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Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

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I’m late in giving feedback but this book was a decent follow up to Gray and Abby’s story. Hannah comes looking for Ty after being apart for 2 years, except he can’t remember their relationship at all. This book was more about Ty figuring out who he is and not believing he’s going to repeat how Amos was. I just wish Hannah mentioned Jack sooner. Overall a good book but it didn’t wow me.
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#2 in the Cold River Ranch Western romance series


Plot - 4 stars - Hannah hasn't heard from Ty since their marriage, and she tracks him down. Come to find out, he had amnesia when thrown by a bull and has completely lost the two years of their relationship. Now they both have to figure out what they want to do and if they can make it together.

Writing - 4 stars - The beginning of the book started out slow, not grabbing me until after the first 100 pages or so. I think there was too much set-up and not enough interaction. We spent a lot of time focusing on Ty's amnesia and his worry about his life choices. It felt depressing, which I suppose is a good thing since that was also what Ty was feeling. 

Characters - 4 stars - At first we meet Ty as the love-'em-and-leave-'em kind of cowboy, and we also know about his difficult childhood at the hands of his abusive father. So it's no surprise that he has a hard time facing the surprising fact that he's a husband and father. It took a while to get to know Hannah. She's had to deal with her son as a single mother and her mother has been constantly berating all men, so it's no surprise that Hannah takes her time coming out of her shell. She's been performing all her life as a rodeo queen, so it's difficult for her to be herself and feel like she can fit in. It was nice to see them blossom and bring out the best in each other. 

Title - 4 stars - What is, at first glance, Ty's coldness, turns out to be his fears and worries about his amnesia. But he's not really that guy--he's someone who's having a hard time facing his future and figuring out who he wants to be.

Cover - 4 stars - A fairly typical cover for this genre, but I like that the cowboy is fully dressed--not showing obvious abs in an attempt to catch the reader's eye. The cowboy hat and clothes definitely set the mood for the book.

Overall - 4 stars - I'll admit that this one isn't as good as the 5-star rating for Book #1. But as we get to know Ty a little better, he starts to evolve into a good romantic hero. He's pretty depressing because of his amnesia and his job situation, not to mention Hannah's bombshell about their marriage and child. But as they get to know each other better and live together, they warm up and become much more approachable and more appealing. By the end, I was really rooting for their success and for Ty's comeback victory. It was great to revisit with Gray, Abby, Becca, and younger brother Brady.
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I absolutely loved this book and was honored to have been able to read and review. It was such a phenomenal read and had amazing characters as well as an amazing story line. I just could not get enough of it and once I started reading it I could not put it down. I recommend that you read it.
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Book 2 in this series and it was not a let down. This one focuses on Ty, the son who ran away to Rodeo at 18 and came home broken with amnesia. His past life catches up with him, the kicker is he doesn't remember it or the girl who got left behind. Will he be able to remember, make amends and move on or will there be too many hurdles and self doubt?
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´ve got this book from publishers via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review and I had this book almost a year. I´m so sorry, that this review is so overdue, but I just   couldn´t force myself to pick it up, even though I tried many times. But now, because of a Magical O.W.Ls readathon I was in a need for a book with a word "heart" in the title or on the cover. I thought that it´s almost a sign to give this book a chance and so I did... However I was very disappointed, even though I read it in two sittings. Yes,  I have to be hones though, I cheated a little and skipped some pages in the end, because it was so boring. 

In my opinion this book was a mess, I couldn´t care less what will happen to any of the characters. Hannah was so annoying, that a wanted to smack her sometimes, even though I´m not a violent person. Plastic doll, with a plastic decisions. Of course, there is nothing wrong in make-up, I love it too, but she was on another level with her appearance.  Ty wasn´t a mind pleaser either. 

Also, this book could have been so much shorter, if someone cut out some of those inner monologs, that dragged over few pages. 

I don´t know, maybe I just don´t get all this rodeo and cowboy concept, because this book has a quite good rating on Goodreads. So I won´t say that you shouldn´t read it. Give it a chance if you like cowboys, maybe you will love it.
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I got this as an ARC from Netgalley but was unable to read it after the death of my mother. I'll be sure to update as soon as possi
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oh the angst!!!  I loved every bit of it :)  Watching Hannah and Ty rekindle what was temporarily lost between them was great!  Hannah has to be one of my favorite heroines ever :)
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I enjoyed my first experience with this author.

