A onetime bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates
Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straitlaced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her as if she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a bed-and-breakfast. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…
Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?
About 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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Whoever said you couldn't go home again had clearly never been to Copper Ridge. The place hadn't changed. Not in the ten years before Sadie Miller had left town, and not in the ten years since. It probably wouldn't have changed much in another ten years.
Well, it would change a little bit now. The population sign would increase by one, adding back the resident she'd taken away when she'd left town at eighteen. And it would also contain at least one more bed-and-breakfast.
So, in an unchanging landscape, she would be responsible for two changes in a very short amount of time.
She deserved a medal of some kind. Though she doubted anyone in this town would ever give her a medal. She was just the wild child from the wrong side of the tracks. Not many would be welcoming her with open arms.
But that was fine with her. She wasn't here for them. She was here for her.
She looked across the highway, at the ocean, barely visible through the trees on her left. She could remember walking there as a kid. A long hike in the sand, through gorse and other pricklies, around the lake and across the road.
A walk she and her friends had always made without their parents. Because the main perk of getting out for an afternoon was getting away from their parents, after all. At least it had been for her.
It was strange to see something familiar. She'd spent so many years moving on to the next new place. She never went back anywhere. Ever. She went somewhere new.
This was the first time she'd ever been somewhere old. And she wasn't sure how she felt about it.
She looked at the gas gauge on her car and sighed. The little yellow light was reminding her that she hadn't made a pit stop since she'd gone through Med-ford, nearly three hundred miles ago. She was going to have to stop somewhere in town before she went out to the ranch. She wasn't exactly sure where the Garrett ranch was, just that it was on the outskirts of Copper Ridge.
She'd never been invited onto the property before.
The fact that she was leasing a business on it now would have been funny if she didn't just feel horrible, stomach-cramping nervousness.
But then, she figured facing past demons was supposed to be scary. She wouldn't know for sure since she'd spent years avoiding them. Six months ago, that had changed.
Working with people dealing with grief and loss was always impactingthere was no way around it. But one very grumpy older woman who'd lost the house she'd been in since the 1940s had forced her to think about things she'd always avoided.
"Home is wherever you are," Sadie had told her.
Maryann, whose every decade on earth was marked clearly in her snow-white hair and the deep lines etched in her face, had scowled at her. "Home is where I raised my children. Where my husband breathed his last breath. I don't know who I am outside those walls."
"You're still you. I've spent a lot of my life moving from place to place, and I take my essence, my soul, or whatever you want to call it, with me wherever I go."
The other woman had waved her hand in dismissal. "You can't know, then. You're a vagrant in your own life. If nothing matters to you, how can you sit there and tell me that something I poured the past sixty years of my life into is meaningless?"
And that was when she'd realized as a crisis counselor she'd helped so many people deal with loss. Either the loss of a loved one, the loss of a marriage or, very often, the loss of a home, and she'd realized that all that advice had been thin. Rootless, because she was.
Because nothing was permanent in her life. Because not one thing had the kind of deep resonance and meaning for her that Maryann's home had for her.
She'd never before been quite so conscious of the transient nature of her life. But in one blunt sentence her patient had reduced the past ten years to a tumble-weed in her mind's eye, while Maryann's own past had risen up like a redwood. Towering, significant. Rooted.
After that she'd felt so aware of how alone she was. That she'd let every friendship she'd left behind wither on the vine and die, that she'd done a crap job of making new friends since she'd moved to San Diego. That her last boyfriend, Marcus, hadn't been missed from the day she'd rolled him out of bed and out the door for the last time.
Those revelations had led to online perusals of Copper Ridge. Which had led to an ad she hadn't been able to get out of her head.
Long-term lease. Perfect for a private residence or bed-and-breakfast.
From there, she'd examined her savings, done estimated profit and loss based on exhaustive research of similar businesses, and before she'd quite realized what she was getting herself into she'd committed. Committed to leaving the career she'd spent more time in school for than she'd spent actually practicing.
For the first time in ten years, she'd agreed to an extended time frame in one location. And for the first time in ten years, she was headed back to the one place she'd ever called home.
