Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge: The Donnellys Series #3)

Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge: The Donnellys Series #3)

by Maisey Yates

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He’s come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…

Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly’s intention. But if there’s one thing the ex-military man knows, it’s that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn’t have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his late comrade’s sister—a woman who, despite her inexperience, can bring tough-as-iron Alex to his knees.

Clara Campbell didn’t ask for a hero to ride in and fix her ranch and her life. All she wants is the one thing stubborn, honorable Alex is reluctant to give: a chance to explore their intense chemistry. But Clara has a few lessons to teach him, too…about trusting his heart and his instincts, and letting love take him on the wildest adventure of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373803644
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Copper Ridge Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 212,527
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

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Wild Ride Cowboy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was OK, but Too much explaining over and over their history, their past, in between all the sex they had.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
'm behind in this series--the last book I read was Last Chance Rebel , which coincidentally had an overly prickly heroine (Rebecca Bear) who reminded me so much of Wild Ride's heroine, Clara Campbell. (So, yeah. I still need to read the first two Donnelly brothers' stories--and I even have them already! No. Excuse.) Clara and Rebecca had vastly different reasons behind their antisocial-ish tendencies, and in both instances Ms. Yates took me from thinking OMG, what is up with this chick? to OMG, you poor thing! Come over here and let me give you a hug. Oh, no? Okay...how about you let Gage/Alex give you a hug instead? Or...something else? ;) Oh, this book. It made me laugh one minute (so many highlighted passages!) and darn near weepy the next. And their big grand gesture moment? Sigh worthy. You'd better believe I'm going to read Finn and Cain's books as soon as I get the chance ( Slow Burn Cowboy and Down Home Cowboy ), and am soooo reading Liam and Sabrina's story ( Christmastime Cowboy ) as soon as humanly possible, because this series. In the meantime, I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from Clara. I don't share her unholy love of Spaghetti-Os, but these words spoke to me: "Life is too upsetting to try to force yourself to eat kale on top of everything else." Preach it, sister. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
I sincerely regret not picking up anything from Maisey Yates yet. If I had I would have stumbled upon this amazing series way sooner! Wild Ride Cowboy, number nine in the Copper Ridge Series, is a cowboy romance that caputred and held my attention as soon as I started reading it. Clara Campbell is a young girl grieving the death of her older brother. While hoping to forge a connection with a man she has nothing in common with she's not truly living, but rather going through the motions of everyday. Then, Alex Donnelly walks in and takes over. Literally. Clara's brother signed their family ranch over to Alex for a year until it's profitable and Clara can take care of it and herself. He challenges and frustrates Clara, but when the two finally come together everything changes. Clara and Alex are like night and day, but here opposites truly attract despite experience and age difference. I loved seeing the actual growth between the two characters. They pushed each other to be better people or to overcome their personal difficulties. It's a truly amazing thing to read in a romance and Maisey Yates keeps the story light while accomplishing this. Alex's brothers are tough cookies, but their stories are so worth the read. Liam's story is next up in the series and looks like another sizzling hot read! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I waited to write this review hoping I would be a bit less emotional mess than I was when I finished the book, but I don't think there's hope for that. I absolutely loved Alex and Clara and their story to happily ever after. I think this is my favorite Copper Ridge novel, it just hit me in the core, and touched every single emotion on its way. Alex Donnelly is a war veteran, the youngest brother in the dysfunctional Donnelly family. His parents did a number on him by the emotional neglect, and enforcing the thoughts of him not being enough, not being valued or cared for. His best friend died while they are deployed, and left the family ranch for Alex's care, to make sure his sister, Clara, will be set for life as the only surviving member of the family. Clara Campbell (that last name with her eating habits is just perfect!) has lost every member of her family, yet she is surviving, barely functioning, yes, but continuing on. She has lived her life on the family ranch, teaching herself how to live, how to take care of herself and manage life with so much loss surrounding her. She is a virgin with limited life experience outside her safe circle, yet with a vast knowledge of life, loss, sorrow, and survival. Her loneliness was heartbreaking, how death has taken everything dear to her, leaving her gasping. Yet I am not sure which is worse, her destiny, or the one of Alex's where his parents choose to leave him behind and ignore him instead. They have the feelings of solitude and survival as the common factor as other wise they are the complete opposite. The amount of emotion the author has managed to fit on each page of the story blew me away. The feelings are raw and real, they are tense and bottomless. They are both broken inside, vulnerable under the tough exterior. They have hidden the burden of pain from the world with smiles but with each other, they find the courage and the challenge to be true to themselves acceptable. I love how the story was built with long, deep, difficult conversations where the characters had a chance to air out their emotions, their disappointments, and triumphs of life. The conversations between Alex and Clara, the talks between Alex and his brothers, they go deep into their thoughts and feelings, to a mentally naked place where there's nothing left to hide. These characters truly get to know each other, giving a solid foundation to built their relationships on, instead of just being present, or physically satisfying their needs. They are able and willing to do the hard things to heal, to grow, and to find their peace and place in life. The story is not all angst and tears, it is well built with a balance of dark and light. There are joy and cheer, there are moments of laughter, amusing banter, brotherly love, and passion and tenderness between a woman and a man. Yet instead of going overboard with sexual tension, the author goes deep and exposes all the difficult, hurtful inner thoughts and emotions, giving the story beautiful depth and graceful character development. Wild Ride Cowboy is easily one of my favorite stories from 2017 ~ Five Spoons
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates Copper Ridge #9 The Donnellys #3 This is the first book I have read by this author but not my last. The book was well written, the characters well developed and the story believable. I enjoyed the story and when the book ended wanted to know more about the Donnelly brothers, the women at the winery Clara works part time at and wondered if Asher the barista would find love and if so with whom. In this book Alex Donnelly has returned to the family ranch after being discharged from the military. He is there to help on the ranch but has also been given the task of helping his buddy Jason’s younger sister – now alone as both parents and her brother are dead. Clara Campbell is in a funk and crushing on a barista when Alex steps into her life and begins to drag her out of the doldrums. Though he is ten years older than her at twenty-one she is a woman and knows what she wants – Alex. There are ups and downs and issues to deal with BUT there is eventually a happily ever after and a hook for Liam Donnelly’s story which is next in line. Thank you to NetGalley and HQN for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
Paying a visit author Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge, Oregon, always feels a bit like coming home. Tight-knit community, the feel of small-town living, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, all work so beautifully when brought together in Maisey's books. I'd been looking forward to getting Alex Donnelly's story in WILD RIDE COWBOY, and loved every bit of this book. Maisey does an excellent job of crafting characters with multiple layers, of people just like the rest of us that have much more going on than meets the eye. Both Alex and Clara are moving through life projecting an image that hides so much of what makes up the real them. Maybe it's something about Copper Ridge, maybe it's becoming part of something bigger than themselves, of having the opportunity to move beyond the exterior that people have come to expect. No matter the reason, both of these beautifully broken people bloom and flourish under the care and keeping of each other and those around them, and I just adored the unfolding of their story. WILD RIDE COWBOY has all of the hallmarks of the other books in the Copper Ridge series. Angst, heat, scenes sexy enough to bring both a blush and an 'oh, my,' and humor aplenty. I figure that, if an author can make me laugh, cry, and fan myself in the course of one read, it's a good one, and Maisey has done an excellent job of all of these. WILD RIDE COWBOY is another win for me, and an easy 4 absolutely enjoyable stars. I can't get enough of these characters, and am looking forward to getting the lowdown on the backstory between Clara's friend Sabrina and Liam Donnelly in CHRISTMASTIME COWBOY. If you haven't met good folks of Copper Ridge, you're missing out. Do yourself a favor and read these books; they're a trip you'll be glad that you took.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I was ready for a good cowboy story and this one delivered. Both Clara and Alex have broken souls dealing with pain and grief. Clara's brother knew what he was doing having Alex in charge of the ranch. As they deal with their pain they may just have found the balm that calms their souls. It's a tough go especially with Clara's independent side and Alex feeling like he's not worthy of Clara. Great characters with real deep emotions. There is a great combination of fun lighthearted moments along with the deep serious ones. Couldn't have rooted more for these two characters who needed each other more.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Provocative, emotional, and incredibly heartwarming! Wild Ride Cowboy is a passionate tale between a sweet, dependable, sexy cowboy with a rocky past and an innocent, diligent young woman with scars of her own who may just find everything they desire, want and need in each other. The prose is smooth and light. The characters, including the supporting characters, are warm, sincere, and fun. And the plot is a romantic journey filled with heartbreak, loss, friendship, introspection, witty dialogue, delicious chemistry, support, and love. Overall, Wild Ride Cowboy is definitely an entertaining, enjoyable, effortless tale and even though it's the ninth book in the "Copper Ridge" series, it can certainly be read as a standalone novel. 
