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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: Take Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

This book had me thinking of a Dixie Chicks song. You know the one right???

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: April 5, 2016

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?

After her brothers bet Anna Brown that she can’t get a date for a charity event, she turns to the most sought after man in Copper Ridge, Oregon for help: Her best friend and lady’s man, Chase McCormack for advice.

Chase makes a deal with Anna, he’ll help her be less like “one of the boys” if she lets him go as her date to the gala. While he helps her with her makeover, Chase begins to remember that Anna isn’t really one of the guys; she’s a lovely woman who will one day make some man very happy. But the question is: Does he want to be that man or not?

Okay so Take Me, Cowboy was a non-stop read for me from the minute I picked it up. It took me a few hours to read (I’m a fast reader when the book is this much fun) and by the end I had such a smile on my face. As far as the friends to lovers trope goes, this one is one of my favorites.

I loved both Chase and Anna but I’m going to have to say Anna was my favorite of the two. She’s a mechanic who specializes in large machinery so points for having a job that isn’t common for a woman but bonus ones for being good at it too. She’s rough around the edges, a tomboy and a social mess when it comes to unfamiliar settings, like dating and sex. How can she not be likable?

And Chase, for all his tough guy swagger and lady killer smile wasn’t infallible. He carried around a lot of baggage for a guy who liked to joke and had a best friend like Anna. He was a pretty surprising guy all things considered. He had quite a few layers to him that made him more than just a playboy with a shy best friend. I liked him even when I thought he needed a swift kick in the pants for being so dense at times and later on a coward. But what good is a romance if there isn’t a little angst and longing between characters right?

But my favorite part of this book was Chase and Anna’s transition from best friends to lovers. These two were just so adorably awkward sometimes and that added to the overall charm of the story. It wasn’t a “natural” slide from friends to lovers for them and Maisey Yates didn’t shy away from showing the awkward moments, the strained silences and the misunderstandings between them as they tried to find their footing in their growing romantic relationship. I loved those imperfect moments when these two characters struggled with the “Now Whats?” that came after sex or some R-rated flirting or even something so simple as a date that had them befuddled at times. That’s the kind of simplicity that can make a romance and it was done in a way that was endearing and comical.

Final Verdict: This is only my second book by Yates but I’m already ready for the next one. Chase has a brother, Sam who might be even more closed off than Chase. He was an enigma and had more of a wounded soul vibe going on than Chase so that definitely piqued my interest.

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