Her Lucky CowboySeries: Montana Men #3
by Jennifer Ryan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven . . . because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.
Bell would do anything for Dane. He's the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she's still the awkward girl who's never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date?
Bell is the only woman in Dane's heart. When a rodeo rivalry turns deadly, it's his turn to save Bell's life—because he sure as hell won't lose his guardian angel again.
I have a total thing for heroines who are, how do you say? Quirky? But Jennifer Ryan has gone above and beyond and taken quirky and added a brilliant mind, a kind soul, and a horrible upbringing to build one of my favorite characters of the year! “Cowboy” romances are still new to me – I don’t read all that many – so I’m glad I didn’t let this one get by me!
As I alluded to before, our heroine, Bell, has been living in a quiet hell her entire life. She was the child no one wanted and was left by her parents to be raised by her nasty grandmother. After a chance meeting out by the river, she meets one of the young neighbor boys and practically saves his life after he falls off his horse. She never forgot about him as he went on to win rodeo championships.
Fast forward years later. Dane Bowden is about to retire from the PBR circuit and it’s on his last ride that’s he’s injured. He’s always been reluctant about retiring and returning home to take over his family’s ranch. Now, he actually HAS to.
I want to be very careful about how much detail I give out about the story because if I give more than the synopsis, it might ruin some of the fun of reading the story. This is definitely one of those stories where the fun and enjoyment in the story is in the little “aha!” and “oh! I see where that was going.” moments. If you believe in karma, this story will make you pump your fist in the air by the end of it.
Nevermind the fact that there are cowboys in the story! I love cowboys! I don’t know why I don’t read more of these stories. I love a guy who is very upfront with his feelings, has no hangups, and he drives a simple pick ’em up truck. Nothing simpler or better in life, I say!
I was quite pleased with the depth of the story and how it wrapped up. Half of the plot was predictable, the other half was utterly unpredictable. The romance was adorable because Bell had a hard time figuring out what a guy like Dane would see in a girl like Bell. But our boy is smart!
I sort of wish I had read the first two books just to get to know the other brother’s wives but this story did bring these other characters out to help Dane and Bell every time they needed. It was a brilliant contrast to the “family” Bell had growing up. And as a side note, you don’t need to read the first two books to enjoy this book on it’s own… I certainly did!