My Cowboy Heart: (Intermix)

My Cowboy Heart: (Intermix)

by Z.A. Maxfield

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ISBN-13: 9781101633489
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: My Cowboy , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 496,384
File size: 829 KB

About the Author

Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends.  If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Her published books include Crossing Borders, Epic award finalist St. Nacho’s, Drawn Together, ePistols at Dawn from Samhain Publishing, and Notturno, Stirring Up Trouble, and Vigil from MLR Press.

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My Cowboy Heart: (Intermix) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Z.A.'s books and have enjoyed them all. Some I've liked, some I've loved, and some I've utterly adored. This book is my absolute favorite of them all thus far. What a lovely book. Saucy at times, sweet at others, and so compelling. The story is well-written; the writing style in this book hooks you from the beginning, and the dialogue is witty, humorous and touching. It felt real. It made me laugh and cry. Only a truly awesome book can invoke such feeling. I look very forward to the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Had to get the tissues out, at one point the tears wouldn't stop. Great read.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I’ll get straight to the nitty gritty: I loved this book. If you’re a fan of Lorelei James’s Blackstop Cowboys series, then I think you will adore this book as well. It reminds me of James’s style a lot with all the ranching/cowboy side of the book but it’s just a gay romance. And a very well done one at that. Malloy hires a new ranchhand Crispin Carrasco and then something starts happening to him. He finds himself attracted to the younger guy when he doesn’t believe himself to be gay. This is the major battle that Malloy faces throughout the book, though there are other things that Crispin helps him through as well. Their chemistry is of the explosive kind. I loved their banter and their way of communication. Though they don’t understand each other, they are willing to speak about their emotions, which I think is hard enough. However, there is also a slightly darker side to this story that really got to me. I didn’t expect to love this book so much, but Maxfield really pens a believable gay-for-you story that doesn’t seem contrived or forced in any way. It’s done in a believable and fun way that made it so easy for me to devour. The first kiss is epic and everything following that seems to progress so naturally for them. I really loved the romance aspect of this book. One thing I need to get more used to is all of the ranching/cowboy side to all this. I don’t like seeing animals hurt in books and they seem to happen more often in cowboy novels. It honestly has nothing to do with the book, just a personal thing for myself but if that’s the only negative thing I can say about this book, then you know it’s a great one to begin with! I just about did a Snoopy happy dance when I learned there was a sequel for this book. You can bet I will be all over that when it comes out! MY COWBOY HEART has all that I love in a romance: fun dialogue, a moody hero and just a touch of angst to top it all off. I’d say this is a definite keeper on my gay romance shelf! *ARC provided by publisher
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Z.A. Maxfield My Cowboy Heart Given the main subject of the story, I could understand some people bypassing straight over this book, but those giving it a chance will be completely surprised with how well the book is written, how the storyline is set out and the emotions portrayed throughout. I truly believe it's the person you fall in love with, not whether they are male or female, and this is just what happens. Malloy is in for a shock and has no idea what's in store for him when Crispin starts working at J-Bar ranch. It's obvious from the moment they meet that they have a connection, and it truly was a pleasure to go through the journey with them as they discover how they feel about each other. It's a touching romance with strong characters that completely drew me in, leaving me wanting everything to work out for them all. I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Luv2ReadAG More than 1 year ago
This was another great story!
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Streamer More than 1 year ago
My Cowboy Heart Note:   Even though My Heartache Cowboy is the second book of the series, it could be read as a stand alone.   I feel as though I need to confess a few things before I start on the review.  Just so you all know, I don’t have a thing for cowboys.  If anything, I try to avoid cowboy books.  I also have a very strong aversion to alcoholics, and Jimmy is an alcoholic.  That made for two strikes against this book before I even started reading.  There was only one thing which could overcome those two things, and that’s the author.  Z.A. Maxfield is one of my favorite romance authors. I was willing to read about things I don’t like just because of her, she’s that good. In book one, MY COWBOY HEART, Jimmy and Eddie were secondary characters and spent most of their time in the background.  In MY HEARTACHE COWBOY, you get to know them so much better.  Jimmy is an out of control alcoholic who is at risk of losing everything because of his drinking.  His long time friend and coworker, Eddie, decides to take matters into his own hands.  He kidnaps Jimmy, takes him to a secluded cabin and then proceeds to force the reality of the situation down Jimmy’s throat.  Through tough love, he gives Jimmy uncensored honesty and no choice but to suffer through the agony of detox. I’ve got very little sympathy for addicts.  They manipulate, they lie, and they violate the trust of the people who love them.  You can imagine my surprise when I found myself not only sympathizing with, but also identifying with Jimmy.  I wanted this man to turn his life around, and was pulling so hard for him throughout the entire ordeal.  I fell for this man even though I knew it was setting me up to be disappointment if he failed.  That alone is a testament to character development.  