When Angelina Ford returns home to her family’s sprawling Texas ranch, she’s hiding a secret from her super successful siblings. With her business empire left in tatters back in Los Angeles, the former high-flying lawyer has nothing and she doesn’t want anyone back home to know.
But a chance encounter with her childhood best friend, Logan Brody, changes everything. The soldier turned rancher has been to hell and back himself, and he refuses to leave her to lick her wounds and be miserable.
Neither Angelina nor Logan wants to risk their friendship, but when sparks start to fly, everything changes. And Angelina is left wondering if her big city life is everything it’s cracked up to be, or if happiness has been waiting at home in Texas for her all along.
Soraya M. Lane is the Amazon Charts & Kindle #1 bestselling author of THE LAST CORRESPONDENT and THE SECRETS WE LEFT BEHIND.
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Angelina's book is one I have anxiously awaited. Ange was the elusive Ford- always home and gone before you practically had a chance to say hello. A true workaholic, Angie was so caught up in her job and be being a success on her own, independent of the wealth of her family, Angie had truly neglected her family. At least I felt so.
Logan Brody is home from war and feels a shell of the man he once was. He and Angie were truly the best of friends and never crossed that line. Now he is full of demons and regret and so much guilt. He is obligated to taking care of his friends Brody's girls in his mind as a penance for surviving when Brody did not.
So when Angelina is home with a big secret of having failed in her business she isn't ready to let that wall down and let anyone in to see how vulnerable she is and see her failure. Two kindred souls, she and Logan reconnect and this time the sexual chemistry is too hot to handle. This two were both broken and battered in their own way and both just as important.
Logan is a great book hero and his Abby is the sweetest. I felt for his character and his struggles.
Angie was a strong and fierce woman who essentially just needed her dad. I loved their relationship that even though he hadn't always been the sweetest most comforting dad that he was calm and comforting and so loving to Angelina when she was the most vulnerable.
Logan and Angie were a great couple and their independent struggles allowed them to come together to for a strong bond.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series, I think this might be my favorite! While Angelina always came across as stand-offish in the other books, I found that I really like how her character developed in this one. She and Logan were perfect for one another, even if it did take them a long while to realize they were always meant to be more than friends. This was a very enjoyable novel that I had trouble putting down once I started reading. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Soraya Lane!
Since I started reading about the Ford siblings, I have always thought Angelina was the most interesting of the bunch. Her story didn't disappoint. Angelina has come home to Texas to decompress and recover after a devastating business loss. For Angelina, everything has always been about her career and business. Working 100 hour weeks is her normal. She has never touched her trust-fund and has been extremely successful in everything she's always done - until now.
Logan and Angelina were best friends in school and remained close even as they both left new adventures, Logan in the military and Angelina in the business world. Logan is now out of the army following a major personal loss.
Both of them are in Texas to escape and heal. It is clear that although they've maintained a friendship, for Logan it was always much more than that. They reconnect and then connect physically - both hoping to keep it a friends with benefits situation (despite Logan's strong feelings). When their emotions come out into the open - it doesn't make things easier - just more complicated.
I appreciated so many aspects of this book. In particular, that Angelina never sets aside her career or has any intention to stay in Texas on a permanent basis. She also picks herself up and moves on to the next career move - after some really wonderful advice from her father. My only wish is that she and Logan had been a little more flexible and open to a relationship earlier - I understand it but the back and forth, hot/cold got a little frustrating at time. Like literally on one page - I love you, on the next "I'm not sure."
The ending had me in tears - so be prepared!
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley but these opinions are my own.
I’m torn between liking this book and throwing it in a bin and forgetting about it. It was good, I enjoy the Texas ranch setting and Logan the cowboy.
But in all honesty, Angelina and Logan bothered me. Yes, you have personal issues to work out, so either do it or don’t but you’re making a toxic relationship for the both of you by bottling up your feelings and then yelling at each other, only to inevitably have sex just so y’all can finally relax for... oh maybe 12 hours. Then the cycle starts again. Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the first three books that I don’t get the full picture of all the characters, but I felt no attachment to any of them and by the end of the book, didn’t particularly care what happened to them.
