Release Date: Jun 23, 2020
Series: Gold Valley
Heat Level: Sensual
The Bad Boy of Redemption Ranch is the ninth book in Maisey Yates’ Gold Valley Series. This book is about Pansy Daniels, a police officer with aspirations to become the police chief, and West Caldwell, an ex-con who’s come to Redemption Ranch to start his life over.
I love a good opposite attract romance, and the set up of this story guaranteed there’d be a lot of work to get these two together. The first time Pansy meets West she’s pulling him over which really set up an interesting power balance in their relationship. These two seem to get off on antagonizing each other, and I was definitely into it.
Pansy is the quintessential good girl, she rarely if ever has stepped a toe out of line and has hardly any experience with men. West is her complete opposite in so many ways, and she struggles with her attraction to him even if she feels like it is an inevitability. West for his part is intrigued by the buttoned up Pansy, but he’s been burned by women in the past and isn’t interested in more than scratching a physical itch. West knows that even if Pansy is attracted to him, she’s the type of woman who wants the typical happily ever after.
I have read some other books by this author and she is a great read for anyone that loves small town or modern cowboy romances. Her style reminds me of Joan Johnston or Diana Palmer who also write similar modern cowboy heroes. Yates manages to bring the heat and the heart into almost everything she writes. This story in particular tackled a hard love story between a cop and a con, and I like how she crafted their HEA.
There were a few things that did not work for me in this book, most of them were minor, but I think they are worth mentioning here. The first is that the heroine is a virgin when she first is intimate with the hero, and the way this interaction is handled really made me dislike West. I’m a little tired of heroes that think treating the woman like crap after sex is some how saving her because she’s better off without him. This kind of thinking is just selfish and I prefer a more sympathetic hero.
My other issue is with Pansy. She is supposed to be this strong and capable police officer, but I just never got that from anything written on the page. She’s constantly in her head second guessing herself, and being neurotic. Which I understand to a point since she’d been orphaned as a child, but I don’t think that excuses some of her actions in this story. I also couldn’t stand the name Pansy, but that’s just a personal opinion.
Overall the book did a decent job of holding my attention and I liked the premise even if I think I would have liked it more with some minor tweaks to both West and Pansy. Since this is the ninth in the series there were a lot of previous characters that made appearances so I don’t think it works well as a standalone. So, if you love modern cowboys, redemption stories, and opposites attract tropes I think you’ll enjoy this book.