Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley, #1)
Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attractOlivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.

Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley, #1) Details

TitleSmooth-Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherHQN Books
ISBN-139781335006981
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley, #1) Review

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 Opposites Not So Opposite! Stars* * * *Spoiler Free-Sale 99 CENTS!!!Maisey Yates is the real deal. When she writes about Cowboys, they jump of the page with all the authenticity of a flesh and blood man. She understands how to show the depth in a man who may not seem like a deep thinker... but remembers still waters run deep. Her skill in presenting all of this rings true, touches the heartstrings while also providing the right amount of conflict. We have Luke and Olivia. From first glance, th 4 Opposites Not So Opposite! Stars* * * *Spoiler Free-Sale 99 CENTS!!!Maisey Yates is the real deal. When she writes about Cowboys, they jump of the page with all the authenticity of a flesh and blood man. She understands how to show the depth in a man who may not seem like a deep thinker... but remembers still waters run deep. Her skill in presenting all of this rings true, touches the heartstrings while also providing the right amount of conflict. We have Luke and Olivia. From first glance, they wouldn't seem to be a match in any way. Luke was from a family that was a wreck. When he was able to escape it, he answered an ad to work on a ranch in Gold Valley. The owner saw this raw angry 18 year old and gave him a chance. Luke grabbed that chance and ran with it... Being the best on the ranch; the hardest worker, the one who stayed when the Rancher's sons left.... Luke was the heart and soul of it and now the sons are back turning a solid rustic western tour experience into something else... something more upscale. Luke is not feeling it...and the pull to have something of his own is getting stronger. No one knew Luke's background. He kept it to himself. His loss of his mother killed him. She was the only goodness in his life and she made sacrifices to make sure he would have a chance... and the sacrifice she made weighed heavy on him. But maybe now was the time to put to use all the good she left behind to show her he understood. There was land he was interested in... and now was the time to go for it. The owner had been sitting on it for a very long time...But Luke felt if presented in the right way, the owner might hear him out.Olivia made a bad decision. She didn't mean to... but the outcome was not what she thought would happen and now she was stuck with it. Her newly Ex Bennett didn't like being pressured to "Put a Ring On It" and told her so...So that was that...But it still hurt like hell. They had been together forever it seemed and it was the next natural step to take...but for some reason he wasn't ready. Olivia thought by laying it out there, he would see what he was missing...Unfortunately, it seems she is the only one who is feeling the loss.Now Olivia is planner, a careful person always trying to do the right thing. She was a twin and right from the start she and sister were close... just like most twins. But then as they started to age, her sister was the risk taker, the one who liked to break all the rules. Olivia felt her sister slipping away from her... and it hurt. She wasn't comfortable doing all the things her sister would go off and do with her new friends...And the parents would pressure Olivia to "Be Good" always...It ended up causing the twins to become distant... and that hurt Olivia.The sister ran with the drug/dropout crowd at high school and after a situation, the sister was sent away. The parents thought they were doing the right thing... protecting Olivia and helping her sister...But that wasn't to be... the sister became more involved with drugs and Olivia became the poster child of control, ridged and always doing the Right thing. Olivia reputation is kind of being stuck up. She never drinks. Her biggest deal is playing darts... she is perfect never missing a bullseye. So these two...From the start, Luke loved pushing this girl/woman's buttons. He could get her flustered so easily... and she would sputter and lash back... it was a hoot to see her get all worked up. Luke watched as Bennett, one of the rancher's sons, started hanging out with Olivia. He knew the deal. Luke would never be the man for a woman like her. He like to have his flings and then move on. All of his connections liked him, even after their times were over. Luke lived in the moment and that made Olivia crazy... How could anyone do that... The perfect confrontation happens; Olivia is stuck on the road with a flat tire. In the past, she would call Bennett and he would come to her rescue. Now, because she made that fateful ultimatum, she can't call him. As she tries to decide what to do, a beat up red truck comes down the same road. She knows whose it belongs to and shutters...Really... It has to be Luke...But then he passes by and doesn't stop.... WHAT!!!!Olivia cannot believe it... and is pouting non stop... annoyed he didn't stop and annoyed she wanted him to...But then she sees the the cloud of dust with the red truck turned around coming back to her. Luke pulls up and says he couldn't let her just wait by the side of the rode. Offers to take her to the winery where she works and will handle the car after. He opens the passenger door of the truck and Olivia holds her breath and climbs in...These two cannot be together without Luke pushing Olivia's buttons and it gets her all stirred up. She really doesn't understand it at all. The day goes by for Olivia with her replaying everything that happened with Luke. She is very confused. Somehow Luke and Olivia find themselves at the same bar in town. Luke is with the brothers at a table and Olivia is at the bar, nursing her Diet Coke. Luke walks over to the bar and stands next to Olivia. Olivia decides to be a grownup and offers to thank Luke for the ride/car fixin' with buying him a shot. Luke takes her up on it and thanks her by whispering in her ear Bennett is looking at them and is not happy. Olivia turns to look into Luke's eyes and sees a glint and dare...This leads to another conversation at another time...Luke talks about how he has wanted to buy her father's land for some time now... He wants to ranch, have cattle and really work the land. He knows how and is dedicated to making it a go. Olivia knows her dad is tough... and doesn't promise anything but says she will see if she can get him a meeting...Luke says cool and he will do her a solid by taking her to the bar as a Date...to help her get Bennett back...This is the hook but Maisey Yates gives us so much more. She gives us a woman who has be manipulated without even knowing it and now she is going to make her own decisions. She takes Luke's hand when offered and discovers the woman she actually is. Luke thinks he is just doing a solid for Maisey... but in the end these two learn they are the solid they both need. Their connection is lovely and they are a force to be reckoned with.I told you, Maisey Yates is the real deal. You want authentic romance, sexy times and all of it with a real cowboy... not Mythical one...Than this is it. A gifted copy was provided by HQN via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsOlivia Logan is smarting from her break-up with Bennett Dodge, the man she always thought she’d marry. He didn’t propose, and she broke it off with him, but Bennett doesn’t seem very upset, and Olivia’s worried she made a mistake. Having a few run-ins with Luke Hollister, the smug, handsome cowboy who’s always guaranteed to irritate her, makes Bennett sit up and take notice and so they hatch a mutually beneficial plan to make him jealous. Olivia’s come off as a prissy, uptight character 4.5 StarsOlivia Logan is smarting from her break-up with Bennett Dodge, the man she always thought she’d marry. He didn’t propose, and she broke it off with him, but Bennett doesn’t seem very upset, and Olivia’s worried she made a mistake. Having a few run-ins with Luke Hollister, the smug, handsome cowboy who’s always guaranteed to irritate her, makes Bennett sit up and take notice and so they hatch a mutually beneficial plan to make him jealous. Olivia’s come off as a prissy, uptight character in the last few books, and her relationship with Bennett seemed completely without chemistry. The first 20% or so of the book I was wondering if I’d ever warm up to Olivia, but then the reasons she was so controlled and cold started coming out, and I completely understood. Luke ruffles her feathers whenever they’re together and her carefully controlled composure unravels, brining out a desires and passion she never knew she had and it terrifies her!Luke seemed totally opposite, carefree, happy, the consummate player, but he also set himself apart and controlled the relationships he’s had over the years for his own reasons. Everyone likes him, and Luke has no problem charming the pants off any woman, except for Olivia, and he loves riling her! Their “fake” dates spark real feelings quickly, and Luke feels a fierce possessiveness for Olivia he’s never felt with any other woman. One of the many things I love about Maisy Yates’ romances it the depth and layers of her characters. Olivia seemed like such a stuck-up prude at first, but the some of her layers are peeled back to show why she acted that way, and while she’s pretty straight laced, Olivia’s a warm-blooded woman underneath it all, with a whole big heart ready to love. Same with Luke; he just seems kind like a love-them-and-leave-them sort of guy, just out for a good time, but he’s so much more than that and it takes their pairing to start uncovering the real Luke and Olivia, and oh my, was it steamy!Maisey Yates was a new to me author last year and since then I’ve picked up several of her romances and have not been disappointed! At first glance her stories seem like light, fun-loving romances, but there’s a depth to them that make them so much more satisfying and heartfelt. Smooth-Talking Cowboy is related to the Copper Ridge series, and the first book in the Golden Valley series, but it’s not necessary to read any of the prior books to enjoy it. A copy was kindly provided by HQN Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review is also posted at The Readers Den.