The Morgan men thought they left their troubled pasts in the dust. But one by one, they find themselves returning to the northern California ranch where the bad times began. Together, they have a chance to forge a new future based on brotherhood, hope, and love . . .
Professional rodeo cowboy “HW” Morgan has finally achieved his dream of competing in the national rodeo finals—but his career has come at a price. His twin brother wants nothing to do with him and a string of hookups haven’t warmed his bed. He’s got to get his head on straight—and the only place to do that is at home, if his family will have him.
Samantha Kelly isn’t sure what she’s doing at a new dude ranch. The army veteran is barely back on her feet again, still struggling to rehab an injury. But she’s willing to give equine therapy a try, even though her riding instructor is bold, brash, and distractingly easy on the eyes. As she and HW warily try to work each other out, slowly and surely an unbreakable trust is built—one on which dreams can be built . . .
Praise for The Reluctant Cowboy
“Pearce sets up solid main-character arcs and creates good chemistry in a realistic western. While Pearce's descriptions of the ranch will inspire dreams of visiting one, the family secrets are alluring enough to make readers eager for the next book.” —Booklist
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.
She writes for Kensington, Penguin Random House UK Rouge Romance, Carina and Cleis Press and is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance cliches. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance and whatever else she can imagine. You can find Kate at her website at www.katepearce.com, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter @Kate4queen.
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HW Morgan eased his weight from one booted foot to the other to counteract the grinding pain in his right knee from his recent fall and stared out over the now empty arena. The smell of over two thousand tons of dirt, horse, and sweat lingered, along with spilled popcorn and beer. Sanitation crews were sweeping out the mountains of trash left by the fans, while another team dismantled the bucking chutes and metal panels. It was amazing how fast the trappings of the National Finals Rodeo came down, turning the Thomas & Mack Center back into a basketball arena. Only the overhead Jumbotron that could have flashed his victory score instead of his defeat remained.
"HW. Why are you still here?"
HW turned as his best friend on the rodeo circuit. "Rio" Martinez came up and slapped him on the back. He was a bull rider by trade but had come to cheer on his companions.
"I'm just thinking about what might have been." HW sighed. "I keep running that last saddle bronc ride through my head, wondering what I could've done differently."
"Hey, you came second overall, my friend. You should be proud." Rio gave him another friendly punch in the arm. "Next year you'll win it outright."
HW straightened up. "Nah. I think I'm done."
Rio stared at him as if he was nuts. "Come on. You're just sore and —"
"Nope, I just don't want it anymore."
It killed him to admit it, and it would piss off his sponsors if he decided to turn his back on the money and fame, but the desire to be the best had deserted him. He'd recently lost another longtime rodeo friend, kicked by a horse in the head. He had a terrible sense that if he didn't stop now, he'd never stop, and would end up dead or with nothing.
"Don't make any hasty decisions, my friend," Rio advised. "Get your knee fixed, take some time off, and then reassess, okay?"
"Easy for you to say when you're the next big thing and I'm on my way out," HW grumbled. "I'm too tall, too old, and my back's about to give out."
Rio had the nerve to laugh. "You're blond, beautiful, and all-American. The sponsors love you, women throw themselves at your feet, and you give great interviews. No one wants you to retire."
"Except me." HW gave the arena one last lingering glance — almost as if he was saying good-bye — and then threw an arm around his friend's shoulders. "I suppose I should go to the party or our new champion's sponsor will be accusing me of sour grapes. Give an old man a hand, won't you?"
Rio was still grinning when they reached the sponsor's suites. They both endured the backslapping and congratulations of a multitude of fans, businesspeople, and other competitors. When Rio went to get them an officially sponsored beer, HW was surrounded by a group of women, all eager to engage his attention in some way or another. There were some beautiful and smart women in his world, along with a few buckle bunnies, but none of them did it for him anymore. But he did his job: signed autographs, T-shirts, and one woman's left boob and smiled like he was delighted to be there.
Dan Post, the rep of his main sponsor, came by to shake his hand, his round face gleaming with perspiration. "Better luck next year, okay?" He leaned in closer. "My boss wants to talk to you about renegotiating your current deal, so call your agent."
"Will do. Paul's here somewhere if you want to speak to him yourself," HW agreed with a smile.