Of course, now she felt like she was approaching doom. Which she didn't think was at all dramatic. Since she was never dramatic.
Except for when she was dramatic.
From the backseat, she heard Tobias, more commonly known as Toby, let out a plaintive meow. The entire road trip had been endured with growing indignation by her cat. But then, she paid the rent, so he had to deal.
"Sorry, bud," she said. "I have the thumbs, I man the can opener. That means you have to stick with me. And if that means moving up the coast, it means moving up the coast. At least I didn't fly and throw you into cargo." Which, during their many moves together, had been a necessity on occasion. Toby wasn't a fan of air travel.
The cat didn't respond to her attempts at mollifying him. Which didn't really surprise her. In many ways, she was much more dependent on him than he was on her.
Sadie looked out at the expanse of evergreen trees that lined the road, a rich, velvet green that she hadn't found anywhere outside of Oregon. California was sun and palm trees, deep blue ocean and heat. It was beautiful, but in a different way.
Copper Ridge was all majestic mountains, shades of green and steel-gray sea. Not the kind of beach you hung out on in a bikini unless you were a local. The wind was cold and blew the sand up hard and fast, the grains biting into skin like little teeth.
It was its own kind of beauty, that was for sure. She'd been all over the United States. From the Deep South to the East Coast and back west again, and nothing had ever been quite like this. She'd never thought she'd be back.
But she was. And the dread was ever encroaching.
Suddenly, the car engine started to growl, and she pushed down the gas pedal, hoping to feel it rev again, only to be disappointed.
"Oh, frickety frick," she muttered as she pulled to the side of the road and the engine went totally silent.
Gas had apparently been needed sooner than expected.
She leaned forward, pressing her head against the steering wheel. "I knew it was doomed. I knew I was doomed!" She straightened up and looked backward at Toby. "Don't start. Don't get judgey."
Toby did nothing but stare at her with green eyes that were extremely judgmental despite her command. "You suck, cat," she said, reaching down and digging for her purse, then feeling around for her phone.
She pulled it out and saw one bar of service. Oh, right. Because that's what you got for moving away from civilization and settling in the absolute sticks.
She tapped her fingernails against the side of the phone and contemplated who to call. She didn't really know anyone in town anymore. Her own parents had moved away ages ago, and she wouldn't call them even if they hadn't.
Thankfully, she could get roadside assistance, but what a freaking pain.
She pulled up the browser on the phone and typed tow trucks into the search engine, then grimaced as she watched the little wheel up in the top left-hand corner of the phone spin, and spin and spin while it tried to grab hold of a satellite signal for long enough to pull up some results.
"Oh, Copper Ridge, you've bested me before, you aren't allowed to do it again." She kept her eyes on the phone and then growled at it, setting it on the passenger seat while she leaned over and pulled a stack of papers out of the glove box. She had to have a number for her insurance on hand at least.
Somewhere. It had to be somewhere.
A loud rap on the glass behind her shot a shock wave through her and she whipped around, releasing her hold on the stack of papers, sending them flying through the car, where they settled in both the front and backseats.
She looked around at the mess, then at the knocker. On the other side of the glass was a man in a tan uniform, a gold star on his chest, sunglasses over his eyes. What she could see of him was well, hot. Which was the last thing she expected, because she'd been living in San Diego for a few years, the land of the beautiful, and rarely, if ever, was she so overcome by a man's face that all she could think was "hot." But maybe that had to do with the recent startle. She was just a little dazed, that was all.
He pointed downward, an authoritative gesture that took her a minute to attach meaning to, mainly because something was pulling at the back of her brain. A memory that was attempting to come to the forefront.
She blinked and tried to get herself together, tried to get herself back into the present. She pushed the button on the door and the window slid down, removing the barrier between herself and Officer Hottie.
"Hi," she said. "I'm out of gas. But I have roadside assistance so I mean, I'm okay. Except I don't have very good cell service. So I was looking for Well, anyway, did you stop for a reason?"
"To check on you," he said, the expression on his face strange. He looked like he had a memory tugging on his brain, too, and that made her own memory pull even harder.
"Yes because distressed motorist." She looked around at all of the scattered papers. "Right. But I'm not really distressed. I'm fine."
