- File Size: 2735 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250295270
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 28, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2020
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SCTC1CN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Brady always thought of Amanda as a little sister to him, but seeing her in a lowcut top working in a roughneck bar has parts of him buzzing that shouldn’t be if she was his sister. He wants to dissuade her from working at the bar—and living above it doesn’t help—but his overprotectiveness only heightens a sexual awareness towards her that he didn’t realize was possible. One thing leads to another, and Brady is soon kissing Amanda…and wanting more. But Brady knows that if he has any illicit thoughts—or even tries to do what he’s wanting to do—then Riley will smash his face. What’s a man to do when he’s suddenly wanting to make some wickedly hot love to a beautiful woman that he can’t have?
It’s a case of forbidden love coming to fruition in THE LAST REAL COWBOY by Caitlin Crews. Amanda has been treated like a little girl, despite the fact that she is now grown up and ready to spread her wings. Her brothers didn’t want her to move out, but she put her foot down and her parents finally agreed. Brady has always been her secret love, but she thought nothing would ever happen between them after he left town at age eighteen and then built himself a career in finance in Denver. But he’s back in town because of his father’s will, which requires that he live on Cold River Ranch for a year. Brady’s relationship with his brothers, Grady and Ty, aren’t the best, and it doesn’t help that he thinks he is the one who will end up like their rascally dad. Brady figures he is not only bad husband material, but that he’s not a man a woman should fall in love with.
As the attraction between Brady and Amanda heat up, they go nose-to-nose arguing over whether she’s old enough to know if she’s ready to have sex or not. If she had her choice, Brady would be her first. While Brady doesn’t think he’s right for her, he doesn’t want another man to have that honor. Oh, the horror of what to do! Their hot chemistry sizzles right off the pages. They have a lot of inner conflicts that leave them waffling over what to do. Will Amanda finally get what she wants…Brady between the sheets? If that happens, will it be a one-night stand, or one that goes on…and on?
A sexy and fun tale, THE LAST REAL COWBOY will keep you amused and entertained right from the start. Be sure to grab a copy from wherever you purchase your books. Happy reading!
The series follows the three Everett brothers, whose father was a mean, abusive drunk. When he died almost a year before the start of this novel, he left his ranch to his three sons, Gray, Ty and Brady. Gray, with ranching in his blood, was the only one who didn't leave as soon as he was able. Ty got out and spent years on the rodeo circuit, avoiding the ranch, and Brady, the youngest, graduated from high school, earned a scholarship and went to college, drawing no small amount of ire, animosity, and taunts from his father. After college, he went to Denver and became a successful financial wunderkind, and would have been happy to never return to the ranch, but Gray couldn't work the ranch alone. Ty was badly injured at the rodeo, lost much of his memory, and had to return to the ranch to recuperate, but Brady didn't want to be there at all. The ranch held no warm memories for him. He'd suggested diversifying, Gray had always refused, and his alternative suggestion was to sell the ranch, split the proceeds, and go their separate ways, but Gray asked him to set aside his business and return to the ranch for one year, and Brady finally agreed, putting his life on hold, but that didn't mean that he was happy about it, or that his brothers appreciated the sacrifice he was making.
The neighboring Kittridge ranch had been at odds with the Everetts for years, a several generations old feud keeping them separate and apart. Amanda Kittridge is the youngest and only daughter, over-protected by her four overhearing big brothers--Jensen, Zack, Connor and Riley. She's never been kissed, has been on only 2 dates and has had a crush on Brady Everett for years, and at age 22, she is still viewed as a child by her brothers and she's sick to death of it. So she decides to make her move, getting a job working a the Coyote Bar, the worst and roughest dive bar in town, and with the job comes the apartment upstairs. No matter how her brothers try to rein her in, she's not moving back home, not changing jobs, and is no longer being their obedient little sister. Her brothers start showing up the bar to keep an eye on her and to discourage anyone who tries to flirt with her, and one night, Riley is there with his best friend, Brady Everett, who is 10 years older that Amanda, used to babysit her and even at one time changed her diaper. Yet, when he spots Amanda behind the bar in a tank top and tight jeans, he suddenly realizes she's not a child anymore but an attractive, sexy, young woman, although the last thing he wants to do is let on to her brothers that he's interested.
When Amanda finally tells her brothers to get out and leave her alone, Riley asks Brady to keep an eye on her--a double-edged sword because Riley doesn't really want to guard her, he'd rather bed her, but he's not looking for a serious, committed relationship, he's looking for a one-night stand, and he knows that if he pursues Amanda, 10 years his junior, her brothers will kill him, so when he makes no overt moves towards Amanda, she's gutsy enough to tell him she wants him to be the one to deflower her and teach her about sex. They agree on this conditional arrangement, but as romance readers know, things are about to change in a major way--and do they ever.
The chemistry between Brady and Amanda is scorching, and Ms. Crews has written what is perhaps the sexiest deflowering scene it's been my pleasure to read in years. The fact that these two have to hide their relationship from everyone in this small town, and especially from Amanda's brothers doesn't help matters any, nor does Brady's belief that there's too much of his father in him to ever willingly commit to a long-term, serious relationship. When Amanda confesses to Brady that she's in love with him, he's ready to end it all, but Amanda is no longer content to let that happen, and when Riley discovers the two of them having a not very platonic kiss, he punches Brady in the eye, Amanda and Brady's secret is no longer a secret, Amanda won't accept that Brady wants to end their relationship, and what follows is one huge, emotional upheaval not only for Amanda and Brady, but for all the Everetts and Kittridges too.
With Brady's plan to leave the ranch after fulfilling his one-year commitment to Gray to live and work there, his best friend Riley and his 3 brothers wanting to kill him for his dalliance with their baby sister, prepare for some fireworks, some serious confrontations with Gray after years of putting up with his disdain for his younger brother, and some serious attempts to mend fences, free themselves from the damage they all suffered under Amos Everett's cruelty, and some deep soul-searching for all concerned.
The Last Real Cowboy is as good as it gets in a contemporary western romance. It's filled with three-dimensional characters that have real issues and real depth, and it's written with a deep understanding of family dynamics, and how the sins and flaws of one generation can strongly affect the next generation. This is an excellent series, and this is my favorite novel in it. I suggest and recommend that you read this series in the order it was written to better understand the history, the characters, the ill-will, and misunderstandings that influence and impact on these well-drawn, well-developed and interesting characters.
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.