This seventh installment in the Cooper Ridge series is centered around Finn Donnelly and his best friend, Lane.
Finn’s life has been turned upside down by the death of his grandfather, who for some inexplicable reason, has left the ranch Finn has worked so hard to maintain, to all the Donnelly brothers equally.
Now, his brothers have descended upon his livelihood and his home, not to mention his peace and tranquility, and are refusing to let go of their share of the ranch.
To complicate matters, his best friend, Lane, has been acting a little odd lately, and he's losing the grip on his ability to control the desire for her he's managed to tamp down on for ten years.
It’s almost more than he can take, so something is going to have to give.
Lane’s past has finally come to roost, and she’s having a very hard time coping. But, the latest developments are making her desperate to further her career.
Right now, she needs Finn’s strong, steady presence in her life to keep her balanced and from falling apart. But, apparently, that’s too much to ask, because Finn has decided now is the time to act on the mutual attraction they share, meaning their friendship might implode.
I’m always a sucker for the ‘friends turned lovers’ trope, but it has to be done right for it to work. In this case, Maisey Yates has done a wonderful job of developing characters I cared about, plenty of cute and funny dialogue to offset the heavier subject matter, and of course the romance is spicy hot as well as emotional and touching.
Finn is a super sexy, but stoic, and a typical guy, with selfish foibles sometimes, He's so desperate to relieve himself of ten years of torment, wanting to act on his desire for Lane, that he can't or won't see the bigger picture.
I understood his fears, but became exasperated by his stubbornness sometimes.
Lane, on the surface, is easy going and fun to be around, and I liked her a lot, but she has some pretty heavy regrets, and the situation with Finn has only exacerbated her worries, but it is also the catalyst that gives her the courage to pursue a more fulfilling life.
Will Finn and Lane be able to meet halfway to make their relationship work or will one have to move on without the other?
I enjoyed watching Finn and Lane work through their thorny issues and realize the depth of their feelings for each other and the full potential of their relationship. The emotional level is deep, but the banter is mostly light, which made the book well rounded and balanced.
If you are looking for a mature, but fun and sensual contemporary western romance, ‘Slow Burn Cowboy’ should satisfy your craving.
In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy's best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…
If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn't. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She's in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…
He's been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he's all man. They're right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane's body, but he doesn't want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she's got a plan of her own…to show Finn there's nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.
Also includes a bonus Copper Ridge novel, Take Me, Cowboy!