The author made me care about a man I didn’t want to let into my heart.   It has been obvious since the first book that Eddie and Jimmy have a unique relationship.  They bicker like an old married couple but are inseparable.  The only thing lacking was the physical relationship.  That began to change in this book, and the catalyst of that change was a man named Don.  The chemistry between these three men was palpable.  A good threesome is hard to find, but Z.A. Maxfield nailed it in this book.  Seriously, I had to take a break from reading to go change my underwear.  Eddie, Jimmy, and Don were that hot! I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t just the hot sex, although that was definitely a part of it. :) I cared deeply about all three of these men.  Jimmy and Don had to force their way into my heart, but they did and I love them all the more for it.  I felt Jimmy’s torment and frustration when faced with conquering his addiction.  I felt Eddie’s desperation while watching the man he loved destroy himself.  I had so much respect for the way Don not only brought Eddie and Jimmy together, but how he always knew his position in the relationship and knew when to step back. This book pushed me into uncomfortable territory on more than one occasion.  I love when a book does that.  I don’t care if this is only January, MY HEARTACHE COWBOY is going on my “favorites of 2014” shelf.  I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
My Cowboy Heart by Z.A. Maxfield introduces us to Malloy. He came to the Jenkin's ranch as a foster child, has grown up there, considers them his family, and now is ranch foreman. He's happy in his own private, quiet way. At least he thinks he is until Crispin shows up and forces Malloy to face who he really is and what's been lacking in his life. Crispin has relocated to the area to be close to family, and has been hired on at the ranch.  Crispin seems to be everything Malloy is not. He outgoing, very talkative, and very openly gay. When Crispin first arrives on the ranch, it is just as the Jenkin's are going on holiday, so Mr. Jenkin's has asked Malloy to watch out for Crispin. Little does Malloy expect to be attracted to Crispin! It's nothing he's really thought about before. He's been with women before...yeah, it's never really been that exciting or emotional, but wasn't that just the way it was? The more time Malloy spends with Crispin though, the more he likes to be with him and wants to be with him. The attraction is very mutual, and understandably Malloy is somewhat confused. He's not fighting what he feels, it's just so unexpected. He's always strived to be like Mr. Jenkin's, and to hopefully have what he has one day. As Malloy and Crispin find their way together, the relationship is full of ups and downs. They are fairly isolated on the ranch with the other ranch hands, Eddie and Jim. Jim is full of talk and innuendos, but soon finds out that's not acceptable. Eddie seems to want to look out for Crispin, he's more caring than Jim is! At the beginning of a relationship it is nice they don't have to deal with a lot of outsider influence, expectations and judgement. Malloy's feelings towards Crispin continue to deepen, and Crispin takes him places he never thought he'd go both emotionally and physically. Now can't believe what he's been missing. Crispin's immaturity and younger age show- he's hot and cold with Malloy, which is frustrating for both Malloy and the reader! Will this be a brief relationship, or will Malloy and Crispin make it work? Do they belong together? When the even more unexpected happens and the future as Malloy envisioned it is now unknown, will it pull them apart or closer together? Z.A. Maxfield gives us some interesting characters in My Cowboy Heart. Malloy is very driven by his work and doing the right thing for the Jenkin's, sometimes Crispin feels that this all comes before everything else. And for a while it really does, because Malloy really knows no other way. Malloy comes across as way older than the age we are told he is (early 30's). The dialogue between him and the other people in My Cowboy Heart is at times rough, and it is not until later in My Cowboy Heart that we are surprised to learn Malloy actually has a university degree. Even with that information, Malloy does not come across as a well educated man until well into My Cowboy Heart. Despite the huge changes in Malloy's life, I feel he does handle things very well though. He has risen above a childhood that left him in foster care, and is always striving for better. I really liked him, I found him to be open, honest, and caring. Inside that big cowboy is a heart of gold. Crispin was hard to like because of the way he sometimes treated Malloy and their relationship. He was very on and off, wanted it, didn't think it was a good idea, etc. As I mentioned, the maturity levels between Malloy and Crispin were very noticeable! Sometimes Crispin seemed more like a teenager blasting his way through. Overall I found My Cowboy Heart to be an ok read about two people finding their way together, one of them discovering a whole new way of being that he didn't know he would be, but knows it's who he is. No matter what your sexual orientation, any romance reader can relate to the journey of the relationship. Z.A. Maxfield will take you on an emotional journey encompassing not just the relationship between Crispin and Malloy, but the relationship of those around them.  Any romance reader who enjoys the journey and doesn't mind explicit m/m sex scenes will enjoy My Cowboy Heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written and paced well, ( I read it in two days!). I enjoyed the story and the characters were alive and current. I look forward to the next book and have enthusiastically pre-ordered!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author's books! This one is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has great characters and relationships, not just with the two main cowboys but also the ranch owner, his wife, and the other two ranch hands. I loved Malloy and Crispin more and more as I got to know them, as Malloy comes to accept that he really is gay and Crispin learns to trust that Malloy will not ever intentionally hurt him. An excellent book, one of Z.A.'s best.