His Cowboy Heart Jennifer Ryan Release Date: February 21, 2017 Publisher: Avon Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Book #6 of the Montana Men series Number of Pages: 416 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Rating: NC-17 Read 10/3/17 to 10/5/17
Hoo boy! This one hit me close to home. I’ve read plenty of contemporary romance that touch on PTSD and former military characters. Seldom is the character female, and almost never is the issue dealt with in this much depth. So be warned, this book has a LOT of triggers if you are current or former military. As much as I really love the story, there are just some people it could be too painful for.
There are a lot of aspects of this story that you know. You know Ford will not be easily deterred. You know (to a certain extent) what happened to Jamie overseas. You know (again, to a certain extent) what Jamie cannot remember. None of that matters. Jennifer Ryan does a beautiful job of getting the reader to want to see it all play out.
One of the wonderful things about this story is how much time we get to see Ford and Jamie where it’s just the two of them. I’d say about 50% of the book it’s just those two with nobody else around. That can go horribly wrong and I’ve read books where it has gone awry. Due to Jamie’s issues and Ford’s personality, it really works here.
The book went on a few chapters after I thought the book could have easily been over. They weren’t necessary to the overall story, but they did help wrap some things up with the Kendrick family. They also introduced another family, but I’m not sure if there will be a continuation of this series with them (or Jamie’s brother!) or a whole new series for them or neither. Only time will tell and as of right now I don’t see anything on the author’s website indicating another book in this series coming any time soon.
I want to reiterate how brilliantly Jennifer Ryan handled this PTSD storyline. Of course, I can’t know for sure if she got it 100% correct and everyone’s experience is different. But from what I’ve seen and heard from my loved ones who have served I think she did a great job giving the story the care it deserves.