Publication Date: April 3rd 2018 by Harlequin Desire
About the book:
Wanted: fake fiancée for a wealthy rancher
Benefits: all your dreams come true
#1 Rule: don’t fall in love
The woman on his doorstep is brash, independent and holding a baby! His father won’t approve, which makes her perfect for Joshua Grayson’s scheme. He’ll pretend he’s marrying unsuitable Danielle Kelly to keep his father from meddling. He won’t be tempted to touch her, to claim her…or to fall in love.
Joshua is a grown man and isn’t looking for love much less a wife. Something his father can’t seem to grasp. So, Joshua is supremely annoyed when his meddling father places an ad for a wife for him, and decides to place one of his own for a completely unsuitable woman to play the part of his fiancée to teach dad a lesson.
Enter Danielle and baby Riley. Danielle is hard on her luck, barely scraping by when she happens upon Joshua’s ad. She’s worried about what kind of weirdo would place such an ad, but Joshua seems like a dream come true, good looking and rich, even if he is a bit of an ass. Danielle doesn’t care, as long as she gets the money promised after their charade. She needs the money to get by and give Riley a chance she never had. There’s more to the story of Danielle ending up with Riley, but I won’t spoil it and Danielle doesn’t clear up the situation regarding her circumstances right away with Joshua either. It’s not as if he’s entitled to her life story and at first, he makes it clear he’s not interested.
Joshua has his own story, why he’s not interested in settling down, and I could understand. However, being with Danielle and Riley and realizing making a difference in their lives brings him satisfaction and purpose changes his views. Joshua and Danielle draw closer, confide in each other and even though Joshua was convinced he could never love again life has other plans for him. The more time Danielle and Joshua spend together the more their attraction grows, and it was only a matter of time before they gave into the mutual pull.
Things may have progressed a bit quickly, but that’s to be expected since this was only 224 pages, and I thought it felt right. There was a surprising amount of emotional depth here as well. Claim Me Cowboy was short, hot and sweet; just my kind of read! Maisey Yates continues to delight me with her hot and sexy cowboy romances!