New Release Review and Giveaway! WILD RIDE COWBOY by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge #9)

Title: Wild Ride Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Series: Copper Ridge #9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9780373803644

 

He’s come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…

Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly’s intention. But if there’s one thing the ex-military man knows, it’s that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn’t have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his late comrade’s sister—a woman who, despite her inexperience, can bring tough-as-iron Alex to his knees.

Clara Campbell didn’t ask for a hero to ride in and fix her ranch and her life. All she wants is the one thing stubborn, honorable Alex is reluctant to give: a chance to explore their intense chemistry. But Clara has a few lessons to teach him, too…about trusting his heart and his instincts, and letting love take him on the wildest adventure of all.

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Excerpt:

Reluctantly, she covered the coffee with a white to-go lid then turned to walk out the door. She didn’t make it very far, though, because she ran right into a brick wall.

Well, it wasn’t really a brick wall. It just felt like one. Large, hard and uncompromising. But breathing. Which brick walls definitely didn’t do.

“Clara Campbell. Fancy meeting you here.”

Clara blinked and stared up into Alex Donnelly’s forest-green eyes and felt a strange response that seemed to originate in her stomach and travel upward to her chest, where it twisted, hard and sharp.

After looking at Asher, his understated physique and much softer brown gaze, the sight of Alex was jarring. Too intense. Too masculine. Too a lot of things.

His dark hair wasn’t military short anymore. It was long enough to hang into his face. He pushed it back off his forehead and again, something twisted, low and deep inside of her.

And then it wasn’t only his features that seemed too sharp. It was seeing him at all. She had been studiously avoiding him ever since he had moved back to Copper Ridge. If ever she’d caught a glimpse of him out of the corner of her eye, she’d gone the other way.

The last time she’d seen him up close had been at Jason’s funeral.

Pain washed through her, canceling out all of the good Asher feelings from only a moment before.

No wonder she’d had such a strong, immediate response to the sight of Alex. The man was dragging a bunch of her baggage in with him. Another thing she liked about Asher. He was separate from her life. From her pain.

Alex was all wound up in it.

“Hi, Alex,” she said, clutching her coffee cup tight, the warmth bleeding through to her palms. Which she was grateful for at the moment since her stomach had gone ice-cold at the sight of him.

“I’ve been meaning to stop by,” he said.

“That’s really okay,” she said, and she meant it. More than okay. Jason’s death meant that she was alone. Both of her parents were already gone. They’d had children later in life, and when her mother had gotten sick, her father had done everything he could to make his wife comfortable as her health declined. She’d died when Clara was twelve. And there had been no amount of preparation that could soften the blow. No amount of expectedness that could have made it feel less like a giant, ugly hand had reached into their life and wrenched the beauty out of it, leaving nothing but a dark abyss.

 

Review:

I’m behind in this series–the last book I read was Last Chance Rebel , which coincidentally had an overly prickly heroine (Rebecca Bear) who reminded me so much of Wild Ride‘s heroine, Clara Campbell. (So, yeah. I still need to read the first two Donnelly brothers’ stories–and I even have them already! No. Excuse.) Clara and Rebecca had vastly different reasons behind their antisocial-ish tendencies, and in both instances Ms. Yates took me from thinking OMG, what is up with this chick? to OMG, you poor thing! Come over here and let me give you a hug. Oh, no? Okay…how about you let Gage/Alex give you a hug instead? Or…something else? 😉

Oh, this book. It made me laugh one minute (so many highlighted passages!) and darn near weepy the next. And their big grand gesture moment? Sigh worthy. You’d better believe I’m going to read Finn and Cain’s books as soon as I get the chance ( Slow Burn Cowboy and Down Home Cowboy ), and am soooo reading Liam and Sabrina’s story (Christmastime Cowboy ) as soon as humanly possible, because this series.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom from Clara. I don’t share her unholy love of Spaghetti-Os, but these words spoke to me:

“Life is too upsetting to try to force yourself to eat kale on top of everything else.”

Preach it, sister.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

 

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Maisey Yates, Author of LAST CHANCE REBEL, Talks About a Real Cowboy Hero (Copper Ridge #6–with a New Release Review!)

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A Real Cowboy Hero

Guest Post by Bestselling Author Maisey Yates

 

I’m a big fan of the cowboy hero (of course, that isn’t a secret!). What is it about them that’s so appealing? I mean, what isn’t? I love the idea of a man who plays by his own rules. A man who works hard, loves the land…is good with his hands. Sure, he might not be the most in touch with his feelings, he might be a little bit old-fashioned, but the cowboy hero is always going to be true to his woman.

