Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review: "Brokedown Cowboy" (Copper Ridge #2) by Maisey Yates

Brokedown Cowboy (Copper Ridge #2) Maisey Yates
Date Finished: December 25, 2017
Date Published: May 26, 2015
ISBN: 9780373788422
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like:  Friends-to-Lovers romances, Western romances

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…

My Thoughts:
It wasn't long ago that I finished Maisey Yates' first Copper Ridge novel.  Although I found that book to be somewhat problematic, I did enjoy it enough to continue in the series.  Fortunately, I picked up this book, the second in the series, about 2 months later--and I quickly learned that this is a series that is best read in quick succession.

The good news is that I found this installment to be far more successful than the first.  While we met Liss and Connor in the first book, we really get to know them in this one.  I will admit that I was afraid they'd be a bit too trope-ish, based on the summary.  The long-grieving widower and the girl with the decades old crush are both overdone in romance.  However, I found that it actually worked here.  Because we know so much of Connor's backstory going into this novel, his behavior is expected.  Liss's backstory is framed in a way that makes her unrequited feelings for Connor make sense (which usually doesn't happen in such situations).  Their group of characters--Connor's siblings and friend--actually help to set the stage for these rather tired tropes to actually work.

I loved the banter between Connor and Liss.  Let me tell you, Liss is quite the character.  She's the sort of person who I want as a best friend--she's forthright and blunt, while still being vulnerable.  It makes sense that she's the person who is able to break through the walls that Connor has built.  Most of all, though, I believed their feelings for each other.  This was a story where the physical and the emotional work together and that is what really makes a romance work for me.

My quibbles about this book are minor.  The biggest one, which is still rather small, is that Eli and Sadie--the main characters of the first book--seem to have different personalities in this one.  In this novel, they seemed more stereotypical, which I found somewhat irritating when played against the backdrop of Connor and Liss. I also am still not getting the sense of place that I'd like to out of these stories, although it is an improvement over the previous book.

This was a story that stuck with me long after I finished reading and it prompted me to pick up the third novel in the series sooner than I probably would have otherwise.  I will say that I wouldn't consider it a standalone--I do believe that one needs to read Part Time Cowboy before going into this, or else much of Connor's backstory will be missing.  But, as series go, this one I worth reading.

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

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