Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3)

Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3)

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by Jennifer Ryan

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Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven . . .


Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven . . . because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.

Bell would do anything for Dane. He's the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she's still the awkward girl who's never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date?

Bell is the only woman in Dane's heart. When a rodeo rivalry turns deadly, it's his turn to save Bell's life—because he sure as hell won't lose his guardian angel again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/18/2015
Ryan’s third Montana Men contemporary romance (after When It’s Right), set in tiny Bowden Ranch, Mont., has a seamless plot and two sterling protagonists. When tough cowboy Dane fell from his horse, a woman appeared, treated his wounds, and vanished. He thought she was a head-injury hallucination until she reappeared 11 years later and once again saved his life. Tired of being pursued by uninteresting women, he decides to win this beautiful physician’s heart. For her part, the woman (whose name is Bell) was the product of her father’s infidelity, and she was locked away for years by her evil paternal grandmother to preserve her father’s reputation. She’s clever and capable, but she’s never experienced a real emotional connection with anyone and is determined to keep the audacious cowboy at arm’s length, despite her attraction to him. However, his perseverance and magnetic smiles weaken her defenses, and the two become closer than she ever knew was possible. When a jealous ex-friend of Dane’s sets his sights on injuring Bell, in a subplot that meshes perfectly with the main story line, Dane takes his turn at being the guardian angel. The spirited dialogue, charming characters, and engaging story will keep readers intrigued from beginning to end. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media. (Aug.)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden
“Sexy, thrilling, and extremely addictive-HER LUCKY COWBOY is a must-read book!”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Montana Men Series , #3
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4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dane ' s book was just as good as the books about his brothers. Dealing with everything from child and spousal abuse to murder.
CaseyMB More than 1 year ago
Her Lucky Cowboy is my first book by Jennifer Ryan. While it is the third book in her Montana Men series, it can be read as a standalone with interconnected characters. There was a lot to like here, and I really enjoyed a lot about this book. There were however a few things that kept this one from being five stars for me. Dane Bowden only has to last eight seconds on the bull he is riding in order to win the championship so that he can fulfill his plans and retire from bull-riding and return home to his family's ranch. But the bull has other ideas, and although he wins, he finds himself once again saved by the angel that saved him as a child. With her in front of him once again, Dane realizes that she wasn't just an angel that disappeared. Now a doctor, Bell is the first to jump in when Dane is injured once again. Dane is determined to get to know Bell, as she has never been far from his mind and he was never able to forget her. But Bell is reluctant to let Dane close knowing that her inexperience and social awkwardness can't possibly compete with the many women Dane is used to seeing. But Dane's accident is a wake-up call for him, and he is ready to prove to Bell that the only woman he wants is her. Can she let him in and trust him enough to take a chance on something more? I liked both Dane and Bell. I thought that these two were great together and I loved their connection. Seeing them get to know one another and take things slowly was nice. Dane was patient and gave Bell time to adjust to something she had no experience with. Yet he also didn't let her avoid him or push him away like she tried to do. I was glad that he was persistent, and I think that was exactly what she needed. I loved seeing them figure things out, and they were really sweet with one another. Their feelings were genuine, and their connection was natural. They also had great chemistry, and the attraction between them was clear. I will say that this book was very slow and frustrating at times. Bell had a horrible upbringing, and that had a huge effect on her. She was awkward and didn't understand things that most of us take for granted. She had a lot of ground to make up, and sometimes that was very tough to get through. I wanted her to stop constantly doubting Dane and quit pushing him away. I do understand it, but as a reader sometimes it got old. I also didn't care for the fact that there were extra POVs in this story besides just Bell and Dane's. I felt like it was distracting and gave this book a disjointed feel. While I understood the reason behind it and that the conflict/drama was needed, I felt like this delivery method was not to my taste and I would have preferred something else. I did like the characters here though, and I am very interested in going back and reading the previous books. Jennifer Ryan might have been a new to me author, but I will be looking for more from her in the future. If you like sexy cowboys with your romance, this is definitely a book worth checking out. Bell and Dane were great, and I think that a lot of readers will really enjoy their story. **Complimentary Copy Provided by Publisher**
