DNF Review: Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Reviewed by Sara

I like to think of myself as a pretty discerning Romance reader; I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I know what I’m willing to try. At the moment, though, I’m feeling pretty bamboozled, a little hoodwinked, and kind of annoyed.

I like the concept of Maisey Yates’ third Cooper Ridge book, Want Me, Cowboy and I assumed I’d really like the book. Maisey Yates writes about Isaiah, a rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire who wants to find a wife, but he’s been hurt by a past relationship and has trouble expressing his emotions. So he does what anyone in his shoes would do. (That’s sarcasm. Be prepared for lots of that.) He asks his assistant, Poppy, to put a want ad out for a wife. After several interviews, he discovers, to his complete surprise, that Poppy, his assistant of over a decade, is the perfect candidate for all things wife related.

Poppy, who was raised in the foster care system (because of course she was!) never felt like she fit in until she moved to Cooper Ridge. Here she has a job in Isaiah’s family construction business, financial stability, friends, and has been accepted by Isaiah’s family. What Isaiah doesn’t know is that Poppy has been in love with him for as long as she’s been his employee. Isaiah, for all his idiosyncrasies, is her fantasy man and she is super excited, albeit a little nervous, about marrying him. It doesn’t hurt that the minute Isaiah discovers how compatible Poppy is with his idea of what a wife needs to be, he also discovers how beautiful she is and how much she makes his dick hard.

Poppy and Isaiah quickly break the fake news to his family and begin working out their not fake chemistry in the bedroom. I assume from here they discover real love for each other and what began as a fake engagement becomes a real and heartfelt marriage based on love and mutual respect for one another. I have no idea if that happens, though, because at the 50% mark I put this book down and swore like a sailor.

I should have known Want Me, Cowboy was going to be a problem the first time Isaiah and Poppy have sex. Alarm bells rang and red flags waved when Isaiah, our sexually experienced hero and Poppy our virgin heroine (of course!) have sex without a condom. I should have guessed then that the deal breaker to end all deal breakers was on its way. However, like I said before, I was bamboozled. There was nothing in the blurb to indicate what came next and there was no image on the cover pointing to the obvious conflict. There was no way to no this book was going to contain something I hate, hate, hate… a surprise pregnancy.

Besides the fact that I always assumed Harlequin was legally obligated to put cherub-faced babies on all books with even the whiff of a baby in the storyline, why are we still dealing with heroes who refuse to suit up in 2018? Isaiah is sexually experienced and in his 30s, the author mentions it more than once. Yet he dives into the heroine, without knowing she’s a virgin until the requisite hymen-tearing scene (of course!), like he’s interested in becoming the rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire spokesmodel for herpes medication. The heroine isn’t off the hook either. She’s 28 and even though she’s a virgin, she has a college degree. I can only assume that, unless she attended a strict religious college with abstinence only education and never read a book, watched a movie or used the Internet that she knows how babies are made and gonorrhea is acquired. Why doesn’t she demand that Isaiah glove his love?!

At this point I don’t even care about whether or not Isaiah and Poppy have a baby or get married or contract chlamydia. They are both too stupid for me to care what happens.

The End

Sadly, I purchased this book with my own money.

Click to purchase: Amazon

Want Me, Cowboy
by Maisey Yates
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Desire

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