Welcome to my stop for the fourth title in Jennifer Ryan’s Montana Men series. Who doesn’t want their very own cowboy, replete with boots, hat, jeans and that oh so lovable protective streak? Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other reviewers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of a set of Print editions of the Montana Men books 1-3 (AT WOLF RANCH, WHEN IT’S RIGHT, and HER LUCKY COWBOY). But first…
Stone Cold Cowboy
I don’t know if I thought the suspense and tension in this story would completely pull from cattle rustling (bringing up visions of old black and white spaghetti westerns) but Jennifer Ryan completely threw me for a loop. Raw and often brutal emotions and actions warred with the truly honorable characters of Sadie and Rory tossed into this mix. There were few moments to rest as their past and current challenges were revealed and they are tossed together with incendiary results.
Sadie and Rory are more similar than different: both lost parents at a young age, leaving them in charge of the care and wrangling of a younger sibling. While Sadie’s father is still alive, she’s always been the one to care for her brother, protect him and fight to set him on the right path. She’s stuck by her very troubled brother for years, and it doesn’t seem, from the introductory scenes, that her brother is anything BUT selfish. But, fear not: muscle through that very brutal introduction that will instantly bond you like crazy glue to Sadie, and you are in for a wonderful story.
Rory is the eldest and head of the Kendrick family, a task he took on with his parents’ death. He’s a big, rather reserved and observant man: intimidating because of his size and lack of demonstrable emotion in public. But, Rory feels, Keenly. Part of his reserve, I think, comes from the responsibility on his shoulders at a young age, and the belief that he had to appear to always be strong and in control. He’s noticed Sadie, usually from a distance, but never made a move.
Oh the drama and action – and so little because of Rory and Sadie themselves! There’s cattle theft and the hunt for who, but really this story cane down to Rory and Sadie for me. Sadie’s got a heart as big as the horizon, and it seems that everyone who should be on her side ultimately disappoints her. So she’s wary of trusting in Rory, who has nothing but good intentions: he says what he means, and means what he says. And he is protective of those he cares for. He’s never experienced a family dynamic like Sophie and her brother share, and it is an endless well of confusion and anger for him – she doesn’t deserve the dirty end of the stick that her brother so often leaves her holding. Told in dual POV, the story lets readers in and provides a fuller experience into the emotions: good and trying, and provides many moments that you can grab onto as you nod your head in agreement, completely understanding the moment.
Title: Stone Cold Cowboy
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by: Avon
Published on: 23 February 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 25 minutes
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With their hearts' desires on the line, nothing can stop the Montana Men
Sadie Higgins has a bad habit of bailing her brother out of trouble. But when he rustles a herd of cattle from the tough, honorable Kendrick brothers, it's Sadie who's in for it. Because the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell.
Rory Kendrick is on the hunt to find out who's been stealing from him. When he stumbles upon Sadie in the woods, he barely recognizes the quiet, vulnerable beauty who has always taken his breath away. His mission shifts in an instant: He will do anything it takes to keep her safe . . . and make her his.
Sadie has always protected her family—no matter the price. But when Rory ropes her heart, she's forced to take a look at her life and make a dangerous choice—one that could cost, or gain, her everything.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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