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites, so I was pretty excited to see what Maisey was going to do with it. I had liked Olivia from the snippets of her we got in the previous series. It was good to see that there was something more to her somewhat stiff and proper appearance. I loved her backstory and enjoyed seeing her loosening up even more. Luke is charming and of course there’s a story for him as well. Together they have excellent chemistry and the button pushing kept me amused. The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites, so I was pretty excited to see what Maisey was going to do with it. I had liked Olivia from the snippets of her we got in the previous series. It was good to see that there was something more to her somewhat stiff and proper appearance. I loved her backstory and enjoyed seeing her loosening up even more. Luke is charming and of course there’s a story for him as well. Together they have excellent chemistry and the button pushing kept me amused. Plot wise, it wasn’t as angsty or miscommunication-y as I was expecting. Of course there’s the push off conflict, but it was resolved quickly and so satisfyingly. And the epilogue was adorable. Overall, it was a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see who gets books, but I’m hoping Lindy and Wyatt set up next. **Huge thanks to HQN Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Smooth-Talking Cowboy was a fantastic romance between a woman who always does the right thing and the man who brings out her wild side.Olivia Logan has always been seen as a good girl who would never cause a scandal in her life. So when she's spotted out with bad boy Luke Hollister, no one knows what to think. Olivia however is determined to win back her ex and believes making him realize what he's missing is the first step. Luke is more than willing to play along as he has his eye on a property Smooth-Talking Cowboy was a fantastic romance between a woman who always does the right thing and the man who brings out her wild side.Olivia Logan has always been seen as a good girl who would never cause a scandal in her life. So when she's spotted out with bad boy Luke Hollister, no one knows what to think. Olivia however is determined to win back her ex and believes making him realize what he's missing is the first step. Luke is more than willing to play along as he has his eye on a property owned by Olivia's father and needs her to put in a good word for him. Olivia and Luke never expected anything to come from their fake courtship, however they're both soon falling hard and left to decide if there's anything real between them.Olivia has spent her entire life trying to please her parents, never wanting to do the wrong thing for fear of causing them more grief due to her twin sister Vanessa's behavior. When they were teenagers, Vanessa went a bit wild which caused her parents to focus their attention on Olivia to keep her from acting out as well. Olivia was held to a much higher standard than her sister which did cause me to dislike Olivia's parents as that was in no way fair. Olivia developed a number of issues because of it and as a result didn't really do anything with her life.Luke has lived in Gold Valley since he was sixteen and has only worked on the Dodge ranch in the twenty years since then. As the ranch is now going in a different direction after one of the Dodge children took over, Luke has become more interested in the idea of owning his own ranch. While Luke is close to the Dodge family, he has always felt like a bit of an outsider despite knowing them for two decades. Luke does have a bit of a tragic past which is what has led to his issues with women, but based on his experience I find that totally understandable.Olivia and Luke have always had a bit of an antagonistic relationship. I loved all of their banter and watching them snipe at each other. Luke is the one person who voices the thoughts Olivia tells herself she doesn't have which leads to her avoiding him when possible. Luke though really helped Olivia open up and realize that it's ok for her to want more from life. The fake dating trope is one of my favorites and I adored when their fake relationship started. Watching them fight their feelings for each other was wonderful and it was great when they finally gave in. The two have tons of chemistry and their physical scenes are incredibly hot.There aren't too many side characters in Smooth-Talking Cowboy, but I mostly enjoyed the ones we did see. Olivia's coworkers from the winery appear and it was so nice seeing some of the characters from the Copper Ridge series again. We also see a lot of the Dodge siblings, which includes Olivia's ex Bennett, as Luke works on the Dodge ranch. I wasn't a huge fan of the Dodge family as I didn't like the way they treated Luke, but over the course of the book they did become slightly better.Smooth-Talking Cowboy ended up being a great first full-length book in her new Gold Valley series and I look forward to reading more books set in this town in the future.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 3.5ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review!Review closer to publication date.
  • Mandi Schreiner
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Maisey Yates books. You can call me a fan girl - I'll take it. I consider her my comfort read author and she always delivers for me. Smooth-Talking Cowboy is the first in her Gold Valley series, a neighboring town to her Copper Ridge series. More cowboys and small town fun - and I'm still enjoying.Olivia, or Liv, has been dating Bennett for a year. They grew up together, and when they started dating, it didn't shock anyone. But - when Bennett did not propose to Liv over Christmas, I really enjoy Maisey Yates books. You can call me a fan girl - I'll take it. I consider her my comfort read author and she always delivers for me. Smooth-Talking Cowboy is the first in her Gold Valley series, a neighboring town to her Copper Ridge series. More cowboys and small town fun - and I'm still enjoying.Olivia, or Liv, has been dating Bennett for a year. They grew up together, and when they started dating, it didn't shock anyone. But - when Bennett did not propose to Liv over Christmas, as she expected, she broke up with him, fully expecting him to realize his mistake and beg her back. But he doesn't. This makes Liv upset and sad. Liv likes her life orderly. She is very prim and proper and likes everything in her control. Growing up, her twin sister was wild, and eventually got into heavy drugs and ran away. This put enormous strain on her parents, so Liv did everything she could to be the perfect daughter and not cause problems. This has carried forward as an adult - always trying to be perfect. It would have been perfect to have a Christmas proposal, and she didn't get that and it has thrown her life into a bit of a tail spin.When she gets a flat tire one day on her way to work at the local winery, none other than Luke is the one that drives by and helps her out. Luke is one of Bennett's best friends. Luke lost a lot in his childhood, and found himself wandering  around at the age of sixteen. He made it to the "Get Out of Dodge" ranch where he fell in love with ranching and hard work. Grant, Wyatt and Bennett (brothers)  took him in and considered him family. Luke is one of those gruff cowboys - wears his hat low, rolls up his sleeves, and probably cares more about cattle than people. He has secretly loved Liv since he was eighteen, but she was always hooked to Bennett's side. So now they are broken up, she starts to get under his skin more.Luke wants to buy property for sale by Liv's father - but her father is very picky about who he will sell it to. Liv wants to make Bennett jealous - so they come up with a plan. Luke will pretend to date Liv, if Liv puts in a good word to her dad so Luke can buy the property. Guess what happens?? Liv and Luke fall in love along the way.I really enjoyed this romance - there is really good sexual tension...“I don’t,” she said, sniffing loudly. “I don’t believe in indulgence for the sake of it.”He reached out and grabbed hold of the fork, taking a large slice off the cinnamon roll and putting the bite in his mouth slowly. So very slowly. It was gratuitous. It forced her to watch the motion of his lips, the play of his throat as he swallowed.“I do,” he said finally. “Whiskey and cinnamon rolls. I do it because it feels good.”“Not me,” she whispered. She wouldn’t have been able to make her voice louder now if she wanted to.