Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Christmastime Cowboy

About Christmastime Cowboy

  • Series: Copper Ridge
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (October 24, 2017)
It’s Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped… 
Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery’s new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?
Thirteen years ago, Liam’s boss at the winery offered him a bribe—leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn’t good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he’s back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together…
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Review: I'm a fan of Maisey Yates and Christmas romances. (I've been a sucker for Christmas romances since I was in high school)

I have some mixed feelings about this book, because it falls under a that "I never got over this guy in an insane number of years" thing going on, which is something that I've been having a huge problem with lately. The worst part was Sabrina holding on to her virginity for 13 years. I can't deal with 30 year old virgins. I just can't. That was a big issue for me with this book. It just didn't feel realistic for me.

That aside, Maisey delivers with character that you feel instantly connected to and that includes the secondary characters as well. (If you've read any of Copper Ridge series, you'll know Liam's brothers and their significant others). Liam''s brothers provide a lot of levity in this book, since there are so many things everyone seems to be going through.

I loved Liam. He was a bad boy and a bad boy with a real crappy childhood. Actually crappy is a pretty mild description for how bad he had it growing up.

I didn't feel the love that I wanted to feel for Sabrina. Even the way she treated her friend Olivia, who was having relationship woes of her own, made me want to give her a shake. I mean, I felt really sorry for Olivia.

I love the dialogue in Maisey's books. There's a scene with Liam and his brother's and they are talking about his love life, and it is just hilarious. This is what makes her books stand out. These guys sound real. Yes, there's the romantic fantasy, but there's a hearty dose of reality too. Except of course for that virginity thing. Grrr.

I liked that Maisey gave Sabrina some resolution with her father, though it seemed a little too easy coming.

This wasn't the usual Christmas romance. In fact, it didn't feel Christmasy at all to me. The holiday just seemed to be a backdrop for the new venture that brought Sabrina and Liam together.

I enjoyed this read, just not as much as I have others by Maisey.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Maisey Yates

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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