Monday 21 September 2015

Review - Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Title: Her Lucky Cowboy
Series: Montana Men #3
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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.

Her Lucky Cowboy…whoa! I think I might be the lucky one, to have gotten my hot, little hands on this book. I’ve enjoyed the other Montana Men, but Dane is officially my favorite—as I suspected he might be from the start.

Years ago, Dane Bowden was saved by an angel—a beautiful girl that disappeared without a trace. At the end of his championship rodeo career, Dane suffers an accident that leaves him prone…and staring into the same blue eyes that saved him a decade earlier. 

Dr. Bell has experienced much success in her short life. But this genius doctor was all but abandoned by the family that hid her from the public eye, and her social skills are sub-par. There’s no way a handsome, desirable man like Dane Bowden—her fantasy—would ever want her. Right? 

Except Dane does want the Doc, and he’s determined to prove it to her. She’s his angel, and when she is threatened by his past, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her…like she did for him. 

I loved this book!! It was funny, sexy, sweet and deeply emotional in turn, and I couldn’t put it down. I had wanted to read Dane’s story from his first appearance in this excellent cowboy series, and I am thrilled with how it played out. Jennifer Ryan gave the playboy a story that was suspenseful and a little heart-breaking, yet so full of hope my heart near exploded. 

It could have gone the other way. I had high expectations for this one, and that often spells disaster, but not here. Dane was persistent, kind and wonderfully playful with the somewhat awkward, but absolutely loveable Bell. I swooned for him, and the way he was intent on making Bell see that he’d changed…for her. 

And why wouldn’t he want to change his ways for her? Bell is the kind of woman I would love to be friends with; a smart, strong and generous soul, one that has endured much and still tries to see the best even as she feels (rightful) resentment for her circumstances. Both Bell and Dane were easy to love, and together they made a perfect romance couple. It just felt good with them—never forced, never rushed, always so right.

Yes, I do feel lucky to have read this story. The way Dane proves what makes a man and protects what he considers his, the love that is shared in this wonderful family, along with the very hot, very steamy scenes, make Her Lucky Cowboy the perfect weekend read. My only complaint is that it’s over. I would read more about this couple in a heartbeat. I guess I’ll just have to wait for more of Ms. Ryan’s Montana Men
~ Review by Beth

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Time and USA Today bestselling author of the Hunted series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances, and she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three children, dog, and cat.

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