Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy (Cold River Ranch) – ARC Review

42650291._SY475_Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy
by Caitlin Crews
Release Date:  July 30, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Book #2 in the Cold River Ranch series
Number of Pages: 320
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 7/15/19 to 7/17/19

 

Ty Everett ran off to the rodeo when he turned eighteen and has been riding bulls ever since…until his last fall causes partial amnesia and he must return to Cold River Ranch to figure out what comes next. But how can he pick his next move when he can’t remember how he got here in the first place—much less the beautiful woman who appears at the ranch, claims she knows him, and warms his cold heart for the first time since he woke up in the hospital?

Rodeo Queen Hannah Monroe gave up her crown for Ty Everett, and her innocence. What she wants from Ty now is a divorce. But Ty can’t remember her—or their secret wedding, or even the son she never meant to hide from him—and Hannah is torn. How can she leave the man she can’t forget and still loves despite herself? And even if she’s willing to start over, what will happen when the truth comes out?

I’m not too big of a fan of the secret baby trope.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, A True Cowboy Christmas, I am not familiar enough with this author yet to know how she handles such things.  Rest assured, this is not a tradition secret baby story.  As the book description states, Hannah truly never meant to hide their child from Ty.

The way Ty reacts to Hannah whenever they’re near one another is great.  Here’s this strong and tough cowboy, who hasn’t even admitted to his family how severe his head injury was in his last rodeo appearance, unable to control his visceral reaction to this woman.  A beautiful woman, to be sure.  But also a woman he cannot remember.  So the fact that his body somehow seems to remember even if his brain doesn’t really took this narrative to a wonderful place for me.

Hannah has so many reasons to tread lightly when it comes to Ty.  I don’t agree with all of her decisions, especially once she knew about Ty’s amnesia. At the same time I can’t really fault her for those decisions either.  She’s human and therefore has her own baggage that gets in the way when trying to make emotional decisions.  While actively reading this book and being immersed in the story there were times I felt it was taking too long.  Not the overall story, but the reveals.  Be it the truth about Ty, the truth about their marriage, or the truth about Jack.  Sometimes I just wanted the characters to spit it out already!  Now, in hindsight, I feel the story played out as it should.  I don’t know why, I’m sure it has to do with the fact that I can be quite impatient in life.

Although I’m a jeans and t-shirt and no make-up type of woman, I appreciated the author keeping Hannah a rodeo queen.  And having Ty like that aspect of Hannah.  To be clear, Ty found Hannah attractive no matter what she was wearing and how much makeup was on her face.  But he appreciated the overall beauty queen look. A lot of stories almost make fun of a woman who wears rhinestones and big hair and make that aspect of a character a detriment to their personality.  The author embraced that part of Hannah’s personality and let her be who she was meant to be. 

Ty and his brothers have a hard time communicating.  They seem to have an even harder time with being honest with each other.  They were all pigeon-holed, first by their father and then by their town, and seem to fall back into those positions whenever they’re together…even if those positions aren’t who they really are in their life otherwise.  Ty and Gray have come a long way, but still have far to go.  Hopefully, when youngest brother Brady gets his HEA the brothers will have learned to talk things out more productively and more often.  I’ll keep enjoying this journey while they try to grow.

4 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 26 and living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin, is 22 and recently got out of the Army and moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the full-time work force a some years ago. At this time, I babysit Hazel a few hours a day and get in as much reading and baking as possible.
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