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Thursday, June 20, 2019

[QuoteTastic] Cowboy to the Core (Gold Valley #6) by Maisey Yates


Cowboys and cowgirls and Maisey Yates. Happy thing, people. Happy thing. Alright so this quote made me laugh. The heroine is a bit prickly about being an independent lady. She don't need no man! No she sure doesn't! ::snort::


“Sorry that there wasn’t any hot chocolate.”

“The trout was pretty good. And anyway, we can have some campfire coffee this morning.”

“Can we?” 

She stretched. “Yes,” she said, some of the stretch lingering in her voice. “But one of us has to go out in the cold and start the fire.”

“I think that falls under the purview of pioneer woman.”

“No,”she said stubbornly. “I think that’s men’s work.”

“No, pretty sure men chop wood, and women stoke fires. The wood has been chopped. So…”

“That’s not chivalrous,”she pointed out. 

“Oh, I didn’t know you wanted chivalry. I thought you were a strong, independent woman.”

“I’ll bite you,”she said. 

“I don’t think you—”

She sank her teeth into his shoulder and he growled, before climbing out of the tent, stark naked and heading outside. “I’ll light the fire. But only because you’re crazy.”

She smiled, enjoying the view.


You really can't go wrong with Yates. Seriously. You need her cowboys in your life!
The Gist: Gabe needs a horse trainer for his family ranch and Jamie, well, she needs a breather from her own family ranch so signs up to help evaluate and train new horses for Gabe. Simple. Easy. No emotional involvement. Just a job. She is not tempted by cowboys. Not even a little. No, ma'am! ::snort::
I liked Gabe and Jamie. Broken but endearing and lovable and make you want to hug them even when they're being stupid or irrational. Jamie is all prickles and attitude. She's not easy at the start but whoa this girl is pretty amazing as the book goes by. Talk about personal growth and facing some hard truths about yourself. And Gabe. He may look like he has it all together but he's got his own personal brand of self discovery happening. He's sexy and infuriating sometimes but man when the guy decides to go all in he goes all in and is pretty damn honorable, too.

Their romance was lively. She's a young thing with absolutely no use for cowboys. He likes his women a little older and a lot less prickly. They had great chemistry and heat and it was hard not to root for them as they dealt with each other and tackled all kinds of difficult things.  They really did make each other better people.

All in all, Cowboy to the Core was full of cowboy (and girl) goodness. It was really remarkable seeing how far these two both came from chapter one. Seeing them turn into better and more well rounded individuals and finding some happiness, joy and peace. It was just lovely to see.

Jamie Dodge is confident she knows everything there is to know about cowboys. She grew up surrounded by them, after all. But somehow her new boss, champion saddle bronc rider Gabe Dalton’s brand of cowboy charm has her interested in all kinds of things she never has been before.

There are a million reasons Gabe should ignore his attraction to Jamie. He needs her horse-training skills on his family’s ranch…and the Dodge brothers would happily hurt him for touching her. Forget kissing her. He’d be a dead man. But Jamie’s tough-talking attitude masks an innocence that tempts him past the breaking point…and soothes the restlessness that’s dogged Gabe his whole life. Has this cowboy finally found a place he wants to call home?

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