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Waiting on a Cowboy

(McGrath #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Meet New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan’s McGraths: a family as untamed as the land they call home. 

Tate McGrath just didn’t get it. Why was Liz Scott, his best friend—and the person he relied on and trusted most—suddenly avoiding him! When he finally tracks her down, he finds her with a man he knows nothing about and she’s been dating for weeks. Suddenly, he
ebook, 362 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Avon (first published August 18th 2020)
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Michele Rene
I loved this book, romance with some suspense.

“ I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways!”
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
What a wonderful story. Long time love, suspense, and a beautiful ending.
We women know sometimes guys are a little clueless. Sometimes you have to do something drastic to make them see what’s right in front of their face.

That’s with the story is based on. Best friends who are trying to figure out how to be something more in the face of everything else surrounding them.

Liz has serious man issues. Totally in love with Tate but yet had to make a clean break. Her new guy is a seriou
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
At the age of 5, Liz Scott looked at Tate McGrath and said "I'm going to marry you."

They stayed the best of friends as the years passed. Liz was deeply in love with Tate but he didn't know he felt the same as her. He wanted to keep her in the "friend zone." So Liz decides that she needs to move on and start dating to find someone to spend her life with. She finds Clint, a nice man and a great personality. When she goes out with Clint to a local bar and runs in to Tate, Clint starts to show an
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC received for review

4.5 stars

Friends to lovers romance. Tate and Liz have been friends since they were in kindergarten, and Liz announced she was going to marry him. Years have passed and they are still just best friends. Tate sees her out one night on a date, and things start to change. There was a little angst on his part before he finally got it. Plus throw in a seriously bat sh!t crazy ex. Great story.

At the beginning and periodical throughout the story is mentioned his brother's story w
Lover of Romance
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Waiting On A Cowboy is the first book to the new series by this author but is loosely connected with the previous series she wrote "Wild Rose Ranch" and we get the story with Tate McGrath. And I have to say that even though this book wasn't quite as emotionally intense as I normally re
3.5 stars

I've read a couple of books by this author, so when I saw there was a new series starting with a BFF to more plot line, I was in.

I really liked Liz and Tate. They have loads of history and I liked that this story started with Liz trying to get some distance. I loved the dynamic between Tate and his siblings and how Liz fit right in with them.

Plot wise, it was good. The synopsis definitely downplays how dangerous the new boyfriend is and doesn't really convey how much of the book is Li
Liz Scott and Tate McGrath have been friends since she was five years old. Even back then she announced she was going to marry him. Now it’s 25 years later and Liz can’t get him to move out of the friend zone. She decides to move on into another relationship with Clint Mahew who seemed like the ideal boyfriend...until he wasn’t. His obsession with her turns ugly and menacing, creating a dangerous situation for Liz. In the meantime, Tate awakens to the loss of his best friend who he now realizes ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liz Scott has been in love with her best friend Tate McGrath since kindergarten. While the two are best friends and he confides in her, he doesn’t see her as a woman. Frustrated, she commits to opening herself up to seeing someone else. For six weeks she hasn’t contacted Tate and has been dating another man. Someone who spoils her and treats her like a woman. Confronted with losing his friend, Tate risks their friendship for more.

Unfortunately, Liz’s new boyfriend shows a darker, more dangerous
Did you see the 1990's Julia Roberts movie "Sleeping With the Enemy"? If so, would you call it a Romance? No? Well, WAITING ON A COWBOY is the book form of Sleeping With the Enemy. And it sure as hell isn't a Romance.

This is a book about a woman who is dates a man who becomes abusive. When she breaks up with him he begins stalking her and they eventually have a climactic showdown. As a very small side story is the fact that she is in love with her best friend, Tate, and they start dating.

80% of
Stacy J.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author and I loved it. I will have to go back and read her earlier work.

Tate and Liz have been friends since elementary school. They were each others person without the romantic entanglements. They have remained loyal friends through it all. Until Liz finally realizes that Tate is never going to see her as a friend.

I liked the character of Tate. For some reason I could really understand him. He had completely put Liz in the friend zone and would not
Blodeuedd Finland
This felt a bit different, but I grew to really like it.

Liz has liked her best friend Tate for ages, but he has never looked twice at her in that way. Then she gets a new boyfriend, omg this guy was a wacko. He was the one that put suspense in the story, and it gets dark.

And then Tate does see her and want her, ok so this as a bit strange at first, I mean they have been bffs forever, she has has boyfriends before. But hey I guess they had to take that step in the end. Personally I would have bee
Feb 10, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
lol, NOPE. Hot garbage.

We chose to read a romance novel for our February book club. This read more as a rejected screenplay from the western cop show Longmire.

What I chuckled at: The random, matter of fact insertions of trivia about deep fake videos, the slowness of corporate environments to address sexual harassment, and the lag in the development of enforceable laws against revenge porn. The swiftness of the book’s criminal justice system in investigating crime. The author’s need to account f
Ann Lorz
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

I'm always happy when I'm starting a new series by Jennifer Ryan. I really enjoy her books and they always grab me from beginning to end. We already met this family in the Wild Rose Ranch series so we got a feel for them.

The first book in the series is about Tate and Liz. You've really got to love them. From a very young age, they set their sights on each other but just didn't really see it, or at least Tate didn't
Pelusa Rivera
So we meet Tate and Liz who are besti'es since young children, yet Liz in love with Tate and would like more and even although Tate may feel the same he will stay in the friend zone. Liz realizes it is time to move on and finds Clint a nice guy, or is he? Unexpectedly Clint turns into an abusive jerk an Tate is going to protect Liz while finally realize that he loves Liz. Clint goes nuts, he is a stalker, violent, and doesn't understand when woman say no.

rcvd an ARC at no cost to author...(netga
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liz and Tate have been best friends all their lives; however, Liz wants more and has decided to give up waiting for Tate to realize that they should go beyond friendship. Unfortunately, the guy she thinks might be a good alternative turns out to be a real creep so Tate must step in to help protect her.

