Return to Copper Ridge with Maisey Yates
by Maisey Yates, author of Bad News Cowboy
Friends to lovers, best friend’s older brother, enemies to lovers…these are themes that I find myself constantly drawn to as a writer. And in Bad News Cowboy, I think I found a way to mix all three.
Jack Monaghan is a family friend to the Garretts. He’s someone who has always been there, and Kate Garrett can’t remember life without him.
He’s a family friend, he’s older…and she’s kind of starting to hate him. Because of what he makes her feel these days.
I think I gravitate to these themes because they’re reflective of my real life romance. My husband was my boss and friend prior to us getting involved romantically, and I’ve lived that experience of suddenly seeing someone differently than you have before.
I like writing that. The realization that what you’ve been searching for has been in front of you all along.
Just like Kate, my heroine, I’ve been there. You have a guy you feel really close to, but then—before you’re ready—things start to change.
In my case, it was because of The Other Woman. She appears a lot in romance novels, and made an appearance in my real life, as well.
She called up the man who is now my husband, but who—at the time—was just a friend, to tell him she had just been proposed to by her boyfriend but she’d spent YEARS being in love with him, and if anything could happen between the two of them she would turn down the proposal.
That…did not go over well with me. I had a lot of justifications for why it bothered me. None of which included the fact that maybe I wanted to date him. Because of course I didn’t! He was just a friend. And older than I was. And most definitely more of a brother to me.
But the intense jealousy that surfaced over that phone call forced me to confront the fact that I had some deeper feelings. Feelings I didn’t necessarily want to confront because of the risk it involved. He was my best friend, and I didn’t want to lose that.
Well, obviously, I didn’t lose it. He was struggling with how to respond to the woman who’d called him out of the blue and I said: I know you don’t want to hurt anyone…but the fact is, whatever answer you give will hurt someone.
That was all the hinting he needed. Ten years and three kids later, he’s still my best friend and my ultimate hero.
So you can see why I connect with stories like this, and with the upheaval it sets off emotionally for the heroine. The risk involved in laying your existing relationship on the line to pursue one that might end badly.
It was fun to take my own experience and use it when I wrote Bad News Cowboy to show the struggle Kate goes through when she starts seeing Jack as MUCH more than just her older brother’s friend.
It was a fun book for me to write, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
About Bad News Cowboy:
Kate Garrett keeps life simple—working hard, riding her beloved horses, playing cards with her brothers. Lately, though, she feels a bit restless, especially when family friend Jack Monaghan is around. Sexy and shameless, Jack is the kind of trouble you don’t tangle with unless you want your heart broken. Still, Kate could always use his help in learning how to lasso someone a little less high risk…
Jack can’t pinpoint the moment the Garrett brothers’ little sister suddenly stopped seeming so…little. Now here he is, giving flirting tips to the one woman who needs zero help turning him on. Love’s a game he’s never wanted to play. But he’ll have to hurry up and learn how before the best thing that ever entered his life rides right back out again…