People often see themselves quite different than those
around them, falling short of their ideal self-image. Such
is the case of both Wyatt Dodge and Lindy Parker. Wyatt
judges himself on past deeds -- decidedly mistakes of his
teenage youth and strange family dynamics. Fathers can be
demanding, but Wyatt's relationship with his father was
fractured by an unfortunate event. And even now a decade
plus later, Wyatt can't assuage his guilt and his father is
reluctant to forgive him.
Lindy is a product of her social and financial status.
Lindy had dreams of a better life for herself and worked
hard to get out of her rut. Then she met a man who did all
the right things to make Lindy feel special and valued.
Until he didn't. Divorce gave Lindy a firmer hand, but she
was determined to prove that she earned her new place.
Lindy had grown to hate the rodeo. Her ex-husband did PR
for it and her younger brother Dane was on the circuit as a
rider. For some unexplained reason, Lindy had a particular
unfriendly reaction to Wyatt who had at one time been a
star client of her ex. Could be that just looking at Wyatt
reminded her of just why she and Damien were now divorced.
But if she was being honest with herself, that just wasn't
Damien had cheated on Lindy -- at least one time that she
witnessed -- but he easily could have been a busy boy all
those days on the road.
Life is kind of funny. Now, Lindy winds up as owner of
Damien's family winery, the Grassroots Winery. In a
strange twist of fate, she is working with Wyatt, owner of
the Get Out Of Dodge dude ranch on a joint project to bring
more business to each of their enterprises. The word
frenemies had never fit better than watching these two ride
the proverbial fence in getting their BBQ event ready.
Flash back several years to a time when Lindy was still
married to Damien and met Wyatt. Their attraction was
instant and hot. Timing couldn't have been worse for these
two. And with respect to Lindy's marriage and his
friendship with Damien -- Wyatt of course put any attraction
on a back burner.
Now though that simmer is reaching a boiling point. And
both Lindy and Wyatt are being tested at their ability to
work through this attraction and keep their contacts on a
strictly business level. Life has a way of intruding on all
sorts of relationships. Lindy has lots of baggage and has
learned some tough life lessons about keeping a tight rein
on her heart. She learned it was easier to erect walls to
keep uneasy feeling where they belonged. Wyatt has
shouldered an enormous amount of responsibility all his
life since his mother died. As oldest sibling, he did what
needed to be done. At times at a personal cost. But that
didn't factor into his choices. Now back at the ranch, Wyatt
is once again being tested -- this time by his father. He
has one year to make the ranch profitable again. If not
then the family ranch will be sold.
Maisey Yates likes to write about family conflicts and
interactions. GOOD TIME COWBOY is actually book three in
Valley series. But for those fans of her Copper
Ridge series, you can expect to revisit some old friends.
Lindy and Wyatt are two excellent examples of Maisey Yates
angst ridden characters. There are times you just want to
reach into the pages and shake them. Looking for a good
beach read? GOOD TIME COWBOY is just the thing.
When Lindy Parker lost her cheating husband, she gained a
vineyard. Sheíll do anything for Grassroots Winery,
including teaming up with the hottest devil she knows,
rancher Wyatt Dodge. Wyatt is her exís friend and has an ego
as big as the bulls he rides. But in spite of that,
disciplined Lindy has always wanted himÖ
Lightning struck Wyatt Dodge the first time he saw Lindy
Parker. But there were two problems with that: she was
married to his friend, and Wyatt doesnít do strings. But now
Lindy is free, and the two of them can finally explore the
heat thatís burned between them for so long. But can Lindy
make this good time cowboy decide on forever?