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Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife...and she wants the job! Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn't she marry him? Can she say yes to shar Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife...and she wants the job! Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn't she marry him? Can she say yes to sharing his life and his bed, but not his heart?


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Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife...and she wants the job! Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn't she marry him? Can she say yes to shar Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife...and she wants the job! Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn't she marry him? Can she say yes to sharing his life and his bed, but not his heart?

30 review for Want Me, Cowboy

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    4.5 Stars Poppy has been in love with her boss for ten years and the guy doesn’t realize it! I could forgive this to a point because it’s clear from the beginning that Isaiah, while being a brilliant business man is socially clueless. Isaiah’s on the spectrum in some way even if it’s not officially stated that he is, all around him acknowledge that he’s not the average male when it comes to feelings or social interactions. So being around Poppy and not realizing that she loves him or even looking 4.5 Stars Poppy has been in love with her boss for ten years and the guy doesn’t realize it! I could forgive this to a point because it’s clear from the beginning that Isaiah, while being a brilliant business man is socially clueless. Isaiah’s on the spectrum in some way even if it’s not officially stated that he is, all around him acknowledge that he’s not the average male when it comes to feelings or social interactions. So being around Poppy and not realizing that she loves him or even looking at her potential romantic partner was easier to excuse. Isaiah isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy since Poppy’s foster sister betrayed him several years ago. But Isaiah likes the idea of a wife, family, and stability, so his sensible answer is to put out an ad to find a woman to fill the role. I can’t imagine a job more infuriating or heartbreaking than searching for the potential wife for the man you love, but thankfully Poppy doesn’t just roll over and take it, and the quest doesn’t last for more than a heartbeat. Poppy’s got a spine and stands up to Isaiah. Isaiah’s brilliant reaction is to have Poppy fill the role; I mean she’s been the one constant in his life forever, gets him like no other woman can, and he quickly learns that they have off-the-charts-chemistry! Oh, I just loved Want Me, Cowboy! Maisy Yates has a way of touching my heart with every one of her romances! Unrequited love that blossoms into more is one of my favorite romances! Both Isaiah and Poppy were insecure and worried to show the depth of their feelings beyond the arrangement they strike up, but the sizzle and emotions between them made it impossible to keep each other at arm’s length, even in an effort to protect their hearts. A copy was kindly provided by Harlequin Desire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    I loved Poppy. Poppy deserved a better man than Isiah. But the heart wants what it wants. Still. I didn't like Isiah at all. And again with the whole "my ex did me dirty so I will now act like an ass to the whole female population" as motivation. Like ok, dude. Time to grow up. Which makes me mad all over again 'cause HE DOESN'T DESERVE POPPY! Also, I really wish heroes who are clueless for 10 years should do the proportional amount of grovel. Like is that really hard to ask? The end. An ARC was provided I loved Poppy. Poppy deserved a better man than Isiah. But the heart wants what it wants. Still. I didn't like Isiah at all. And again with the whole "my ex did me dirty so I will now act like an ass to the whole female population" as motivation. Like ok, dude. Time to grow up. Which makes me mad all over again 'cause HE DOESN'T DESERVE POPPY! Also, I really wish heroes who are clueless for 10 years should do the proportional amount of grovel. Like is that really hard to ask? The end. An ARC was provided by the publisher for this review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    *Dee's Reading Time Matters

    Sassy, heroine, Poppy Sinclair's rancher boss, Isaiah Grayson wants a wife and in several ways she wants HIM but she get jealous when she's assigned the role of selecting the perfect blonde wife for him. lol, Poppy is far from a blonde among others things. WIFE WANTED "Rich rancher, not given to socializing. Wants a wife who will not try to change me. Must be tolerant of moods, reported lack of sensitivity and the tendency to take off for a few days’ time in the mountains. Will expect meals coo Sassy, heroine, Poppy Sinclair's rancher boss, Isaiah Grayson wants a wife and in several ways she wants HIM but she get jealous when she's assigned the role of selecting the perfect blonde wife for him. lol, Poppy is far from a blonde among others things. WIFE WANTED "Rich rancher, not given to socializing. Wants a wife who will not try to change me. Must be tolerant of moods, reported lack of sensitivity and the tendency to take off for a few days’ time in the mountains. Will expect meals cooked. Also, probably a kid or two. Exact number to be negotiated. Beard is non negotiable." Poppy's secret was that she had a mighty strong crush on Isaiah for 10 years (yep, 10 long years) but both have trust issues. Although Isaiah comes off as a cantankerous, growly, insensitive alpha male, it takes spitfire, Poppy to make him see she is the only one for him and his controllable and stubborn ways. Oh I really wanted to add how Poppy redrafted Isaiah cold ad verbiage.. too clever!!!!! I really enjoyed reading "Want Me, Cowboy (Cooper Ridge: Desire, #5)" by Maisey Yates from the very beginning to the satisfying end! Haven't read a Harlequin Desire book in ages! I'm planning to check out the other books in this series! 4 stars for a memorable read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I don’t think I even read the synopsis of a Maisey Yates book any more. I just see her name and I’m in. I really liked Poppy and Isaiah. She’s sassy and he’s gruff and in their working together for 10 years, have forged a friendship. Oh, and their chemistry? It’s off the charts. There were a few scenes with the family, but this is mostly all Poppy and Isaiah. Plot wise, it was good. The shortened story didn’t feel rushed and the bursts of drama were quickly resolved. I really enjoyed reading the I don’t think I even read the synopsis of a Maisey Yates book any more. I just see her name and I’m in. I really liked Poppy and Isaiah. She’s sassy and he’s gruff and in their working together for 10 years, have forged a friendship. Oh, and their chemistry? It’s off the charts. There were a few scenes with the family, but this is mostly all Poppy and Isaiah. Plot wise, it was good. The shortened story didn’t feel rushed and the bursts of drama were quickly resolved. I really enjoyed reading these two navigate their issues and find their happiness. Overall, it was a quick read with characters I really enjoyed. I am eager to see who gets a story next. **Huge thanks to Harlequin Desire for providing the arc free of charge**

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Quick little read that gave me a bit of mental deja vu because I just read anther book, More Than Crave You, that had the same basic plot as this one: Hunky billionaire who has some difficulty connecting emotionally decides he needs a wife to make his life easier. Decides to advertise for one. His trusty personal assistant (who also happens to be black*) who has been with him for years has been secretly and unrequitedly in love with him for years. She is the one who submits the ad and is tasked w Quick little read that gave me a bit of mental deja vu because I just read anther book, More Than Crave You, that had the same basic plot as this one: Hunky billionaire who has some difficulty connecting emotionally decides he needs a wife to make his life easier. Decides to advertise for one. His trusty personal assistant (who also happens to be black*) who has been with him for years has been secretly and unrequitedly in love with him for years. She is the one who submits the ad and is tasked with interviewing the women. She gets in her feelings about it because, duh, she is in love with him and can't with the idea of him being with some other woman. She gets angry about it and rebels, he finally notices her, a sexual spark ignites, she can't resist, 'hey how about you marry me then because nobody know me as good as you' , she agrees but the rest of the conflict is that he is sure he just can't love and she can't accept him without love (even though she did agree to marry him). (view spoiler)[ Also in both books an unplanned pregnancy happens to make things even more fraught (hide spoiler)] . This was a a quick read with a fairly Harlequin Romance standard feel to it. Both the leads are appealing with the heroine being the one doing all the emotional heavy lifting. The hero is able to stand back and wallow in his 'one woman done me wrong' feels as an excuse to why he can't ever feel in love with anyone else. I did think the transition from never noticing your assistant in a sexual way in ten years to suddenly kissing her and pow now I want to sex with her all the time was a bit abrupt. And at some point the 'I love him he can't love me' gets a little repetitive, but overall the story was fine. My biggest problem with the book is the total lack of acknowledgment of Poppy's race. I would normally shelve this book as an interracial romance, but I am not because it barely is. The only thing that signals Poppy is non-white is the picture on the cover. And covers can change so easily. If the author/publisher decided tomorrow that Poppy should not be black, then they could change that cover photo and just a few words of text in the book and no one would be the wiser. There zero references to her ethnicity and maybe three references to her skin color in the whole book, twice referred to as 'brown' and once referred to as 'mahogany' but then again he could see her blush from across a room so I wonder... I don't need the book to dwell on Poppy being black, but the absolute lack of any reference to it felt glaring and disingenuous. Especially since the book several times makes a point to talk about Isaiah's (the hero) preference for blondes. There are a couple times Poppy despairingly acknowledges that she isn't blonde like the women answering the ad and does fit his physical type. That, of course, he would never notice her because she doesn't look like those women. The fact that Poppy never once in her head acknowledges he looks so different because, well, she is not just not blonde but she is black feels incredibly dishonest. Also, who embarks on an IR relationship and never once even mentions race?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay (aka) Miss Bates

