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Release Day Review! UNBRIDLED COWBOY by Maisey Yates (Four Corners Ranch #1)

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Welcome to Four Corners Ranch, where the West is still wild…and when a cowboy needs a wife, he decides to find her the old-fashioned way.

Cowboy Sawyer Garrett has no intention of settling down. But when he becomes a single dad to tiny baby June, stepping up to the responsibility is nonnegotiable. And so is finding a woman to be a mother to his infant daughter. So he decides to do it how the pioneers did: he puts out an ad for a mail-order bride.

Evelyn Moore can’t believe she’s agreed to uproot her city life to marry a stranger in Oregon. But having escaped one near-disastrous marriage, she’s desperate for change. Her love for baby June is instant. Her feelings for Sawyer are more complicated. Her gruff cowboy husband ignites thrilling desire in her, but Sawyer is determined to keep their marriage all about the baby. But what happens if Evelyn wants it all?

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A new series from Maisey Yates? Yes, please!

Unbridled Cowboy is–believe it or not–a modern-day mail order bride story. *And* Ms Yates had me pretty much convinced that it could actually happen that way. Plus, there’s a baby named June Bug, which is just so adorable, but when you find out the reasons behind the name? I just can’t even.

Sawyer and Evelyn’s story is just lovely–sure, June Bug is the best behaved baby to ever exist, but I was willing to mostly overlook that tiny, slightly unrealistic detail, because their marriage of convenience story is just so full of all the emotions. Seriously. The reasons for why Evelyn decided to pack up and leave NYC for Four Corners Ranch, and the reasons why Sawyer is convinced that love is not ever something he’ll experience are just…so much. I hovered on the edge of tears a whole lot while reading this, except at the end when resistance was futile. I can’t wait to see them living their HEA in future books, and really can’t wait to see Wolf, Hunter, and Elsie find their HEAs too!

And the novella at the end? Just so stinkin’ cute. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but the Beast has three half-feral children instead of an enchanted castle and Belle has to bring her own library with her. Set in the Four Corners Ranch universe, it had me smiling from start to finish–and fanning myself at times as well.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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