Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Title:  Brokedown Cowboy
Series:  Copper Ridge #2
Author:  Maisey Yates
Published:  May 26/15 by HQN Books
Length:  368pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover 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…

My Review:

This was an emotionally turbulent yet extremely rewarding novel. Yates kept me captive from the first page to the last (and now I’m counting down the days for the next in the series). I laughed and cried in turn while becoming part of the world that was unfolding before my eyes. Yet, the story was also about so much more than simply the relationship between the main characters. Every aspect of the story made it more believable and loveable.

Yates has multifaceted character development and complexly realistic characters down pat. The main characters of this novel are no exception. I love how who they are today is built directly upon where they came from. The fact that this isn’t just Connor’s second marriage, but that there’s a big old twist in the relationship makes it more interesting. It also makes it that much more heartbreaking and harder for the characters to come to grips with. I really felt for both of the main characters, if in completely different manners. But these fantastic main characters are backed up with some intriguing individuals in their family & friends circle who truly fill out the story nicely. I really enjoyed the roles that they play in this novel. Yates not only brings her characters to life, she also brings ranching and farm living to life in a big & realistic manner. I loved getting to know these characters better in their home surroundings.

This novel was definitely a great addition to Yates’ series. It was heartfelt & funny, while at the same time tackling some very tough and sensitive subjects. It’s a must read for anyone who enjoys a good romance.

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