In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…
Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction that suddenly flares between them.
Beatrix Leighton has loved Dane for years, while he’s always seen her as another sister. When she enlists his help to start her animal sanctuary, she thinks it will give him purpose. Instead, it brings all the desire she feels for him to the boiling point. Bea’s father taught her early on that love means loss. But could her forbidden crush turn into a love that will last a lifetime?
I knew when I was getting into this book, that Beatrix Leighton, aka Bea, was a character that would leave a mark in my heart. From the very first when she was introduced, I was drawn into her like a kindred spirit, in an oddly strong way. Dane Parker, on the other hand, was the headstrong, bull riding, womanizing daredevil, who didn't deserve the devotion Bea had for him. This was my preconceived notion of protagonists even before opening the book, and boy did the author manage to pull the rug under me and my assumptions.
Absolutely in awe of this story that dealt with some real and serious issues, from parental conflicts and family drama to abandonment issues and trying to please the parents, trying to earn the attention and love, as they did not feel that they were worth anything on their own. These questions are dealt with thoroughly, and in a matter that made me stop and think and re-evaluate, as I was reading the book. And I love when that happens!
Bea and Dane, there was this fragile adoration that was growing in between them, and the author captures the nuances of falling for your soulmate in such delicate detail, it honestly took my breath away. There are so many deep emotions, moments when your heart cracks open, and when your soul recognizes their mate, or when the physical attraction first dawns on him -- Bea and Dane's tale is such a beautifully written love story, even the conflicts they face felt so real, true, painful, and raw.
In general, I cringe when in a romance novel the woman is the virgin and man is 'well experienced', to put it nicely, it just seems like so yesteryears. But in this story, Bea's virginity is such a part of who she is and how she grew up, it works, and when I got over my previously mentioned preconceived notions, that wasn't an issue to me, in this case, after all.
In Unbroken Cowboy, the feels are deep and real. There are passion and lust, great banter and laughs, but mostly there are heartfelt, intense questions about life, future possibilities, following your dreams, and daring to open your heart, your soul, and your life to your another person, taking steps out of your comfort zone, and trusting the other is there to cheer you on, even to catch you if so needed. All these life's a-ha moments are delivered wrapped into this vastly entertaining and touching tale, and I could not help but love every moment of it.
A delightful and tender love story, a story about life, family, and learning to appreciate the path you have to take to find your place in the world. A story that captured my mind and heart, made me smile and sigh, think and ponder... just like literature is supposed to
~ Five Spoons!
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