Review: Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates

bad news cowboyReviewed by Carrie

If you’ve been following my reviews, you already know that I’m a fan of this author’s contemporary small town romances.  Even though they are sexy and with a good dose of humor, Maisey Yates digs deep into the characters to produce an emotional journey.

Kate Garrett didn’t grow up like other girls her age.  Kate’s older brothers, Eli and Conner, became her de facto parents when Mama Garrett abandoned the family when Kate was a toddler and Papa Garrett decided to live the rest of his life in a bottle.  Up until recently, Kate was just fine with her simple life of working at the farm and garden store, riding her horses and hanging out with her family.  She didn’t have much in the way of outside friends because of their home situation, save Liss, Conner’s best friend/now wife and Jack Monaghan, her brothers’ constant companion and thorn in Kate’s side. [Read more…]

Review: Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

part time cowboyReviewed by Carrie

I super love Maisey Yates’ Silver Creek contemporary small town series. I was bummed to hear of its ending until the author mentioned on Twitter that she had a similar new series coming out with Harlequin. It’s a lot like the previous series and I was happy to delve back into the rural small town goodness.  If you are a fan of the enemies to lovers stories, this is right up your alley! [Read more…]

Review: Unbroken by Maisey Yates

unbrokenReviewed by Carrie

I actually twitter-stalked the poor author for this book.  Every time she posted a snippet, every time she mentioned Cade or Amber or bacon, I would bug her for this book. I think she sent me the galley just to get me off her back!  Thankfully, the book was everything I wanted (Man, it would’ve been embarrassing if it wasn’t).

For the last four years, Cade Mitchell has been just treading water.  He’s been nursing a multitude of hurts from his father’s infidelities being discovered to healing from his injury that ended his promising rodeo career.  Yet now, seeing his brother and little sister move forward with their careers and families, Cade feels adrift.  Fortunately, he’s always had his partner-in-crime and best friend, Amber, by his side to commiserate. [Read more…]

Review: Rekindled by Maisey Yates

rekindledReviewed by Carrie

Maisey Yates’ Silver Creek series is currently one of my favorite small town contemporary series and each subsequent book gets better and better.  This novella gives us a revenge story with a twist.

Mac Denton grew up dirt poor with unstable parents who provided most of the fodder for gossip in the small town of Silver Creek.  Mac worked hard to rise above his beginnings and has finally gotten to a comfortable place in his life.  Then Lucy Ryan, the Queen B back in high school, shows up on Mac doorstop to apply to be his housekeeper.  Mac clearly remembers how mean she was to him and other kids low on the high school totem pole.  It seemed like making Lucy his housekeeper fitting revenge, until he finds out the reasons why Lucy is back in Silver Creek virtually penniless. [Read more…]

Review: Crazy Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates

crazy stupid sexReviewed by Carrie

This is another novella from Cosmo’s Red Hot Reads that I really enjoyed.

Evie may be a programming goddess but when it comes to men, she is completely out of her element.  Thanks to a new job developing an app for a magazine to help women get their groove on, Evie sets out one night to test its merits.  Using her brain, Evie tries the methods she’s devised on a few men to no result. [Read more…]

Review: Untouched by Maisey Yates

untouchedReviewed by Carrie

Lark Mitchell has been been cocooned by her family ever since her mother passed away when she was a little girl.  Raised by her brothers, she’s tried to do her part to help by being a quiet good girl.  Now, at twenty two, Lark wants more out of life beyond her family’s ranch and her computer screen but is terrified to take a step out of her safe world.  By extreme luck, she’s hired on as a computer guru at a ranch not far from home.  However, she discovers that the job isn’t really due to luck. [Read more…]

Review: Unexpected

unexpectedReviewed by Carrie

Kelsey Noble has always felt like the odd girl out in her family.  Raised with traditional conservative parents in a small town, Kelsey bucked tradition by going away to college, starting a career as a national columnist and living out of wedlock in the big city with her fiancée.  Kelsey is content until she finds her fiancée in bed with another woman and all her plans of a family and a life are blown to bits.  After the last of her younger sisters is married off, Kelsey returns home determined to go after what she wants – a baby – alone.

As Kelsey is being kicked down by morning sickness, life decides to land another blow in the form of a visit from a handsome cowboy with a note in his hand informing her that due to a little mix up at the fertility clinic, he *is* the daddy.  [Read more…]

Review: Unbuttoned

Reviewed by Carrie

Carly Denton likes her life on the straight and narrow. After growing up in the family most whispered about in their small town, she managed to go to college and become the youngest elected councilwoman. She wants to be the opposite of her parents – controlled, predictable and drama free. This is why she has avoided her brother’s best friend, Lucas, all these years. The object of her childhood crush serves these days as the biggest thorn in her side. Lucas loves to push Carly’s buttons simply to watch her squirm. When forced to work together on a charity project, Carly’s tight strings start to unravel around Lucas and Lucas begins to realize how much he likes Carly squirming.

This is a new to me author. I ended up with this novella after a giveaway on Twitter and didn’t know anything more about it than it was contemporary romance. I began reading and was immediately sucked in. Carly is so neurotic that it’s palpable and you really do feel for her. Carly’s childhood was marred by parents who cared more about publicly airing out their laundry than taking care of her and her brother, Mac. Lucas had a similar miserable childhood growing up with an absentee mother and alcoholic father and the three often took comfort with each other sharing dinner together.

Where Lucas grew up and learned to shuck off the past, Carly is frozen by it. She is consumed by worries about others’ opinions of her to an almost debilitating effect. She managed to strictly control any outspoken feelings or passions for so long, that when she is forced to interact with Lucas she realizes that she either has to take the bull by the horns or spiral out of control. When she buckles under and kisses Lucas, her world shifts. Objects under pressure tend to explode when released and all the tension builds up to some fabulous releases.

I really enjoyed this book and am somewhat miffed that it was only a novella. A longer length book would have provided a little more depth that would’ve really amped up the story. I will definitely be reading the next in the series and happy to have a new author to follow.

Grade: B

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Unbuttoned
by Maisey Yates
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Berkley