Cold River Ranch #3, The third book, the third Everett brother and hopefully not the last book of the series especially not after introducing Amanda's brothers. This was an enjoyable book and much like the first it starts with unrequited love. Amanda has been in love with her oldest brothers best friend as long as she can remember, but half the time it's like he doesn't see her and the other times he treats her like she's still in school. Brady has done his best to try and ignore Amanda, she's always been hands off. The Kittredge family has been more a family to him than his own, and lusting after his best friends little sister is a big no no; until it's not.
Brady has a lot issues he was the book smart brother who left as soon as he was able because while loved the ranch he hated his father. His father made him feel like the red-headed step child and pushed to the point his brothers alienate him too. His promised year working on the ranch has been spent trying to convince his brothers that his college degree doesn't make him ranch dumb.
Amanda is the youngest the only girl with four older brothers, four very overstepping, overbearing, over protective brothers. So much so that at the age of 22 she's only been on three dates no one is brave enough to stand up to the Kittredge boys and to the Kittredge boys no one is good enough for their baby sister. Fed up of being treated like a child to everyone around her she makes the decision to start living her life no matter what her brothers do or say. She moves out of her parents house and gets second job at the low class bar on the skirts of town and rents one of the rooms above it. Her parents are supportive her brother's on the other hand. Brady was just supposed to watch out for her make sure no one tries anything but then Amanda asks him to teach her all about sex.
Overall it's a great read. I feel like it can be read as a stand alone, I missed reading the second one and didn't feel lost at all. I loved the bonding between the brothers and truths finally coming to light. I mentally applauded Amanda for standing up for herself and her relationship with Brady.
It starts out a bit frustrating with how blind all the men around Amanda seem to be when it comes to her, and her wants and needs. I got quite annoyed at Brady when he kept treating her like a child who didn’t know any better or her own mind, but from the point at the barn that he tries to use as a goodbye gift to the end of the story, it becomes a sweet country, small-town romance that was enjoyable and sweet. The passion was good, not overly descriptive, but still enough to keep the pages steamy. Amanda was the best fit for Brady and when she stood up to his brothers for him, that was the best scene in the whole series, I think. Both of his brothers needed to be dressed down for how they treated him. I liked it. I think Hannah and Ty’s story might be my favorite out of all of them, but this one was enjoyable and entertaining.
Second chance romance is one of my favorite romance tropes, and I'm always up for a cowboy romance. Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy is both of those, but it felt like this book forever to get through. The pace is incredibly slow and way over-dramatic, mostly due to page after page of the characters' inner turmoil. I can get behind some drama for the characters, but that's really all I got from this one. It was either Ty's angst about his memory, which I didn't quite understand. I mean, I get that he was upset over it, but why keep it a secret? Then we have Hannah, who went to Ty's home for one reason - to reveal something - yet, she goes days and then weeks without a word. What? Hannah's secret bothered me and honestly, it didn't do much to endear the character to me. That wasn't helped by Hannah's opinions of herself. She's almost obsessive about her looks and the fact that she was a 'rodeo queen.' The number of times that comes up in her head or out grew tedious and again, didn't help with making her likable or relatable. In the end, the drama overshadowed anything resembling a romance, and it was much harder to pick back up than it was to set aside for later.
Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy is an outstanding western romance by Caitlin Crews. Ms. Crews has delivered a well-written book populated with phenomenal characters. Hannah and Ty married in secret. After fighting about her getting pregnant, Ty gets stomped by a rodeo bull. Ty sends her away from his hospital bed. Hannah arrives at Ty's family ranch in Colorado looking for answers 18 months later. Hannah and Ty's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and a blank memory. I enjoyed reading Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy and look forward to reading more from Caitlin Crews in the future. Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy is book 2 of the Cold River Ranch Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.