Briar Phillips was thrilled to finally find her half-brother, but it’s been far from smooth sailing. Single and pregnant—and hiding her pregnancy—Briar retreats to the Sundowner Ranch to figure out her next steps but isn’t greeted with open arms. Older brother Cade Hunt assigns her to the kitchen and warns every ranch hand to stay away from her. But Briar rebuffs his controlling ways and finds herself drawn to Jet Manning—rugged, tough, and ten years her senior.
Former Navy fighter pilot Jet Manning sacrificed everything to avenge his mother’s death. His reputation, his career, and any hope for a relationship. But when Briar reveals her secret, he’s compelled to help her even though Cade has made it clear that Briar is off-limits.
As Briar and Jet break down each other’s walls, Cade’s walls stay intact. The Sundowner Ranch might be the biggest in Wyoming, but it’s too small for all of them. One of them has to go…but at what cost?
Titles in the Wyatt Brothers of Montana series include — Montana Cowboy Romance —♥— Montana Cowboy Christmas —♥— Montana Cowboy Daddy —♥— Montana Cowboy Miracle —♥— Montana Cowboy Promise —♥— Montana Cowboy Bride —♥—
*While I’ve read and loved this entire series most of those reviews are on another website of mine, so I won’t be linking those titles until I move them all over to this blog, eventually. *
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Montana Cowboy Bride
Series: Wyatt Brothers of Montana #6
Author: Jane Porter
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: April 4, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5
Montana Cowboy Bride is the sixth novel in the Wyatt Brothers of Montana series, and while I don’t know for certain that this is the final book it certainly feels like we’re wrapping up with Cade’s half-sister, Briar, who was adopted at birth. If this is the ending of the series… then it definitely went out with a story that grabs the emotions, all the different emotions, and kept my attention focused on Jet and Briar.
Briar is headstrong, stubborn, and determined to go her own way. Unfortunately, right now she’s dealing with the consequences of one of those quick decisions as she’s faced with an unplanned pregnancy. She doesn’t want to burden her father with the news just yet, so she’s packed up her horse, Judas, and headed to her brother’s ranch to figure out what to do with this situation she finds herself in. What she didn’t expect when she finally caught up with Cade was his attitude; while that might have been overprotective yet it came off as demanding and judgmental in so many ways. (I’d have defied him as well!) I’ll admit that it did take me a while to warm up to Briar as she seemed, to me, to be rude, quick to temper, and rarely accepts anyone’s opinion aside from her own as right. When Jet and Briar started to go beyond the standoffishness from their first meeting was when Briar became likable, and believable, even though that temper does still get her into trouble.
There’s something about the tall, handsome, and silent type that gets me every time… and that is a perfect description of Jet. Oh, he has his opinions of Briar and isn’t afraid to voice them either, but he’s also beginning to see something beyond the wall she puts up, and that is what draws him in to discover who this woman is… really is. Jet’s background story is fascinating. A man who had acquired much and lost it all in an action that makes perfect sense but still put him in major trouble with the law. He’s been through so much, yet watching him slowly show himself to Briar (and to us) was a heartwarming moment. I liked the man he’s become, and he definitely deserves this second chance at gaining everything he could have wished for.
I loved the secondary characters who often brought a chuckle or a needed sense of reassurance to their role. In all, Montana Cowboy Bride is a complex love story, well-written, and believable, with characters who I had no trouble wishing for a lifetime of happiness for them. If that’s your kind of romance, too, then you’ll want to pick up Briar’s and Jet’s story soon. You can read it on its own, but I’m betting you’d also love the entire series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
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