The Cowboy She Loves to Hate Review





The Cowboy She Loves to Hate by Maisey Yates is the second book in the author’s new Four Corners Ranch series with HQN.

The Cowboy She Loves to Hate is a short romance with two interesting and intriguing characters. Though they have circled and picked at each other for years, neither Tag McCloud nor Nelly Foster have ever had the courage to cross the line…until now.



The Cowboy She Loves to Hate Review

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In The Cowboy She Loves to Hate, Maisey Yates introduces readers to cowboy Tag McCloud and librarian Nelly Foster. While the story itself follows a semi-one-night-stand/enemy-to-lovers path, it is clear from the onset that these two people have been circling each other since childhood. They are connected in ways they don’t fully understand, pushing and pulling at each other until one of them breaks and makes an offer the other can’t refuse.

Tag has no idea why he made the offer to take Nelly’s virginity, but he did, and he isn’t about to go back on it. So, when she shows up on his doorstep on her thirtieth birthday, finally calling in his long ago offer to bed her, he doesn’t really stop to question it. He goes with it, and what follows is as surprising as it is inevitable.

I really enjoyed this story. I wish it had been longer, and that we got to see more of who Tag and Nelly are as people. But given that this is a second lead-in book to a longer series, it is understandable why that couldn’t be. However, it doesn’t stop me from wanting more from the story, even if it does wrap up quite nicely.

All in all, I liked this novella a lot. It’s well-written, with two great characters, and a fun storyline that makes me want to know more about Four Corners Ranch and the many people who inhabit it.


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Though THE COWBOY SHE LOVES TO HATE is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.




The Cowboy She Loves to Hate by Maisey Yates
Series: Four Corners Ranch #2
Published by HQN Books on December 1, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Pages: 64
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon Purchase
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RATING: four-half-stars
Also in this series: Once Upon a Cowboy, Merry Christmas Cowboy, Her Wayward Cowboy

She’s finally taking the cowboy’s bet…but at what cost?

When librarian Nelly Foster shows up on Tag McCloud’s doorstep on her thirtieth birthday, the cowboy knows exactly what she’s come for. Prissy, stubborn and downright irresistible Nelly is finally taking him up on the bet he made her years ago—to relieve her of her unwanted virginity.

Nelly can’t believe she’s finally cashing in her chips. But no man has ever gotten under her skin the way irritating and too-charming-for-his-own-good Tag does. Ever since he pulled her pigtails in school, she’s hated him…but he’s still the only cowboy she wants. And one earth-shattering night in Tag’s arms has Nelly realizing they are bound together by something much more intense…and impossible to walk away from!



Want to know more about the Four Corners Ranch series?




Book One

Unbridled CowboyUnbridled Cowboy

Four Corners Ranch #1

Maisey Yates (HQN Books, 384 Pages)

May 24, 2022

Welcome to Four Corners Ranch, where the West is still wild…and when a cowboy needs a wife, he decides to find her the old-fashioned way. 

Cowboy Sawyer Garrett has no intention of settling down. But when he becomes a single dad to tiny baby June, stepping up to the responsibility is nonnegotiable. And so is finding a woman to be a mother to his infant daughter. So he decides to do it how the pioneers did: he puts out an ad for a mail-order bride. 

Evelyn Moore can’t believe she’s agreed to uproot her city life to marry a stranger in Oregon. But having escaped one near-disastrous marriage, she’s desperate for change. Her love for baby June is instant. Her feelings for Sawyer are more complicated. Her gruff cowboy husband ignites thrilling desire in her, but Sawyer is determined to keep their marriage all about the baby. But what happens if Evelyn wants it all? 

Bonus novella included!

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And don’t miss the first Four Corners Ranch novella!


Her First Christmas CowboyHer First Christmas Cowboy

Four Corners Ranch #0.5

Maisey Yates (HQN Books, 55 Pages)

October 1, 2021

Christmas surprise delivery—an outlaw on her doorstep!

When rodeo cowboy Clayton Everett stumbles into a cabin in the woods—injured and on the run—he doesn’t expect to be rescued by an angel. But Tala Nelson might be exactly that. She’s the softest thing he’s ever seen, and she makes his heart, scarred by a lifetime of hardship, beat just a little faster. 

Small-town schoolteacher Tala knows she should fear the man dressed all in black who looks like an outlaw from a Wild West movie, but she doesn’t. As she cares for Clayton, she discovers he’s a good man and no outlaw at all. In fact, he could be the hero of the story. 

Tala’s never had anyone to celebrate the holidays with, but as Christmas draws closer, she wonders if this could be a season of firsts with her cowboy—first kiss, first love, first forever…

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About Maisey Yates

Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romance novels. Whether she’s writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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