I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tough Talking Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
Also in this series: Dirty Little Secret, Restless Rancher
Series: Wild Rose Ranch #2
Published by Avon on March 31, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, American West
Return to Montana as a tough-talking cowboy meets his match in Jennifer Ryan’s newest Wild Rose Ranch novel.
Ex-Army Ranger Drake McGrath has come home to Montana, locked in a battle with himself, lashing out at those who love him most—driving away his ex-fiancée and alienating his family. But Adria Holloway sees beyond Drake’s tough talk to the raw pain beneath.
Raised with her twin sister Juliana by a neglectful mother at the Wild Rose Ranch, Adria also struggles to put the trauma from her past behind her. To help them both, she makes Drake a shocking deal—a no-strings relationship that’ll help them both face down their demons. Maybe it’s a way for her and Drake to heal each other, one sizzling night at a time…
The heat between them is instant and incredible. But the biggest challenges are yet to come. With Juliana battling her addiction and Drake working on his issues, Adria realizes she can’t save everyone. But Drake and Adria discover love can survive tragedy and loss—and they can have the life they never thought possible if they just hold on.
Tough Talking Cowboy is the last of the Wild Rose Ranch series and this installment really was such a beautiful story here. Now Jennifer Ryan really kicks your booty on a very vivid emotional level. I was so fascinated by seeing how everything played out and I have become so intrigued by seeing how this author has set up this series here. I really loved seeing this sisterhood sprout forth out of not the best circumstances in which these women were all raised in. But we see such strength, beauty, and love that flows between them.
Tough Talking Cowboy begins with our heroine, Adria, who has come to Montana when her twin sister overdoses and Adria and the other women unify to get Julianna the help that she needs and to show her that she has support and love to create a new path for herself. Ex-Army Ranger Drake McGrath, is still suffering the trauma from losing himself and “brothers” he couldn’t save. He is now home recovering in Montana, feeling stifled under his family’s care. He knows that they are just reaching out of concern, but he can’t seem to escape the torment or the pain of what he has lost until he meets Adria. Adria and Drake come to an agreement of sorts, to start a fling, the attraction between them is strong but there is also an offering of healing and redemption. Both have pain and trauma and build a unifying relationship of deep connection and sensuality
This is about us healing each other, not hurting each other. I would never use your physical and emotional trauma against you. i want to help, not hurt you more.
Tough Talking Cowboy was such a wild ride of emotion for me. I think this book is the MOST emotional out of all three books, I was SOBBING. But, of course, this is the state in which Jennifer Ryan places me in. I truly loved seeing two people that have both faced such trauma in their lives. From Drake with his military PTSD and Adria with the past sexual abuse she is working to overcome, both understand the pain in its truest form and this is what connects them from the very beginning. We see other elements outside the story as well. With Drake and his siblings trying to find common ground and heal again within the bounds of their family. And Adria dealing with her twin sister almost dying from a drug overdose and trying to help Julianna see the beautiful life she can have.
Tell me you don’t feel that. Tell me you don’t kiss me with everything inside you. Tell me you’re satisfied pretending we don’t exist in the day and only having my hands on you at night…
Big Spoiler Ahead: View Spoiler »The ending that happens though is one I didn’t expect to be honest as I was hoping for a book four. But that isn’t going to happen here. The ending just tore me up as Julianna is killed and Adria has to suffer the loss of that but also in knowing that her sister was beginning to turn her life around. Seriously this is the most challenging and tumultuous part of the book. Because it really shows the level of love and grief and Jennifer Ryan portrayed it so well. « Hide Spoiler
He wanted a partner in his life, someone who saw the man he used to be, the one he is nw, and the man he’d become as he learned to live and dream again
Overall I found Tough Talking Cowboy to be a story of renewal, growth, intimacy and healing love……a gem of vivid emotion that steals your heart in the deepest of ways.