Merry Christmas Cowboy
Four Corners Ranch Book 2
HQN Original Pub
Oct 25th, 2022
Merry Christmas Cowboy by Maisey Yates is a deep emotional romance that has love, family, and friendship.
“This is book two of twelve books. Each family of Four Corners will have a story. The series came about because I wanted to do something different. As a set up the ranch is the focus, not a town. I hope it feels more wild -wild West. This story brought back some of my old families, reconnecting with the Garretts of the Copper Ridge series and the Donnelley’s. I put this between Copper Ridge and Gold Valley so that there could be some cross overs and cameos.”
Cowboy Wolf Garrett has deep wounds after losing the love of his life in high school and having his mother abandoned him. He decides to take a trip to his extended family’s ranch in Copper Ridge to have a change of scenery. His cousins made him a reservation to stay at a bed and breakfast Inn. There he encounters Violet Donnelly, the innkeeper, where both have an instant attraction.
“Violet is sweet, optimistic, feisty, tentative, shy, and someone who wants to be taken seriously. She is a past character I had who was a teenager, the daughter of one of my past heroes. Then she was in a bad space because her mother left her, and her dad moved her across the country. She was angry and rebellious. In that book, Down Home Cowboy, her dad marries Alison Davis who was Violet’s boss and mentor. Violet’s life changed because she now had the support of both her dad and Alison.”
The problem is that Violet is innocent and does not have the experience to handle Wolf. He knows she is not his usual type of woman, but he sees nothing wrong with a two-week romance, especially after he is upfront with her and tells her he will be leaving to go home. Two weeks later he leaves, with Violet feeling like she was abandoned. To make matters worse the secret intimate nights they had together has left her pregnant. Since both were abandoned by their mothers, and neither wants their child to feel the same, they agree to get married.
This should remind readers of the Tim McGraw song “Real Good Man.” The lyrics “I might have a reckless streak at least a country mile wide. If you’re gonna run with me it’s gonna be a wild ride. I may be a real bad boy, but I am a real good man.” He was reckless in not taking precautions when being intimate with Violet, knowing she was a virgin. But he was a real good man, stepping up to the plate, and having her come home with him for the holidays and then marrying him.
“I was thinking of I Need You, a song of his. I love that song. Tim McGraw is usually a factor. Although “Real Good Man” does suit Wolf well. They both were attracted to each other, but even after Violet told him how she feels he abandoned her. Their whole dynamic is inside out because they slept together, she became pregnant, and they agreed to marry before a committed relationship.”
This is a deeply moving and heart wrenching story. Both the hero and heroine have complicated and complex lives with issues they must overcome.