Cowboy Christmas Blues – book review

Cowboy Christmas Blues
by Maisey Yates
Release Date:  October 1, 2017
Publisher: HQN Books
Book #0.5 in the Gold Valley series
Number of Pages: 93
Kindle Edition
Source:  Amazon purchase
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 2/23/18

I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t have a huge budget for books.  Even when it comes to my favorite authors, like Maisey Yates, I have to be careful about what I purchase.  I’ve been lucky enough with a lot of favorite authors to get ARCs from Net Galley or have my online library or local library carry some of their books.  When it’s a story I really want/need to read and I can’t get it through the library I will, of course, buy the book.  I’m all about supporting my authors.  Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I read way too many books each month to be able to afford purchasing them all.  I had finally caught up to current (I’ve waited months and months on my library’s waiting list for some of her titles) in the Copper Ridge series a few months back and had pre-ordered the first book in the Gold Valley series, a spin-off (cross-over?) of the Copper Ridge books.  Once that book came out I realized I had somehow missed this book.  Now, I know it’s not always necessary to read the .5 books in a series.  But I love this author and really hate missing any part of a series that I love.  But it’s a novella, less than 100 pages even, and was far more than I would usually spend on a shorter book.  I hemmed and hawed over this one for a few days.  None of my libraries have the books, although I did put a request in for them to purchase the book.  (Please always do that even if you plan on purchasing a book. The more exposure our favorite authors get through libraries, the more likely people will purchase their books themselves which means the writer will write more books!  A win/win!)  Anyway, this paragraph is getting super long and it’s just to say that I bit the bullet.  I purchased this less than 100 page story for $2.99 for my Kindle and I don’t regret it at all.

As usual, I hate giving spoilers.  So I’m going to speak in code and you’ll understand later.  When I realized that Annabelle didn’t realize something that was happening at the beginning of this story, my stomach was actually in knots while I waited for the big reveal.  Poor girl!  I love how this author sucks me in and has me sympathizing with her characters so quickly.  And the aftermath of that realization, I was so on Annabelle’s side even though I know it was a tiny bit irrational.

Cooper is such a needy soul without even realizing it at all.  He sets the parameters yet he’s the one always wanting to talk and learn more about Annabelle.  I swear I don’t even think he ever realized he was doing it, their relationship was just that natural to him…even if he didn’t want a relationship.

This is a super sweet, somewhat sad, very touching short story.  You get a lot of bang for your buck.  Again, no regrets on making the purchase.

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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