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The Cowboy Next Door

(Once Upon a Western #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Broken fences create sexy neighbors

Claire Moon moved to a small Montana ranch for peace and solitude after barely surviving a tragic fire. A jewelry maker, she used to travel extensively to sell her work, but now prefers only online sales. Her quiet existence is imperiled when escaped cattle tromp through her yard and garden. Claire is unable to avoid meeting her handsome
Published February 5th 2019 by Tule Publishing
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Trish Milburn Fans, Romance
3.5 He Was Capable of More Stars
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It is unfortunate, but in our daily life, image and how we see ourselves makes up an enormous amount of how we feel. It may have become heightened with all of the social media outlets, etc., but these concepts of beauty and its importance has always been there.

As an example, I had made it to twenty-five without having chicken pox. When my first son came down with it, so did I. It left me with some minor scars on my face. As minor
This was surprisingly a Nice read.

Clair is a lonely woman. One side of her face has burn scars and she is very self conscious due to that. She moves to a small Montana ranch for peace and solitude and to avoid human interactions.

It was really sad and heartbreaking with what Claire went through and how she was treated, but that all changes when she meets Wes.

Wes is a rancher and a player and a carefree guy. When a new neighbor comes to live in his neighborhood, he is attracted to her. Though he c
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
Great story with a recluse heroine!
“The Cowboy Next Door”, by Trish Milburn, is a wonderfully emotional and sensitive story about a wounded heroine and the sexy and funny cowboy who woos her with his kindness.
We get an amazing depiction of what a woman with these issues feels and goes through and what it means to live with the constant realization that “something as simple as being attractive to another person would never be simple
3.5 Stars rounded Up

The story had me reflected that there‘s still indeed double standards when it comes to battle scars someone had. When it came to men, people accepted that scar as sign of courage and bravery; women don’t have that privilege - they are expected to keep smooth facial skin. This so called ”rules” applied to the majority of us. But then again, it is said that women are their harshest critics.

Claire Moon, the heroine in “The Cowboy Next Door” bore scars from a tragic fire that ha
Bette Hansen
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story reminding us that beauty is more than what is on the outside. Claire Moon is a withdrawn reclusive young woman who bears the scars of a past tragedy. When the cattle from the neighboring ranch run wild in Claire's yard and garden Wes McQueen rides into her life. After he wrangles the cattle back to his property Wes is determined to make it up to Claire for the destruction the cattle caused. She tries to resist his help but Wes is persistent and soon a tentative friendship has b ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, romance
Claire has moved to Montana to get away from the city and start new. Her past has hurt her; going from once an outgoing young lady, to a somewhat of a recluse. She wants to come out of her shell but can she take the cruelty?

Read more of the review at CoffeeTime Romance
Donna Repsher
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cowboy Next Door is the third title in Trish Milburn's Once Upon a Western series and it's the second title in that series I've read, and my favorite thus far. Although it's a one-sitting read, it is filled with warmth, kindness, an emotional understanding and sensitivity to the way people with disfiguring injuries (accept that it also relates to those born less than perfect) deal with the way people react to them, and how they come to learn to accept the hand they've been dealt and carry on ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the Cowboy Next Door by Trish Milburn
Broken fences create sexy neighbors
Claire Moon moved to a small Montana ranch for peace and solitude after barely surviving a tragic fire. A jewelry maker, she used to travel extensively to sell her work, but now prefers only online sales. Her quiet existence is imperiled when escaped cattle tromp through her yard and garden. Claire is unable to avoid meeting her handsome rancher neighbor who arrives to remove the cattle, and when he turns on the apologies an
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I was quickly swept into THE COWBOY NEXT DOOR not only because of the romance but also because of the message that is gently but firmly delivered in a wonderful story. Your definition of bravery will be changed after meeting Claire. And you’ll realize that a funny, flirty cowboy who has been the joker of this group has a far more understanding and perceptive side as well.

When describing the mental state of heroes or heroines I will often use the word -wounded- that w
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the third book in the Once Upon a Western series. I have enjoyed each book. This book is about the third brother Wes and the newcomer, Claire Moon. Claire has moved from Houston and purchased a home in Montana bordering Wes and his family’s ranch acreage. Claire is a hermit and unwilling to leave her home or talk to people. We learn it is because one side of her face was badly scarred in a fire in her apartment complex ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Cowboy Next Door is the third of the Once Upon a Western Romance books by Trish Milburn. The McQueen brothers have all play a main role in each with the younger brother getting his story now. Wes has many of the youngest sibling traits even though being a hard worker and good man. It was unfair to call him a player, he never made promises and broke them or cheated on anyone.

This is without a doubt my favorite of the three. I am not sure why that is but there is something so adorable about a
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Because physical perfection isn’t what makes a person beautiful.”
There was so much I liked about The Cowboy Next Door. The slow friendship turn romance, the fun banter, the emotional and sensitive storyline, the characters, and the writing. This is truly a character and dialogue driven story. Wes is a sexy, fun cowboy who has never lacked for female attention and has a reputation as a love and leave ‘em whether it was deserved or not. Claire, once a vibrate free spirit, has become a loner and h
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019books, netgalley
Claire wanted to live quiet life, away from crowd ever since her accident that's the reason she moved to Montana. Until Cows started eating all her garden. She wasn't expecting to face different crowd. When she was trying to move them away from what is left of garden, a handsome cowboy on horse arrives to move them back to his ranch.
Wes heard he had a new neighbor and never met her until now. She was hiding half of her face but he was attracted to her. Ever since the first encounter, he wanted
Karen Roma
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clare has endured hell, and only wants to fade into the background and live a peaceful and inconspicuous life, after the brutality she suffered at the hands of the man who vowed to love and protect her. Wes is a carefree, live life in the moment, sexy as all get out Cowboy. He doesn’t want for women, but his love em` and leave em` reputation isn’t really who he is.

