The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3)
In Cold River, sometimes forbidden love is the sweetest of them all... Perennial good girl Amanda Kittredge knows that her longtime crush on Brady Everett was never really supposed to go anywhere. But when Brady comes home to Cold River during Amanda's first attempt at independence, well, who better to teach her about rebellion than her older brother's bad-boy best friend?Brady's plans did not include being forced to work the family homestead for a year--and yet, here he is. And, to make matters worse, his best friend's innocent little sister is making a menace of herself in the most grown-up, tempting ways. When Amanda begs Brady to teach her about men, he knows he should refuse. But could Brady's greatest temptation be his salvation?

The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3) Details

TitleThe Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250295279
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance

The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3) Review

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Just love Brady.. great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Crews has developed and created an amazing character in Brady. I was excited to see what she was going to bring to the table for him. And bring to the table she certainly did. He is an awesome character! I just love him!Amanda is young. Very young. And he is best friends with her brother. This tends to be a problem since Amanda is also a virgin. I know you know where I am going with this one!This story gave me so many feels. The trust issue was huge Just love Brady.. great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Crews has developed and created an amazing character in Brady. I was excited to see what she was going to bring to the table for him. And bring to the table she certainly did. He is an awesome character! I just love him!Amanda is young. Very young. And he is best friends with her brother. This tends to be a problem since Amanda is also a virgin. I know you know where I am going with this one!This story gave me so many feels. The trust issue was huge with Brady but he and Amanda were just so amazing together. The compelling nature of their relationship was steaming hot and the intensity was just pulling them together.But small towns and family feuds were just a few issues that stood in their way. However, love will find a way and it was so swoon worthy! Sigh.Nothing like a cowboy and sweet love to put you in a great mood with a happy heart and Crews knows how to make that happen! And that cover… Oh yummmm!For a fabulous and passionate read, check out The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews and the rest of the books in the series. All are easily read as a stand-alone.* copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-last-rea...
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.Rating 3.5Review to come.
  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. The wallflower and her cowboy.Amanda is ready to brake out of her shell. It’s time for Amanda to move out of her comfort zone and find her own place in the world. The first step is to move out of the family home. Step two get the love life she always wanted. Can the simple girl get the man? Brady has his own family situation to sort out but when Amanda asks for his help. A deep feeling surfaced. He wants what she’s offering but feels its wrong to take it. He’s a friend of her Loved this book. The wallflower and her cowboy.Amanda is ready to brake out of her shell. It’s time for Amanda to move out of her comfort zone and find her own place in the world. The first step is to move out of the family home. Step two get the love life she always wanted. Can the simple girl get the man? Brady has his own family situation to sort out but when Amanda asks for his help. A deep feeling surfaced. He wants what she’s offering but feels its wrong to take it. He’s a friend of her brothers. She’s sweet and innocent. She could be a reason for him to stay.I really enjoyed this book. Amanda is a sweet character and she heats Brady’s world up. I liked the family background story and the way their romance sparks one step at a time. *I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. This can be read as a standalone but it’s book 3 in a family of brothers.
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  • Storme
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and St Martins Press for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I haven’t read the first couple books of the series so I can’t make comparisons. I was sent an email to download this book so I thought I’d try it out. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark. Normally I’m all about the best friends brother trope, but this book made it horrible. Brandy thinks Amanda is in high school when she’s 22... so that was just annoying for him to be that stupid. But then he sees Thank you NetGalley and St Martins Press for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I haven’t read the first couple books of the series so I can’t make comparisons. I was sent an email to download this book so I thought I’d try it out. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark. Normally I’m all about the best friends brother trope, but this book made it horrible. Brandy thinks Amanda is in high school when she’s 22... so that was just annoying for him to be that stupid. But then he sees her boobs and he wants her. Okay, no thanks. Creeps aren’t wanted when I’m reading romance. I was also tired of Amanda complaining about her life and how obnoxious her brothers are. I do not care about Brady not wanting to be at his parents ranch. There’s not one ounce of spark in their romance, and I don’t get the appeal. There are much better cowboy romance out there. This one one just wasn’t me. I think it could appeal to more conservative old school idealistic people, but since I’m the opposite, I didn’t like this.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I do love a good romance, especially when it is a little forbidden because, the heart wants what the heart wants, right? THE LAST REAL COWBOY by Caitlin Crews has that forbidden thing down pat, maybe a little too much for the twenty-first century.Amanda was the sheltered only daughter/sister and at twenty-two, takes a stand, she was moving out, going to find love and make mistakes, on her own. No more overbearing, over-controlling brothers, no more men afraid to date her. She is all grown up and I do love a good romance, especially when it is a little forbidden because, the heart wants what the heart wants, right? THE LAST REAL COWBOY by Caitlin Crews has that forbidden thing down pat, maybe a little too much for the twenty-first century.Amanda was the sheltered only daughter/sister and at twenty-two, takes a stand, she was moving out, going to find love and make mistakes, on her own. No more overbearing, over-controlling brothers, no more men afraid to date her. She is all grown up and people are still not recognizing she isn’t a kid anymore, not even Brady, ten years her senior, best friends with one of her brothers and rebel in his own household. So why was she surprised when Brady became her surrogate brother and quashed every attempt she made to be “all grown up?” Was there something more he was feeling besides brotherly love or the “teacher” she asked him to be?I know I’m in the minority here, but the sparks between Brady and Amanda just didn’t hit me as electric, they didn’t sizzle. Amanda’s maturity level was pretty low for her age, but fit perfectly with the sheltered life she led. Hello? This isn’t the dark ages and while it was perfectly okay for her brothers to shop around for love, she couldn’t? There ARE fabulous parts to this tale, but on the whole, I just felt it missed the mark for me and was a so-so read with characters that overreacted, more like apes than cowboys.I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Publishing Group! This is my honest and voluntary review.Series: Cold River Ranch - Book 3Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 28, 2020)Publication Date: January 28, 2020Genre: Contemporary Cowboy RomanceAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  •  ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