    When I started reading Yates’s upteenth Copper Ridge novel, Want Me, Cowboy, I thought of abandoning it because it was too much like Helm’s A True Cowboy Christmas. In both cases, hero and heroine have known each other for years and SUDDENLY the hero decides he wants to be married and SUDDENLY notices the heroine’s appropriateness for the starring role of wife and mother in his soon-to-be neatly arranged life. The heroes think everything will be emotionally tidy, calm, organized: he and the hero When I started reading Yates’s upteenth Copper Ridge novel, Want Me, Cowboy, I thought of abandoning it because it was too much like Helm’s A True Cowboy Christmas. In both cases, hero and heroine have known each other for years and SUDDENLY the hero decides he wants to be married and SUDDENLY notices the heroine’s appropriateness for the starring role of wife and mother in his soon-to-be neatly arranged life. The heroes think everything will be emotionally tidy, calm, organized: he and the heroine will cohabit, get along like affectionate roommates with sex and segue into being calm, adult, responsible parents. Bwahahahaha … “famous last words.” A great premise, a great trope, but did I really want to read another one? Turns out I did and I would recommend you do too. Review over. They’re both good and worth reading. After my initial eye-roll of exasperation over the sameness of Yates’ and Helm’s novels, Want Me, Cowboy had me thinking about the Romantic in romance. If the Romantic (yup, those guys, early 19th century, etc.) ethos, and I’m simplifying here, posits the primacy of emotion over reason and nature over intellect then, quite often, the romance genre is about the same: the “irrationality” of reason when it denies the primacy of not just “feelings”, but emotional connection with the other. No one does this better than Yates. In Want Me, Cowboy, uber-rational billionaire Isaiah Grayson advertises for a wife and asks his PA, Poppy Sinclair, to interview the candidates. Nuts, right? The idea that marriage can be an arrangement between two compatible adults, agreeing upon shared values and way of life, why wouldn’t that work? It’s not long before Isaiah realizes that the best candidate for the wifely job is none other than Poppy herself. He argues rationally why she’s the best candidate: “You’re good with people. You’re good at anticipating what they want, what they need. You’re organized. You’re efficient.” “You make me sound like an app, Isaiah.” “You’re warm and … and sometimes sweet. Though, not to me.” “You wouldn’t like me if I were sweet,” she pointed out. “No, I wouldn’t. But that’s the other thing. You know how to stand up to me.” And she sure does, witness this delightful exchange: ” ‘Lead with being less of an asshole.’ ‘I am an asshole,’ Isaiah said.” Of course, Isaiah is right: Poppy is all those things and more. His reason has anticipated what his heart has yet to discover. Poppy, on the other hand, is and “was tragically in love with him.” Because she knows he doesn’t love her back. He respects her, cares about her; he’s a good, loyal friend and appreciative, considerate boss, but he isn’t in love with her. Or at least that’s what reason tells him. While the Romantic poets had nature as an intermediary between their rational selves and their desire to tap into the sublime, romance, much more entertaining, has the body. Sex. Isaiah may tell himself that he doesn’t, can’t, love Poppy, but his rational self is already being superseded by his physical desire: ” … as he looked at her, as those familiar grey eyes, so cold and rational most of the time, went hot.” Just as reason is swept away by Isaiah’s physical need for physical possession. This is an equal desire, as Poppy wants him as much as he wants her, except Poppy knows that her desire is a result of her love for Isaiah and that love is expressed by physical fidelity, a value that is eminently important to the genre and categorically distinguishes it from erotica. It isn’t long before Isaiah is disturbed by his exclusive physical need for Poppy: this is good old Biblical “cleaving”, so important to the genre’s HEA. As the novel’s emotional tension builds, Isaiah and Poppy have to overcome their brokennesses, their emotional impediments to love. Especially Isaiah. In trying to understand their woundedness and why they’re suddenly caught in this philosophical conflict between reason and feelings, Isaiah and Poppy begin to articulate that very argument. As Isaiah says to Poppy: “Things are easy for me when I can line them out. When I can make categories and columns, so whenever I can do that, I do it. Life has variables. Too many. If you turn it into math, there’s one answer. If the answer makes sense, go with that.” “But life isn’t math,” she said. “There’s not one answer.” If Isaiah knew anything about higher level mathematics, neither is math. But probability is still about the ability to predict rationally and that’s not what Poppy is trying to tell Isaiah. Her impassioned cry to him is a perfect counterpoint to his logical reasoning: “So don’t try to tell me you’re being logical. Don’t try to talk to me like I’m a hysterical female asking something ridiculous of you. You’re the one who’s scared. You’re the one who’s hysterical. You can stand there with a blank look on your face and pretend that somehow makes you rational, but you aren’t. You can try to lie to me. You can try to lie to yourself. But I don’t believe it. I refuse.” I loved that an emotional impasse is “hysterical”. Women’s “wombs” are so often the site of their irrationality, their hysteria, their excessive, immoderate, overblown, disproportionate FEELINGS. But it’s Isaiah’s impassivity, his lack of emotional expression that is the illness here. As Isaiah realizes, he has way TOO many feelings, all of them centred on his love for Poppy, that prove to be the ultimate in denial and the true cause of his half-life, half-soul, and mixed-up, misunderstood, and ignored heart. But there must’ve been something in Isaiah to lead him to decide on that ridiculous ad: it was his fist step towards emotional resurrection, the recognition that connection is the raison d’être of life, not money, success, or keeping safe from being hurt. It’s a story I’ll never tire of and so, in the end, both Helm and Yates told it and told it well. In this case, with Miss Austen, we say Want Me, Cowboy proves there is “no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” Emma. Maisey Yates’s Want Me, Cowboy is published by Harlequin Books. It was released on November 1st and may be found at your preferred vendors. I received an e-galley from Harlequin, via Netgalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    3.75 Brilliant with numbers but not so much with people, seeing his brothers get married gave Isaiah Grayson the idea to do the same. The ad at the beginning that the hero wrote to find a wife will make you understand right away that Isaiah is not a man like the others. I must say though, I'm glad I knew before reading the book that he's autistic or else I would probably had a harder time understanding his reactions and might have seen him as not very kind. His assistant is the one who have to i 3.75 Brilliant with numbers but not so much with people, seeing his brothers get married gave Isaiah Grayson the idea to do the same. The ad at the beginning that the hero wrote to find a wife will make you understand right away that Isaiah is not a man like the others. I must say though, I'm glad I knew before reading the book that he's autistic or else I would probably had a harder time understanding his reactions and might have seen him as not very kind. His assistant is the one who have to interview his prospective brides. Not the kind of job who would please Poppy Sinclair normally, but add to this that she's been in love with him since she met him when she was 18 and you can guess that she's really not happy about his plan. Isaiah is totally clueless about her feelings and only ever saw her as an efficient colleague. Poppy never talked about it because it's always been complicated. A ward of the state and shuffled around many foster homes, it's one of her foster's sister who found her the job with Isaiah, who was her boyfriend at the time. But Rosalind is also the one who betrayed him, broke his heart and Isaiah made his heart unavailable ever since. He wants a wife and children, but he doesn't want love. So how will he deal with it, when love find him anyway ? "Emotion was like a foreign language to him. One he had to put in effort to learn so he could understand the people around him." The fact that Poppy was still friend with Isaiah's ex brought something different and interesting to the "other woman" thing, even if Rosalind was not present except from a phone conversation. But it's cool that the author showed that not all ex-girlfriend are crazy, psycho or total bitch, even if Rosalind wasn't totally innocent, because of what she did to the hero. Isaiah's rigidity was sometimes frustrating but once again, I like that Maisey Yates showed diversity. I wished I enjoyed the romance more though but I didn't felt her usual whirlwind of emotions in this story. Is it the shorter format or was it intended this way because of the hero ? Either way, the emotions felt more spoken than felt for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates is a sexy and enjoyable modern marriage of convenience romance set in the author’s familiar ranching world of Copper Ridge, Oregon. Poppy Sinclair has been working for her methodical and introverted boss Isaiah Greyson for several years now and they make an efficient team. She’s had a crush on him since he first dated her foster sister, a relationship that ended in disaster and caused Isaiah to close off his heart to new partners, preferring casual hookups instead. Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates is a sexy and enjoyable modern marriage of convenience romance set in the author’s familiar ranching world of Copper Ridge, Oregon. Poppy Sinclair has been working for her methodical and introverted boss Isaiah Greyson for several years now and they make an efficient team. She’s had a crush on him since he first dated her foster sister, a relationship that ended in disaster and caused Isaiah to close off his heart to new partners, preferring casual hookups instead. Poppy is firm in her belief that Isaiah is off limits. After all, he’s not only her friend’s ex-boyfriend, he’s also her boss. That changes when Isaiah decides he wants a wife, and asks Poppy to interview prospective brides. Poppy understands that what Isaiah is really looking for is a carbon copy of her for his home life, with the added benefit of sex. When she confronts him with this, Isaiah agrees – and proposes to her! It’s Poppy’s fantasy come true, except that she’d imagined a declaration of love, not a practical marriage of convenience. But what starts as a simple arrangement becomes decidedly complicated when sex and emotions come into play. Can their marriage turn into a real happy ever after? For more of this review please visit Harlequin Junkie: http://harlequinjunkie.com/review-wan... A copy of this story was provided by the publisher for review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting 11/6/18) Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LSGHW9 Cowboys and Christmas! Yall know that's my catnip. Want Me, Cowboy was delightful! The Gist: Poppy and Isaiah have worked together for 10 years. And suddenly her boss decides he needs a wife and tasks her with putting an ad in the paper and...finding him one. Seeing she's been in love with him for a decade and wants to fill that position herself, well, yes, she's a spot fit to be tied. These two were int Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting 11/6/18) Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LSGHW9 Cowboys and Christmas! Yall know that's my catnip. Want Me, Cowboy was delightful! The Gist: Poppy and Isaiah have worked together for 10 years. And suddenly her boss decides he needs a wife and tasks her with putting an ad in the paper and...finding him one. Seeing she's been in love with him for a decade and wants to fill that position herself, well, yes, she's a spot fit to be tied. These two were interesting! >>Poppy's a former foster child with trust/abandonment issues. She rocks a 1950s style, is a bit brash and colorful with a side of sass. >>Isaiah's brilliant with numbers but not with people. He can't process facial expressions and has trouble understanding emotions which was interesting. He's a bit anti-people (because most are idiots lol), total sexy growly cowboy. Very matter of fact and doesn't play games. I really loved them together. They both have a very small circle of people they trust and few who truly understand them but these two get each other. I loved the connection between them that's grown from years of working closely together. Things heats up, gets complicated and a touch frustrating as they both deal with their personal hang ups and limitations. They weren't perfect and could both use a little shake now and again for certain actions/things they said but there's a lot of sweetness and caring between them even if it's not in your face or typically shown. All in all, Want Me, Cowboy was a nice novella with interesting characters. I liked Isaiah and his social issues. You don't see that too often and it was interesting to watch play out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adele Buck

