I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
Series: Cold River Ranch #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 28, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In Cold River, sometimes forbidden love is the sweetest of them all...
Perennial good girl Amanda Kittredge knows that her longtime crush on Brady Everett was never really supposed to go anywhere. But when Brady comes home to Cold River during Amanda's first attempt at independence, well, who better to teach her about rebellion than her older brother's bad-boy best friend?
Brady's plans did not include being forced to work the family homestead for a year--and yet, here he is. And, to make matters worse, his best friend's innocent little sister is making a menace of herself in the most grown-up, tempting ways. When Amanda begs Brady to teach her about men, he knows he should refuse. But could Brady's greatest temptation be his salvation?
The Last Real Cowboy is book three in the Cold River Ranch series by Caitlin Crews. Even though it is the third book, it can still be read as a standalone. While the first two couples from the previous books are sprinkled into the story, it definitely did not take away from my enjoyment reading about Amanda and Brady. Although, I am definitely going to have to go back and read the first two books because these Everett brothers are smokin hot! Where is a fan when you need one!
Amanda Kittredge has had enough of being treated like the baby in her family. With four older brothers watching her every move, let’s just say, it is very hard for her to date or have any independence at all for that matter. So, Amanda sets out on her own for the first time. She is twenty-two years old and wants to finally live and make mistakes and have regrets like any normal woman. Enter in bad boy Brady Everett, Amanda’s brother’s best friend, and Amanda has her sights set on him being the first of many new adventures.
Brady Everett is being forced to work the family land for a period of one year, a task he is none too happy about. To top it all off, he is asked to babysit Amanda and make sure she stays out of trouble. But, when he finally realizes Amanda is no longer the little girl in pigtails, he becomes the “trouble” he is supposed to be protecting her from.
I have always loved the brother’s best friend trope and having now read The Last Real Cowboy I can see why. I wouldn’t necessarily say its a taboo kind of trope, but it does make things a little more interesting. It is kind of like the forbidden fruit. You know you are not supposed to eat it, but you can’t help yourself anyway. When Amanda propositions Brady to teach her about men, He knows he should resist, but Amanda is quite determined with or without his help. So, what does any man do under these circumstances? Pray her brother’s don’t find out!
I really loved Amanda and although she does come across as a bit naive because of her upbringing, she is actually pretty smart for being so young. It was really nice to see her blossom with Brady and to be there for him in ways he doesn’t even realize. Her growth through the story and near towards the end really shows how passionate she is with the people she loves and how she will stick up for Brady when she feels no one else is.
Brady is just really hot and also quite damaged. He didn’t have the best life growing up with a cold father, so when he reached eighteen years old, he ran far away from his problems and only came back when he was forced to give a year working on the homestead along with his brothers. Brady really was the standout character for me and I couldn’t help feeling sympathy for him because he really didn’t know the man he was capable of being and I could see the fear he had in regards to turning out like his father. Brady wants to do the right thing, but can’t help himself giving in to Amanda’s demands for help in learning about men even though he knows he should stay far away.
Although I really did enjoy Brady and Amanda’s story, there was a little bit of a hiccup for me when it was reiterated over and over again that Amanda was “little Amanda,” “like a sister,” and a “little girl.” I understand why it was done, but maybe a tad bit less of it would have been better for me. Don’t get me wrong, the love story was sweet and tender and I wholeheartedly enjoyed it, but a teeny bit less on the “young” factor would have had me squirming just a little teeny bit less.
I am really hoping Amanda’s brothers will get their own story! I think I am a little in love with all of them! Yes, I will definitely need a fan..oh hell just make it an air conditioner blasted on high!