Friday, March 6, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Shoulda Been a Cowboy"

Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Publisher: HQN Books (March 1, 2015)
Series: Copper Ridge, 0.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In this sexy, sweet prequel novella to her new series, USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates welcomes readers to the charming small town of Copper Ridge, Oregon, where it's never too late for second chances...

There's not much about his teenage years that Jake Caldwell can be proud of. Except maybe for keeping his hands off cute, kind-hearted Cassie Ventimiglia. She was the only one who saw him as more than a tattooed rebel who couldn't wait to leave the ranching life behind. Now he's back in Copper Ridge to sell his father's property-and staying right above Cassie's coffee shop. And out of nowhere, the girl he's never forgotten is offering a whole lot more than fresh-baked muffins...

Jake's dark, smoldering appeal hasn't changed one bit. But Cassie has. Following everyone else's rules didn't quite work out. Time to ask for what she's always wanted...and what Jake's more than happy to give. A wild, hot romance that could make a one-time bad boy realize he's back for good.

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Kame's Review:

Fifteen years have passed since Cassie touched Jake's hand while tutoring him in Math. Fifteen years since she pulled her hand away and didn't dare tell him what was in her heart. And fifteen years since he left.

Cassie is trying to change her life and make it her own. I liked the revelations she had during this story and found her new found self confidence a little inspiring. Jake is the bad boy who comes back to town to settle his father's estate. He felt a jolt of awareness when Cassie touched him fifteen years ago and has been thinking of her since.

This wasn't a fall in your arms I have waited for you so long romance, the verbal sparring made me chuckle at times as it got rather ridiculous how they were trying to deny the attraction. I do want to note – if you are looking for hunky cowboys there isn’t one in this novella – I am sort of wondering why cowboy is in the title.

The plot was short and sweet, and really this is just a novella to set up a new series. The coffee shop is a perfect venue to introduce a bunch of characters and the town. This novella allows for background to be given to two secondary characters in the series.

I enjoyed Cassie and Jake and I look forward to the first book in the series.


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! I can't believe I haven't read one of Maisey's books yet. I'll have to fix this soon! 

Have you read Maisey Yates before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?


Until Next Time,


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

I haven't read Maisey Yates before, but this looks like it will be a great series!

Sophia Rose said...

It sounds quick and fun. I read one of her books before and wanted to try others. Always good to get in at the beginning of a new series.

Sharlene Wegner said...

Thanks for the review! I just one-clicked. :-)

The_Book_Queen said...

Exactly what I was thinking. :)

The_Book_Queen said...

Nothing worse then coming into a series late, that's for sure.

The_Book_Queen said...

;) We always like to hear that! Hope you enjoy it!