There are many things that can be said about the Copper Ridge series by Maisey Yates, and about how much I love it, but as I have done with previous reviews, this can be much better described in picture form:
As I said in a Goodreads review of one of the books, “Many feels. SO MANY FEELS!!”
Starting with Part-Time Cowboy, and continuing with Brokedown Cowboy, Maisey Yates has delivered the feels in a major way with the Copper Ridge series.
Beautifully crafted, full to the brim with that signature Yates humour, and sharing the stories of people you would actually want to meet, the Copper Ridge series is definitely becoming one of my favourites of late.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy while I share with you my thoughts on Part-Time Cowboy and Brokedown Cowboy.
Part Time Cowboy (Copper Ridge #1)
My rating: 5 out of 5
Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…
Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the prequel novella, Shoulda Been a Cowboy, and from that moment, I was hooked. Knowing that Part Time Cowboy was on its way, I couldn’t wait, so the minute it came up on NetGalley for review, I took advantage and got myself a copy.
Thank God I did! I flippin’ loved Part Time Cowboy – surly hero, bolshy heroine, buckets of emotion and some damn good story!
Eli and Sadie are on the face of it very different people. Eli is the uber-responsible, controlled lawman with a penchant for the straight and narrow, and Sadie is the ever-lively, intense former bad girl who promises to turn his world upside down.
I loved these two – the chemistry and connection between Eli and Sadie was akin to watching an out-of-control forest fire – ridiculously hot. Their banter is witty, snarky, smart and emotional – entirely reflective of the people they are. Both have been through the wringer, thanks to dysfunction and pain in their pasts, and as you get to know Eli and Sadie and what they have been through, it becomes so much clearer why they are who they are.
The feel counter in this book was very strong! Eli and Sadie may have outwardly worn their dysfunction, but they are a couple you just want to make it through to the other side and their HEA. Deliciously sexy, wonderfully humorous and intensely emotional, Part Time Cowboy is a perfect way to kick off the series, and you will find yourself waiting with baited breath for each subsequent journey into the world of Copper Ridge.
And now for Connor’s story…….
Brokedown Cowboy (Copper Ridge #2)
My rating: 5 out of 5
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…
If, like me, you thought your feel meter had hit an all-time with Part Time Cowboy, be prepared for the flood that will arrive when you read Brokedown Cowboy.
Connor, Connor, Connor….he has most definitely been dragged backwards through a hedge, hasn’t he? Withdrawn from the world at large since losing his wife, Connor is existing rather than living. I loved how Maisey wrote Connor – his grief at what he’d lost was palpable, and there were moments while I was reading Brokedown Cowboy where my heart just about broke for him. But I knew that, thanks to the wonderful crafting of his story, that there would be a more than worthy heroine to bring him back to the person he (and everyone around him) thought was lost.
Liss is that heroine. A friend when many others had fallen away, she keeps Connor afloat even when he feels like drowning. Yes, she has more than just friendly feelings for him, but she doesn’t abandon him just because he doesn’t necessarily reciprocate those feelings…..at the beginning, anyway.
Their chemistry is borne initially from friendship, but when Connor and Liss get together in a biblical sense, you can see a whole new and even more electric level to their connection. The moments of humour and levity are woven in beautifully.
While there is some seriously emotional and feel-packed parts to Brokedown Cowboy, you are never left with any other feeling than things can and will get better, and that the love they share is far more powerful than the darkness that has been dwelling nearby.
Get thee to your computer, or to your nearest book store, and pre-order yourself a copy of Brokedown Cowboy. However, be warned:
If that has whet your appetite for Copper Ridge, the third in the series, Bad News Cowboy (which tells Kate’s story) is released in July. I cannot wait to see what Maisey has in store for Kate and Jack – it promises to have epic levels of feel.