Copper Ridge: The Donnelly’s, Book 3
Copper Ridge, Oregon – Present Day
Alex Donnelly returned to Copper Ridge in order to satisfy the will of his late grandfather to work with his four brothers on their ranch, but he also has another reason: to check in on his late friend’s sister. Clara Campbell is all alone after losing first her parents, then her brother, and is running a ranch with no help. After leaving the military and wandering from place to place, Alex arrives in Copper Ridge but hasn’t yet told Clara that her brother Jason’s will also left the ranch to him to run for a year as Jason felt she was too young. Clara is twenty-one, but has the prickly pear personality of a much older person. They run into each other at a new coffeehouse, where Clara is “stalking” the owner because she fancies him. However, Clara is only pretending to like coffee. Her tastes run more to sugary hot chocolate and spaghettiOs. She’s also resistant to Alex taking over the ranch after he informs her about the will’s contents. But Alex hasn’t yet told Clara that Jason died protecting him. It’s still painful for him as he feels it’s his fault Jason died.
Clara lost both her parents before she turned eighteen, but once she became an adult, her brother Jason, who returned home temporarily, rejoined the military, only to die two years later. Alex intimidates her because he’s always gruff and unfriendly towards her. Now that he’s there to work the ranch, she’s forced to be around him. Alex and Clara may have different ideas on how to run the ranch, but they both want it to succeed. Every day he’s there, and it stirs up feelings for each other that they didn’t expect to happen. But Alex is older and more experienced than the virginal Clara. Is Clara going to be the temptation Alex will be unable to resist? What about when he walks away in a year…will her heart be broken?
Clara and Alex are in an untenable position right now. Neither wants to work with the other, but they have no choice according to the terms of Jason’s will. Clara might be young, but she’s learned to grow up…sort of. She doesn’t drink coffee or tea, only sugary drinks. She is a picky food eater who can’t cook and lives on junk food and spaghettiOs. Alex enters her life and is amused at her food choices, especially since she’s made it clear she’s interested in the coffeehouse owner who is into healthy foods. It’s no surprise that Clara and Alex clash, but hate soon turns to lust. Alex feels he’s betraying his friend’s memory if he shows an interest in Clara, but does he have a choice when she’s so tempting?
Alex’s father was basically a no-gooder who had four sons by three different women. The “boys” grandfather died and his will stipulates they must share the ranch at Copper Ridge. Alex would rather be elsewhere, but he also has the responsibility of Clara. Once he’s fulfilled the terms of both of his commitments, he’s going to be on his way again. However, the chemistry between Clara and Alex sizzles too hotly to be ignored. Once he’s had a taste of her, can he walk away? What about his claim that she needs to spread her wings before she can settle down?
WILD RIDE COWBOY is part of the Copper Ridge: The Donnelly’s series by Maisey Yates, and readers get glimpses of Alex’s brothers and their fiancée’s (excluding the still single Liam, whose tale is up next). However, WILD RIDE COWBOY can easily be read as a standalone without any difficulty.
It’s a sexy wild ride for Clara and Alex in WILD RIDE COWBOY that turns out to be an exciting journey for both that readers will love.
In Wild Ride Cowboy, Alex Donnelly returns to Copper Ridge, Oregon to keep a promise, but the last thing he expects is to fall for his best friend's sister, Clara Campbell. Fans of Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge series will love this sweet, sexy romance releasing August 29th!
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About Wild Ride Cowboy:
Title: Wild Ride Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Series: Copper Ridge #9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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Reluctantly, she covered the coffee with a white to-go lid then turned to walk out the door. She didn’t make it very far, though, because she ran right into a brick wall.
Well, it wasn’t really a brick wall. It just felt like one. Large, hard and uncompromising. But breathing. Which brick walls definitely didn’t do.
“Clara Campbell. Fancy meeting you here.”
Clara blinked and stared up into Alex Donnelly’s forest-green eyes and felt a strange response that seemed to originate in her stomach and travel upward to her chest, where it twisted, hard and sharp.
After looking at Asher, his understated physique and much softer brown gaze, the sight of Alex was jarring. Too intense. Too masculine. Too a lot of things.
His dark hair wasn’t military short anymore. It was long enough to hang into his face. He pushed it back off his forehead and again, something twisted, low and deep inside of her.
And then it wasn’t only his features that seemed too sharp. It was seeing him at all. She had been studiously avoiding him ever since he had moved back to Copper Ridge. If ever she’d caught a glimpse of him out of the corner of her eye, she’d gone the other way.
The last time she’d seen him up close had been at Jason’s funeral.
Pain washed through her, canceling out all of the good Asher feelings from only a moment before.
No wonder she’d had such a strong, immediate response to the sight of Alex. The man was dragging a bunch of her baggage in with him. Another thing she liked about Asher. He was separate from her life. From her pain.
Alex was all wound up in it.
“Hi, Alex,” she said, clutching her coffee cup tight, the warmth bleeding through to her palms. Which she was grateful for at the moment since her stomach had gone ice-cold at the sight of him.
“I’ve been meaning to stop by,” he said.
“That’s really okay,” she said, and she meant it. More than okay. Jason’s death meant that she was alone. Both of her parents were already gone. They’d had children later in life, and when her mother had gotten sick, her father had done everything he could to make his wife comfortable as her health declined. She’d died when Clara was twelve. And there had been no amount of preparation that could soften the blow. No amount of expectedness that could have made it feel less like a giant, ugly hand had reached into their life and wrenched the beauty out of it, leaving nothing but a dark abyss.
Copyright © 2017 Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates
About Maisey Yates:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.