    January 1, 1970
    This is too much for me sorry but I had to DNF. I wanted to read this book because I'm a fan of the "best friend's sister trope". The story had a lot of potential but in the end it made me really uncomfortable. Amanda was 22 (only 1 year older than me) while Brady was 32. At first everything was fine, I don't mind the age difference when both of them (specifically the older person) treats each other as equals. But here it made me feel so uncomfortable because I could see myself in Amanda's shoes This is too much for me sorry but I had to DNF. I wanted to read this book because I'm a fan of the "best friend's sister trope". The story had a lot of potential but in the end it made me really uncomfortable. Amanda was 22 (only 1 year older than me) while Brady was 32. At first everything was fine, I don't mind the age difference when both of them (specifically the older person) treats each other as equals. But here it made me feel so uncomfortable because I could see myself in Amanda's shoes and I would definitely feel bad if an older man treated me like that. He kept calling her little girl while he said he was a "grown man" and I couldn't help but think "this grown ass man it's taking advantage of a younger woman". She told him she wanted to have sex with him and at first he was like "if you don't like something just tell me" and I was relived because ¡yay, consent! but then he would say "I'm in control of this situation (the whole arrangement, they were going to have sex in secret, no one will know because he's her brother's friend) not you".And I was just so disappointed and confused ¿who the hell was in control then? ¿her or him?.Well, he wasn't THAT bad because he let her make some rules too but that's the point that he "LET" her when SHE was the one that should had been in control of the whole arrangement. I appreciated that the author tried to give them some common experiences so the romance could be more "credible" (I didn't buy it tough) because even if he was ten years older than her, Amanda and Brady had some things in common, both of them had complicated relationships with their respective brothers. Brady's and Amanda's brothers thought that both of them weren't "mature enough" and they didn't take them seriously and it stressed the hell out of me. Anyway To sum up: I didn't like it, the hero made me feel uncomfortable and the age difference was GROSS BUT👉If you like •age difference (older hero/younger heroine) •best friend's "little sister" and •daddy kink (if you don't mind a bossy older hero) this book is for you.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    I am in the minority group here. I didn't like Amanda and felt that she needed to mature. Yes she was sheltered but she is now 22. and I am glad she decided it was time for a change, but I didn't feel she and Brady had that chemistry. Brady grossed me out, here he is thinking that Amanda was underage yet wanted her,ew. I never did get the best friend brother thing so we can't have a relationship but it must happen since so many, I mean so many authors seem to write about this. All in all there I am in the minority group here. I didn't like Amanda and felt that she needed to mature. Yes she was sheltered but she is now 22. and I am glad she decided it was time for a change, but I didn't feel she and Brady had that chemistry. Brady grossed me out, here he is thinking that Amanda was underage yet wanted her,ew. I never did get the best friend brother thing so we can't have a relationship but it must happen since so many, I mean so many authors seem to write about this. All in all there were times the story was not bad, but would I recommend probably not there are other good books out there.Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
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  • Kimberley C.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by Caitlin Crews that I have read. I wish that I had read the first few in the series, because I felt like I was missing some plot points that had to do with the main characters’ families. Nonetheless, I read the whole book and made do. It was well written and I thought the characters were very well developed. I did find it slightly long-winded at times, which is why I am giving it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    The is a great series. Amanda Kittredge has to overcome moving out of her family home and convincing her brothers' best friend Brady Everett that she is right for him. So what if he is a decade older! ENJOY!!! "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." I HAVE READ ALL PRIOR COLD RIVER RANCH books but this one stands alone nicely too.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI am so in love with every book in the series, I swear.This time it's Brady, the youngest of the Everett brothers, who finds his HEA, and finds it with no other than the Town's Little Sister, Amanda Kittredge. Amanda is also his best friend's little sister, so... *cue drama* The trope is not new, but I still ate it up like this was my first time reading it. I love how assertive Amanda was with her army of big brothers, and how she just straight up got into their faces and fought with 4.5 starsI am so in love with every book in the series, I swear.This time it's Brady, the youngest of the Everett brothers, who finds his HEA, and finds it with no other than the Town's Little Sister, Amanda Kittredge. Amanda is also his best friend's little sister, so... *cue drama* The trope is not new, but I still ate it up like this was my first time reading it. I love how assertive Amanda was with her army of big brothers, and how she just straight up got into their faces and fought with them when they were being overbearing, which is basically all the time. I also love the interactions between Brady and his big brothers; there were a lot of tension, and I live for that. Brady and Amanda were so good and so sexy together, and I really loved it that Amanda called Brady out immediately when he was being patronizing, which happened sometimes because of the ten-year age difference. One of my most favourite things is seeing the Everett family together. Gray and Abby were still solid, and Hannah and Ty were fun as heck to watch, I might just reread their book later.I'm so happy that the author confirmed on Twitter that there will be more Cold River books, because Riley and Rae? We need to know. E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Lisa Guertin
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Kittredge is fed up with her four older brothers trying to force her to stay their little sister. To make her point, she not only moves out but gets a job tending bar at the seediest bar in town. Then her brother Riley asks Brady Everett, her longtime crush, to watch out for her. The problem is that Brady has realized that little Amanda is all grown up. Brady has issues of his own to deal with and his own troublesome brothers. With love and determination, the two of them can work Amanda Kittredge is fed up with her four older brothers trying to force her to stay their little sister. To make her point, she not only moves out but gets a job tending bar at the seediest bar in town. Then her brother Riley asks Brady Everett, her longtime crush, to watch out for her. The problem is that Brady has realized that little Amanda is all grown up. Brady has issues of his own to deal with and his own troublesome brothers. With love and determination, the two of them can work everything out.
