Will a City Girl Find Lasting Happiness with ‘My Kind of Cowboy’ [REVIEW]

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Can a city girl find lasting happiness among the wranglers of Wyoming? (Photo courtesy Canva)

He’s a rancher. She’s a city girl. But when her job takes her to his small town, fresh air isn’t the only thing she falls for. Will she love him enough to stay? Find out in R.C. Ryan’s first novel in the new Wranglers of Wyoming series, My Kind of Cowboy.



Sometimes our family knows us better than we know ourselves… or maybe it’s more like better than we will admit to ourselves. Either way, cowboy Brand Merrick needs physical therapy after an accident and subsequent operation. Like so many men do, Brand feels he’s man enough to deal with the pain and get back to work, namely because so many people count on him. Little does he realize that his grandmother’s just as tough and ornery as he is and that none of his family is paying any attention to his protests that he’s fine, no matter how many times he says it.

Enter Avery Grant, the physical therapist hired by grandma to tend the wounded cowboy. She wants to follow her own dreams rather than her father’s. Once she arrives at the ranch and she meets Grant, sparks fly and the battle of the wills begins. It’s her city-girl sensibilities versus his country boy determination. Even as they spar, an attraction blossoms that neither of them can really deny. And when her past threatens to catch up with her, it’s the bull-headed cowboy who sweeps in to save the day. Can she fully give him her heart though, or is she too guarded to truly let love in?

Set in Wyoming, My Kind of Cowboy is one of those novels that instantly draws us in with characters who are somehow familiar, reminding us as they do of close friends or family members we love (or love to spar with). Ryan has a real gift for writing authentic dialogue too, and it is her understanding of human nature as well as her choice of words that enable her to write banter that is spot on, and oftentimes hilarious. In many instances, reading the exchanges between her characters almost made me feel as if she had somehow listened to conversations I had with my siblings when I was growing up. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed reading this novel so much!

This book reminds us of an important life lesson too, one we need especially now. It proves that none of us are an island, and that our lives are enriched if and when we dare to open our hearts and reach out to others. Only then will we experience the friendship, love and camaraderie which comes to mean a great deal to so many of us, especially in times of crisis.

Want to find out how Brand and Avery’s story ends? Pick up a copy of R.C. Ryan’s My Kind of Cowboy, and escape to a part of America that is still untamed and where no one is immune to the shenanigans that come with love and family. Enjoy!

This edition includes the bonus novel, Cowboy Rebel, by Carolyn Brown.

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R.C. Ryan is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 novels, including both contemporary and historical fiction. This is quite the accomplishment for a woman who, after giving birth to her fifth child, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN and ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. 

To learn more about Ryan and her alter ego Ruth Ryan Langan, visit RyanLangan.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

By R.C. Ryan
368 pp. Forever. $8.99

Purchase My Kind of Cowboy direct from Jathan & Heather’s Beach Reads Book Shop or order from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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