Wow, but he really was hot. Chiseled jaw, short dark hair. He created a response, low and deep in her body, that felt familiar in a very disquieting way.
He bent down in front of the window and she caught the name on his badge.
Oh, no. No no no no. There were not enough swearwords in the English language to express all of the bad in this situation. She was stranded on the side of the road, and she'd just encountered one of the chief demons from her past. In a uniform. The welcome committee from hell. Not that she'd imagined she'd be able to avoid him forever, considering her B and B was situated on his family's ranch, but she'd imagined she might avoid him for at least ten minutes after hitting the city limits.
She was not in the mood to deal with him. She was revising his nickname. Not Officer Hottie. Officer Stick-Up-the-Ass. That's who he was.
Not only that, he was a reminder of a whole host of things she would rather just forget.
And then his expression changed, and she knew he was catching up.
"Sadie Miller," he said.
"Well, damn." She smiled at him as best she could, but her palms were starting to sweat. Authority figures did that to her in general, and authority figures who had once fingerprinted her were an even bigger issue. "You do have a good memory."
"You never forget the first woman you put in handcuffs," he said, his voice low and firm, giving zero impression of a double entendre, and yet, it hit her that way.
Hit her and ricocheted around to parts inside of her that had gone ignored for a long time.
She cleared her throat and straightened her shoulders, trying to look arch and serious, and everything she'd spent the past ten years turning her life into.
Eli Garrett wasn't allowed to make her feel like a scroungy teenage girl, because she was not a scroungy teenage girl anymore. Similarly, he was not allowed to make her feel hot and bothered like he'd done back then, either, because well, because she wasn't the same person she'd been then.
"Indeed," she said.
"What brings you back into town?"
He didn't know? She looked at him, studied him. He didn't know. Well, that was just peachy. Connor Garrett had neglected to tell his brother that he'd offered her the lease on the house. She had a feeling that was going to go down with Eli like a live leech in his breakfast cereal.
"Am I, um am I being detained?" she asked, fidgeting in her seat.
"No," he said.
"Then am I free to go?"
"Where? You're out of gas."
Point to Officer Garrett. "Yes. I am. Maybe maybe you could help me with that?"
His lips, which were far more interesting than they should be, didn't smile, didn't lessen their tension. They simply remained in a flat line. Uncompromising. Unfriendly. Like the man himself. "Just a second." He turned and walked back toward his squad car and she started picking up the papers she'd strewn all over the car.
Her heart was beating so hard she thought she might have a medical event. What were the odds that he was the first person she saw when she came back to Copper Ridge? It was a bad omen. A very bad omen.
Of course, her first thought, still, was that he was hot. She'd thought that at seventeen. But then, to a rebellious kid with an affinity for underage drinking, a man who was part of the sheriff's department was sort of the ultimate fascination. The ultimate no-go. So of course, even when she'd resented his presence, she'd gotten a little kick out of checking him out.
She let out a long breath. She'd sort of hoped that he'd gone on to law enforcement in another town. Or that maybe he'd given up wearing a uniform altogether and discovered a passion for pottery maybe in the south of France.
But no. Eli Garrett had done what most people from Copper Ridge seemed to do. He'd found his place in the little community and stayed in his carved-out niche.
You should judge. Since you're back and all. Yes, she was back.
At this point in the game, Copper Ridge had seemed as good a place as any to give her demons the big middle finger.
And hey, she was facing one of them a little bit early. But, considering he had a gun strapped to his lean hips, she thought maybe giving him the finger wasn't the best idea.
"I put a call in for you," he said from over her shoulder.
"Gah!" She startled. "Could you not sneak up on me like that?"
"Do I make you nervous?"
"No. Why would you make me nervous?"
"Criminals do seem to get nervous around the badge."
She frowned. "I am not a criminal. I am a licensed therapist in eight no, nine states."
"With a criminal record."
"I was a minor."
"No arrests since then?" he asked. "I ask again, am I being detained?"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good book. I have a bone to pick though...in the overview description to buy this book....it was suppose to include 2 books: A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller & Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates.....when I purchased the nook book I found out only Maisey Yates book was there. So beware buyers you will not get A creed in stone creek by linda lael miller when you purchase this "duo".