This is a second chance romance. Ty and Hannah met in the rodeo, he's a bull rider and she's a Rodeo Queen who were secretly married, had a huge fight followed by Ty suffering a bull riding accident that resulted in amnesia. Two years later, Hannah shows up at Ty's families ranch to see if their marriage is truly over with no idea that Ty won't know who she is.

Some heartbreak and difficult family dynamics that shaped them both but a great second chance romance. Also, a pretty good idea who the next book will be about and I look forward to it.
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I enjoy reading romances, but I don't always expect a lot from them. Sadly, I don't often give the authors credit for the ability to create something meaningful with feeling. Many times, they're simply stories, possibly with interesting characters and intriguing plots, but not necessarily with deep or universal observations on life. So, I was surprised by this book. 

This book centers on two characters, Hannah and Ty, and their surprisingly profound relationship. Both victims of troubled childhoods, though completely different in substance, they are steered by the beliefs they have internalized—about others and about themselves. Blinded by these erroneous beliefs, they must each fight their internal dragons to find one another and allow their love to exist. It's a painful quest, for both of them. It's life-affirming when they figure it out. 

Although their lives are as different from mine as they could be, Caitlin Crews made me identify with Hannah and Ty. I understood them in a way that shouldn't be possible. To me, a good writer is one who can make the reader feel what the writer wants to convey. A great one can make you feel the pain and joy of characters whom you might ordinarily dismiss as too different from yourself. I'd have thought myself unable to fully understand these characters, but by the end, I not only understood them, but I also wanted to be friends with them.
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Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
Subgenre: western romance
Release date: 30 Jul 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 352 pages
RRP: $8.82 (ebook); $15.99 (print)
What Hannah needs are the papers signed and she can be on her way. Things are not that easy.
Hannah Leigh Monroe was Miss Rodeo Queen Forever two years running. A feat no one else had achieved. She had to keep to a strict set of rules but then she met Ty. Ty Everett was the cowboy who broke her heart. There was instant attraction, they had to sneak around but they managed to date and marry while Hannah held the title.
Hannah turns up at Ty’s family ranch wanting a divorce. What she finds is unexpected. She knew about his bull riding accident, as she visited him in hospital. She didn’t know that he had lost all memory of their relationship and marriage. Hannah decides to stick around for a while to see if their connection is still there, and there may be hope for their future.
Both Hannah and Ty had a tough upbringing. Hannah with her single mother. Ty with his abusive father.
Hannah’s mother is always critical of her daughter and the way in which she has conducted her marriage. Luanne, her mother, is the catalyst for letting Ty know Hannah’s secret and their breakup.
Ty is concerned he will turn out like his father. He says that he doesn’t care but deep down he dwells on this especially when his brothers think he is often drunk when the reality is much different. He often sets himself apart from his brothers, as they have failed to understand who he really is. In the beginning, he believes that Hannah doesn’t understand him, but over time he realises that she does get him. She is not as understanding about his need to ride the bull one last time.
I really want to say this is a nice story, because it is, but nice seems too sedate for the emotional ups and downs. It is about perceptions of others and how they see you and how you see yourself. It is about finding that you can lean on someone else when the going gets tough.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
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Reading Caitlin Crews’s Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy right after Yates’s Lone Wolf Cowboy was like seeing the two romances in a two-way mirror. They are linked by ethos and setting and would be, you might think, too much of a good thing one after the other. Nope. I was as immersed in the former as the latter. Besides, who can resist amnesia and secret-baby trope combined!? Maybe a lot of romance readers can, but I can’t! Moreover, Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy was the follow-up to one of my favourites 2018 romances, A True Cowboy Christmas, though not as good and there be reasons. Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy picks up where True Cowboy Christmas departs, centering on Everett middle brother, Ty, though we have delicious glimpses of the hero and heroine of True Cowboy enjoying married bliss. Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy opens with the heroine, former-rodeo-queen Hannah Leigh Monroe. She’s on her way to Cold River Ranch to confront Ty with the cold hard facts of: exhibit A, their marriage (Las Vegas certificate and all) and exhibit B, their 10-month-old baby, Jack, though Jack’s safely with her mother back in Hannah’s hometown of Sweet Myrtle, Georgia. After what happened eighteen months ago, Hannah thinks it’s high time Ty and she divorced.

