Claim Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates Release Date: April 3, 2018 Publisher: Harlequin Desire Book #4 of the Copper Ridge: Desire series Number of Pages: 224 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Pre-Order Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 4/21/18 to 4/22/18
I just recently read the short story Snowed in at Copper Ridge (Copper Ridge 6.5) in the Snowbound at Christmas compilation and noted that we would most likely see more of the Grayson family. Well, this is Joshua Grayson’s story. He’s the brother we saw the least of in that previous short story, so we get to know him much more here.
This story is a fun concept. A successful, single man’s dad puts an ad in the paper to find him a wife…in modern times! Who would do that? I’ll admit, I had to look back to be sure these were the same Graysons from Snowed in at Copper Ridge because I couldn’t believe the patriarch of that family would do such a thing. But he sure did! So to give his dad a taste of his own medicine, Joshua decides he’ll find an unsuitable match and tell his family he met her through the ad.
Danielle is such a strong woman, even as young as she is. At 22 she’s seen a lot and had a lot of responsibility. She has a very strong moral compass. My only issue with Danielle didn’t have much to do with her, but with the baby Riley. How is that baby so quiet? I had a very well-behaved baby in my first-born and he was even more of a distraction than Riley seems to be. Of course, that is most likely a by-product of the author needing to move the story.
This story moved very quickly, but it somehow didn’t surprise me. Knowing the Grayson family, I knew Joshua would have a protective instinct when it came to Danielle and Riley that he wouldn’t be able to deny. Not that that is why they fall in love, it’s just part of the reason.
Despite the fast nature of this story, I loved it all. It seems to me that all of the stories in the Copper Ridge: Desire series are very quick and really focus on the two main characters without a lot of other characters in the mix. This helps the reader to really get to know the hero and heroine somewhat fast so the insta-love aspect doesn’t seem as obvious.
I can’t fully explain it or point out certain scenes, but this story gave me All. The. Feels. I cannot tell you how often I got that stinging behind my eyes or the clenched feeling in my gut or the swirl of butterflies in my belly. Joshua and Danielle just touched me so very much.