Stone Cold CowboySeries: Montana Men #4
by Jennifer Ryan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on February 23rd 2016
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.
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.
Brutal beginning, Ms. Ryan! I remember sitting in some session, some where, and the speaker noted that an author needs to hook a reader in the first chapter or the book has the potential to fail. On that point alone, Ms. Ryan ran away with the Stanley Cup, the Heisman, and the Super Bowl trophy in one fell swoop!
Sadie Higgins is one helluva a girl. She has been cleaning up after her little brother’s messes ever since he decided to go off the rails after their mother passed away when they were kids. Sadie works two jobs and takes care of their horses on their ranch because their father has taken ill recently, as well. But when Sadie tries to save her brother this last time, we truly see how bad things have gotten for this family.
Rory Kendrick is the oldest of the Kendrick brothers and the one who has taken care of his younger brothers when their parents died when they were kids. Rory is the quiet, intimidating type, mostly because he’s just a big guy who doesn’t smile very often. He’s actually had his eye on Sadie for quite a few years but he’s been admiring her quietly from afar.
It’s only after he stumbles upon Sadie and helps her that these two actually say more than two words to each other.
I read in a bunch of other reviews the following sentiment and I had the same thoughts:
I was expecting a sweet cowboy romance but I got something completely different and so much more!
Ms. Ryan writes a great romance about two people who fall in love under extenuating circumstances and wonder whether that relationship is built on something real or artificial. How do you know it’s real? So many angles to question when you meet that person that just fits and feels like “home”. Are we going too fast? Are we wasting time by not moving faster?
Ms. Ryan manages to look at all these angles in this one little story. She’s so smart 🙂
And don’t forget the messed up brother… that adds a whole other level of suspense I wasn’t expecting. Sheesh!
The writing is tight. It’s a dual POV so we see both sides to the story, appropriate to the scene. The pace is perfect and there just is not a thing a can complain about. Why not five stars then? I guess it just comes down to my personal tastes with books. I don’t gravitate towards heavy subject matter. Doesn’t mean I didn’t really enjoy THIS mighty fine book,though.