Still deciding if I want to read the first three.
This was an ARC from Goodreads I won in a giveaway. There were numerous spelling errors, missing words and incomplete thoughts. I’m hoping it’s because this is an uncorrected proof and not the standard writing of the author. It made it difficult to read at some points, but overall, I enjoyed this book.
This is the first book I have read in the series. It worked as a stand alone novel, although I would have preferred reading the series in order. This story is about the oldest daughter of the Ford family, residing in Texas. The father is a billionaire, but Angelina Ford is independent and prefers to make it on her own. When her business falters, she returns home, for that reason and her father is terminally ill. She connects with her long time friend Logan and sparks fly! Two broken people see each other in a new way. The characters are interesting and I recommend this book if you like romance and Texas tough characters! I received an advance copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the fourth book in the series – and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as there are threads running through it which will make far more sense to you. I have been waiting for Angelina's story, as she was clearly living away from the ranch, and uncomfortable when she came back, so I was ready!
As her father's health continues to be in doubt, Angelina goes home, but for her it is also an escape from the crumbling of her business. She is mortified that she has failed and cannot admit it to anyone in her family. She also finds her long-time, childhood best friend, Logan, is back from the Army, and in spite of thinking about confiding in him, she struggles there too. This inability to be honest with anyone is offset with the unexpected pleasure that she finds in being home and with her family.
Logan has taken over the family ranch and is working as much as he can to try and forget the loss of his best friend at war. He has his faithful dog, Ellie, with him, brought back injured and no longer needed. Ellie is a wonderfully understated star in this book. Reconnecting with Angelina is wonderful, but also a reminder of how he is too broken and full of grief to form a meaningful relationship.
This does not stop them finding comfort in each other, but as we get both their points of view, we can see just how this is a superficial solution to the problems they are both hiding and causing them pain. Lane does a wonderful job of giving us the story without causing either of them to be too annoyingly needy. After all, they are both in good health and independently wealthy.
I really enjoyed catching up with the whole family and their loves. There is some lovely humour, some reconciliations, and passionate romance. That said, you should be ready with tissues, as there's more than one time where you might find yourself with a teary eye.
An excellent addition to the series.
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This is the fourth book in the series - and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as there are threads running through it which will make far more sense to you. I have been waiting for Angelina's story, as she was clearly living away from the Ranch, and uncomfortable when she came back, so I was ready!
As her father's health continues to be in doubt, Angelina goes home, but for her it is also an escape from the crumbling of her business. She is mortified that she has failed, and cannot admit it to anyone in her family. She also finds her long time childhood best friend Logan is back from the army, and in spite of thinking about confiding in him, she struggles there too. This inability to be honest with anyone is offset with the unexpected pleasure that she finds in being home and with her family.
Logan has taken over the family ranch and is working as much as he can to try and forget the loss of his best friend at war. He has his faithful dog Ellie with him, brought back injured and no longer needed. Ellie is a wonderfully understated star in this book. Reconnecting with Angelina is wonderful, but also a reminder of how he is too broken and full of grief to form a meaningful relationship.
This does not stop them finding comfort in each other, but as we get both their points of view, we can see just how this is a superficial solution to the problems they are both hiding and causing them pain. Lane does a wonderful job of giving us the story without causing either of them to be too annoyingly needy. After all they are both in good health, and independently wealthy.
I really enjoyed catching up with the whole family and their loves. There is some lovely humour, some reconciliations and passionate romance. That said, you should be ready with tissues, as there's more than one time where you might find yourself with a teary eye.
Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide when best friends turn to lovers in My One True Cowboy, the next book in Soraya Lane's River Ranch series.
The Ford family’s eldest daughter returns to the ranch with nothing left to lose—except her heart…
HOME IS WHERE... Angelina Ford is heading back to Texas hiding the biggest secret of her life: bankruptcy. The business she created in L.A. is shuttered, as are her hopes and dreams. Facing her family with her big, bad news isn’t going to be easy. Which is why bumping into Logan Brody is an unexpected gift. Instead of facing her failure—and future—she can play catch-up with her old childhood friend. . .who happens to have grown up to be a strong, gorgeous man.
