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Book Review-Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

by | Mar 3, 2016 | Book Reviews | 19 comments

Book Review-Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Book Review-Stone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer RyanStone Cold Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
Also in this series: At Wolf Ranch, When It's Right, Her Lucky Cowboy, Her Renegade Rancher, His Cowboy Heart
Series: Montana Men #4
Published by Avon on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 0062435302
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With their hearts' desires on the line, nothing can stop the Montana Men
Sadie Higgins has a bad habit of bailing her brother out of trouble. But when he rustles a herd of cattle from the tough, honorable Kendrick brothers, it's Sadie who's in for it. Because the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell.
Rory Kendrick is on the hunt to find out who's been stealing from him. When he stumbles upon Sadie in the woods, he barely recognizes the quiet, vulnerable beauty who has always taken his breath away. His mission shifts in an instant: He will do anything it takes to keep her safe . . . and make her his.
Sadie has always protected her family—no matter the price. But when Rory ropes her heart, she's forced to take a look at her life and make a dangerous choice—one that could cost, or gain, her everything.

My Review


Sadie Higgins has had to bail her brother continually out of trouble. But his latest altercation involves stealing cows from the Kendricks. So Sadie goes after Connor hoping that she can change his mind and get whatever he has stolen returned back to the rightful owners. But when she finds him and confronts him, he is with a band of others. But Sadie is in over her head. Because the so called leader of the group, is viscious. He strings her up in the woods and wraps her body with barbed wire and leaves her there. Rory Kendrick on the search for his missing cows, stumbles upon Sadie, who is barely alive. He rescues her and aids her in healing. Rory has always wanted Sadie, but has never initaited any kind of romantic entanglement with her until now. Rory wants her, but he also needs her. As the circumstances with Sadie’s father and brother erupt so does the love between them. Will Sadie be able to make the right choose between her brother and the man she has come to love more than life?

The Hero

Rory Kendrick, along with his other three brothers, became orphans when their parents were killed in a avalanche. They were raised by their grandfather and work together on the ranch. Rory is the oldest, full of responsibilities and very serious minded. His brother nickname him the “monk”. Even though he has had enjoyed the company of a woman on occasion, he has never had a real relationship until he stumbles upon Sadie. Rory is hard working, responsible, duty bound and loyal. Family is everything to him, and he will do anything to protect Sadie even from her reckless brother. Rory was one delicious hero, and I honestly couldn’t seem to get enough from him. Man was he sexy and loved the whole serious man theme going on here because they usually make the best romantic partners. He is truly wonderful with Sadie and the type of hero you could see yourself wanting to marry—he is that good!!

The Heroine

Sadie Higgins is in a tough spot where her family is concerned. Her mother passed away when she was young. Her father is currently having severe medical issues he doesn’t share with her…but she knows that its bad. Ever since her brother got into drugs, she has had to constantly bail him out of every crime and problem he has gotten into. She is one tough hardworking woman. Works two jobs and takes care of her father. Sadie is probably one of my favorite heroines I have read so far this year. I was very impressed by her from the beginning. Even after what her brother does to her, she has a hard time letting go of wanting to help him. But she also pays his debts, she is honest and caring. She takes responsiblity for Connor even though she didn’t commit those crimes but settles any debts she possibly can. She has spunk, is a fighter but I loved the way she embraces her relationship with Rory.

Plot and Story Line

Stone Cold Cowboy is one hell of a romantic jewel and I savored every moment. Literally, I couldn’t put this book down at all it was so damn good. I just wanted more of Rory and Sadie. This does have a bit of a heart breaking moments, especially there in the beginning. My Goodness…my heart just reached out to Sadie. But when Rory enters the scene….HOLY HANNAH did I fall in love with him at the spot. He is so honorable and good and I wanted more and more of them together. They make a fantastic match and it was so interesting to see them work through issues together, learn to trust one another and not hold things back from each other. Quite refreshing to read a story, where a couple just embraces what they have together and don’t fight it or go into denial over what they are feeling.

I also had a fun time with Rory’s family, most especially his grandfather. His brothers were a hoot, and I loved the great familial bond they share. The brothers tease each other, but they also fight for each other and support one another no matter what!! So admirable and the grandfather. He is darling. Always trying to matchmake his grandsons so they can marry and give him great grand babies. hehe They also accept Sadie instantly, and loved seeing that. They see what she means to Rory from the beginning, and treat her as one of their own which is what she needs. Sadie is definitely going through the ringer emotionally, and Rory is stable and reliable and is exactly the type of support she needs at the right moments.