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    This was just not my cup of tea. I normally like the 'little sister of best friend' trope, but the age difference was rather high (she is 22 and he is ten years older). The heroine, Amanda, moves out of her family's home to make a point and to start a life of her own. With 4 older brothers she doesn't have a love life and moreover, she has been in love with Brady (brother Riley's best friend) since she was a kid. As Brady has moved back to town to ranch with his brothers she wants to attract his This was just not my cup of tea. I normally like the 'little sister of best friend' trope, but the age difference was rather high (she is 22 and he is ten years older). The heroine, Amanda, moves out of her family's home to make a point and to start a life of her own. With 4 older brothers she doesn't have a love life and moreover, she has been in love with Brady (brother Riley's best friend) since she was a kid. As Brady has moved back to town to ranch with his brothers she wants to attract his attention. And she does attract his attention - finally - when she starts working at the local bar and wears some sexy clothes. Maybe it is because I have not read the other two books, but I was not impressed with this couple. I did not get the attraction and never felt the connection. There was not enough romance for me. I also did not really like Brady. *** I received an ARC via Edelweiss and this is my honest and voluntary review. ***
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  • Jessica Ingro
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really cute book. I adored the chemistry between Amanda and Brady. What I loved most though was how she went to bat for him and showed that she loved hard just as she had been raised to do. Perfect cowboy read.
  • Flo Grugel
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this sweet cowboy read!
  • Deb Diem
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Real Cowboy is an outstanding western romance by Caitlin Crews. Ms. Crews has produced a book that is well-written and furnished it with fantastic characters. Brady is the third of the Everett brothers and has agreed to stay on the ranch for a year to help out after his father's death. Amanda is a Kittredge with four big burly brothers that have kept her dateless. Amanda and Brady's story is packed with drama, humor, Kindle melting heat and is a fun read. The Last Real Cowboy is book 3 The Last Real Cowboy is an outstanding western romance by Caitlin Crews. Ms. Crews has produced a book that is well-written and furnished it with fantastic characters. Brady is the third of the Everett brothers and has agreed to stay on the ranch for a year to help out after his father's death. Amanda is a Kittredge with four big burly brothers that have kept her dateless. Amanda and Brady's story is packed with drama, humor, Kindle melting heat and is a fun read. The Last Real Cowboy is book 3 of the Cold River Ranch Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC courtesy of Netgalley.After reading the first two books in Crews' Cold River Ranch series, I wrote that I wasn't going to read the next one, because its conservative approach to gender did not appeal. And yet I found myself requesting book #3 when it came up on Netgalley. I'm justifying this by telling myself that I want to keep up on how conservative romance readers view sex and gender, and reading Crews, who is a great writer, is an entertaining way to do so.Book 3 features the third, and ARC courtesy of Netgalley.After reading the first two books in Crews' Cold River Ranch series, I wrote that I wasn't going to read the next one, because its conservative approach to gender did not appeal. And yet I found myself requesting book #3 when it came up on Netgalley. I'm justifying this by telling myself that I want to keep up on how conservative romance readers view sex and gender, and reading Crews, who is a great writer, is an entertaining way to do so.Book 3 features the third, and youngest, of the ranching Everett family, city-boy Brady. While eldest brother Gray stood up stoically to their father's abuse, and middle brother Ty ran away, Brady did everything right in an attempt to win his father's attention. He worked hard in school, excelled in sports, and earned a scholarship to college. But his cruel father only insulted him or ignored him. So after college, Brady moved to Denver, and made big $ in some kind of finance work. After his father's death, he agreed to Gray's challenge to spend a year living on the ranch before deciding whether or not he wants to sell his portion and make his escape back to the city.In the earlier books in the series, Crews showed how the three Everett brothers have each been impacted by their abusive childhoods—and how their relationships as brothers have been influenced, too. Gray and Ty continually tease Brady (in a mean, not a loving, way), calling him "Denver" as if it is the worst insult imaginable, implying that he cares nothing for the land, for their family home, for the family itself. Most frustrating to Brady is the way eldest brother Gray out and out refuses to listen to any of Brady's financial advice about how to make the ranch more profitable, despite his greater expertise. Brady longs for his older brother to take him seriously, just once.I wondered during the earlier books if Crews would allow Brady to return to the city, or whether she'd make the character rediscover a love of the land, reifying the rural/urban binary opposition (rural = good; city = bad). Crews takes away any doubts right from the start of book 3, making it clear that not only does Brady not> like the city better than he likes the ranch, he actually loves his home, and actively wants to live there: "It wasn't that he hated this place. It was that he'd missed out on it. Even when he'd been right here, doing it, he'd missed out on it. If he didn't belong in his own family—something his father made abundantly clear—then how did he belong anywhere?" (Kindle Loc 1607)In order to give her character even more reason to stay after his year is up, Crews grants Brady an unexpected love interest: 10-years-younger-than-him 22-year-old Amanda Kittredge, the youngest kid and only daughter in the family of his best friend, Riley. [Interesting how many western romances feature families with lots of brothers, but only youngest sisters....] At novel's start, Amanda has had just about