Brokedown Cowboy Maisey Yates Release Date: May 26, 2015 Publisher: HQN Books Contemporary Romance M/F Book #2 in the Copper Ridge series Number of Pages: 368 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from MCL Rating: XXX Read 11/21/16 to 11/22/16
When I first met Connor in Part Time Cowboy I knew he would break my heart. I was right. That man just holds on to his grief like a security blanket and it’s so sad. I was a bit concerned that Liss was the one who was supposed to snap him out of his woes.
Usually in the scenario of the grieving widow the story unfolds for us to find that the beautiful, sweet, wonderful wife wasn’t so sweet and wonderful. That helps the writer to leave the door wide open for the new love without seeming to be unfeeling to the dead wife. Maisey Yates didn’t take this route, although there was a moment I thought she was going to. No, Connor’s wife was a kind and sweet woman that everyone loved and that made him beyond happy and content. The author was able to make it known that it’s okay that Connor loved his wife and that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another love in his heart and soul.
Liss has always been there for Connor and may be the only person who really understands how much he loved his wife since she was also her best friend. Again, she was really her best friend and we didn’t have to find out later that she wasn’t a good friend. Liss had her feeling of guilt for how Conner makes her feel, and those feelings are real. But she didn’t try to justify the feeling by making her best friend anything less than what she truly was.
The journey that Conner and Liss go on together is beautiful and ugly and hard and gritty. It’s also worth reading. As with the other books in this series, the author is able to infuse enough humor to keep the sorrow from overwhelming the whole tone of the book. I’m loving the time I get to spend in Copper Ridge.