Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Book 2 in the Copper Ridge Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Small Town Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
There are lines best friends shouldn’t cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…
If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he’s concentrated exclusively on his family’s ranch. Until his dear friend Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That’s what friends do—and Liss is his rock. What friends don’t do? Suddenly start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…
Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. Another few weeks should be a breeze. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she’ll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…
Liss and Conner have been best friends sense they were 15 years old. Conner lost his wife of 8 years and is still picking up the pieces of his life 3 years later. Liss has always been there for Conner and buried any feeling that weren’t friend-like because she valued her friendship with him above anything. So when Liss has to move out of her house because her landlady is selling and has no where to go, Conner says she can stay with him until she can find a new place. But Liss and Conner don’t expect to find that they might be able to have more then just friendship.
You really feel for Conner’s character. He has lost so much, his wife, the barn he put his blood, sweat, and tears into and much more. I love Conner(not as much as Jack from Bad News Cowboy but he is going to be hard to top)but I did lose my temper with him a few times because he was being obtuse and stubborn about his relationship with Liss. I love his loyalty and how he is really caring but doesn’t want to show it. Conner doesn’t do well with feelings like most men. He has spent the past few years drinking to avoid them. His grief eats at him and he spends more time passed out on his couch drunk and working his ranch then doing anything else. I have always had a thing for damaged(emotional or physically or both) heroes. Liss is one of the bright spots of Conner’s life even if it takes him a while to really see that. Liss is a wonderful character. I love her strength and how she has always been there for Conner even when he doesn’t know he needs her. Liss has her own set of problems she needs to work out. Liss’s mother has always guilt tripped her into doing everything she wanted because of this Liss has always felt she has to earn people’s love. The only person she has never felt this feeling with is Conner. Liss goes though a lot in this book. More then I thought the heroine would go though because I thought the author would focus more on the damaged hero. But Yates does great at balancing her characters. I didn’t feel either had more pages time then the other.
Having been best friends for years, both are worried about how this new attraction might ruin their friendship. They have both been one of the most sable people in each other lives for 15 years. Liss has always been a little in love with Conner so her feeling aren’t as hard for her to get over having. On the other hand Conner having never thought of Liss but has his friend has a harder time coming to terms with wanting to see his best friend naked. I loved watching how Conner slowly comes back to humanity because of his growing love for Liss. Conner has a secret eating at his soul and the scene were he shares it with Liss is both heartbreaking and freeing. Conner does something for Liss in this book that is so romantic. It was then that you know that Conner is in love with Liss. *sigh* It was so swoon worthy and also goofy smile worthy. You will all know what scene I am talking about when you read it. Another great scene was Liss and Conner’s first kiss. I love so many scenes in this book that I can’t tell you about because I don’t want to spoil anything. I love his series and can’t wait to read Sadie and Eli’s story. I know their book was first but I love friends to lovers stories and wounded heroes so I had to read this before theirs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves small town romance, sexy cowboys, and friends to lovers romance.
Rating: 4 out 5
Content Rating: Mature(17+)
Heat Rating: Hot
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