"I'd rather run it by you first — you know what he's like." Dan shuddered. "He was over by the bar a moment ago. I'll tell him you're looking for him."
Out of the corner of his eye, HW saw the new champion come in and watched with wry amusement as he was swarmed by almost the entire party. The guy was six years younger than HW, and so dazzlingly talented that he'd likely be on top for years. Unless he was injured, and HW wouldn't wish that on his worst enemy, he would prove hard to beat.
"Here's your beer. Cheers." Rio handed him a frosted bottle. "Feel like celebrating with some ladies tonight?"
"No, thanks. I have to ice my knee." HW grinned. "See? I am getting old, and you won't want to be buddies with me for much longer."
Rio clinked his bottle against HW's, his expression suddenly serious. "I'll always be your friend. You and your twin were the only people who made an effort to understand my garbled attempts at English all those years ago. You taught me a lot and I'll never forget it."
"That was probably Ry. He's always had a soft heart."
"How's he doing? Regretting leaving the circuit yet?"
"Nope. He's in love and happy as a pig in shit being the deputy ranch manager at my family home."
"Yeah?" Rio chuckled. "I can just picture him there. His heart was never really devoted to this game like ours. You miss him, yes?"
HW grimaced. "Like my right arm."
"Do you have that twin thing going for you? Like you know when he is hurt?"
"Sure do." HW rubbed his nose. "He got kicked in the face by a calf a couple of weeks ago and I was the one who got the black eye."
Rio's shout of laughter ended abruptly as someone came up behind HW. All the humor drained from his face. "Your agent's here. I'll catch up with you in a while."
HW turned to Paul White. His snake of an agent had something of a reputation and had fallen out with Rio over a year ago. Neither man would tell HW what the problem was, so HW had reluctantly stayed with Paul, who'd been in the middle of contract negotiations for him.
Paul nudged him in the ribs. He wore cowboy gear but always looked more comfortable in a suit. "Still hanging around with that jerk loser?"
HW didn't smile. "What's up, Paul?"
"Oh, just congratulating my favorite client. I've got an opportunity for you to tour Brazil during the off-season. It'll be worth it. I told them you'd do it."
"I'm not interested."
"Come on, HW! You'll make thousands of bucks. All you have to do is appear in a few exhibition rides and look pretty. You're a natural."
"I'm not doing it, Paul."
The smile disappeared from Paul's face to reveal the shark beneath. "But it's almost a done deal."
"Not my problem. I'm taking a few weeks off." HW shrugged. "I'm sure you'll find someone else."
"How much cash do you want to go?"
"I don't care about the money. I need some time to myself, okay?"
Paul shook his head and tutted in a way that set HW's teeth on edge. "See, that's why you're not the champion. That's why I have to fight and struggle all the time to get you to pay attention to me." His face darkened. "You'd better not be off doing something I don't know about. I deserve my share of your earnings. I got you everything you have — all those sponsorship deals, all that airtime, all that magazine space."
HW set his jaw. Sometimes putting up with the best agent in the business had its downside. Hopefully he wouldn't be dealing with this shit for much longer. "And I'm grateful for that, but I'm still taking time off."
"Why? If you don't get out there and promote yourself like hell as the man most likely to win next year, you're going to be considered passé. A loser, just like your brother who couldn't hack it."
HW offered his agent his warmest smile. "Stop with the charm offensive. I'm not doing it. That's final. I'm going home to work on the family ranch."
"The family you called a bunch of murdering losers on TV? I bet they're going to be pleased to see you."
"I damn well hope so. I'll talk to you when I get back."
HW turned away, but Paul grabbed his arm. "You call me once a week. You'll get bored with playing cowboy and be desperate to get back to the real world."
HW gently removed Paul's hand from his elbow. "I don't think so."
"If you don't keep in touch, don't expect to have an easy time of it when you get back."
"Not a problem."
"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" Paul demanded.
HW tipped his hat. "I'm sure you'll work it out. 'Night, Paul. See you in a couple of months."
He wasn't going to get into anything specific with his agent right there and now. Rio's advice was on target. He needed to walk away for a while, like Ry had, and work out whether he wanted to come back to this life of endless hard work, disappointment, sacrifice, and pure heroics. At the moment, he loved and loathed it equally. The thrill of competing and hearing the crowd roar just for him against the injuries, the constant travel.
