The first book in the Cowboy Fairytales series.
A princess on the run finds sanctuary where she least expects it....
After nearly dying in an assassination attempt, Princess Alessandra of Glorvaird escapes to a place no one would ever think to look for her: small town Oklahoma and a ranch staffed by a herd of wooly, uncouth cowboys. One cowboy in particular gets under her skin, until she sees his softer side. She knows this interlude can't last forever, but that doesn't stop her from wishing it might.
Former Navy SEAL Gideon Hale might've rescued the princess from freezing to death, but the soldier doesn't trust easily - or at all - especially when his gut tells him Alessandra is keeping secrets. But as Alessandra begins to fit into his life, he discovers another side to the princess - one that he can't help but like.
When Alessandra's enemies close in, Gideon must fight to save the woman who has become so much more than a princess.
Once Upon a Cowboy is a contemporary western retelling of the Snow White fairytale and is the first book in the Cowboy Fairytales series.
©2016 Lacy Williams (P)2016 Lacy Williams
This book was very enjoyable and I had fun listening to it. The book is on my tbr, but I had not had a chance to read it. Listening to it was entertaining. I finished it in one afternoon by doing chores. Lara Asmundsen has a sweet pleasant voice and did the story justice. Will definitely look out for her as a narrator.
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This is the second romance by Lacey Williams that I have listened to or read, and I am planning to listen to more of them. This is an adorable, sweet contemporary romance between a princess fleeing from danger and a retired Navy SEAL turned cowboy. The primary flavor of the book is Texas cowboy.
Both main characters are in their mid to late twenties. Gideon had to retire from the Navy SEALs because of a knee injury, and he is taking care of the family ranch now. Princess Alexandra is on the run from an assassination attempt, and accepts help from Gideon and his family.
There is no sex, just kissing. I like the 3-hour length of this audiobook because the relationship progresses at a good pace. When I listened to a longer book by the Lacey Williams, "Roping the Wrangler", the author took way too long for the couple to express their feelings for each other, in my opinion.
At first I thought that the fairy tale this was based on was Rapunzel, but it was really Snow White. It was cute story, and I was excited to get back to listening to it in the car.
The narrator did a pretty good job. She had a very pleasant voice and did male voices tolerably well but could be better. However, my main complaint was that she made Alessandra the princess sound very American. Instead, she should have attempted some sort of European accent since the character's fictional kingdom was in Europe and had never before lived in America.
I give the story 4 stars instead of 5 because the backstory was lacking a little bit of detail, the sensory details could have been a little better, and little things were not very realistic. I ended up liking this novella a little more than the "Roping the Wrangler" audiobook. The author is really good at getting inside each of the main characters heads.
This was written in alternating third person past perspective, my favorite perspective. Both main characters are likeable, good people who mentally and emotionally grow a little bit during the book. It was suitable sweet and the end was very romantic. Overall it was a nicely written contemporary cowboy story with a little bit of fairytale. The angst level was very low, and the audiobook cheered me up. I recommend this to romance readers who like sweet, happy stories with contemporary Cowboys, Navy SEALs, or princesses.
I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, and I voluntarily reviewed it.
This story has a couple of my favorite romance tropes - a re-telling (Snow White) and enemies-to-lovers. Actually, it's more of an opposites attract, but due to the hero's distrust and combatant attitude, the H/h are nearly "enemies" in the beginning.
I really enjoyed this first novella in the Cowboy Fairytales series. Since it's the first in a series of 5 novellas, it has the task of setting up additional story lines and characters for future books. Sometimes that can take away from the primary story being told, but I was completely connected, invested and intrigued. The mystery that I assume will weave itself through all 5 books is as compelling as the romance is sweet. There is a satisfying conclusion to the romance in this book, but we're left with a few unanswered questions. Since I want to know those answers, as well as read more about Gideon's brother, Matt, I will definitely be continuing on.
I mostly listened to this book on audio and the narrator did a great job. I'm terribly picky with females narrator's reading a male character's dialogue. Fortunately, this female narrator did a wonderful job with her inflections and kept me pulled into the story.
I'm in my 18th year teaching Spanish and English Literature and Composition. I love to travel and learn about different cultures! I❤Audible!
I really enjoyed listening to this book by Lacy Williams!! It is about 3 hours long...I think I like the shorter ones like this! I felt right away like I knew the characters...they were really likable! I could visualize what they looked like, as well as where the family lived! The story was a cute, clean romance. One of my favorite scenes was when Allasandra was in the kitchen with Gideon's sister cleaning up. I like how Alladandra described how she felt when she was offered clothing and such to make her feel more comfortable. It was heartwarming! It seriously made me want to be part of such a kind and loving family like that! :-)
The narrator's voice was calm and soothing to the ear. She sounded exactly like I imagined her to sound! Sometimes, the voice of narrators doesn't match how you think the characters would sound...this is not one of them! Lara Asmundson does a great job throughout the entire book!
I will definitely be reading more books by Lacy Williams. This is my first one by her, and I glad I gave it a try! She now has a new fan!! Thank you! :-)
This book was refreshing. The narrator brought life to the story. The characters were okay, however they were not too charismatic. They seemed to be bland. The storyline itself was appealing. A good read nonetheless.
I did read this book in its kindle edition when it was released. I enjoy reading and listening for two different purposes so it's hard to compare which I liked more. I do think I was able to relax and just enjoy this story even more as I listened.
Even though it is a fairy tale, the author creates a plausible situation where a cowboy and ranch hands end up with a princess living among them.
The first kissing scene!
The hospital scene.
The story AND the narration were wonderful!
I thoroughly enjoyed this modern Snow White inspired story. Great characters, engaging storyline, and talented narrator. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
I won this title in a giveaway.
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