Great humor. Story sounded really good, but went downhill worth all the immature obsession with sex. In a patrol car? Really? Kinda killed it for me. Sadly, that was the last straw. I didn't finish reading it after that.
I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
The characters were unsatisfying. Never really liked the 2 main characters.
This story was so sweet, I loved it! It left me feeling all warm and happy inside. :-) Eli and Sadie were great characters. Loved their animosity and bickering, it was highly entertaining. There was a really good build to their relationship, a lot of push and pull, fighting of feelings, and a serious amount of sexual tension happening. There's a nice slow burn going on as well and it's totally worth the wait. Not overly graphic, just sweet and hot. Loved all the details learned about Eli and Sadie’s histories and how their relationship developed. I really liked those little moments where you could see them truly connecting even though they were in total denial about it, it made my heart melt. I feel like this was a lighter read even though they were both dealing with some emotional things from their past, I found myself getting choked up several times. There was really good detail, but it wasn't super heavy. I think it was laid out well. Not a lot of drama but enough that I felt my heart in my throat at the end. There were a few spots that felt drawn out but overall it was just a really nice story, with endearing characters with real problems and issues and I liked how it all came together. Really good writing, this is my first time reading anything from Maisey Yates and I really enjoyed it. I'll definitely read more from her. Solid story, interesting characters. Can't wait to read Conner's story, he's a man I want to fix. I was pulled into all of it for sure. Great start to the series! Super entertaining and full of feeling. I'm glad there are more books already released and waiting for me. :-)
I really loved this book. It gets steamy, but it adds to the story instead of taking it over. It also has fully-developed characters, with hints of whats to come in future books in the series. I can't wait to read more.
Aidan and Sadie are my favorite characters in the first Cooper Ridge trilogy. They are smart and witty and lovely complex characters that I always wanted to know more about. Maisey did a phenomenal job developing their stories. I think you should read this one first!
What a fun story to read! Who couldn't love Sadie's spunk? Although she didn't have an easy life and was running from her past, Sadie had a lot of grit in this story when she finally comes home and faces it. Then there is Eli, the hot hunky sexy cowboy-cob that spins the story of a great couple, full of fun and facing past hurts. When the H and the h can be read as having both weak and strong moments without diminishing each other, I really enjoy this kind of romance story best. Just a heads up, there are some sex scenes in the story, but hey, we are talking about grown men and women here. I actually read "Brokedown Cowboy" first but didn't feel as if I missed anything in this story. For me, this is what makes a great series when they can be read independently, but still have the continuity of a great series. I look forward to reading many more books by Maisey Yates. Recommended reading. 4.5 Stars!
I thought the story was great
Again from one oregonian to another..love this country lots....will look for your next one..Jerry
As usual maisey does not disappoint!!! Love the family dynamics & the passion that is shared amoung the group ! Cannot express how much ioved this book! Cheers to you maisey!! Traci FL,,,
This was such a cute story
What a wonderful introduction to Copper Ridge, Oregon we find with Part-Time Cowboy from Maisey Yates. The author creates a quaint little town that is holding its own as a new generation of folks are coming of age. Eli and Sadie are two of those - both having grown up in Copper Ridge but taking different paths to where they find themselves. Sadie has spent her life running - the author wonderfully depicts her as someone afraid to make connections, and ultimately to love, because for her love means pain. She has become a therapist but never found herself rooted, choosing to continue to move around and create an isolated existence for herself. "This was why she always left. Because if she left first, if she never let anyone close, if she never asked anyone to know her and accept her anyway, she couldn't get hurt." Sadie is a wonderful character who seem to be able to do whatever she sets her mind to - and she has decided to come home and open a Bed and Breakfast. Nothing deters her as she makes her plans and moves forward with steps to open her B&B - expect Eli. In Eli, the author nails "strong, silent type" to a tee. Eli grew up feeling out of control so now he needs to control everything in his life, he needs things neat and orderly, so he never has to feel the way he did growing up with his parents. Being a deputy sheriff is a perfect role for him - its a job driven by rules. As long as Eli knows the rules and can follow the rules, and punish others that don't, he's happy. There are so many other things out of control in his life, including his brother