Friday, September 4, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men #3) by Jennifer Ryan

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Montana Men #3
Jennifer Ryan
Releasing Aug 25th

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.

This was my first time reading Jennifer Ryan's work and I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed this book.

Dane and Bell have a history, but it's not like you think; she helped him when he was injured as teenager, but he didn't get a chance to find out who she was. But that doesn't mean he forgot about her, and is surprised when he sees her again years later.

Bell, unfortunately, has not had an easy life; the product of a one-night stand,  neither one of her parents wanted her and she was raised by her father's parents. Even more unfortunate is once her grandfather died, she was left with her grandmother, who is just a mean and vindictive woman.

Dane and Bell's tenative friendship eventually develops into something more, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop over the course of the book. This isn't just a straight-forward typical romance, you also get the added element of suspense when a murder happens. There are a couple of subplots that take place in the story that did seem to take away from Dane's and Bell's story, simply because their storyline shifted in tone from the original tone of the overall story, but at least it did mix up the book a bit.

This is the third book in the series, and while you meet the characters from the earlier books, you still get just enough information to not feel totally lost if you haven't read the first two books yet. Which I haven't, but I plan on reading them soon.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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