It's the first of June, and I have a nice romance for all of you who want to curl up with a romance for the summer. Today, I am hosting a stop as part of the Brokedown Cowboy Tour hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. As part of the tour, I have a review for you and an opportunity to enter the tour wide giveaway. So let's get started by meeting the author:
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. You can find Maisey:
Here is my review:
Brokedown Cowboy (Copper Ridge #2) by Maisey Yates
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…
Paperback, 368 pages
Published: May 26th 2015 by HQN Books
Three and a half stars: A best friends to lover romance that encompasses overcoming grief and new beginnings.
Liss barges into Connor's kitchen bearing groceries, only to find him slumped over the kitchen table, hung over, again. For three years, Liss has watched her best friend wallow in his private hell of grief and misery since his wife died. No matter how hard she tries to reach him, he pushes her away. Things suddenly change, when Liss finds her rental home swept out from under her. Connor quickly offers her a place to stay, and even though Liss wants to refuse because she is afraid of her feelings, she thinks that perhaps if she stays with Connor, she will overcome her long time crush. Unfortunately, her plan backfires, and Liss and Connor are treading in dangerous territory. Can their friendship survive?
What I Liked:
- A best friends to lovers romance is always one of my most favorite types of romance as I find them to be so believable. What is better than two long time friends finally realizing their feelings for one another and falling in love? This type of romance always feels so genuine, and I loved that about this book. Granted, this romance isn't quite as adorable and fluffy as I was hoping, but that is because it deals with grief. Still it is an excellent, realistic and heart felt romance. No love triangles, insta love or unnecessary drama in this one.
- Connor is a tough sell. Yes, he is gorgeous and a cowboy, totally swoon worthy, but he is also grumpy, bitter, angry and depressed. It has been three years since his wife was killed, and he is still waking from nightmares every night. He is lost and not really living. He lashes out at those who love him, and he fails to see the gentle hands of love reaching out to him. Even though he isn't easy to like, you can't help but to love him after learning his history. In the end, he is swoon worthy and a stand up guy. I was happy to see him find the sunshine again.
- This is a darker romance as it takes on grief and depression. Connor is still suffering from the catastrophic loss of his wife, and he is unable to move forward. Anyone who has suffered a loss like this, will easily relate to Connor and his feelings. He is going through the motions and not really living. Thankfully, with the help of his siblings and the love of a long time best friend, he slowly peels away the darkness to see the sun shining through. It is a long journey, and it is hard to be patient with him as he works through his issues, but in the end, I was left hopeful and happy with the outcome.
- The romance is one of starts and stumbles and it is cute as well. I liked when Connor suddenly started having sexual urges after finding Liss' lacy underwear in the drawer. While Connor is struggling with his new found feelings for his best friend, Liss is trying to hide her long time feelings for Connor. She has always been in love with him and he never knew it. It is a fun little dance, though there are some big obstacles and it takes awhile to work through it all. After it was all said and done, I was left smiling.
- I loved the small town setting of Copper Ridge, Oregon. I love books with a small town vibe, and this one with it's scenery and setting next to the ocean is wonderful.
- The ending is sweet and satisfying without nagging questions and a cliffhanger. This is the second book in the series, but I read it without having read the first and had no issues as it is a companion series. I always like when you can pick up a book in a series and get a complete story.
And The Not So Much:
- I was wishing that a bit more of the history between Connor and Liss had been revealed. I got that they had been best friends for eighteen years, but there really wasn't much detail on their friendship. I would love to know how they met and why they became life long friends. I was also wanting to better understand the dynamic with Connor, Liss and his late wife Jessie. Was Jessie always in the picture?
- I love best friends romances, and I was hoping for sweet and fluffy, but this one lacked the adorable feel good I usually love as Connor is battling grief. It was nice, but I grew tired of the drama, and the on and off again relationship. Especially since I knew how it was going to end.
- It bothered me that the two big events that put Connor in a tale spin weren't adequately explained. Connor's wife dies in some type of accident, but it is never revealed as to whether it was a car accident or something else. I also wasn't clear on exactly how is barn burned down either. Both of those events are a big important part of the story, so I don't understand why all the details weren't delivered.
Brokedown Cowboy is a romance that features the best friends to lovers trope with a few hurdles. This is a book about overcoming grief and learning to love again. If you are a fan of best friend romances set in a small town, give this one a read. It was a quick and satisfying read despite the fact that it was a bit darker than I anticipated.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
As part of the tour, I am able to offer you a chance to win one of five paperback copies of Brokedown Cowboy, please note: This giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. I will not be responsible for selecting the winners and distributing prizes. For more details on the contest policies, visit Candace's Book Blog and Promotions.
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