I'm not a big fan of cowboy stories, but I am a big fan of Maisey Yates' books, which is why I decided to go ahead and read a book with the word "cowboy" in the title. But I didn't love this story. For some reason, what I find attractive in the Harlequin Presents books isn't so attractive in a small town contemporary. That probably makes me a bad person - rich guy in a suit can be an arrogant jerk, but not a mechanic on a motorcycle? (At least I'm aware of my flaws, right?) I didn't like the guy in this book, and Cassie just seemed very sad and a little desperate. I found myself thinking she probably could have done a lot better if she'd tried looking. (I may also have an issue with stories that involve high school crushes re-connecting, maybe because the guy I thought was so wonderful and attractive in high school is now bald and fat, so these stories ick me out a bit.)
Another problem I had was that I started reading this on the same day I finished reading Victoria Dahl's So Tough to Tame, and the set up was way too similar. Girl had big crush on guy when she tutored him in high school, he had problems with his dad, now they re-connect after all these years, neither realizing they liked each other way back then. Now they lived right next to each other, thin walls and she can hear what is happening in the shower.
I'm also noticing that I tend to not like a lot of romance novellas, the stories are too short for so much intensity. Maybe I need a little more build-up.
Shoulda Been a Cowboy is the prequel to Yates' Copper Ridge series - and the guy in this book isn't actually a cowboy - hence the title. I do have every intention of reading the other books in this series because, as I said, I am a huge fan of Maisey Yates and love almost everything she's written. This was a rare exception.
I received a review copy via NetGalley.