    I usually like Maisey Yates books. This one, no. The hero was basically a bully. He repeatedly ignored the word "no" (and no, it doesn't make it better that she was conflicted and wanted him. He doesn't know her better than she knows herself. "No" is a complete sentence and needs to be respected). (view spoiler)[HE THREATENS TO TRY TO TAKE FULL CUSTODY OF THEIR UNBORN CHILD BECAUSE SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T WANT TO MARRY HIM. (hide spoiler)] This is not okay. It's not made okay because he confesses la I usually like Maisey Yates books. This one, no. The hero was basically a bully. He repeatedly ignored the word "no" (and no, it doesn't make it better that she was conflicted and wanted him. He doesn't know her better than she knows herself. "No" is a complete sentence and needs to be respected). (view spoiler)[HE THREATENS TO TRY TO TAKE FULL CUSTODY OF THEIR UNBORN CHILD BECAUSE SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T WANT TO MARRY HIM. (hide spoiler)] This is not okay. It's not made okay because he confesses later he didn't mean it. None of his behavior is made okay because he's (not diagnosed as but presented as) autistic. Nope, nope, nope. All the nope. I was given an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    I enjoyed this book by a new to me author. It was sweet, funny, and complicated, just how I like my contemporary romances. Working as a one handed typer (lately) to see my full review and thoughts about this book check out my #contemporaryathon vlogs, #contemporaryathon wrap-up, Septempber 2018 wrap-up, or check out Read Bliss Interracial Couples Book Recommendation videos. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mspraise50

    I used to read Mills & Boons by the bucket load when I was younger. I decided to give this one a try and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed it, its a sweet romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darkdamsel

