Bound by honor and by love…That’s a Montana Man.
HIS COWBOY HEART
Montana Men #6
Releasing Feb 21, 2017
Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.
Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.
Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always…
Jennifer Ryan never fails to create characters that grab your attention...and your heart. While there is a suspense element to HIS COWBOY HEART, this is more character driven this time around as two good and decent people get their second chance at their HEA.
Ford is another sexy and good-hearted Kendrick brother. Years ago, he sent the girl he loved away so that she could escape the verbal abuse of her harpy mother and see some of the world. He wanted to go with her, but he had important family obligations and knew he had to stay. In a cruel to be kind way, he broke Jamie's heart. Now a decade later, she is back and a shadow of the girl he loved.
Jamie has returned home, scarred inside and out after surviving an attack overseas while in the military. Ms Ryan deftly tackles a female soldier's bout with PTSD. Jamie is still healing physically and her memories have a big black hole surrounding the incident where she and only one other fellow soldier survived. Her life is filled with nightmares and flashbacks, but no answers. She stays away from the brother she loves because she is afraid of hurting him or his young child. She is living a solitary life on her late grandfather's ranch, merely existing.
Ford witnesses Jamie having a meltdown in public and goes out to her ranch to offer her some help. He still cares for her and has many regrets. Did I blame him for Jamie's situation? Well, yes I did for a minute or two. He didn't make her join the military, and he thought he was helping when he sent her away. She accidently shoots him after a flashback and he knows that she needs his help.
Ford shows his good heart as he helps Jamie help herself to mend. She loves animals and starts helping at his ranch. Unfortunately, bad things begin to happen and it is made clear that someone doesn't want her memory to return. Together, they find love again as adults as well as putting the puzzle of the attack together. HIS COWBOY HEART is a well written story full of heart and emotion and brings together two good people who deserve to be happy together. This is one of my favorites in the series and I can't wait for another story.
Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Meet My Hero
Ford Kendrick is a genuine nice guy, trying to do the best he can for his family, ranch, and the woman he loves, even when he sends her away for her own good. It’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make for her happiness. But when she returns broken in heart and soul, he’ll do everything he can, even if it’s to just be the friend she desperately needs. Ford isn’t about to give up on Jamie until she’s well and happy again. His patience, unwavering dedication to her recovery, and steadfast resolve to push her to be better and give her a helping hand when things don’t go her way all help Jamie to overcome her obstacles. But it’s his love through the good times and bad that bring them back together.
He wanted to be the beacon in her life that brought her back from the dark world her memories sucked her into every second of the day. He wanted to give her everything they’d talked about and planned back when things were simple and easy between them. Now, just getting her to eat seemed a complicated maneuver to convince her he meant no harm and only had her best interests at heart.
She thought he pitied her. Not so. He admired her tenacity, but hated that her complicated past broke her down to the point her life became nothing but endurance.
She’d survived hell and come home, but hell followed her.
She couldn’t escape, didn’t know how, but she kept fighting. He’d help her. He wouldn’t give up on her. He wouldn’t let her suffer alone.
Ford isn’t the only hero in His Cowboy Heart. Jamie is a military vet. She’s risked her life for our country and to save her fellow soldiers. But it’s her inner strength, determination, and dedication to healing, even when she backslides, that prove heroes don’t have to be perfect, they just have to persevere.
She wanted so much to go back in time and change the course of her life. She wanted Ford to ask her to stay, not tell her to go. She wanted to have the life they dreamed about, but seemed like some other woman’s wish because she wasn’t that person anymore. She wanted to be that hopeful girl again, but couldn’t fight reality. She’d never be the same again. This version of herself wanted to run. From the nightmares. That terrifying black hole in her mind. From Ford. Herself.
Damnit, she was so tired of fighting herself, the dark thoughts in her mind and the feeling of defeat that swamped her sometimes, and especially fighting what she felt for Ford. She didn’t want to do it anymore.
Time to declare a cease fire with herself.
I’ll take care of myself.
I’ll be kinder to myself.