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A Real Cowboy (Rich Rugged Ranchers #2)

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Producer Thalia Thorne's career is on the line. She's promised to lure James Robert Bradley back to the limelight, no matter what it takes. But once in Montana, she sees that J.R. has built a new life for himself--as a real-life cowboy--and Thalia finds it hard to resist the man he's become....

Then a blizzard strikes. Suddenly they're alone, with only body heat to keep the
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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I've read three books by Sarah M Anderson and have enjoyed her writing and the totally different story-lines she's had, an author who doesn't mind exploring new territories is one I will always read. A Real Cowboy takes us straight to a ranch and Hollywood.

The hero is a rancher but for twenty-one years he was in Hollywood, not by choice but because it was the path chosen for him by his mother. He won an Oscar and saw how fast he was losing control of his life and disappeared and created his own
Christa Runge
Dec 30, 2012 Christa Runge rated it really liked it
A Real Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson
Putting her career on the line, producer Thalia Thorne said she would get recluse James Robert Bradley for her latest film. Oscar winning actor James Robert had walked away from Hollywood 11 years ago. But instead of finding James Robert Bradley at his remote Montana ranch, she finds J.R Bradley. When a blizzard forces Thalia to share close quarters with J.R she really gets to know him. She also realizes that J.R’s quiet, normal, peaceful existence in Montana wo
Dec 05, 2012 Babs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, western
Thalia is a producer from Hollywood. She has volunteered an old actor for an upcoming movie. She has no clue where to find him so goes to the man agent who spills all to her. Off to Montana she goes to hunt for James Robert Bradley. When she finds him he is all that she remember from her crush years ago. When J.R. and Hoss, his ranch hand, noticed her one of them is not thrilled to have her on his property.

J.R. is mad as hell with this woman being here how did she find him. Thalia hurries to tel
Guilty Pleasures
Apr 02, 2013 Guilty Pleasures rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars

A Real Cowboy was a fun, light, easy to read book that had me grinning ear to ear throughout. It was fun watching the transformation of Thalia from Producer to Friend to Lover and even more fun watching J.R. fight his feelings and finally accepting them.

What starts out as a simple trip to Montana to lure James Robert Bradley back to the big screen and possibly another Oscar nomination turns into an eye-opening, oh-my-God what am I do
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
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Cannot stop swooning! I picked this title to read next at random and let me tell you, I could NOT put it down. It was like late in to the night when I finally had to tear myself away from the book, but woke up this morning with determination to finish!

I have not had a swoon worthy book about a cowboy to read in a while and A Real Cowboy did not disappoint me!

Thalia's career is on the line after she promises her slea
Jan 17, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. JR had left Hollywood after twenty one years there because he realized that he lost in the lifestyle. He left that life behind, went to Montana and bought a ranch. He's now living a life he's comfortable in - most of the time. Because he had spent his childhood and early adulthood as a star, he had never really learned how to handle himself in social situations and occasionally gets in over his head. When Thalia shows up he is totally rude to her and just wants her gone ...more
Sarah Anderson
Dec 17, 2012 Sarah Anderson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My first Rich, Rugged Rancher book--complete with blizzard!
Fiona Marsden
Jan 03, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. There is something about Sarah M. Anderson's books that suck me in even when there are the odd things I wouldn't normally want to read about.

Thalia Thorne had a crush on James Robert Bradley long before she went to Hollywood to become a star. And maybe even work with her idol. His sudden retirement and some poor choices killed that dream a long time ago. Now working as an assistant for a big name producer, the same casting couch sleaze who caused the derailment of her career, Thalia
Hsiau Wei
Apr 19, 2013 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
This book tell the story of Thalia who went all out to search for the award winning retired actor; James Robert Bradley, or JR. JR is a self turned recluse living and working at a ranch. Not one offer is able to draw him out of his recluse and Thalia took up the challenge to get him to act in a movie she will produce (only if she gets to him to join) or leave the entertainment scene. She went to his ranch and was confronted with an extremely unfriendly JR who left her standing at the front of hi ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Ewa rated it it was ok
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Mar 02, 2013 Ni_kii rated it it was amazing
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Really 4.5 Stars

