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Cowboy Player

(Cowboy Cocktail #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  51 reviews
This cowboy and cowgirl sell the steak and the sizzle.

Cowboy Cocktail, Book 3

For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she’s back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When her childhood best friend hires her to help him sell his family’s grass-fed beef, the last thing she
ebook, 76 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 28, 2016)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]


Cowboy Player is book three in the Cowboy Cocktail series by Mia Hopkins.

In this book we meet Clark MacKinnon of the sexy MacKinnon brothers. In addition to helping his brothers run the ranch since his father is ill, Clark is in charge of trying to find a market for their grass fed, hormone free beef.

Sexy cowboys everywhere should go shirtless in the barn. :):

Melody Santos and her younger sister, Harmony, have been best friends with the MacKinnons since they were little. After her father died, Mr. MacKinnon made a promise to look after th
Claire Robinson
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "One night's not forever..." Stars!

The third novella; Cowboy Player, in Mia Hopkins Cowboy Cocktail series was as enjoyable as its predecessors. I really liked Clark and Melody’s, best-friends-to-lovers romance, it was a sweet and sexy read.

Melody Santos has returned to Oleander, after spending ten years in the city. Grieving the loss of her mother, her eight year relationship, and trying to keep her younger sister on the straight and narrow are the main constants in her life at the moment,
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Cowboy Player is the third book in the Cowboy Cocktail series by Mia Hopkins. Each book features a different couple and can be read fine as a standalone without needing to read the others in the series. Each of the relationships are off the charts steamy featuring a sexy cowboy.

Cowboy Player introduces us to Melody Santos who has a horrible history when it comes to romance. She's come back to her tiny hometown with her sister taking up working with Clark MacKinnon on his family's cattle ranch.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Melody Santos works with her lifelong friend, Clark Mackinnon, at local farmer's markets selling his family's grass-fed beef. Clark's a real player but he and Melody have been friends since they were kids. After a series of events one night, the two end up in bed. Once is not enough! But Clark is known for his many quickie relationships and Melody's been burned before. Can they go back to just being friends?
Usually I have a hard time rating novellas. The story just seems to happen too fast. Not
Michelle Austin
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Cowboy Player
Author:Mia Hopkins
Series:Cowboy Cocktail #3
Publisher:Samhain Publishing Ltd
Release Date:6-28-16
Genre(s):Cowboy Romance
Page Count:76
Heat Level: 3flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This cowboy and cowgirl sell the steak and the sizzle.

Cowboy Cocktail, Book 3

For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she’s back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Shanda Rader
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Great read. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. I found the characters easy to fall in love with and the pace didn't lag at all.
Going back to read the first two.
**BOC Reviewer**
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful and sweet read! This series has been so great and I enjoy the cowboys so much. Melody Santos has returned to Oleander to grieve the death of her mother and keep her younger sister in line. She is busy working to pay bills and her sister's tuition. She doesn't realy have time for anything else except she seems to be having a really hard time dealing with her feelings for her child-hood best friend Clark MacKinnon.

What Melody doesn't know is that those feelings she has a
Nicole Smith
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
This is my favorite book of the series so far. It's a nice fast paced hot read. The chemistry between Clark and Melody is fan yourself hot. What I really liked is that Melody and Clark grew up together and are the best of friends. They have the history and connection right from the start. With Melody returning home Clark plans to finally make a move, but can they put their friendship on the line? Melody is gun shy especially with a player like Clark, but the attraction is too hard of a
Christine Woinich
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick, hot read. Melody has trust issues courtesy of an eight-year relationship gone wrong. Clark has never had a real relationship, just the friendship with Melody. One night, they cross that line, and there is no turning back. He needs to show her that she can trust him, that he will treat her with respect. Their connection to each other is strong, based in friendship, and becomes a stronger love. The end of the story brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommend this story. I plan to ...more
Shanda Fulton-rader
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a whole new author to me. But no more. Loved this book. If your looking for a fun fast read then this book is for you. Melody need to really learn to live for herself. Then her best friend Clark has alway loved life. Very hottttt book. Can't wait to read more from this author.
L. Sayles
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a regular reader of erotic romance so probably not the best reviewer of this book. But I like my books to have a good plot and this is lacking in this short (118 pgs) story. Sex was decent however.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so, so, so much.

Cowboy Player is book #3 in Mia Hopkins's Cowboy Cocktail series, but it can be read as a standalone. This was my first time reading anything by Mia Hopkins--I haven't read books #1 and #2, but I had no trouble following the story. However, I plan on going back and reading the others because Cowboy Player is one of my new favorite books. I love everything about it.

Melody Santos is back in her small hometown of Oleander, CA. She spent the past eight years of her l
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The MacKinnon family farm has always seemed like home to Melody and Harmony Santos. You see their father was the foreman there. But when he passed away the family was taken under the wing of the MacKinnon’s. They were there for every holiday or event. Melody and Clark were the closest in age of the three MacKinnon boys. So the two of them did everything together. Melody could give as good as she got. Even in her Sunday best.
Clark always had a soft spot for her though he never told anyone. So w
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the previous books in the Cowboy Cocktail series but that's something I'll be doing ASAP!!! Cowboy Player was a fun, sexy, flirty friends-to-lovers read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Melody Santos is a hardworking sassy but sweet twenty-something who has moved home to take care of her younger sister, Harmony. To do this she is working a few jobs, one of which is with her best friend from childhood, Clark (aka Superman!). Clark MacKinnon is hardworking, fun and smokin' HOT!! He's dedi
P.e. lolo
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Melody Santos has to move back home to take care of her younger sister after both of her parents have passed. Now home after eight years and thinking she would have a guy who would want her for her she finds herself alone and working for the MacKinnon’s. The same family that hired her father so many years ago. Working along with Clark who is working at starting to branch out the natural grass fed beef line to restaurants. They first must travel to the central coast to sell the beef at the local ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
Cowboy Player is the third book in the Cowboy Cocktail series of erotic novellas which features the MacKinnon brothers. This is Clark MacKinnon and Melody’s story. Each can be read as a standalone.