That’s definitely my idea of the cowboy hero in fiction. Of course, we know real life isn’t always as spectacular as fiction. Given that, you can imagine my delight when the heroic actions of a real life Oregon cowboy made worldwide news a couple of months ago!

When a robber tried to make off with a bicycle at a Walmart in Oregon, a cowboy stepped in. Hearing that someone was making off with a bike, the cowboy saddled up and LASSOED the thief from the back of his horse before he could get away.

Since I write cowboys in Oregon, I think the article got sent to me about 50 times over social media by people who thought of me and my heroes when they read about it. I thought it was pretty amazing to have something so close to home go viral like that, but then I figured that was the end of it.

But a few weeks later I went to a local baseball game, and who was there throwing the first pitch, but our heroic cowboy!

Well, I couldn’t let the chance to meet this real life cowboy hero pass me by.

I made my way down to where he was sitting and awkwardly introduced myself (I don’t do anything in a non-awkward manner, that’s just a fact). Now, my husband was there too, but you know, for you, dear readers, I will disclose that when I shook the cowboy’s hand I took note they were strong. Rough and calloused from much hard work outdoors. This is the kind of detail I take the time to observe for you, because I’m a giver. 🙂

His name was Robert, (and he gave me permission to share this story) and he was definitely a gentleman. We all know that heroes exist in the real world, and not just in the pages of romance novels. But it is pretty unusual to meet a hero who lassoed a thief and prevented a robbery. All while wearing a cowboy hat.

 

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances  set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

 

About Last Chance Rebel:

The prodigal son of Copper Ridge, Oregon, has finally come home…

The man who ruined Rebecca Bear’s life just strolled back into it with one heck of an offer. Years ago, Gage West’s recklessness left Rebecca scarred inside and out. Now he wants to make amends by gifting her the building that houses her souvenir store. Rebecca won’t take Gage’s charity, but she’s willing to make a deal with the sexy, reclusive cowboy. Yet keeping her enemy close is growing dangerously appealing…

He’s the wild West brother, the bad seed of Copper Ridge. That’s why Gage needs the absolution Rebecca offers. He just didn’t expect to need her. After years of regretting his past, he knows where his future lies—with this strong, irresistible woman who could make a black sheep come home to stay…

 

Review:

I love this series!

Last Chance Rebel has a very different feel to it from the rest of the series, though–it’s darker, more somber, and tougher to get into at first. Rebecca is one of the prickliest heroines I’ve ever read (awesome name aside, of course–;)), definitely the prickliest Maisey Yates heroine I’ve read to this point. She’s got some major issues (deserved, for the most part) and is very, very bitter toward Gage for a big chunk of the book–but she gradually becomes less prickly, less bitter, and before I knew it she actually had me sitting firmly in her corner. I loved that she took responsibility for herself and realized on her own that holding on to grudges and resentment was only hurting her. She didn’t need anyone else to “fix” her–which she was saying from the beginning, but by the end, we realized it was true.

Gage is a gruff hero, determined for a lot of the book to cast himself in the role of villain even while he’s trying desperately to fix everything he thinks he’s responsible for–and a whole lot he isn’t. Rebecca might have been carrying the physical scars of their first encounter all those years ago, but his mental ones were just as damaging. He’s the one who I wanted to shake some sense into by the end of the story–fortunately, Rebecca did it for me, and what she started his younger brother Colton helped finish. Once he finally got his stubborn butt on board, together they came up with a fantastic epilogue.

Even when they were fighting their attraction with everything they had, Gage and Rebecca had fantastic chemistry together that made reading much of the darker stuff easier to bear. I loved them together, and was ready to set off a few fireworks myself for them by the end.

How soon will book #7 be out? 😉

Rating: 4 /12 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

New Release Review! TAKE ME, COWBOY by Maisey Yates (A Copper Ridge romance)

Take Me, Cowboy
by Maisey Yates

Synopsis:

This sexy rancher is her best friend…but can he be more? Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates!

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?

 

Review:

Friends-to-lovers with a touch of My Fair Lady–an unbeatable combination!

Chase and Anna have been best friends pretty much forever. They know each other’s secrets. They understand the dark stuff in each other’s past that is so much a part of why they are the way they are. And when Chase needs to get invited to a charity event to schmooze for his business, and Anna needs a date for that same event to win a bet with her brothers, going together seems like the ideal plan–right?