“Try it,” he said, his voice holding more temptation than all the butter in the cinnamon roll ever could. “You might find it’s not as scary as you think.”...dirty sex and a great grovel scene at the end.“I was wrong, Liv. I was flat-out wrong. I want the chance to explain myself.” Hank honked his horn again. Luke hit the side of his truck with his open palm and hung his head out the window again. “Hank! I’m declaring my love here. Don’t make a scene.”Come on, Hank!I'm weak for cowboys that have sexy forearms, who drive big trucks, and have lots of stubble. Weak, I tell you!!! Luke knows exactly how to push Liv' buttons so that he gets that judgmental "sniff" out of Liv - and it drives her insane.“I’m not stuck-up,” she said, bristling.He shifted in his seat and her eyes were drawn to where his hand was wrapped around his glass. He had strong hands. A working man’s hands. Callused and rough, vaguely dirty around the fingernails even when they were clean.She imagined that they’d be rough to the touch.That they would scrape against her skin.If she were to shake hands with him, or something. Because there were no circumstances otherwise under which they would ever touch.She looked away.“Okay, Olivia.” His tone was so maddeningly placating it made her want to punch him.Liv eventually realizes that she loves the thought of Bennett - but not Bennett himself. Then she is faced with Luke - who brings out passion in her that she didn't know existed.There are a few things that may not work for all though. I'll just lay them out. First, Luke has slept with a gazillion women and Liv is a virgin. I know - been there done that.Luke calls Liv "Kiddo" throughout the entire book. Thinking in my personal life, if my husband called me Kiddo, I'd be like - WTF??? But then I think of some of the other nicknames he calls me and maybe we are all weird and Kiddo is okay. But to me, Kiddo lends into the - Luke is the more experienced and Liv is the naive one - and I don't know. Take it as you will.I'm already in love with Wyatt, Grant and Bennett. I'm ready for their books!Grade: B
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Smooth-Talking Cowboy is the beginning of a new series that should please the readers who enjoyed Maisey Yates's series Copper Ridge. It's in the same vein, with her now familiar to me awesome writing style full of emotions and yeah, the exciting banters are still there, mix with a lot of bickering this time. We already met the heroine in the latest books in the Copper Ridge series, where we witnessed her break-up with her boyfriend. She's the one who broke up with him because he wasn't ready to Smooth-Talking Cowboy is the beginning of a new series that should please the readers who enjoyed Maisey Yates's series Copper Ridge. It's in the same vein, with her now familiar to me awesome writing style full of emotions and yeah, the exciting banters are still there, mix with a lot of bickering this time. We already met the heroine in the latest books in the Copper Ridge series, where we witnessed her break-up with her boyfriend. She's the one who broke up with him because he wasn't ready to marry her after one year. At this point, it's best you know that for Olivia Logan, life is planned and it should goes according to it. Her family dynamics's put pressure on her which translates into her need for control, doing what's right and yes, her somewhat stuck-up attitude. But the plan will only go off the rails from the moment she's rescue after a flat tire by a cocky cowboy she knows well. Luke Hollister have seem to enjoyed driving her crazy since she was a teenager and he's been a pain in her ass ever since. If there was an Olympic discipline in arguing, they would win the gold medal. Luke is the only one who realize what's the tension and the awareness is really about, but she's always been off limits to him. First, because he's a decade older and then, she convinced herself his friend Bennett was the man she would marry. When they embark on a plan to make Bennett jealous, it's only supposed to be a distraction, but you only get yourself burned if you try to fake real feelings. So Olivia and Luke was far from perfect. She was too self-righteous and he acted like a careless guy who won't bother if it require an effort. And the fact that he accepted so easily, in some ways, to trick his friend and that she prefered to play games instead of simply talking with Bennett made me worry for the first part of the book that I wouldn't enjoy this book. But then again, it's not the first time I'm saying that this author make details works for me that usually wouldn't. And really, it was so fun to see Olivia and Luke get under each other skin. The sexual tension was tangible and I think that real love brought out the best in both of them, opened their eyes to all the things they were missing with their previous mindset. Have to say I'm not a fan of the nickname kiddo in a romance context. There was nothing cringe-worthy about it but I just don't like it. I'm excited for the rest of the series because we met the next heros ; the Dodge's brothers and I hope I'm right to presume that Wyatt will be pair with Lindy, Olivia's boss, who gave her wise advices by the way.An other emotional journey well done by Maisey Yates.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Luke is a rough and tumble cowboy who wants nothing than to buy land, build a house, and raise cattle. He is loyal to the core and willing to work from dawn to dusk, his body is a testament to how hard he works. Getting sucked into helping a friend try to get back at her ex-boyfriend, Luke learns he is in love with her. Watching Luke process the loss of his mother, leaving the only job he has ever had and learning how to love was quite spectacular. Olivia has never, ever ventured off the path he Luke is a rough and tumble cowboy who wants nothing than to buy land, build a house, and raise cattle. He is loyal to the core and willing to work from dawn to dusk, his body is a testament to how hard he works. Getting sucked into helping a friend try to get back at her ex-boyfriend, Luke learns he is in love with her. Watching Luke process the loss of his mother, leaving the only job he has ever had and learning how to love was quite spectacular. Olivia has never, ever ventured off the path her parents created for her. From living in the cottage her mother decorated to dating men her father chose for her, Olivia lived that life. When her boyfriend doesn’t propose, she pulls out all the stops to make him see the error of his ways. Using Luke to help her cause, Olivia experiences many firsts. Her heart takes no time in falling in love with Luke, only to be pushed away. Luke and Olivia had sparks flying from the first page, it is an enemy to lovers story that had me wishing for more. The chemistry is off the charts, it carries throughout their relationship, they love hard and they fight hard. Seeing the two of them learn to explore their feelings and become stronger individuals made them a better lovers and a more mature couple. Ms. Yates keeps the story moving along so smoothly, the readers attention is easily kept from page one through the epilogue. The secondary characters add so much to the story; yet leaves us yearning to know more about them. Smooth Talking Cowboy is a western romance that could easily cross genres and make Gold Valley a visit for all romance lovers!
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  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I would like to say that my copy of this book had two stories and I am very happy for that. If I had paid for the book (I got an ARC people, I am not a pirate) I would have loved getting two stories for the price of one! I have to admit that due to lack of time I haven't read the second story, but I had mostly good feelings about the main story. Second, this book is connected with a previous series and Olivia appears there, but there is no need to have read it in order to enjoy thi First of all, I would like to say that my copy of this book had two stories and I am very happy for that. If I had paid for the book (I got an ARC people, I am not a pirate) I would have loved getting two stories for the price of one! I have to admit that due to lack of time I haven't read the second story, but I had mostly good feelings about the main story. Second, this book is connected with a previous series and Olivia appears there, but there is no need to have read it in order to enjoy this one. I haven't and I had no problem getting into this book. The weird thing about me and this book was the way I liked the characters. In the beginning, I was a little worried that we would have a lot of drama with Olivia's feelings for Bennett and I wasn't very happy with her and her "love" for him. I liked Luke and the way he was courting her. Then Luke who was the good guy changed (nothing drastic don't worry) and started singing another tune which seemed out of place and character. I felt like this change was just a plot to create friction and drama. In the meantime, I had begun liking Olivia more and more because she had started to grow as a character and she was becoming a person I could relate to. She went from the "a little annoying heroine" to a person I actually liked. Good for her and the book!Despite my hot and cold feelings for the characters I liked the story and I would recommend the book. I can't wait to see what the author plans to do with the other characters we saw in this story.
