Series: Copper Ridge #10
Author: Maisey Yates
Published: October 24, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review
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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…
I had a weird experience reading Christmastime Cowboy. It took me forever to get into this book. I would start it, read a chapter, and then stop. Start, read a chapter, stop. This happened for the first 10 chapters. I was getting frustrated because this is the type of book I normally devour. Small town second chance romance between two very wounded characters... Where do I sign? So for it to fight me like this was disconcerting.
However, once I got past the roadblock... I was hooked. Here's my theory... I try not to start a book that is this late in the series and subconsciously I knew this. So I think the fact that I'm obviously jumping into a series where everyone has history, one that readers should be familiar with by now, I felt like I was missing puzzle pieces to the story. Once I got the gist of it and was able to settle into the story, I was all in. As the saying goes... The problem is me, not the book.
Once I fell in love with the book, I could not put it down. When I was supposed to be doing other things around the house, I kept finding time to sneak away for another chapter. So this time it was start, read a chapter, do something useful, then sneak back for another chapter. *grins* There was a lot I enjoyed with Christmastime Cowboy. The characters were beautifully flawed and wounded. Liam and Sabrina forced each other to face their pasts. To move forward, they had to open old wounds for the healing to begin. The banter between them added lighthearted moments and had me smiling. There were moments when I wanted to hug them and moments when I could have smacked a little bit of sense into both. I am so glad I didn't throw in the towel when things got tough. By the end of Christmastime Cowboy, I was in small town holiday romance heaven.
Will I go back and start this series from the beginning? I wish I could, but I might go back to read the Donnelly brothers books. Will I start reading the spin-off series next year? Heck yeah.
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.