I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Published by HQN Books on July 1st 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Western, Contemporary
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In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…
Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…
Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…
Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Mail Order Cowboy!
I don’t mind admitting that I was excited when I found out that the second book in the Gold Valley series would be Bennett’s and Kaylee’s. After the glimpses we have gotten to see in previous books, I had no doubt these two would end up together and I was glad we didn’t have to wait until later in the series to have it happen.
In Untamed Cowboy, we find out that Bennett wasn’t always the buttoned up man that we knew him as. You see, Bennett got his girlfriend pregnant at age 16 and after she told him she lost their baby and moved away, Bennett was determined to never let his emotions get away from him again. He was going to make responsible logical decisions and ensure that he never put any pressure or stress on his family after everything that they had already been through. That’s why Bennett prides himself on having a plan for every aspect of his life, even if those plans mean he is settling for a life that can never truly make him happy. Bennett was prepared to marry Olivia even though he didn’t love her because he didn’t want love or passion in his life.
When a social worker shows up at Bennett’s house with a 15-year-old son named Dallas that Bennett didn’t know he had, all of Bennett’s plans for an uncomplicated life start to unravel at the seams. Understandably, Bennett is devastated to find out that his high school girlfriend lied to him about losing the baby. On top of that he discovers that his son’s life has not been at all the life he should have had. How can he make up for all the time he’s lost and how does a man who has prided himself on guarding his heart convince his son to trust him and let him in when he doesn’t let other people in himself?
The one constant in Bennett’s life has always been Kaylee Capshaw. From the moment he saw her at school looking shy and lonely, Bennett and Kaylee have been best friends. With all the chaos in his life, right now more than ever Bennett needs Kaylee to be the source of stability in his life she has always been.
Kaylee Capshaw has been in love with Bennett for as long as she can remember. She’s stuffed her feelings down through the years knowing that Bennett didn’t feel the same. After years of having a front row seat to Bennett’s relationships, she’s determined once again to move on and find a relationship for herself, so why can’t anyone else light her up the way Bennett does?
When Bennett tell’s Kaylee that he’s planning to find someone to hook up with, Kaylee can’t take it anymore. She will be damned if she can sit back and watch him move on with someone else again without ever having a chance to touch Bennett Dodge herself. Bennett isn’t prepared for Kaylee to suggest that they scratch each other’s itch, but once he agrees he has to face that his feelings for Kaylee have never been as clear-cut as he has convinced himself they were. With all of his plans obliterated, can Bennet reach for the happiness that is his for the taking?
I related to so strongly to Bennett, Kaylee and Dallas in this story due to my own background. I saw so much of myself in Kaylee in Dallas. The inability to trust when your parents, the people you are supposed to be able to count on are the very people who have hurt you the most. The need to test and push people around you to see if they will abandon you like everyone else. The knowledge that you aren’t worthy of love and respect even when someone wants to give it to you. With Bennett you can understand why he feels like he has to be perfect and never be a burden to anyone. He watched his family go through so much, and he never wanted to feel like he added to it.
It was delightful to see Bennett, Kaylee and Dallas begin to heal the wounds from their past become the family they all deserved. I hope we will get to see more glimpses of them in future installments of Gold Valley.