Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Title: Untamed Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gold Valley #2
Main Characters: Bennett and Kaylee
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…

Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…
My Review:
OMG, I loved this story so, so much. But then again, I'm a HUGE sucker for a friends to lovers story and this was a fantastic example of one done well.

Bennett and Kaylee have been best friends since junior high, and almost that entire time, Kaylee has been in love with Bennett, but he's never seen her as anything more than his friend. While she'd love for there to be something more between them, it's not worth the risk of their friendship which means everything to her. 

This book has a slow build just because Bennett is a true guy...he doesn't see what's right in front of his face. At the beginning of this book, he truly doesn't even see Kaylee as a female. She's simply his best friend...end of story. But as the story evolves so does Bennett's ability to see her as something more. I loved watching that evolution. It's a great character arc. 

Because they've been friends for so long, there are tons of little things tying these two characters together. The main thing though is that they run a veterinary practice together. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes that took place between them in the clinic and in their various roles they play in the community through their vet clinic. It provided a GREAT setup for the story. 

I also loved, loved, LOVED the addition of Dallas to the story. He was awesome. Every single time he was on the page, I'd end up smiling. I loved his sarcasm and wit. He was the perfectly written, screwed up teenager. The scenes between him and Kaylee melted my heart every time. There was so much honesty to him and I loved the way both Kaylee and Bennett handled him even when they had no clue what they were doing. 

Then there's Bennett's whole extended family. I love them so much. This is a great series and I'm so excited to read more books featuring them!

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

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