Connor who is in a state of perpetual mourning. We get to know Connor in this book but Connor's book, Brokedown Cowboy, really digs into what's going on with Connor. Eli feels the need to take care of everything - Connor, his sister Kate, Sadie's B&B, Sadie's barbeque, and ultimately the entire town. But as much as he tries, Sadie turns his well-ordered life on its ear. I loved how the author turns Eli's overall frustration with his inability to control what is going on around him into sexual frustration, directed at Sadie. I'm not sure how much of the beginning of their relationship was more than anger and frustration - strong emotions - that erupt into sexual need. But what started out at sexual need for both of them ends up being so much more. "She didn't know why anger and lust were all tied into one thing with this man. She didn't know why she couldn't control her emotions or her body around him" I'm not sure I've read a book recently where two people are both so determined not to want to feel the way they feel. Both Sadie and Eli fight their feelings as soon as they meet, and as soon as they act on those feelings, they BOTH constantly fight what they were feeling. Until the very end, neither is willing to admit what they have is more than casual sex, because neither one can give up the control that they have needed to protect themselves. "But I realized something today, when I was ready to leave this place, to lave you. I realized it's not enough to have a life. You have to have all of life. And I haven't let myself do that." Sadie's realization above epitomizes both Said and Eli. It's why they are so perfect for each other. Eli provides Sadie with the comfort and reassurance that she is safe, and Sadie shows Eli that being out of control isn't always a bad thing! In Part-time Cowboy, the author welcomes us to Copper Ridge and the Garrets, introduces us to two wonderfully-complex characters in Eli and Sadie who are so perfectly suited for each other, and makes us crave another visit to Copper Ridge where we can get to know Connor, Kate, and others in Copper Ridge.
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Sadie Miller is not big on commitments or putting down roots and as soon as things get tough, she picks up stakes and moves on. She started running ten years earlier when she left Copper Ridge and has not stopped since then. A thought-provoking statement from one of her patients has her reassessing her life and deciding to go back to where it all began- Copper Ridge - where she plans to open a B&B. He first encounter in Copper Ridge brings the past back very quickly. Sheriff's deputy Eli Garrett is a hot and sexy man and she'd had a huge crush on him when she was seventeen, until he arrested her. Avoiding him now would be difficult because her B&B was going to be situated on Garrett land. Sadie is sassy, spunky, outspoken and brave. Right from the beginning, I liked her and she made me laugh with the things she thought and said. She’d sort of hoped that he’d gone on to law enforcement in another town. Or that maybe he’d given up wearing a uniform altogether and discovered a passion for pottery... maybe in the south of France. "Never apologize for being a connoisseur of the male form, Kate. And never blush about it". Eli on the other hand was wound really tight and initially struck me as a stick in the mud. He has a compulsive need for order and to control everything round him, very much the opposite of Sadie who is like a whirlwind, causing upheaval wherever she goes. Their differences lead to some explosive exchanges between them, culminating in a mutually agreed upon sex-only relationship. Sadie and Eli's conversations were always hilarious, snarky and laced with tons of sexual innuendo. Quite unusually, I loved the heroine more than the hero. But it's not just fun and games for these two. Sadie grew up in an abusive home, watching her her father take out his frustrations on her mother all the time and she was a troubled teen hanging out with the wrong crowd until the arrest and her subsequent departure from Copper Ridge. Eli also had a difficult childhood. At thirteen years old, he was forced to take responsibility for his younger sister and the household when his father checked out on them after their mother abandoned them. The uncertainty of his growing up years led to his love for order, control and a leaning towards perfectionism. With the campaign for the Sheriff's elections coming up, he does not need the disruption that Sadie is sure to bring into his life but he can't resist the attraction between them. I expected a fun and cute romance when I started reading this book and it was fun to read, but it was also emotional and I have to say that I like Ms. Yates's writing style. She excels at creating small towns that you just want to visit and balances the weighty issues with humor, giving us an entertaining story with laugh-out-loud dialogue and a varied cast of unforgettable characters. I found myself torn between getting to the end quickly and wishing that I could keep from getting to the end of the story. PART TIME COWBOY is a great start to the series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
