Maisey Yates is one of my favorite new-to-me authors. Her books always have surprising depth, smoking hot love scenes, and well-rounded characters no matter the book length. I liked Need Me, Cowboy, but unfortunately, it didn’t knock my socks off.
Need Me, Cowboy is about a millionaire ex-con cowboy, recently exonerated for the murder of his wife, because she’s still alive; and a young, gifted, relatively naive architect he hires from prison to design his house. Catnip plot, right? I wanted to love this book. I adore all the elements, but something didn’t spark between Levi and Faith for me.
As a positive, I adore Faith. She’s smart and a little awkward, but refreshingly self-aware. Her life has been sheltered, but she doesn’t let that stop her from living her life. The character growth Maisey Yates packs into a short amount of pages is astounding.
Levi is convinced he’s a bad guy even though he didn’t actually murder his wife, which after five years in prison is understandable. To me though, his reasoning is off. He’s holding a lot of anger, but he’s not violent, or really even mean. His big “revenge plot” is to build a big house to show his ex-wife (WHO HAD HIM CONVICTED OF MURDER) and anyone else that he is rising above his circumstances. That seems like a super healthy way to exact revenge, actually. Overall, he’s a pretty nice guy. So every time I was beaten over the head with how “bad” he is I would become annoyed and a little confused.
Overall, this is an easy and sexy read with classic Maisey Yates heart. It didn’t blow me away, but it was still a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The previous book in the series, Want Me, Cowboy, was one of my favorite reads of 2018.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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