I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge #10
Published by HQN Books on October 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Western
Source: TLC Book Tours
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It’s Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped…
Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery’s new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?
Thirteen years ago, Liam’s boss at the winery offered him a bribe—leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn’t good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he’s back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together…
Sabrina Leighton and Liam Donnelly have history together — and it’s not a happy one. Thirteen years earlier, when she was seventeen and he was twenty, their fledgling romance was abruptly put to a stop when her father paid Liam to go away to college, but only if he left Sabrina’s life for good. He took her controlling father up on his offer, disappearing from her life and their small town in Oregon, only returning after he’d inherited a portion of his grandfather’s ranch alongside his three brothers. While he was still gorgeous, with that mysterious tattooed bad boy vibe about him that women flocked toward, Sabrina wasn’t the vulnerable, innocent, loyal-to-her-family girl that she once was–and Liam is disappointed that she actively avoids him when they cross paths in town.
But that’s about to change when his family cheese business joins forces with her current job working for her sister-in-law at the winery that her parents used to own, it’s a test of her patience as well as a battle of wills to see who will break first as they work together to open up a new wine and cheese tasting room in a nearby town. They try to be professional, but strong attraction and past hurts bubble to the surface fast as Liam tries to take the lead of this business venture, and Sabrina has to reluctantly agree that the ideas that he brings to the table are actually good. Can Sabrina and Liam pull together a successful store with a short deadline of right before Christmas, or will their checkered past set them up for failure before they can even begin?
Liam thought that he was doing the right thing for Sabrina by taking her father’s money and walking away. He didn’t have the best childhood, and he certainly wasn’t good enough for her. Determined to overcome that rotten upbringing, he went to college and became a successful businessman in his own right, earning a small fortune helping startups get going. But no matter how much success he achieved, no matter how much money he accumulated, no matter how many women came through his life, there was still an empty hole deep inside him. When his grandfather passed away, Liam realized that he had the opportunity to return home and start a new career–one that would hopefully be more fulfilling. He never forgot that sweet, beautiful girl Sabrina or how he felt about her, especially since she was tattooed all over his back.
Sabrina’s well-manicured, completely-planned-out life imploded when Liam dumped her and disappeared from her world. After a big, public blow up with her father, he practically kicked her out of the family, and she had to make her own way in the world. She’s very guarded with her heart, and while she’s tried dating men throughout the years, no one compares to the idea of Liam Donnelly. She blames him for how her life turned out, and she’s a bit embarrassed that she hasn’t moved on. But she can’t deny that they still have chemistry after all these years, and even though she shouldn’t, she can’t help but hope for more than a brief fling with Liam.
I give Christmastime Cowboy a 4.5 out of 5. Ultimately a story of love lost and found again, both Liam and Sabrina have a lot of issues to work out before they can work together–both professionally, personally, and romantically. Liam’s childhood was quite tragic, and while Sabrina’s was privileged, she was neglected in other ways. Even though this is book ten in the Copper Ridge series, I had no difficulties following along with the sprinklings of backstory throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Maisey Yates book, and her writing has picturesque scenery, realistic dialogue, quite steamy scenes, and great secondary characters that are charming and unique. The novel did bog down a little bit at times, but those spots were very few and far between. Overall, Christmastime Cowboy was a great read of lovers finding each other again after years apart while discovering who they really are, all with a lovely small country town Christmas backdrop.
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About Maisey Yates
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.
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