Title: Stone Cold Cowboy
Series: Montana Men, Book 4
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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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.
Family is everything. They are your lifeline, your support, your voice of reason. When others walk away or fail you, your family should be right there to help you pick up the pieces and move on.
This was not Sadie's life. This was not Sadie's brother. He was a selfish bastard, lost to drugs, willingly putting his sister In danger.
But she loved him, wanted to save him.
Sometimes, you can't.
It was hard reading all of what Sadie did and endured for her brother, how she picked up after him, cleaned up his messes. Her choices made sense; I'd been there once before. Her devotion was admirable but I couldn't wait for her to understand and accept she needed to let him go.
Thank God for Rory. The silent, slightly distant cowboy was there with her every step of that process. His relationship with his own family was an amazing example for Sadie to see what it meant to be family, what family does and doesn't do for one another. He did what no one had done for Sadie for years: he looked after her. Not out of obligation for rescuing and saving her life. Not because he wanted to use her to get to her no good brother.
He did it because he wanted to.
I loved this story. Suspense and action aside, this a beautiful story about devotion, love, letting go, and moving on. Rory and Sadie were amazing together, complimenting each other in ways I didn't think possible. It wasn't just about sex or attraction, but about a heart-to-heart understanding that strengthened those things and grew them into love.
I hope you enjoy this story. It has a little bit of everything that makes it a thrilling and emotional ride.
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.