The romance is sweet and charming but powerful!

Yes. I love you. With everything that I am, every breath I take, every beat of my heart, I love you.

Rory and Sadie have an instant connection to each other, and they build that up. I also loved seeing how Sadie learns to let go of situations that she can’t change especially when it comes to her brother Connor.

The Cover

What a delicious covers and he isn’t showing anything!! All covered up but boy does he make that t shirt and jeans look good!! I also love the ranch backdrop as well.

Overall View

Stone Cold Cowboy was one of the most satisfying romance reads I have ever read!! Boy does this author rock romance….she writes it beautiful, intricately and packs it with enough real emotion to sweep the reader off their feet. SUPERB IN EVERY WAY!!

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About Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

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 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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  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Oh Renee, I can’t wait to start this series…just so I can hurry up and meet Rory! 😉 I love an honorable hero and that Rory’s a cowboy AND honorable makes him that much more appealing. I also like the sound of Sadie – being so loyal to her family and working so hard. They do sound like a great couple! Lovely review!

  2. Nick

    I fell in love with Rory just by reading your review! I love a good man like him in my books and in real life! 🙂 I haven’t read a book by Jennifer Ryan yet, but I really want to now. Her romances sound really good!
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • Lover Of Romance

      haha good to know I can make you fall in love with Rory already!! Oh you definitely have to pick this author up. These are some of the best CR I have ever read. I love how this author just draws me in emotionally—just make sure you have some tissues.

  3. Quinn's Book Nook

    I know I’ve mentioned before that i struggle with Jennifer Ryan’s books. The premise always intrigues me, but when I start reading I never love it. But I do want to give this one a try. I wonder if they come in audio? Maybe I would like that better.

    So glad you loved this. I really do want to meet Rory. I love those responsible guys.

    • Lover Of Romance

      Really? Have you read this series or her other books? I haven’t read the other titles she has written. I believe they come in audio and I really like the narrator that does them. I always go audio if I am unsure if I will like it. These books I have loved, but this book is my favorite. Both characters are really wonderful. I think I loved them both equally—which is rare. I think you would really like this one although the beginning is a bit tough to get through with what the heroine has to go through. But boy does it get so romantic I loved it.

  4. Heidi

    I have read several reviews for this one, and I have been warned it starts out tough. I like the sound of both Rory and Sadie. Sadie sounds like a fighter.

    • Lover Of Romance

      Yeah it does start tough, but all of them do really. But it is well worth it once you get through the first couple of chapters, but I will warn you its really hard to put down once you start. 🙂

  5. Lekeisha

    I’ve seen this series over on Kimba’s blog, and I do plan to try it soon. So glad you are enjoying the series!

    • Lover Of Romance

      oh yes you definitely need too. Its one of my favorite CR series to read. This author handles these books so well and I love a great emotional riveting story.

  6. Sophia Rose

    I had a feeling you’d slap a five star on this one. Loved reading your thoughts. I haven’t read it all yet, but I got a sample and it had me riveted. 🙂

  7. Melliane

    oh a cowboy story, that’s so much fun! I’m glad you had a great time! it’s been a while since I haven’t read a book like that!

  8. LilyElement

    I NEED this one 😀 I <3 cowboy books 😀

  9. Ann Lorz

    I LOVE this one too! It’s so good! I hate that we have to wait so long for the next one!

  10. Blodeuedd

    I do like me some cowboys

  11. L.

    I have read the first three books in this series and very much enjoyed them. I have Stone Cold Cowboy, but I haven’t read it. I meant to, but when I take a medical leave in January I had to put it aside and move with other books for review. So happy that you loved this book though and thanks to your review I am very excited about the book! Btw, awesome review and enthusiastic, loved it!

  12. Cyn

    I’ve been seeing so many good things about this book and I’ve been starting to read more cowboy books, I think this is a sign, haha! Can I just into this one (and than go back to the rest of the series), or is it better to start from the beginning? Glad to see you enjoyed this one so much! Great review!

  13. kimbacaffeinate

    I loved this one too! Sadie and Rory just had such a great connection, and wow it started dark, and of course her whole Dad thing had me crying like a baby.

  14. Carole's Random Life

    I have been wanting to try Jennifer Ryan and this book sounds fabulous! I do love the cover and actually like the fact that he has his shirt on. The romance sounds wonderful. Great review!


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