Eighteen months ago, Ty lay in a hospital bed, after losing his battle with a nasty bull tongue-in-cheekly named Tough Luck. Hopped up on painkillers, he sent Hannah away and returned to his two brothers, Gray and Brady, and the ancestral home, Cold River Ranch. He doesn’t remember a thing of the past two years, including Hannah, Jack, their marriage, the “whole catastrophe” as Zorba said. He’s honing his body to get back in the bull-riding saddle, angry at himself, angry at the world, and sequestered beyond meals and chores in an empty bunkhouse. He’d been drowning his past glories in whiskey, but has gone off the bottle as he preps for his final battle with Tough Luck.

Hannah’s appearance is a shock, but echoing Yates, Crews’s hero instinctively recognizes some elemental connection between them: “He also knew his own physical familiarity with another person. He didn’t have to remember her when his body was doing it for him.” Hannah may be spitting mad, but she also still loves Ty and … if Ty ever remembers, he loves her too. Though Ty believes himself incapable of love and scoffs at his ability to make a decent husband, he is a man of his word. If Hannah is willing, she will stay with him on the ranch and they’ll try to work things out. Hannah neglects to tell Ty about Jack, ostensibly to protect her precious baby from a father who might not want him.

Crews’s romance portrays the growing liking and compatibility of Ty and Hannah: they’re funny, quick-witted, and sexy in their conversations. Ty’s amnesia allows Crews to explore how the helpless hero, no matter how alpha, is dependent on the heroine for his past. As Hannah fills him in, always leaving out one crucial fact, baby Jack, we have a double romance narrative in Hannah and Ty’s present and their courtship and growing pains as  husband and wife from the past. Then as now, their attraction and chemistry are fiery and moving. Always, in the background, Hannah keeping baby Jack a secret. The secret-baby stayed secret for way too long and I grew reader-angsty as Kindle per cent read sped by. Jack’s appearance and the revelations to follow were explosive and compelling, but it didn’t make up for how annoying I found Hannah’s persistent reluctance to tell Ty the truth about Jack. And her excuse was lame too. Once Jack is revealed, the last quarter of Crews’s romance had me in thrall. It was emotionally riveting.

Lastly, like Yates, Crews is a great writer of angst; and, again like Yates, can balance the dark with passages of wit and banter. Witness Hannah’s memory of Ty in hospital the day he rejected her:

The last time she’d seen this man he’d been a dark, wounded fury strapped to a hospital bed. Tubes and bandages and beeping machines and that terrible blankness when he’d stared straight at her. When he’d told her to leave and never come back.

In witty contrast, Hannah proves to Ty they were married when she tells him her cell phone number is programmed in his:

“This says Ball as a first name. And Chain as a last name.”

“You’re a funny guy.”

Ball and chain. Wife. If it was a test he failed it, because he hit the call button, then they both stood there as the phone she clearly had stuck in her back pocket started playing Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” into the night.

Those droll allusions, “ball and chain” and Cash’s incomparable song dedicated to marital fidelity, they made me smile. Wish Hannah, whom I liked in so many ways, could’ve come through with baby Jack sooner. What I can’t deny is how immersive Crews’s romance was, not as thrillingly good as A True Cowboy Christmas, but better than most slow-moving, saccharine contemporary romance. With Miss Austen, we found in Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy “real comfort,” Emma.

Caitlin Crews’s Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy is published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks. It was released on July 30 and may be found at your preferred vendor. I received an e-galley from St. Martin’s, via Netgalley.
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I loved this book! 

Plots involving second chances after amnesia can definitely be hit or miss. Ty and Hannah's was so well done, though, I had a hard time putting it down. It was emotional and heartbreaking at times, but I loved how everything played out as they got to know each other all over again. 

Their fears and concerns about being together and a family made a lot of sense with their childhood and family experiences. Knowing how much hurt they had experienced made seeing them get their happily ever after even better.
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This was an okay book, I honestly got lost quite a bit and it was hard to finish. The characters were great but the storyline was not exciting
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This book turned out to be somewhat emotional at times, and also frustrating. Ty has come home from the rodeo circuit hurt from riding bulls, his body has healed but his mind is still gone with amnesia. This plays a part when Hannah shows up at the ranch. He thinks that she is there for a good time or was just one of his one night stands along the way. They are actually married but had to keep it quiet because she was the rodeo queen and she would have lost her crown because she was also pregnant with their boy Jack. Leaving Jack with her mother to find Ty was difficult for her but it was also hard seeing Ty like he was and the way he treats her. His brothers also think that she is just after his money and so she is looked down on all around. It takes a while for everything to start to work a little between them and when her mother shows up with Jack it changes things a little. Both are dealing with issues from their past as well and you the reader are wondering if and when he will remember. Overall a good book and keeps you going to the end.
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Hannah has always felt she had to perform and be this certain kind of girl. Ty rode rodeos until he got hurt. He’s had a rough upbringing. Two wounded soles that come together and heal each other. A heartfelt read.
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen

Ty has been riding bulls since he left home and joined the rodeo when he turned eighteen.  But when he falls and gets injured, the life he has known is over. And the worst part is that he cannot remember the last couple of years.  His fall caused amnesia and those years have not come back to him. One of the things that he has forgotten is Hannah. He does not know who she is and what history there is between them.  When he sees her again, it is like he is seeing a stranger.

