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The Last Real Cowboy

(Cold River Ranch #3)

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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?
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Just love Brady.. great story!
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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
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Esther
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 3.5

Review to come.
D.M.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Storme
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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Dianne
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Pelusa Rivera
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Kimberley C.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Maranda
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa
4.5 stars

I 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
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Lisa Guertin
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Bookgyrl
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
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Jessica Ingro
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked this sweet cowboy read!
Deb Diem
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jackie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Nanna
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this story of two families who have known each other for ever but not really understood the others lives. Amanda Kittredge grew up with four big brothers .
Zack, Jensen, Riley and Connor they teach her horse ticks just to upset their mother. All of them are over protective of her treating her like she is 10 instead of 23 and all grown up. She has no privacy and can't even look at guys without them running them off. She is tired fed up and done with her life. A virgin who has only had two
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Heather
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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.
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Connie
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jeeves Reads Romance
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 ...more
Christine
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
“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
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Lynn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Amanda 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
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Annette
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Margie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amanda Kittredge was done. DONE! She was tired of being treated like a child. She's twenty-two years old, one year more than legal drinking age. Time to show everyone. She decided to move out of her parent's house so she went ahead and rented an apartment above the local dive bar, Coyote. Yes, that Coyote bar where the bikers and troublemakers hang out. Not only did she move into an apartment above the Coyote she started a part-time job there as a bartender. Her family's disapproval wasn't about ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-titles
Amanda Kittredge is starting to feel smothered, living at home means her parents are always in her business, and unfortunately they are not the only ones. Her older brothers are continually warding off interested suitors which is putting a damper on her dating life. She wants to be free of them, and live her life on her own terms. Which she has a pretty good start on, she just found a job and a little apartment of her own. Now if she can keep her overbearing brothers at bay she might just be ...more
Deb
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jennifer Ritter
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Real Cowboy is the third book in Caitlin Crews Cold Water Ranch series that tell the stories of the Everett brothers. The first two books are the stories of older brothers Gray and Ty. This book is the story of youngest brother Brady. While their father Amos had ridden Gray and Ty unmercifully, his treatment of Brady had been to ignore or deride him.

Brady had received a full college scholarship and when he left home he didn’t expect to return. When Amos died the previous, Gray asked
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Luz Trevino
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
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Shayay
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
P.e. lolo
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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
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