The Cowboy Next Door is a beautifully written account of the preconceptions and cruelty imposed by small-minded people, and the devas
Sandi Ramirez
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-challenge
This series of books by Author Trish Milburn is loosely based on our favorite fairy tales. This one is based around Beauty and the Beast. If you have read past books in this series you might recognize Wes McCall as one of the brothers mentioned in one of the two earlier books released. No worries of you have no read them, although they are were good books based on fairy tales as well... you will not need to have read them to get this book at all. In this book we get to see the workings of a the ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of Claire Moon and We McQueen is a very touching story.
Claire has moved and bought a small ranch in Montana seeking a quiet life. After suffering a devastating injury , she left Houston in hopes of not having to face people and their cruel remarks.
She meets Wes, the son of the successful neighboring ranch , when the cows trample over Claire’s garden. Wes is both curious and drawn to his new neighbor, one who seems fearful and hides her face. Thus starts a fragile friendship between the
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third in Trish Milburn’s Once Upon A Western series, The Cowboy Next Door is a sweet love story with a healthy dose of self doubt on the parts of the protagonists. Set in ruggedly beautiful Montana, this story brings together a drop dead gorgeous cowboy with a reputation for not committing and a reclusive jewellery maker who’s moved to her new Montana ranch to hide from the world after a fire left her with severe scarring on one side of her face.
I couldn’t help but love Claire as she attempted t
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poor Claire has been burned.
While asleep in her apartment, a fire breaks out due to faulty wiring. Thankful to be alive when other aren't, she buys a house in nowhere Montana hoping to get away from humanity. People have been making fun of her burns on her face and it was too much for her to handle. Now she is living her life by herself in her new home.
Enter Wes. Oh, he's dreamy!!! Still self-conscious of her burns, she says aways from him and hides the side of her face with burns. But
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire Moon has moved to Montana searching for solitude & privacy. Too bad the neighbors cows didn’t agree. Wes retrieved the cattle from her garden & was instantly interested. Of course, Wes is a player- goes after anything in skirts. Claire is very self conscious of the scars on her face & feels it will turn Wes off. Wes is determined to show her that it doesn’t matter. Can he get past her shields?

This was a good story about appearances not mattering & growing as a person. Cla
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Cowboy Next Door by Trish Milburn is book 3 in the "Once Upon a Western" series, but is pretty much written as a stand alone type of book.
Its one of those books, that when you start reading, you are swept into the story and will have a very hard time putting the books down, before you make sure, that they get their own very happy ending.
Claire and Wes will need to fight for their happy ending, and family, past and present will all do theirs to try to keep them apart. So pick it up, and see
Miriam Wolfe
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

What a heartwarming book, as both Claire and Wes have issues in their life and they both start to deal with those issues and grow along the way - personally and as a couple.

Wes starts to realize that maybe the single bachelor ways are not so great and Claire deals with her insecurities from her scars.

I loved that Wes was so protective of Claire and she tried so hard to not fall for Wes but she did.

Great HEA and I enjoyed the friends to lovers theme.
Bonnie Gonzales
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me from the start, the main characters were so likeable, and I could completely understand Claire and why she wanted to just be alone and left alone and yet my heart also was taken by how Wes just wanted to do so much for her and to be her friend. And then came the night he wanted her help with some abandoned puppies he had found and now my heart is fully involved.
Yes I recommend this one, and don’t just leave it on your TBR pile.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire has moved to Montana after a horrible fire burned the side of her face. Trying to escape from the world she buys a small run down ranch to run her online jewelry business. Hunky Wes, the cowboy next door, turns up chasing some of his cows that had escaped and were eating her garden. Instant attraction, but she doesn't trust him and doesn't want pity. He can't stay away and finds lots of excuses to visit. Enjoyed this one, and although short it felt complete. Highly recommend this story.
Mrs. Garen L. Herd
Good read

This one has less angst than the last one, some romance, some humor, some love, and lots of surprise. She was injured in a fire and only wants to be left alone. He is intrigued and, what he can see, is beautiful. But he decides to help her and the struggle is on. Highly recommend.
Paula Pugh
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cowboy Next Door is a heart touching, deeply moving novel set in rural Montana. It is far enough away from the crowded city that Claire Moon needs to escape the gawking and pitying stares of people at her burned face. When she encounters Wes McQueen, the handsome and rugged rancher next door, she is in for a sweet, honest surprise-one that could change her life if she opens enough to let him in.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The Cowboy Next Door is book number three in the Once Upon a Western series by Trish Milburn. This Claire and Wes’ story.

I was hooked from the beginning the end. Claire and Wes were wonderful characters. An emotional story that will make you laugh and cry.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy for a honest opinion.

A heart felt story, The Cowboy Next Door by Trish Milburn. A great addition to the Once Upon A Western this is book three in the series. I enjoyed the character development in this book it was perfect for the storyline.
Louise Bird
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Trish Milburn. This is a must read it is book three in a series but you can also read it as a stand-alone.
This is Wes (the playboy) and Claire (the recluse due to having one side of her face scarred by fire).
They fall in love and Claire regains her self confidence.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cowboy Next Door is a sweet story set in beautiful Montana. It is a friends to lovers story. Claire and Wes are not looking for a relationship, but their friendship leads to more. Trish Milburn captures the reader’s heart and will leave you both smiling and teary-eyed.
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Trish grew up in Kentucky and got her degree in print journalism from Murray State University. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a marketing assistant and finally a magazine managing editor before quitting to freelance write and copy edit. By taking the leap into freelancer-land, she also had more time to devote to writing fiction and chasing her dream of becoming a published nove ...more

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