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  • Rosaline
    January 1, 1970
    The last couple of Maisey Yates' books haven't really interested me. Even this one took me a couple of tries to get past the first two pages. I think I just wasn't in the mood for her books, but I was last night. This was a very cute romance. The teasing and banter was funny and the chemistry was hot. I was afraid on how the author would tackle the fake-relationship and turn it into love since Olivia was apparently in love with her ex-boyfriends. The transition and explanations went smoothly and The last couple of Maisey Yates' books haven't really interested me. Even this one took me a couple of tries to get past the first two pages. I think I just wasn't in the mood for her books, but I was last night. This was a very cute romance. The teasing and banter was funny and the chemistry was hot. I was afraid on how the author would tackle the fake-relationship and turn it into love since Olivia was apparently in love with her ex-boyfriends. The transition and explanations went smoothly and I didn't feel like the couple's love came out of nowhere.It was a nice easy and safe read. I haven't been in the mood for types of romances but when I am I can count of Maisey Yates to deliver a solid read.
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  • Michele Rene
    January 1, 1970
    Have some Kleenex ready ladies, this book had me in tears. I highly recommend it if you love cowboys!
  • Scott Rhee
    January 1, 1970
    A question to my lady-friends: Do your breasts swell in the throes of passion? I have personally never heard this from any woman, including my wife, but I figured it might just be some secret thing women experience during acts of love-making that they don’t talk about. Or it could be something only a few women experience, which begs the questions: do swollen breasts hurt? Do they feel good? Does it increase your cup size considerably? So many damn questions...All of which are the result of me at A question to my lady-friends: Do your breasts swell in the throes of passion? I have personally never heard this from any woman, including my wife, but I figured it might just be some secret thing women experience during acts of love-making that they don’t talk about. Or it could be something only a few women experience, which begs the questions: do swollen breasts hurt? Do they feel good? Does it increase your cup size considerably? So many damn questions...All of which are the result of me attempting to read a romance novel, a genre that I admittedly have actively tried to avoid reading throughout my 45 years of life. I have read two novels strictly categorized as “romance”; one of them was “written” by Fabio, so I’m not sure if that counts. I have read a book by Nicholas Sparks, but I don’t necessarily consider that romance. I personally categorize it as sentimental crap, but that’s just me. (Apologies to my friends who are Nicholas Sparks fans.) I’ve also read “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but no one can convince me that that book is anything but an exercise in stupidity. There’s no romance about it, and it’s hardly decent porn.So, to be fair, my track record with reading romance novels hasn’t been stellar, and the few that I have read probably aren’t good representations of the genre. In an attempt to be more egalitarian in my genre choices, I have chosen 2018---completely arbitrarily---to be the year that I read more romance novels, for no reason whatsoever other than to say that I have.My first attempt is a book entitled “Smooth-Talking Cowboy” by Maisey Yates, a best-selling author within the genre (more than 50 titles to her credit, according to her bio) and, apparently, the queen of the “cowboy romance”. There are, I discovered, many subgenres within the romance genre: supernatural, historical, contemporary, romance-mystery, romance-sci-fi, romance involving single moms, romance involving single dads, romance involving pirates, romance involving dinosaurs, romance involving electronic devices, etc. (Okay, I made up the last two, but being a connoisseur of porn, I have no doubt that those are markets that are waiting to be tapped, if they haven’t already.) “Smooth-Talking Cowboy” is one of several books within Yates’s Gold Valley series, which takes place in a small (but apparently affluent) town in Oregon, in which everyone seems to know just about everyone else, and deep dark secrets (especially ones of a sexual nature) never seem to stay hidden for long.The titular cowboy in this book is Luke Hollister, a self-admitted “bad boy” with a history of wooing women with his, you know, smooth talk. Olivia Logan is a virginal young thing who has just broken up with her boyfriend, Bennett Dodge. She’s mad because he hasn’t proposed to her yet, and she thought breaking up with him would be a wake-up call to his undoubted love for her. It wasn’t.In a crazy attempt to get a rise out of Bennett by making him jealous, she devises an idea that involves a fake date with Luke, so that Bennett would see her in town with another man, get angry as hell, and come crawling back to her. She, of course, didn’t count on falling in love with Luke.Okay, so far, it sounds like a run-of-the-mill romantic plot, one that we’ve seen countless times. And it is.To say that “Smooth-Talking Cowboy” is formulaic is unnecessary and probably insulting. Of course it is. I’m pretty sure all romance novels follow a by-the-numbers plot formula. (Then again, so do most murder mysteries, horror novels, and science fiction novels.) Yates just happens to be pretty good at it. It’s obvious, sure, but Yates fills in the gaps with a lot of surprisingly intelligent and self-reflective material. She’s not afraid to poke fun at the genre either.There’s a lot of introspective soul-searching and relationship-talking-about that is probably why Yates has become so popular and has earned her best-selling status. It’s great for romance lovers.Its not so great, however, for lovers of porn, like myself. Not to say that the sex scenes weren’t pretty erotic and fun, but my biggest gripe about them is that Yates seems to have an aversion to talking honestly about the sex act. The words “cock”, “penis”, “pussy”, “vagina”, “cum”, “semen”, ejaculate”, etc. are never used, and that’s probably by design. It is most likely an unspoken (or totally spoken, I have no idea) rule in romance novels not to be grittily graphic. The scenes are soft-core at most.But I’m comparing apples to strap-ons here, I realize, which is unfair.Yates won me over with her smooth-talking romance writer ways, and while it’s not my cup of hard-core pornographic tea, I still enjoyed it, which is saying a lot considering my life-long aversion to reading romance novels, including all of my preconceived notions and prejudices about the genre.I still don’t get the “breast-swelling” thing, but I Googled it, and it turns out it’s a real thing. Here’s an article about it. Enjoy: (https://www.boldsky.com/insync/pulse/...)
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  • Anna's Herding Cats
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live on the blog 2/20/18)Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hQhBd1Hands down. You need some Yates in your life! Honest to goodness. The woman knows how to deliver one lickable cowboy. The Gist: The only thing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire? Being rescued by the man who drives you batshit insane and gets under your skin like no one else.Trying times, yall. Trying times. But seeing as Olivia needs a hot guy to make her ex jeal Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live on the blog 2/20/18)Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hQhBd1Hands down. You need some Yates in your life! Honest to goodness. The woman knows how to deliver one lickable cowboy. The Gist: The only thing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire? Being rescued by the man who drives you batshit insane and gets under your skin like no one else.Trying times, yall. Trying times. But seeing as Olivia needs a hot guy to make her ex jealous and Luke needs help in buying a property he wants... a bargain is made. They'll both get what they want if they can survive 'dating' one another for just a little while. Luke and Olivia were too much. Yall, they were a handful! Olivia's all prim and proper and never steps a toe out of line. Luke's a do-what-feels-good kinda guy with a passion for tweaking her nerves. They kept me smiling and rooting for them as they worked through some personal issues and some lusty wanna-strip-you-naked issues. Not to mention the eye-rolling-you-drive-me-crazy issues.I liked watching her get a little naughty with him. Seeing Luke finally go after what he wanted. Seeing them both figure out that other people's choices weren't their fault and didn't reflect on who they were.And the sex scenes. Woo! Steamy, passionate, curl your toes good. All that bickering and teasing sure makes for some fabulous foreplay. Mmhm. All in all, total book noms. Smooth-talking Cowboy had me in a swoon. You really can't go wrong with Yates.