enough of her father and brothers' protective coddling, and announces that not only has she rented an apartment in town, she's taken a second job as a bartender in the bar below. Since Amanda bristles at having any of her brothers spy on her while she's on the job, Riley asks Brady if he'll keep an eye on her. A job that Brady finds more and more difficult as he becomes increasingly physically attracted to the "I'm not a kid anymore" Amanda.Amanda is well-aware of the sexual double standards that apply to her and to her brothers. But since it is four against one, and the four use openly misogynistic arguments to enforce their sexual policing of their younger sister, and protesting "would only lead to comments about ladylike behavior and why are you so emotional all the time" [Loc 79], Amanda has little hope of convincing anyone in her family to change. The only way she's going to get any sexual experience is to live by herself. Because she certainly doesn't want to turn into another Miss Patrick, the single, cranky school secretary that everyone in town pities.* She wants to live a little, to be free to make her own mistakes, just as her brothers have.Unsurprisingly, Amanda's long had a crush on her older brother's bestie, and is jazzed as she gradually realizes that she might not be the only one feeling attraction these days. Amanda and Brady "spark", Brady throwing sexist comments her way, Amanda refuting them one by one. Until Amanda asks Brady to "be her first," and Brady, reluctantly (or not so reluctantly, if he were really being honest with himself) agrees. But their relationship is only temporary, because Brady is leaving the ranch at year's end. Or is he?Two youngest children, both unappreciated by their elder brothers, have a lot in common. Which Brady and Amanda discover during their sexual trysts, trysts which lead not only to fabulous sex (Brady as teacher, inexperienced Amanda as student), but to emotional vulnerability, especially on Brady's part. Sunny Amanda takes the edge off Brandy's restless discontent, and serves as an outlet for his emotional pain. Since Amanda's birth family is only sexist, not abusive, and her frustrations the result of gendered social constraints that the book in the end endorses, Brady doesn't provide much of a similar function for Amanda. Instead, he validates her worth by being attracted to her, loving her, and encouraging her career ambitions (which, because they center on staying in rural Cold River, are acceptable).The story takes a decidedly old-fashioned turn towards the end, after (view spoiler)[Brady and Amanda's secret is discovered, and Brady decides he'll actively court Amanda, to appease her angry brothers—and won't have sex again with her until they accept him (hide spoiler)]. Amanda's protests over the sexist assumptions behind this turn turn out to be really about her fear (view spoiler)[ that Brady is being forced to marry her, when he really would rather not, rather than about his sexist posturing (hide spoiler)], not about any real protest against the gender roles that have constrained her for most of her life.Crews is a great writer, equally strong on plot, character development, romance arc, and theme (here, how younger children in families learn to stand up for themselves and come into their own). It's fascinating to see how such an accomplished writer works to persuade a reader that her female characters are powerful and worthy, even while reinforcing the patriarchal norms that actively work to disempower them.* Interestingly, Amanda has a run-in with Miss Patrick, during which the woman tells her, "You think you pity me, Miss Kittredge. Thee truth is that you fear me. You don't know, yet, that lives are choices we make or that I am perfectly content with mine" (2994). The narrative as a whole doesn't really endorse this view, though...
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**The Last Real Cowboy is the third book in the Cold River Ranch series and this is the youngest Everett brother, Brady's book. I was excited to see what Crews penned for him after getting to know him a little bit in his brother's books.Amanda Kittredge is the only girl in the Kittredge clan and she's got four older brothers who love to remind her that she's the little sister. **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**The Last Real Cowboy is the third book in the Cold River Ranch series and this is the youngest Everett brother, Brady's book. I was excited to see what Crews penned for him after getting to know him a little bit in his brother's books.Amanda Kittredge is the only girl in the Kittredge clan and she's got four older brothers who love to remind her that she's the little sister. She's always been a bit sheltered because of how overprotective her brothers are. She's never really dated because everyone in their small town didn't want to tangle with her brothers in order to take her on a date. Amanda has had enough and at 22, she decides it's time to move out of her parents house, get a job and make her own life. If that means making mistakes, then that's fine. She wants to experience things she hasn't in the past.Brady Everett is the one Everett brother who chose to go to college and not work on his family's homestead. When his father died and he was left 1/3 of the land, he came back with the promise to stay for a year and then get back to his own life in Denver. He's always been the one that his brothers looked down on the ideas he has for the land are not taken seriously which frustrates him. When he's approached by his best friend's little sister, Amanda, who is looking to be educated on being with a man as part of her experimentation, he knows he should say no and get as far away from the situation as he can, yet he does the exact opposite. With an agreement that what happens between them stay a secret, the two spend time together and Brady ends up showing Amanda everything she asked for and more.I enjoyed this story quite a bit. For me it was a little bit slow to start, but once it got rolling, it had a good cadence. I really appreciated how Amanda stood up to people as we got along in the book. For someone that people always looked at as the "child" she proved that she was anything but, and she also proved that she was willing to go to bat for those she loves. Brady was also great as I felt he grew as the book went along in several ways. This was another great book to add to this already entertaining series!