    4 Stars for this cowboy romance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teresa (Reads_Romance)

    This was my second Maisey Yates novel, and I am officially impressed. I loved this book. It was a quick, one-sitting read for me packed with three-dimensional characters, emotional depth, and sexy romance. Oh, did I mention that it’s a billionaire, cowboy, Christmas romance novel? Talk about checking all the fun subgenre boxes! Poppy has been in love with her boss, Isaiah for ten years when he tells her to put an ad in the paper for a wife. This is the last straw, she quits, and Isaiah proposes This was my second Maisey Yates novel, and I am officially impressed. I loved this book. It was a quick, one-sitting read for me packed with three-dimensional characters, emotional depth, and sexy romance. Oh, did I mention that it’s a billionaire, cowboy, Christmas romance novel? Talk about checking all the fun subgenre boxes! Poppy has been in love with her boss, Isaiah for ten years when he tells her to put an ad in the paper for a wife. This is the last straw, she quits, and Isaiah proposes she marry him instead. Poppy was wonderful. She had survived life in the foster care system and built a successful career for herself despite her unhappy childhood. She absolutely had emotional baggage, but she was pretty self-aware, and I loved her personal style and confidence. Isaiah was decidedly on the Autism spectrum, at least a little bit, although it was never labeled, only heavily alluded to. Understanding nuanced conversation was beyond him, he was brilliant in some areas of his life but struggled greatly in others, and felt the need to analyze any emotion before he let himself feel it. Did he say something pretty terrible while arguing with Poppy? Yes. But it gave my inner alpha-loving self a little shiver of delight, and I won’t apologize for that. Overall, this was a delightful Christmas romance, although I would argue that the holiday aspect was so negligible it can barely qualify for the subgenre. There was a great balance of angst, a few twists, romance, and a satisfying HEA. Maisey Yates has a way of tying your emotions to her characters right from the start, and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of her books. **I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    Want Me, Cowboy is the fifth novel in Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge: Desire series for Harlequin, and, for a number of reasons, which I'll get to, I almost cannot believe that I'm giving it a 3-star rating, instead of the much more frequent 4 or 5 star ratings I've given every other much loved novel in Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge series that I've read and reviewed, but 3 stars is the best I can do in this case. My first issue is the title. I understand that the format for the titles in this series al Want Me, Cowboy is the fifth novel in Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge: Desire series for Harlequin, and, for a number of reasons, which I'll get to, I almost cannot believe that I'm giving it a 3-star rating, instead of the much more frequent 4 or 5 star ratings I've given every other much loved novel in Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge series that I've read and reviewed, but 3 stars is the best I can do in this case. My first issue is the title. I understand that the format for the titles in this series always ends with the word "cowboy, " but the main character in this novel is Isaiah Grayson, and he's anything but a cowboy. He's a numbers guy, great at math, obsessively detail oriented, and great at being the CFO of his own major construction conglomerate worth billions of dollars, but the fact that he taught his personal assistant, Poppy Sinclair, to ride a horse a year before this novel opens doesn't make him a cowboy. Next on the list is Isaiah Grayson himself, the supposed hero in this novel. I found him to be utterly unlikable. He's a bully, he doesn't know how to take "no" for an answer, he's socially inept, he's not good at interpersonal relationships, he has no friends, in fact, now that I'm writing this review and listing the problems I had with his character, it occurs to me that it might be possible that he's got a mild and undiagnosed case of Asberger's Syndrome. Isaiah did once have a 5-year relationship with Poppy's foster-sister, Rosalind, who Isaiah admits to having loved. That relationship ended when Rosalind cheated on him, and Poppy knows better than to mention her name around her boss, whom she's worked for for the past decade, a position she got because of Rosalind. Since Rosalind's betrayal, Isaiah has sworn off love for good, but having looked around at the happy marriages of his parents and siblings, Isaiah has decided that he wants to get married and have a family of his own, and has decided that since one of his brothers placed an ad for a fake wife, who turned out to be the love of his life, he's decided to place a similar ad for himself. The text of the ad is as cold and emotionless as Isaiah himself, and when he asks Poppy to look it over and place the ad, she changes it to make him sound more a bit more appealing. As if that wasn't upsetting enough, he also expects Poppy to conduct the interviews for the blonde wife-candidates that Isaiah mentions are his type. What Isaiah doesn't know is that Poppy is and has been in love with for the past ten years, even through his 5-year relationship with her foster-sister, Rosalind, who was responsible for getting her the job working for Isaiah. Frankly, I had a difficult time understanding why she loved him. She's kept her love for him a secret, although it nearly killed her when it appeared that he was going to marry the one person in her life that she loved, his now ex-fiance, Rosalind. Once that relationship ended, she still didn't do anything to reveal her secret love for Isaiah to him, content enough to work with the man and make him her fantasy lover. I liked Poppy a lot and I liked that she wasn't afraid to tell Isaiah that she thought his ad, as written, was utterly ridiculous. A short time later, and after she's spent the day interviewing 6 of the bottle blondes who responded to Isaiah's ad, Poppy decides that she's had enough of this, announces that she's quitting, and when she tells Isaiah that what he really seems to be seeking is a personal assistant for his home, he suddenly sees Poppy with new eyes, finds her attractive, knows she's a hard worker, knows they get along, and knows that he doesn't want to lose her. He decides that she's perfect for him, and immediately proposes marriage--but he's really clear that he isn't in love with her, never plans to fall in love with her or anyone else, but wants a family and children and someone to keep his home running as smoothly as his office, and to warm his bed, and, as I stated earlier, he won't take "no" for an answer. If I didn't already dislike Isaiah, that chapter would have done it for me. What isn't fully mentioned until just before the marriage proposal is that Poppy is African-American. Although I have no problems or issues with interracial marriage, somewhere along the way, I would have expected someone in his family to have at least mentioned it. It seemed to me, that anything relating to her race was ignored, which didn't seem at all realistic to me, especially since prior to my own marriage, I dated outside my race, and my family had plenty to say about it. Poppy has had a rough life--a drug addicted, absentee mother, an unknown father, and being repeatedly moved from one foster home to another until she aged out of the system. If anyone deserved a wonderful, loving husband and family, Poppy did, and yet as much as she repeatedly stated that she loved the person that Isaiah was, and didn't want to change anything about him, I simply couldn't figure out why, or what she saw in or about him that was worthy of her love and devotion, especially after she gives up her virginity to him and gets pregnant. It's at this point in the novel that I really came to loathe Isaiah, because when Poppy tells him she can't go through with the marriage, he resorts to emotional blackmail to get his way, telling her that he'll seek full custody of their child, and that he has the money to fight her for it and win. I can't recall the last time I so wanted to reach inside a book and smack a character upside the head, but that's exactly how I felt when I reached Isaiah's despicable ultimatum. I believe that many of the problems I had with this novel were due to the fact that it was released in the Harlequin Desire series--short and sexy reads with a limited page count. Those limits didn't do this author and this novel any favors, because there simply wasn't enough time to make Isaiah more likable, and show us some good points about his character so that we could understand what on earth Poppy saw in him to love. If you're looking for a short, sexy romance read with an HEA ending, this novel will fit the bill, but if this is your first time reading a Maisey Yates novel, let me assure you that she's written dozens of novels which are far better reads than this one, and that Want Me, Cowboy, is, in my opinion, not indicative of either her excellent writing skills or storytelling abilities. If anything, I consider it an anomaly. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Char (1RadReader59)

