The Last Good Cowboy

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The Last Good Cowboy

Morgan Ranch, #3

“The Last Good Cowboy” by Kate Pearce is a lovely adult contemporary western romance that gives not only a progress report on some of the Morgan brothers but helps explain some of the family dynamics that have shaped each of them. I like the way things are gradually revealed so that even though I was not familiar with the series, I could figure out some of the motivations and understand the angst that the brothers were going through. That’s not to say that I don’t need to read the other stories, especially to learn more about the women in the brothers’ lives, but I wasn’t COMPLETELY lost.

There are some fantastic secondary characters, including a phlegmatic (usually) horse named Dolittle, and their reactions and interactions with the main characters provide depth and richness to the story, but I wanted to know more about some of them and their background. The heart-wrenching elements that are gradually revealed underscore the damage that can be both physical and emotional, and how that can overshadow one’s life, preventing progress and festering in one’s soul. The emotional arc that each main character travels kept me mesmerized, especially as long-buried details are unveiled, and I ached as each learns to depend on someone else and let the other into that tightly guarded fortress that has been built for self-protection.

I also had trouble with the weird dynamics between the siblings. I realize that some of it is addressed but things weren’t quite resolved to my satisfaction, especially the tug of war that arises between Avery and her sister and the self-destructive behavior displayed by one of the Morgan brothers that doesn’t seem to be of major concern to the others. I think that part of my frustration is from not having read the other books in the series, so I got a little crossed up with some of the males (and it wasn’t helped by having a Roy and a Ry, lol) and their roles on the ranch.

The heat and honesty between Ry and Avery is a lovely thing to watch unfold, and I felt the author did a great job of depicting Ry’s perplexity when faced with Avery’s mercurial moods and his intense desire to smooth her path through life and heal some of her inner wounds. I think those who enjoy a beautiful story with love and passion set against the backdrop of a working ranch and the nearby town will enjoy this episode in the saga of the sexy Morgan brothers.

This addition to the ‘Morgan Ranch’ series highlights Ry Morgan as he takes a good look at whether he wants to spend his life trying to keep his twin HW company and out of trouble. His decision to work on the family ranch results in his reconnecting with former schoolmate Avery Hayes, who has herself gone through some significant changes in her life. Their exploration of the attraction that had been short-circuited by HW in high school forces them to decide whether they can get past their respective phobias, but the pressures they face may destroy the relationship before it can get started.

Book Blurb for The Last Good Cowboy

The Morgan ranch has seen its share of bad times. But as the four Morgan brothers are drawn back to their childhood home, the nightmares of their past give way to the promise of a new beginning…

Ry Morgan has always had a thing for Avery Hayes—one more hope his twin wrecked for him, pretending to be Ry to kiss her at the high school prom. Eight years later, Ry has had enough: he’s quitting the pro rodeo circuit, moving home to California to mend fences, and letting his brother clean up his own messes for a change. Reclaiming Avery’s stolen kiss is at the top of his agenda…

But Avery has changed. Her rodeo career ended with a fall that left her lucky to be alive, let alone walking. She hasn’t been on a horse since, and between surgeries and fighting off everybody’s pity she hasn’t done much else either. Ry is strong, confident, and sexy as hell—exactly what she thought she wanted at seventeen. Now, she’ll have to protect the safe space she’s made for herself—or risk it all for a dream she thought would never come again…

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2017 4.25