The Last Good Cowboy by Kate Pearce Release Date: April 25, 2017 Publisher: Zebra Book #3 in the Morgan Ranch series Number of pages: 352 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 4/14/17 to 4/15/17
There’s really quite a bit that progresses with the mystery of the Morgan boys’ mom in this story. And the more we learn the more I hate her. I don’t say that lightly either. It is made very clear that their mom was suffering from depression and I know that’s a very real thing. I’ve had my own issues with this and can’t even begin to understand how it feels for someone who has a severe case. But as a fan and supporter of the Morgan boys, there are things that come to light the just upset me so much.
Of course, I feel that way because Kate Pearce does such a phenomenal job of making me care about the characters in these stories. Whereas Chase and Blue took some getting to know before I fell for them, it was pretty clear Ry is a great guy from the beginning. That’s why when he did get jerky about anything it made me feel more protective of him instead of mad at him. He was dealing with a lot of stuff!
Avery is such a tough woman and she doesn’t even know it. I can totally understand her feeling when it comes to the hovering/smothering she gets from her parents. I loved seeing her learn to speak up for herself again as she gained confidence with her new relationship and new job. She went through a very traumatic experience and needed to find her way back to herself…and figure out who she was NOW, not the same self she was THEN. As much as I really dislike her sister, Marley, I have to admit she was part of the catalyst for Avery finding her way. And it’s mentioned more than once by Avery and her brother Tucker that Marley isn’t acting herself and something must have happened to her. Since we, as readers, haven’t met Marley until now I have no basis on which to like her. I’m sure in future books I’ll fall in love with her as much as I have with the author’s other characters.
As one of four kids, I know there is tons of baggage that comes with having siblings. No matter how hard parents try, kids are treated differently. I cannot imagine how hard that is when you’re also a twin that comes from such a broken home as Ry’s. The relationship between Ry and his twin HW was heart-rending.
Just as in the previous books, although the story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger it does end with the reader wanting more. It ends with another piece of the puzzle of the Morgan family being put into place.
**I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**