Part Time Cowboy (Copper Ridge #1)
by Maisey Yates
Coming March 31, 2015
Coming March 31, 2015
A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…
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?
Part Time Cowboy started out strong but it dragged so much for me that in the end it was just kinda meh.
I absolutely loved Sadie from the get-go. She was fun and spunky and had the best innuendos that I couldn't not love her. Eli on the other hand... At first I hated him, then I kinda tolerated him, then I kinda hated him again, but in the end he definitely grew on me. It was really once he put himself out there that I understood why he acted the way he did and had it not been for that I probably would have kept right on hating him.
But let's get to the story shall we?! Sadie left home when she was a teen and hasn't been back in ten years. She's a runner... She's moved all over the country, never letting anyone get too close, and then she packs up and moves on again when she feels that it's time. At first I was curious what could have possibly been so bad that she always felt the need to run and even after she explained it I didn't really get it... But once we got to the end and felt her reaction to the way Eli acted towards her, I totally got it.
Well after ten years of running, Sadie has decided to move back home to Copper Ridge to open up a B&B. Within the first few minutes of being back in town she runs into Eli Garrett, the cop that arrested her when she was a teen and is essentially the cause for her running all those years ago.
Eli is a man that lives for control and everything about Sadie has that control spinning away from him. His mom left when he was a kid, his dad was a drunk up until he died in a drunk driving accident, he's been taking care of his sister since she was just a baby, and his older brother lost his wife a few years ago so he's been taking care of him too... Basically Eli feels like the weight of the world rests on his shoulders... Which makes him act like a huge jerk to Sadie.
The whole first half of the book is filled with Eli and Sadie hating each other while secretly wanting to rip each others clothes off and while that works to an extent I felt like it just dragged on for way too long. I mean, they're old enough to know that when you want someone that bad there's no use fighting it and quite honestly they both just got on my nerves.
Of course once they gave in and started their no-strings relationship things picked up a bit. The sexy times were smoking and I loved to see Eli lose control. But we all know how no-strings relationships always end up turning into more. Luckily there weren't any huge misunderstandings or one of them admitting they wanted more and the other didn't but Eli did act like a huge jerk at one point and broke poor Sadie's heart. I loved that in the end, though, they both put their hearts on the line and decided to fight for their relationship.
Overall, this was an okay read... Like I said, it started off strong and ended great but I had a hard time really getting into it and never felt fully invested. At this point I'm still up in the air as to whether or not I'll read the next book in the series.
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.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Part Time Cowboy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.