The loneliness ...
It hadn't been the same since Ry had walked out on him. HW finished his beer and went to congratulate the new champion in person. He'd go back to the ranch where he'd been born, reconnect with his brothers and newly discovered sister. Once he'd settled down he'd make some decisions the way he met all the challenges in his life — with a smile.
"Jay, will you please listen to me?"
Samantha Kelly contemplated tossing her cell into the plant pot behind her as her old friend kept talking and talking and talking. She was sitting in the physical therapy center where she worked and trained and was supposed to be exercising her upper body.
"Sam, come on, you owe me big-time."
She scowled. Okay, so he did have a point.
"All you have to do is agree to a six-week, all-expenses-paid vacation at a brand-new dude ranch right here in Northern California. It's only a hundred miles from where you live. I know you've always loved the rodeo. And, as an extra incentive, you'll be staying real close to where I live."
"You call that a bonus?"
Jay laughed. "Hell yeah. I'm cute, you love me, and you can finally hang out with Erin. She's dying to meet you."
"Erin's the new one, right? Not the woman who dumped your ass when you were still in the hospital?"
"Erin's amazing." Sam rolled her eyes at his lovesick tone even though Jay couldn't see her. "So, you'll come?"
"I haven't said that!"
"But you will. I know you're up for a challenge and you know I'll just keep bugging you until you give in. They're looking for guests to give them feedback on all aspects of the ranch before they open fully to the public. I told Chase Morgan you'd be a great guest, and the first to offer an honest opinion."
"You mean I've got a big mouth."
"I mean that you're amazingly good at seeing the big picture and telling it like it is."
Sam wasn't sure that was true anymore, but she was sick of staring at the same four walls, and her family would be thrilled if she went. It would also give them a break ...
Jay carried on speaking. "I'm just going to keep calling you until you break down and come anyway."
"That's because you were a Navy SEAL," Sam complained. "You never know when to give up. So not fair."
Jay went quiet for so long that Sam wondered if she'd lost the connection.
"I know it's hard for you. I know, Sam. I barely left my room for a year after I was medically discharged. But I got nagged into running the bar and then I met Erin, and everything changed for me." He paused again. "I need your help, okay? So do my friends up at Morgan Ranch."
Sam studied the yoga chart on the wall opposite her until the figures blurred into anonymous shapes. She hadn't tried anything new for two years. And how long was it since she'd been needed for anything ?
"Okay." Her breath whooshed out. "I'm not sure how I'm going to help anyone, but I'll do it."
Jay whistled and whooped so hard that she had to hold the phone away from her ear.
"Great! I'll give Chase Morgan your details and he'll be in touch. See you soon, Sammy girly!"
"Don't call me that," she mock-threatened.
"Come and make me."
"I will when I get to that ranch."
She was still smiling as she ended the call. She and Jay had met in military rehab and spent hours cheering each other on with the kinds of taunts and teases that would've shocked those with thinner skins and a less dark sense of humor. But it had worked. They'd both been through hell and back. Together, they'd gotten out of the hospital and into civilian life. He was the brother she'd always wanted. She owed him a lot.
"Hey, Sam?" She turned to see her mom in the doorway. "You ready to go home now?"
Guiltily aware that she hadn't done half her exercises, she smiled at her mother. "Sure! I don't have any more clients this afternoon. This time I'm driving. I've got to get some more practice in."
"As long as you stop off at the pizza place to pick up our order, I'm good."
"Yeah right." Sam grinned. "Last time I drove, you screamed like a banshee."
"That's because you drive too fast." Mom held the door open. "You got everything?"
Sam dropped her cell into her purse. Her mom looked way less tense than she had a year ago, when Sam had been at her most difficult. Spending six weeks at this Morgan Ranch place would give her parents their first vacation from her in three years. It wasn't that she needed physical help anymore but that they worried about her all the time. Maybe it was time for them all to get over that and move on. The more she thought about it, the better the idea became.
She made sure her prosthetic was securely attached to her left calf, pulled on a new pair of socks, and tied her sneakers. Her dad had always complained she had a lead foot when he'd been teaching her to drive, and now she kind of did. Relearning skills she'd taken for granted was never fun, but she wasn't the kind of person who gave up easily. Grabbing her jacket, she executed a perfect turn in her lightweight wheelchair and headed for the door.