...THE HOPE IS Logan was always a responsible boy. It’s no surprise that the brawny ex-soldier has decided to return from active duty to run his family’s ranch. Still, Angelina can’t help noticing the changes in Logan, from the haunted look in his eyes to the retired military dog who never leaves his side. He puts up a good front, acting as Texas-tough as can be. But Logan is carrying a secret of his own—one that could bring him closer than ever to his tried-and-true Angelina. . .or tear them both apart.
Angelina Ford has come home because her father is sick and everyone believes he is sicker than what he is telling everyone. Now home she is also keeping a secret from her father and her family she is feeling disappointed in herself and her business which has failed. Now she does not know how to tell everyone. Meanwhile, Logan her best friend and now running the family farm is back home from the military and when they finally met up and start catching up, they run into an issue of a life long attraction to each. Do they act on it and if so, will it change their friendship? With all of the different characters and the storyline between all of the characters, this story will keep you going from start to finish with the different storylines all of the good. With also a very good ending. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from NetGalley and St. Martins Press.
One True Cowboy is book 4 in the River Ranch series by Soraya Lane and a great addition to the series.
Childhood friends, Angelina and Logan went their separate ways after graduation. She to build her life and business in LA and he to the military.
Now 10 years later both have returned home and both have secrets. Ange has lost her business that she built in LA and is afraid her family will again think she is a failure…except they are and always have been very proud of her and what she has accomplished.
Logan, left the military with scars both inside and out, lost his best friend to the war and made a promise to look after his best friend’s wife and daughter. He’s just barely surviving but when he runs into his childhood friend Angelina they both realize that they need each other and their old friendship.
Can Ange and Logan work through their issues and secrets to build a life, full of family, sharing, friendship, open their hearts to love and find their HEA?
One True Love. Finally. In this conclusion to the River Ranch series, everything finally comes to a head for the one remaining sibling who isn't yet attached. Admittedly I picked up this series halfway in, with the previous book, but here Lane does an excellent job of continuing the feel of the series (as I know it anyway) while also wrapping up long running storylines and giving everyone the HEA or coda they deserve. Truly excellent work, and very much recommended.
I won this paperback on here in a contest. Beautiful cover and the book was awesome. I love a good romance but throw a handsome cowboy in and that's just a bonus for me. Awesome book, highly recommend!
My One True Cowboy is the fourth book in the River Ranch series by Soraya M. Lane. A steamy western romance that sweeps you away from the very beginning and holds your attention all while leaving you wanting more. The characters are well-written and develop at a steady pacing making them easy to relate to. Lane has written a lovely romance you are sure to fall in love with. My One True Cowboy is part of the River Ranch series but can easily be read as a standalone novel. However, once you read My One True Cowboy you will want to read the other books in the series!
3.5 stars—MY ONE TRUE COWBOY if the fourth instalment in Soraya Lanes contemporary, adult RIVER RANCH erotic, romance series. This is thirty year old, California business woman Angelina Ford, and Texas rancher Logan Brody’s story line. MY ONE TRUE COWBOY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Angelina and Logan) MY ONE TRUE COWBOY follows the friends to lovers relationship between thirty year old, California business woman Angelina Ford, and Texas rancher Logan Brody. Years earlier Angelina Ford left Texas to start her own business in Los Angeles, California but her father’s worsening condition found Angela back in Texas with a secret that was slowly breaking her heart. Coming face to face with her childhood friend Logan Brody, meant feelings and emotions of a time long ago, but Logan struggled with demons from his past, demons that are about to resurface within days. What ensues is the building but struggling relationship and romance between Logan and Angelina, and the fall-out as neither Logan nor Angelina is willing to commit to something more.
Logan is a retired member of the US military, and battles PTSD and the guilt of surviving an attack against his team and the loss of his best friend Brett. Believing himself to be broken and unworthy of his own happily ever after, Logan continues to sabotage his relationship and friendship with Angelina Ford, a woman who struggles with her own guilt of failure and loss.
