Wild Ride Cowboy was not your typical Copper Ridge novel, I found it hard to like either character! ~ Autry, Guilty Pleasures
He’s come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…
Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly’s intention. But if there’s one thing the ex-military man knows, it’s that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn’t have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his late comrade’s sister—a woman who, despite her inexperience, can bring tough-as-iron Alex to his knees.
Clara Campbell didn’t ask for a hero to ride in and fix her ranch and her life. All she wants is the one thing stubborn, honorable Alex is reluctant to give: a chance to explore their intense chemistry. But Clara has a few lessons to teach him, too…about trusting his heart and his instincts, and letting love take him on the wildest adventure of all.
Wild Ride Cowboy focuses in on Clara and Alex, Clara’s a bee farmer and potential ranch owner and Alex is a former military man battling demons. Clara is very young and has lived through some very traumatic events early on in her life. Those events caused her to put up a wall and close everyone off, which translated to big emotional problems further on in her life. Very few people she interacted with and even fewer she called friends. Lying to herself caught up with her and now she’s trying to fight to find herself.
Alex is trying to repay a debt to his military buddy, taking over Claras’ ranch until it’s fully functioning. He feels a deep sense of gratitude to Clara’s brother and is willing to push a lot of boundaries to fulfill his debt. Alexs’ childhood home life was never a safe, secure, loving environment. Alex has a lot of emotions to work through while being a ranch owner.
Clara and Alex have a very strange relationship, one that was hard to read at some points. The tension of their relationship was at a constant high, it was a roller coaster for sure. They appeared to be maturing and moving past some self-imposed barriers only to throw another barrier up. I couldn’t relate with either character and thought their arguments were too much at times. I did enjoy reading how Alex interacted with his family and how Clara found friendship with coworkers at the winery; I just wish I could have liked the characters a lot more. Wild Ride Cowboy was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading so many great novels by Maisey Yates previously, especially in the Copper Ridge Series. I will read her work again, and continue to follow the Copper Ridge Series, I’m just holding out for a little more in the installment.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.