Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review & Tour: Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

From New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates, comes SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY—the first standalone novel in her Gold Valley Series!
SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY releases on February 20, 2018. Preorder your copy today!

Title: Smooth-Talking Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Gold Valley (Book One)
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Format: ebook via Inkslinger
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisWelcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.

“I hear we’re meeting? And that you’re buying me a drink?”

She pursed her lips and nodded. Then took another drink of her Diet Coke. “As a thank-you,” she said finally after she swallowed her sip.

“Oh. A thank-you. Funny how I didn’t get one earlier.”

“I thanked you,” she said. “You know. After you picked me up off the side of the road.”

“But not for fixing your tire. And you didn’t text me. I thought you were going to let me know if you had a ride.”

“I thought I was going to let you know if I needed a ride. And my boss gave me one. So I didn’t.” She cleared her throat. “Thank you. For fixing the car. I really do appreciate it. And I do owe you a drink.”

“Is it possible that you were covering your ass, though? Because you didn’t want to tell Kaylee that you were here to stare at Bennett all evening?”

Her face got hot and she had a feeling she was lit up like the damned neon sign that hung outside the saloon. “No… I don’t…”

Her gaze drifted over to the table, to where Kaylee and Bennett sat next to each other. That stomach tightening turned into a twist. A mean, painful twist that sent a metallic taste flooding through her mouth.

“You don’t care.” Luke leveled his gaze on her. “Laz,” he called out. “Can I get a shot? Something really good, because Olivia Logan is paying. And you know she’s good for it.”

Laz nodded and set about to pouring another measure of amber liquid into Luke’s glass.

“Excuse me?” Olivia asked.

“I changed your tire, Olivia,” Luke said. “Don’t go getting me cheap alcohol.”

“No. What do you mean I don’t care?”

Luke sat next to her, his broad shoulder nearly brushing hers as he took his position on the stool. “You don’t care about Bennett.”

“Yes,” she said. “I do. I care about Bennett… A lot. I love him.”

“Why did you break up with him then?”

“It’s complicated,” she said.

“It’s not that complicated. You want to be with him or you don’t.”

Great. She was getting lectured about love and relationships by a man whose longest relationship had

been with his pickup truck. “I needed to be sure that he wanted to be with me,” she said stiffly.

“Okay,” he said, arching a brow. “By breaking up with him?”

“Well,” she returned, “it’s informative. I mean… I guess at this point not so informative in the way that I wanted it to be.”

“You wanted him to see what he was missing?” Luke asked.

For all that he pretended not to understand her feelings, he seemed to understand pretty well. Better than she would like, actually. She didn’t like that he could see through her quite so easily because if Luke could, surely everyone could. “Yes,” she answered reluctantly.

He lifted a shoulder. “I still don’t think you care.”

She picked up her soda, and then redirected, brought it down hard on the bar. “I do care.” Her heart was pounding and she was breathing fast. “Stop acting like you know what I want. Or you know what I think. You don’t actually know me.”

New York Times and USA Today 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.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.



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Falling in love with the wrong man has never felt so right...

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Olivia had a plan for her life and it didn't involve breaking up with the man she intends to marry. However, that's exactly what she did after her boyfriend failed to propose to her over the holiday. She thought he just needed to see what his life would be like without her. Unfortunately, he hasn't come running back to her as she had hoped. So it's time to be proactive and show him what he's missing.

Luke has tried his best to ignore the pull he feels to Olivia, especially since she's always been off-limits to a man like him. But when she needs his help in making her ex jealous, he can't help but volunteer to be the man of the hour. He just never expects to get swept away so easily by a woman who he thought hated him. And when their little scheme starts to work, Luke begins to wish Olivia would choose him instead.

This first book left me extremely hopeful for this new series. I highly enjoyed it. Olivia was an odd yet intriguing character. Despite her overly proper nature, she had some skeletons in her closet and a hidden wild side. Luke may seem like a carefree man with no secrets but he was really just putting on a show for everyone as well. These two brought out the best in each other and it was entertaining to watch.

The plot was amusing with the plan to win back her ex by pretending to date Luke. I have to say that I don't yet know what to think of Bennett. I met him in the previous series and wasn't sure about him then either. I wanted to like him because he seems like a nice guy, but I'm suspicious about his relationship with his coworker too. Just something for me to ponder while I wait for his story to come in this series.

I loved the romance with these two. It didn't take long at all for their chemistry to get the better of them and things to turn steamy. The banter was adorable and kept me smiling. Even after a moment of passion, they would go back to teasing one another. I never once considered putting the book down to do something else. I was glued to the book and invested in the story from the first page.

In closing... 
I can't wait to see what comes next in this series. Five suns!

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