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Cowboy to the Core

(Gold Valley #6)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Gold Valley’s wildest cowboy has finally met his match…

Jamie Dodge is confident she knows everything there is to know about cowboys. She grew up surrounded by them, after all. But somehow her new boss, champion saddle bronc rider Gabe Dalton’s brand of cowboy charm has her interested in all kinds of things she never has been before.

There are a million reasons Gabe should i
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by HQN Books
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ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

Jamie lost her mother a little after her birth. She was raised by her three older brothers and Father who treated her a "one of the boys". She never had any female influence growing up, so her tendency leaned towards being a tomboy. Jamies also never really felt any sexual interest in a man and she's okay with that knowing the mechanics of it but just thinking she's not as crazed as other about sex.

Jamie had a gift with ho
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie Dodge and Gabe Dalton come from two prominent rancher families in Golden Valley, both rancher royalty in their own way. Jamie is the youngest of the Dodge children, and only girl. Through the series, glimpses of Jamie show her to be a tough, feisty sister, not willing to show vulnerability. Her mother died just days after giving birth to her, and she’d swear that you can’t miss what you never had. And yet, I felt Jamie’s loss along with her as her long ignored feelings surface. Especially, ...more
Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars) [ARC Review]
This book was SOOOO GOOD!!! This is my second Maisey Yates book, the first one being Unbroken Cowboy (my review), the book before this one in the Gold Valley series. I seem to be on a winning streak with her, and I'm loving it!! I've gotten both of these books as ARCs, but I've already gone to her backlist and started buying them up, because she clearly has amazing romance game. Her characters are well-written and defined, intriguing and different, and very compelling.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting to blog June 20,2019)

You really can't go wrong with Yates. Seriously. You need her cowboys in your life!

The Gist: Gabe needs a horse trainer for his family ranch and Jamie, well, she needs a breather from her own family ranch so signs up to help evaluate and train new horses for Gabe. Simple. Easy. No emotional involvement. Just a job. She is not tempted by cowboys. Not even a little. No, ma'am! ::snort::

I like
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rodeo cowboy Gabe Dalton is turning his family's ranch into a sanctuary for retired or abused horses. He hired Jamie Dodge to assit him and lend her expertise working with older animals. Jamie grew up surrounded by men and lost her mom when she was only a few days, dying of complications after her birth. She's prickly, direct, proudly practical and is immune to cowboy charms, so that makes for an interesting but confrontational chemistry with her new boss. As for Gabe, he can handle any type of ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't think it's secret that I love all of Maisey's books and I was exceptionally excited for Jamie's story.

I've loved Jamie since the first time we saw her. She seemed skittish and prickly and I couldn't wait to get inside her head. I should have known that underneath the crunchy shell was the start of a marshmallow. I really enjoyed seeing her work through her feelings and grow as much as she did. Gabe was interesting. He's got a good amount of baggage and I would have liked more of his grow
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
3.5 stars rounded up

Maisey Yates is my reliable cowboy romance author when I need to get out of a reading slump. I know exactly what I am getting (but sometimes I want to be surprised, hence the 3.5 instead of 4)

I love a good cowboy and Maisey certainly writes them well; its the heroine character that's been bugging me lately: (view spoiler)
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is book 6 in the Gold Valley Series. This is the story of Gabe Dalton and Jamie Dodge. I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Gabe was once a redo cowboy star but who is now working on building his horse farm/ranch. Gabe needs a trainer and he wants the best, which leads him to as Jamie to be that trainer. Jamie lost her mother after her birth This left her brothers and fathers to raise her which of cou
Books and Spoons
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novel has an apt name, cause once I opened up my mind and heart to the broken protagonists and their growing pains and process, it hit me to the core with the profound emotions and insights their story provides. The feels went from raw, crushed, humbled, to the tender, ardent, and adoration. There are so many subtle life lessons, inspirational moments, thoughts and perspectives to take home on multiple matters. The author didn't give the characters not one easy road out with their personal p ...more
Kari Hansen
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie never knew her mother and she was raised by her overprotective father and three older brother which has resulted in her being a tomboy. On the outside she may appear to be outspoken and abrasive but underneath she is not as confident as she appears.

Gabe has always wanted to manage his father’s ranch, but his father wanted a different life for him. Feeling betrayed by his father when he was a teenager, he left home and became a rodeo star but due to his father’s health he has returned home
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a book to review by the author.
Maisey Yates gives us another wonderful story from Cold Valley, with her upcoming book. I really enjoyed this book and could relate to heroine of the story because she came from a family of all boys.
Although Jamie did not have a mother, she grew up tough and could do anything her brother's could do on the ranch. They never coddled her or when she fell or was injured, she just picked herself up and kept on going. There was one thing Jamie Dodge knew we
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I had a love/hate relationship with Jamie and Gabe. For the most part, I liked Gabe. He was chivalrous, caring, and pretty straightforward. Then he had to go and screw things up! Jamie though...I really struggled with her abrasive, immature attitude. When the light bulb finally came on for her emotionally, there was a big turn around, however, by then I was worn out with these two! I didn’t buy into the romance either. Everything just seemed imbalanced, but I could see the potential for things t ...more
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.25 Stars
*I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really liked this book. It was a great addition to the series and I had a lot of fun while reading it. I became immersed in the love story between the two characters quickly and I did not want to let go.

Jaime- Jaime was such a strong woman both physically and emotionally. I loved the progression of her character and watching her come to terms with her mother’s death. I admired her a lot and appreciat
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Another enjoyable edition in the Gold Valley series.

