Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Title: Smooth-Talking Cowboy 
Author: Maisey Yates
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gold Valley #1
Main Characters: Olivia and Luke
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.
My Review:
Ooh, this was a great start to this series. Olivia has just broken up with the guy she planned on marrying. She broke up with him in a ploy to get him to finally commit. He didn't fall for it and now she's floundering about how much she screwed up with him. 

Luke is practically an adopted brother to Olivia's ex. He and Olivia have always had a contentious relationship, but that is really just a cover for their sizzling chemistry. The more they fight, the more they are truly fighting their deep sexual attraction. It starts out as a ploy to attract Olivia's ex's attention, but things quickly develop into something else between them entirely. 

Honestly, it would be really easy for Olivia's character to be annoying. She is VERY uptight. One of twins...her sister got lost in her rebellion. It's honestly pretty heartbreaking...especially for Olivia. She was always put into the middle and she was the one held accountable, which meant she also lost her twin and the relationship between them. It's truly heartbreaking and I liked that Luke eventually comes to see that. I also really love that he challenges her limits. They're good together, even though no one can see it...including the two of them. 

I truly did enjoy this first book in the series. It was entertaining and definitely captured my attention. I didn't want to stop reading once I started. Olivia and Luke are incredibly hot together, but their romance was really sweet, too. It was just all-around a good contemporary romance read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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