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…
“If you love cowboys—and who doesn’t—you’ll love the Morgans!” --Cora Seton, New York Times bestselling author on The Reluctant Cowboy
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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.
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The Last Good Cowboy
By Kate Pearce
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Before he even left the parking lot Ry Morgan heard the bass booming through the walls, and the sound of heavy partying from the third-floor apartment. When he turned the corner, he almost walked into a squad car flashing blue lights, and a small crowd of agitated neighbors gathered around the door.
"Hell, not again," he breathed as one of the helpful neighbors pointed him out to the cop.
He held his ground as she came toward him and the noise from above suddenly shut off.
"Can I help you, Officer?"
She jabbed her thumb in the direction of the apartment block. "You live here?"
"I used to. I just stopped by to pick up my stuff."
"Are you HW Morgan?"
"Nope, I'm his brother Ry."
"You sure about that?"
Used to being mistaken for his identical twin, he cautiously reached inside his jacket, took out his wallet, and handed over his driver's license.
"Thanks." She studied it, made the usual face at his given name, and then handed it back. "Have you seen your brother recently?"
"Not for about three weeks. What's up?"
He asked even though it was obvious. The last time HW had thrown a party the police had been called. Maybe HW had learned something by not sticking around long enough to get caught in the aftermath. Ry's gut tightened.
"Is it okay to go up there? I just want to get my stuff and head out again in the morning."
"Wise decision." The officer looked at him steadily. "Maybe you can make sure the party doesn't start again."
"I'll do my best." He tipped his Stetson to her. "Thanks."
"And tell your brother that if he keeps this up, he'll be spending the rest of his evening with the Sacramento Police Department."
Ry nodded as he turned away and headed for the front entrance of the building. A police officer was escorting a group of partygoers down the stairs. There were others emerging from the two elevators, still complaining loudly about the abrupt end to their evening. Ry ignored them all. They weren't his kind of people. They stunk of booze, cheap perfume, and other substances he hoped the police hadn't noticed.
Wearily, he climbed the stairs, spoke to the building security guy who had lingered on the landing to make sure everyone had left, and went inside. The place was a mess. He shut the door and leaned against it, letting his backpack slide to the floor.
"Well, look who's turned up."
He raised his head to see Lally Goldstein glaring at him from his brother's bedroom doorway. She wore a halter top, which had silver spangled bits on it, and tiny blue shorts. Her blond hair was piled up on top of her head in a messy ponytail.
"You still here?" Ry asked. "I thought the cops cleared everyone out."
"I live here now."
"First I've heard about it."
She tossed her head. "You left. Someone had to look after your brother."
"HW knew where I was." He glanced around the wrecked apartment. "Where is he, by the way?"
"What's it to you?"
Ry didn't even bother to answer that, and stared her down. Eventually she gave an elaborate sigh. "He should be back soon. Paul and Araz took him down the stairs when the cops turned up."
"Protecting their assets, right?"
She crossed her arms over her chest, making her fake boobs jut out. "They've done more for him than you ever did — bringing him down, making him feel bad about himself — having to hold himself back for years because he felt sorry for you not being as good a rider as he was."
"Yeah?" Ry wanted to turn around and walk away from all the shit that was coming out of her mouth, but he refused to leave first. He hoisted his backpack onto his shoulder. "I'm going to bed."
"You can't —"
He spun around so fast she took a step back. "HW and I rent this place. Until I hear differently, I'm going to bed."
He unlocked the padlock he'd installed on his bedroom door, and went inside. Nothing looked as if it had been touched, which made a change. His twin tended to think that what was Ry's was his, but not vice versa. Not that Ry wanted anything his brother had.
With a groan he placed his hat on the desk and shoved a hand through his short blond hair. His stomach growled, but he wasn't going out there again to face Lally. If HW came back he could knock on the door, and be polite. Maybe Ry would talk to him.
He stripped off his shirt and jeans, and took a quick shower in the tiny bathroom attached to his bedroom. There was no more partying, but whether HW would come back Ry no longer knew. Sometimes his twin would stay away for days and return so shit-faced he'd sleep for a week and be as grumpy as hell if Ry tried to talk to him about anything.
