The Last Real Cowboy
Cold River Ranch
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen
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? (Goodreads)
Amanda has a problem. Namely her older brothers. They try to control every aspect of her life and they treat her like she is still a child. She cannot have a social life, they think they know what is best for her. Forget having a boyfriend, no one would be stupid enough to have to face her brothers. She has had enough of it and she decides to make her own life. She starts by moving out of the family ranch into a room above a wild bar. And she gets a job bartending at that said bar. That goes over well with her brothers!
Brady has his own problems with his brothers. Brady left the ranch and got an education. More importantly, he got away from their father. When he returns, everything is strained and he just does not feel like he fits in. He does not know if he should stay or just leave again and do his own thing.
Amanda has always had a crush on Brady, and wants very much for him to notice her. But to Brady, she is still a little girl. And to make matters worse, he is really good friends with one of her brothers. Brady has noticed Amanda, but he cannot break the friend code: Amanda is off limits. But sometimes, things do not go as well as we plan, and life takes some twists and turns that we cannot control. And sometimes that is a good thing and things workout better than we hoped for.
I enjoyed Amanda, Brady and all of their families. I thought Amanda was a little immature and did not act her age at times. That made the age difference between her and Brady stand out even more. I was not one hundred percent sold on the chemistry between the two. But having said that, I did enjoy getting to spend time with them and reading about their story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted western romance.