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.OMGosh! This was a great book. I wish that I could give it more then 5 stars! It was a wonderful conclusion to the legacy of evil Amos Everett on his three sons. The three boys grew up around his hateful ways. Each had to overcome his demon. Brady was the youngest and the one that Amos ignored the most. Brady was the smart one and was able to get a free scholarship to college. He then spent I received a complimentary of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.OMGosh! This was a great book. I wish that I could give it more then 5 stars! It was a wonderful conclusion to the legacy of evil Amos Everett on his three sons. The three boys grew up around his hateful ways. Each had to overcome his demon. Brady was the youngest and the one that Amos ignored the most. Brady was the smart one and was able to get a free scholarship to college. He then spent the remaining years in Denver away from his family. Several months after Amos' death, Brady's oldest brother Gray, asked him to stay and work the ranch for one year. During this time, Brady discovers that his best friend's younger sister is all grown up.This is the touching story of Brady and Amanda Kittredge. The difficult road that they travel to get to their HEA. It was one that kept me glued to my e-reader late into the night. After my poor old eyes gave out early in the morning, I had to put it down. It was the first thing I picked up in the morning (after my coffee that is!)I adored the first book in this series not so much the second one (as I really couldn't identify with Hannah but I was very glad to have read it). This one really brought to a conclusion the boys getting over the destruction that their father wrought over them.I adored Brady. He was a character that I was a little unsure about in the other stories. Having a dual POV here allowed me to "see" inside of his thought process to really understand him. He is one fine character! Amanda was a little immature but then again the character is 22 and has been overly protected by 4 older brothers.This is a sexy romance story. There are a couple of "bedroom" scenes but are highly glossed over for the most part. There wasn't anything overly descriptive here. That being said though, I would highly recommend this story to anyone OVER the age of 18. This book can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend to start at the beginning. Even though I was not overly happy with the Hannah character in the second story, that one really should be read as well. It really helps to understand Ty a whole lot better.I hope that the author decided to continue the series with the Kittredge brothers.
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  • Jeeves Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s the thing... a 10-year age gap can either feel insignificant or insurmountable, and this is one of those books where it’s glaringly obvious. For example, Brady literally thinks Amanda is still a high school student at the start of the book, even though she’s 22. The major differences in their maturity and past experience play a significant role in the story, and those who like an age gap romance might enjoy that, but it was a struggle for me. The writing itself is solid and fans of the Here’s the thing... a 10-year age gap can either feel insignificant or insurmountable, and this is one of those books where it’s glaringly obvious. For example, Brady literally thinks Amanda is still a high school student at the start of the book, even though she’s 22. The major differences in their maturity and past experience play a significant role in the story, and those who like an age gap romance might enjoy that, but it was a struggle for me. The writing itself is solid and fans of the series will enjoy catching up with characters from past books, but while I enjoyed aspects of the story, I couldn’t grow to love these two as a couple.The story follows Amanda, a 22-year-old whose overbearing brothers have prevented her from forming any sort of relationships with guys in the past. She’s tired of living such a sheltered life and is ready to prove that she’s an adult. One thing that she’s eager to change? The fact that she’s a virgin - and she knows just the guy to change that for her. Brady is good friends with her brothers, and while Amanda has been crushing on him for years, he’s never seen her as anything but the girl whose diapers he once changed. As Amanda begins to make changes in her life, denying that she is now a full grown woman becomes impossible.After reading the last book in the series, I was intrigued to give this one a try. That book had plenty of things that drove me crazy, but the storyline was so gripping that I couldn’t walk away from it. Unfortunately, this book didn’t elicit the same reaction from me. I found Amanda to be so childish, especially towards the beginning of the book, and Brady is kind of a jerk. He’s controlling and treats Amanda like a child, so the thought of a romantic connection between them wasn’t particularly enticing. Combine that with the sex-based relationship between them, and the chemistry felt cold to me. I appreciated the quality of the writing and don’t in any way think this is a bad book, but it just wasn’t for me. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this emotional romance.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    “I’m ten years older than you.” “I know how old you are. Cradle robber.”Emotionally tortured cowboy and sheltered best friend's virgin little sister are some of my favorite tropes. Unfortunately, Brady and Amanda's secret relationship, while at times sweet and steamy, suffered from too much internal monologue and not enough doing.For a sheltered virgin, Amanda was remarkably determined and feisty in the face of four overly protective brothers who lost their collective minds when she took a “I’m ten years older than you.” “I know how old you are. Cradle robber.”Emotionally tortured cowboy and sheltered best friend's virgin little sister are some of my favorite tropes. Unfortunately, Brady and Amanda's secret relationship, while at times sweet and steamy, suffered from too much internal monologue and not enough doing.For a sheltered virgin, Amanda was remarkably determined and feisty in the face of four overly protective brothers who lost their collective minds when she took a bartending job in a seedy local bar. I loved that Amanda not only stood up to her brothers but also constantly called Brady out for his patronizing big brotherly protector shtick: “It turns out your brothers were right to be worried, because look at what’s happening. Every minute you spend near me, you lose a little more of your innocence.” “It’s mine,” she replied. “If I want to lose it or hold it close to me forever, that’s my choice. Not theirs. And frankly? Not yours either.”The problem was that Brady was stuck in his own head for most of the story. Brady was so busy internalizing about his dead father's emotional abuse and his two brothers' inability to take him seriously that he hardly had time to realize that Amanda was a fully grown, fully desirable woman waiting for him. Amanda was basically infantilized by everyone from her brothers to Brady himself. It was frankly gross that everyone commented about how Brady had changed Amanda's diapers. Her brothers' determination to keep her sheltered bordered on obsessive, particularly her brother Riley (Brady's best friend). Riley kept accusing Brady of betraying him, which was just too melodramatic for me. In