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Peek Inside Reforming the Cowboy

Lacey Durrant can’t believe opening night of her South Beach café includes the country singer she crushed on in college. And her customers agree...he’s dreamy. But Lacey can’t afford Billy's playboy reputation threatening her café’s image. She insists he stay with her so she can keep an eye on him and thwart over enthusiastic fans. But Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist. Will she end up being just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak?

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Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

Praise

"If you are looking for country singer, you might enjoy Reforming the Cowboy." - What I'm Reading

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661732
Series: South Beach, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 9, 2013
Page Count: 164
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, reunited lovers

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By Simon September 22, 2013

I loved this novel. The author masterfully captured the essence of what it truly means to discover love when dreams of making it big get in the way. There is Lacey, whose dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur lead her to discover love when she least expected it. There is Billy, the washed-... ...more

By Kathleen October 31, 2013

Reforming The Cowboy is a sweet contemporary romance about second chances and finding love when you least expect it.

Billy Hardy is a country music star who is looking to make a comeback after a ten year hiatus. Can he find the inspiration in his songwriting to get a second chance?

Lacey Durant is... ...more

By Heidi November 09, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised in this first installment in the South Beach series by Marisa Cleveland. I am not a big fan of country music, and I wasn’t sure what I would think about a country music star (or has-been). Instead of a bar, it was a coffee shop, which also intrigued me and was a nice ch... ...more

By Shirley September 17, 2013

The perfect combination of sweetness and sexiness was brought to the page in Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland.

Lacey wants her café to succeed. She wants to make it stand-out among the other business in South Beach and comes up with the idea to hire former country-singer star Billy Hardy.... ...more

By Chris September 28, 2013

4.5 Blue Ribbons - Review provided courtesy of Romance Junkies

REFORMING THE COWBOY is a trendy contemporary-romance that brings together a country-music-star with a café owner. While sparks immediately fly between the two, fate steps in and conspires to keep them apart. Is this love affair destin... ...more

By Melody September 14, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading


The other day, I was able to finish Marisa Cleveland lastest release Reforming the Cowboy. I must say that I enjoyed this story. Reforming the Cowboy was a pretty easy going read. There was a couple emotional tugging parts, but nothing that would ripped your heart out.

In... ...more

By Nicola September 09, 2013

If you after a sexy, steamy romance with strong characters and a good storyline, then this ticks the boxes.

Café owner Lacey is determined to make her fledging business a roaring success. With prospective backers to woo she knows what she wants and goes for it, including booking fallen country se... ...more

By Amy November 10, 2013

Marisa Cleveland provides a short but sexy love story about comeback country star Billy and cafe owner Lacey in Reforming the Cowboy.

Lacey has had a crush on the star since before his career took a scandalous downward spiral involving his ex girlfriend and a fight. She is thrilled to have him on... ...more

By Wminbc May 28, 2014

Quick, cute and full of cowboy melodies!
This was a great second chances style of romance. Not so much a second chance at love, which was partly true, but a second chance at making your life have its own happily ever after. Billy Hardy had some big hits, but sadly they were duets with a woman he... ...more

By Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!) December 20, 2013

This was a great second chances style of romance. Not so much a second chance at love, which was partly true, but a second chance at making your life have its own happily ever after. Billy Hardy had some big hits, but sadly they were duets with a woman he thought was his “one”. But after she doub... ...more

By Cheryl September 08, 2013

Who doesn't love a good looking, sexy cowboy? I did have a hard time with the location of this story being in Florida's South Beach. It just felt like it should have taken place in a town that was a little slower paced but somehow it still worked.

Lacey can't believe she's hired her college crush... ...more

By Allyson September 16, 2013

This was the first book I have read by Marisa Cleveland and I absolutely loved it! This was Billy and Lacey' s Story. Billy was a country music singer looking to 're-enter the business and Lacey had just opened a coffeehouse to start over. Both had pasts that were exactly that a past and best lef... ...more

By Rosemary September 09, 2013

Country singer, Billy Hardy made some bad career moves when he was in the spotlight ten years ago. Now he has a second chance. His manager, Chip, booked him for the grand opening of Lacey's Café in South Beach. Lacey had a crush on him when she was in college. Now he's living in her spare room an... ...more

By Janet September 28, 2013

I really enjoyed this sweet, sexy, sassy read from Ms. Cleveland. She gave us great characters, more mature and world wearied than normal. but that endeared them all the more. The primary and secondary characters were all multi dimensional and strong. Even the ones I disliked were still interesti... ...more

By Jamie October 14, 2013

At first I thought the combo of a cowboy in South Beach was a bit odd, but it was refreshing to read a romance story that had something different for a change.

Billy and Lacey are the perfect fit! I LOVE that Billy was based on Blake Shelton, my fav country singer! And a coffeehouse for the setti... ...more

By Ariana September 29, 2013

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts or his career will be over, so his manager arranges a stint at a cafe. Lacey Durant, the cafe owner, had a crush on Billy in his heyday and is excited to have him perform in her cafe.

Conflict comes in the form of new fans, which pushes th... ...more

By Cheryl November 09, 2013

This book is an excellent example of a good short romance novel. Easy to read with developed characters, the plot moves quickly through one week in the life of the main characters. As written, you can feel the excitement and the tension as Billy and Lacey move towards the inevitable conclusion. M... ...more

By Alison January 27, 2014

Such a cute, yet sexy read about a woman who connects with the country singer she had fangirled over when she was in college. I really enjoyed the storyline and loved the main characters, Billy and Lacey. For awhile, I wasn't sure about the manager, but he redeemed himself. Definitely a sweet rom... ...more

By Donna September 10, 2013

Oh my goodness! This is a melt your heart romance if I've ever read one. Billy is a man in need of second chances at love and music. He has been disappointed by both in the past. Lacey is trying to move on from a bad marriage and Billy may be the key to starting her future. Can these two broken h... ...more

By Deborah October 25, 2015

This is a quick entertaining read. I love it when you learn from your mistakes and Billy did. Lacey had to finally conclude that her fascination with her college crush had matured. This is an interesting sweet hot story about what's important in your life and what's not. This is a wonderful way t... ...more

By Randi November 10, 2013

Loved it! I receive an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really have only one thing to say about this book, Wow! It was wonderful. Warm, set lovely. I'm sorry I'm done reading it. You won't be sorry with this story of two people finding what life and love is all about. ...more

By Tonya April 07, 2014

Just the right combination of sweet and sexy. If you've ever day-dreamed about a swoony musician you totally fan-girled over or love "second chance" stories, I suggest this book! ...more

By Priscilla September 12, 2013

This story was sweet. Classic romance at its best. If you like contemporary romances, you'll love this one. ...more

By Karen November 25, 2014

Nice little romantic thing for second chances. The cover is exactly how I pictured our MC. ...more

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Marisa Cleveland

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Marisa Cleveland

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. If she couldn't express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. She believes romance novels are the perfect "how to" books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after. She loves to connect with other writers and readers through social media.

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