He wasn't sure he cared anymore. Hunkering down on the rug beside his bed, he delved into his backpack, where his grandma Ruth had deposited enough food to feed an army. Just the thought of her lightened Ry's dark mood and gave him strength. He pictured his family at the ranch — his older brothers, Chase and Blue, and his father, Billy. They liked him for who he was. They loved him.
A knock on the door made him go still.
"Ry? You in there?"
He took out the bundle of food and placed it on the desk before slowly turning to the door and opening it. His twin stood there grinning like a loon and swaying slightly in his fancy cowboy boots. They were identical, so it was like looking at a drunk version of himself.
"Dude! You're back!"
Ry stepped aside and let HW in.
"Something smells good. Did you bring stuff back from the ranch?" HW wandered over to the desk and went to grab the container of food. Ry, who was stone cold sober, moved faster and blocked his twin's hand.
"What do you want, HW?"
His brother blinked big golden eyes at him. "That's harsh, Ry. What the hell is wrong with you?"
Ry leaned against the edge of the desk, folded his arms over his chest, and repeated, "What do you want?"
HW retreated to the bed and sank down on it, his expression disgruntled. "Some of Ruth's good cooking, but it looks like you've decided to hog it all for yourself."
"I'll gladly share the food with you after you've told me what's going on."
"You mean about the party?" HW hiccuped a laugh. "That was so sick, man. Those cops have no sense of humor."
"Those cops told me to tell you that if you host a party again they'll be taking you in and charging you."
"Not unless they catch me first."
"I think they'll manage it, especially if you keep drinking."
HW sighed. "Gawd, when did you become such a boring Dudley Do-Right, bro? I'm just having some fun."
"Yeah." Ry studied his twin. HW's pupils were too wide, his eyes were bloodshot, and his whole body was shaking. "You should go to bed. I'll talk to you in the morning, okay?"
"What's wrong with talking now?"
"Because you're too drunk, or high, or whatever the stimulant of the day is, to talk much sense."
HW rose unsteadily to his feet. "Don't preach at me."
Ry set his jaw. "I'm tired. I've got a lot to do tomorrow."
His twin took three lurching steps forward that brought him right in Ry's face. "Screw you. Talk to me about wussing out on me."
Ry straightened, almost overbalancing his twin. "I am not talking to a belligerent drunk! Get out of my space, or I'll be the one calling the cops."
For one frozen second, Ry couldn't believe what he'd said, and then he realized he meant every word.
"Get out, HW. I'll speak to you in the morning."
His twin mumbled something obscene and stumbled away, slamming the bedroom door behind him. In the stillness Ry waited until he heard his brother's girlfriend start in on him, and then there was comparative silence. He slowly let out his breath.
No regrets. He'd promised himself that he'd make a clean break, so tomorrow he'd tell HW what was happening, and leave. His hand clenched into a fist, and he sat down heavily on the desk chair. Now all he had to do was follow through with his plan, and this time make sure he stuck the landing.
* * *
It was almost eleven in the morning, and Ry had made good inroads into packing up the stuff in his bedroom. He had to fit everything in his old pickup truck, and was determined to make only one trip. He'd already decided not to take any of the furniture — most of it had come with the apartment anyway, or had been chosen by HW.
He stuffed four pairs of socks in his open duffel bag. Chase had offered him his pick of the ranch land to build his own place on, which was kind of cool. Not that he needed all that space yet, but it was good to dream.
"Ry, what the hell are you doing?"
He turned to see HW propping up the doorway wearing nothing but a pair of boxers that barely hung onto his narrow hips. He was also shading his eyes against the glare of the sun.
"I'm packing my stuff."
"What the heck for?"
Ry looked his twin right in the eye. "Because I'm leaving."
HW frowned. "We always fight, bro. You know I don't mean anything. That's just the way we are."
"No, it's the way we've become. I don't like it, HW, and I'm not going to play that game anymore."
"So, what? You're walking out on me?"