the end, Brady's old fashioned goal to "court" Amanda was cute and sweet, if not patronizing since Amanda saw no need to be courted. Likewise, Brady's campaign to get her brothers' blessings was well-intentioned but again, unnecessary. The only grand gesture that really mattered, imo, was his actual private ILY declaration to Amanda. Note: I voluntarily read and reviewed this eARC generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsAmanda Kittredge is tired of her four bossy brothers telling her what to do. She decides to rebel in several ways including moving out of the ranch, working at a seedy bar, and approaching the man she has had a lifelong crush on to teach her the ways of men, especially the physical kind. Unsurprisingly, her brothers are not fans of Amanda’s rebellion and do what they can to reign her in, but she is not having it. Brady grew up on the ranch next to Amanda’s, so their families go way back 3.5 StarsAmanda Kittredge is tired of her four bossy brothers telling her what to do. She decides to rebel in several ways including moving out of the ranch, working at a seedy bar, and approaching the man she has had a lifelong crush on to teach her the ways of men, especially the physical kind. Unsurprisingly, her brothers are not fans of Amanda’s rebellion and do what they can to reign her in, but she is not having it. Brady grew up on the ranch next to Amanda’s, so their families go way back including the fact that his best friend is her brother, Riley. He knows exactly what Riley will do if he finds out about the kind of illicit relationship that she proposes. In a small town like Cold River, everyone knows the business of the other residents or they make the effort to try and find out any secrets. Brady has his own issues being the youngest of three who are working to keep their ranch going while learning to live with his two older brothers and settle their differences. They are all wounded by the machinations and awful behavior of their late horrible father.The ten year age gap between Amanda and Brady does not help his conscience or her ability to get folks to listen to what she wants and needs. Much is made of the fact that Brady was around for a diaper change when she was a baby which kind of squicks me out since it is brought up several times. Brady and his brothers give stubborn a whole new level in their dealings with each other;, also in Brady and Amanda’s situation as well. Amanda spends a lot of her time trying not to blow her stack at all the barriers the men in her life put up.This is third book in the Cold River Ranch series. I enjoyed the first two books quite a bit and though this one is well written and some important issues are resolved, I am not as much an admirer of Brady though I enjoyed Amanda’s side of the story. Fans of the series will enjoy the progress of the story and seeing characters from the previous books.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda and Brady are the youngest members in their families. The families have been ranchers in the same area for generations. Brady is the best friend of Riley, one of Amanda's brothers. Amanda grew up with Brady around and acting just like one of her brothers.She has had a crush on him forever. He treats her like she is in high school when she is actually 22 years old.I wanted to love this story. I simply could not do that.It may have been just my frame of mind. I am not sure. What I am sure Amanda and Brady are the youngest members in their families. The families have been ranchers in the same area for generations. Brady is the best friend of Riley, one of Amanda's brothers. Amanda grew up with Brady around and acting just like one of her brothers.She has had a crush on him forever. He treats her like she is in high school when she is actually 22 years old.I wanted to love this story. I simply could not do that.It may have been just my frame of mind. I am not sure. What I am sure of, neither Amanda nor Brady drew me into their stories.I wanted to really like Amanda. She is smart and funny and brave. She wanted to be treated like an adult but at times continued to act like an entitled brat. I hoped for the best for her. Her older brothers and her parents treat her as though she is incapable of being a grown person. Brady is 10 years older than Amanda and continually tells her she is a baby to him. In reality, he continually lusts after her. His place in his family had always been the bottom of the relationship ladder and still is. His older brothers apparently have never looked at him as an equal.I might have enjoyed the book more if there had been more conversations and people relating to one another. It seemed to me to be weighted down by inner thoughts. Ms Crews is a talented writer. She does wonders creating atmosphere and place Her characters are interesting. I was looking forward to loving this story. It simply did not do it for me.I have not read the first two books in the series, and it is possible that background was what was missing for me. I will look for another story by Ms Crews, because her talent is too good to ignore.I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are completely my own.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Real Cowboy was everything I thought it could be, it made me laugh, it made me cry and left me whole. Caitlin Crews destroyed my heart…literally.Brady Everett has his father’s ghost chasing him and when he returns after agreeing to help with the family’s land for a year the ghost are more prominent. When he returned home Brady kept to himself, he was not like Gray or Ty he wanted nothing to do with the land.Amanda Kendrick has lived a sheltered life, but not by her own choosing, but her The Last Real Cowboy was everything I thought it could be, it made me laugh, it made me cry and left me whole. Caitlin Crews destroyed my heart…literally.Brady Everett has his father’s ghost chasing him and when he returns after agreeing to help with the family’s land for a year the ghost are more prominent. When he returned home Brady kept to himself, he was not like Gray or Ty he wanted nothing to do with the land.Amanda Kendrick has lived a sheltered life, but not by her own choosing, but her brothers. E very man knew the score, which made it hard to date. Now ready to strike out on her own Amanda makes a decision that could change everything in Cold River.Brady and Amanda have a history as do everyone in the small town of Cold River. Brady is seeing that little Amanda Kendrick grew up in all the right places, and that’s a huge problem. Amanda wanted to prove to her family that she is a grown woman and can live on her own. What Amanda didn’t count on is how Brady oh sexy Brady played a role in that decision. I enjoyed the many levels to Amanda and Brady’s characters, sad as it sounds it made them and their stories more real too me.As far as the supporting characters they are all from the previous books in the Cold River Ranch Series. I enjoyed revisiting with them all, because in reality Brady’s past is connected to all of their past. Gray and Ty still ride Brady hard, I felt so many emotions for Brady, all he really wanted was acceptance from the man who fathered him.The Last Real Cowboy is of a amazing love story with a lot of ups and downs, healing of the heart, family healing and acceptance and most of all “Love”. Caitlin Crews wrote this amazing series to draw her readers into the sweet town of Cold River all I hope is that we get more from this little town.Rated 5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read by Deb!
