Brokedown Cowboy

Brokedown Cowboy

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by Maisey Yates
     
 

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2016 RITA Award Winner for Contemporary Romance: Long

There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…

If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he's concentrated exclusively on his family's ranch. Until Felicity Foster

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2016 RITA Award Winner for Contemporary Romance: Long

There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…

If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he's concentrated exclusively on his family's ranch. Until Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That's what friends do. What friends don't do? Start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…

Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she'll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…

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"Yates' visually powerful narrative tells a timely, heartbreaking story starring an unforgettable couple."
-RT Book Reviews on The Couple who Fooled the World

"Yates' tale of loss, pain and love's salvation is simply incredible."
-RT Book Reviews on Heir to a Dark Inheritance

"This enticing storyline keeps pages turning, and her words flow; Yates' hero and heroine entertain with their sarcasm, endear when masks come off and sear with their lovemaking."
-RT Book Reviews on His Ring is Not Enough

"Yates skillfully creates an improbable duo whose cultural and professional differences are no match for love, in a story that is compassionate, heartbreaking and hot."
-RT Book Reviews on Heir to a Desert Legacy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373788422
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Series:
Copper Ridge Series , #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
56,504
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Connor Garrett was a grown-ass man. He knew there was nothing to fear in sleep. He knew the darkness of his room didn't hide anything more sinister than a pair of carelessly discarded cowboy boots, waiting for him to stub his toe on them in the dead of night during a sleepy trip to the bathroom.

He knew these things, just like he knew the sun would rise over the mountains just before six this time of year, whether he wanted it to or not. He knew these things as surely as he knew that an early-morning breeze tinged with salt meant a storm would blow in from the coast later. That unintentional run-ins with barbed-wire fences burned like a son of a bitch. That wooden barns burned and people you loved left.

Yeah, he knew all that.

But it didn't stop him from waking up most nights in a cold sweat, his heart pounding harder than a spooked horse's hooves on arena dirt.

Because the simple truth was that Connor Garrett knew all these things, but his subconscious had yet to catch up.

He sat bolt upright in bed, sweat beading on his bare chest and his forehead. If this weren't standard procedure for his body, he might've been concerned he was having a heart attack. Unfortunately, though, he knew at this point that the racing heart, accompanied by chest pain, was just stress. Anxiety.

Damn lingering grief that refused to lessen even as the years passed.

He wasn't surprised when he woke up alone in bed, not anymore. It had been three years, after all. He wasn't surprised, but he noticed. Every time. Was acutely aware of how cold the sheets were on her side of the bed. It wasn't even the same bed he'd slept in with Jessie. He'd bought a new one about a year ago because continuing to sleep in the bed they'd shared had seemed too depressing. But it hadn't accomplished what he had hoped it might.

Because no matter how hard he tried, whether he lay down in the middle of the bed at the start of the night, or even on the side nearest to the window, he always ended up on his side.

The side by the door. In case of intruders or any other danger. The side that allowed him to protect the person sleeping next to him. The side he had taken every night during his eight years of marriage. It was as if his late wife's ghost was rolling him over in his sleep.

And then waking him up.

Unfortunately, Jessie didn't even have the decency to haunt him. She was just gone. And in her place was emptiness. Emptiness in his bed. In his house. In his chest.

And when his chest wasn't empty, it was filled with pain and a kind of dread that took over his whole body and made it impossible to breathe. Like now.

He swung his legs over the side of the mattress, the wood floor cold beneath his bare feet. He stood and walked over to the window, looked out into the darkness. The black shadows of pine trees filled his vision, and beyond that, the darker silhouette of the mountains, backlit by a slightly grayer sky. And down to the left he could barely make out the front porch. And the golden glow of the porch light that he'd somehow managed to leave on before he'd gone to sleep.

His chest tightened. That was probably why he'd woken up.

Abruptly, the dream he'd been having flooded back through his mind. It hadn't been a full dream so much as images.

Opening the door late at night to see Eli standing there, his brother's face grim, bleaker than Connor had ever seen it. And a ring of gold light from the porch had shone around him. Made him look like an angel of some kind. An angel of death, it had turned out.

As stupid as it was, he was half convinced that leaving that same light on downstairs brought the dreams back stronger.

It didn't make sense. But if there was one thing he'd learned over the years, it was that grief didn't make a lick of sense.