"I barely see you these days. You're either training, going to extra events, or"— Ry paused —"doing other stuff I don't enjoy."
"I've been working my ass off to qualify for the national finals, you know that."
"Yeah. I really hope you'll get there."
"But you're sulking because I haven't been spending enough time with you? Hell, Ry, that's half your problem. If you don't train hard and compete often, you won't qualify."
"I get that."
"So don't blame me if you haven't been dedicated enough to achieve what I have."
"I don't." Ry added another drawerful of underwear to the bag. "I'm just not cut out for this life."
HW sat on the bed, his bloodshot gaze fixed on the filled and labeled boxes. "We're identical twins. If I can do it, you can."
"But, maybe I don't want to."
"So you're going to disappear, and leave me here by myself?"
Ry faked a smile. "You're hardly by yourself. You've got Lally all moved in, a great snake of an agent, and a promotional exec hanging around to protect your ass."
"But they're not you."
Ry zipped up the bag and sat on the chair by the desk, swiveling to face his brother. "You'll be fine."
"Where are you going?"
"Back to the ranch."
"For good?" HW frowned. "You're seriously not coming back?"
He scratched his unshaven jaw. "We said we'd never do that."
"Things change. Chase is not as bad as BB painted him — hell, even BB agrees he was wrong, and that's saying something."
"But we've always been together."
Ry took a deep breath. "Yeah, I know."
"You and me against the world."
"As I said, things change. You're going forward into a successful career riding saddle broncs, and I'm ..."
"Yeah, what exactly are you going to do, stuck in the middle of nowhere?"
"Help Chase and Blue rebuild the ranch and make it into something special. I might not be a great rodeo guy, but I'm a damned good hand."
"Help them? What about me?"
"I don't think you need me at the moment, bro," Ry said as gently as he could. "You're doing great."
HW shot to his feet and took a short turn around the room. "This is because I've done better than you — isn't it? Lally said you were jealous, but I didn't believe her. But now? Maybe she was right all along."
Ry stood as well. It felt like his heart was actually trying to punch its way out of his chest. "Maybe I just want different things in my life right now."
"Because you're not good enough to have what I have?"
There was a combative note in HW's voice Ry had learned to dread. "I'm not as good a rider as you are. I never will be."
"True, but only because you won't take it seriously."
"Which is the whole point, HW. Can't you at least see that? I don't care about winning as much as you do. I just don't."
"Because you know you can't beat me." HW came closer. "Admit it."
"Sure, if it makes you happy." Ry shrugged. He really didn't need to argue about something that meant so little to him. They weren't in high school anymore. Sometimes HW seemed to forget that. "It doesn't change the fact that I'm leaving."
"Abandoning me right when I need you most."
Ry blinked. "What?"
"That's why you're doing it now, isn't it?" HW nodded. "Yeah, you're probably hoping I'll fail when you aren't around."
His twin was probably the only person on earth who knew Ry had a temper and exactly how to make him lose it.
"That's utter bullshit, and you know it. I'm leaving because you have surrounded yourself with a group of people I despise, okay? Is that straight enough talk for you?"
HW swung around and poked a finger way too close to Ry's face. "Those people are looking out for me, and my career. They care about me. You're just pulling this stunt because you're jealous."
"You've been talking to Lally too much. You're my twin. I've spent my whole life supporting you. Trouble is, you're not interested in what I have to say anymore, and that's fine because, trust me, I'm sick and tired of saying it."
HW took a step back and a deep, shuddering breath. "Look. At least stay until I find out whether I qualify or not."
"I can't. I promised Chase I'd be back this week."
"You promised Mom you'd always be there for me."
Ry met his twin's gaze head-on. "How about just for once, you let something be about me?"
HW looked down at his feet. "Do you need money? Can I pay you to stay?"
Ry marched over to the door. "Get out."
"What the hell's wrong now?"
"If that's what you've become — if that's how you think you keep a man's loyalty, then go back to that bunch of losers you surround yourself with, and see what happens when you can't pay them anymore."
"Screw you." HW walked out.