"I'm good to go, and guess what? I have some news to share after dinner."
Morgan Ranch, California
HW turned the wheels of his truck in a slow circle and came to a stop right outside his family home. The dust resettled and the quietness stole over him. Not much had changed at the ranch since the 1850s, when his enterprising great-great-grandparents had realized that keeping the miners fed and housed was a way more lucrative business than chasing the next phantom gold rush. They'd built liveries and saloons and eventually made enough money to buy land and graze cattle.
Even when the thought of coming back had seemed impossible, HW had never forgotten the struggle his Welsh family had endured to make a home for themselves in a new country. That inherited grit had helped him compete through injuries and rides that would've shaken another man to his soul. His grandma Ruth said that stubbornness was the marrow in a Morgan's bones.
HW would have to agree. After the horrors of their childhood, it had taken ten years for Ruth to persuade his oldest brother, Chase, to return to the ranch, and even longer to coax Blue and Ry back home. But now here they were — all working on the newly designed and almost-ready-to-go-public historical dude ranch.
He got out of the truck, stretching his shoulders and easing the weight onto his left hip. No one came out of the ranch house to welcome him. It was unusually quiet, and there were no trucks parked outside the barn. HW made his way up the steps to the wraparound porch and went in through the screen door. Everything looked freshly painted, and someone had added a swinging seat to one side of the outdoor space. He bet it was Blue. Being a tech nerd, Chase didn't have a clue how to use a hammer.
Silence greeted his question, so he headed into the kitchen, where the scent of baking lingered, reminding him that he was hungry and of his grandma, who always smelled like vanilla. He pulled out his cell phone and checked his messages. He'd sent a text to his twin brother, Ry, to let him know he was arriving today. He tested the side of the coffeepot to find out if it was still hot, texting with one thumb.
Where r u?
There was no immediate reply, so he helped himself to coffee and set about taking his bags up to his old room on the top floor. He kicked open the door with the toe of his boot and dumped everything on the old braided rag rug that covered the original pine flooring. The room smelled of sunshine and lemon polish. The windows were open, allowing the drapes to flutter in the breeze. Perhaps someone was expecting him after all.
His cell buzzed.
Are you home already? I'm in town with Avery. Back in 30.
HW paused to look out over the water meadows toward the Sierras, inhaling the clean bite of the fresh air.
Yeah. He wasn't sure about that yet. Wasn't sure his family had forgiven him for dumping them all in the shit by exposing their family history to the media. He'd even managed to fall out with his twin, which was a first. Ry always had his back, but HW had let the thrill of competition and fame turn his head and almost sacrificed something way more precious. He just remembered to text back.
Yeah. I'm here.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This entire series is excellent
Thinking about retiring from the rodeo circuit before he ends up broken down or dead, champion bronc rider HW Morgan heads back to the family ranch to try and see if there is a place for him there. Invited to stay as an initial test guest for their new dude ranch endeavor, combat veteran and wounded warrior Samantha is his first student learning to ride a horse. Nothing like some one on one time to spark a fire and forge a bond between two such strong personalities. I really enjoyed seeing the rest of the family members again and loved how these two battled each other and themselves to build a new life and let go of past traumas. I really recommend this modern rancher cowboy read. My only issue is on the cover ...what is with a brown haired cowboy on the cover when the book repeatedly says HW and his twin Ry as well as their baby sister are blonde?
