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My family took a vacation last week, so that’s why posts were MIA.  We’re back now (for a couple of weeks anyway), so time for another book review!

Untamed Cowboy

A Gold Valley Novel

by Maisey Yates

In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…

Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…

I loved the idea of these friends becoming more.  They make sure a great duo that you know a relationship between the two of them would just be awesome.  Unfortunately both have some hangups that are keeping them from pursuing anything more.

It’s totally understandable why Kaylee doesn’t want to risk her most important friendship for the chance of a romance.  She needs Bennett so much that losing him would be devastating … but her heart wants more and it is not going to be ignored.

Thanks to Bennett’s childhood he has a huge need to plan.  A romance of deep emotion doesn’t really fit well with that.  He’s holding tight to his control but life does enjoy throwing people curve balls.

And seeing Bennett develop a connection to his son is the absolute best.  Kaylee’s there for both of them, with a special connection with Dallas, but in the end the guys have to be the ones making it work.  They both are so heartfelt and blunt, but hesitant too.  They handle things their way – with humor and truth, laying it out but still being protective of themselves.

The connection & long-standing friendship between Kaylee & Bennett is just so heartwarming and their struggle over where the future might take them is very real.  Some might find the push/pull of their emotions a little repetitive – it’s hard to let go and take a leap for something more when what you have is so very, very important to you.  But what if it could bring you something so much more …?  It’s a tough decision but you are going to enjoy being with them while they figure things out.