"Right back at you, bro," Ry muttered under his breath, and then turned to survey his pile of boxes.
He'd said things he hadn't meant to say out loud, and HW had ... changed beyond recognition. His brother was still caught up in being a rising star, and the better he did, the more hangers-on he'd acquire. He didn't need Ry. That was certain, but it still hurt.
They'd never spent more than a month apart in their entire lives, and now HW would be off competing in Texas next week, and Ry would be back on the ranch working with Roy. Unless HW followed through on his promise to attend Chase and January's wedding in a couple of months, he might never see his twin again.
He couldn't let himself think like that or he'd be chasing after his brother, begging to tag along for another few months. It was up to HW to get his shit together. He was not Ry's responsibility.
"Yeah, right. Thanks for loading that on me, Mom."
He checked all the drawers, picked up his hat, and propped open the bedroom door with his backpack. There was no sound of HW or his girlfriend in the apartment. HW tended to storm out when he lost an argument, so there was no surprise there. He hadn't even had a chance to tell his twin that their mom and baby sister might still be alive twenty years after disappearing from the ranch.
Ry picked up a stack of boxes, set off for the front door, leaving that ajar as well, and used his elbow to call the elevator. It wasn't too busy in the complex during the day as most people worked, so he had no trouble getting the boxes and bags down to his truck.
On his last trip upstairs he paused in the kitchen to grab a couple of cold water bottles from the refrigerator, and contemplated the silence. Neither Lally nor HW had made any effort to clean up yet. They were probably too used to him doing it. Not anymore. He checked his room again, making sure he hadn't forgotten anything, and then sat at the kitchen table to write HW a note.
Rent is paid until the end of the lease, which is up next month. I've contacted the leasing company about taking my name off, so I'm sure you'll be hearing from them when you renegotiate.
Ry sat back and contemplated what to say next. He wasn't going to drop the bombshell about their mom in a letter. That was something HW needed to hear in person. Ry still couldn't believe it himself.
Good luck in the saddle bronc events, and hope you make it to the finals in Vegas. Call me when you get a chance — you know where I am. Ry
He anchored the note under the salt and pepper and slowly stood up. There was so much he wanted to say, and so little his twin currently wanted to hear ... He had to remember that inside HW there was a good, kind, and amazing guy — the guy he'd grown up with and loved with all his heart. Someday that HW would resurface, Ry had to believe that.
He unhooked the front-door key from his chain, laid it on top of the letter, and walked out, his throat tight and his emotions all over the place. Part of him felt like he was abandoning his twin, but the rest of him?
Suddenly felt free.
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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. This was a pretty good book. I’m not sure I’d really term it a second-chance romance though. It’s more a first chance at a long-ago crush. I felt this was kind of a gender-swap on the injured cowboy storyline, since it’s usually a man that’s an injured from a rodeo. This worked just fine for me. There is a storyline that runs throughout the series that I was unfamiliar with, but it didn’t bother me that I hadn’t read the others. Overall, I enjoyed it and I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
5 stars I purchased a copy of the novel The Last Good Cowboy: Morgan Ranch book 3 by Kate Pearce and this review is given freely. Ry dissatisfied with his twin's substance abuse and upset with the traumatic memories searching for his mother reveals returns to the ranch to find peace and a purpose. Attraction at first sight results in Ry reuniting with his high school crush Avery only to find her changed as a result of a severe barrel racing accident. While this steamy romance centers mainly around Ry and Avery, there is drama involving both their families including a little sibling rivalry. This book ends in a cliffhanger.
Made reading the Morgan series as tempting as chocolate!
