The Marine Cowboy by Heather Long

COWBOY

The Marine Cowboy by Heather Long
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Turning down a billet at Mike’s Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cowboy hat, he plans to work his ranch and pray the green grass, tall trees, and sweet mountains can wash away the taste of the desert.

The last thing he expected was a reminder of a promise made to his buddies: one night to help them all start again.

Sheri Vaughn quit her corporate job, sold her house and moved to Freewill on a whim. Six months after her divorce, she’s hardly ready to put her toe in the dating waters again. One bottle of wine later, however, she signs up for Madame Eve’s exclusive 1Night Stand service and lists a very particular set of qualities she wants in a man; he must be honorable, courageous, forthright, single, have served as Marine, but be a cowboy at heart. If she wants to dream, at least she can dream big.

But when local hero A.J. Turner arrives home, Madame Eve comes through, and Sheri has to find the courage to make her dream a reality…

Can one night, even a night arranged by Madame Eve, fulfill both a promise and a dream?

Two of the sexiest male stereotypes come together for one hot story. Cowboys and Military Men. This is the premise of The Marine Cowboy.

A.J. Turner is fresh from battle and has just returned to his hometown of Freewill, Wyoming. After agreeing to a pact with his buddies, he signs up for Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand Service and then promptly forgets about it. He shuts off his phone and buries it in a drawer, looking forward to the hard work and peaceful life his family ranch can provide. A brief encounter with the town librarian is the only thing distracting him from his tranquility, until the local postman brings him a message from his former commander, instructing him to turn his phone back on. A.J.’s date has been arranged, and he has little time to prepare.

Sheri Vaughn moved to Freewill over the winter in order to start a new life. Divorced from a serial cheater, she signs up for the 1Night Stand Service in hopes of meeting her dream man, but her demands are very specific. She wants a Marine Cowboy, and nothing less will do. When her fantasy walks into the cafe before her very eyes, she thinks he may be too good to be true. Thanks to Madame Eve, however, she’ll have her opportunity to find out.

The chemistry with these two characters was instant. Ms. Long does a wonderful job with dialogue, and I could picture the southern drawl coming from A.J.’s lips, endearing him even more than he already had. A.J.s confidence, mixed with Sheri’s romantic dreaminess was a winning combination. No doubt these two belonged together. The hot sex that followed their meeting was just an added bonus!

Two very minor complaints about the story – although I hesitate to use the word complaints because the story is wonderful. The first is the feeling that these two would have met and hit it off even without Madame Eve. Watching A.J. approach Sheri to ask her out would have been fun in any situation. The second is the abrupt ending. I know the 1Night Stand stories are limited to only one night, but an epilogue with an update as to how they’re doing would have been nice-mainly because I wanted more time with these two! They were too much fun!

The Always a Marine series by Heather Long is worth the time, and The Marine Cowboy is definitely no exception. These are all worth picking up and are super hot reads!

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