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
The synopsis pretty much laid this story out for me--beginning, middle, end--and I went into it knowing what I was getting into. Bell's brilliance and intelligence were refreshing to read about only because of her humility. Dane's desire and need to have Bell in his life was expected but his patience at getting her there was a pleasant surprise. Bell's slow acceptance of Dane's presence in her life was frustrating at times; pursuit of a person will only go on for so long before the pursuer gives up and the pursued misses their chance at something potentially amazing. Still, I gave Dane props for hanging in there because the prize was worth waiting for. Yet, for me, their relationship and the love that grew between them wasn't the point of this story. Both were beautiful to see but paled in comparison to the overwhelming sense of needing to belong and what it meant to be family. Dane had family in spades. Parents, brothers, sisters-in-law. When it came to familial love, there was never a shortage. But Bell was the opposite. Abandoned by her parents, rejected by the grandmother who raised her, she struggled to fit in pretty much anywhere. She met her half-sister's attempts at getting to know her, spending time with her, with reluctance. Her sister was a representation of the life she'd been denied: a loving home with parents who were proud of her. Bell might not have had that growing up, but Dane made sure she had it from then on. His family became hers. Their acceptance of her left her speechless. Their inclusion of her brought her to tears. To love and be loved so freely was beautiful to see, especially for a woman who, I think, truly deserved to know what that was like. Book one of this series was thought provoking. Book two was gripping. Book three, Dane and Bell's story, is very slow, sometimes frustrating, but lovingly sweet. The theme of family, of belonging, rides stronger in this book than the other two. It hit home with this reader and gave me a greater appreciation for the family I have, love, adore, and yes want to kill sometimes. But I have them, wouldn't trade them for the world. That's a sentiment I know Bell understood by the end. 3.5* (Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED these two. Dane is a good modern day rake – enjoying himself as he moves fast through life (and women), until he meets that special someone. Once he sees Bell though he’s a new man. He’s already going to have to change his life and his accident just makes it even more real, but the change didn’t feel quite as right until he found a woman to settle down with. He’s going to have to show a lot of patience and understanding though to win this one over … good thing that he’s a strong, upstanding man under all that fast living. Bell had an unusual upbringing to say the least. Her family was ashamed of her and hid her from everyone, so much so that no one knew she lived with her grandmother. Add being beyond brilliant to the mix, enough that she graduated college at an age most kids are graduating high school, and she’s got a lot of catching up to do socially. Meeting gorgeous and socially hyperactive playboy Dane, just makes her feel all the more unsure of herself and has her resisting his advances. Bell’s awkwardness makes Dane have to fight for her but it does ensure that he has plenty of time to make sure that she’s what he wants. The ups and downs that these two experience will help make them have a solid future … as long as they make it out the other side. Because Ryan also throws a little danger into the mix, which just amps things up a bit and keeps you biting your nails (both from terror and emotional overload). With her fantastic writing style, addictive characters and awesome pacing, I found myself speeding through the pages. I kept telling myself I’d just read a little more, which turned into a little more and then a little more, because each time I promised myself I’d quit at the next good stopping point I’d just find myself even more engrossed. If the rest of the Montana Men stories are anything like this then I’m moving them to the top of my TBR pile because this one packed about as much punch as that big ol’ bull that Dane goes round and round with. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series is great. You will not be disappointed by any book in this series!!!!
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The fact that bell stayed wirh the mean old witch
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I love this series.
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Loved it
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SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
I thought there was a lot of "meat" in this story of Dane (a bull rider/rancher) and Bell (a orthopedic surgeon).. A modern day western with a lot of suspense, murder, love, forgiveness and very well developed characters... While it can be read alone I think it should be read in order because all of the "people" from the previous books play an important role in this one... My heart ached for Bell because I kept wondering how many children actually grow up in such an unloved, unwanted and miserable home... And Dane, bless him, showed such compassion in addition to his he man persona that I wanted to hug him on every page... Really enjoyed the book when I wasn't terrified in some of the parts...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good with romance and suspense. 259 pages that is all about family and friends.