This was a short and extremely sexy story of best friends becoming lovers, one of my favourite tropes in romance.

Melody has returned back to her home town of Oleander after eight years away. She is now firmly back in the community and establishing her friendship with Clark by working for him. However t
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you in the mood for a very sexy story about best friends that end up as lovers, then Cowboy Player by Mia Hopkins is for you. This is the third book in the author's Cowboy Cocktail series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Teacher Melody Santos and Rancher Clark MacKinnon have been best friends since grade school. After about eight years a part, Melody gives up her dreams and moves back home to ensure that her younger sister's nursing career is on the right track. Melody is in charge of th
Cara Ross
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
After her mother passes away Melody Santos returns home to help support her sister Harmony and take care of her mother's affairs; but instead of supporting her, her long term boyfriend Scott uses it as an excuse to break up. But now Melody is working as many odd jobs as she can to help put her sister through college. One of those jobs just so happens to be working for the player extraordinaire! Clark MacKinnon; the man was the ultimate chick magnet. But that didn't stop Melody from craving him, ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, who doesn't need a dirty cowboy in their life? Uhm..if it's Clark MacKinnon sign me up! Unfortunately that's what lots of women say and Melody is kinda on the jealous side even though they've known each other, best friends n all, since they were little kids. Now that she's back, and working with him, she's able to see Clark in all his lady-killer glory. So she and Lucky decide to ask him HOW he does it.
In doing so Melody realizes just what she feels for that Cowboy Player.
And what WE get o
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Short and sexy, this book left me wanting more. Melody Santos, newly moved back to Oleander, CA from the big City, has recently dealt with the loss of her mother, a breakup with her long term cheating boyfriend, and is helping to put her younger sister through school and life.

Working part-time with her long time best friend Clark, he is full time cowboy and player. One night, they realize that maybe their friendship could mean much more. Its t
Cindy Caron
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love me a good cowboy story, and this one has everything a girl could ask for. A hunky cowboy that will have you drooling like a mad cow, a damsel in distress with a broken heart that needs her best friend, and the proverbial HEA.
Melody is going through the motions of dealing with the break up of her eight year relationship to a looser, her mother's death and helping her younger sister get her feet well placed on the ground as she finishes college. Working three jobs to try and make headway wi
I always enjoy a good friends to lovers story and Cowboy Player had everything I look for – sizzling chemistry that makes you wonder why it has taken so long for the H/h to get together, a solid friendship that can withstand all the bumps that comes with a new relationship, and one seriously hot hero who knows how to take charge to get what he wants.

Melody and Clark have been friends forever and it was so much fun seeing these two interact as friends. They bantered, teased, and could be merciles
Karen Roma
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many stories have a plot where the Cowboy is a sexy, woman-chasing stud, but Clark MacKinnon has secretly loved his childhood friend forever. Yes, Clark has embraced his sensual charm and the long list of conquests over the years, but simply being in the presence of Melody Santos, gets his blood pumping and reminds him of what could have been.

Melody has returned home to shoulder her responsibilities and lick her wounds from the betrayal of her 8 year boyfriend. Determined not to risk the heartac
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story of best friends turned into more. Clark and Melody are believable and make great friends, but even better lovers. The story may be short, but it isn't short on heat and definitely keeps your interest. Melody is forced to come home after her mother dies and she is absorbed with taking care of her younger sister and making sure her sister stays in school and makes something of herself, so she has little time for herself and love. Her best friend, Clark, has always had feelings for ...more
P Leslie
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from net gallery for an honest review.

This book was sexy, steamy and insanely hot and I absolutely loved it.

Melody and Clark are childhood friends but is there room for more than friendship?

Clark made me laugh especially, when he tells Melody the trick to get someone to notice her. When he tells her to test his advice on Jerome, it works a little too well, with Clark getting in the middle before Jerome can make his move lol.

Loved the fact that it included both Melody and Clark
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A smoking story. Clark is every woman's dream come true. Clark and his brothers have know Melody since childhood and know that she is back in town Clark is having a hard time keeping his hands to himself. He is known around town as a player but he is ready to give it all up for Melody but he needs to convince her that he can and will. Melody is back in town to help Clark and his family with their business and to help get her sister out and on her own. But Melody has a lot of baggage weighing her ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, novella
A friends-to-lovers story--yay!

I liked both Melody and Clark (aka "Superman"--how can you not?) and was rooting for them to get together from page one. It was a bit hard to reconcile Clark's playboy ways with his claim to have loved Mel since he knew what love was, but I was willing to go with it for the HEA.

I think the story could have benefited from a longer format--the ending came up pretty quickly, and could have used a bit more development to get us there. Being friends forever definitely m
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Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and waggish dog.

Other books in the series

Cowboy Cocktail (5 books)
  • Cowboy Valentine (Cowboy Cocktail, #1)
  • Cowboy Resurrection (Cowboy Cocktail, #2)
  • Cowboy Karma (Cowboy Cocktail #4)
  • Cowboy Rising (Cowboy Cocktail, #5)