He jerked the bedroom door open and walked downstairs, heading toward the entryway. He stood there in front of the door, looking at the porch light shining through the windows. For a second he had the thought that if he opened it, he would find Eli standing there. Would find himself transported back in time three years. Listening to the kind of news that no one should have to hear.

There was a reason his darkest nightmares consisted of nothing more than his younger brother standing on his front porch.

Because in that moment his life had transformed into a nightmare. There was nothing scarier than that. He was confident he could take the bogeyman if need be. But he couldn't fight death.

And in the end he hadn't been able to save Jessie.

And he was not opening the damn door.

He flipped the light off and found himself walking into the kitchen and opening the fridge, rather than going back upstairs. He looked at the beer, which was currently the only thing on the shelves besides a bottle of ketchup and a bag that had an onion in it that had probably been there since the beginning of summer.

He let out a heavy sigh and shut the fridge. He should not drink beer at three in the morning.

Three in the morning was clearly Jack Daniel's o'clock.

He walked over to the cabinet where he kept the harder stuff and pulled out his bottle of Jack. It was almost gone. And no one was here. No one was here, because his fucking house was empty. Because he was alone.

Considering those things, he decided to hell with the glass. He picked up the bottle and tipped it back, barely even feeling the burn anymore as the alcohol slid down his throat.

Maybe now he would be able to get some sleep. Maybe for a few hours he could forget.

He'd given up on getting rest years ago. These days he just settled for oblivion.

And this was the fastest way he knew to get it.

"You should just install a drain in the house so you can hose it down and let all the dirt wash out. Just like you do out in the barn."

"What the hell are you doing here, Liss?"

Felicity Foster refused to be cowed by the overwhelmingly unfriendly greeting her best friend had just issued. It was just Connor, after all. She was used to his less than sparkly demeanor. She was also used to finding him passed out on the couch in the morning.

It would be nice if that occurred less frequently, but if anything, he seemed to be getting worse.

Not that she could blame him. She blamed his barn burning down. As far as the loss of Jessie was concerned, things might have continued to get better had he not lost that, too. It was just a building, bricks and wood, but it was his livelihood. It was just another piece of Connor's dream burned down to the ground. He'd had enough of that. Too much of it.

She was officially pissed at life on his behalf. How much was one man supposed to endure?

"And to answer your rather charming question, Connor," she said, stepping nearer to the couch, "I brought you groceries."

He sat up, his face contorting, making him look a bit like he'd swallowed a porcupine. "Groceries? Why did you do that?"

"I know it's been a while since you've gone out and socialized with actual people, rather than simply sharing your space with cows, so I feel compelled to remind you that the normal human response to this would be thank you!''

He swung his legs over the side of the couch and rubbed his hand over his face. She wanted to do something. To put her hand on his back and offer comfort. She was used to those kinds of impulses around Connor. She'd been fighting them for the better part of her adult life. But her conclusion was always that touching him would be a bad idea. So she stood there, her hands held awkwardly at her sides, leaving him uncomforted. Leaving the appropriate amount of space between them.

That was part of being a good friend. At least, it was part of maintaining a healthy friendship as far as she and Connor were concerned.

"Thank you," he said, his voice gruff. "But why the hell did you bring me groceries? And why did you bring them by before work?"

"I brought you groceries because man cannot live on booze alone. I'm bringing them this morning because I was too tired to lug them over last night, when I actually bought them. So I thought, in the spirit of goodwill and breakfast cereals, I would bring them by now."

"I do like breakfast cereals. I'm ambivalent about goodwill." He stood up, wobbling slightly. "Feeling a little bit ambivalent about gravity, too."

"I'm surprised you feel like eating. How much did you drink?"

He looked away from her and shrugged in a classically Connor manner. Playing things off was an art form with this man. "I don't know. I woke up in the middle of the night. I couldn't get back to sleep so I had a little bit to drink and ended up staying down here. Anyway, I don't really notice the hangovers anymore."

"I don't think building up a resistance to hangovers is a crowning achievement."

"For my lifestyle, it certainly is."

She rolled her eyes. "Come on, cowboy. I'll pour you some cereal."

She shouldn't offer to do things like that for him. She knew it. But she did it anyway. Just like she brought his groceries when she knew his fridge contained nothing but beer. Just like she still came to his house every day to make sure he was taken care of.

"Whoa, wait a second, Liss. We do not know each other well enough for that shit."

"I've known you since I was fifteen."