I am very conflicted with this book and have considered skipping writing this review altogether. First, it took me for the longest time to finish reading the book, I would put it away and then pick it up again. I had waited to hear the story of Ry's twin HW, I had looked forward to this story. I felt like he really deserved a good woman as his partner, and I was excited to read this story, I really wanted to not only like it but love it. But this book turned out to be a bit of a mess, in my opinion. Samantha Kelly is a good woman, she is a wounded veteran, she is strong and independent but she is also stubborn, has no idea what she wants or how to go about figuring life out. She is lost with survivor's guilt, with a broken heart by an ex who cheated on her, with the adjustment of her new life after losing her leg. HW is ready to leave the rodeo world and retire while he still can. He wants to leave behind the snake of an agent who wants to take advantage of him and the clingy ex who loves to party while intoxicated and high and do it all by using HW's money. But coming home is not so easy when HW feels that the whole family resents him because of their mother who loved him the best. The family drama and trouble seems to come to heads everytime HW is around and he is not completely confident there is a welcome mat for him or a place to him in the new operation at the home ranch. When you take two people who both have more issues than most, who are at the crossroads on their lives and have no idea how to communicate, are stubborn, argumentative, and tenacious you bet you get some sparks flying. HW and Sam fight, argue, banter, clash, have confrontations, walk away from each other and come back together again for a tryst. Because they are physically as combustible as they are mentally and emotionally. Yes, there is a connection between them but it is not working out because of their hard-headed behavior. Sam is so prickly, I am not sure she knew half a time herself why she was fighting with HW. The past drama with the family brings to light more secrets from the past, HW's burden as the favorite child of their unstable mother was not an easy to task to live with, nor are the memories or actions of a little child that changed lives and destinies. The biggest problem I have with the story was that after all the exhausting arguments and fights, the ending was left wide open with no solutions to anything. HW's professional life was not resolved, the rodeo past is still open-ended, there are money issues that are not solved, there was a maybe with his future at the ranch, and his personal life got more of an HFN ending and even that was part of an argument... I am aware that some people do get energy out of constant fighting but I just felt drained and disappointed when I finished the book. ~ Two Spoons
I loved this great love story between ex-military Sam and hot cowboy. A really interesting story full of family drama and history. It is also finding a new meaning in life once you decide to close an important chapter in your life. Both Morgan and Sam are great characters likable I really loved their interaction and their bickering. About Morgan, I loved that he saw Sam as strong and tough women and how good person is she. And Sam had also seen Morgan as someone who is a capable person and not just some fancy famous face. Their chemistry is hot and although they fight first against it is in the end too strong. The story is complex especially when you learn about the Morgan family and all the drama that is behind. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
I’ve been reading the Morgan Ranch books and loving each brother as they are introduced. The Bad Boy Cowboy introduces us to HW Morgan and for a character we came to know as self-centered and a bit of a jerk? Well, turns out this boy has depth! His story is all about reintegrating with his family at the family ranch and working with, and getting under the skin of, Samantha Kelly. LOVED their story; both characters are strong and broken in their own way, but they sure are good together. Sam was a bit too independent and the Morgan family always came down hard on HW, IMHO. Without either of those “conflicts”, the story would not have been as good as it was. I truly enjoyed this book, as I have with the rest of the brothers, and I am hoping that there is another read in the works for the Morgan sister… I recommend this read, wholeheartedly, and can’t wait for a new one set on Morgan Ranch.
Love The Morgan Ranch series
HW Morgan achieved his dream of competing in the national rodeo finals but at a price. He needs some time to decide what he plans to do next and decides to head home to his family’s ranch. Sam isn’t sure how she ended up at a dude ranch but tries to give the equine therapy a try. HW is her riding instructor and as they spend time together, sparks fly. This is a fast paced read with plenty of drama and emotion. I really liked the characters as well as the story. A good read.
Ms. Pearce does it again. The Morgan men are difficult, frustrating, funny, and sexy as hell. The women that love them are strong, determined, and challenging. They are the perfect matches.