This is the third in the series but my first. And while I got a great feel for Ry and Avery’s romance I do wonder about what I missed. I know that there is some history with Ry’s mother, as it comes into play here and is obviously not new, but I’m not sure if the twin’s relationship was developed any in the other stories. There are definitely all sorts of undercurrents and issues that come up. Plus there are some obvious bits of drama with the dad and something happened with one of the brother’s having a daughter, but they aren’t truly critical to this story. Ry is done following his brother around and he’s ready to return home because the life that they’ve been leading isn’t making him happy. There’s an even bigger positive side to it – being home puts him back in the sphere with his high school crush. Avery’s life has changed since Ry went away. An accident took away her rodeo career but she didn’t let it keep her down. Unfortunately those around her still tend to baby her and she’s tired of it. A chance to plan a wedding at the Morgan ranch gives her that chance to get out on her own … but it also puts her near Ry. And while she had a crush on him too, she’s not that confident girl anymore. I loved seeing Ry work at proving to Avery that she’s even stronger than she thinks she is. He’s got such understanding of what she needs and how to support her. If she’ll let him :) The Morgan family drama is a pretty big piece of the story and provides motivation for a lot of what Ry does. Once we get all of the details it is pretty heartbreaking but definitely something that the boys all need to face. There is a tiny bit of a cliffhanger at the end, setting up to where the next book will go, but there is a happy ending for Ry and Avery. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Avery, a retired barrel racer, is "stuck" in her life. Forced to alter her dreams due to an injury sustained while racing, Avery lives a quiet, safe life as the hotel coordinator of her family's hotel. Her parents coddle her and treat her as a fragile piece of china that may break at any moment. Without realizing it, Avery has accepted this as her life and doesn't EVER step out of her comfort zone.....until Ry comes into town. Ry Morgan is the youngest of four boys. He and his indentical twin, HW, left the ranch at 18yrs old to pursue dreams of making it to the National Finals Rodeo. HW is driven, but reckless and allows people to use him. Although Ry no longer wants to continue with the rodeo, he feels as though he has to stay because he promised his mom to always look out for HW. After one too many parties, Ry decides he's had enough and returns home to help Chase turn their ranch into "the ultimate" dude ranch. Upon returning home, Ry runs into Avery. Ry has always liked Avery, but doesn't know if she'll give him a chance due to a stupid stunt HW played on her in high school. This novel takes you on an emotional ride. The Morgan brothers find out the mom and sister they thought were dead, may actually be alive. Chase and BB decide to search for them, not knowing that Ry suffered their mother's abuse as a child. Ry struggles with his flashbacks, but finds solace with Avery. Ry also helps Avery "live" again. He gently challenges her to do things, like ride a horse again, that are way out of her comfort zone. Avery and Ry's road to happiness isn't without struggles, but it makes their bond that much stronger. I truly enjoyed this novel. Kate Pearce is a new author to me, but I can't wait to go back and read the first two novels in this series. I'm also intrigued as to what Rachel's story will be as we catch a glimpse of her at the end of this novel!!! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
This is the third book in the stories about the Morgan brothers and I love all of them. This brings the story of the twins to light, and finally explains the disappearance of the mother and sister talked out in the other books. I love the way this one ended with their baby sister arriving at the ranch. Hopefully we will learn more in future books.
I jumped right in the middle of the series with a new author for me, but that didn't slow me down a bit. It was easy to figure out what was going on and what had happened in the past. And I liked the complex, dysfunctional family of the brothers, their girlfriends, their father, and their grandmother. It was an interesting mix of people, who clearly cared for each other and were trying to forgive the past to make a better future. The only one that I found hard to like, and I believe that was done on purpose, was Ry's twin HW. His arrogance and selfish actions were hard to tolerate at times, yet the more insight I got to him, got to know him, his actions started to make sense, in an odd way, at least there was a reason behind them. Ry was truly a good guy. He had been the peacemaker all his life, looking after his twin. He had a rough going as a child with their mentally ill mother. Coming home to work at the ranch brought all those memories back about the torture he suffered at the hands of his mother, resulting in nightmares and flares of temper. Ry was the good guy, easy to understand and like and cheer for. Even though HW was supposed to be the charming twin, for me Ry was the one with alluring personality and charisma to win over my heart. His attraction to Avery was passion filled yet sweet and adorable. He obviously not only desired her, he liked her, trusted her, and leaned on her when in need of support. At the beginning of the