The Billionaire Cowboy

Mandy Baxter
The Billionaire Cowboy
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
October 2014
Book 1 of Billionaire's Club: Texas
Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

Billionaire Ryder Blackwell has got it all under control. The wealthiest cattle baron this side of the Mississippi, he's built an empire for himself in hopes of getting distance from a tortured past. But when a stunningly sexy—and strong-willed—new vet comes to town just in time for Christmas, Ryder knows he's met the one spirit he just can't tame...

Lara Montgomery doesn't want to be involved with any man, least of all the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder Blackwell. She vows never to tangle with the charming rancher, but when he offers her the ultimate deal—one weekend at his ranch in exchange for a near-priceless horse—Lara cannot refuse. And as the nights get colder and their attraction gets hotter, Lara's about to get all she's ever wanted for Christmas...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 10, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
113 people found the following review helpful
Mandy Baxter delivers a fun, delightful read in THE BILLIONAIRE COWBOY that you could devour in one sitting!

Ryder Blackwell has got it bad for Dr. Lara Montgomery, the only woman ever to have turned him down again and again. Needless to say, the cowboy got all the more intrigued and determined to have her. To that end, he bought a prized Thoroughbred that she'd been auctioning for, hoping to use the horse as leverage to get her to spend the weekend with him. But he got more than he bargained for...

Ryder is a manwhore, but there's more to him than the selfish, cocky playboy, as Lara discovers. More than his physique and lover-boy status, it's his gentleness and caring for Lara that makes him more than sexy and touches this reader. Ms. Baxter paints his growing feelings for Lara and their romantic development from lust to something more in believable hues.

The situation toward the end (not giving it away) came as a bit of an afterthought for me, as the foreshadowing was done a bit late in the novella. That aside, I enjoyed reading this story immensely, and I especially like the believable resolution to Ryder and Lara's romance, seeing as the entire story happened over the course of a day, if I'm not mistaken (though both have known each other for months and have come into contact with one another several times). Rayanne, Ryder's mother, is a cool secondary character, totally unexpected yet gives us a glimpse into a side of Ryder that's endearing and melt-worthy.

THE BILLIONAIRE COWBOY may be my first Mandy Baxter, but it definitely won't be my last. And I won't have long to wait! The next book, The Billion Dollar Player, starring Ryder's brother Jase, is out on November 4, 2014. Can't wait!
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