Series: Montana Men #4
Published by Avon on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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.
Okay, it’s official. Jennifer Ryan books are just not for me. Stone Cold Cowboy is the third Jennifer Ryan romance novel I’ve read, and, just like the others, I really didn’t care much for it. Jennifer Ryan’s books get excellent rating, and a number of my friends really like her books. The premise of her books always appeal to me, but when I actually read her books . . .I never enjoy them much. I thought this time around I would try an audiobook version, but that sadly didn’t improve things.
Stone Cold Cowboy is about Sadie Higgins who has a drug-addicted criminal for a brother, and Cowboy Rancher Rory Kendrick. The beginning of the novel is very intense, and Sadie is attacked when she tries to stop her brother from committing more crimes. I mean, she is seriously attacked, and it’s brutal and Jennifer Ryan doesn’t pull her punches. But, luckily, Rory comes alone and is able to save her. And then they start to get together.
I really didn’t care much for the characters. Sadie definitely got on my nerves. For one, she is always going to help her dead-beat brother. And I understand that it’s her brother and she looked after him when he was a kid, but after what happened when she is attacked, you’d think she would take a step back. And I also thought Sadie was way too “woe is me.” Her life hasn’t been great, that’s for sure. Actually it seemed a bit over the top to me, as a reader. But even so, she’s say things like “everyone always leaves me.” Ugh!
Rory I liked better, but only because he wasn’t so damn annoying like Sadie. He’s a nice guy, and I always appreciate that. But still, I can’t say that I loved him.
As with the other Jennifer Ryan books, I found the conversations and dialogue a little off in Stone Cold Cowboy. There are times when characters sort of spill their secrets, and I can’t imagine it happening that way in real life. Oh, and I’m not even kidding, Sadie said “I’ll shoot you dead.” Numerous times. Do people even really say that? I couldn’t say that and not burst out laughing.
The narrator for Stone Cold Cowboy was not my favorite, either. She had this peculiar accent. I’ve never heard anything like it before, but I didn’t like it, and it didn’t fit the setting of the book.
So, I think I’ve given up on Jennifer Ryan books. I’ve tried three times, and I’ve never liked the books. I feel bad about it because her books have high ratings and my friends like her books. But they are just not for me, and I’m done trying to find one I might like.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: