Will Gold Valley’s most reclusive cowboy finally find a reason to heal?

As a former EMT and a wildland firefighter, there’s no one Jacob Dalton can’t rescue–except himself. Since his best friend’s tragic death, Jacob has isolated himself…until Vanessa Logan returns to Gold Valley. He saved her life during a medical call years ago, and he’s never forgotten her. The instant jolt of heat between them takes him by surprise, but he knows that giving in to it would only end in disaster.

For Vanessa, returning home was about healing, not about exploring her attraction with Jacob. He is the guardian angel from her past–with strong, capable hands and an irresistible mouth. A temptation she knows she can’t afford. Until the chemistry between them explodes and unites them in a way they could never have imagined.

Titles in the Gold Valley series include — Cowboy Christmas Blues (#0.5) – Smooth-Talking Cowboy – Mail-Order Cowboy (#1.5) – Untamed Cowboy – Hard Riding Cowboy (#2.5) – Good Time Cowboy – Snowed in with the Cowboy (#3.5) – A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas – Unbroken Cowboy – Cowboy to the Core – Lone Wolf Cowboy – Cowboy Christmas Redemption

Title:  Lone Wolf Cowboy
Series:  Gold Valley #7
Author:  Maisey Yates
Genre:  Modern Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 30, 2019
Publisher:  Harlequin
My Rating:  3.5 (rounding up)

LONE WOLF COWBOY is the seventh full-length novel in Maisey Yates series, Gold Valley.  It’s a series that I’ve followed and loved for years, yet my feelings are quite mixed about Vanessa and Jacob.  This was a difficult book for me to read, there are triggers, several possible ones in fact, that will have an effect on some readers.  The expected happy ending is more like a hard-fought battle for both Vanessa and Jacob for differing reasons.  In many ways, the worst villains in this story are themselves, their memories of what was and cannot be changed.  They have both hit rock bottom and are clawing their way back up, at different levels, for far different reasons.

I had to set this book aside and walk away for a bit, several times.  LONE WOLF COWBOY is an emotional journey toward healing, self-forgiveness and discovering that someone you love finds you just as lovable, even when you are at your worst.  And, believe me, Vanessa and Jacob often brought out the worst in each other – still, they also acknowledged the good as well.

Their inner dialogues were, at times, repetitious to the point of skimming past “hearing” the same inner thoughts and guilts or “therapy speak” again.  Unfortunately, I didn’t like either Vanessa nor Jacob very much, and that never changed.  I believe their story had to be told, there are people who need to hear or identify with it.  But it was not my favorite story of this series, even though I think it’s a necessary one.

In the end, LONE WOLF COWBOY is a good story, and my rating reflects that.  It’s one of those novels that will have high appeal for some readers and not so much for others.  Simply being frank here.  My belief is simple — only you know if you enjoy a story, and to know that you have to read it for yourself.  My opinion?  It’s a good story that had to be told and fits within this series.  I’m not going to love every couple, and I shouldn’t have to in order to acknowledge that their story has worth.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

LONE WOLF COWBOY releases on July 30, 2019.

Available in paperback, audio and for the Kindle