by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.
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- 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.
O this sounds good Kim, thanks for sharing. I’ve heard of this author but she’s new to me.
Sorry I’ve been awol last week but my whole family has been down with an awful bug
I saw on Facebook you all had the flu..yuck! Feel better 🙂
Just great — Your review makes me want to start this series. So many good books and not enough time.
I’m glad you enjoyed this.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Bwahaha..sorry, not sorry!
Oh – such sympathy! Ha.
Always enjoy when there’s a strong family element — parents, siblings, aunts/uncles — it really makes me enjoy the story more.
I do too Mary, it adds so many elements I love like sibling banter, a family moments
As usual, I am intrigued. Do you have to read these in order or can they standalone? I think I will put this on my GR list 🙂
No Lorna, these can be read as standalone, but I lay odds you will go back and read them all!
Lover Of Romance
I am planning on reading this one soon. I can’t wait. Love this series…they always make me cry though. Great review.
Wahoo…yeah I cried. Normally I don’t but I am sensitive at the moment.
I do love cowboys. Thanks for the review.
You can never go wrong with a cowboy story 🙂
This book was really perfect in everything. I keep thinking about my star rating. I think I need to change it up – I think my head cold got the best of me in MY review. Reading yours has me revisiting what I said about the book – why did I give it only 4 “loved it” stars? It really is a flawless entry to the series 🙂
LOL, that half star was for all the feels I got, plus the one sitting devour!
The Bibliophile Babe
This sounds like a perfect guilty pleasure for me!
Yes…perfect snuggle up and read book 🙂
I’ve wanted to meet these brothers since your last review. Ryan sounds like my type of guy.
Yes…you so need to try this series and meet them all!
It is hard to resist a good down to earth story and this author sounds fabulous!
She really is, I love the suspense weaved into these romances
I have really begun to love pretty much anything Jennifer writes!! I really enjoyed this book as well!
Me too Samantha!!!
“the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell.” — WOW!
He was, until we got to see the softer side of him
Melissa (Books and Things)
I’m not one for cowboy books, but this one has appeal to me. I might have to make sure my library has this one.
I really need to break you of that..cowboys are yum
This sounds really good, I can see why you read it all at once. And man, I do love a broody cowboy!!
Yes..me too Liz.
Ooh a one-sitting read! Hot cowboys, suspense and romance definitely sound like a winning combo. Glad this was an awesome read for you! Will probably need to put this on the TBR. Lovely review!
I have really enjoyed the entire series Cyn 🙂
I read a review for this yesterday on Kristin’s blog, and you both have made me want to read this, I do enjoy a good cowboy romance.
Yes!! I love this series and hope you one or all of them!
I know Montana pretty well so I think I would enjoy the setting of this one!
Montana is beautiful..too cold, but so beautiful!
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I really struggle with Jennifer Ryan’s books. I always love the premise and the plot, but the characters just never quite work for me. But, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one.
What a shame, I have truly loved this series.
I’ve got to check out this series, Kimberly! I think I need some cowboys in my diet. 😉 I really like the sound of SCC – especially that Sadie is such a strong heroine. I love reading a heroine that I can admire. And I’m also fond on well developed characters and it seems as though Ryan does this very well. I’m happy you enjoyed this installment in the series! 🙂
I have to give her credit. I would have tucked myself into bed and stayed there!
I so need to read this series. That cover is very nice. 😉 Cowboys is all I need to know about this series. 🙂
Yes…I have been loving this series.
I read an excerpt from this and didn’t want it to stop. Your review has just increased my anticipation.
Hehe..I am not surprised to hear that.
Whenever I hear the term “stone cold,” I think of a fictional character on General Hospital…Jason Morgan. LOL.
I haven’t read a cowboy romance in ages. Thanks for sharing.
LOL, I use to watch Guiding Light
Sadie sounds like a really brave girl and I love heroes like Rory who are tough and scary on the outside, but really are total marshmallows on the inside.
I’m glad this cowboy series is still going strongly for you, Kim!
Yeah Rory was a sweetie who liked to growl. Sadie was so strong, I am not sure I would have been. Thanks Nick 🙂
Sounds really enjoyable and a cowboy read would be good at the moment . . . Guess I’ll have to check this out, huh? Yep! 😉
You cannot go wrong with a cowboy
cowboys feeding me truffles might be a good thing, or you mean that truffles go well with the book? Your icons are so cute
I think that would be a good thing, I tend to say truffles are needed to read a book when I get emotionally involved Ailyn, and Stone Cold Cowboy made me weep a little.
Cowboy, yes please
it’s great to have a heroine like that, strong, proud and all! And well cowboy story!!! yay! it’s been a while!
Yeah-ha! It really is, and yep Cowboys!