Recently I read and really enjoyed Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates. In that book we met Connor Garrett, a man so deep in grief and living a life where nothing seems to go his way. At the end of Part Time Cowboy his barn burned down taking with it all his equipment and most of the his energy to care. To him, it was just another way life had shown him things just weren’t going his way.
I was a little nervous to read his book because sometimes it is hard for me to believe in a second chance at love, especially when we saw how deep Connor was steeped in grief and blame. How could I possibly believe he would love again and get that HEA? It was obvious who his heroine was going to be. Felicity Foster, Liss, has been his best friend since school and still hung around to take care of him. I truly wondered how they would bridge the gap from friendship to love though.
The start of the HEA comes when Liss is kicked out of her rental and needs a place to live. Connor suddenly realizes he has been so selfish and only focused on himself that he didn’t even know she was having issues. Once he does though, he offers her a room at his house. She accepts and offers to help cook, clean and do his paperwork in order to earn her stay. The first signs of trouble happen when Connor finds a pair of Liss’s underwear and immediately starts picturing her in them. Knowing that will lead nowhere good, he orders himself to stop.
Liss might tell herself she is Connor’s best friend but she has really been in love with him for a long time. She thinks she can handle living with him because she was able to handle his marriage and this will just be another thing for her to get through. The more time she spends around him, the more she sees how little he has done to get on with his life.
“There isn’t anything going on. I just didn’t get it done.”
“That’s bullshit, Connor. You even had it signed. You just needed to finish the body of the paperwork. All I had to do was fax it over today, and it’s being processed. It was that simple.”
“It wasn’t simple.” He slammed the refrigerator door shut and dragged his fingers through his hair. “Obviously, if it was simple I would’ve done it.”
“But you didn’t. Somehow, I managed.”
“Yeah, well,” he said, throwing his arms out, “I guess I just wonder what the point is. Everything I build, every single thing, just ends up getting destroyed. If I get the money it would just burn, too. Or maybe I would rebuild the barn, and then what? Is it going to be safe”
She takes it upon herself to get him back into the landing of living and what better way for that to happen then for them to have sex? But after one time Connor freaks out and declares they must never do that again. Liss decides to not listen and seduces him back for more. The sex between them is hot and fantastic. Connor is very much into it and into Liss.
I guess this is where my little niggle with the story comes in. I feel like Connor needed to be the one to pursue Liss. Like he needed to go back to her after that initial time. I wanted him so head over heels for her he realizes he can’t live with out her. I know that is dramatic but I can’t help it. This wasn’t a big issue for me because Connor does some things towards the end that show how hard he has fallen for her. But, I wanted the whole book to be like that. My desire is sort of unrealistic though considering what Connor has been through in that past 3 years.
Not to spoil anything but Connor and Liss do end up together (this is a romance!) and I like how it played out. I like how the end was. I had some happy sigh moments. I was nice to see grumpy, sad Connor happy again. I wasn’t sure if or how it would happen but it did. I love how Ms. Yates took us through Connor’s grief and sorrow and made it into a poignant and realistic journey back to happiness. She does heavy emotion so well and this book was believable yet still managed to hold moments of humor to not bring the reader down. I’m looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait to see how Jack will manage Kate. Final grade- B
“Coffee?” he asked, talking around the food in his mouth.
“I had a carafe before I came over. I don’t play around with caffeine consumption.”
“Well, I need some.” He set the bowl back down on the counter and made his way over to the coffeemaker.
“So you had coffee. Beer, and coffee.”
“I’m not an animal.”