Title: Slow Burn Cowboy, a Copper Ridge Novel
Author: Maisey Yates
Publication: Harlequin paperback, April 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Description: Lane Jensen left her affluent East Coast upbringing behind as a teen and found a home, career, and even a best friend in Copper Ridge, Oregon. She runs a gourmet food store, owns a cozy house, and can call her friend Finn Donnelly whenever there’s an emergency like a mouse or blown fuse. Finn runs the Laughing Irish ranch and has the dark moods and taciturn personality of a romance hero, and has hid his attraction to Lane because of the difference in their ages and the fact that she is his friend’s younger sister. All of this changes when Finn’s grandfather bequeaths the ranch to Finn and his three brothers. All of Finn’s churning emotions finally emerge, forcing him and Lane to face their feelings and determine whether to turn back for safe friendship or test a new and more exciting relationship.
Audience: Fans of contemporary romance series who enjoys authors such as Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
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My Impression: I think Fiona Marsden recommended Maisey Yates to me, so I was eager to try the series. This is the second Copper Ridge story I have read and I enjoyed it much more than the first, although had some of the same issues. I liked the fact that Lane and Finn have a long standing best-friend relationship that evolves into romance, and they both care about and understand the other: he listens and empathizes over the secret that has shaped who she is while she is supportive of his reluctant acceptance of his brothers’ arrival. However, in both Slow Burn Cowboy and One Night Charmer, it seemed to be the arrogant male hero who dictates the terms of the romance and I found this annoying. Perhaps I have outgrown these alpha male control freaks and prefer someone more considerate, even in my escapist fiction. When Finn decides he wants to have a sexual relationship with Lane, despite knowing she would want a long term commitment he is unwilling to provide, he puts his feelings first and tries to guilt her into acquiescing. This not the behavior of a best friend, although in romance-world it turns out well. I did enjoy the other inhabitants of Copper Ridge, however, and will probably read subsequent books in this series about Finn’s brothers.
Source: I was provided a pre-publication copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes. Please visit TLC Book Tour’s Slow Burn Cowboy blog tour for more:
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