Title: Brokedown Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Copper Ridge #2
Main Characters: Connor and Liss
Release Date: May 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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…
It's been three years since Connor's wife, and Liss's best friend, died suddenly in a car accident. Since then, Liss has been Connor's anchor. She's his best friend and his support system. She fills his refrigerator and keeps him functioning at least on a minimum level between bouts of drunkenness. Connor is very much only living a half life.
Lisa's last boyfriend left her with a load of debt and bad credit. It's inconvenient, but she's surviving until her landlord decides to sell her home. With her credit, she doesn't qualify for renting another place so she ends up moving in with Connor as a temporary solution. She's already there every day to help him out, so now she's just sleeping there too. But when Connor finds her lime green thong in the laundry basket, suddenly he's seeing Liss as a woman, not just his best bud.
I do like a good friends to lovers story. This is a good one just because the progression of the development of the relationship feels so natural. Unfortunately, Liss has been in love with Connor ever since they were teenagers, so she's excited that she finally has permission to act on those feelings. For Connor, things are much more complex. He doesn't want another relationship...ever again. He doesn't feel like he was a good husband and never wants to go to that place of horrific pain again.
While my heart broke for him, it also hurt for Liss. She loves him so much and despite his obvious feelings, he just isn't willing to give her a real chance. It's painful to read. Although I do have to admire how far Liss was willing to go to give him a chance, but she also had the strength to realize when she had had enough and needed to stand up for herself. I loved that about her.
I enjoyed the set-up with this tight group of friends. I also really liked the whole setup of the story. The backstory for Connor is horribly tragic, but it sets up so well for him to have a second beginning and chance at life. It was well-written and very entertaining. I'll definitely read from this author again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.