Older brother’s best friend- one of my favorite tropes. There is something about that first moment when the hero looks at the heroine and sees something other than the little girl he has seen their whole lives. Bad News Cowboy is such a story.
Jack Monaghan has been in Kate’s life since she was two years old. Kate’s older brothers are his best friends and she has always been someone he saw as a kid sister. But lately something has changed. Every time they are around each other Kate is annoyed with him. He can’t seem to do or say anything right. He doesn’t know what her problem is and is afraid to ask for fear of being ripped to shreds.
Kate doesn’t really know what her deal with Jack is either. He makes her itchy. He makes her nervous and she doesn’t like being nervous. He used to be just the guy who could make her smile when her home life was crap but now he has seemed like more. That more is confusing her. She doesn’t need anyone in her life but now she feels like she needs to be around Jack. She has never dated, never worn a dress, never even kissed a guy so she has no frame of reference for the feelings she is having. But she wants them to stop so things can go back to normal.
With everything that is going on Jack gets annoyed when he sees Kate attempting to flirt with a cowboy. She is too innocent and doing it all wrong. He feels like he should step in and help her so she doesn’t end up with a guy like him; one that will hurt her. Being around Jack and flirting with him is confusing all kinds of lines for Kate. She doesn’t want to flirt with him but she does. Everything ends up all messed up when she gives into temptation and just kisses him. The kiss rocks their relationship and throws them back into their corners, separate and wary.
It isn’t long before they are back together and Jack is no longer saying no. He can’t resist her but once they are together he is crushed with guilt and remorse. He knows Connor and Eli would not be happy with what he has done. He is a man whore and Kate is the person he was supposed to protect. Jack’s guilt overwhelms him and he ends up pushing Kate away, hurting her more.
In the end, it is Jack who bares his soul to Kate and Kate who is scared to accept him. For most of Bad News Cowboy it seemed like Jack had the issues but in the end, it was Kate who couldn’t handle love. I felt for Jack because he opened himself up to the first woman ever and was pushed away. Since it is a romance novel, I am not spoiling anything to say it works out but in the part where it wasn’t working? Well, I was a little sad for Jack and what he went through.
Bad News Cowboy is the third book in the series and I am not sure if it will be the last. It is the last of the Garrett family so any other books will have to spin-off to someone else in the town. I think this is my second favorite of the series. I liked Kate and Jack together and I liked Kate’s fierce independence mixed with vulnerability. Maisey Yates is a pro at mixing in one-liners and keeping the books funny while making them hot and sigh worthy all at once. This is a really good contemporary romance series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope we see more from this town. Final grade- B
“I have to get a move on,” he said. “These cows won’t castrate themselves.”
“Damn lazy beasts. Also- ” Kate held her hands up and wiggled her fingers “-no thumbs.”