Now add in the extra layer–to make it believable, they’re going to pretend to be dating in the weeks leading up to the event to guarantee Anna’s winning. And to make that believable (and help Anna to get more dates–okay, any–future dates), Chase is going to help Anna to be more girly.

Clearly nothing here could possibly backfire.

Except that Anna’s been in love with Chase since she was fifteen, and her mother’s leaving years ago made her believe she’s easy to leave and hard to love. And Chase’s parents’ death has taught him that nothing lasts, so he’s made “love ’em and leave ’em” his mantra, becoming a serial dater and never actually developing any of those encounters into relationships.

But still…it’s a solid plan, yes?

What I liked best about this book is how fearless Anna becomes. Once she decides to let down the walls she’d built up over the years, she really went all in, and it was awesome. I almost wanted Chase to continue in his a*shatery, because she clearly deserved better than him. Except that she really did love the big jerk, so it was better that he eventually get his head out of his you-know-what.

So far there hasn’t been a bad book in this entire series! I can’t wait to get to Ace’s book (One Night Charmer) and really, really hope Chase’s brother Sam is getting his own book soon 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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New Release Review: BROKEDOWN COWBOY by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge #2)

Yay! Connor’s book!

Brokedown Cowboy
by Maisey Yates

Blurb:

There are lines best friends shouldn’t cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…

If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he’s concentrated exclusively on his family’s ranch. Until his dear friend Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That’s what friends do—and Liss is his rock. What friends don’t do? Suddenly start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…

Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. Another few weeks should be a breeze. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she’ll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…

Review:

The wait felt like forever after I’d read Eli’s (Part Time Cowboy)–and now I’m sure the wait for Kate’s (Bad News Cowboy) will feel just as long… 😉

I think I’ve said it before, two or three (hundred) times, but I love the friends-to-lovers troupe. Blame it on having watched When Harry Met Sally a few dozen times during my formative years, I guess. Actually, some aspects of this one reminded me of that movie.

Ms Yates did a fantastic job showing Connor as a widower dealing with his grief and finally starting to move on. From start to finish, his emotions felt spot on. Liss was a way better friend than he deserved at times, but ultimately he got his head on straight and worked to be the kind of guy she did deserve. I liked that he started making more of an effort with himself from the moment they became roomies–he really did need a swift kick in the pants at times–and I loved seeing the whole gang all together again. The dynamics in this group are fantastic.

Overall this was definitely not as lighthearted as book one in the series, but if it had been, then I wouldn’t have liked it as much. Connor’s needed to be a more somber story. I think it would work okay as a standalone–the only bit I could think of that might need more clarification than the book gives is how/why Connor’s barn burned in book one, though you can probably get by without all the gory details. Seeing Sadie and Eli in their adorable happy-to-be-in-a-relationship-ness will probably inspire you to read their book, though, so you might as well start there and save yourself time. 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! PART TIME COWBOY by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge #1)

Just a fantastic contemporary romance! 🙂

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Part Time Cowboy
by Maisey Yates
(Copper Ridge #1)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…

Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…

Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?

 

Review:

Loved, loved, loved this one. It was funny and sexy and the start to a new series, which means there’s more where that came from–yay!

Sadie and Eli were a fantastic couple. They have a past–kind of–and at first don’t get along at all, which is all the more aggravating for them both because darn it, their chemistry is off the charts. So inconvenient for them, so much fun for the rest of us. Their banter is fabulous, and what goes on inside their heads is just as entertaining. There is a copious amount of highlighting in my copy–so much of this one just tickled me.

There was an awful lot of giggling going on during the reading of this book. And fanning of self. Not to mention fanning of self while giggling…

The Oregon setting is gorgeous, and we see enough of the townspeople to give us the flavor of the place without sliding into caricature. The Garrett family–the focus of the series–is close-knit and loving, but ho boy, do they have issues galore. Eli was fantastic here as the stick-up-his-butt, everything-in-its-place, caretaker of the family: his life was just crying for Sadie to come in and mess everything up. Connor’s crushing grief made me want to cry–I’m so glad he’s got the next book. He’s a man in desperate need of an HEA before it’s too late. Kate, their baby sister (don’t call her Katie!) will have book three, and woe to the man who’s going to have to stand up to her two big brothers. (Her story’s going to have one of my favorite troupes in it. Can’t. Wait!)

I have no idea why I haven’t read anything by Maisey Yates before, but you’d better believe I’ll be reading more from her soon. Hooray for a new-to-me author with a backlist! Something has to keep me distracted until Connor’s book ( Brokedown Cowboy , after all… 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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