HW Morgan, a rodeo champion, has finally earned a spot to complete in the National Finals Rodeo. His dreams are dashed when he comes in second. Not sure if he really wants to compete against all the "youngsters", HW takes some time off returning home. His brothers have been working hard to turn their Northern California ranch into a dude ranch. With hopes of opening in the next six weeks or so, each brother has a specific job, but works as a team. HW hopes they will be able to find a place for him too. Samantha Kelly made a living as a MP until her unit was attacked. Samantha endured grueling PT in order to learn to walk again. Sam also sees a therapist to help work through her Survivor's guilt. Since being discharged, Sam relies on routine and does not like the unpredictable. When she's offered a chance to spread her wings as a guest "reviewer" at the Morgan Ranch, she jumps at the chance. What she didn't expect to find was HW... The Morgan's had a tumultuous childhood. Their mother suffered post-partum depression. They all knew something was wrong, but didn't know how to help her. HW was always considered her "favorite", so they thought he had it easy. They never viewed it from his point of view though. Even at 5yrs old, HW tried to keep the peace using charm. So that's how he's lived his life, charming people into doing what he wants or by saving them. When he's tasked with teaching Sam how to ride horses, he agrees so that he may finally prove his worth to his family. What he doesn't expect is the extent of his feelings for Sam.... I truly enjoyed this novel. I wanted to smack HW, then Sam up side their heads for being so stubborn in their feelings for each other. The love and support given to Sam was what I wish for in a relationship. Sam's quick wit, banter, and strength was inspiring. HW's fight to fit into his family, his patience, and ability to listen was swoon-worthy! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Only thing better than a Kate Pearce Morgan Ranch novel would be being able to actually go there! Love this family with its tragic past but their ability to overcome and function as a family. Hard for me to comment if this is a stand-alone since I have enjoyed all the books in this series. HW Morgan has been on the rodeo circuit for years but finds himself aging and fearful of a riding accident that might prove to be deadly. Coming home he finds that the family ranch is being transformed into a getaway for tourists and he is tasked with giving Samantha Kelly some lessons on how to ride a horse. Sam is pushing all of HW's buttons with her out going personality and strong zeal for living. But.. Sam comes with her own demons from her military injury that has left its nightmares. This is my favorite in this series so far. Touches on equine therapy and its merit to kids and veterans. Fresh air, muscled cowboys, and heart are included. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book. This is another Morgan family story with HW being the main son. HW has returned to the family ranch, after retiring from the rodeo, even though everyone seems to feel like he is not serious and will later leave. At the ranch he meets Sam who had left the military after being seriously injured by an IED and losing an ankle and foot. They both have baggage that seems to get in the way of a commitment. After all of the drama that happens between the two of them and the drama with HW’s past they eventually find love. There is a lot to this book and you need to find out all the workings that go on in this book. It is well written and keeps your interest. I would highly recomm
The Bad Boy Cowboy by Kate Pearce is book Four in the Morgan Ranch series. This is the story of “HW” Morgan and Samantha Kelly. This book can be a standalone book if you choice to do so. HW has been a professional rodeo Cowboy which has cause a rip with his brothers and the Morgan Ranch. But HW is wanting to retired since he has gotten older and has returned home. Sam is a wounded veteran who when asked by her friend to go to the Ranch to give her thoughts on it and to maybe get her thoughts together. HW and Sam start butting head but that doesn't stop HW from wanting to put a smile and soften the harden vet. This was a very emotional love story that I was so happy to have read!
The Bad Boy Cowboy is Book 4 of Kate Pearce's Morgan Ranch series and FINALLY HW's story! Ms. Pearce just keeps cranking out hit after hit and this was certainly no exception. This story can certainly stand fine on its own however keep in mind there is a back story that has continued to build from Book One. Based on what I know about HW from the previous books, I wasn't sure what to expect with his character but Ms. Pearce certainly delivered. I adored him from the start and even got teary eyed when I learned his long held secret. The banter and chemistry between HW and Sam was certainly heart warming and I enjoyed not only watching them navigate their relationship but also overcome the issues from both their pasts. An ARC copy of the book was received via NetGalley courtesy of the author and publisher.
As we read about each brother in the Morgan family, we finally get to the "wild child" Rodeo star HW Morgan. He's come home so figure out what he wants in life after coming in 2nd in the worlds. The winner is a young guy HW's not sure he can beat. He's pretty sure he's retiring and his agent is NOT happy about losing one of his best money making clients. The ranch is doing a "test run" before they open as a vacation "Dude Ranch" and looking for feedback. Jay Williams, the town's bar owner, knows that his friend, "Sam", Samantha Kelly, PT and former Amy MP, needs to get away from her parents during her recovery from loosing her lower leg in the war. Sam agrees to come and give the family feedback about her experience at the ranch. This is a great exploration of how to find joy in life after being damaged. HW has been running from his emotional hurts since he left home at 18. Sam is coping but not really living after her broken relationship and injury. Their interactions through HW giving her riding lessons make the other think about the difficult emotions they're not dealing with. I enjoyed watching the growth in each character and the secrets HW has been keeping coming to light. This family deserves happiness and it's slowing healing and finding love. Thank you Kensington and Kate Pearce for the NetGalley ARC of this story for an honest review.
