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.Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Gold Valley #3
Published by HQN Books on August 21, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Western
Source: TLC Book Tours
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In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden desire just might turn into the love of a lifetime…
When Lindy Parker lost her cheating husband, she gained a vineyard. She’ll do anything for Grassroots Winery, including teaming up with the hottest devil she knows, rancher Wyatt Dodge. Wyatt is her ex’s friend and has an ego as big as the bulls he rides. But in spite of that, disciplined Lindy has always wanted him…
Lightning struck Wyatt Dodge the first time he saw Lindy Parker. But there were two problems with that: she was married to his friend, and Wyatt doesn’t do strings. But now Lindy is free, and the two of them can finally explore the heat that’s burned between them for so long. But can Lindy make this good time cowboy decide on forever?
There’s just something about the worlds that Maisey Yates creates, featuring characters in two picturesque Oregon towns of Gold Valley and Copper Ridge, that grabs my attention and has me interested from the start. Her romances always feature a fiesty heroine and a smooth talking cowboy, but both always have their problems and hang ups keeping them from finding happiness in their current lives. We’ve met Lindy and Wyatt in a few of the previous books in the author’s series, and now it’s their time to shine in Good Time Cowboy.
I’m familiar with Lindy Parker from Christmastime Cowboy, and as the owner of a winery that she got in her divorce from her rodeo PR ex-husband. While his rich family was not happy that Lindy now owns the winery and is rather successfully running things with her ex-sister-in-laws, her ex-husband has moved on with his much younger mistress-turned-wife and is more of a ghost than a present problem. But she can’t get over her ten year marriage and that she wasn’t enough for him, and she throws herself into work and things that she can control. So when the opportunity to expand their business and help a neighboring ranch expand into a destination dude ranch, she’s glad to help–even though it means dealing with a flirtatious, womanizing, thoroughly irritating former bull rider named Wyatt Dodge.
Wyatt Dodge retired from bull riding to take over his family ranch, Get Out of Dodge, and make it turn a profit with his brothers and sister. Partnering with Grassroots Winery and the wound tight Lindy Parker is the right thing to do, but he is so tempted by her–as he’s been since the first time he laid eyes on her when he met her as his friend’s wife. But now they’re both free to work together–and play together, as they both agree to do so with no strings attached. But can they actually do so with no emotions involved from either one of them? While Wyatt seems cool, fun, and detached to everyone from the outside, inside he’s in knots trying to make up for his past sins. He cares more than he likes to show, and events from his teenage years have convinced him that it’s better to not love or get attached. But then Lindy agrees to get in bed with him both literally and figuratively, and all of those past emotions start resurfacing for both of them.
While both Lindy and Wyatt are very successful in their businesses, emotionally they haven’t had the best relationships or success. They’re quite simply hot messes. Lindy comes from a quite poor background with an emotionally distant mother, so she’s had to depend on only herself for years. Wyatt set off on his own at eighteen after a tumultuous childhood, choosing the bull riding circuit to staying on the family farm. He’s used to taking care of everyone, and she isn’t used to accepting help herself. There were definitely some tense times between the covers of Good Time Cowboy.
I give Good Time Cowboy a 4.5 out of 5. I really loved both Lindy and Wyatt. They both had a lot of baggage from their pasts that they had to confront and work through before they could be together. The chemistry between Wyatt and Lindy is fantastic, with flirty, sassy banter and an easy manner between them that was fun to read. Their problems were real-world problems, and they dealt with them in real ways. The world of Gold Valley was vivid and rich, and I could just imagine the horse trails and forests, and especially that waterfall! Good Time Cowboy was a fun, engrossing read, and I loved these two characters, along with getting a glimpse at what all of the side characters were up to. This is a must read for romance readers, and especially for those who love those set in Western areas with romantic settings and cowboys.
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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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