story, I admired Avery, her bravery, her spunk, her determination to make it after the accident. But - and here is where my points for the story started to drop - she wasn't a very pleasant person. At first, she was negative, turning everything to be a conflict instead of a compliment. And then there was the pull and push, the hot and cold, she was all in and all out, and even though she did and said something out of order she made Ry grovel and apology when he didn't do anything wrong! And this just went on and on again and again, until I started to wonder if Ry would be better off with someone who wasn't so difficult to be around with. The story's focus is on the life in the small town, the upcoming wedding, and the disturbance HW created for the family, and mostly the subplot running through the series with the mother of the family who had been assumed dead for a long time. The developing romance between Avery and Ry is well immersed into the story and the twists in the plot. I found it hard to trust that the turbulence Avery created to the developing romance wouldn't happen again, but they did find a moment's peace towards the end, yet the family drama ends in a cliffhanger. This was a good story with complex characters, it just had a little too much angst and drama to my liking. I understand that Avery had gone a severe trauma with her accident, but with the picture the story gave of her, I expected her to be a more stable person with fewer insecurities and self-doubts. Those added to the turmoil in Ry's family, there was just too much unnecessary drama and misgivings in the tale. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Review: THE LAST GOOD COWBOY (Morgan Ranch) by Kate Pearce Publication Date: April 25, 2017 Genre: Western/ Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 4 Stars This book had a nice message of overcoming things from the past while keeping yourself open to hopes of the future. I liked Ry and his interactions with his family, it all seemed so natural and easy. Avery’s character seemed a little forced, but that can be explained by all she was having to overcome. At times Ry seemed like a very patient man, and I’m glad he was. It’s a gentle love story with enough heat to make me smile. I liked it. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This third book in the Morgan Ranch series blew me away! It really had it all. It had drama, action, family, dysfunction, humor, passion, and of course, love. What more could you really ask for in a romance? In this installment, one more of the prodigal sons return as Ry leaves his twin behind to start a new life on the ranch, including his teenage crush. He always had a thing for Avery, and now that he's back, all bets are off. He's determined to make her his. Both of them have issues to work out from the past, but quickly find that the best medicine is time together. I have fallen so in love with all of the characters in this series. Real, sincere, and honest in their feelings, these characters completely draw you into the story and make you believe in the idyllic and enchanting Morgan Ranch and surrounding township. As Ry’s brother, HW, points out, there really is something in the water there. I very highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone looking for an impassioned and compelling read. I anxiously await the next installment in this series. *I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
If you enjoy books about cowboys, sibling rivalry, and true love, then The Last Good Cowboy by Kate Pearce is for you. This is the third novel from the author's Morgan Ranch series and it can be read as a standalone. Event planner Avery Hayes and rancher Ry Morgan have been friends since childhood, and more than liked each other during high school. After years of being on the road, Avery as a very successful barrel racer and Ry on the pro rodeo circuit, they are both back in their hometown of Morgantown, California. Since surviving an almost deadly fall and many surgeries, Ashley is finally looking forward to the future. Ry wants permanency, a little serenity, and a break from shepherding his twin brother, the rodeo superstar. Avery and Ry rekindle the old sparks while dealing with Avery's fear of horses, Ry's memories about his mentally ill mother, and Chase's wedding. Chase is Ry's brother who happens to be a millionaire. This is an interesting story and the plot developed at a nice pace. However, with the introduction of so many characters in the beginning, it took me a little while to get everyone straight in my mind. I instantly bonded with Avery and Ry because they were extremely genuine and honest personalities. Their sexy times were replete with desire and caring. If you are in the mood for a cowboy-themed romance with a little bit of intrigue, some unique situations and fun, then pick up a copy of this book. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Great addition to this series as we learn more about the Morgan mysteries. Ry is tired of being his brother’s keeper and decides to head home and help with the family ranch. Avery always felt something for Ry but his twin brother ruined it in high school when he pretended to be Ry and steal a kiss. No reunited and after having been through so much can Ry and Avery find a way to be together? This is a fast paced read with lots of drama and suspense, we get to learn more about what happened on the Morgan Ranch when the boys were young. Great characters and an entertaining story. Looking forward to more.
