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:

0815-9780373788538-bigwCan the bad boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, make good—and win the rodeo girl of his dreams?

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…

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Comments ( 15 )
  1. Marcie R
    July 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Bought Bad News Cowboy last night! Can’t wait to finish the book I’m on to start this one. I’ve enjoyed both Eli and Connor’s stories. A great series!

    • Maisey
      July 30, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Thank you, Marcie!

      August 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm


  2. therese lopez
    August 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds like a great book!!!

  3. Joanne Rock
    August 7, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Aww! We love it when a romantic risk pays off. Great story!

  4. Kelly
    August 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I am definitely going, to get this book… I love the sounds, of this story and am now patiently awaiting to purchase and read.

  5. Jennifer Alderman
    August 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Love that type of book

  6. Hilda castillo
    August 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Sounds good will think about the it..

  7. Katy
    August 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Sounds interesting enough to try out!

  8. Gigi Hansen
    August 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    The book sounds really good. It’s the kind of story I like.

  9. Maureen B
    August 9, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Finished this book last week. Loved the relationship between Kate & Jack. It was definitely one of those books I couldn’t put down, but hated to see end. Keep up the great work Maisey! Look forward to reading more from you!

  10. Louise
    August 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Sounds like a good story

  11. Heidi U
    August 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Wow, what a difficult position to put anyone in! Looking forward to the book!

  12. Stacie Williams
    August 10, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Sounds like a book I would like to read.

  13. Heidi Henderson
    August 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Sounds good…

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