Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey YatesShoulda Been a Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge #.5
Published by Harlequin, HQN on March 1, 2015
Genres: Contemp Romance
Pages: 111
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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In this sexy, sweet prequel novella to her new series, USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates welcomes readers to the charming small town of Copper Ridge, Oregon, where it's never too late for second chances...

There's not much about his teenage years that Jake Caldwell can be proud of. Except maybe for keeping his hands off cute, kind-hearted Cassie Ventimiglia. She was the only one who saw him as more than a tattooed rebel who couldn't wait to leave the ranching life behind. Now he's back in Copper Ridge to sell his father's property-and staying right above Cassie's coffee shop. And out of nowhere, the girl he's never forgotten is offering a whole lot more than fresh-baked muffins...

Jake's dark, smoldering appeal hasn't changed one bit. But Cassie has. Following everyone else's rules didn't quite work out. Time to ask for what she's always wanted...and what Jake's more than happy to give. A wild, hot romance that could make a one-time bad boy realize he's back for good.

This was a cute and sweet novella prequel to Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge series.

Jake Caldwell is back in town, following his father’s death. The old coot left him the ranch, so Jake’s in town to sell it off. His dad and he didn’t exactly part on friendly terms, so being back in Copper Ridge, where he’s just the bad boy who left one night and never looked back, isn’t exactly on his list of fun things to do.

Cassie Ventimiglia is trying to get over her failed marriage, run a business, and pretend that having Jake back in town isn’t making her crazy with want. Back in their high school days, she was tutoring him, and they had a Moment. But then he left. So Cassie feels ridiculous still having feelings for him, since he obviously never had any for her.

Jake’s dad owned the building her cafe is in, so Jake moved into the apartment upstairs, and tells her he plans on selling it right out from under her! He wants no ties to Copper Ridge, and he needs the money from the sales of both the ranch, and her building to fund his dream of running his own auto shop.

This was a sweet romance, but in true Yates fashion, full of sexy scenes, and fun banter. We’re introduced to Eli, Connor, and Katie in this prequel, and as I’ve read their books, I’ll tell you this series is really worth the read!