this holiday season?
This story is short, sexy, and emotional. I was invested from the start and enjoyed the Cinderella fairytale aspects of the book. Jessie and Damien have great chemistry, but the awkwardness that comes with realizing what they had done was also spot on. Because this is such a short story, the hemming and hawing wasn’t dragged out in any way. These two already had history, albeit in a different capacity than lovers. This helped the speed of everything make sense.
In a brother’s best friend scenario, the main characters often fear the brother/friend getting mad and losing that relationship. That was the case here, but I appreciated the way things played out between Damien and Levi. It was so adult and mature, showing that Levi is level-headed and thinks things through. It’s not hard to see why he was such a good role model for his siblings when they were left with nobody to finish raising them.
I tend to enjoy this author’s novella-length stories a lot. She can get wordy, but not so with these short stories.