They had to let go of the past to have a future together. Publisher: HQN 400 pages, approximately Romance: Contemporary, Western ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** -- MY THOUGHTS -- As a teen from the wrong side of town and a troublesome upbringing, Sadie was a hellcat. She was also Eli's first... arrest, that is, and he'd never forgot his first. Even ten years later, when Sadie returns to town to attempt putting down some roots by opening a B & B out of a house on Garrett land. She's smart and sassy, he's stern and sexy. Together... watch out! The characters are a joy to get to know and watch interact as the story unfolds; the more they fight their attraction, the more entertaining they become. Although there are times that I wonder why Sadie would put up with the crap-tastic attitude Eli directs at her... it, occasionally borders emotionally abusive! Both of them need to get their heads out of the past; what's done is done... don't re-hash it at every face-to-face! The secondary characters are supportive to the story without trying to seize the plot. The plot progressed smoothly, but was lacking in any major dynamics - most of it was rather even level. It wasn't until about 80 percent into the story did things really pick up in pace, but in no way did the prior portion drag. I had a bit of an issue with the way some of the conflicts were resolved with avoidance and denial, but in the end most of it was resolved maturely. The predictability was pretty low and the conclusion was mostly solid. There were no noticeable cliffhangers. I look forward to reading Connor's story next, he's such a tragic character. ------------------------ Heat Level: 4 ------------------------ Score: 4.0 Stars: 4 ----------------------- Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts and Smut Book Junkie
Life can be of your own making or thrust upon you by circumstance, but it is still the life you have to live. Yates contrasts different versions of a difficult life with one another, showing both the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. She develops the plot of her story with emotion and imagination to create a whole that pairs romance with coming to grips with the past in an unforgettable way. The unforgettable way that Yates brings her characters to life makes everything very real for the reader. At the same time, she also shows the humour in life. I definitely laughed more than once while reading this. Everything is balanced, the good with the bad, in this romantically explosive novel. The vast array of complex characters that we meet in this novel was great. Eli was a complexly contradictory character. All gruff and hard on the outside, caring and worried on the inside, to the extent that he couldn’t fit together the pieces of his life if they didn’t turn out how he’d expected them to. Sadie’s past is something that she must come to grips with in order to move forward and have a meaningful relationship. I found myself both wanting to be these characters, and experience the explosive chemistry that they had along with the unforgettable romance that they found, while also thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t have to live through the heart wrenching grief that they’d experienced. Many of the secondary characters in this novel were just as compelling. I enjoyed getting to know them, and definitely can’t wait to revisit with them later in the series. This one was definitely in-damned-possible to put down. The characters and plot meshed in the perfect way, creating an unforgettable novel that contrasts the joys of romance with the harsh realities of life that we don’t always want to think about. At the same time, Yates made me laugh, repeatedly throughout. This is a fantastic novel, and one that every romance lover should read. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Part Time Cowboy is the first book in the Copper Rigde series by Maisey Yates. There were so many emotions flying around between Eli and Sadie. Some were good, some were bad, but there was no denying their chemistry. Holy Moly! There was enough tension and anticipation to put a girl in a tizzy. Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates was kindly provided to me by author for review. The opinions are my own.
I absolutely laughed out loud! I felt the character's emotions! & I cried a little. The story line was fantastic & well developed. The characters were amazing & relatable. The quality of writing was superb. And the steaminess?! Ahhh! This book had it all! Sadie was sweet, well-adjusted post a treacherous upbringing, and searching for stability as the new owner of a B&B. Eli was unyielding, dependable, and balancing life as a deputy sheriff and part time cowboy while keeping his adult brother & sister cared for when Sadie comes crashing into town. The banter between the two is in full-force as they constantly have differing opinions! It's cute & hillarious. Their desire slowly seeping though turns combustable! And still the hot sceens are explosive! Overall, it was a fantasic read. I fell right into the story and just couldn't put it down. The writting style, language & word choices were refreshing & impressive. The story line itself had depth and meaning, as well as each character being well rounded and having layers of personality.