Series: Copper Ridge #1
Published by HQN Books on 2015-04-01
A onetime bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates
Sadie Miller isn't expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straitlaced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her as if she's the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a bed-and-breakfast. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…
Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she's so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?
FTC : I got this from NetGalley for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions expressed in it are mine.
I read the prequel book and so had high hopes for this one. I have to say that it delivered but in a completely different way to what I expected. It is a story of a grumpy, slightly damaged cop and the havoc that one woman can reek on his life in her quest for a second chance. I loved it, my only complaint being that I felt it was a little long (I know, a complaint you never hear me make!).
I said in the review for the prequel that the thing I liked about the small town setting for this series is that it seems that this particular small town is very forgiving. In fact, the only person in the whole setting that doesn’t seem to want to give our heroine a second chance is the hero but that’s because he can’t cope with how much she affects him. Eli is a man who needs control and one thing he has always been able to control is himself and his feelings. That is until Sadie comes in and then he can’t control his emotions, his actions or his body. I didn’t love watching him struggle (which I usually find delicious) because he was a bit of a defensive ass-hat due to it. I didn’t like him throwing his snap judgments at her to protect himself … for me, this book got truly fabulous once they stopped fighting as much. The chemistry is off the charts and I loved watching them resist a relationship that we, as readers, could already see was there.
Sadie I liked a whole bunch. She was sassy and determined; I loved that she wanted that second chance as badly as she did (although I disagree that she actually needed one!). She had spent years running from her past and decided that the only way forward was to go back and start afresh. I loved her and it was one of the reasons I found Eli to be such a douche at times; he didn’t need to be another person putting her down.
Their chemistry is off the charts both in and out of the bedroom scenes. Maisey Yates writes fabulous sex scenes but it was the chemistry between them when they had their clothes on that kept me entertained. The easy banter between them, alongside the forthright nature of Sadie, made for scenes that made me both laugh and swoon; they truly brought out the best in each other. Of course, as every author knows, the course of true love should never run smooth.
Overall, this is a fun book that had an unexpected amount of angst and heat. I thoroughly enjoyed it (although, there were no real cowboys …. maybe next book!) and I will be picking up the next. Especially as it’s Connor’s book … I have a feeling I’m going to love his book!