Series: Copper Ridge #2
Published by HQN Books on May 26th 2015
There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…
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…
FTC : I requested this from NetGalley … I am in love with this series. I’ve tried to be vague in this review but I did have a few things that I felt were important to mention.
So, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. I have read many Widower heroes but none where the heroine had unrequited feelings for the hero throughout his very happy marriage. I wasn’t sure how this would work for me, because I didn’t want to see a heroine as a second choice, but, although I had a few issues, it totally did. Although Connor hadn’t healed from the death of his wife, it was his reluctance to let go of his grief that was the main barrier to romance. I never felt cheated out of a romance nor did I feel that his marriage to his first wife was diminished by the romance with Liss. It felt like a new chapter in his life had started and I thought it was very well done.
Connor is completely broken by the death of his wife. He was so low that I wanted to see him move on within the course of this book. He had been so happy with his wife but that was a different life, a different version of normal. His life at the start of this book is simply existing and drinking the time away. He is a massive arse to everyone else in the book and generally a grumpy hero. Then Liss moves in and, suddenly, he starts to breathe above his grief. This book was lovely.
Liss had been in love with Connor forever. His wedding day was one of the hardest days of her existence and she vowed to move on after and just be his friend. She stuck to that vow even though her heart didn’t listen but, then, he started to notice her as more than just a friend. The moment she has always dreamed of suddenly looks like it may be possible but, equally possible, is that Connor will decide his one shot at happy died with his wife and just embark on a fling. Can you feel the angst yet?? I did like Liss but she took a very long time to properly stand up for what she wanted. Don’t get me wrong, she was happy enough to tell him off but she was very slow to demand things for herself in terms of the romance, almost as if her needs weren’t as important as his. It was the one thing about the whole book that bugged me.
I love this series, I love this author. This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read from Maisey Yates and she did a remarkable job. It was an angsty, emotional roller-coaster and I enjoyed the hell out of it.