This is my first book by Maisey Yates and I am thrilled to say I've found a new author. Down Home Cowboy was fun, sweet and sexy without being cliche or cheesy. I am fast reader. I could have easily finished this in one sitting but I was enjoying the characters so much I found myself slowing down and really delving into the story rather than rushing to find where the plot would go.
This Texas cowboy has come home to Copper Ridge to put down roots…but will he risk his heart again?
Asked where he'd be at this point in life, Cain Donnelly would have said anywhere but Copper Ridge, Oregon, living with his estranged brothers. But since his wife abandoned them, both he and his daughter, Violet, are in need of a fresh start, so he's back to claim his share of the family ranch. Local baker Alison Davis is a delicious temptation, but she's also his daughter's mentor and new boss. That makes her off-limits…until she offers a no-strings deal that no red-blooded cowboy could resist.
Alison has worked tirelessly to rebuild her life, and she won't jeopardize her hard-won independence. Especially if it also complicates Cain's relationship with Violet. But with Cain offering a love she never thought was possible, Alison has to find the courage to let her past go…or watch her future ride away for good.
The characters' conflicts and relationships are layered and complexand the descriptions have just the right mix of explanation and imagery as to enhance, not bog down, the story.
As a mother of two teenagers, I greatly appreciated the authentic relationship between Cain and Violet. Neither is portrayed as perfect or flawless. Both make mistakes and show frustration which makes the reader empathize with them all the more.
The secondary characters (Alison's friends, Cain's brothers, and other people in town) added depth and interest to the story. As soon as I finished the book, I hit Maisey Yates' website to see about other books and realized I am quite late to Copper Ridge party. There are plenty of other books about these characters for me to explore and I'm especially excited about Wild Ride Cowboy which is on my summer list!
I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, fun romance.