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  • Tanja Kezmic
    January 1, 1970
    Wooow...i love LUKE so much its ridiculous <3 After finishing this book I can officially say I’m addicted to Maisey Yates books. To say that I love this couple or better yet Luke Hollister is such a understatement of the year (and yes I know it's ONLY February)…It was just that good. I'm a sucker for HEA for everyone who ends up with someone who they loved for a loooong time without even realizing it. To tell you the truth I wasn't a fan of Olivia and her obsession with getting engaged in th Wooow...i love LUKE so much its ridiculous <3 After finishing this book I can officially say I’m addicted to Maisey Yates books. To say that I love this couple or better yet Luke Hollister is such a understatement of the year (and yes I know it's ONLY February)…It was just that good. I'm a sucker for HEA for everyone who ends up with someone who they loved for a loooong time without even realizing it. To tell you the truth I wasn't a fan of Olivia and her obsession with getting engaged in the previous book in this series. It seemed rather strange to push someone when you can feel they are not ready to devote themselves to you for a life time. And as we get to know her more we finally understand what is behind that rush. Her attraction to Luke has made her see all her past mistakes and decisions and when she finally decides to let her guard down – magic happens. She wanted to be this woman. This woman who had Luke Hollister, at least for now, body and soul. That was the woman she wanted to be. Hers. His.Now let's talk about Luke - that man can have me and my heart and everything else any damn time he pleases. I fricking love everything about him. The way he’s loyal to his friends, how he denied his attraction for Olivia even if at time he didn’t know that he was doing just that. And when he got the chance to be the first man to have her he jump on the opportunity even when he felt she deserves someone better than him. But he wanted her. Wanted her more than he wanted to take his next breath, and considering the wanted to live for a good while longer, that was pretty dammed bad. And when they finally admitted they wanted and love one another – PURE MAGIC <3 »You're not just a pretty girl. There are millions of pretty girls. But there's only one you. and you have had me, had my heart, for a hell of a long time.«»I've loved you for years, woman. I'm just finally awake. Marry me. So that I don't lose you again. Marry me, Olivia, be my roots. Be my family. Be my home.«So if I could I would give this book 10* but since I can’t (bummer) I’m giving it (I think maybe my easiest)5* <3
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Good book about two people who seem to be opposites, but turn out to be a lot more alike than they knew. Olivia Logan is Gold Valley's good girl. Unlike her twin sister, Olivia doesn't drink, do drugs, or sleep around. She is always in control of her feelings and has a plan for her life. Part of that plan is marrying Bennett Dodge, whom she has known all her life, and dated for a year. But when Bennett didn't propose, Olivia broke up with him, hoping he'd then see what he was missing. She's dism Good book about two people who seem to be opposites, but turn out to be a lot more alike than they knew. Olivia Logan is Gold Valley's good girl. Unlike her twin sister, Olivia doesn't drink, do drugs, or sleep around. She is always in control of her feelings and has a plan for her life. Part of that plan is marrying Bennett Dodge, whom she has known all her life, and dated for a year. But when Bennett didn't propose, Olivia broke up with him, hoping he'd then see what he was missing. She's dismayed to discover that it hasn't worked out that way, and decides that making him jealous is the next step. The only possible choice for that is Luke Hollister.Luke is Gold Valley's Romeo. He is good-looking, charming, and known for his flirty ways. Luke came to Gold Valley at the age of sixteen, after his mother's death, looking for a different life. He has put his heart and soul into the Get Out of Dodge ranch, but with the ranch's current focus on being an upscale dude ranch, he figures the time is right for him to branch out on his own. The land that he wants belongs to Olivia's dad, and he wants her help convincing him to sell it to Luke.The sparks between Olivia and Luke were obvious from the start. Olivia has known him for most of her life, and ever since she became an adult, he has succeeded in getting under her skin. I had some trouble warming up to her because she seemed to be such an uptight, judgmental, and manipulative woman. I especially didn't like the way that she looked down on Luke because of his beat-up truck and his rough hands. I also didn't like the ways that she had tried to force Bennett's hand. Though he goes along with her plan for his own reasons, Luke is a pretty straightforward guy. He makes no secret of the fact that he doesn't do commitments, and he treats the ladies well while they are together. I did get the feeling that he rather enjoyed the idea of pulling on Bennett's chain a bit.Neither Olivia nor Luke expected that their fake relationship would feel very real very quickly. Olivia was very inexperienced, with Bennett having been her only relationship, and that was pretty lukewarm. It was interesting to note that she complained about the way Luke's attitude made her "itch" when it wasn't really an itch at all, she just didn't see it for what it was. Luke seemed to get a lot of joy out of provoking Olivia whenever he could, just to get a rise out of her. Their banter and sniping were fun to watch. I really enjoyed the dart game, and Luke's attempts to distract her (reminded me of the shooting scene in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves). I liked seeing how Luke's attention made Olivia see the truth about her feelings for Bennett.There were a couple of really terrific scenes where Luke and Olivia shared the painful parts of their pasts which had made them the people they were today. With Luke's help, Olivia finally started to realize that her sister's choices were her own and that Olivia didn't need to bury her true self in an attempt to make up for Vanessa's actions. I also liked that Luke was able to tell Olivia about his mother and what his life had been like, and why he doesn't do commitments. I really liked seeing how both Olivia and Luke changed as they grew closer. I ached for Olivia when she realized how much she loved Luke and told him so, only to have him pull back coldly and cruelly. I ached for Luke, too, because the thought of Olivia's love scared him so badly. An eye-opening lecture came from an unexpected source. I loved Luke's big moment at the end. He had a pretty amazing and heartfelt groveling session as he made things right with Olivia, topped off with a really romantic scene at his new ranch. The epilogue was sweet, too.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC Provided by the Author and InkSlinger PR***3.5 StarsThis is my first title by Maisey Yates, and I definitely enjoyed it. I liked her writing style and I loved the way the characters seemed to take on a life of their own.Luke and Olivia have known one another forever, but she has decided he is not the perfect one for her, and that she wants the man her father, and the town thinks she should be with. She has this life planned out, she knows what she thinks she wants, and is adorably frustra ***ARC Provided by the Author and InkSlinger PR***3.5 StarsThis is my first title by Maisey Yates, and I definitely enjoyed it. I liked her writing style and I loved the way the characters seemed to take on a life of their own.Luke and Olivia have known one another forever, but she has decided he is not the perfect one for her, and that she wants the man her father, and the town thinks she should be with. She has this life planned out, she knows what she thinks she wants, and is adorably frustrated when life fails to follow her plans. Luke is one of those things that are NOT in Olivia's life plan. He is totally wrong for her...or so she thinks. And, as there is nothing between them, playing that they are dating to make Bennett jealous is a no risk solution to the problem. Right?Wrong.The story itself isn't all that original...but the way it is told definitely is. I related to the characters, they seemed like the kind of people you meet, and know, in real life. I feel like I could go to the bar with Luke and hang out at the winery with Olivia.There were parts that I thought the secondary characters had a little too much of the story line, but that is not uncommon in the first book of the series, and it is not something that ruined the story.I am looking forward to the next titles in the series.***This and other reviews featured on our blog Booked All Night http://bookedallnightblog.com/***
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  • Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.Smooth-Talking Cowboy is my first Maisey Yates book and while it took me a while to get into to it (I found myself putting it down repeatedly up until I got about 20% in), once I was into it, I was committed and couldn't put it down. Olivia was sort of a prickly character and until you get to know more about her past, it was difficult to like her. But once she opens up, it's really easy to cheer for her. I really liked Luke and it was rea I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.Smooth-Talking Cowboy is my first Maisey Yates book and while it took me a while to get into to it (I found myself putting it down repeatedly up until I got about 20% in), once I was into it, I was committed and couldn't put it down. Olivia was sort of a prickly character and until you get to know more about her past, it was difficult to like her. But once she opens up, it's really easy to cheer for her. I really liked Luke and it was really enjoyable watching him evolve and come into his own. They make such a sweet couple and are really proof that opposites attract and that you can know someone for years without really knowing them. It's a great story of nature vs nurture, a cautionary tale of what can happen when you let grief, loss, and fear run your life, and the beauty of embracing yourself and love. I loved how nuanced and layered all of the characters were and I'm really excited to see what's coming next in the Gold Valley series and will definitely be reading her Copper Ridge series as well. 3.75 out of 5 wine glasses.