The relationship between Logan and Angelina is a friends to lovers romance that is doomed to fail on so many levels. Logan fights his attraction and need for our story line heroine, and Angelina is quick to run at the first sign of trouble. The $ex scenes are passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
We are reintroduced to all of the previous story line couples, as well as the introduction of Bretts widow Kelly and their daughter Lucy.
MY ONE TRUE COWBOY is a story of family, friendships, forgiveness and love. The premise is heart breaking; the romance is captivating; the characters are energetic and colorful but frustrating. The up and down, back and forth, yes and no between Logan and Angelina was disheartening and often discouraging, and affected my overall enjoyment of the story. In the end I didn’t care whether or not the couple remained together or went their separate ways.
Throughout this series, this author has (with good reason) made readers not really like Angelina too terribly much. She’s quite rigid and cold in the other books. And, quite honestly, Ange is a bit uptight compared to her siblings. That’s her nature and that’s okay. But she’s far from unfeeling, which is quickly discovered in this story. She has a certain persona that she wears as armor. Angelina has spent her life trying to prove herself to her father and those around her when she has absolutely nothing to prove. Her father is very proud of her, and would be no matter what.
Logan is the perfect mix of brooding and caring; closed off and overwhelmingly generous. He’s had so much happen to him in the last year it’s hard for him to grasp what he wants and needs from life at this point in time. He lives each day on auto pilot; keeping to himself, running his parents’ ranch, eating the same meals day in and day out. The only things that even begin to get him out of his own head are his dog and his best-friend’s wife and daughter.
The fateful day Logan and Angelina run into each other at the grocery store, they hadn’t seen each other in well over 10 years. Although they were best friends in high school and kept in touch for a long time, the last few years that contact had even petered out. Now, they are both back in their hometown at the same time. It’s obvious from that first interaction that the “just friends” mantra they fed to everyone back in high school was a cover, there are some major sparks. Plus, there’s a kind of comfort between the two that seems to settle them both.
Of course, there are many ups and downs and a myriad of issues these two must tackle before finding their HEA. For much of it, I was right on board. Logan’s story, especially, touched my heart. While I understood Ange’s issues, I found it harder to connect with her. My life and world view are drastically different than hers. I enjoy that because how boring would reading be if all the characters were just like me? But I just didn’t sympathize with her the way I did with Logan. And I have to add, I enjoy that she didn’t go to her small town from the big city and “discover” she hated the city life. The author used the more realistic approach that Angelina loves things about her hometown and loves people in her hometown, but still thrives on her city life.
As for Logan, after a time he started to lose me. There was a cycle with him and it went on one too many times for me. I would think things were getting resolved, and this couple would throw me for a loop again. Unfortunately, the last bit of this book seemed to drag because of this repetitive conflict. And then the conclusion totally threw me for a loop and seemed pretty out in left field.
So, the first ¾ of this story were a homerun. It just lost steam toward the end. But it still has a beautiful HEA and is definitely worth the read.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I always enjoy visiting the Texas ranch that Soraya Lane has created for us. The Ford siblings have been interesting and entertaining, but probably the most elusive and the one I was most interested in hearing her story is Angelina.
Angelina has been in California living and following her dreams. She's always the sibling that comes home just long enough and then heads back to bury herself in her work again. She never spends extended periods at home and while she wants to be independent, it's very much at the cost of her relationships. When her world in California begins to crumble around her, she heads home to the ranch, but has no intention of telling anyone why she's really there. She tells them she's there to visit for Father's Day.
Logan Brody has recently returned from war and he's not the same man that left. The things he saw and experienced have changed him and he's struggling now that he's back home. He now looks out for his best friend Brett's widow and daughter, but outside of his dog Ella, he's really not living life.
Angelina and Logan used to be best friends, but they've lost touch over the years. When they reconnect in the grocery store of all places, they realize that they need one another's friendship now more than ever. They are both struggling with different things and when they turn to one another for comfort, will it ignite feelings that they both have felt over the years, but never spoke of or will it end what has been a wonderful friendship?
I really enjoyed this story and these two characters. They both had baggage and things to work through, but those struggles were the reason that they eventually came together. I've enjoyed all of these books and if you haven't had a chance to read this series, I'd recommend it.