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Always fun to re-visit the Donnelly family in Copper Ridge! With this book, Maisey Yates brings us Alex's story. He's haunted by his past, but is determined to keep his promise to his late Army buddy and get his sister set up to prosper in the future. I liked Clara and admired her spirit after all she had lost. I enjoyed Alex, but had a little harder time connecting with him than I did with his brother's in the past. Not my favorite in the series, but a fun read none-the-less. Alex Donnelly never planned on putting down roots, but circumstances change on the dime in life, and he finds himself not only working with his brothers on the family ranch, but also taking over at his buddy's family ranch for a short time to get his little sister settled. Clara Campbell can't believe her brother sent a keeper to take charge of her life. She doesn't need anyone to make her face the things she's burying her head in the sand about ... but after spending some time with Alex, she wouldn't mind him helping her do other things! Can she convince him that he's just the one to help her enjoy life a little more?
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I think that with reading this entire series, I can expect the same formula for every book, and yet somehow I keep coming back. There is something comforting in knowing what I'm going to get with Maisey's books. I loved Clara. She might be my favorite MC from Maisey yet. Sure, she's young and inexperienced at so many things, but she stands up for herself. She's vocal and pushy and doesn't let anyone {especially Alex} tell her what to do. As for Alex...yeah, he's exactly what I was expecting: cocky, stubborn, and sort of an ass. Together their chemistry was off the charts. Plot wise, it didn't feel like much happened and I think that's why I'm rating this 3.5 instead of 4 stars like I'm itching to do. There wasn't a lot of movement or action. The scenes felt repetitive; same for both of their inner monologues. When there was conversation between Clara and Alex, I couldn't get enough. Their push and pull was entertaining instead of annoying like it usually is. Overall, it was another set of great characters, but I wanted just a bit more out of the direction of the story. Now I'm ready for Liam's book. **Huge thanks to Harlequin Books for providing the arc free of charge**
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Clara Campbell has lost so much in her young life, her parents have passed, and now she is coping with the loss of her brother, who died during his deployment. She is drifting through life, still broken and wounded from all her losses, and not really dealing properly with all the responsibilities that have piled up since her brother's passing... namely a certain sexy soldier who currently also happens to be her caretaker. Alex, her brother's friend, has been left in charge of the ranch she lives on, the place she calls home, and anything else that might arise for the next year, problem is Clara wants nothing to do with him nor is willing to let him call the shots in her life. She doesn't need a babysitter, and she doesn't really need a constant reminder of her brother hanging around everyday... but Alex doesn't seem to want to take the hint! Alex Donnelly never really planned on making a return to Copper Ridge, let alone moving back their to start the next chapter of his life, but when his best friend loses his life in Afghanistan, Alex finds himself assigned to all the responsibilities he left behind. Namely his little sister Clara, she is young, all alone now, and Alex feels like it is his job to get her back on the straight and narrow, and help her heal after losing her brother, but she has no intentions of letting him in. She is beyond frustrating, but Alex isn't about to walk away... he has a promise to keep! Wild Ride Cowboy is a story of healing, hope, and second chances. This was my first visit to Copper Ridge and I have to say I really enjoyed my time with these two, Alex and Clara were quite the pair, they definitely kept me on my toes!! Alex had his hands full with his young damsel Clara, she was feisty and not willing to back down from his ultimate alpha tendencies, it was a lot of fun to watch them dance around one another, and dish out the banter! Their story was filled with moments that made me smile, moments that had me near tears, and moments that had me doing some serious swooning... overall I would say it was a successful first visit! Highly recommend this one, especially if you like good-hearted cowboys... Alex is sure to swoop in and steal your heart from the very first chapter! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in this series and absolutely adore the Donnelly brothers and the town of Copper Ridge. Clara was so sweet and funny. She eats like a kid, no vegetables mostly junk food. She loves Spaghetti-Os and hot chocolate. She's lost her mom, dad and brother and is officially a member of the walking wounded. To top it off, when her brother died he left the family farm and her to his best friend, Alex Donnelly! Boy were Clara and Alex hot together and constantly had me laughing out loud, that was if I wasn't blowing my nose from crying. One of the best things about this series is getting caught up with the characters you have met from earlier books.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Wild Ride Cowboy is delectably stunning, emotionally intense and hard to let go of. She wants love, he needs love, but guilt and a promise stand in the way. For Clara life has been one devastating loss after another. Now the sole survivor of her once abundant family, she buries herself in work and unrequited dreams. Alex is a reminder of a loss too fresh to endure. Her brother's best friend is dealing with his own grief and guilt. A promise has brought him face to face with destiny. Clara is the missing piece of his soul. Will he allow fear to deprive him of his heart's desire? The feelings are heartbreakingly real, after all Copper Ridge is the place where second chances go to begin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago