Maisey Yates has done it again with the next book up for me in the Gold Valley series. Hello, I’m Bree, and I am totally reading this series out of order if this is your first time here.
Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Gold Valley series #2
Published June 19, 2019
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…
Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…
Untamed Cowboy is a slow ride between best friend Kaylee and Bennett Dodge. Kaylee comes with her own emotional baggage after growing up never feeling good enough due to her parents being drunks and Bennett is part of the Dodge family who this series follows. I think the setup of this book was well done. We learn pretty early on that these two have so much history, have always been best friends but especially with Kaylee early on, you put pieces together and see that maybe on both parts there have been feelings trying to break the surface.
I like the way the author threw the wrench of Bennett learning about his surprise son in this story. In my opinion, it helped push the romance between Kaylee and Bennett along, as well as obviously assist in the ‘dark moment,’ but in the end, it was the wrench that helped everything come along in the end. Here these two thought they knew everything about each other and find out unexpectedly that they were mistaken. It showed the strength of their friendship though when they had to be there for one another.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the conflict, but I get it. The conflict mostly comes from Kaylee and her insecurities due to the way she’s grown up and the way she assumed Bennett viewed her and her assumptions about why he wanted her around. I didn’t feel like there was a true concrete issue, it was more of things on Kaylee’s mind and it felt a little overdramatic.
Although the conflict had me feeling like Kaylee was being overdramatic and it wasn’t all that called for, I appreciated that Bennett, through chatting with his Dad, realized his part in causing her to feel the way she did. He then comes up with a plan to right his wrong and amidst him doing that, Kaylee realizes that she does love him and does want to be with him..she does realize this in part to the one scene that made me cry in this book!
I thought the way everything tied up in the end was perfect. This story unfolds so casually and in such a way that you’re holding your breath all the while rooting for the characters. I was happy with the way it ended.
Share with me an example of when the surprise baby trope is actually done right. I enjoyed it in this story.