    This eye-opening short of how we as humans can dig in and believe what we talk ourselves into. In order to not face the world head-on while feeling the emotions. As in Isaiah Grayson’s case. All his life he has had a hard time processing info quickly. Which freezes him to the bones. So, instead of requiring him to work through it he was allowed to avoid it all throughout his life. Better yet, there were siblings to buff the road for you. Therefore, his inability to work out his emotional embarr This eye-opening short of how we as humans can dig in and believe what we talk ourselves into. In order to not face the world head-on while feeling the emotions. As in Isaiah Grayson’s case. All his life he has had a hard time processing info quickly. Which freezes him to the bones. So, instead of requiring him to work through it he was allowed to avoid it all throughout his life. Better yet, there were siblings to buff the road for you. Therefore, his inability to work out his emotional embarrassment, hurts, anger and so many other feelings from his only big relationship have stumped him. When he asked his assistant and friend, Poppy to place an ad, interview, and weed through the women from them he can’t understand her anger over the matter. Poppy Sinclair, started working for Isaiah when she was just eighteen. When her foster sister was then dating him. Rosalind asked him the favor of helping her out with a job and he did it. Every time he moved jobs, he took Poppy with him. When he and his siblings opened their own business, she was there on the bottom floor, right there with them. She was basically part of the family. For a foster kid that meant a lot. It killed her when she knew that her foster sister, Rosalind was the cause of the heartache that Isaiah had been going through those five years back. You see the day she started she fell in love with him on sight. She never once stepped over the line and now there has been a decade gone by and she still has never said a word about her crush. She has seen him on dates and seen his taste of women and she is not on his list. Because he likes blonde hair and blue eyes. She is mahogany skin, brown hair, and eyes. Just her luck. But she loved Isaiah quirks and all. She never minds being his go-between when it came to the world during their working hours. She also cherished their friendship. But she knew he still had major scars on his heart. When after interviewing at least six women she has had enough and confronts him. He is obtuse when it comes to emotions so he can’t read her. But earlier in the day he had made the statement in a pissy smartass way in reference to being ‘her boss’ not ‘boss/friend’ just ‘I’m your boss.’ So, it had played on her all during the interviews no self-respecting assistant at any other place would even be asked to do this for their boss. So, she quit! She had job experience, a nest egg, and at a larger company, she could get comparable pay. She didn’t have to stay with a man who didn’t appreciate what she had to offer. Why continue to torture herself watching the man she loves date other women and now marry one too. It shouldn’t be a requirement to find him a wife. She questioned him asking if he was looking for a clone of her but for at home to do wife things for him. That’s when she got the surprise of her life. When he realized he needed a PA for all areas of his life. Then, asked her to marry him. In making the proposal he forgot an aspect of the venture, SEX… I enjoyed the push and pull of this emotional war of feelings of their past experiences. They seem to overcome them for the most part. Yet, you see some rawness as they try to deal with their own personal turmoil. I give this: 4 stars. Provided by netgalley.com. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    Want Me, Cowboy floored me in the best possible way and I wanted to start reading it AGAIN right after I finished it. Poppy and Isaiah, as characters, were endearing and lovable, with their smarts, intelligence, and ability to shine within their professions they impressed me, but it was the brokenness, the vulnerabilities, and aches in their souls, the fear of losing control and getting hurt, that made both of them so attractive, so appealing, so easy to relate to. They have known each other for Want Me, Cowboy floored me in the best possible way and I wanted to start reading it AGAIN right after I finished it. Poppy and Isaiah, as characters, were endearing and lovable, with their smarts, intelligence, and ability to shine within their professions they impressed me, but it was the brokenness, the vulnerabilities, and aches in their souls, the fear of losing control and getting hurt, that made both of them so attractive, so appealing, so easy to relate to. They have known each other for ten years, they have worked closely together, they were colleagues and friends, but there were possibilities to so much more if they dared, if they found the courage, if they took the leap, and just jumped into the unknown, still holding on to each other tightly. The journey they take on the pages of this book is an inner struggle they have to win. The ardent passion they feel for each other surprises them, confuses them, until it takes over them. I admired and adored that Isaiah wasn't the perfect male, who has everything under control. I loved that his social awkwardness was part of the story, his difficulties not only to deal with people but to communicate with them just made him even more lovable to me. Poppy's life hasn't been easy either, going from foster home to another, her life had turned up to be a challenge of trust, knowing everything could be wiped away tomorrow without explanation. Together, these two didn't only heat up the pages into an inferno, they taught valuable life lessons while they grew as people and as a couple, as friends, partners, and lovers throughout the story. I love this series more than most, and this addition, that can easily to be read as a standalone novel, is just so perfectly done, an unputdownable experience filled with love and passion, that I consider it a must read! ~ FIve Spoons!

  18. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Want Me, Cowboy is the fifth book in the Copper Ridge: Desire series (Mills & Boon Desire)by Maisey Yates. This is only the second book I have read by this author, and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it as much as the first one I recently read. It's a quick sexy read about Isaiah Grayson, a successful businessman, hurt in love before but realising it's time to marry and have children. He doesn't want love, he just wants a woman agreeing to accept a marriage of convenience, no emotions invol Want Me, Cowboy is the fifth book in the Copper Ridge: Desire series (Mills & Boon Desire)by Maisey Yates. This is only the second book I have read by this author, and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it as much as the first one I recently read. It's a quick sexy read about Isaiah Grayson, a successful businessman, hurt in love before but realising it's time to marry and have children. He doesn't want love, he just wants a woman agreeing to accept a marriage of convenience, no emotions involved. With that in mind, he asks his PA to put an ad in the paper for the said wife. Poppy Sinclair is his PA. She has been in love with Isaiah since she was 18, even when he was engaged to her foster sister, the woman who broke him. He has never looked at Poppy as a woman, but when she tells him that all he requires from a wife is exactly what she does, but with sex and children added he realises that Poppy would be the ideal wife. He gets her to agree to marry him not realising how she feels about him. The sex is hot hot hot, and they are already best friends, but the more they find out about each other, and open up to each other the more Isaiah thinks that he shouldn't marry her because he knows she wants love and it's something he will never be able to give her, isn't it?? I enjoyed the idea of the boss marrying the PA and Poppy finally getting the man of her dreams in bed if nothing else. Although there is a lot of steamy hot lovemaking, I love how the author brought the depth of both characters into the story. With both of them carrying their own emotional baggage there seems no way that they could be good for each other. Seeing them learn that perhaps they are exactly what each other needs to heal was wonderfully emotional stuff. I really enjoyed their journey.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Poppy has always had feelings for Isaish, but has never said anything as he is her boss. Now he wants her to put up an advert in the paper for a wife. Then he wants her to interview the women for him. It's too much for Poppy so she announces she is quitting. While arguing with each other Isaiah realizes he needs a wife just like Poppy. She is stunned when he suggests she is his wife. Isaish has so many issues, he uses the excuse that he isn't like other people, then tramples all over Poppy's feel Poppy has always had feelings for Isaish, but has never said anything as he is her boss. Now he wants her to put up an advert in the paper for a wife. Then he wants her to interview the women for him. It's too much for Poppy so she announces she is quitting. While arguing with each other Isaiah realizes he needs a wife just like Poppy. She is stunned when he suggests she is his wife. Isaish has so many issues, he uses the excuse that he isn't like other people, then tramples all over Poppy's feelings. Having said that it was an enjoyable read, if you like your romances with a bit of steam then this is for you. ARC received from net galley as part of mills & boon insiders. This is my voluntary review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Mcneal

    After working for Isaiah Greyson for ten years, Poppy is giving the task of finding him a wife. Only probably is if it a job she wants for herself. Isaiah has watched his brothers both settle down and get married. Although he has issues with emotional queues and reading people, he knows he doesn’t want to be alone forever. To him it makes sense to follow Joshua’s lead and put out an add, also to make the marriage more of a business deal. I really liked this story. It was a quick read, I finished After working for Isaiah Greyson for ten years, Poppy is giving the task of finding him a wife. Only probably is if it a job she wants for herself. Isaiah has watched his brothers both settle down and get married. Although he has issues with emotional queues and reading people, he knows he doesn’t want to be alone forever. To him it makes sense to follow Joshua’s lead and put out an add, also to make the marriage more of a business deal. I really liked this story. It was a quick read, I finished it in a day, that I just didn’t want to put down. Another great addition to the Copper Ridge series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aneesah