I do enjoy this series. With the issues from their childhood the Morgan's had to deal with, it's a wonder any of them managed to have a relationship. I really did not expect to like HW. His character was so unlikable in previous books. While at the same time, you would get these slight glimpses of his pain. HW and Sam battled from beginning to end. Normally if couples behave like that, I find the storyline very frustrating. They both had serious issues to overcome, but their characters and the relationship was so well written, I didn't get the same level of frustration. Sam was sassy, strong, independent with an underlying layer of vulnerability. HW was fragile. Not something you would normally attribute to a big, strong, tall cowboy. HW and Sam were also funny. I spent a lot of time laughing at their repartee. A romantic, sexy, funny read. Makes you really want to visit the Morgan Ranch. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.
I am loving this series and this book is one of my favorite as HW Morgan is the latest son to return to the ranch and reconnect with his brothers. The characters and stories in this series and this book will grab you by the heart and keep you glued to the pages. This author's writing style makes the story flow easily and makes you feel as if you are on the ranch with all these great characters. After years of pursing the elusive National Rodeo Championship, HW is no longer certain that's what he wants. He misses his brother and his body is achy. Maybe this is the time to hang up his spurs. If it is what comes next? Can he find a place on the ranch where he belongs? All this is swirling in his head as he makes a visit home. That's when he meets Samantha Kelly who seems to be struggling with her future as much as HW is. Is it possible the may find what they are looking for in each other? A great read that should be on everyone's must read list! I highly recommend it.
"The Bad Boy Cowboy" is a standalone. For readers of past books there is a reveal we have all been waiting for. What happens to a couple of struggling tired souls when they have reached their limits? For HW Morgan, he goes home to the family ranch. For Samantha, she is asked to visit a dude ranch to try out the new concept of therapy at the ranch for a trial run. I found both characters working hard to show only their best side, just what they wanted others to see and think of them. The two became aware of each other, the chemistry between them hot and sexy while their insecurities and true feelings came forward. There is a lot of apprehension in their involvement with each other as HW struggles with his childhood, while Sam is coming to terms with her injury and life after the military. The realizations of the past we have been waiting for are finally revealed inadvertently by HW to his family and comes as a shock to everyone. Sam comes to her own realizations following her time in the military. Together, and with a loving family, these two find their HEA. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington/Zebra books for gifting me "The Bad Boy Cowboy". My opinion is my own. This is mine. 5 Stars!
The Bad Boy Cowboy by Kate Pearce Morgan Ranch #4 I wondered how the author would redeem HW Morgan after his introduction and comparison with his brothers…and am happy to say that though he still had some rough edges he was much more likable than I thought he would be. HW was a good man. He had a kindness and patience some of his brothers did not. He had his demons from childhood but by the end of the book seems to have overcome most of them, found love and a place on the family ranch. So, who was HW’s love interest? Did he end up with a buckle bunny from the rodeo? An old friend or perhaps a guest on the ranch or??? Well, he ended up with Sam Kelly, retired military veteran who lost part of her leg in combat. Sam is strong in so many ways but also afraid to lean on anyone and HW seems to have a savior complex always wanting to save the women he becomes involved with. The two get off to a rough start, find difficulty trusting and communicating but eventually move on and find a way to make their relationship work and both end up with a happily ever after on the ranch. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading Rachel’s story when it comes out. Who is Rachel? The lost sister now found and visiting the ranch for a bit. There is the possibility of more romances on the ranch as guests, military veterans, children and others come to stay so…who knows how many books there will be in this wonderful series? Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books-Zebra, and the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
For the Morgan family life is about moving forward, not looking back. Despite the turbulent infighting, the heartbreaking losses and the emotional turmoil, Ms. Pearce has created a family as inspiring as they are flawed. It's only fitting that these rough riding cowboys find their heart's in strong willed women. The Bad Boy Cowboy is HW and Sam's tumultuous romance. Sam is an army vet working her way back from injury, the demons in her head and the fear in her heart. HW is the man determined to bring the hidden warrior out of the darkness and into the light. The scenery isn't always a pretty but the message is as uplifting as they come.