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Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
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Alex Donnelly is a war veteran, the youngest brother in the dysfunctional Donnelly family. His parents did a number on him by the emotional neglect, and enforcing the thoughts of him not being enough, not being valued or cared for. His best friend died while they are deployed, and left the family ranch for Alex's care, to make sure his sister, Clara, will be set for life as the only surviving member of the family.
Clara Campbell (that last name with her eating habits is just perfect!) has lost every member of her family, yet she is surviving, barely functioning, yes, but continuing on. She has lived her life on the family ranch, teaching herself how to live, how to take care of herself and manage life with so much loss surrounding her. She is a virgin with limited life experience outside her safe circle, yet with a vast knowledge of life, loss, sorrow, and survival.
Her loneliness was heartbreaking, how death has taken everything dear to her, leaving her gasping. Yet I am not sure which is worse, her destiny, or the one of Alex's where his parents choose to leave him behind and ignore him instead. They have the feelings of solitude and survival as the common factor as other wise they are the complete opposite.
The amount of emotion the author has managed to fit on each page of the story blew me away. The feelings are raw and real, they are tense and bottomless. They are both broken inside, vulnerable under the tough exterior. They have hidden the burden of pain from the world with smiles but with each other, they find the courage and the challenge to be true to themselves acceptable.
I love how the story was built with long, deep, difficult conversations where the characters had a chance to air out their emotions, their disappointments, and triumphs of life. The conversations between Alex and Clara, the talks between Alex and his brothers, they go deep into their thoughts and feelings, to a mentally naked place where there's nothing left to hide. These characters truly get to know each other, giving a solid foundation to built their relationships on, instead of just being present, or physically satisfying their needs. They are able and willing to do the hard things to heal, to grow, and to find their peace and place in life.
The story is not all angst and tears, it is well built with a balance of dark and light. There are joy and cheer, there are moments of laughter, amusing banter, brotherly love, and passion and tenderness between a woman and a man. Yet instead of going overboard with sexual tension, the author goes deep and exposes all the difficult, hurtful inner thoughts and emotions, giving the story beautiful depth and graceful character development. Wild Ride Cowboy is easily one of my favorite stories from 2017
~ Five Spoons
Alex Donnelly never intended to settle down in Copper Ridge, or anywhere else for that matter. But, when his best friend’s last request was that Alex help his friend’s sister with their family ranch, Alex can’t refuse. Clara Campbell, however, is adamant she doesn’t need or want Alex’s help with the ranch or her life. The only thing Clara does want from Alex is a chance to explore the attraction that’s between them. Soon enough, Alex and Clara find that walking away isn’t nearly as easy as they thought it would be.
Alex has gone through life smiling and making sure that by all appearances everything is as it should be. Due to his rough childhood, he learned that life is easier if he pretends that nothing is wrong. Since he arrived in Copper Ridge, Alex put off talking to Clara for months and instead focused on the ranch he shares with his brothers. He feels an immense debt to his fallen comrade and a certain amount of guilt due to the circumstances of his death, however, he doesn't know how to carry out his final wishes.
Clara's only family was her brother and when he died she fell apart. She's slowly been working to put herself back together, but has been having difficulty getting to everything. Despite her grief, Clara is an incredibly strong person and doesn't let anyone push her around. I admired how well she was able to stick up for herself and didn't let Alex bulldoze his way through her life. She's also quite smart and knows more about life on the ranch that people would think. She simply hasn't been able to deal with everything under the weight of her grief. A small thing I majorly connected with Clara on is that she is a very picky eater. Her food preferences led to some funny conversations with Alex, which I loved.
Alex and Clara have great chemistry and the biggest obstacle to their relationship was Alex's belief that he shouldn't get involved with Clara out of loyalty to her brother. I admired his devotion to his friend, but it definitely did slow things down a bit. However, once they get together it's amazing and their romance is incredibly hot. One thing I loved was that the scene on the cover of the book was a scene actually in the book. I love when stuff like that happens!
Wild Ride Cowboy was another excellent addition to the Copper Ridge series and I can confidently say the Donnelly brothers are my absolute favorite family in this series. I am very excited for the last Donnelly book, Christmastime Cowboy, to be released.
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher which I voluntarily reviewed.**
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