"The preparation of cereal is a highly contentious thing. You don't know how much milk I might want. Hell, I don't know how much milk I might want until I assess the density and quality of the cereal."

"Are you still drunk?"

"Probably a little bit."

"Kitchen. Now."

Connor offered her a smart-ass smile, one side of his mouth curving upward. She couldn't help but watch him as he walked from the living room into the kitchen. His dark hair was longer than he used to keep it, a beard now covering his once clean-shaven jaw. She didn't mind the look. Actually, didn't mind was an understatement; she thought he looked dead sexy. Though, in her opinion, there was no look Connor had ever sported that she'd found less than sexy. Even that terrible haircut, gelled and spiked up, that he'd had for about a year in high school, his one and only attempt at trendiness. No, on that score, the beard and hair were fine. The real issue was that his mountain-man look wasn't a fashion statement, but an outward sign of the fact that he just didn't take care of himself anymore.

They walked into the kitchen, and with the sun shining through the window like it was now, she could clearly see the coat of neglect that everything wore. The stove had a grease film over the top of it, a shocking amount of splatters on the white surface considering that she knew Connor never cooked anything here beyond frozen pizza. The pine cabinets looked dingy, the front window dotted with a white film of hard-water stains.

The house didn't wear its neglect with quite the same devilish flare its owner did.

Connor reached up and opened one of the cabinets, taking out one of the brightly colored boxes of cereal she had just placed there. It struck her, in that moment, how funny it was she had known exactly where to put the cereal, and that he had known she would.

He grabbed a bowl and placed it on the counter, turning to face her, and she realized then that Connor wasn't wearing his neglect quite as well as he would like everyone to believe. Sure, he was still sexy as hell, the tight lines by his eyes, the deep grooves in his forehead not doing anything to diminish that. But they were new. A map of the stress and grief of the past few years, deepened by his recent losses.

She ached for him. But beyond buying the man's food, there was very little she could do.

She had been about to unload on him about all the crap that was happening with her rental. But it wasn't a good time. Though she doubted with Connor there was ever a good time. Not because he wouldn't care, but because she didn't want to pile on.

Connor poured milk on his cereal, milk she had brought, and set it back on the counter. He picked up his bowl and started eating, crunching loudly on his first bite. "Are you going to have some, Liss?"

"I never say no to cereal. I have important accounting stuff to attend to. I find an early-morning carb rush is the best way to handle that."

"Coffee?" he asked, talking around the food in his mouth.

"I had a carafe before I came over. I don't play around with caffeine consumption."

"Well, I need some." He set the bowl back down on the counter and made his way over to the coffeemaker.

"So you had coffee. Beer, and coffee."

"I'm not an animal."

Liss snickered while she got her own bowl and set about preparing her cereal. There was a strange domesticity to the scene. Mundane conversation, easy morning sounds. Water running in the sink, clattering dishes. The soft filter of early sunlight through the thick wall of evergreens that surrounded Connor's front yard.

There was something poignant about sharing this with him. This moment that seemed to have slipped right out of time. Like something she'd stolen, something she shouldn't have.

Seriously, you would think she was the one who had been drinking. She was maudlin.

Connor started the coffee then returned to the island where he'd prepared his cereal. They stood across from each other, eating in silence, except for the crunching. And the sounds of the coffeemaker.

More morning sounds she was not entitled to.

Because this was the kind of thing a guy shared with his lover or wife. Not with his oddly codependent best friend.

"Have you heard back from the insurance company about the settlement?" The barn had burned down in July thanks to a few kids carelessly playing with fireworks, and while Liss knew that insurance companies could drag their feet to a pretty insane degree, this was going somewhere beyond that.

It was mid-September, and as far as she knew, Connor's bank account remained void of settlements.

"Nope."

"Well, that's a little bit ridiculous, don't you think?"

He shrugged one shoulder then took another bite of cereal. "Probably. Just haven't had the energy to go chasing it down."

"Don't you think you should find the energy? All that equipment…"

"I'm very aware of what I lost in the fire. I don't need you to summarize. Anyway, I've been making use of Bud's old tractor. Plus, Jack had some extra tools."

"That's very nice. But don't you want your own things?"

"Yes, Liss," he said, his tone getting hard. "I would very much like to have my own shit. Actually, what I would really like is for my barn not to have burned down."

Meet the Author

New York Times 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.

