Pro rodeo bronc and bull rider Bodhi Ballantyne is always upping the stakes. This year he’s been hiding a secret, and when he and his cousins come home to Marietta, Montana, for the Copper Mountain Rodeo and learn their granddad is contemplating selling his legacy ranch, Bodhi challenges his cousins to a game to save their futures. To stay in the game, they’ll each need a bride by the end of the rodeo.
Nico Steel is on the run from her family, her fortune, and her unwitting role in the corporate scandal of a generation. After cooperating with the FBI and the New York state attorney’s office to right the wrongs, she drives across the country, desperate for peace and reinvention. One impulsive stop at a saloon along with a dance with a sexier-than-sin cowboy and suddenly Nico’s learning to shoot whiskey and agreeing to be a stranger’s fake fiancée for the week.
They’re both players, so it’s a win-win—unless one of them loses their heart.
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This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules
Series: Montana Rodeo Brides #3
Author: Sinclair Jayne
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: January 13, 2022
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules is the third title in the Montana Rodeo Brides series, and it’s time for the instigator of the bet between cousins to save the family ranch to face the music himself and come up with a fiancée — one way or another, and Nico plays right into that fake fiancée role for she has secrets of her own to keep hidden. How I have loved returning to Marietta, Montana once again for this delightful, sexy, emotional series!
From the moment we met Bodhi, back in The Cowboy Says I Do, the fact that he was hiding his own secret was very clear to the reader (if not his family). I had my suspicions but waited for the other stories to play out and now we know Bodhi’s secrets… which I’m not about to tell. This series builds on the story before so although I’ll always suggest reading in order, this time I feel it’s important to do so, in my opinion.
Nico (Samara) has traveled a far distance to stop her journey at Grey’s Saloon. She’s a high-power attorney in her family’s firm who has, some might say, turned on that family and has taken off to get away from the situation and perhaps reinvent herself along the way. What she knew about cowboys could be stuffed in a child-sized Stetson but she was about to get a lesson that went beyond learning the Two-Step when she flirts with a cowboy and ends up agreeing to be his pretend fiancée for a week… a week that will change lives and open up possibilities for their futures.
I loved Nico and Bodhi individually and especially together. They fit even when they haven’t been exactly straightforward with each other about those pesky secrets they’re carrying. Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules is the final story in the series so we’ll get a lot of storylines wrapped up, and most of the answers we’ve been waiting for… not all, in my opinion, but one always leaves room for future possibilities. I adored watching the magic of Marietta at work on Nico as she experiences the beauty of Montana, of the ranch, and the residents that always mean well and are the most welcoming bunch of folks you’ll ever meet. I had a blast watching this pretend relationship find a solid foundation for their future. Love and trust are risks but watching Bodhi and Nico fall was a delightful journey. If you love a good romance with believable characters, a fun, welcoming community, and a solid story then you’ll want to pick up this entire series soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher. 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.*
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