I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #3
Published by Avon on 08/25/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men...
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.
Jennifer’s Ryan’s Montana Men series has gotten some really great reviews. I have some friends who really love this series, and this book in particular. Unfortunately, Her Lucky Cowboy is really not a good fit for me.
I should say that there are some really great things about Her Luck Cowboy. I really love and appreciate that the hero of the story, Dane, is not a jerk. He’s a nice guy, albeit one who has enjoyed fooling around with a lot of women. But Dane does respect women, he just wasn’t interested in getting serious with one. But when he meets Bell again as an adult, right then and there, he is committed to getting to know her. He doesn’t want any other woman, only Bell. And I like that a lot. That is a very attractive quality. I also liked how Dane didn’t get into a lot of self-pity after the accident that damaged his leg so much. He was thankful to be alive, and ready to change his life.
Her Lucky Cowboy is also pretty fast-paced, which is always a good thing to me. The story moved at a good pace, and there were only a few parts that got a little slow for me.
But there are also parts of this book that just didn’t work for me. So often I felt like Bell would say these things to Dane that I couldn’t imagine anyone saying to someone they just met. Like criticizing him for having been with women in the past. I mean, she barely knew him. It just felt very peculiar to me. And judgmental as well.
I also felt like the story was a bit more melodramatic than I like. It just felt very unrealistic. I mean, Bell is this bastard child, and she grew up with her paternal grandparents because neither her father (who was already married with a family) nor mother wanted her. And her grandmother hid her away, and no one knew? I mean, really? And then Bell also happens to be a genius, and goes off to college at 15 years. But she’s so much younger than everyone else that she never makes any friends and she feels really awkward with people. Maybe if only one of these aspects of the story were in Her Lucky Cowboy I would have liked it more, but all of these (plus more I’m not mentioning because of spoilers) felt like too much.
Even with Bell an adult she still didn’t make any friends, and I guess I feel like she could have made friends if she made an effort now that she is an adult. A lot of the story it just felt like Bell was feeling sorry for herself but never did anything to make her life a bit better. There was even this part where she is thinking that she only goes to the movies alone and she deals with pity-stares from the other movie-goers. And all I could think was that was ridiculous. As if the other movie-goers give a crap about her being their alone.
But, again, I know so many people really enjoyed Her Lucky Cowboy. My tastes tend more towards the lighter fare, so that is probably a lot to do with my feelings for this one. I did really like that Dane was a nice guy, and committed. There wasn’t a lot of angst on his part, and I really liked that.