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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 Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That's what friends do. What friends don't do? Start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it
Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. 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
I was laughing and crying right along with the characters
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I decided to read Brokedown Cowboy - Maisey Yates is a "new to me" author - but there is no way I expected what I got in this book. All I can say is "WOW"! This book blew me away. I was laughing and crying right along with Felicity and Connor as they navigated the transition from friends to lovers, a journey that was fraught with emotion and pain and tears and ultimately love.
In Brokedown Cowboy, Maisey Yates gives us an incredibly complex character in our hero, Connor. Connor has been living in the darkness of grief for years, and the author does a wonderful job of showing the reader Connor's life after the loss of his wife. I've never experienced grief to the level of Connor's, but I was able to feel the pain Connor is feeling through the authors words. It was such a realistic depiction of a man who feels he's lost everything - he's drowning himself in a bottle and pushing away everyone who may try to love him for fear of losing him. You'd think he would come across as a jerk, but despite his gruff exterior and his short temper with most people in his life, I really liked Connor from the very beginning - I was rooting for him to dig himself out of the depths of darkness he was living in to join the worlds of the living and loving.
Felicity is a woman who has spent her entire life believing that she had to "earn" anything anyone every gave her - its like she has to keep a scorecard to ensure she has reciprocated anything that has been given to or done for her. She's a naturally very giving and loyal person, but her self-esteem is so wrapped up in believing that if she doesn't get what she wants, then she's not deserving of it. As a result, she puts her needs second in every relationship she has - family, friends, lovers. She believes she's not deserving of a man who loves her the way she should be loved; she wants to be loved. Throw Felicity and Connor together in close quarters and sparks will most definitely fly. Felicity and Connor have a searing-hot chemistry that just flies off the paper and has you turning the pages as fast as you can. The sex scenes are detailed. I found they enhanced the story because for Connor, the sexual interactions he has with Felicity are part of his healing process.
I found myself crying and laughing right along with the characters in Brokedown Cowboy. From the very first chapter, I was laughing out loud at the humor infused by the author and the sense-of-humor of the characters. From the very beginning, you get a picture of the wonderful relationship between these family members and friends - a perfect example from the beginning of the book:
"So," Sadie said, "pizza, pizza that's folded in on itself and deconstructed pizza."
"Pretty much," Connor said.
"Any vegetables?" Sadie asked.
"It's like you don't know us at all," Jack said.
This group of people are true family, related by blood or not. They laugh together, they love together, they cry together, and they grieve together. The laugh-out-loud humor may be immediately followed by grieving tears, and then a loving embrace. The wide spectrum of emotions experienced by the characters keeps your heart racing from the first page to the last laugh. Maisey Yates has a hit with the return to Copper Ridge in Brokedown Cowboy
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sexy, Fun & Emotional
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
-- MY THOUGHTS --
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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Couple posed outdoors in a familiar and somewhat intimate way. He appears to be either savoring or struggling with the closeness, whereas she almost has a look of "finally" on her face. Synopsis hints that this may be an emotional read.
Going through the motions on the ranch for the past several years since his wife died and turning to alcohol to numb the pain, loneliness and grief at night was the only way Connor could make it day-by-day. Then his barn burned down during the town-wide BBQ Fourth of July celebration (see PART TIME COWBOY) and Connor all but given up. If it weren't for his best friend, Felicity (Liss), he just may have.
Harboring a crush on her best friend for nearly 18 years, she idly watched as he fell in love with and married her other best friend, Jessie. Then worried and tried to take care of him when he fell apart after Jessie's death.
Facing impending homelessness, Jessie accepts Connor's offer to move into the ranch house. But now things are starting to become awkward, what with mint-green lacy thongs and talk about casserole sex. Can these friends cross that line and find a happier ending or are they doomed to forever be friend-zoned?
Connor's broken spirit and Liss's loving determination create a wonderful chemistry and bond between best friends. Add proximity, and those friends become lovers. It was, in turns, sweet and sensual then sexually sizzling. The secondary characters carry through from the first book, but BROKEDOWN COWBOY can and does stand well on it's own. The dialogue and interaction is entertaining and dynamic. The plot is full, but not too dimensional. While the story flows well in a written sense, it lack of outside conflict and drama leaves it slowing down at times. Predictability was not really an issue, even though I'd guessed what the biggest turmoil was about surrounding Jessie's death. The conclusion is solid enough to be satisfying, but it also leaves a cracked opening for Eli, Sadie, Connor, and Liss to continue their stories in the background of the next book, featuring Kate and Jack.
There were some great Laugh-out-Loud moments in this book, even if they were a little inappropriate, I still snicker thinking about them even now. The Casserole Sex conversation(s) is/are great, but what had me outright laughing was the post-picnic thieving fox and choking duck conversation. I'll not get more specific than that as to not spoil the hilarity for others, but for that scene alone, I'd recommend the book!
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4
What a Wonderful Emotional Read!!!
Wow!...What a wonderful read! Such a tight knit group with all of the friends and family, I absolutely loved Liss and Conner's story. Liss is such a beautiful person and has such a strong spirit. She is a best friend first to Conner and he definitely needed lots of help. Agonizing for Liss is still being in love with Conner when he is still grieving and such a mess. She has been in love with him for years and has always been there to support him. A beautiful story of friendship, love, and heartbreak, I had to stop at times to wipe away my own tears the last few chapters. This is the first book I have read in this series, and I will go back to read them all. Maisey Yates wrote a terrific read that I highly recommend. 4.5 Stars!
- Category: Western
- Published: Jun 01, 2015
- Publisher: HQN Books
- Seller: Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Copper Ridge