I adored Jamie right from the first book, and was so thrilled to see that she was finally getting her own book. I loved that she was a tomboy, and that even though Gabe was used to 'buckle bunnies' who were far from tomboys, he still wanted her and didn't want to change anything about her.

There are a lot of different characters in this story, and for someone who is coming into this book without reading the rest of the series, they may f
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am one of those readers that gets annoyed & totally ruins the story for me if there are so many spelling errors & inconsistencies in a story - which this was. It would have been a solid 4 stars if not for that.

I received an ARC of this book by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Maria Rose
Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is a sexy workplace romance for a tomboy ranch hand and her boss. It’s the sixth story in her western themed Gold Valley series, set in rural Oregon.

Having grown up in an all male household after the death of her mother shortly after her birth, Jamie Dodge has tried to model herself as just another one of the boys to fit in with her older brothers and work on the Dodge family ranch. But she’s realizing that it’s time to branch out. She’s decided she wants to jo
Julia Kai
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I was waiting for this book. But a quarter of this book is just moaning about Hank being a bad parent and blabla. I was kinda disappointed
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nate Brightman
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In all honesty if I weren’t a devoted Maisey Yates reader I don’t know if I’d have stuck with Cowboy to the Core long enough to get to the good stuff. Tedious is the first word that comes to mind to describe the first part of this book.
Gabe Dalton is 33, a champion rodeo bronco rider like his father, currently taking a sabbatical from the rodeo for reasons we’re entirely unsure of. IMHO at 33 Gabe has serious daddy issues he should be over with. For several early chapters we hear how Gabe’s rela
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I have read from this author and #6 in the series, but enough back stories about the peripheral characters, allowed me to read it as a a stand alone. The characters are wonderful and the story masterfully written.

Jamie Dodge's mother died when she was 3 days old, and she was raised by her grieving father and 3 older brothers as one of the boys. She learned if she fell, she needed to pick herself up, because there was no one to comfort her. Recently however, she has l
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jamie has been an enigma to me since we met her. I never had super strong feeling about her one way or another…until the last book in this series, Unbroken Cowboy. I didn’t feel she was a very good friend to Bea in that book, although I also tried to reserve judgment until I could read about Jamie’s own inner workings. Due to her very solid stance she took about sex, cowboys, love, etcetera in that last book, I was quite interested in what would happen once she finally started her job on Gabe’s ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to ranching Jamie Dodge has that mastered, but when it comes to being overtly feminine that is another story, tomboy is a little more her style. With never having a mother around to teach her the how to be a lady, she learned what she could from her brothers and father, and that wasn't much. Which is just fine by her, she has never met a man that was worth getting fancy for anyhow... that is until now.

The moment that Gabe Dalton wanders into her view she finds herself slightly dra
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally Jamie’s Story, Jamie deserves her own hot cowboy. Right?

Gabe Dalton is a rodeo star with a sexy swagger that the ladies love well almost all the ladies . Gabe is determination to work with the best when it comes to horses and that would be Jamie Dalton a hard core straight shooting lady. Gabe Dalton had gone to and crossed the line with Wyatt Dodge when he hired Jamie, but in truth Wyatt Dodge was wrong in his thinking all Jamie was to him was a friend with a brilliant mind on horses.

Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Gabe Dalton and Jamie Dodge both grew up in Gold Valley. Each of them came from dysfunctional families. Jamie's mother died shortly after giving birth to her. She was the only girl and had four brothers. She always felt she had to be one of the 'boys'. She had no female role model. No one to go to with questions as she was growing up. She built a real tough outer skin and sky high walls around her heart. She was also stubborn with a sassy mouth. One day she decided she wanted something other tha ...more
The youngest Dodge sibling, little sister Jamie gets her HEA in this story from the Gold Valley series. In previous books, we've gotten to see that she is restless. Growing up without a mother, she is positive that she couldn't miss what she never had. There's been nothing that has made her want to be a girly girl or become "pretty," she's just beyond ready for a change in her life. Ready to take charge of her own life and become a barrel racer. To do that, she's accepted a job taking care of re ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
First off, let me begin by saying I thoroughly enjoy Maisey Yate’s writing style...her narrative make me feel like I am standing on a farm, riding a horse or watching a sunset. She’s descriptive without being overly wordy or redundant.
Now comes my criticism. I’m tired of the older, world-weary cowboy/rodeo guy getting busy with the innocent virgin. Yates is not the only one that does it, so I’m not singling her out. And her other recent heroines from Gold Valley don’t all fall into this categor
Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is the next book in the Gold Valley Series (#6). The book follows various people - mostly cowboys who live in Gold Valley. The whole series includes lots of hot cowboys, many of who have to reinvent themselves after various happenings and the smart, sexy women who love them. What more do you need?

Jamie Dodge is the youngest of the Dodge family and the only girl. She was constantly trying to keep up with her brothers and has grown up being overshadowed by them.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cowboy To The Core is book six in the Gold Valley series. Plus who doesn't love some cowboy romance in their life.

Jamie is a tomboy who was raised by her brothers and father after she lost her mother when she was litlle. She's a strong independent woman and works around horses. Doesn't show a lot of emotion. Recently feeling to overwhemled by her family she decides to look else where for work. But is work all she will find or is there something more in store for her?

Gabe is an ex- rodeo cowboy a
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then

Other books in the series

Gold Valley (8 books)
  • Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley, #1)
  • Untamed Cowboy (Gold Valley, #2)
  • Good Time Cowboy (Gold Valley, #3)
  • A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (Gold Valley, #4)
  • Unbroken Cowboy (Gold Valley, #5)
  • Lone Wolf Cowboy (Gold Valley, #7)
  • Cowboy Christmas Redemption