Hannah was a Rodeo Queen who had it all.  But she gave all of that up when she met Ty.  She fell for him hard and when they secretly married, she was so happy.  When he had his accident, that all changed. Her life fell apart as completely as Ty’s.   She goes to Cold River Ranch to confront him and ask for a divorce. When she realizes he does not even remember her, things get more complicated (if that is even possible).   Ty and Hannah have lot of hard work ahead of them if they are going to figure things out and get their lives back together (either together or apart).

 I felt that the writing style was a little stiff and did not flow as smoothly as I would have liked.  It may have been the amount of inner monologue that went on through the book. Some is okay but I think this went way overboard.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.   

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt that I was at the ranch, watching all of the action taking place.  She is also very talented in her emotional writing and there were a lot of heartfelt moments in this book. The author took me on an emotional roller coaster, which is not a bad thing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary romance.  

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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I want to start this review by saying that if I wasn't on vacation with a lot of time on my hands, this would have been a do not finish.  Ty is a rodeo star recovering from injuries he sustained in the ring and planning his comeback. He is at his family's ranch with his brothers and is basically being an ass hole to anyone who crosses his path. He also is trying to out back the pieces of his life as he lost 2 years of his memory. Hannah is a rodeo queen and Ty's secret wife who shows up at the ranch to make her peace with him. He doesn't remember her at all. After some back and forth she tells him she is is wife, but not about the son they have together.  This story drags on and on as they both talk...a lot.. There is barely any romance. Finally Hannah's mom shows up with their son and it is out in the open, but it does not go well.  More talking and they both retreat. Hannah goes back home and Ty continues to be an ass hole. But all is not lost, Hannah and he son Jack show up at the rodeo where Ty plans to ride one last time. They have a big conversation.. more talking.. before he gets back on the bull and wins. During this ride he also regains his memory. After that all is well in the world and they finally stop talking and start being a family. This book was torturous to get through with all of the talking and descriptions. Neither of the characters is particularly likable either.
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This second in the Cold River Ranch series is a VERY romantic read full of angst. Disclaimer for those only interested in clean romance, this though clean, still has intimate scenes but they are in the context of marriage and not erotic. Right from the time he sees her drive up, Ty Everett finds something about Hannah Monroe familiar yet daunting. She intrigues him yet he fears her because he can't remember. Even though she intimates that they have known each other for the past two years. He has no memory since his fatal ride on a bull.

His brothers and the rest of the Everett family have no idea of his memory loss because he has kept that a secret as well as his intentions to get back on that bull; and now it seems, he has another secret, a wife.

Hannah has her own secrets but doesn't know if she can trust her feelings or Ty, himself, especially after he confirms he has no memory of her and their past relationship that ended in marriage. So how can she trust him with the news that he has a son.

Thanks to St. Martins Press for allowing me to read this ebook through Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Ty Everett ran off to the rodeo when he turned eighteen and has been riding bulls ever since…until his last fall causes partial amnesia and he must return to Cold River Ranch to figure out what comes next. But how can he pick his next move when he can’t remember how he got here in the first place—much less the beautiful woman who appears at the ranch, claims she knows him, and warms his cold heart for the first time since he woke up in the hospital? Rodeo Queen Hannah Monroe gave up her crown for Ty Everett, and her innocence. What she wants from Ty now is a divorce. But Ty can’t remember her—or their secret wedding, or even the son she never meant to hide from him—and Hannah is torn. How can she leave the man she can’t forget and still loves despite herself? And even if she’s willing to start over, what will happen when the truth comes out?
This was a decent read. There were some things I didn’t care for about Hannah but overall it wasn’t bad. I’ll probably read the next book in this series. 
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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This was for me such an enjoyable read. I really loved it all; the angst and hope by Ty and Hannah, the family drama, to see how they love never really goes away although Ty doesn't remember it. It was a greatly written story and I truly enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended.
I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for NetGalley
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