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When I think of Sarah M. Anderson’s writing, I usually think of an inter-racial romance where the hero and heroine have to overcome cultural divides to be together. I think of tales full of heat and angst. This one felt completely different the other stories in her back-list. It was a smooth ride all the way through, with a whole heap of spice and just a smattering of misunderstanding to make sure that my attention was kept. I l
Feb 24, 2013 SuperWendy rated it liked it
I liked the main couple OK - it was mostly the backstory that didn't work for me. The Hollywood "stuff" just doesn't come off as feeling authentic. I can believe that the hero could hide out and live a fairly normal life in middle-of-nowhere Montana, but to have failed relationships because the women he dated didn't realize he used to be an actor? Uh, and he was a sexy studly heart-throb who won an Oscar? That strained. Also the fact that the heroine lacked gumption and wasn't nearly defensive e ...more
May 14, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Great dynamic in the relationship that made it very believable. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time!

It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my e
D2211Feb2013: Hollywood and a Montana ranch combine in this. The cowboy, an actor, has shut himself away to avoid the problems, feelings, and of his past. He is confronted by a woman who found him because of a years old teenage crush. Now as woman she discovers the real man.
Jan 28, 2013 GONZA rated it it was ok
This book is one of the rare case in which the hero is more likable than the heroine, is not a smartass and not a redeemed bastard, which is something I must add, because some of this love story book involve often this type of characters. Not a real new story but good enough.

Questo libro è uno di quei rari casi in cui l'eroe mi sta molto più simpatica della donna coinvolta: non è un cretino furbacchione, nè un bastardo redento, ed è gi qualcosa devo aggiungere, eprchè spesso questi libri d'amore
Lisa DeVore
Apr 21, 2013 Lisa DeVore rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the first chapter. I wondered what made this "Real Cowboy" tick and what made him escape from the limelight. I kept turning the page to see what would happen next. The dishes didn't get done, the laundry piled up, and I swear if it would have been any longer my family might have starved. Seriously, Sarah has a wonderful talent of pulling you into a scene and visualizing your surroundings. I LOVED the snowstorm!! Who wouldn't want to get stuck in a snowstorm with thei ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Ms. Anderson is one of my favorite category romance writers, and this book did not disappoint! I loved both Thalia and J.R. - Thalia is a former actress turned associate producer and J.R. a former Hollywood leading man, but both are engaging characters who come across as people you would like to be friends with. Thalia is very appealing, because we witness her inner struggle over the ethics of her attempts to convince J.R. to return to Hollywood. I must have re-read the last chapter 4 or 5 times ...more
Monica Tillery
Jul 11, 2013 Monica Tillery rated it it was amazing
If I had started this one earlier in the day, I would have finished it in one sitting. There's so much to love about this book! I loved the gorgeous descriptions of Montana, Minnie, Hoss, and especially J.R., and the crackling chemistry between the hero and heroine. So many times during this book, I just got choked up with emotion--whether J.R. was watching out for Thalia or saving her in a crazy blizzard, it was mesmerizing. I just loved it and can't wait to read more from this author.

Sarah M. Anderson's style of writing is easy to get into. I loved A Real Cowboy because of that and the excellent narrative it contains. I loved the way Thalia fell in love with the real J.R. and the most excellent ending.

I had to admit I put the book down on page 168 because the train wreck that was waiting to happen, happened. With events spiralling out of control, I had no idea how the ending would resolve itself but it did and we got our happily ever after. So well done.
Mar 09, 2013 Mom rated it it was amazing
J.R. and Thalia start off fighting. He's an actor who left the life behind 10 years ago and she wants him to return to the screen. He doesn't want to.
Diah Didi
4.5 stars.
My very first of Sarah M. Anderson and I loved it!
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Really, if I can find a cowboy like J.R....I will shamelessly throw myself at him. Fair warning! :)
Mary Jo Burke
Sep 26, 2013 Mary Jo Burke rated it it was amazing
Love the actor who runs away from Hollywood and the producer who stakes her career on reeling him back in!
Nia Simone
Jun 24, 2013 Nia Simone rated it really liked it
Romantic and emotional. I loved the Montana setting and the characters.
Cyndi Delia
Mar 24, 2013 Cyndi Delia rated it really liked it
Easy to read, and engaging. The characters were likable.
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Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds an ...more
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