My One True Cowboy by Soraya Lane is number four in the River Ranch series and is solid gold for readers of romance. Angelina is home to visit but has not yet told anyone why and how long she would be staying. He father had cancer and was failing. That was reason enough. In the grocery store she ran into her childhood best friend, Logan. She was happy to see him. It had been years and so she invited him to dinner. She could make him grill the steaks and she had a bag of salad. She couldn't cook and maybe she could get by. They all knew, including Logan, that something was going on with Angelina. She would have to tell them eventually.
Lane writes a fabulous cowboy romance, this series in particular. She gives the characters their own personalities, so much you can tell who is speaking without being told. As this is the third in the series, some of the family have already found their happy-ever-after and the reader will see where this is going almost immediately. With romance, it is not the conclusion but the journey and this is a good one. People grow up and change. This is clearly seen in any family and is entirely evident in this friendship between Angelina and Logan. There are plenty of believable roadblocks set up as the story progresses. Lane does an excellent job of plotting her books and keeping them fresh. The reader will fall in love with these characters and be thrilled to see characters from earlier books and check on their progress. I totally recommend this book. Romance readers will love it.
I received a free ARC of My One True Cowboy from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #myonetruecowboy
This is book 4 in the River Ranch series and while it can be read as a standalone, I would absolutely read the other books in this series before reading this one. Otherwise you may be slightly lost as to a lot of the back stories and relationships. That being said, we get Angelina Ford and Logan Brody's story in this installment. Angelina has come home after losing everything in LA. She doesn't want anyone to know what happened, or how badly she failed. But when she runs into her childhood best friend Logan, he refuses to let her wallow in her thoughts or to let things fester. He went through hell himself and knows what it's like, and doesn't want that for her. But when the friendship they have starts to mean more to them both, will they risk everything once again in order to have what could mean the most?
I really liked this one. Angelina has always been that character that left you wanting to know more about her. She seemed standoffish and emotionless in a way. But she definitely has hidden depths that I didn't expect! Logan has been through a lot and is still working through things that most people would (honestly) break having to deal with. But he steps up and is doing it, no matter how much he, himself hurts. They both seem to have a lot of baggage to deal with, and honestly at times I am not sure they truly deal with it. I knocked it down a star because while on a whole I did like the story, there are parts of it that I didn't like. The back and forth between them got on my nerves sometimes, and the last part just kinda dragged a bit. But if you take that all with a grain of salt, on a whole, the book is a good read and I would read it again.
This is the fourth book in the series, but could be read as a stand alone. This story is about Angelina Ford and her best friend from childhood, Logan Brody.
River Ranch is a very wealthy and successful ranch in Texas. However, for some reason, the three older children all fled home when their mother got cancer, leaving their father, Walter, and youngest sister Mia. Angelina, the oldest, never even liked to ride horses. She was an overachiever, only interested in creating businesses and making a name for herself, without any help from her family. Her visits home were always very short. But now that her father is dying, she has come home for Father's Day, only that isn't the only reason. Her latest business venture has failed and after paying off all its debts, she has come home to regroup, but feeling like a failure. Meanwhile. Logan has also recently returned home from years in the military. His parents have retired to Florida and he has PTSD along with guilt about the death of his best friend, Brett. But he did manage to save Brett's service dog, Ella, and bring her back with him. Working the ranch is helping, but he has refused to get the mental help that he needs to deal with his PTSD. While they had lost contact while they were both away, they now reconnect. Logan had been in love with Angelina since they were kids, but never let her know. Now both are drawn to each other, but scared to ruin their friendship.
I found the characters very relatable, the descriptions of the scenery appealing and the story line intriguing. I read an ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
My One True Cowboy by Soraya Lane is another wonderful addition to the River Ranch series. This is Angelina Ford’s the Ford eldest daughter’s story. It is realistic, dramatic with angst as she remakes her life.
Angelina return home but doesn’t tell her family why; just a short visit is all. I get this older sister with her need to be independent, in charge and respected by the rest of the family. She helps, not needs help. So much the older sibling that it is also a handicap for her, now that her work dream has shattered where so much of her self-esteem is found. Another shattered soul is returning veteran, Logan Brody, her former friend. His struggles are so much worse than hers but the friendship is still there.
