I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Published by HQN Books on May 1st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Western, Contemporary, General
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In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy's best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…
If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn't. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She's in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…
He's been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he's all man. They're right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane's body, but he doesn't want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she's got a plan of her own…to show Finn there's nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.
Also includes a bonus Copper Ridge novel, Take Me, Cowboy!
Finn Donnelly likes control, so when his entire life is turned upside down he begins to unravel. Finn has spent the last 20 years working on the Laughing Irish Ranch with his grandfather, so when his grandfather passes away he can’t for the life of him understand why his grandfather didn’t leave the ranch only to him. Instead the ranch was left in equal shares to Finn and his three brothers. Finn is at a loss as to why his grandfather did this to him since his brothers haven’t ever been involved in the ranch. Still, Finn has a plan. He’s certain his brothers don’t really want to work on the ranch, so he will just buy out their portion and send them on their way. Well we all know what they say about best-laid plans.
When Finn finds out things aren’t going to go quite the way he planned, he also discovers that his willpower to keep his hands off his best friend Lane Jensen isn’t quite what it used to be. He’s spent years wanting Lane but kept his desire in check by reminding himself that she was too young for him and it wasn’t worth risking the most important relationship in his life by changing the rules. Finn’s not cut out for relationships and certainly not marriage material but maybe he and Lane can both get what they need out of their friendship if they add a physical element to it.
Lane Jensen came to Copper Ridge at 16 to live with her brother Mark and put her painful past behind her. She’s built a life she’s happy with and believes she’s moved on until she comes face to face with her past when her ex-boyfriend is suddenly all over the television. Now every time she turns around she feels like she’s facing reminders of her past and is suddenly questioning the life she’s built. As if that wasn’t enough, now Finn is trying to change everything about their relationship. Doesn’t he realize that he’s the most important person in her life? She isn’t about to let him risk their friendship when she needs him the most. The problem is that now that she see’s Finn for the hot cowboy that he is, she can’t seem to stop fantasizing about him.
I enjoyed watching both Finn and Lane work through the demons of their past and being forced to reevaluate what they wanted from their futures. I could relate to struggling with having to evaluate what you were worth or capable of after a less than ideal childhood. I think this story worked so well because given the issues that both Finn and Lane had, the only way they were going to work through them rather than running away was with each other because nobody else mattered enough that they would stick around when things got uncomfortable.
I am really looking forward to learning more about Finn’s brothers Cain, Alex and Liam. But then, who doesn’t love a whole new group of sexy cowboys. I have a feeling the other Donnelly men are going to have some very diverse and emotional backstories.