Lark_BookwyrmsHoard More than 1 year ago
All it took was one Jennifer Ryan book, and I am hooked! Interesting, well-developed characters and a soupcon of suspense make this series irresistible. Bell is a different sort of heroine than I usually come across. Sure, there are plenty of heroines who were emotionally abused as children, but Bell’s intellectual brilliance and social awkwardness make her stand out. She’s the “bright girl who didn’t fit in” taken to the nth degree. I liked and sympathized with her immediately. The reformed rake or playboy is a common trope in romance, both historical and contemporary, but Ryan really made Dane’s conversion work because it doesn’t come all at once, and he has to work at it. It takes him a while to overcome his habit of calling all women “honey,” for instance, even though Bell hates it. And I appreciated that Bell isn’t the only reason he wants to change; it’s clear from the start that he has been moving toward a more responsible (adult?) life even before he encounters her again. His persistence and patience with her really won me over. Strong, vivid writing (the scene in the bullring had my heart in my throat!), well-written secondary character, great pacing, and that suspense subplot I alluded to above, all had me turning pages until late into the night. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, starting with book one – which is already sitting on my e-reader. REVIEW ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON The Bookwyrm's Hoard (www.bookwyrmshoard.com)
cjp0 More than 1 year ago
Dane's story did not let me down. This whole Montana Men series is excellent!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read...love this series and dane with bell
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star The story has laughs, grief, murder, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak. I was pulled right into this story. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Can't Wait: (Montana Men 0.5) At Wolf Ranch (Montana Men, #1) When It's Right (Montana Men, #2) This is Bell and Dane’s story. Bell was always told she was a mistake. Hidden away from the world until she goes to college she does not know how to act in certain situations. She feels unworthy of love. Dane is a playboy but has lately wondered if it times to settle down. On his very last ride he gets injured. Bell saves his life at the risk to her own life. Dane realizes after he met her that she was the angel who saved him years ago. Dane wants her more than he has ever wanted another woman. When he finds out about her horrible past he knows he has to show her how much he cares. The more they are together the more she opens up. When danger comes to them will he be able to protect her? Will she still want him when she finds out the danger only wants her because of him? Can Bell finally get the love and life she has always dreamed of? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have tried to open this book only to not be able to read this book. I have asked customer service for help. Only to be told to just unarchive. I paid good money for nothing. I asked for a refund without success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read. Not my favorite of hers, but still an enjoyable story.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Dane Bowden is a rowdy hero who is about ready to hang up his hat and finally go home. But Fate has a slightly different plan for him. Oh yes, Dane gets to retire but the how is not exactly how he planned. And a phantom from his past just showed up. Bell has always known that she is different, that she was unwanted, unloved by all in her family (except her grandpa) but when she agrees to take a trip with her half sister she could never guess the twists and turns that Fate was about to throw her way. Loved this book!! Loved Dane!!! Loved Bell!! Loved these two together!! Bell had a very rough childhood. She is so unsure of her place in the world. But I loved how she was willing to try to learn, try to adapt and take a leap of fate with Dane. Dane on the other hand had a great childhood. He has never had an issue with life, family or love. But when he sees Bell again nothing will be the same. I really liked seeing how patient Dane is, how he finally grows up and realized what and who he wants. It was great to see Bell finally realize that she is worth more and deserves everything. I am really enjoying this series and I can’t wait to see what is next of the Montana Men Series. :) Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Edelweiss & Avon in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read... love all the brothers stories in finding love.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Dane and Bell's story is sweet, but Bell's past is so sad. I loved that their story relay began when they were they were just teens, but didn't meet again until they were both adults. There relationship progressed slowly as Dane worked on convincing Bell that he'd left his rodeo lifestyle behind and wanted a real relationship with her. There is a little bit of danger from an old friend of Dane's who is out for revenge that adds a bit of suspense. It fits well with the previous books in the series and it was great seeing Dane's brothers and their wives families growing. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.