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BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful, emotional roll-a-coaster ride this book is. It is a journey through grief, it is a story of survival, and a story of friendship, that survives the most, but it is also an amazing story about love, hope, and new beginnings. Connor has lost so much in his life. But through all the loss, there's been one rock in his life, his best friend, Liss. The one person he can count on, who is always there for him, and in the past years, has taken care of him when he wasn't able and willing doing it himself. Liss has always loved Connor. Either romantically, or just as a friend, but the feelings has always been there. And finally he sees her as a woman, wanting her, desiring to be with her, sexually. And she really thought it would be enough, until it isn't. I loved the circle of siblings and friends in the story. They are honest with each other, straightforward, joking and banter being their normal form of communication. They call on each others mistakes, support and help when it is needed, and give advice even when it's not wanted. Connor and Liss have an amazing connection, as friends. The trust, caring, and protection is there for each other. Their physical attraction and chemistry is scorching hot, when they finally unleash it. The journey they have to go through, as friends to lovers, to a relationship, is full of obstacles, pain, angst, and healing. It is a beautiful journey, though a difficult one, it has moments filled with agony and misery, as well as intense moments of passion and joy. It had me in tears several times, but I was also laughing out loud, and smiling. The story has many revelations of sorrow, loss, letting the past go, of new hope, and moving on, I noticed going back a page and rereading it, just wanting to grasp it all again. There are many moments that took my breath away, with the beauty of them, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book, cause the life lessons are plentiful, as the love story is beautiful ~ Five Spoons
Anonymous 7 months ago
I'm disapointed in this book in the series. Conner is the most selfish, self- obcessed character I've seen in a while. Even after his "awakening" from grief, he still makes everything all about himself. All he cares about is what Liss can do for him. Never once does he think, or act, on how he might make things better for her.
Foreveryoung12 8 months ago
This book is heart-breaking and so beautifully written. It's not your typically romance novel but it's so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Good Read! A tight knit family consisting of three brothers and one sister all have each other's back when trouble comes. However, they do not always share when that trouble arrives. This is a story of heartbreak, love which started in school, deep friendships and death which just about destroyed one cowboy, looking for alcohol to stem the deep wounds and so much more. As the readers have written it takes one on a journey that this reader thinks you might enjoy.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Wow!...What a wonderful read! Such a tight knit group with all of the friends and family, I absolutely loved Liss and Conner's story. Liss is such a beautiful person and has such a strong spirit. She is a best friend first to Conner and he definitely needed lots of help. Agonizing for Liss is still being in love with Conner when he is still grieving and such a mess. She has been in love with him for years and has always been there to support him. A beautiful story of friendship, love, and heartbreak, I had to stop at times to wipe away my own tears the last few chapters. This is the first book I have read in this series, and I will go back to read them all. Maisey Yates wrote a terrific read that I highly recommend. 4.5 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best friends become much more Great read
2manybooks2read More than 1 year ago
Liss and Conner have been best friends sense they were 15 years old. Conner lost his wife of 8 years and is still picking up the pieces of his life 3 years later. Liss has always been there for Conner and buried any feeling that weren't friend-like because she valued her friendship with him above anything. So when Liss has to move out of her house because her landlady is selling and has no where to go, Conner says she can stay with him until she can find a new place. But Liss and Conner don't expect to find that they might be able to have more then just friendship. You really feel for Conner's character. He has lost so much, his wife, the barn he put his blood, sweat, and tears into and much more. I love Conner(not as much as Jack from Bad News Cowboy but he is going to be hard to top)but I did lose my temper with him a few times because he was being obtuse and stubborn about his relationship with Liss. I love his loyalty and how he is really caring but doesn't want to show it. Conner doesn't do well with feelings like most men. He has spent the past few years drinking to avoid them. His grief eats at him and he spends more time passed out on his couch drunk and working his ranch then doing anything else. I have always had a thing for damaged(emotional or physically or both) heroes. Liss is one of the bright spots of Conner's life even if it takes him a while to really see that. Liss is a wonderful character. I love her strength and how she has always been there for Conner even when he doesn't know he needs her. Liss has her own set of problems she needs to work out. Liss's mother has always guilt tripped her into doing everything she wanted because of this Liss has always felt she has to earn people's love. The only person she has never felt this feeling with is Conner. Liss goes though a lot in this book. More then I thought the heroine would go though because I thought the author would focus more on the damaged hero. But