Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates Release Date: February 20, 2018 Publisher: HQN Books Book #1 in the Gold Valley series Number of Pages: 329 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Pre-Order Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Rating: XXX Read 2/24/18
As I mentioned in my review for Cowboy Christmas Blues, I don’t often have the funds to pay for books. But after the frustration of being on waiting lists, sometimes for months, to read the next Maisey Yates book one too many times, I finally decided it was time to start finding the extra money to purchase her books. Especially with this new series and the fact that I’m finally caught up in the Copper Ridge series.
Man am I glad I didn’t wait on this one! I am in love with Luke. Like over the moon in love with that cowboy. I already knew Olivia and Bennett from a couple of the stories in the Copper Ridge series (don’t worry, you don’t need to read them to thoroughly enjoy and understand this one), and by the end of this story Luke even make me like Bennett. It’s hard to explain, so I won’t. But I was not previously a fan of Bennett’s, nor was I a fan of his through most of this book. Luke seems to have a way about him that brings out the best in those around him. He doesn’t realize he does that, and I don’t think most people realize he does it either. Yet that is the way I see things.
To be honest, in the Copper Ridge books Olivia is not a favorite of mine either. I didn’t exactly dislike her, but she did tend to annoy me. I knew there was some sort of story behind some of her actions though. This story really helped me to understand Olivia and even sympathize with her. The author did such a great job of telling Olivia’s story that I went from being annoyed with her parents to hating her parents to understanding her parents.
The thing about this story that I loved the most was the way Luke and Olivia came to realize their feelings. In many ways it seemed like insta-love, but they each quickly realized that all the years they’ve known each other there was something between them. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying that and I really want you to pay attention to those scenes when the characters have their awakenings. It’s different than almost any story I’ve read in that neither was going around feeling as if they had an unrequited love for the other…yet they both did. Very interesting and unique. I loved it!
Although I have a couple of months to wait for the next Maisey Yates book (which will actually a Copper Ridge Desires book), there will be three book in three months to look forward to. Woot!!!