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  • Luz Trevino
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Real Cowboy is the third book in the Cold River Ranch series.This one is more of a 2.5 stars book for me.This follows the best friends little sister trope and a supposed big age gap (10 years). We have a guy, Brady, who is the youngest of three brothers and that has had to deal with daddy issues. He is very close friends with Amanda's brothers, hence the trope. She is a 22 year old young woman who has dealt with a very over protective family and finally decides to leave home and find a The Last Real Cowboy is the third book in the Cold River Ranch series.This one is more of a 2.5 stars book for me.This follows the best friends little sister trope and a supposed big age gap (10 years). We have a guy, Brady, who is the youngest of three brothers and that has had to deal with daddy issues. He is very close friends with Amanda's brothers, hence the trope. She is a 22 year old young woman who has dealt with a very over protective family and finally decides to leave home and find a job at a seedy bar. She's in search of independence and of one night stands. Yes, she's in desperate need to be more experienced. It is when she approaches Brady, who she has had a crush on forever, and lets him know that she has chosen him to teach her all these experiences she wants.I had very mixed feelings throughout the book. We are constantly told that Brady sees her as a girl and is constantly remembering of how she was when she was little. Amanda is also always making references of how she is now a woman and not a child. Though at times she does seem a little too immature. Also, I really don't think that Brady was emotionally stable to deal with this kind of relationship. He is having to deal with his feelings about his deceased father and his two brothers, at the same time that he is keeping his relationship with Amanda secret.Overall the comments made about the age difference and how Brady at times felt bad for being sexually attracted to someone he changed diapers made for a not very likable read. It felt cringey at times. Their age gap was not really a problem (10 years is not that many) for me it is more about the comments made that it seemed he was an old geezer dating a young woman.Thank you to the publisher for providing the ARC through NetGalley for an honest opinion.
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  • Shayay
    January 1, 1970
    There was some sweet moments between Amanda and Brady, and they do have a steamy connection. I just would’ve liked it if he noticed her before he saw her in a skimpy tank top; it seemed too superficial. I liked the whole brother’s best friend scenario and keeping a secret for a bit, it adds a bit of heat to the romance. Amanda is tired of her older brothers; well, really everyone treating her like a child. She’s 22, but her brothers are still trying to rule her life and scare off dates. She There was some sweet moments between Amanda and Brady, and they do have a steamy connection. I just would’ve liked it if he noticed her before he saw her in a skimpy tank top; it seemed too superficial. I liked the whole brother’s best friend scenario and keeping a secret for a bit, it adds a bit of heat to the romance. Amanda is tired of her older brothers; well, really everyone treating her like a child. She’s 22, but her brothers are still trying to rule her life and scare off dates. She moves above a seedy bar and gets a job bartending there; to the chagrin of her brothers, in hopes of being more independent.Brady sees her there and starts finally noticing her, but doesn’t want to get on his friend/her brother’s bad side, so he tries to resist. Amanda isn’t having it and propositions him. I’m not a fan of this whole thing; no strings type things just make me think the characters are morons and it’s used so often in books, so I’m just tired of this scenario. I still enjoyed the story though. It does move a bit slow at times; too much side stuff and family drama, but the book is written well. Brady and Amanda both aren’t really seen by their families, so there’s tons of family issues to be sorted.I loved that Amanda calls Brady out when he’s acting like a moron. She’s a likable, fun character. Brady is okay, but I wanted more grand gestures from him. Still a sweet couple though.I haven’t read any of the previous books or any other books by this author. I’ll probably check out the previous books because the characters are in this book and their stories sound like they could be interesting.
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Kittridge is fed up with her brothers, being the youngest and only female, she has not been able ever to go out on any type of date, including her prom. Now at 22, she announces at Sunday dinner she is moving out of her parent’s house and renting an apartment above a bar. She is also working there at night part-time. Her brother’s not happy and telling her she can’t but she can and does. Brady Everett is home for a year agreeing to help his brothers for a year on the ranch. Still at times Amanda Kittridge is fed up with her brothers, being the youngest and only female, she has not been able ever to go out on any type of date, including her prom. Now at 22, she announces at Sunday dinner she is moving out of her parent’s house and renting an apartment above a bar. She is also working there at night part-time. Her brother’s not happy and telling her she can’t but she can and does. Brady Everett is home for a year agreeing to help his brothers for a year on the ranch. Still at times thinking about city where he has been living for years. He walks in the bar and is shocked by the outfit Amanda is barley wearing. He is also wondering when did she grow up into a fine-looking woman. Trying to keep his eyes on her eyes when speaking becomes more difficult when her brother and his best friend comes in. his friend wants him to keep an eye on her for him which he agrees to. Everything becomes blurred for him when Amanda asks him to teach her about guys, men. He ends up agreeing thinking this will be a way to keep an eye on her. He keeps more than an eye on here that’s for sure. This works out to be a very good story and ties in good with the other books. The author does a good job with all of the characters and you can tell they are still working getting over the death of there father from a year ago. There are many good scenes in this book but when Brady takes an ax to the table it was really good and if you have read the other books you will know why. Overall a very good story. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Kittredge is twenty-two, only trouble is, as the youngest child with several older brothers (I can't remember if its three or four) everyone still thinks of her as that little Kittredge girl. She's had exactly three dates and when she decided to go to the local bar she was accompanied by her brothers and driven home after precisely one and a half drinks. When one of her brothers directs her to the children's table at a family gathering, in all seriousness, she knows something has to Amanda Kittredge is twenty-two, only trouble is, as the youngest child with several older brothers (I can't remember if its three or four) everyone still thinks of her as that little Kittredge girl. She's had exactly three dates and when she decided to go to the local bar she was accompanied by her brothers and driven home after precisely one and a half drinks. When one of her brothers directs her to the children's table at a family gathering, in all seriousness, she knows something has to change.So she moves into an apartment above the local dive bar, gets a part-time evening job as a barmaid in said dive bar and waits for the fit to hit the shan (as the saying goes). Her next act of rebellion is to ask her brother Riley's best friend Brady to show her what she's been missing all these years, because yes Amanda is also a virgin.I was enjoying this, okay it's a well trodden romance path, particularly in cowboy romances, but it was enjoyable nonetheless, and then the end just dragged. First Brady and Amanda had to have a big scene, then her brothers gor involved, then his brothers got involved, and somewhere I just lost interest, especially when Brady decided he was going to do things his way - without telling Amanda! That's a big red flag for me.Anyway, that aside, I can't believe Caitlin Crews is also Megan Crane, I really loved her Edge series and I can't believe I missed the first two books in this series.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Brigitte
    January 1, 1970
    The third installment in this series seems to concentrate on the age gap between the main characters, but ten years difference is just another number. It's the overbearing brothers who complicate matters, when they refuse to admit that their baby sister is all grown up.Brady's upbringing and his older brothers attitude towards him have left him with all kinds of insecurities. He is successful in his own way, but finding the place where he really belongs is the biggest hurdle. The ghosts of the The third installment in this series seems to concentrate on the age gap between the main characters, but ten years difference is just another number. It's the overbearing brothers who complicate matters, when they refuse to admit that their baby sister is all grown up.Brady's upbringing and his older brothers attitude towards him have left him with all kinds of insecurities. He is successful in his own way, but finding the place where he really belongs is the biggest hurdle. The ghosts of the past haunt him and give him the feeling that he isn't worthy.Amanda, now twenty two is fed up being treated like a child. She makes the big decision of finding her own independence without being stifled by her brothers. She intends to go all out, and who better than having Brady as her teacher? Except that he is her brother's best friend.Amanda has dreamt to be noticed by Brady as a woman rather than her brother's little sister. When he finally does notice her, he is apprehensive about losing her brothers' friendship. Temptation gets the better of him, only there are feelings too. Given the circumstances, it's a sticky affair. Brady's fears are his worst enemies though. Brady plays the older guy's card to deter Amanda. Who is he kidding? The development of their romance which started off as life lessons turns out to be complex, but gratifying. Winning the respect of their families makes everything worthwhile. They fit well together, and bring out the best in each other. I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
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  • SOMDReigel
    January 1, 1970
    “A little education between friends”I really enjoyed this series and The Last Real Cowboy is probably my favorite. The series centers around three brothers who had a terrible childhood. Their father pitted them against one another growing up and they are now having to learn how to work together and be a family. They each struggle to rein in their temper with each other, each refusing to behave like their father. The Last Real Cowboy is the youngest brother’s story. He is the brother who escaped “A little education between friends”I really enjoyed this series and The Last Real Cowboy is probably my favorite. The series centers around three brothers who had a terrible childhood. Their father pitted them against one another growing up and they are now having to learn how to work together and be a family. They each struggle to rein in their temper with each other, each refusing to behave like their father. The Last Real Cowboy is the youngest brother’s story. He is the brother who escaped the ranch for city life which he has been mocked for. Brady falls for his best friends’ little sister who has crushed on him forever. They are both the youngest of their family, not taken seriously, and are pretty much ignored. The story shows their growth by standing up for themselves. Even though Amanda is young, I enjoyed her character. She’s frustrated with being known as the little Kittredge girl, a child, no matter how old she was. One of my favorite things about her was how she pushed Brady’s and her brother’s buttons. I also enjoyed Brady’s character. He struggles with betraying his best friend. He finally gets his brothers to recognize him and his opinions. The Last Real Cowboy really brought to a conclusion the brothers facing their demons and finding happiness. They also move on from their father’s ghost and have become a functioning family that is growing with the next generation. This is a book about love, friendship and family, and how much our pasts influence our futures. Great book with wonderfully developed characters and plot, drama, heat, and humor. A good strong western romance read.
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  • The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This book should have been everything I love: cowboy, sister to the best friend, teaching sex and seduction; but it just kinda fell flat. I really liked the character of Amanda, while still relatively young, she was a strong character to break away from her controlling brothers. It was Brady I had issue with. I love an alpha a/hole like the best of them, but he has to have some redeeming quailities. However, although we have some retrospection on his feelings during his pov episodes, honestly, This book should have been everything I love: cowboy, sister to the best friend, teaching sex and seduction; but it just kinda fell flat. I really liked the character of Amanda, while still relatively young, she was a strong character to break away from her controlling brothers. It was Brady I had issue with. I love an alpha a/hole like the best of them, but he has to have some redeeming quailities. However, although we have some retrospection on his feelings during his pov episodes, honestly, he treats Amanda terribly. He’s controlling and condescending (the constant references to ‘girl’ but he’s a ‘man’)and while I enjoy that in small doses, the tables never really turn where she gives it back to him, and he gets a slap up the head in regard to his behaviour. His a/holeness just continues, and for that I started just skimming it after about 50% or so.This book will undoubtedly appeal to many, and if it sounds interesting I’d definitely recommend giving it a try by downloading a sample. For me though, it just didn’t hit the mark.All my reviews can be found on my blog: The Word Nerd Reviews Follow Me: Facebook & Twitter
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