I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Kind of Cowboy by R.C. Ryan
Series: Wranglers of Wyoming #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
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This New York Times bestselling author delivers a "page-turning romance" (Nora Roberts) about a city girl on the run and the strong, protective cowboy who keeps her safe.
Brand Merrick is a take-charge cowboy who considers relax a four-letter word. So when an injury lands him six weeks of physical therapy, he intends to keep right on working-until his grandmother hires a therapist to stay at their family ranch. He's not used to following orders, or slowing down, but Avery Grant has a way of getting him to do things he'd never thought he'd do . . .
Avery hates to admit it, but this super sexy rancher is testing her patience...and her professionalism. She's a born-and-bred city girl, yet she finds herself drawn to the rugged wilderness and the equally rugged cowboy she's here to help. But when a threat from her past follows Avery to Montana, it's Brand who rides to the rescue-if only she'll put her trust in him, and the growing feelings in her heart.
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I am a fan of R.C. Ryan and have been reading her cowboy romances for years but I do have to say that her books are bit formulaic—each series has a similar premise: three male brothers or cousins who live and work on the family ranch in either Wyoming or Montana, a mystery underlying the whole series with each book having its own independent bit of suspense, and a handful of side characters. To a point it does feel like you’re reading the same book because there are so many familiar elements.
That being said, I still find myself invested in each new set of characters and their unique personalities and traits and I did enjoy this book. She truly does have a skill for crafting amazing close knit families, full of people you wish were real. The Merrick family was no different. I loved the family dynamics and watching Avery interact with them and slowly become a part of the family.
There was an instant attraction between Avery and Brand but the romance was a bit of a slow burn but very passionate once it got going. There’s a bit of intrigue to the story that takes it beyond a simple cowboy romance because of some trouble that follows Avery to Montana. Turns out she has a stalker and who that stalker ends up being I did not see coming.
If you enjoy sexy and stubborn cowboys, strong and independent heroines, a hint of suspense and a heartfelt romance, you will like this book.