Yates does great at balancing her characters. I didn't feel either had more pages time then the other. Having been best friends for years, both are worried about how this new attraction might ruin their friendship. They have both been one of the most sable people in each other lives for 15 years. Liss has always been a little in love with Conner so her feeling aren't as hard for her to get over having. On the other hand Conner having never thought of Liss but has his friend has a harder time coming to terms with wanting to see his best friend naked. I loved watching how Conner slowly comes back to humanity because of his growing love for Liss. Conner has a secret eating at his soul and the scene were he shares it with Liss is both heartbreaking and freeing. Conner does something for Liss in this book that is so romantic. It was then that you know that Conner is in love with Liss. *sigh* It was so swoon worthy and also goofy smile worthy. You will all know what scene I am talking about when you read it. Another great scene was Liss and Conner's first kiss. I love so many scenes in this book that I can't tell you about because I don't want to spoil anything. I love his series and can't wait to read Sadie and Eli's story. I know their book was first but I love friends to lovers stories and wounded heroes so I had to read this before theirs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves small town romance, sexy cowboys, and friends to lovers romance. Rating: 4 out of 5 Content Rating: Mature(17+) Heat Rating: Hot
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ -- MY THOUGHTS -- ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** Judging a Book by it's Cover: Couple posed outdoors in a familiar and somewhat intimate way. He appears to be either savoring or struggling with the closeness, whereas she almost has a look of "finally" on her face. Synopsis hints that this may be an emotional read. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Going through the motions on the ranch for the past several years since his wife died and turning to alcohol to numb the pain, loneliness and grief at night was the only way Connor could make it day-by-day. Then his barn burned down during the town-wide BBQ Fourth of July celebration (see PART TIME COWBOY) and Connor all but given up. If it weren't for his best friend, Felicity (Liss), he just may have. Harboring a crush on her best friend for nearly 18 years, she idly watched as he fell in love with and married her other best friend, Jessie. Then worried and tried to take care of him when he fell apart after Jessie's death. Facing impending homelessness, Jessie accepts Connor's offer to move into the ranch house. But now things are starting to become awkward, what with mint-green lacy thongs and talk about casserole sex. Can these friends cross that line and find a happier ending or are they doomed to forever be friend-zoned? Connor's broken spirit and Liss's loving determination create a wonderful chemistry and bond between best friends. Add proximity, and those friends become lovers. It was, in turns, sweet and sensual then sexually sizzling. The secondary characters carry through from the first book, but BROKEDOWN COWBOY can and does stand well on it's own. The dialogue and interaction is entertaining and dynamic. The plot is full, but not too dimensional. While the story flows well in a written sense, it lack of outside conflict and drama leaves it slowing down at times. Predictability was not really an issue, even though I'd guessed what the biggest turmoil was about surrounding Jessie's death. The conclusion is solid enough to be satisfying, but it also leaves a cracked opening for Eli, Sadie, Connor, and Liss to continue their stories in the background of the next book, featuring Kate and Jack. There were some great Laugh-out-Loud moments in this book, even if they were a little inappropriate, I still snicker thinking about them even now. The Casserole Sex conversation(s) is/are great, but what had me outright laughing was the post-picnic thieving fox and choking duck conversation. I'll not get more specific than that as to not spoil the hilarity for others, but for that scene alone, I'd recommend the book! ---------------------------------------------- Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 ----------------------------------------------
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the dialogue in this story a bit difficult to read and understanding at times, but an interesting story. You were right, keep the tissue box handy. I'm glad Liss and Connor were able to work it out. LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So painfully raw & passionate ! This story captures true grief , denial & alcohol abuse and depression on a level that resonated with me having been raised to experience similarities within these family dynamics! Very simple direct understandable results were written beautifully, Several amazing sensual conversations & sexual encounters were wriiten & handled refreshingly different