    I found this surprisingly steamy for a serial romance. I may have to check out more by this author. I was a little disappointed that for it to be an interracial romance (at least I THINK the heroine looks black on the cover), there really isn’t any mention of her being black at all. That shouldn’t be a big deal but it just seemed kind of odd. Like the idea to make them a mixed-race couple was an afterthought.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Another Amazing book from Maisey. Great Caracters. I don't want the book to end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I really wanted to love this. The cover alone is worth 5 stars, if only the story lived up to it. This is an unrequited love story (again) between Poppy and her boss Isaiah. He asks her to marry him as a convenience because he's ready to be married. She took a lot of emotional hits from Isaiah and I didn't feel he was worthy of her. For once, I'd like to see the heroine walk away for a while and live their own lives. Ten years is a long time to sit on the sidelines. It seemed as the author was d I really wanted to love this. The cover alone is worth 5 stars, if only the story lived up to it. This is an unrequited love story (again) between Poppy and her boss Isaiah. He asks her to marry him as a convenience because he's ready to be married. She took a lot of emotional hits from Isaiah and I didn't feel he was worthy of her. For once, I'd like to see the heroine walk away for a while and live their own lives. Ten years is a long time to sit on the sidelines. It seemed as the author was dancing around the hero having mild autism. However nothing is spelled out. Just that he has trouble expressing emotions the way others do. I didn't find this a convincing reason for how he treated Poppy. That said? Bravo for the inter racial cover and black heroine. I really wish she had a hero worthy of her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality As much as I usually love this author, this particular book reminded me why I generally leave the category romance reviews in the hands of my friend and (not nearly frequent enough) guest reviewer Amy Daltry. (She loved Hold Me, Cowboy, a previous book in this very series) Because as much as I usually love this author, this particular book made me want to throw it against the wall. I don’t have this reaction often because my iPad is just too damn expensive t Originally published at Reading Reality As much as I usually love this author, this particular book reminded me why I generally leave the category romance reviews in the hands of my friend and (not nearly frequent enough) guest reviewer Amy Daltry. (She loved Hold Me, Cowboy, a previous book in this very series) Because as much as I usually love this author, this particular book made me want to throw it against the wall. I don’t have this reaction often because my iPad is just too damn expensive to treat that way. Let’s just say that Want Me Cowboy is not exactly a contemporary romance for the #MeToo era. And that’s just for starters. Except that, for starters, I really liked the setup of the story. I like a good friends to lovers romance. I also like a good lusting after the boss romance. And the opening of the story was hilarious – it reminded me of all those fake ads for a wife or a husband where the previous candidate had an impossible condition – or at least impossible for most respondents. You know the kind, the ones that usually end with the woman keeping her cats or the man keeping his cabin. Or in the case of this particular ad, Isaiah Grayson starts out by saying he’s keeping his beard. And telling the assistant who has been in love with him for a decade that she’s the one who will be interviewing any prospective candidates. The possibilities for humor are endless. And I wish the story had gone there. Or pretty much anywhere else instead of where it actually went. Not that I didn’t hope that they would get together, because I initially did. Until I didn’t. Let me explain… The first thing to understand about Isaiah Grayson is that he seems to be somewhere on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Not that it has ever been officially diagnosed, but both he and his family are more than aware that Isaiah has never had any skills in processing what other people are thinking or feeling. And he uses that lack of awareness as an excuse to be an asshole. He’s usually not mean, or at least not mean per se. But he has decided that he is usually right, and when someone tells him something that he doesn’t want to hear or that he thinks is wrong, he overrides everything they say and everything they do, leaving them no choice but to either go along or walk away – and he makes it incredibly difficult to walk away. As he finally realizes late (too late) in the story, he did give Poppy a choice. However, he has the financial power to restrict that choice to the point where the least bad option is the one that he wants. It’s not necessarily that she wants what he has decided is best, just that all of the other choices are so horrible that it might as well be no choice at all. Things in this story begin going pear-shaped when Poppy Sinclair finally snaps back at Isaiah about giving her the job of interviewing his wife candidates. She’s fed up with his hunt for a convenient wife who will be the equivalent of her, just at home. And with sex. Otherwise, he IS looking for her clone. He gets the bright idea that he can have his cake and eat it too by just marrying Poppy. This could have been a great story, but the problem is the way that Isaiah goes about it. Once he’s kissed her and discovered that they have AMAZING chemistry together, he decides that no one else by Poppy will do, takes over her life and NEVER listens to any of her objections or concerns. Including the concern she never gets a chance to raise. Their sexual relationship has the definite aura of him pushing her boundaries until she “realizes” that she really didn’t want to say no in the first place. The way this feeds into the whole narrative of “no means yes” that men fall back on when consent is forced or withdrawn made me grit my teeth. That he, in spite of his own internal dialog about his sexual experiences, can’t be bothered to use a condom is just plain wrong. She’s a virgin, so the idea that she wasn’t remotely prepared to have sex with anyone isn’t surprising. That he doesn’t seem to even think about protecting her from either pregnancy or any consequences of his past is selfish and thoughtless, to say the least.. That she becomes pregnant from her first sexual experience is part of the story. Because it becomes yet another way that he takes her choices away from her. You’re thinking that she can raise the child alone, that in the 21st century pregnancy does not equal a choice between marriage and eternal shame and damnation. And you’re right. But, and in this case it is a huge gigantic butt, he has decided that marriage between them is the right thing to do. Because for him, it provides him with the perfect, stable family that he has decided that he needs. So when Poppy tries to back out of the engagement he has pretty much coerced her into, he informs her that if she doesn’t marry him he will fight her for full custody, and that with his money and his resources, he will win. And he’s right about that. So when she won’t do what he wants, he makes all her other choices so horrible that she has no real choice. For me the whole story was like that. He has decided what he wants, so he takes over her life. She has doubts and tries to back away, or at least to slow things down. He rides roughshod over her. Over and over again. Her answer to his behavior is to just love him more. And to give him more. His mother convinces her that a successful marriage is one where she gives everything and eventually he will see what’s right in front of him. This sounds like the kind of advice that abused spouses receive. Ironically, it is not the kind of marriage his parents actually have, so there’s an element of “do as I say and not as I do” involved along with the guilt trip. He does eventually figure out just how big an asshole he’s been, and he does seem to learn just a bit of his lesson. But I’m not nearly convinced that he’s learned enough of a lesson, or grovelled nearly enough, to get past the “if you don’t marry me I’ll take your child away” threat. Escape Rating D+: It’s been a long time since I’ve dragged out the D+ rating, and this book wasn’t nearly as much fun as the last time I did. But I did finish the damn thing, and that’s what puts it into this category. There was the germ of a good story in here, but it just derailed for me into questionably consenting assholishness. I could go on (and on and ON) but I’ve ranted long enough. I still love this author, and will pick up her next book that is NOT a category romance. (In fact, I already have an ARC) But if there are any future books in the Copper Ridge: Desire category series, I’ll leave them to Amy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 stars Maisey Yates did once again, creating a great angsty, emotional riddled romance with a couple of amazing characters that truly belonged together from word one in this story. This story had been of Poppy and Isaiah had been teased in the previous book featuring Joshua, Isaiah’s brother, and I knew immediately that this one was going to be a good one, seeing how Poppy was already deeply in love with Isaiah, who had not a freaking clue. So, I was anticipating this one pretty hard with that 4.5 stars Maisey Yates did once again, creating a great angsty, emotional riddled romance with a couple of amazing characters that truly belonged together from word one in this story. This story had been of Poppy and Isaiah had been teased in the previous book featuring Joshua, Isaiah’s brother, and I knew immediately that this one was going to be a good one, seeing how Poppy was already deeply in love with Isaiah, who had not a freaking clue. So, I was anticipating this one pretty hard with that setup already in place. I love friends to lovers and unrequited love storylines so I knew that this one was right up my alley. It was exactly what I expected, and so much more with a few surprises along the way. One of the biggest surprises for me was the character of Isaiah, who was adorable but freaking clueless at the same time. He was unique to say the least, but that was what made him all the more adorable. Even though it wasn’t stated in black and white and just really hinted at I suspected that Isaiah had a form of autism, a less severe case and a highly functioning, but still autistic nonetheless especially in the detail of how he related to people, emotions and just had his own way of language of dealing with this, and that was pretty fantastic I think. I never read a character like him especially in a romance, but it was a nice refreshing change from the atypical alpha hero. I loved seeing him in fall in love with Poppy, and how he came to figure out that he was in love and just how special that was for him, and he really couldn’t fall in love with anyone but Poppy, who loved him unconditionally and never saw him differently. She just loved him for him, and that was it. And that was really beautiful to see. Their relationship was beautiful, and I absolutely loved seeing the growth as the book continued on as they both dealt with their own personal demons along the way, but love became the strong force that brought them back together in order to have this incredibly deep love story. I loved that. Their connection to each other was incredible, and a big part of that was due to the fact that they had a deep friendship for the past ten years. Granted Poppy was in love with him for the entire ten years and just grew stronger and deeper over the course of time, but I liked seeing them have that close friendship over the years and how much they did have a bond to one another. They knew each other strengths and weaknesses. They knew who the other was and cared about them for who they were and not what they projected to the world. So they had that foundation from the get go, and that was just build upon to create an emotional and intense relationship between as it went deeper between