Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Stone Cold Cowboy (Montana Men #4) by Jennifer Ryan

"Mind if I show you a thing or two about women and horses?" - Sadie Higgins

Stone Cold Cowboy
Series: Montana Men #4
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review

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The last thing rancher Rory Kendrick expects to find when he’s searching for his missing cattle is a genuine damsel in distress. After rushing to help, he can’t help wanting to do anything he can for this lovely but damaged woman. But even his kind deed won’t get Sadie to tell him who’s responsible for hurting her.

Sadie is trying to hold onto her family, and her life. With an ill father who’s refusing treatment and a younger brother who has fallen in with a dangerous crowd, she’s beginning to feel like she can’t save anyone, least of all herself. When her brother owes money to the wrong people, Sadie tries to pay off his debts, but she doesn’t have the cash. The one person who might be able to help her out is the last person she wants to involve in her family drama, but Rory won’t take no for an answer.

Rory is all about family, but sometimes you’ve got to let go. If you can’t save them, save yourself. Sadie’s been dealt a bad hand she refuses to fold. Because he loves her, he’ll do anything to keep her safe and give her the happy life she deserves, even betray her trust to take down her brother.

Confession time... I have a bad habit of falling in love with an author's writing after finishing a series and then I proceed to miss every other series written by that author. I've done it before and when I started Stone Cold Cowboy, I realized I'd done it again with Jennifer Ryan. I freaking adored her McBrides series, but I have yet to read her Hunted series and, although it is actually the 4th book in the Montana Men series, it was the first book I picked up. Why?!! 

From the moment I started reading Stone Cold Cowboy I was immediately reminded why I love Jennifer's books so much. Her writing style is so smooth, I find myself reading for hours without noticing time passing by. Her characters are amazingly wonderful. Rory wastes no time making room for Sadie in his life. He goes from pining for her to risking his life to protect her in almost 2.5 seconds. The entire Kendrick clan welcomed her with open arms. Sadie... That poor girl went through hell and back for her family. She's strong and resilient, but also a bit too trusting. I loved them together, watching out for each other. They fit together perfectly. While I wouldn't classify Stone Cold Cowboy as a true romantic suspense, I enjoyed the little bit of mystery the book did have. There are a couple of action scenes that kept me riveted, but that beginning scene... I pretty much cringed the entire time. Overall, I loved this book, especially being reminded how much I loved an author's previous books and being lured back into their world. I know that I will definitely go back and pick up the previous books in this series, as well as picking up the Hunted series. In the mean time, I have my fingers crossed that we'll see more of other two Kendrick men in the future.

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I loved this one too. Thank you for hosting today!

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