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New Release Review! THE HOLIDAY HEARTBREAKER by Maisey Yates (Four Corners Ranch #5)

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A fresh start is all she wants this Christmas, but maybe a cowboy is all she needs…

It’s not the holiday season she’d envisioned. But moving back home with her son, Benny, is all single mom Elizabeth Colfax can do after her ex-husband’s infidelity left their life in pieces. A fresh start at Four Corners Ranch means Elizabeth’s dream career in equine therapy can become a reality, allowing her to share her love of horses with Benny. If only it didn’t also mean butting heads with Brody McCloud, the frustratingly attractive cowboy who sets sparks off inside her.

Brody doesn’t do complicated, and Elizabeth’s got more baggage than an airport. But there’s something about the woman that’s always gotten under his skin in a very welcome way. As the simmering tension between them grows harder to ignore, they’ll have to decide if their undeniable attraction can outweigh a shared loss of faith in forever. Maybe this Christmas, they can find a family worth fighting for.

In the bonus novella Wild Night Cowboy, can a cowboy with a dark past find his future with the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Four Corners Ranch

Book 1: Unbridled Cowboy
Book 2: Merry Christmas Cowboy
Book 3: Cowboy Wild
Book 4: The Rough Rider
Book 5: The Holiday Heartbreaker
Book 6: The Troublemaker

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I am woefully behind on this series–but at least I did get to see a couple whose story I did read (Sawyer and Evelyn from Unbridled Cowboy ) near the end, so there’s that 😉

I picked up The Holiday Heartbreaker this week because Christmas, and because it has a single mother in it. Elizabeth has been divorced for six years and in all that time has been all about being a mother to Benny–no dates, no relationships, no sex. Not that there’s anything wrong with people who are able to move on quickly after such a devastating life change, but I did appreciate that Elizabeth took her time, making a better life for herself and her son in Pyrite Falls and figuring out what she wanted for herself for once.

And it turns out part of what she wanted is a cowboy pirate. Go figure 😉

Parts of this story felt like they dragged a bit–Brody and Elizabeth spend a lot of time in their heads, which makes sense because they both have a lot of issues to work through, and they spend a whole lot of time talking, which again, they need to do but there were times I wanted more action and less dialogue. Ms Yates makes up for it with the last part of her story, though, and the Dread Pirate Roberts rep was spot on. Brody’s chat with Ben 100% had me tearing up. And that epilogue? I have no notes; just excellent.

Now–to move on to Lachlan’s book, or back up and read the other brothers’? Decisions, decisions…

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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