Waiting on a Cowboy
by Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Book #1 in the McGrath series
Number of Pages: 384
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
Read 9/5/20 to 9/7/20
Tate McGrath just didn’t get it. Why was Liz Scott, his best friend—and the person he relied on and trusted most—suddenly avoiding him! When he finally tracks her down, he finds her with a man he knows nothing about and she’s been dating for weeks. Suddenly, he can’t make himself ignore her tempting curves and deep green eyes, and all he wants to do is keep her all to himself. What was going on? Could he possibly be…jealous?
Liz had made the decision: stop carrying a torch for Tate and find a guy who wants to be her everything. Tate had always seen her as honest, dependable, smart, kind…Best friend, not girlfriend! And she needed to give up the dream of marrying the man she’d loved since preschool and move on.
But when Liz’s boyfriend turns dangerous, Tate steps up to help and soon realizes he’s the cowboy hero she’s been waiting for him to be all along.
I feel like I’ve read a lot of books with intense content lately. This story deals with domestic abuse and stalking, among other things. If that is not something you do well with in your books, please skip this one. It’s a great book, just not for everyone.
It’s been a minute since I’ve read a Jennifer Ryan book. I was lucky enough to win an ebook of this story in a Goodreads giveaway. Yay! I’ve read a lot of this author’s books, but definitely not all of them. And when I saw this is a first in series book I tried my luck at getting a copy.
Although this is the first in the McGrath series, there were a few things that made me think some of the other characters came from another series. Turns out this series is flowing out of the Wild Rose Ranch series. Not to worry, I didn’t have an issue following along. Now I just want to read that series to learn how Tate’s brother got his HEA.
Honestly, I thought I was going to despise Tate after the first chapter of this story. Ugh! The man was so clueless and self-involved! Yes, he seemed like a good enough guy. But he sure wasn’t being a very good friend to Liz. And it seemed like that was often the case. The friendship was a bit lopsided. Thankfully, once Tate pulled his head out of his butt, everything clicked into place and even he admitted he was quite the idiot for years leading up to this moment.
As for Liz, she has the patience of a saint. Of course, it’s hard to walk away when you know the person you’re cutting out of your life is the love of your life…even if that person has blinders on. This woman has been put through the ringer but still is able to find compassion for Tate.
Once everyone opens their eyes to what is going on around them, the relationship between Liz and Tate is on fire. I love how they love each other. And, although it’s hard to read at times, I appreciate the author painting a pretty realistic picture of how abusers work. Their methods and ways to make smart women doubt themselves. Of course, the situation with Clint (a guy Liz dated while waiting around for Tate) is extreme. But the bare bones of that relationship – drastic mood swings, extreme jealousy, etc. – is how these men operate. This author is wonderful at writing suspense, and that was no different in this book.
Reading this story was quite a reminder that I need to get more Jennifer Ryan reading into my repertoire. She’s always entertaining.
**I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**