ARC Reviews: Slow Burn Cowboy (Maisey Yates)

 

Slow Burn Cowboy is the latest book in Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge universe; it is the first of The Donnellys — four half brothers: Cain, Finn, Liam, and Alex, who get together again after their grandfather died and left the ranch to them. Even though Finn is the only one staying and taking care of the ranch while the rest of the brothers build their lives somewhere else.

Lane is Finn’s best friend for the past decade. He has been pressing his feeling for Lane because he doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. But with his brothers coming to stay indefinitely, Finn feels like his life is changing and he cannot control it. Then suddenly his feeling for Lane is getting stronger more than ever…

I do love friends-to-lovers theme … BUT there is a downside to it, unfortunately. The arguments can be really repetitive and frustrating. And that was what I felt here. I liked the beginning just fine. I could get why Finn is upset when his half brothers are all coming down to the ranch, taking what they consider as legally theirs when they never help Finn with the ranch all these years. I’m probably going to be quite bitter too.

I also liked that Finn was the one making the first move. Usually when the heroine is the hero’s friend’s younger sister, he will be the one dragging his feet. Not here though.

It is Lane that I was having trouble to connect. Yes, Lane had a past, but I failed to see why it made her reacted the way she did. I couldn’t understand her arguments when she pushed Finn away after he made the first move. I just didn’t get it. I thought Lane’s past wasn’t 100% her fault (**SPOILER** Lane got pregnant when she was sixteen and then gave the baby for adoption)

Lane has been Finn’s friend for so long, she knows him well, does she really think that Finn will blame her? Does she think that Finn is not good enough for a steady relationship? I guess, I thought Lane was being a bit unreasonable. When Finn challenges Lane, that she seems to only needs Finn to do things like changing the light-bulbs, or getting rid of a mouse, simply because he’s a man, I could totally see Finn’s point.

Simply put, Lane frustrated me because her reasons are not convincing enough for the hot and cold attitude she put on Finn. And THAT made the book less enjoyable for me.

We did have a a turn-around with Lane suddenly being the one wanting more and Finn that says he can’t¬†— and for me this also didn’t feel convincing with how both characters act with each other prior to that particular moment.

The epilogue is sweet though ūüôā

While this isn’t my favorite of the series, I’m still quite intrigued with the next story. It will be about the oldest brother Cain, a single father with a teenage daughter and Alison, Lane’s good friend who is previously in an abusive relationship. I think that has potential, right?

 

RATING: 3 out of 5

 

 

 

The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:
Title: Slow Burn Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge: The Donnellys, #1
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN
Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle US, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks
Release Date: April 18, 2017

ARC Review: Crushing on the Cowboy (Sarah M. Anderson)

Based from Goodreads Page as well as reading a couple of reviews at Dear Author, this novella might be an expansion of Mitch and Paulo’s story line that was just secondary or being in the background of the other couples at Anderson’s rodeo world.

I thought the story was dry and lacked emotion. It was crammed with Mitch’s personal fear of being outed — since rodeo world was not very kind to gay men. At the same time, I felt that Mitch’s internal conflict as well as the feelings between these men were told to me rather than shown. Maybe because this is the author’s first full jump into the M/M romance, she still tries to find the balance of telling a story from perspectives of two men? In any case, it was rather hard for me to feel connected to Mitch and Paulo that way.

In addition, amidst of broken conversations between Mitch and Paulo (Mitch was not exactly fluent in Portuguese while Paulo didn’t speak English very well), it had too much sex scenes for my taste, instead of relationship development.

I did give a point for one particular thing. I actually thought it would end up in a cliche way … like them being outed in public or maybe Paulo gets badly injured which leads to love confession at hospital. It was nice to know that it wasn’t the case.

ALTHOUGH… at the same time, the ending was way rushed. To me, it felt like it was tying up some loose ends which happened in the other books but the author just didn’t want to explain them all again here.

Maybe Crushing on the Cowboy will work better for the fans of this author’s works, or for those who are starting their experience of reading M/M Harlequin romance. Unfortunately for me, this novella didn’t impress much *shrugs*.

 

RATING: 2.5 out of 5
25stars

 

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

30064734Title:
 Crushing on the Cowboy
Author: Sarah M. Anderson
Series: Rodeo Dreams, #3
Genre: MM Contemporary/Western Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 27, 2016

ARC Review: Take Me, Cowboy (Maisey Yates)

I didn’t realize when I requested the ARC from Netgalley that this was part of the HQ Desire line which made it a category romance rather than full length one from HQN. So I wonder if that was part of my problem with it; that I felt the theme to be rather outdated and the characters didn’t fully come alive as the previous Copper Ridge trilogy I read from HQN.

I liked the friends-to-lovers theme, and I definitely amped up with the fact that Anna was a female mechanic. BUT, I totally felt disappointed with “Anna must act like a woman” angle. Nowadays, reading about how a woman needs to be “a woman” with how she looks, how she dresses, or how she flirts in order to attract a man is no longer giving me satisfaction. I’m over that. So the whole plot just rubbed me the wrong way.

At least in the end Anna showed Chase that she wanted more and refused to back down. I loved her for that — and the porcupine pajama ^^

RATING: 2.5 out of 5
25stars

 

The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

9780373734504.inddTitle: Take Me, Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Release Date: April 1, 2016

ARC Reviews: Bad News Cowboy (Maisey Yates)

After reading Eli’s and Connor’s stories, I was pretty excited to read the story of the last Garrett sibling. The set-up is promising: Jack is the bad boy womanizer who never wanted to settle down. He is the best friend of Eli and Connor, and in that sense he knows Kate since she was practically a child. Meanwhile, Kate, being brought up by two brothers, is the tomboy. She is feisty, strong-headed, and definitely not the ‘feminine’ kind. I wonder how it would turn out — how Jack finally saw that Kate in a different light.

Unfortunately, I was having a bit of difficulty to fully invested in Jack and Kate as a couple. I think my biggest issue was Kate herself. I just thought that she was way too prickly in here. I kind of get the idea — she has never been attracted with guys before. Kate spent most of her life around men, with two protective brothers as well as Jack. She knows to talk like a man but not necessarily to deal with them as an opposite sex. It made her quite innocent in the ‘game’. Her new attraction towards Jack made Kate restless, but in that restlessness it made her lashed out on Jack, and THAT I found hard to connect with. I didn’t see their dialogs as witty amusing banters; instead, I found myself being annoyed few times with how Kate snapped on Jack.

It was quite unbalanced because at the same time, I did like Jack. Yes, he was the bad boy, the one who refused to settle down, the one who breaks heart of many women. But reading more about Jack’s inner thoughts, it was easy to see Jack differently. His own father dismissed him and his mother, and Jack has been clinging to his friendship with Eli and Connor as a replacement for the family he yearned the most. Heck, this guy was willing to get involved with the charity event to help abused wives! There was so much of Jack than what he was shown outside. And it made me really pissed off that NOBODY championed for him. That even Liss, who claimed that she loved Jack as a brother, saw him as bad news for Kate. This guy bare his heart and soul first, people!!

In overall, I still liked it, but not as much as I did the first two.

 

RATING: 3.5 out of 5
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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

24224925Title: Bad News Cowboy (Copper Ridge, #3)
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: June 9, 2015