Review: Tough Talking Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Ex-Army Ranger Drake McGrath has come home to Montana, locked in a battle with himself, lashing out at those who love him most—driving away from his ex-fiancĂ©e and alienating his family. But Adria Holloway sees beyond Drake’s tough talk to the raw pain beneath.

Raised with her twin sister Juliana by a neglectful mother at the Wild Rose Ranch, Adria also struggles to put the trauma from her past behind her. To help them both, she makes Drake a shocking deal—a no-strings relationship that’ll help them both face down their demons. Maybe it’s a way for her and Drake to heal each other, one sizzling night at a time…

The heat between them is instant and incredible. But the biggest challenges are yet to come. With Juliana battling her addiction and Drake working on his issues, Adria realizes she can’t save everyone. But Drake and Adria discover love can survive tragedy and loss—and they can have the life they never thought possible if they just hold on.
This is one of those books that pulled me in and spit me out the other side. I can't tell you how many feelings that went through me as I read this book. I've always felt that Ryan writes emotional books, the type you don't want to miss out on. 

Tough Talking Cowboy is the third book in her Wild Rose Ranch series. It ties up this series and introduces her next series. 

I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I spent a good amount of time in this book crying for poor Adria. What she goes through helping her sister get off drugs is true love. So much happens with them but I think you should read all that on your own. I don't want to ruin anything for you and some things should be read in the book, not in a review. 

I loved how Adria helped Drake deal with his issues. She gave him understanding and love and he grew because of it. He's had to deal with some much since leaving the military. So many self-doubts. Together they learned to understand and deal. I also liked how Adria helped Drakes family learn that the way they were dealing with their brother wasn't maybe the best way. They had to learn to understand what he felt. 

As a whole, these two are really good for each other. They are there for each other and even when they overreact they know each other well enough that they can deal with it I would love to say so much more about them but I don't want to ruin anything for you. You really need to read this for your own. 

I will say that I'd read the series in order because you really get to know the sisters that way. It's important to know where they came from and what they've achieved. Have any of you read her before? 


  1. Great review. This book does work you out so well emotionally.

  2. I haven't read this author but it's good to know to read in order since I have a bad habit of reading out of order all the time.

    1. She's really good. I enjoy her books. To me reading in order makes a series.


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