Thursday 28 April 2016

Review - Matt by R.C. Ryan

Title: Matt
Series: Malloys of Montana #1
Author: R.C. Ryan
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Him Away From Her

Raised beneath the big Montana sky, Matt Malloy was never meant to be a jet-setting businessman. But he'll do anything to protect the family ranch he shares with his brothers. Coming home after a two-week trip to Italy, Matt wants nothing more than to shed his suit and tie for a well-worn pair of jeans and ride his horse up to the cabin for some alone time. The last thing he needs is a big-city lawyer invading his privacy-even if she is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen . . . 

Vanessa Kettering has devoted her life to her work. As a passionate animal rights defender, she doesn't have room for anything else. But from the moment she meets Matt, she's taken with this rugged cowboy's lazy smile and tender touch. When a raging storm traps them inside his cabin for the night, one steamy kiss leads to another, sweeping them away with a force that's as wild and untamed as the land he loves. But when the morning light comes, will she lose her heart?

There's not much that makes me happier than cracking open a new cowboy book—with the exception of closing one and finding myself completely satisfied with what I've read. And that's what happened with Matt, the first book in R.C. Ryan’s new series.

I've read one other series by this author—the Copper Creek Cowboys series—and enjoyed it immensely, despite some misgivings about the repetitious use of a conflict/drama trope. And although I could say possibly have said something similar here, Matt’s climax read differently, felt more tense, and I ultimately found myself very pleased with the round-up.

And it all had to do with the characters.

I really enjoyed both Matt and Vanessa. Matt for his family-orientated strength and resilience, and Vanessa for being brave and not relying on a knight in shining armor. They were likeable, sturdy characters, and their slow-burn romance was a real pleasure to read. Even through the edge of-your-seat moments, I found myself smiling and swooning over this pairing—a coupling that may have been quick in terms of time-frame, but that never felt rushed or contrived.

Plus, happily, there's a slew of secondary characters that make each moment that much more engaging. Gram Gracie—a fierce and independent woman who loves and is loved greatly by Frankie. Matt’s younger brothers, Luke and Reed, whose banter was amusing and whet my appetite for more. The Great One, with possibly the best nickname of all time. And Colin, who I truly hope we will see in his own story…perhaps with a certain new doctor?!

With all of these wonderful characters, and a heaping of sexy and suspenseful story, this book was much more than I expected. From Matt and Nessa’s first meeting to their sweet (if shorter than I might have liked) ending, past the drama and pain, Matt proved to be an excellent foundation for a new series of hot cowboy books that I can't wait to crack open. Like I said, there's not much that makes me happier than that. 
~ Review by Beth

Matt Malloy was raised on the family ranch in Montana. As Matt’s taken on the majority of the roles that require business management for the ranch, he finds himself traveling quite a bit and can't help but want to enjoy some solitude out in one of the many rustic cabins on their land. Peace and quiet until one gorgeous, animal rights lawyer shows up.

Vanessa Kettering has devoted herself to her passionate defense of wild animals, leaving little time for a social life. With an opportunity to interview Matt’s Grandmother, Vanessa ends up trapped by a raging storm with Matt in the cabin. Vanessa wasn't planning to find love out on the wild frontier, but when the storm is over, will the morning light reveal love budding on the horizon or heartbreak waiting to happen?

Who doesn't love a cowboy with a heart of gold who will do anything to protect his family and their ranch? I sure do! Add in the love of a wonderful woman, amazing, funny supportive friends and family, a bit of intrigue and peril and you have a winner in my book! I love the protective nature of Matt, his brothers, uncle, grandparents, and the rest of the ranch hands. I can't wait for the rest of their stories—I'm hoping for Colin and Anita, but I'll settle for Luke
~ Review by Missy

New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer. 

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America. 

R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan.

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