them. I loved the angst in story especially with the whole unrequited love thing going on in Poppy’s case. Her intense love for him really oozed off the pages, and it was very clear that he was it for her, but it took time for them to get there, which was the entertaining part of the ride, and it was so good. It was hard to see her go through having this intense love for him that had built up for ten years and him having no clue about especially how much it hurt her to interview potential wives for him. That created quite a bit of friction between them and really was the push they needed to get together finally though she hid her feelings from him as much as possible because she didn’t want him to know that she was in love with him. They had some really sexy, hot passionate scenes between the two of them. That first kiss scene exploded off the pages, and it really showed off how much chemistry they truly had together even though they never explored it before. All that unrequited love on Poppy’s side just made it all the more intense, deep, and just release of all that had been building inside her for years upon years while Isaiah finally woke up to the fact that they had this insane passion for each other. The love scenes didn’t disappoint and carried over from the first kiss. They were hot and passionate. They were fully of connection as they joined together. Lot of fission going on between them. There were emotional especially for Poppy, who was finally with the man that she loved for the first time after all these years. There were moment of vulnerability. There were moments of clarity. There was tenderness and caring between the two of them in those moments. It was just so much more than two bodies going at in the bedroom, and it was very satisfying to read about those intense love scenes between them. The book was overall just really good, and I got through it in one sitting easily. Wasn’t planning on reading this today, but once I started I really couldn’t put it down. I was sucked in from the very beginning. Plus I am a sucker for friends to lovers relationship filled with longing, passion, angst and a lot of intensity, which was exactly what this was one was. It definitely met my expectations and went a little beyond them because there were a few surprises in there. Very welcome surprises. I loved Isaiah, and the fact that he was different from any heroes that I have ever read and in a total good way. And I loved that I was reading about a love story about someone who was different that found the woman that he loved and who loved him unconditionally. It was just really beautiful to see Poppy and Isaiah interact in both their friendship and their romance. I loved how they understood each other. How they loved each other. I loved them as a couple. They really did have a very special relationship with one another and it was really beautiful to see it play out on the pages. And it was very much about growth between them but also on an individual level as they battled their personal demons. They had to overcome them first before they finally got their happily ever after. They just had a really beautiful relationship both as friends and as lovers. They were just good together, and I really enjoyed seeing their story play out. Will be reading this one again. Highly recommend this book to all Maisey Yates fans especially fans of her two cowboy series. There’s no way you will not like this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    The most unique thing about Maisey Yates Want Me Cowboy is the fact that its an inter-racial love affair and race never becomes a factor in the story. Ah, if life could be so uncomplicated. Poppy Sinclair our heroine is African American. The only reason we know that is because early in the story her skin tone is described as mahogany in color and there are a few other instances where her dark skin is mentioned. Even her name, Poppy Sinclair sounds about as WASP as you can get. At any rate it was The most unique thing about Maisey Yates Want Me Cowboy is the fact that its an inter-racial love affair and race never becomes a factor in the story. Ah, if life could be so uncomplicated. Poppy Sinclair our heroine is African American. The only reason we know that is because early in the story her skin tone is described as mahogany in color and there are a few other instances where her dark skin is mentioned. Even her name, Poppy Sinclair sounds about as WASP as you can get. At any rate it was nice to see the author have a person of color as a main character but the story itself to have nothing to do with race. Poppy has been Isaiah Grayson's personal assistant for ten years. He hired her for the job when she was only 18 at the behest of her foster sister Rosalind who was engaged to him at the time. Poppy fell in love with Isaiah immediately but of course couldn't poach her sister's man. Unfortunately Rosalind cheated on Isaiah, broke his heart and put it in a deep freeze. So for the past 10 years Poppy has felt unrequited love for the enigmatic Isaiah. It's never really explained but it sounds like Isaiah may suffer from a form of Asperbergers. He's brilliant but lacks the ability to read others social cues. This problem only compounds his fear of giving his heart to another for fear he will miss the signs that would tell him something was wrong in the relationship. Poppy serves as his good right hand attending meetings with him and cluing him into other peoples reactions as well as calling him on his shit when he needs it. After watching his brothers Devlin and Joshua find contentment in marriage Isaiah decides he wants the same for himself. Only he doesn't believe in love for himself so for him its more of a business transaction. In this regard this story mirrors the previous one with his brother Joshua and Danielle. Joshua had intended to marry Danielle, take care of her and have a sexual relationship with her but was convinced he couldn't or wouldn't love her because of a bad previous relationship. Isaiah thinks finding a wife is so impersonal that he runs an ad in the newspaper and asks Poppy to interview prospetive wives for him trusting that she'll know the perfect match for him. After a couple days of interviewing women for Isaiah Poppy has had it. She wants nothing to do with finding a wife for the man she's been longing for over the past decade. She also determines that she's wasting her life pining after a man she will never have and decides its time to quit her job and relocate where she can forget about Isaiah and move on with her life. She blows up and tells Isaiah he's asking her to find a woman to serve as his personal assistant at home just as she does at work. The light goes on for Isaiah in that Poppy already his perfect assistant and friend would make a perfect wife for him too. At first Poppy rejects the idea but when she considers that marrying him would mean she could have the man she's been dreaming of and be part of his family which she's grown to love maybe it isn't such a bad idea even if he doesn't love her. At least she won't have to watch another woman share his marriage bed. Of course we know how the rest of the story will go. Just as Danielle realizes that despite everything Joshua was offering her, she couldn't marry him if he wouldn't or couldn't love her, Poppy reaches the same conclusion with Isaiah. The rest of the story is Poppy trying to convince Isaiah to forget about how Rosalind had hurt him and open up his heart to love her and all the drama that ensues as Isaiah finds the courage to love again. My favorite part of this book is when Poppy finally tells Isaiah that she loves him. That she in fact has been in love with him almost from the time she met him and the dialogue that goes back and forth as she first lays her heart on the line and then tries to get Isaiah to open his own heart to her love. This was a good if somewhat short story from one of my favorite authors.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Originally reviewed for Red Hot Books I like to think of myself as a pretty discerning Romance reader; I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I know what I’m willing to try. At the moment, though, I’m feeling pretty bamboozled, a little hoodwinked, and kind of annoyed. I like the concept of Maisey Yates’ third Cooper Ridge book, Want Me, Cowboy and I assumed I’d really like the book. Maisey Yates writes about Isaiah, a rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire who wants to find a wife, but he’ Originally reviewed for Red Hot Books I like to think of myself as a pretty discerning Romance reader; I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I know what I’m willing to try. At the moment, though, I’m feeling pretty bamboozled, a little hoodwinked, and kind of annoyed. I like the concept of Maisey Yates’ third Cooper Ridge book, Want Me, Cowboy and I assumed I’d really like the book. Maisey Yates writes about Isaiah, a rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire who wants to find a wife, but he’s been hurt by a past relationship and has trouble expressing his emotions. So he does what anyone in his shoes would do. (That’s sarcasm. Be prepared for lots of that.) He asks his assistant, Poppy, to put a want ad out for a wife. After several interviews, he discovers, to his complete surprise, that Poppy, his assistant of over a decade, is the perfect candidate for all things wife related. Poppy, who was raised in the foster care system (because of course she was!) never felt like she fit in until she moved to Cooper Ridge. Here she has a job in Isaiah’s family construction business, financial stability, friends, and has been accepted by Isaiah’s family. What Isaiah doesn’t know is that Poppy has been in love with him for as long as she’s been his employee. Isaiah, for all his idiosyncrasies, is her fantasy man and she is super excited, albeit a little nervous, about marrying him. It doesn’t hurt that the minute Isaiah discovers how compatible Poppy is with his idea of what a wife needs to be, he also discovers how beautiful she is and how much she makes his dick hard. Poppy and Isaiah quickly break the fake news to his family and begin working out their not fake chemistry in the bedroom. I assume from here they discover real love for each other and what began as a fake engagement becomes a real and heartfelt marriage based on love and mutual respect for one another. I have no idea if that happens, though, because at the 50% mark I put this book down and swore like a sailor. I should have known Want Me, Cowboy was going to be a problem the first time Isaiah and Poppy have sex. Alarm bells rang and red flags waved when Isaiah, our sexually experienced hero and Poppy our virgin heroine (of course!) have sex without a condom. I should have guessed then that the deal breaker to end all deal breakers was on its way. However, like I said before, I was bamboozled. There was nothing in the blurb to indicate what came next and there was no image on the cover pointing to the obvious conflict. There was no way to no this book was going to contain something I hate, hate, hate… a surprise pregnancy. Besides the fact that I always assumed Harlequin was legally obligated to put cherub-faced babies on all books with even the whiff of a baby in the storyline, why are we still dealing with heroes who refuse to suit up in 2018? Isaiah is sexually experienced and in his 30s, the author mentions it more than once. Yet he dives into the heroine, without knowing she’s a virgin until the requisite hymen-tearing scene (of course!), like he’s interested in becoming the rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire spokesmodel for herpes medication. The heroine isn’t off the hook either. She’s 28 and even though she’s a virgin, she has a college degree. I can only assume that, unless she attended a strict religious college with abstinence only education and never read a book, watched a movie or used the Internet that she knows how babies are made and gonorrhea is acquired. Why doesn’t she demand that Isaiah glove his love?! At this point I don’t even care about whether or not Isaiah and Poppy have a baby or get married or contract chlamydia. They are both too stupid for me to care what happens. The End

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It all started with an ad: WIFE WANTED— Rich rancher, not given to socializing. Wants a wife who will not try to change me. Must be tolerant of moods, reported lack of sensitivity and the tendency to take off for a few days’ time in the mountains. Will expect meals cooked. Also, probably a kid or two. Exact number to be negotiated. Beard is nonnegotiable. And I was instantly hooked! Isiah Grayson is a hard person to love, but yet, Poppy Sinclair has loved him since she met him. Ten years ago. One It all started with an ad: WIFE WANTED— Rich rancher, not given to socializing. Wants a wife who will not try to change me. Must be tolerant of moods, reported lack of sensitivity and the tendency to take off for a few days’ time in the mountains. Will expect meals cooked. Also, probably a kid or two. Exact number to be negotiated. Beard is nonnegotiable. And I was instantly hooked! Isiah Grayson is a hard person to love, but yet, Poppy Sinclair has loved him since she met him. Ten years ago. One day, Isiah seemingly out of nowhere decides that he is in need of a wife, and it’s up to Poppy as his assistant to find him one, and the first course of action is to place an ad in the newspaper. This book was a nonstop roller coaster ride and for the most part, I enjoyed every bit. It was funny, sweet, and heartbreaking. Maisey Yates, did a great job in creating these characters because I fell in love with after only a couple of pages. Isiah Grayson is a cowboy who also just happens to be filthy rich. In addition to being a hard person to love, Isaiah can be quite an asshole, and there was a part in the story in which he said something that made me want to strangle him. He gets his act together in the end though. Isiah was hurt by somebody a while back and since then he had cut off all emotion in his life. He says what he means, and means what he says. He doesn’t lie, and he’s great with numbers. He’s so great with numbers that he sees life as just one large equation. He also has a way at steamrolling people and getting straight to the point. And I loved him for all of that, but at the same time, I wanted to strangle him. He is so freaking frustrating, and annoying, my God! But his pricklier sides is what made this book so entertaining, especially the times he goes toe to toe with Poppy. Poppy Sinclair, is one smart, sassy, ray of freaking sunshine. I adored her, and I rooted for her non-stop. As a former foster child, she had been shuffled from home to home her entire life, and she’s been hurt more times than she could count. But she has found a home with Isiah, whether he knows it or not (he doesn’t because he’s dumb). Poppy to me was the type of character I couldn’t help but root for. Hearing about her life as s foster child, and her decade-long crush on Isiah, just endeared her to me. But also because she never let Isiah steamroll her, a lot of people are afraid of Isiah but she wasn’t one of them. She gave as good as she got, and never backed down. To point where even, Isiah knew when to pick his battle with her. Together these two sizzle and the chemistry is off the charts! But their past heartbreaks, tend to keep them from stepping firmly into each other’s lives as more than just co-workers. It’s as a said a rollercoaster ride, but the journey is worth it. Because the end of this book was one of the sweetest I’ve ever read, and after everything, it was well deserved!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Isaiah and Poppy’s story in Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates, part of her Copper Ridge series. Isaiah is not an easy man to get along with. One might say he could have been on the spectrum. For the past decade, Poppy worked and kept her feelings for him secret. When Isaiah decides he needs a wife he enlists Poppy to find one for him. After interviewing applicants that would never qualify or get along with Isaiah, Poppy decides to quit. Especially since she could not s I thoroughly enjoyed reading Isaiah and Poppy’s story in Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates, part of her Copper Ridge series. Isaiah is not an easy man to get along with. One might say he could have been on the spectrum. For the past decade, Poppy worked and kept her feelings for him secret. When Isaiah decides he needs a wife he enlists Poppy to find one for him. After interviewing applicants that would never qualify or get along with Isaiah, Poppy decides to quit. Especially since she could not stand by and watch him marry another. With the threat of losing Poppy real, Isaiah offers her an intriguing proposal, why not marry him. She could tolerate this frustrating man and ran his life as it was. The problem Poppy foresaw was whether or not she could share his life and bed, but not his heart or receive his love. Poppy struggled with lying to his family; maybe it was because she was a foster child with no real family. I was not surprised that Isaiah’s family welcomed Poppy with open arms, accepting her and believing that Isaiah really loved her. Poppy was also quite innocent which surprised Isaiah but at the same time brought out his inner caveman. Poppy needed to be accepted and loved by Isaiah before she could be happy and create a family with him. Feelings and love were foreign ideas to Isaiah, part of his being on the spectrum, and he recognized that he needed to come to terms with this before he could love Poppy as she deserved. Ms. Yates wrote a wonderfully emotional and moving story filled with sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters that is not to be missed. I highly recommend Want Me, Cowboy to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I want to throttle Isaiah Grayson. I’m also in love with Isaiah Grayson. I also love Maisey Yates and her ability to write and understand different personalities. Not all of her heroes are suddenly spouting sonnets and singing ballads as soon as they start falling in love. Isaiah has an extremely hard time showing his feelings and reading the feelings of those around him, even his family. I appreciate the author showing us that it’s okay to be different, even when it’s something like this. As fle I want to throttle Isaiah Grayson. I’m also in love with Isaiah Grayson. I also love Maisey Yates and her ability to write and understand different personalities. Not all of her heroes are suddenly spouting sonnets and singing ballads as soon as they start falling in love. Isaiah has an extremely hard time showing his feelings and reading the feelings of those around him, even his family. I appreciate the author showing us that it’s okay to be different, even when it’s something like this. As fleshed out as I found Isaiah, I had a hard time getting a bead on Poppy. I really enjoy her character and love that she is one of the few people who is not afraid of Isaiah and doesn’t get offended by his lack of outward emotion. I cried for her when she looks back at some of the things that happened to her while growing up. So I’m not sure what it was I needed, but I didn’t feel as connected to her as I did to Isaiah. The chemistry between Poppy and Isaiah is undeniable. I’m a fan of the marriage of convenience trope, but tend to feel bad when one of the pair has secretly loved the other while not even being noticed. The way that issue was handled in this story was brilliant. I didn’t want to pity Poppy for her strong feelings. Once Isaiah started to open his eyes, his reasons for not falling for Poppy sooner made so much sense. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Desire part of the Copper Ridge series has stories that move fast. They’re a bit shorter than the other Copper Ridge books, so that’s part of it. But they’re also written in a concentrated way that makes them extremely hard to put down. This review can also be found at https://allingoodtimeblog.wordpress.c...

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