Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4 stars-- Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge #9) by Maisey Yates #QuoteTastic

I've totally fallen in love with Yates' books the past couple years. She's a drop everything and read author for me. This one. Lordy. It got me.

First some funnies. Alex is the hero. And he's brought his heroine to family dinner. She's 10 years younger than him and only 21. Violet is his 16 year old-- angry at the world and snarky-- niece. OMG yall. She had me rolling. I am going to LOVE her book one day. *crosses fingers she gets a book*

"Hi Uncle Alex," she said.

"Hey, kid," he responded, because he knew it would make her mad.

She didn't even gratify him with a scowl. "I didn't know you were babysitting today," she said, her expression bland.

He narrowed his eyes. "Brat."

"Cradle robber."

"Hey, when you're forty and you come to Christmas dinner with a boy toy I'm going to owe you for that," he said.

She frowned. "Is that what you imagine my future looking like?"

"Absolutely. Wealthy, eccentric woman with some muscle-bound puppy trailing behind her."

"What future are you planning for my daughter?" His brother's voice broke into his and Violet's conversation.

"Don't interrupt him, Dad," Violet said. "It was just getting interesting. Now, this boy toy-- which is a lame term, by the way, I prefer masculine devotee-- do I have him on a leash?"

"And we're done," Cain said.

And this one because most days...yeah I totally feel this way. lol

Sabrina pulled a face. "Are you okay?"

"Yes. I'm good. I mean, I'm a little bit crazy, but I'm good."

And this. Soup and some special additions. 

Before he could say anything, Clara took the paper bag out of his hand and looked inside. Her eyebrows shot up. "Are those condoms? Or very oddly shaped rubber saltines?"

"I brought soup and safe sex," he said. "I'm recently informed you don't like soup, but I'm oping that you're interested in the sex."

She sagged with relief, her petite shoulders dropping, a smile lifting the corners of her mouth.

Every time I pick up a book from Yates I know it's going to deliver a knock out romance that'll leave me smiling, laughing out loud and in a total cowboy induced swoon. 

The Gist: Clara's brother was killed while deployed and turns out she's --for all intents and purposes--been left to his best friend in his will. Said best friend now controls the farm she lives on, the house she lives in, and all decisions surrounding it for one year... or until things are up and functional again. Including her. So a dicey set up. But one that really was needed. 

When things kick off Clara is broken. 
  • She's 21 and has lost her mom, dad and now brother. She's going through the daily motions but she's emotionally wounded, broken down and far from really living. Yall. She broke my heart. 
  • But she had another side of her, too. She's sweet and innocent, funny and quirky and eats like a 5 year old. No veggies! No onion! eeeew on cold roast beef or fish or actual fresh pasta. Girlie likes SpaghettiOs and hot chocolate, thank you very much. 
But now she has Alex. 
  • Who may have been sent in to help her recover and move on in life but is actually pretty dang broken as well. Maybe even more so. By his upbringing, by his time in the military, by the traumatic loss of his best friend (her brother). 
  • He could be a punk and a bit high handed on occasion and make me want to shake him but at the same time I got why he was there AND why he was running scared when things got a bit heated between him and Clara. 
The two together were scorching hot. 
  • She's 10 years younger than him and his best friend's baby sister so there were all those hesitations because...really! bro code and all that! Plus he's an old man! Perv! lol
  • But the attraction and desire thankfully won out and whew boy! On fire! 
  • I really liked them together, too. Seeing them surprise and support each other. Push when it was needed even if it wasn't the comfortable or easy thing to do. 
  • It turned out to be a very sweet romance in the end and really warmed the heart watching them heal and fall in love.
All in all, Wild Ride Cowboy was everything I expect from Yates. A sweet sexy romance that left me both charmed and delighted. And maybe fanning myself just a little bit, too. 

Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly's intention. But if there's one thing the ex-military man knows, it's that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn't have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his late comrade's sister—a woman who, despite her inexperience, can bring tough-as-iron Alex to his knees.

Clara Campbell didn't ask for a hero to ride in and fix her ranch and her life. All she wants is the one thing stubborn, honorable Alex is reluctant to give: a chance to explore their intense chemistry. But Clara has a few lessons to teach him, too…about trusting his heart and his instincts, and letting love take him on the wildest adventure of all.

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