COWBOY TO THE CORE is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has banter, coming of age, swoon worthy-romance, and the characters I have grown to love over the last few books. People always ask me why I enjoy Maisey’s books so much and this story is a prime example. Each story is deep and complex with palpable emotions from each and every character mentioned. Maisey Yates writes some of the most three-dimensional characters I have ever read. Even her secondary characters have depth!
The book follows Jamie, who just started working for Gabe on his ranch. Jamie is trying to start a new chapter in her life and Gabe is trying to figure out his next life steps as well. It has been a long time since I connected with a character as much as I connected with Jamie Dodge. Which is amazing because I have almost nothing in common with her.
I challenge you to read this book and not relate to Jamie’s feeling of displacement and loneliness as her family all moves on with their lives and she is seemingly left behind. My heart hurt for her. She has always been confident to a fault; it was beautiful and heartbreaking to watch her learn some hard truths about herself and life in general. The woman only wears sports bras for goodness sakes! Jamie lived a very sheltered life and watching her come into her own was a true joy.
While I connected with Jamie’s personal growth more, Gabe’s journey was wonderful as well. He was charming, grounded, and at the end of the day, a really good guy who knew a great woman when he met her. I especially appreciated the way he helped Jamie through her hurdles. Both of them were relationship newbies, and it showed, but the genuine affection and respect between the couple is what really made this book stand above.
Overall, I really wasn’t sure I would like this book. Jamie isn’t a heroine I usually gravitate towards, but Ms. Yates completely sold me. I want to tell everyone about this book. I this is going to stay one of my top reads of 2019.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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