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: Leaning Into Love (Lane Hayes)

Leaning into Love is first released as part of It Was Always You Anthology; I never read that one, but I love friends-to-lovers theme and I generally enjoy Lane Hayes’ works … so I decided to request for the ARC.

Eric and Zane have been best friends for over a decade; even if in high school they were not really running in the same circles. On the wake of announcement of engagement of Eric’s ex-boyfriend, Eric is asked by Zane to go to the party together, and he starts to see Zane in a new light.

It is a sweet friends-to-lovers story for sure. The chemistry between Eric and Zane is palpable. I have no problem at all imagining that these two men are falling for one another.

However, I’m a bit miffed that some of scenes here were summarized … it became “telling than showing” kind of thing. Plus apparently there is a slight time jump because the start of Chapter 6 is this line “The year melted away in the usual flurry of holiday parties and family gatherings“. Urgh, I dislike that!! I want to be a witness of Eric and Zane’s dates and activities. NOT just the sex, mind you *pout*

Oh, and one other complaint would be how Eric reacted to his ex’s news … I thought it was really stupid.

The bonus chapter is cute though ^^

 

RATING: 3.5 out of 5
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The ARC is provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

 

34093621Title: Leaning Into Love (2nd edition)
Author: Lane Hayes
Series: Leaning Into, #1
Genre: MM Contemporary Novella
Length: 24.000 words
Purchase Link:
Release Date:February 10th, 2017

ARC Review: Sunset in Central Park (Sarah Morgan)

The moment I read how Frankie thought of wearing glasses would help her repel me (so to speak), I was both frustrated and annoyed with her. That scene just stood out because I knew that it would an uphill battle for Frankie to work on her issues. This was just the tip of the iceberg!!

While I knew that it was rooted deep from her father’s betrayal (of him cheating on Frankie’s mom, and then walked out of his family) as well as her mother’s way to deal with it (by breaking¬†other relationships), I was having a hard time connecting to Frankie. She was prickly. She was insecure. And¬†unfortunately, those were dragging the story down and I had a hard time enjoying it. Sure, Matt was probably able to make up for it — ¬†he was this perfect gentleman who was able to ‘fix’ Frankie with¬†twu wuv.

Maybe I was not in the good mood while I was reading this, but really, I wasn’t impressed. It is¬†a bummer because I love friends-to-lovers stories. But I missed the sizzling chemistry and thick sexual tension that usually help me enjoying this theme because yes, friends-to-lovers stories can be boring or dragging or repetitive. Unfortunately, this one falls into that category.

I¬†wasn’t really amused with the appearance of characters from Morgan’s other series as well. I mean, well, it was nice¬†for me, because I read Puffin Island series. So it was catching up with familiar characters. But how about those who don’t read it. If I am one of them, I’m going to be annoyed.

In any case, this series doesn’t work for me. The previous novel (and novella) didn’t entertain me as well. So I will skip on the last book because Eva … yeah, her rose-colored-lenses and optimism about true love grated on my nerves. I am way too sarcastic for Eva.

RATING: 2.5 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:
29491357Title: Sunset in Central Park
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love, #2
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: Sept 1, 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
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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:

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