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  • Tracy- OMGReads
    January 1, 1970
    Smooth-Talking Cowboy got off to a bit of a slow start. It took a few chapters for me to really get enamored with the book. This is the story of Olivia and Luke. They ooze chemistry and fire from the first time we see them on the page together. There is an underlying connection between the two, no matter how much they claim their fake relationship is about something else. Its a spark the reader can feel. I fell in love easily with Luke. He's gruff and standoffish, but lets little pieces of himse Smooth-Talking Cowboy got off to a bit of a slow start. It took a few chapters for me to really get enamored with the book. This is the story of Olivia and Luke. They ooze chemistry and fire from the first time we see them on the page together. There is an underlying connection between the two, no matter how much they claim their fake relationship is about something else. Its a spark the reader can feel. I fell in love easily with Luke. He's gruff and standoffish, but lets little pieces of himself be seen without realizing it. He tries to go with the flow more than move it. He was a great balance to Olivia's stiffness. Olivia was hard to enjoy at first. She keeps herself safe behind an iron wall. Luke chipped away at it and as the pieces began to fall, it was easy to see what Luke saw before everyone else. Overall, Smooth Talking Cowboy was a decent read. It was slow moving, but developed well. This book is the first in a new series and set up a lot. I'm excited to see what comes from this series next.
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia sure can be a fierce one, “if you say bros before hos, so help me God, Luke, I will give you a paper cut with one of these pamphlets.” Luke sometimes has to put his foot down, “honey,” he said, “this is a tantrum. And I’m about over it. So either you get back into the truck, or I’m going to throw you over my shoulder and carry you back.” Olivia finds it hard to concentrate, "...he shifted, and her eyes were drawn to the play of muscles on his chest, the bunch and shift of his abs. “Eyes u Olivia sure can be a fierce one, “if you say bros before hos, so help me God, Luke, I will give you a paper cut with one of these pamphlets.” Luke sometimes has to put his foot down, “honey,” he said, “this is a tantrum. And I’m about over it. So either you get back into the truck, or I’m going to throw you over my shoulder and carry you back.” Olivia finds it hard to concentrate, "...he shifted, and her eyes were drawn to the play of muscles on his chest, the bunch and shift of his abs. “Eyes up here, kiddo. Focus.” I really liked this book, I fell in love with Luke.
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  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    January 1, 1970
    Here I am again, with another Maisey Yates review under way, having thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Gold Valley series (an offshoot of the equally marvelous Copper Ridge series, the series that started it all, the ur-series!), Smooth-Talking Cowboy. Every time I read a Yates romance and add it to the love pile, I get to think about what it is that Yates is doing in the genre. There is nothing new or unfamiliar to Smooth-Talking Cowboy. It’s signature Yates and many of the tropes Yates likes Here I am again, with another Maisey Yates review under way, having thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Gold Valley series (an offshoot of the equally marvelous Copper Ridge series, the series that started it all, the ur-series!), Smooth-Talking Cowboy. Every time I read a Yates romance and add it to the love pile, I get to think about what it is that Yates is doing in the genre. There is nothing new or unfamiliar to Smooth-Talking Cowboy. It’s signature Yates and many of the tropes Yates likes to employ show up. I’ve met these hero and heroine types in previous romances and I liked them, just as I liked these two.Olivia Logan is a town princess. Her family are founders; they’re not extravagantly wealthy, but comfortable, supportive, loving, and the apple of everyone’s eye. When the novel opens, Olivia has not too long ago broken up with her boyfriend, the town vet, Bennett Dodge. Olivia had long envisioned how her perfect self would have the perfect life and she pressured, prodded, and pushed Bennett to propose to her. When Bennett hesitated, she broke up with him, with the hope that absence would make the heart fonder. Bennett’s supposed to come back to take up the mantle of providing Olivia with her perfect life: a husband, family, home, made to order for a town princess. You know what they say about best laid plans going astray? Well, Olivia strays into dangerous, bad-boy, older guy territory with Luke Hollister. Luke is an employee of Bennett’s ranch-owning brothers. He’s been there since he was sixteen. His background is a mystery; his eyes, green; his charm, legendary; his lady-prowess, prodigious. He and Olivia strike their devil’s bargain: he will help Olivia make Bennett jealous in her come-hither-future-husband campaign and she’ll put in a good word about Luke to her father, Cole, from whom Luke hopes to buy land to start his own ranch.We meet Luke and Olivia when their worlds are changing and neither likes change very much. While their verbal sparring and “town” roles (flirtatious antagonism is what I call what Yates does with her heroes and heroines, at least initially) seemingly identify them as “opposites”, they have this abhorrence of change in common. Luke’s old patron and father figure, Quinn Dodge, has retired with a new wife in a new town and left the ranch, Get Out of Dodge, to his three sons, men Luke is close to but who are making changes to the ranch that don’t interest him. Olivia, of course, called her whole plan for life into question when Bennett didn’t propose. Olivia and Luke's bargain is expedient: they will fake-relationship their way into getting what they want. Win-win, right? Wrong, says Yates, because there’s this pesky matter of attraction, an attraction that has simmered beneath the surface of their masks, "princess" and "bad boy", for a long time. Yates loves to show us how love is not an experience we run toward, but away from: because it cracks us open and makes us reevaluate everything we’ve known about ourselves. It is that person with whom we share an undeniable connection, which we often mistake as “mere” physical attraction, easily dismissed because shallow. But it isn’t shallow when it calls out vulnerabilities, half-glimpsed, hurtful truths, and difficult revelations.And having read Smooth-Talking Cowboy, I thought all over again about what Yates does that matches with my sensibility, with my big Truths. Yates takes romance tropes, the virginal, good-girl princess, like Olivia, and the charming roguish womanizing bad boy, the man without a past, without roots, who comes riding into town, Luke, and strips away the stockness of their characterization, peels away the tropishness of their trope-masks. Love cracks them open and the truth of themselves spills out: it spills out when their attraction leads them to make love and when making love forces long-buried truths from them. I like that for Yates the physical revelation of connection interweaves with the psychic. The physical isn’t "mere", but essential to the cracking open of the self to the other, which heals and allows for love and connection to take form and create a marriage. And I love that this is always how Yates’s romances end. And why I’ll keep reading them. With Miss Austen, I’ll say that Smooth-Talking Cowboy is proof of “a mind lively and at ease,” Emma.Maisey Yates’s Smooth-Talking Cowboy is published by HQN (Harlequin Books). It was released on February 20th and may be found at your preferred vendors. I received an e-ARC from HQN, via Netgalley.
