Review: Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

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Review: Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer RyanHer Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #3
Published by Avon on 08/25/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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.


8 Responses to “Review: Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    Sorry to hear this wasn’t what you were hoping for!! I really loved this one, but I love those emotional reads. I really connected with the heroine. Mostly because I have known a couple of girls that were more secluded in life and had a hard time in any social situations. So it seemed a bit more realistic to me but that is only from personal experience. But I liked how she wasn’t your typical heroine. Hope you enjoy your next read better!!

  2. Angela @ Simply Angela

    Sometimes I think the author tries too hard to make a character feel like an outcast and it either becomes annoying to the reader, unbelievable, or makes the reader disconnect.

    I’ve read the first book in the series and it was filled with melodrama as well. I skipped two, but this one kind of intrigued me because of Dane but I don’t think I want to deal with Bell’s drama at the moment.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’ve read When It’s Right, which I think is the second book in this series. It had the same feel as Her Lucky Cowboy. The melodrama is a bit much for me, and the whole outcast character . . . I don’t know it just wasn’t for me.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    It sounds like Dane deserves a better book. I agree that the whole situation with Bell seems more than a bit unrealistic. Being a bastard child might be a bit embarrassing but it’s hardly a real issue even in the most conservative of towns. I think Bell would drive me beyond crazy. I think I’ll skip this one though I do want to read this series.

  4. Tabitha Williams sucks that you didn’t enjoy this. I just finished it last week and I rather enjoyed it, but I totally see where you’re coming from with Bell. I didn’t even really think about it that way until I read this, but she really doesn’t make an effort, does she? She just stays quiet at work and then goes home, she doesn’t go out the places to try to met people or really mingle with her coworkers at all!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I have quite a few friends that loved this book and this series. I think it boils down a lot to my personal preferences.

      As for Bell. I like it when characters are quiet and not wanting to be in the spotlight. I’m a lot like that, and I’m very shy too. But there was something about Bell that just annoyed me. I hated that part where she talks about pity stares when she goes to the movies alone. I mean it just seemed so ridiculous. I’ve gone to the movie alone many times and it’s amazing. And I’ve never received a pity stare. Bell just rubbed me the wrong way.

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