Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates Release Date: August 21, 2018 Publisher: HQN Books Book #3 in the Gold Valley series Number of Pages: 340 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon purchase Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 9/2/18
This story has been a long time coming. Lindy first appeared in the Copper Ridge series and I’ve been anxious to find out more about her ever since. As usual, I was not disappointed. Maisey Yates always comes through with giving her characters realistic yet complicated back stories.
If you’ve been reading this series, you know Lindy and Wyatt get under each other’s skin. But, unless you’re new to reading this genre, you also know that means there are a lot of feelings under the surface. And boy are there feelings. One of my favorite things in this book is how Lindy and Wyatt initially met years ago, when she was still married and he was friends with her husband. There’s something about it that just got to me. Amazing.
Having read stories about the Dodge family already, I was a bit surprised by the relationship between Wyatt and his dad. His relationship with his father is so completely different from his brother Bennett’s relationship with their dad in Untamed Cowboy; and Luke’s relationship with their dad in Smooth-Talking Cowboy. I enjoyed this aspect because that’s how real-life works, too. We all have individual relationships with our parents and/or children. No matter how hard a parent tries, no kids are treated exactly alike. Sometimes that causes some deep scars that you may not even realize are there. While Wyatt’s dad knew he had made mistakes, until Wyatt finally decided to have a real discussion with his dad there was no way he could know how much his actions shaped Wyatt’s adult life.
Lindy cares about those in her inner circle so much, but she doesn’t know how to receive that love back. She holds everyone at arm’s length and doesn’t even seem to realize how much she’s missing out on. All she knows is she’s doing things her way on her terms and she can’t let anyone on the outside think otherwise. Appearances mean a lot to Lindy; this story shows us that she has a good reason for feeling like she needs a façade. Somehow, Wyatt seems to be able to see beneath that façade and she doesn’t know what to do with that.
This is a beautiful story of finding love and friendship where you least expect it, and learning that it’s okay to be yourself. Wyatt and Lindy both needed to learn how to stop worrying about how others saw them (for drastically different reasons) as long as they know they are good people and lived their lives as such.
There are some things that happen to people within Lindy’s circle during the last part of this story that I know are going to turn into an amazing story for the characters. Looking at the next couple books that will be released in this series, it looks as though I’ll have to wait a while to see how it’ll play out. Not that I’m disappointed. A couple of stories I’ve been waiting a long time for are still coming up this year. In fact, I already have the next book on my Kindle waiting for me.