Audiobook Review: Hard Riding Cowboy (Gold Valley #2.5) by Maisey Yates

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Hard Riding Cowboy Book Cover Hard Riding Cowboy
Gold Valley #2.5
Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance - Novella
HQN Books
August 1st 2018


A single mom’s fresh start in Gold Valley, Oregon, comes with a cowboy from her past

Recently widowed and with two headstrong kids, Lauren Bishop wants three things—a break from her never-ending to-do list, a cup of coffee and a moment to appreciate the gorgeous cowboy who just walked past her. Unfortunately, he catches her in the act…and he isn’t a stranger.

Calder Reid is more than intrigued when the sexy woman checking him out in the local coffee shop turns out to be the object of his boyhood fantasies. When he was a gawky kid, Lauren was a beautiful swan. But now he’s more than man enough to satisfy her every need. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but can this hard riding cowboy convince commitment-shy Lauren to take a second chance on forever?


**This audio is included as a bonus on the audiobook for Good Time Cowboy.

Hard Riding Cowboy is a sweet-sexy novella in the Gold Valley series. 

Lauren has moved back to her home town after 19 years away. She’s got 2 kids and is a widow. 

Calder is a Hot Sexy Cowboy and younger then Lauren. 

How this story starts put a smile on my face and made me think YA, we’ve problem all done this… looked at a hot guys ass while waiting in line and then have that guy turn around and be someone we knew or may have babysat… Yep, Lauren has that moment. That was a funny start. 

Lauren has a lot on her plate to deal with. Moving back to her home town with 2 young girls who don’t understand why they had to move. She’s also working on renovating a house that she wants to buy, but things have to be done first; before this can happen. In comes Clader. He offers to help her out. You can guess how things go. 

A few of my favorite moments where the opening scene and one where Lauren recklessly kisses Calder up against a wall. Oh Boy! That was HOT. These two are attracted to each other, but it’s not easy. She’s hesitant and he jumps right in.

It’s a novella and so, it’s short. I would have preferred this to be a full length novel. I felt it need more. Need that time to pass and them to develop. 

Overall, it’s an enjoyable read/listen and things move fast especially in the romance department. I just would have loved a little more. 

Audio: The audio was a delight to listen too. The characters where distinct in their voices and I had no trouble following along or enjoying the novella.

Rated: 3 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

12 comments on “Audiobook Review: Hard Riding Cowboy (Gold Valley #2.5) by Maisey Yates

  1. Thanks for sharing your review!

    • Thanks for stopping bye.

  2. This story sounds fun.

    • It was a nice listen. Thank’s for visiting!

  3. I love it when you can get it at the library, especially if you don’t know how you will like it. Or with novellas.
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    • My library has been pretty good on it’s selection for everything. I’m happy that I could find this series with them. Thank’s for visiting!

  4. Great review. I haven’t read this author before.
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    • Yates is new to me this year. The full length novels sound interesting and so I gave them a try and am enjoying them. Thank’s for visiting. Happy Reading!

  5. Sounds like a good read!

    • It was a nice listen. The little fast on the romance, but still enjoyable.

  6. Awesome review Angela! Shared on my socials!??

    Have a fabulous week Angela and all!!??

    • Thank you!