Down Home Cowboy – book review

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Down Home Cowboy
Maisey Yates
Release Date:  June 27, 2017
Publisher: HQN books
Contemporary Romance M/F
Book #8 of the Copper Ridge series
Number of Pages:  384
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Rating:  XXX
Read 9/4/17 to 9/6/17

In romance novels, as in real life, sex scenes are so much better when they are also fun.  Maisey Yates never fails to give me fun.  I’ve been sitting in many waiting rooms, as of late, being the primary caregiver of a sick relative.  More than once a laugh escaped my lips in an otherwise quiet room full of sick or worried people.  Sure I felt sheepish, but I also reveled in the levity that I really have been needing in my life right now.

This story deals with some very serious issues:  Abuse, abandonment, self-esteem.  That makes the funny and/or cute scenes all the more special.  This story is not only about Cain and Alison, but also about Cain’s teenage daughter Violet. If you read the previous book, Slow Burn Cowboy, you already know Cain and Violet’s basic story.  So you know there are some deep issues that they have to deal with.  Alison is such a great sounding board for them both.  She guides Violet without pushing.  She pushes Cain because he needs to be pushed when it comes to his feelings.

Cain has so many walls up that it’s no wonder Violet didn’t realize the depth of his love for her.  Which is both surprising and not surprising at all once you find out more about his relationship with his mom and how she viewed him as a child.  When all of these realizations come to Cain (mostly with the help of Alison) it’s beautiful to read about.  There is quite a touching scene between him and Violet.

It’s always great when the student becomes the teacher.  That happens at one point with Violet and Alison and it was pretty funny.  I love that once Violet said her piece Alison just couldn’t get it out of her head.  Loved it!

Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to like Cain as much as I did.  Once those walls start to crumble I couldn’t resist the scared and vulnerable little boy who was inside. 

The one thing that kept this story from a solid 5 stars was the resolution with Violet.  It wasn’t tied up in a little bow, which I appreciated since she is still a teenager.  But once she and her dad finally opened those lines of communication things went a bit TOO smoothly. 

We meet a lot of new characters, if only in passing, in this story.  It excites me to see there’s still plenty of stories to be told in Copper Ridge.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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