While the plot was interesting to me, I thought that there was too much telling rather than showing in the writing. I never got a sense of why Liz was so attractive that Tate would love her or othe
Wendy Keel
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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WAITING ON A COWBOY is a fun easy read. The characters are well written and realistic. The setting in one that leaves you wanting to visit in real life. The story is a friends to not friends to lovers type of story. Liz and Tate are great characters. Liz knows what she wants but it finally ready to move on since she can't have that. Tate, her best friend, is finally ready to risk it all even losing his best friend. But is it too late? That question is probably the biggest theme to me of the stor ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting on a Cowboy is the first book in the McGrath series and the first I have read by this author. I fell in love with the characters from the beginning! Liz Scott had loved Tate McGrath since Kindergarten and had finally realized that she needed to move on. She was ready for a marriage and a future family. Tate knew Liz had feelings for him, but he was too scared to lose her as a friend to have a closer relationship with her. When Tate finally realizes that she wasn’t hanging around as much, ...more
Bette Hansen
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this amazing friends to lovers story and I'm excited it's the beginning of a new series. It's a nice sexy romance with a touch of suspense and action to keep things really interesting. Liz and Tate have great chemistry and you can't help but want them to get their HEA. This is a book for the must read list. I highly recommend it. ...more
* I won this as a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program. *

This was a fast fun read and the author grabs the readers attention from the very start. This is my first book by author Jennifer Ryan but it won't be my last!! I loved the characters, the story and the plot. The author grabs the readers attention from the very start and never lets it go!
Ellen Anderson
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting on a Cowboy

A very good book. Tate and Liz have known each other since they were in kindergarten. Liz has always known they belonged together, but Tate just knew she was his best friend. Now someone else is in the picture and things are changing everywhere. Jennifer Ryan did a great job with this one.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in one sitting. Loved Tate and Liz
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
3.5 stars - - review to come!

Waiting on a Cowboy turned out to be more suspenseful that I expected it to be. I truly enjoyed this one, but I've always struggled a bit with the friends to lovers trope.

But one thing I absolutely love about this trope is the deep friendship the main characters share, it's a huge part of the story. And I always wonder how the transition is from being more than friends.

Liz made it pretty clear that she always put Tate on a pedestal, she has been in love with her bes
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
Waiting on a Cowboy turned out to be more suspenseful that I expected it to be. I truly enjoyed this one, but I've always struggled a bit with the friends to lovers trope.

But one thing I absolutely love about this trope is the deep friendship the main characters share, it's a huge part of the story. And I always wonder how the transition is from being more than friends.

Liz made it pretty clear that she always put Tate on a pedestal, she has been in love with best friend. Everyone noticed, but Ta
Jennie Fortna
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC for honest review with no compensation Received from NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers

Waiting on a Cowboy is book 1 in the McGrath series by Jennifer Ryan is well written, emotional read.

Tate and Liz have been best friends since they were 5 years old and as they grew up Liz’s feelings turned into love but Tate never saw he never crossed the line from friendship. Finally Liz has had enough and distances herself, starts dating and it took Tate 6 weeks to realize she wasn’t around..
Donna Repsher
I was excited to request and receive an advance reader copy of the first novel in the new McGrath series by Jennifer Ryan, since she pretty much had me at "Cowboy," since I'm an admitted fan of contemporary cowboy romances, as well as the friends-to-lovers trope. While I found Waiting on a Cowboy a fairly enjoyable and somewhat suspenseful read, there were a few issues that I found bothersome, and for those reasons, which I'll explain, I can only give it a 3.5 star rating.

The hero and heroine in
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tate McGrath and Liz Scott grew up together and were each others best friend. Although they were best friends Liz always felt something more. It is many years later and she has decided that Tate is never going to see her as his girlfriend or even more so she is going to put herself out there. She met Clint and they started dating. Liz thought maybe this could turn into something serious. Clint was kind and loving and always doing little things to show he cared.

Clint was all of that until they me
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friends. Lovers. Partners.
A life together.
That sounded pretty damn good.
All he had to do was figure out how to make it happen.

ETA: Loved it just as much—maybe more?—on the second read. I always feel good after reading one of Jennifer Ryan’s swoony cowboys!

I LOVED Waiting on a Cowboy! It was exactly the kind of suspenseful, romantic, swoony read I needed from Jennifer Ryan, and I am already looking forward to re-reading it. Soon. And more than once, at that.

Tate and Liz were combustible
Nate Brightman
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a voracious reader. I read on average 3-4 books a week. Because of that and the fact I don’t have unlimited expendable income, I’m fairly selective as to which authors I’ll pay for versus those whom I can download for free on Kindle Unlimited. Jennifer Ryan is one of the few authors I don’t hesitate to pay to download her books. Fortunately or unfortunately Ms. Ryan isn’t the most prolific author. For instance, the next book in this series isn’t due out until the end of March 2021. Which is ...more
Rachel Hill
2.5 It really picks up in the last half of the book but I almost gave up in the first half. The two main characters are a little dull and the 'we we're friends but I have feelings' conversation is had every single chapter. I looked forward to the poorly written ex-boyfriend sociopaths chapters because at least he did things. His sudden severe escalation of behavior was silly but its also what kept me reading. ...more
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Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. Wh

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