Thursday, 23 February 2017

REVIEW: HIS COWBOY HEART by JENNIFER RYAN


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His Cowboy Heart
Montana Men #6
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing February 21, 2017
Avon Books
 

In His Cowboy Heart (Montana Men #6) by Jennifer Ryan, breaking Jamie's heart was the hardest thing Ford Kendrick ever had to do. But now years later she's back in town, believing she's battered, broken and unable to give the man she still loves a chance. Determined to prove her wrong, Ford does everything in his power to win back her trust and show her there is hope of having the kind of future they once talked about. But when Jamie's past and present collide, will Ford give up on her or will he be able to convince her that they deserve a second chance at love?

Having loved the stories that encompassed Ford's brothers as the heroes, I couldn't wait to dive into this story, because Ford really intrigued me with his teasing manner and attempts to get his brothers out of their morose moods. Right from the beginning, I was hooked to this story and the prologue opens it superbly, setting the fast-pace of this book. Since I couldn't wait to discover what obstacles Jamie and Ford would have to overcome to get their second chance at love, because it was palpable that these two had unfinished business and that they were a meant-to-be couple.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to what led to their break-up in the past and the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine. Certainly, her past made me an emotional mess at times, yet, Ford working to make things right between them and providing the support she needs to get through the tough times warmed my heart. He's sweet without pushing her too hard to remember what happened during her time in the military and the moment where she was injured badly by allowing her to take the time to adjust to any situation and being by her side nearly every step of the way in case she needs him.

Jamie was a fantastic heroine that I felt sorry for in the prologue because Ford didn't give her a good enough reason of why they couldn't be together in that moment. Yet, it wasn't until chapter one that she really grabbed my undivided attention, because of what she's going through. Her time in the military has left her traumatized, filled with plenty of guilt, and leaving it hard for her to trust anyone. Can Ford find a way to get through to her? Will she realize that she's not alone and that there are plenty of people willing to see her through the tough times? Will she be able to remember what happened to her and her team?

The heroine is strong and brave in everything she faces throughout this story such as confronting the past, someone looking to cause problems between her and Ford, being able to be around people without losing it and dealing with her mother. Remembering the past isn't easy, but in some ways, I could understand why she needed to remember. She wouldn't be happy or find peace if she didn't. I also liked that she finally stood up for herself against her mother. The woman didn't deserve to have such a wonderful daughter like Jamie and needed to be put in her place when it came to the woman's jealousy. While Ford, he's kind, caring, hard-working and I loved that he was so patient with Jamie in helping her deal with her PTSD, because what she does to him shows she's not handling being around people.

Overall, Ms. Ryan has penned well-written dialogue, an entertaining plot and superb characters that I connected with immediately to make this a worthwhile read, especially if you like books with plenty of emotion that readers will no doubt feel along with the main characters. The way this story ended had me worried for the heroine. Would she be able to handle the truth of what really happened during her last military mission? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped everything up nicely, because of the heroine's surprise. I would highly recommend His Cowboy Heart by Jennifer Ryan, especially if you enjoy second chance romances.

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BLURB:
Bound by honor and by love…That’s a Montana Man

Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.

Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.

Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always… 

 

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Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. 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 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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Meet My Hero
Ford Kendrick is a genuine nice guy, trying to do the best he can for his family, ranch, and the woman he loves, even when he sends her away for her own good. It’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make for her happiness. But when she returns broken in heart and soul, he’ll do everything he can, even if it’s to just be the friend she desperately needs. Ford isn’t about to give up on Jamie until she’s well and happy again. His patience, unwavering dedication to her recovery, and steadfast resolve to push her to be better and give her a helping hand when things don’t go her way all help Jamie to overcome her obstacles. But it’s his love through the good times and bad that bring them back together.
Excerpt:
He wanted to be the beacon in her life that brought her back from the dark world her memories sucked her into every second of the day. He wanted to give her everything they’d talked about and planned back when things were simple and easy between them. Now, just getting her to eat seemed a complicated maneuver to convince her he meant no harm and only had her best interests at heart.
She thought he pitied her. Not so. He admired her tenacity, but hated that her complicated past broke her down to the point her life became nothing but endurance.
She’d survived hell and come home, but hell followed her.
She couldn’t escape, didn’t know how, but she kept fighting. He’d help her. He wouldn’t give up on her. He wouldn’t let her suffer alone.
 
Ford isn’t the only hero in His Cowboy Heart. Jamie is a military vet. She’s risked her life for our country and to save her fellow soldiers. But it’s her inner strength, determination, and dedication to healing, even when she backslides, that prove heroes don’t have to be perfect, they just have to persevere.
Excerpt:
She wanted so much to go back in time and change the course of her life. She wanted Ford to ask her to stay, not tell her to go. She wanted to have the life they dreamed about, but seemed like some other woman’s wish because she wasn’t that person anymore. She wanted to be that hopeful girl again, but couldn’t fight reality. She’d never be the same again. This version of herself wanted to run. From the nightmares. That terrifying black hole in her mind. From Ford. Herself.
Damnit, she was so tired of fighting herself, the dark thoughts in her mind and the feeling of defeat that swamped her sometimes, and especially fighting what she felt for Ford. She didn’t want to do it anymore.
Time to declare a cease fire with herself.
I’ll take care of myself.
I’ll be kinder to myself.       
I’ll allow myself to believe good things still happen.
 
 
 
 

 



2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review!

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  2. Love Jennifer Ryan's books. She's one of my go-to authors for cowboy romances.

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