'The Last Good Cowboy ' by Kate Pearce is book Three in the "Morgan Ranch" series. This is the story of Avery Hayes and Ry Morgan. I haven't read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book. Ry has a twin brother HW who Ry has been leaving in his shadow it seems. Ry is moving forward to be more independent and taking steps back from HW. That has lead him to return home and to connect back with Avery. Ry has ended his Rodeo Circuit and wants to work on the family ranch more. Avery has always had a crush on Ry but when she was younger and the twin boys were 18 years old a misunderstand of sorts happened. Avery thought she had kissed Ry only to find that it was HW. This has caused hurt feelings with Avery. Now in the present day Avery is trying to deal with the lost of her career after an accident. Ry has decided make a life change also with Avery by moving forward with trying to have a relationship with her. Can they move forward and get past their obstacles to be together? "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
The Last Good Cowboy is the 3rd book in Kate Pearce's Morgan Ranch series. I am amazed at how Ms. Pearce keeps cranking out hit after hit and this story was no exception. Definitely one of my favorites. Ry and Avery were both very likable characters who both had to deal with the ghosts of their past. Very enjoyable story and a great addition to the series. Be prepared for some twists surrounding the hunt for their mother and sister. Superb story and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Pearce has in store for us next. I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley.
This book is about Ry and Avery helping each other overcome their demons and falling in love. I liked them together. Even when they butt heads, there were enough cool heads around them to help them work through the problem. The back story about the mystery of the brothers mom was almost as prominent as Ry and Avery's story. As I said before, this can be read as a standalone, but I think you will enjoy it more if you read the books in order. Only because the mystery is interwoven into each brother's storyline and it gives you a solid foundation for this book. If you read this book first, I believe you will want to backtrack and read the first two. Avery had wrapped herself in her own comfort zone and was making no moves to move forward. Ry had left his twin on the rodeo circuit to forge a new path for himself, while shoving down his demons. They provided each other with enough strength to heal their wounds. I liked the sense of family, strength, and renewed loyalty in this book. There was also an interesting twist to the storyline. This was a truly enjoyable read. Recommending this book is no problem. I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy.
Get ready for another sexy Morgan brother! Yes, this is a standalone book however I highly recommend that you read the entire series. This family will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you happy. This story is about Ry Morgan, one of the twin brothers, and Avery Hayes, someone who went to school with the twins and yes, there is a backstory here. There is so much I’d like to tell you however I would not do the story justice. Just as I did with Chase and Blue in the previous two stories, I fell in love with Ry. (Love all their names, btw, so be sure to catch the explanations when you read the stories.) He has to come to terms with leaving his twin to deal with his (twin’s) own life – for the very first time – and coming back “home” to Morgan Ranch and his brothers…and father…and more family drama. He turned out to be a great character, lots of depth and just enough bend to make me happy. Avery also has a tragic backstory that will break your heart BUT she is strong and willful and determined to live her life as she wishes. I found her strength to be a refreshing side of her character; I liked her. And Avery and Ry together? Get ready for the sparks! Avery’s family also has roles that they each play, like Ry’s does, but her character pulls her thru. And the ending…get ready for a curveball that (for me) is the hook to the next story. Now I can’t wait to read more. But read The Last Good Cowboy and the previous two books; you won’t be sorry.
