Audio Review: Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Audio Review: Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer RyanStone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #4
Published by Avon on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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.


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9 Responses to “Audio Review: Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan”

  1. Sophia Rose

    Hey, it can’t be helped. Sometimes it just doesn’t work. This has happened to me, too- the odd guy out who can’t gush over the cool book. I still haven’t tried Ryan’s books yet, but you’re right, they do sound good in the blurbs.

  2. Jess @ Gone with the Words

    I DNF’d this one and it was my first Ryan book. The story was meh, but it was the narrator that killed it for me. HER ACCENT! Why did it fade from American to British in the middle of sentences??

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Her accent was so weird! I’ve never heard anything like it, and it was all wrong for this book. However, I will say that I don’t think I would have liked the book any better. Her books just sooo don’t work for me. I’m actually surprised by how much so many people love her books.

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    It is too bad this author’s books haven’t worked out for you – you gave her more of a chance than I would have! 😀 This one sounds a bit darker than I would like my romance stories, and a weird accent from the narrator would have definitely put me off. It would have been hard to really get into the world, when I am constantly surprised by the accent lol. I know there are many more new romances that you will love, so it’s good you can cross this author off your list. 🙂

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    3 books not working is definitely more than fair. I know a couple of people who really like these books but I’ve yet to feel really motivated to pick them up. If I do it’s good to know that not everyone thinks they’re amazing. It’s kind of funny how certain authors really work for people but not for others. There’s a mystery author that I just absolutely love and there’s another blogger who can’t stand her but our opinions are usually almost identical. I hope the next book you read is fantastic!

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    Such a shame you didn’t enjoy this. I loved this series but understand where you are coming from. Kudos for trying. I have an author where everyone loves her and I tried over and over before I finally gave up.

  6. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Aw bummer! I read At Wolf Ranch and loved it. Nearly a 5 star read for me. I’ve not read any of her others but have heard they can be hit or miss. Shame they aren’t for you but happens sometimes. I’m that way with Julie Ann Walker. Everyone I know RAVES and the highest they got was a 3 for me. I gave up after my 3rd attempt too.

  7. Lover Of Romance

    I really enjoyed this one, but I like those tough and gritty books and the authors writing is so engaging. But I understand though. Not every author is for everyone. I have a couple authors that I have read and couldn’t like but everyone raves about them. So I can see where you are coming from.

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