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  • Donna Repsher
    January 1, 1970
    Maisey Yates truly scared me with this first novel in her new Gold Valley series. Usually I'm hooked from the first page and stay that way through to the last, but not this time. Although I'd met the heroine, Olivia Logan, as a secondary characters in Ms. Yates' Copper Ridge series, which I loved, from the get-go in this novel, I couldn't stand her. Usually I love her heroines, they're sassy and snarky, and the kind of gals you'd love to hang out with, but instead of sassy and snarky, Olivia is Maisey Yates truly scared me with this first novel in her new Gold Valley series. Usually I'm hooked from the first page and stay that way through to the last, but not this time. Although I'd met the heroine, Olivia Logan, as a secondary characters in Ms. Yates' Copper Ridge series, which I loved, from the get-go in this novel, I couldn't stand her. Usually I love her heroines, they're sassy and snarky, and the kind of gals you'd love to hang out with, but instead of sassy and snarky, Olivia is snippy, snide, and way too proper, prissy, uptight and prudish, which is why I wanted to only give this novel 4.5 stars, mainly for making me think I'd have to put up with her snippy attitude for an entire novel. I should have trusted Ms. Yates, because by the end of this novel I totally empathized with her, and because I was so wrapped up in this story and its characters, once again, it was a 5-star read.When we first see Olivia, she's standing at the roadside in a total snit because she has a flat tire and is on her way to work. She can't call her boyfriend, Bennett Dodge, because she ended their year-long relationship when he didn't propose to her at Christmas, and she also can't call his older brother, Wyatt for obvious reasons. Then, along comes her rescuer, the long-time thorn in her side, the flirtatious charmer, Luke Hollister, in his beat-up truck, offering to drive her to work, return to her car and fix her flat tire. I was charmed by Luke's easygoing manner, Olivia not so much, especially when she acts like what she is, entitled local royalty, and far too good for the likes of Luke, something he truly believes too--but that's about to change in a major way. Luke, while charming, lighthearted, and handsome at the outset, is proof of the "still waters run deep" adage. He has no one but himself. While he's lived and worked on the Dodge ranch for the past two decades, he's never felt like a member of the family that took him in when he turned up, alone and emotionally lost at age 16. He's been working hard to earn his keep there ever since. When the Dodge sons left the ranch, one by one, Luke stayed on, and now that the brothers have returned and are trying to turn the ranch into a dude ranch/tourist destination, he's still there, but little by little, he's getting the urge for something more, and that something more is a piece of ranch property on the other side of Gold Valley, up for sale by Olivia's father.Olivia regrets having dumped Bennett, one of the Dodge brothers, and she hatches a plot to make him jealous, a plot that requires Luke's assistance as her faux boyfriend. So, in exchange for putting in a good word with her father about Luke wanting to purchase that piece of Logan land, he agrees to be her fake boyfriend in her attempt to make Bennett realize how much he wants her back. What Olivia doesn't realize is that for Luke, there's nothing fake about his feelings for her. The fake relationship trope always works for me, and this novel is no exception, but up until this point, I still wasn't liking Olivia. I've said in previous reviews of Ms. Yates' novels that she has a unique ability to give her characters depth--so much so, in fact, that they begin to feel as though you truly know them. When we delve beneath the surface of the two lead characters in this novel, to discover who they really are, why they are the way they are, and why they act the way they do, these characters truly come to life, and take on a reality of their own. When Luke and Olivia finally reveal themselves to one another, and to the reader, get ready for more than just the fireworks these two generate, get ready to care deeply about what they think and feel and how you feel about them and hold on tight, because you're in for one deeply emotional, roller-coaster of a read, that will have you rooting hard for both of them.What I can tell you is that if you've not yet read any of Maisey Yates' wonderful, heartwarming, sexy and sweet novels, what are you waiting for? She's an amazing storyteller with excellent writing skills, and a deep understanding of the human heart and psyche, and this novel is the perfect example of that.I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • books are love
    January 1, 1970
    This was great..We have the bad boy cowboy and the stiff upper lip girl fall in love..The story is filled with sarcastic witty banter between Luke and Olivia and some introspection that has them both find out more about themselves.Luke is the quiet cowboy who everyone likes but no one really knows. He has a heartbreaking past that he hides and deals with his pain by smiling and joking. He also loves to get Olivia’s goat and has been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her but this he de This was great..We have the bad boy cowboy and the stiff upper lip girl fall in love..The story is filled with sarcastic witty banter between Luke and Olivia and some introspection that has them both find out more about themselves.Luke is the quiet cowboy who everyone likes but no one really knows. He has a heartbreaking past that he hides and deals with his pain by smiling and joking. He also loves to get Olivia’s goat and has been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her but this he denied.Olivia is the stiff upper lip good girl who is trying to be everything her parents want because she wants their love and approval and not to remind them of her twin. She fears she will be her twin and it stifles her. It also has her not seeing that her parents love her unconditionally.both are allowing fear to control them. Luke because he fears his love and himself isn’t enough based on his past.Olivia because she fears she will be her sister and settles for safety. Safety in her life and who she is. She doesn’t drink, doesn’t show passion and has to have things her way. We see this with Bennett. Bennett is a good guy but not right for Olivia..He feels obligated to be with her and protect her and never believes he can love someone and she wants the life he can give. It doesn’t happen and this is where our crazy plot comes in and it is liking a moth to flame for Luke and Olivia.Luke has never really felt he belonged anywhere. He loves the get out of dodge ranch but sees it going in a direction he isn’t excited about. He loves ranching and he loves the land. So much that he has poured all his love, sweat and tears into it for the Dodge’s but doesn’t really feel that the brothers realize it or care at times. We see him get a realization that this isn’t the case but you can see why he feels that way in the book. So he is set on buying land from Olivia’s father only he has been picky about who he sells to..He sees an opportunity..Olivia wants Bennett back (although Luke sees that neither cares for the other) and he wants the land so he works out a way for them both to get what they want only it backfires and both fall in love with the other.The attraction between these two is through the roof. You even see it in their sarcastic banter and how they drive each other nuts. Luke pushes her buttons but also gets her to live. Olivia gets Luke to feel and want more than just to be a cowboy but someone to love and be loved..these two seem all wrong for each other but as you watch them interact and fall in love you see they are what the other needs. Luke needs someone to make him feel whole and loved and want to take a chance with and Olivia needs someone who sees her and accepts her no matter what. Someone who doesn’t want to protect her but support her and be her partner. Someone to give her passion and love with support and understanding..and this is Luke..Only they do both have inner demons to face..Thanks to Luke, Olivia faces hers faster than he does but his are ones that he has taken to heart for a long time. It is Bennett who helps him realize his fear and open his eyes. It is also Bennett that has him realize that the Dodge’s see him as family but he was waiting for Olivia to come into his life to start one of his own and lay down roots. It was Olivia that he wanted to have a home with and that is why he waited to go out on his own. They learn that fear is good to have but when it stifles you you miss out on alot and don’t live. when you overcome it and let someone in you gain so much and more...The characters have you fall in love with them from the beginning. Their story has you smile and keeps you in the moment to the end as you go on this wild fun entertaining ride with Luke and Olivia as they find their way to overcome their fears and fall in love with each other.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Loved!Everyone who read Christmastime Cowboy knew that Olivia's relationship with Bennett was missing something--I for one was beyond excited to see her get her HEA, and was so glad that it did not disappoint! (If you haven't read it, though, no worries--technically it's a different series anyway and everything you need to know about her prior relationship shows up here too.) Olivia and Luke were fantastic together, and obviously their relationship was a long time coming, even though both of t Loved!Everyone who read Christmastime Cowboy knew that Olivia's relationship with Bennett was missing something--I for one was beyond excited to see her get her HEA, and was so glad that it did not disappoint! (If you haven't read it, though, no worries--technically it's a different series anyway and everything you need to know about her prior relationship shows up here too.) Olivia and Luke were fantastic together, and obviously their relationship was a long time coming, even though both of them seemed determined to deny it as long as possible...(Fortunately for us, that wasn't very long!)I'll admit, I wasn't a huge Olivia fan in the beginning--at the book's start (and in the last book she showed up in) she was very prickly and proper and just didn't seem all that relatable. The more Ms. Yates brought us into her head, though, the more sympathetic Olivia became. Soon, thoughts like this made me an Olivia fan:Luke made a very masculine sound of satisfaction and stretched out on the bed beside her, above the covers, still unconcerned with the fact that he didn't have anything on. She was a bit concerned by it. Because she couldn't concentrate with him like that. Not at all.I hear you, sister.Like every other Maisey Yates book I've read (how on earth does she write such awesome books with fantastic characters so quickly? Not that I'm complaining, mind), Smooth-Talking Cowboy managed to make me laugh, swoon, and reach for a fan in equal measures. The Dodge brothers (Olivia's ex and his two older brothers) are clearly being set up as future series heroes (one of them with Olivia's boss Lindsey--woot!), and I. Cannot. Wait!Also--a (literal) bonus to this book--one of the Copper Ridge Desire's novels is included! Rebecca's brother (from Last Chance Rebel ) gets his own HEA in Seduce Me, Cowboy :)Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia had her entire life planned out, she knew where she was going and who she was going there with...Bennett Dodge. Unfortunately for her, Bennett had other plans in mind and when she decided to force his hand into marriage the odds did not go in her favor. A month later she runs into a man she cannot stand, Luke Hollister a smart mouthed ranch hand at the Get Out of Dodge ranch who is perfectly fine living his solitary life. They get thrown together and hatch a plan they think will be mutual Olivia had her entire life planned out, she knew where she was going and who she was going there with...Bennett Dodge. Unfortunately for her, Bennett had other plans in mind and when she decided to force his hand into marriage the odds did not go in her favor. A month later she runs into a man she cannot stand, Luke Hollister a smart mouthed ranch hand at the Get Out of Dodge ranch who is perfectly fine living his solitary life. They get thrown together and hatch a plan they think will be mutually beneficial without realizing it could have more consequences then either of them were prepared to take.This book is adorable and the main characters make you fall in love with them. Obviously this book was completely predictable; however, that did not diminish the experience of getting a peak into the lives of these characters. The plot was relatively typical of this type of romance book with a few added twists and the setting was a lot of fun to read about. Can’t wait to read how some of the other characters in the Gold Valley meet there true loves.
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  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    Ever start reading a novel and sense immediately that everything is going to click? That's how I felt about Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates.The characters feel instantly real. While I didn't immediately connect with Olivia who starts out as a control-freak who needs to plan every part of her life or else feels as if it's out-of-control, I came to like her character. She allowed herself to change and start living.Luke is combustible. He likes to live his life without complications, without Ever start reading a novel and sense immediately that everything is going to click? That's how I felt about Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates.The characters feel instantly real. While I didn't immediately connect with Olivia who starts out as a control-freak who needs to plan every part of her life or else feels as if it's out-of-control, I came to like her character. She allowed herself to change and start living.Luke is combustible. He likes to live his life without complications, without the possibility of attachment, because if you never get attached, you never get hurt. In some ways, Olivia and Luke are like souls who have just been waiting for each other.The characters have real chemistry and swoon. Turn a fan on when they get together. While the sex isn't overly graphic, it's like a slow burn that catches your attention and doesn't let go.I've never read a Maisey Yates novel before, but I can assure you this won't be the last. Yo, cowboy!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • MJ Sasse
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to lie to you I read this novel out of pure irony after seeing it recommended to me on Goodreads and I was sorely disappointed. Therefore I have awarded it a singular star because I am extremely petty. I feel as though Maisey Yates cheated me and deceived me and I could not be more upset about it. Never mind the underlying themes of pedophilia and misogyny, due to Yates' choice of cover art and title selection I was under the impression that I would be reading an extremely trashy s I'm not going to lie to you I read this novel out of pure irony after seeing it recommended to me on Goodreads and I was sorely disappointed. Therefore I have awarded it a singular star because I am extremely petty. I feel as though Maisey Yates cheated me and deceived me and I could not be more upset about it. Never mind the underlying themes of pedophilia and misogyny, due to Yates' choice of cover art and title selection I was under the impression that I would be reading an extremely trashy story of an enigmatic cowboy learning to love but I was quite mistaken. Yates completely deceived me and I honestly don't think I will ever be over it. I was utterly duped and paid the price for judging a book by its cover. The writing itself made me very concerned for humanity as a whole as I could not wrap my head around why one would feel the need to write a novel such as this. Thus I would recommend this book to no one and caution everyone that if you are expecting humor and entertainment from this book, you will not find either and will instead be sad.
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  • Claire McEwen
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story and it's straight-laced heroine, Olivia. I felt like she was a real person with faults and in the beginning of the book I wondered how she was ever going to find real love. Which to me is a sign of a good story. I don't have to love the main characters, or want to be best friends with them, but I have to believe in their struggles and I really believed in Olivia and wondered what was going to happen to the poor thing. She was just so... stifled!Then she makes a deal w I really enjoyed this story and it's straight-laced heroine, Olivia. I felt like she was a real person with faults and in the beginning of the book I wondered how she was ever going to find real love. Which to me is a sign of a good story. I don't have to love the main characters, or want to be best friends with them, but I have to believe in their struggles and I really believed in Olivia and wondered what was going to happen to the poor thing. She was just so... stifled!Then she makes a deal with the compelling, but troubled, hero. He definitely has a way with women, and it's really fun to see what unfolds between them!!
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  • Blushing Reader
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 Stars What started off cute and fun quickly spun out into insta-everything too quick for me.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsChallenges:♥ Fly Around the World with AMMP: Mekoryuk, AK (MYU)
  • Jaymy M.
    January 1, 1970
    The chemistry between Olivia and Luke sizzles from the start, building to a conflagration big enough to consume all of Gold Valley... not that Olivia can see anything except her ex-fiancé and the life everyone expected them to have. Luke's not nearly so shy, and he's definitely not blind to her attractions. In fact, she's burned bright for him since she became legal. And, she fun to pick at and verbally spar with too.But, after watching her trip all over herself for a guy that's not keen on comm The chemistry between Olivia and Luke sizzles from the start, building to a conflagration big enough to consume all of Gold Valley... not that Olivia can see anything except her ex-fiancé and the life everyone expected them to have. Luke's not nearly so shy, and he's definitely not blind to her attractions. In fact, she's burned bright for him since she became legal. And, she fun to pick at and verbally spar with too.But, after watching her trip all over herself for a guy that's not keen on committing to her anytime soon, same guy that's been lime family to him while he's worked nearly 2 decades on the man's family farm, Luke offers to help. He'll take her out so her ex can see her on a date with someone else, get jealous if he really cares. Who knew she'd be so good at darts or that an innocent kiss would undo all that prim and starch that Olivia works so hard to maintain? Tired of being good and proper, Olivia has to decide if she's gonna let the blaze consume her or put up a higher wall.Both Luke and Olivia have some major issues, but its up to each whether to tackle them head-on or let it freeze them in time, emotionally incapable of moving forward.* ARC received through NetGalley in exchange fir an honest review.
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