Mar 16, 2015

ARC REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Part Time Cowboy (Cooper Ridge, #1) by Maisey Yates

Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: March 31st 2015 by Harlequin

Part Time Cowboy (Cooper Ridge, #1) 
by Maisey Yates


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?

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*** REVIEW ***

First thing that drew my attention to this book was definitely the super-cute and romantic cover and the 2nd thing was my New Years's resolution to be more open-minded to books with cowboy heroes since everyone seems to love them and I just keep making excuses for not reading them, so this book seemed as the perfect answer. Ok, I cheated a bit, because the male hero isn't a cowboy in its true sense, but more of a modern version of a cowboy, but that counts too, right? ;)

I'm always a bit skeptic when starting a book from authors with whose work I'm not familiar with, but this time there was no need for worries, because the story got me hooked right from the very beginning. A huge part of that is because I felt an instant connection and girl crush on the main female character- Sadie. We meet her at the beginning of the story when she, after years of searching for herself and moving from city to city, is returning back to the place where it all started- her hometown Copper Ridge.

Sadie had a hard childhood and there are lot of bad memories connected to that place, but this time she is more than determined to stick around, start a business and make herself a home there. This time there's no more running. What's admirable about her is that she's been through a lot in her life- having left her home as a young teenager and from then on had to take care of herself  and live on her own, but she never gave up fighting- got a scholarship, went to collage and became a therapist. She is fun, witty, compassionate and she's not afraid to speak her mind. The girl cracked me up with her jokes, snarky remarks and sexual innuendos, especially when dealing with Eli and this was one of the rare stories where I actually liked the heroine more than the hero.

In comparison to her, Eli was one tough cookie to break, but Sadie never backed up from challenges. Just like her, he didn't have an easy life and had to grow up pretty young which affected a lot on the person he became- hard worker, ambitious, perfectionist, closed off to anyone except his siblings and afraid of commitment. A free spirit like Sadie is the last thing he needs, especially while he is running a campaign for the county sheriff, but no matter how hard he tries to fight his new-found feelings, he just can't stay away.

The story was fun, sweet, romantic and emotional with endearing characters. The romance was slow building and high on sexy banter and sexual tension. Plus, it was a hate-to-love type of a relationship, so expect a nice amount of make up sex.

The only "flaws" for me were some unnecessary drama and the "barley-there" conflict which developed and solved in 2-3 pages in the 2nd half of the story. I wish the author had done those parts a bit differently, but it didn't make the story less enjoyable. 

All in all- if you're in mood for a fun, lighter on the drama, emotional and steamy romance with modern cowboys take a chance on this 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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  1. Great review! This sounds like a fun book and not overly dramatic which is usually what I prefer! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Oh definitely one I think I need to check out. I've read in one of her other series and loved them. Thanks for the heads up! I'd not seen this one yet. :D

    1. You and cowboys. ;P :) Welcome. Now I can say that I finally read a cowboy romance and enjoyed it.

  3. Everyone needs a little cowboy hottie!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. Hate to love, fun and sexy story ? I'm in !!! Thanks for sharing, I'd never heard about it :)

    1. Welcome! Hope you'll enjoy if you decide to read it. It was a really fun read. :)

  5. Yay for a cowboy romance, Purple. I guess he's not technically a cowboy but he'd could definitely fit in the "country boy" category, I think. I love it when I fall for a heroine and Sadie sounds like a lot of fun. Wonderful review! :)

    1. Thanks, Rachel! Yup, I popped my cowboy romance cherry and liked it, lol. ;)


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