While I’m waiting for my second-pass edits for Dakota Storm to come to me from my editor, I thought I’d dive into a good cowboy romance. Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates was just what I needed to get my mind off ‘adulting.’ I’m 41 and I still don’t like it. 😉
The book opens with heroine Olivia Logan on the side of the road with a flat tire. In this crazy world of ‘women can do anything’, I’m with Olivia – I need a guy to help me out here. haha Don’t judge. This is where we meet the hero, Luke Hollister. I love that he drives right by her at first, but then thinks better of it, and backs up to help her out.
Anyway, cutting to the meat of the story…Olivia broke up with her boyfriend of a year, Bennett Dodge, because he hadn’t proposed to her at Christmas like she thought he should – and he hasn’t come breaking her door down to get her back. So she makes a deal with Luke. If he helps her out in making Bennett jealous, she’ll talk to her father about a bit of land Luke wants to purchase.
I loved the simplicity of the book, and the pearls (those beautifully crafted sentences that snatch you up and force you to read them again) that were littered throughout the book. For example:
That slow, lazy smile of his that always made her feel like he had spoken an obscenity.
or (when the hero had been thinking of Olivia and Bennett):
They didn’t have enough chemistry to light a birthday candle.
Not enough chemistry to light a birthday candle? haha! Trust you and me, I will steal that line and use it in the very next conversation it can possibly be used in. Is that line a catch-phrase? If not, it really should be.
I would highly recommend this book. I’ve never read a book by Maisey Yates before, but I just pre-ordered the second book in the series, Untamed Cowboy, which is Bennett’s book. 🙂 Also, at the time of posting, Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Kindle) is only .99 cents, so go forth and buy.