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this series! I can't wait for the next one!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Yay! Connor's book! The wait felt like forever after I'd read Eli's ( Part Time Cowboy )--and now I'm sure the wait for Kate's ( Bad News Cowboy ) will feel just as long... ;) I think I've said it before, two or three (hundred) times, but I love the friends-to-lovers troupe. Blame it on having watched When Harry Met Sally a few dozen times during my formative years, I guess. Actually, some aspects of this one reminded me of that movie. Ms Yates did a fantastic job showing Connor as a widower dealing with his grief and finally starting to move on. From start to finish, his emotions felt spot on. Liss was a way better friend than he deserved at times, but ultimately he got his head on straight and worked to be the kind of guy she did deserve. I liked that he started making more of an effort with himself from the moment they became roomies--he really did need a swift kick in the pants at times--and I loved seeing the whole gang all together again. The dynamics in this group are fantastic. Overall this was definitely not as lighthearted as book one in the series, but if it had been, then I wouldn't have liked it as much. Connor's needed to be a more somber story. I think it would work okay as a standalone--the only bit I could think of that might need more clarification than the book gives is how/why Connor's barn burned in book one, though you can probably get by without all the gory details. Seeing Sadie and Eli in their adorable happy-to-be-in-a-relationship-ness will probably inspire you to read their book, though, so you might as well start there and save yourself time. ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I decided to read Brokedown Cowboy - Maisey Yates is a "new to me" author - but there is no way I expected what I got in this book.  All I can say is "WOW"! This book blew me away. I was laughing and crying right along with Felicity and Connor as they navigated the transition from friends to lovers, a journey that was fraught with emotion and pain and tears and ultimately love. In Brokedown Cowboy, Maisey Yates gives us an incredibly complex character in our hero, Connor. Connor has been living in the darkness of grief for years, and the author does a wonderful job of showing the reader Connor's life after the loss of his wife.  I've never experienced grief to the level of Connor's, but I was able to feel the pain Connor is feeling through the authors words.  It was such a realistic depiction of a man who feels he's lost everything - he's drowning himself in a bottle and pushing away everyone who may try to love him for fear of losing him. You'd think he would come across as a jerk, but despite his gruff exterior and his short temper with most people in his life, I really liked Connor from the very beginning - I was rooting for him to dig himself out of the depths of darkness he was living in to join the worlds of the living and loving. Felicity is a woman who has spent her entire life believing that she had to "earn" anything anyone every gave her - its like she has to keep a scorecard to ensure she has reciprocated anything that has been given to or done for her. She's a naturally very giving and loyal person, but her self-esteem is so wrapped up in believing that if she doesn't get what she wants, then she's not deserving of it.  As a result, she puts her needs second in every relationship she has - family, friends, lovers.  She believes she's not deserving of a man who loves her the way she should be loved; she wants to be loved. Throw Felicity and Connor together in close quarters and sparks will most definitely fly. Felicity and Connor have a searing-hot chemistry that just flies off the paper and has you turning the pages as fast as you can. The sex scenes are detailed.  I found they enhanced the story because for Connor, the sexual interactions he has with Felicity are part of his healing process. I found myself crying and laughing right along with the characters in Brokedown Cowboy.  From the very first chapter, I was laughing out loud at the humor infused by the author and the sense-of-humor of the characters.  From the very beginning, you get a picture of the wonderful relationship between these family members and friends - a perfect example from the beginning of the book: "So," Sadie said, "pizza, pizza that's folded in on itself and deconstructed pizza." "Pretty much," Connor said. "Any vegetables?" Sadie asked. "It's like you don't know us at all," Jack said. This group of people are true family, related by blood or not. They laugh together, they love together, they cry together, and they grieve together. The laugh-out-loud humor may be immediately followed by grieving tears, and then a loving embrace. The wide spectrum of emotions experienced by the characters keeps your heart racing from the first page to the last laugh. Maisey Yates has a hit with the return to Copper Ridge in Brokedown Cowboy Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This was an emotionally turbulent yet extremely rewarding novel.  Yates kept me captive from the first page to the last (and now I’m counting down the days for the next in the series).  I laughed and cried in turn while becoming part of the world that was unfolding before my eyes.  Yet, the story was also about so much more than simply the relationship between the main characters.  Every aspect of the story made it more believable and loveable.   Yates has multifaceted character development and complexly realistic characters down pat.  The main characters of this novel are no exception.  I love how who they are today is built directly upon where they came from.  The fact that this isn’t just Connor’s second marriage, but that there’s a big old twist in the relationship makes it more interesting.  It also makes it that much more heartbreaking and harder for the characters to come to grips with.  I really felt for both of the main characters, if in completely different manners.  But these fantastic main characters are backed up with some intriguing individuals in their family & friends circle who truly fill out the story nicely.  I really enjoyed the roles that they play in this novel.  Yates not only brings her characters to life, she also brings ranching and farm living to life in a big & realistic manner.  I loved getting to know these characters better in their home surroundings.   This novel was definitely a great addition to Yates’ series.  It was heartfelt & funny, while at the same time tackling some very tough and sensitive subjects.  It’s a must read for anyone who enjoys a good romance. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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