by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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.
Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan is the fourth novel in her Montana Men series. Her brand of romance and suspense is addictive. I devoured Stone Cold Cowboy in one sitting. Ryan had me laughing, crying and swooning.
Coffee Dates with Stone Cold Cowboy
- First Date: Ryan started things off with an intense scene that quickly lets us into Sadie Higgins’ world. Her brother is bad news and she has bailed him out repeatedly. When she catches him stealing cattle she ends up in some serious trouble. Thankfully, Rory Kendrick is out searching for his cattle and finds Sadie. I loved all the details Ryan gave us about Sadie and Rory. Rory may be one of the honorable Kendrick brothers but he is also intimidating. Although they have never met, Sadie is convinced he hates her, but we soon realize all that staring he did was because he likes her! At this point, I am very addicted and jump right into my second date. This first date has some dark elements and may be upsetting to some. View Spoiler »Sadie is accosted, while nothing sexual happens, there are innuendos and brutality. It is not by the love interest. « Hide Spoiler
- Second date: Ryan knows how to flesh out her characters. Sadie is strong, confident and proud. You cannot help but admire this young woman. Ryan tries to intimidate everyone, but I am not fooled. He is such a romantic on the inside. (Sheesh, do not tell him or his brothers that though.) They are good people who have suffered and their chemistry, banter and stubbornness was hilarious, hot and swoony. The suspense thread with Sadie’s brother and scary partners had me holding my breath. Ryan also weaved in a thread about Sadie’s Dad and I pretty much cried my way through it. I adored the time we spend at the Kendrick’s house. Rory’s brothers and Grandpa were such fun. I loved all the teasing, camaraderie and love this family has for each other. The romance at this point is developing wonderfully. Their feelings and the slow build feel genuine.
- Third date: The outside world has slipped away and I am in Montana. Both characters struggle with expressing themselves, but the suspense, and other threads kept things out of the drama zone. My only complaint was a small thread involving the couple. A little obstacle that I felt was unnecessary. Despite that, I enjoyed these characters and their story. It was completely addictive. There were some truly tender moments and some heart stopping ones as we reached a climactic scene involving the suspense thread. My third date left me giddy and riding that book high we all crave.
Stone Cold Cowboy was addictive and while it will work as a standalone, I recommend meeting all the Montana Men! Ryan left us with a thread about another Kendrick brother and I cannot wait for his story.
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