Ty Everett ran off to the rodeo when he turned eighteen and has been riding bulls ever since…until his last fall causes partial amnesia and he must return to Cold River Ranch to figure out what comes next. But how can he pick his next move when he can’t remember how he got here in the first place–much less the beautiful woman who appears at the ranch, claims she knows him and warms his cold heart for the first time since he woke up in the hospital?
Rodeo Queen Hannah Monroe gave up her crown for Ty Everett and her innocence. What she wants from Ty now is a divorce. But Ty can’t remember her–or their secret wedding, or even the son she never meant to hide from him–and Hannah is torn. How can she leave the man she can’t forget and still loves despite herself? And even if she’s willing to start over, what will happen when the truth comes out?
Title: Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy
Series: Cold River Ranch #2
Author: Caitlin Crews
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: July 30, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY is the second title in Caitlin Crew’s Cold River Ranch series – it’s an intense, intriguing and completely emotional romance that captured me from the very start.
Ty has done his best to keep the reality and the details of his recent injuries from his family. As far as they know he’s recovering just fine. Truth is – he is not. It’s not possible to be “recovering just fine” when almost two years of your life are a blank slate that no one can fill in for you.
Hannah has tracked Ty down for one reason only, to put an end to whatever they once had together. If he could come up with some answers as to why he’s ignored her and their son she’d love to hear it – or not, at this point she simply wants closure and to move on. Yet when she discovers that Ty truly has no memory of her, their love, the secret marriage because she was a Rodeo Queen or their son, Jack – well, that puts a different light on the last two years of silence. Now she has a different decision to make. Leave or stay – both could break her heart, only one could heal them both for a lifetime.
Ty and Hannah are going to break your heart, and eventually, heal it back again. But that’s going to take some time and some hard truths to come to the surface. COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY is an emotional story on several levels. There’s frustration at Ty’s stubborn refusal to tell his family of his partial amnesia. There is sadness at Hannah’s holding on to the hope that Ty still loves her even when nothing points to that truth. There is anger at the way Hannah was treated by Ty’s family even though it was understandable given the circumstances. There is also relief, laughter, tears, and a sense of finally getting the entire picture and seeing how good this new family can be together.
No book is perfect. That’s just life. And while there were some things that I could have gotten frustrated over by their delivery – it’s just plain silly to do so. Every author in the world has their own style, their own way of telling their story. That’s as it should be. On the flip side, every reader has things that they like better in that story delivery part. Neither side is totally right nor totally wrong. In the end, I let the author tell me their story, after all, it’s been in their imagination for a while now so they should know it best, right?
In all, I had a blast with COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY and I’m now waiting for THE LAST REAL COWBOY to be released in early 2020. If you enjoy a good love story, can handle some sadness knowing there is a reason things have happened as they did, love seeing two people rediscover just why they fell in love in the first place, and a cast of secondary characters that bring the book to life – then you’ll want to pick up COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY releases on July 30, 2019.
Available in a variety of formats including the Kindle