Review: Cowboy Christmas Blues (Gold Valley 0.5) by Maisey Yates

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Cowboy Christmas Blues Book Cover Cowboy Christmas Blues
Gold Valley #0.5
Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance - Holiday
HQN Books
October 1st 2017


He didn’t want to come home for the holidays—but can an unexpected reunion with a woman from his past make this cowboy’s Christmas merry and bright in this sweet and sizzling novella?

When Cooper Mason left Gold Valley, Oregon behind him eight years ago, he told himself he wouldn’t be back. But when a Christmas promise sends him home to face his demons, he’ll find that not everything is as he remembers—especially family friend Annabelle Preston, who’s somehow morphed from childhood pest to full-grown, hot-blooded and oh-so-tempting woman.

Growing up, Annabelle had built a lot of dreams around the ruggedly gorgeous Cooper—dreams she’s long ago learned to put behind her. Until a chance encounter with Cooper leads to a night neither can forget, and all the old feelings come blazing back to life. Now, Annabelle has a week to prove that they’re more to each other than a no-strings holiday fling…and with a little Christmas luck, she just might encourage Gold Valley’s favorite cowboy to come home for good.


Cowboy Christmas Blues is #0.5 in the Gold Valley series by Maisey Yates and it’s a sweet novella centered around Christmas time.

Annabelle and Cooper had scorching hot chemistry, humor, and passion. These two grabbed my heart. Cooper is not in a good places when the novella starts and watching him struggle with his grief made me ache. Annabelle, I loved her. She’s kind, brave, and she finds her self-confidence after a bad relationship. Their romance is sweet. 

I will say I don’t think I would have enjoyed this novella as much as I did if I hadn’t read A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas first. Why I say this is; because Cowboy Christmas Blues is short and I would have liked more. Also I had an understand of where Cooper was coming from and his heartache; because he’s the brother-in-law to Grant, who is featured in A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas, and since I understand their loss it helped me connect more to Cooper. 

Cowboy Christmas Blues is a quick and sweet read. It’s balanced with bits of humor and delicious steamy moments. 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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Mary Kirkland
February 10, 2019 10:39 am

I haven’t read this author but I’ve heard great things about her books from the reviews I’ve read.

Anne - Books of My Heart
February 9, 2019 6:23 pm

I thought maybe I had read one of hers but no. I have a favorable impression of her work so hopefully I will sometime. Helpful review!

Melanie Simmons
February 9, 2019 5:13 am

Maisey Yates is another author that I’ve been meaning to try. I will one day. Great review.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
February 8, 2019 7:42 am

Awesome review Angela! Great cover and it sounds good too! Shared on my socials!😉💖