“Friends to lovers” is one of my favorite tropes. With all the struggles Brody and Angelina have it is not a surprise that they also struggle makes the transition. Much of the story is the push and pull between these two. True love or friends with benefit, for much of the book is a toss up of how it will go.
If one is new to the series they may think that they shouldn’t start with this book. I think that Angelina is such a minor supporting character, coming and going so fast in the previously published series that it won’t hurt the reading of this story if it is the first to be read. It stands very well on its own as Angelina’s and Brody’s story. So go ahead and read it, no matter the order.
An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My One True Cowboy by Soraya Lane is a friends-to-lovers romance. It is entertaining, heartfelt, and exciting. Inside, are some key topics such as disabled vets and their service dogs, cancer, and family. I love how everything ties in perfectly. The cast of characters are quirky, hardworking, and strong individuals. Each one has their own strengths and weaknesses that made them so real. They were all likable including the beautiful service dog. My heart melts for each one of them.
The story deals with a young woman returning home, a place where she barely visits due to her work. Ange is a workaholic. Working is as easy as breathing to her. When she returns, she finds out that she doesn't have enough to keep her current business a float and does not want to tell her family. It's a sore topic for her. Ange's father is dying from cancer. Her father is a strong independent man. I can she the likeness between him and his daughter, Ange.
Next, there's her best friend, a tall handsome cowboy. He's back home, too. He's struggling with his weakness from serving the country. His dog isn't just his best friend but also helps him deal with his problems. He is scared of loving and losing Ange.
Overall, I am in love with this new novel. A contemporary romance that is emotionally charged, action-packed, and sexy as hell. I cannot wait to read more by Soraya Lane.
I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
The time is finally right for this beautiful friends-to-lovers romance!
Angelina Ford is only home long enough to spend time with her terminally ill father and to regroup after losing her business in LA. Running into her best friend, Logan, spins her in an entirely different direction. Their friendship takes a decidedly adult turn, making it difficult to find the friendship they've always depended on.
Logan is back on his family's ranch after a devastating retirement from the military. He's not ready to talk about, much less face, his demons, so he hesitates to push Angelina into sharing hers. Their delicate dance around protecting their hearts and their pride was beautifully written, with honesty and authenticity that brings the story to life.
This is the fourth book in the series, the final Ford sibling to find lasting love. All the others are here, taking their places in the family's legacy as their father's decline starts nearing its final stage. Walter is still a formidable force, however, and still has plenty to say about his eldest daughter's successes and failures. I loved the solid family dynamics portrayed here, even in the face of impending tragedy.
Logan and Angelina find a unique path to their HEA, one that works for them while respecting their differences. I loved this book as much as I've loved the earlier ones. Altogether they are an epic family saga, one that I know I'll read again and again. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. My One True Cowboy is book 4 in the River Ranch series, but it can be read as a stand alone. I didn't feel like I missed anything because I hadn't read the earlier books in the series. But after reading other reviews, perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more if I'd had the background of the other books. This book features Angelina Ford, a California workaholic businesswoman whose business has failed. She has returned home to her Family's Texas ranch to lick her wounds and visit her ailing father. She runs into her old friend Logan Brody, who has also returned home to his neighboring ranch after his military service with his dead friend's service dog. I enjoyed the friends to lovers theme, but I really dislike when the tension between main characters comes from keeping something secret. I spent the whole book being frustrated by Angelina's refusal to tell her family why she was troubled, especially when everyone could tell she was troubled and kept asking her about it. I found Logan's reluctance to share more believable, but there were times that he could have given a short reply to a question without having to go into the whole story. These frustrations distracted me throughout the book and detracted from my enjoyment.
Angelina Ford is heading back to Texas hiding the biggest secret of her life: bankruptcy. The business she created in L.A. is shuttered, as are her hopes and dreams. Facing her family with her big, bad news isn’t going to be easy. Which is why bumping into Logan Brody is an unexpected gift. Instead of facing her failure—and future—she can play catch-up with her old childhood friend. . .who happens to have grown up to be a strong, gorgeous man. Logan was always a responsible boy. It’s no surprise that the brawny ex-soldier has decided to return from active duty to run his family’s ranch. Still, Angelina can’t help noticing the changes in Logan, from the haunted look in his eyes to the retired military dog who never leaves his side. He puts up a good front, acting as Texas-tough as can be. But Logan is carrying a secret of his own—one that could bring him closer than ever to his tried-and-true Angelina. . .or tear them both apart. This was a pretty good book. The story was well paced. The main characters were really exciting to follow on their journey. I hadn’t read this author before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was not disappointed! **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Angelina is known for being a workaholic but shes back in town with her tail tucked firmly in place not letting her family know how bad things are for her right now. While shes in town she spends more time with her father and comes across her childhood best friend Logan all grown up. He's an ex solider with some baggage. It looks like both of them are needing a bit of distraction and it just so happens that they've got a great attraction going on. Now the issue is do they risk their friendship?
It was interesting getting to know Angelina and Logan. Both had secrets and baggage weighing on them. They really were what eachother needed, both were stubborn and pushed eachother and then the healing would come because they both were holding so much inside. When it came to the romance / attraction well it was pretty hott and this book included a couple steamy scenes. I loved how close her family was and supportive and were clearly there for eachother and it was only a matter of time when things get out in the open and it was interesting seeing how things were taken. If you get anything out of my review just konw that this book was pretty great and I really enjoyed it and you readers should check it out when you get the chance.
Okay so I have mixed feelings about this book. Angelina is a strong woman who doesn't let to much keep her down. Shes suffered a devastating career loss but she comes home, gets her poop in a group, and goes back after it. She isn't afraid to put in the hard work and effort to get her self to be successful. She never has depended upon her trust fund, but advice from her father has her on her way.
Then we have Logan. He is back on his family ranch to heal from the military experience that has left him scarred alongside his new dog. Logan is likable too and is dedicated to ensuring those around him are cared for, and although he's slightly damaged doesnt stop either. My biggest issue is these two have been friends forever, although it seems Logan had a little bit more feelings for her than she had for him to begin with. But their relationship through out the book had so much back and forth. Which i get suspense and all that, but if they were such good friends...why? I feel like it would have been better if they had just met....I wasn't expecting happily ever after right away but geez....a bit more openness and communication would have been better.
Angelina Ford has returned to River Ranch to visit for Father’s Day but really it is to lick her wounds after the company that she had created had collapsed and she needed to regroup and figure out her next plan. Angelina’s best friend, Logan Brody had retired from the military to take over his parents’ ranch but he returned with a retired military dog named Ella.
Angelina isn’t the warmest character in the other books of the series but in My One True Cowboy, the reader finally gets to know her and find out that she has a hard time showing love with even her own family but she does it in her own way. Logan finally figured out that Angelina was worth everything even giving her a little space.
You need to read all the books in the River Ranch series if you want some good contemporary romance with a western feel. Plus I love Ella!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
I really wanted to like this one more than I did, it had all of the elements I have loved in the past. But, much like Mia's story, there was something about Angelina's story that didn't quite connect and I found myself struggling to finish it. Between Angelina and Logan there were so many issues that I wasn't sure they would ever get past them. Logan is struggling after losing his best friend during war, Angelina is struggling with the failure of her business. Logan had my sympathy (at times), Angelina was just frustrating. I understood her wanting time to lick her wounds, but the way she treated and avoided the people that love her was frustrating to me. At times, they were both so stubborn that I wanted to smack them upside the head...but I guess it all worked out for the best.
Ella was great though - there should have been more Ella.
This isn't so much a second chance romance as a friends to lovers with an HEA- and it's a good one. Angie has come home to Texas after a big kerplooey in her work life (and her personal life, well, that wasn't so good either). Logan's come home after multiple deployments; he's brought his service dog Ella (love Ella). They were childhood friends but haven't seen each other for years so you know, don't you, that when they meet in the grocery store, that there will be a grownup spark. The characters are good, the plot is nicely sweet, and it's just a genuinely positive read. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books as this is fine as a standalone. I'm a fan. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.