The Last Good Cowboy by Kate Pearce is a phenomenal read. Ms Pearce has given us a well-written book and furnished it with amazing, lovable characters. Ry and Avery's story is full of humor, drama with bits of suspense, action and sizzle. This story has it all. I love the way the author had the story unfold. I enjoyed reading The Last Good Cowboy and look forward to reading many more books from Kate Pearce in the future. The Last Good Cowboy is book 3 of the Morgan Ranch Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
The Last Good Cowboy by Kate Pearce Morgan Ranch #3 Ry is ready for a change. He has been with HW, his identical twin, from the cradle to the moment the book begins and while HW still has his sights set on the rodeo national championships Ry is ready to head home to Morgan Ranch. So that is just what he does. He settles into ranch life and work like a duck to water and realizes that he is finally doing what he should be doing when he starts having flashbacks and nightmares. One of the first people Ry meets when he gets home is Avery, the girl he had a crush on through most of school. She sustained severe injuries while competing in a rodeo event and though still not 100%, and probably never will be, feels a bit hemmed in due to overcautious parents that seem to swaddle her in protection. Avery’s job working in her parents’ hotel doesn’t give her a lot of time to spread her wings but with Ry in town her life, and his, is about to change. With major alterations in the works for the ranch, a wedding to be planned a missing mother and sister being looked for, Ry’s nightmares, Avery’s equine phobia, sibling issues in the Morgan and Hayes families, and HW’s aspirations & advertising there is a whole lot going on in this delightful third installment of the Morgan Ranch series, a series I am eager to continue reading. I am impatient to find out how HW does in the finals, wonder what might happen on the ranch, am curious about a few other Morgantown citizens and am interested in finding out what happens next. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
My favorite of the series so far. I adore second chance stories. I love both of these characters. I'm so delighted Kate wrote this story about how they grow to trust each other and become each other's cheerleaders. Kate is so good at crafting characters and how love can mend and transform their souls. Through all this she weaves the healing of the family fracture so creatively. Just love it! Ry is a twin. He and his brother traded places often and very few people could tell them apart. Avery could, she watched them. She knew the quieter one, not the show off was Ry. She was younger than them. When the other twin steals a kiss from Avery when she thinks it's Ry, everything is ruined. Ry comes from a fractured family and he and his brother take off at graduation for the rodeo circuit, never to return home. Time passes. Ry's brother becomes a star of the circuit and Ry doesn't. He's finally just done with it all and goes home. And there's Avery, also lost. She was a really good barrel racer and got hurt. She's walking by sheer willpower. Ry is blown away by her strength and determination. She falls for his loving heart. Awesome story. Thank you Kate and Kensington for giving me the opportunity to read and review this series. It's a privilege.
I have really been loving these Morgan brothers and Ry is no exception. Avery and Ry are so sweet together and they are each good for the other. Avery is trying to break away from her overly protective family while Ry is trying to rebuild ties with his family. They also have a bit of history to get past but they never give up on each other and in the end they find their safe place to land in each other. This is a very well done series and book and getting to know the Morgan has been so much fun. Can't wait for HW's story. I highly recommend this one.
Cowboy with a Heart - - Heals from traumatic childhood memories. The Morgans' series developed by Kate Pearce is a story of a family ranch struggling to save their legacy. Twin Ry Morgan has been a man shadowing his brother HW on the rodeo circuit. Feelings of desire to find his own meaning in life Ry moves back home. The Last Good Cowboy is the third in a series but can be read as a stand-alone. Anyone looking for some feel good enjoyment should not miss what Morgantown has to offer. A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Book and author via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my hones opinion.
This book is the third of the series, and though it’s a stand alone, I would recommend that you read the previous books. There is a storyline about the Morgans’ Mother disappearance that continues to develop. Plus, it gives you a chance to understand and “know” better BB and Chase, the heroes in the previous books. All that said, I was a little concerned about this book . I don’t read stories about the twenty something generation, since frequently they are depicted a tad immature. I was pleased to see that Ms Pearce, had well developed individuals, who were intelligent, and had already experienced the good and the bad of life. This story centers around Ry , one of the Morgan twins, who has returned to the family ranch after a disagreement with his brother. Ry has decided to leave the rodeo circuit, while his twin is hoping to make it to the Vegas finals. Avery is the gal he always liked in high school. She has survived a terrible injury and doesn’t feel “whole”. These two quickly become a couple but have many hurdles to overcome. It’s a sweet story of young love, as well as a story about families and the interaction between the relatives. Sometimes in their love,family can be overwhelming, and over protective. It’s a story about feelings of abandonment, unrealistic responsibilities given to children and about postpartum depression. Above all , it’s a story about hope and love. For me , it was not as good as the previous stories and more of a 3.5 star. But, I respected the effort and talent of Ms Pearce, and will give it a 4 star. I was gifted this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.