Review Post : Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey Yates (3.5 Stars)

Posted April 9, 2015 by Nix in review / 0 Comments

Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge #0.5
Published by HQN Books on 2015-03-01
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

In this sexy, sweet prequel novella to her new series, USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates welcomes readers to the charming small town of Copper Ridge, Oregon, where it's never too late for second chances.

There's not much about his teenage years that Jake Caldwell can be proud of. Except maybe for keeping his hands off cute, kindhearted Cassie Ventimiglia. She was the only one who saw him as more than a tattooed rebel who couldn't wait to leave the ranching life behind. Now he's back in Copper Ridge to sell his father's property—and staying right above Cassie's coffee shop. And out of nowhere, the girl he's never forgotten is offering a whole lot more than fresh-baked muffins…

Jake's dark, smoldering appeal hasn't changed one bit. But Cassie has. Following everyone else's rules didn't quite work out. Time to ask for what she's always wanted…and what Jake's more than happy to give: a wild, hot romance that could make a one-time bad boy realize he's back for good.

FTC : I got this from Netgalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

So, it’s no secret that I am a fan of Maisey Yates contemporaries and I am also a fan of small town romances so this was a no-brainer for me. I do recommend it and I have got the rest of the series although there were aspects that didn’t work for me.

Jake and Cassie’s book serves as a starter for the Copper Ridge series. It is a cute story with likable characters and a humorous undertone that I have come to expect from this author. It is novella length and so was a quick read that left me with a smile. There isn’t any cowboys though …. 🙁

This started as a romance between a reformed bad-boy and a good-girl who wants to let loose. I liked this angle but I liked it even more when it was turned on it head by the author and quickly dismissed. What I was left with was a romance between two people who struggled with leave their past behind and did everything they could to be, what they considered, better people. They had a past together and the sexual tension between them is apparent on the first page. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the story-telling and was completely invested in their story. Where I did struggle was with Jake’s internal reasoning for why they couldn’t be together. His opinion of himself was so low that he didn’t feel himself worthy and that thought process seemed to go round his head. A lot. It felt like he was stuck in a loop and it was exasperating for me as a reader because I was reading the same thought process over and over again.

This prequel sets up the small town angle without actually telling us much about the town dynamics. As readers, we are introduced to lots of characters (including the hero of the next book) but there is little interaction between them. I did come away with the sense that I’m going to like this town; everyone had that “we’ll give you a second chance” attitude towards Jake which sometimes is completely absence in these set ups. It seemed he had more of an issue with his past actions than he did. I want to read more from this series and I do hope the small-town dynamics play more of a role in the plot of the next book.

Who do I recommend this for? People who have never read anything from Maisey Yates, people who like small town romances and people who want to read this series. I liked it and I will be reading the next book. 


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