Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Book Review: "Part Time Cowboy" (Copper Ridge #1) by Maisey Yates

Part Time Cowboy (Copper Ridge #1) Maisey Yates
Date finished: October 30, 2017
Date published: April 1, 2015
ISBN: 9780373779598
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: "Local kid comes home" trope, small town romances

Summary:
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 straitlaced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her as if 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 bed-and-breakfast. 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?

My Thoughts:
If you look at my kindle, you would see that I'm amassing a bit of a Maisey Yates collection.  Yet, for all the books of hers that I own, I had only read 2.  Thus, I figured it was time to start digging.  As the most recent book of hers that I've read was the novella prequel to the Copper Ridge series, I figured the first full-length book in this series would be a good place to start.

And it was.  When a romance author starts up a series, a reader can expect certain things, most of which are present in this book.  There is a large cast of supporting characters, which are developed enough to pique interest but, at least in this book's case, not so much that they eclipse the main players in the romance.  Also, while the main story line is resolved, the book itself doesn't finish with no loose ends.  These are not flaws by any means.  They are tools for the author to entice the reader to continue with the series.  Sometimes, it is heavy handed and not exactly successful.  Other times, as was the case with this book, it is skillfully handled and makes me hunger for the next book.

The strongest point of this book was the character development.  Both Eli and Sadie have their flaws, and Yates takes us the time to let the reader discover those flaws and the reasons behind them.  While both characters are generally likable, they do have their annoying edges, which is something that I don't frequently see in romance (although I do appreciate it when I do see it).  I love the banter between the two of them, and with all the other characters.  The dialogue was natural and entertaining, but not over-done.

I did have a few complaints, though.  The first is, as an Oregonian, I didn't really "feel" the setting of this book.  It's set on the coast, but also seems to have a large area of range land, which doesn't seem to fit to me.  This is actually a pretty minor thing that just plays into my nitpickyness, but there you go.

The second problem that I had was more of a hurdle to overcome.  I have trouble buying the "friends with benefits" trope.  I feel like it is a too easy way to set up a romance.  This book didn't even quite hit the friends with benefits bar and was more along the lines of "acquaintances with benefits."  Because of this, I had trouble accepting that these two characters, no matter how well matched they were, would actually get together.  I wish that Yates had taken another route, maybe the "enemies to lovers" trope, to set this story up because I was just irritated that two people who really didn't like each other that much would just jump into each other's pants.

There was also this very strange thing I noticed--Yates frequently writes in incomplete sentences in this book.  When I say "frequently" I mean I found it several times on a page.  I do understand that writers don't always use complete sentences on purpose, but this was beyond that.  However, this isn't something that I noticed in the other two Yates books that I read, so I'm not entirely sure what to make of it.  In any case, it was an itch that irritated this grammar nerd.

While I had trouble with this story on a very elemental level, I enjoyed enough of it that it made me want to read on in the series.  It is a good thing that I have so many of her books sitting in my kindle, because I do think that she will be an author that I will enjoy more often than not.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



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