Review: The Cowboy Next Door (Montana Strong Book 2) by R. C. Ryan

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After weeks on the trail, Sam Monroe is looking forward to a hot bath, a home-cooked meal, and a real bed. In that order. But he's greeted by something even better when he opens the door to his family's ranch house. Seems the new housekeeper is a gorgeous young woman who cooks like an angel and wrangles his family like a pro. If only she didn't dislike him so much...

Penny Cash is down on her luck, and the last thing she needs is a flirtation with a wild, carefree cowboy. Sure, he's funny and sexy, but they're as different as whiskey and tea. And she'll be leaving town as soon as she finds a full-time teaching position. But when trouble comes calling, Penny will find out how serious Sam can be when it comes to protecting the woman he loves...

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

This is the first time I’ve read this author and I was excited to jump into the story.  The situation that places Penny working for Mac is disappointing and the author reveals it immediately.  Penny is a hardworking, honest woman.  However, she was a bit judgmental and old fashioned for me.  For someone who had to give up her childhood to care for and raise three younger brothers, plus deal with her father’s gambling, she is very na├»ve.  She wasn’t my favorite character in the story. 
Sam was the cowboy version of a player.  He is charming and a total sweet talker.  Penny is instantly on her guard.  I would be too.  That was one instant I agreed with her opinion.  However, these two slowly gravitate towards each other which was fun to watch.  Neither one liked the idea at first.  Penny was extremely judgmental about his character.  That was annoying in the sense that after a while she needed to take her gambling blinders off.  Her focus was too narrow for the longest time.
Yet she is impulsive when it came to her brother and is adamant to make him change his mind.  She is stubborn and determined to make her views known as she “knows” she is right.  Ugh! I’m not arguing with her opinions but come on act like an adult instead of a teenager, throwing a hissy fit.

The idea of the storyline was good.  I like how she ends up there and placed in Sam’s path.  He needed something to shake his life up a bit.  Everything that the author throws in adds to the storyline.  How both main characters deal with the ultimate dilemma throw in by the author was fitting.  Neither gave up and refused to stop working at saving each other.  By the end Penny had shed most of her self-righteous beliefs and accepted those around her as they were.  So, by the end the author had won me over.  It was a great story.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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