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Feature book: The Last Real Cowboy

10 June 2020

The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Subgenre: contemporary western
Release date: 28 Jan 2020
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 382 pages
RRP: $8.88 (ebook); $14.99 (print)

Reluctance is his strongest emotion at being with his brothers, and with her.

Brady Everett is on the family property somewhat reluctantly, as part of a condition of his father’s will. He had made another life for himself in the big city after he went to college, to find something more for himself than ranch life. In the nine months he has been with his brothers, he finds that he continually butts heads with his older brother in particular, as his brother continually puts down his ideas to better develop the property. Brady seems to be at a loose end and wants to go back to his old life. Then Brady is asked to look out for best friend’s young sister. The girl for whom he used to change her diapers when she was a baby.

Amanda Kittredge is somewhat despondent. No one believes that she needs space to breathe. To be herself. Space from her very overprotective brothers. The same brothers who turn up to Coyote, the down and dirty bar, where she has a new job. Oh, and she now lives above the bar. She tells them to get out of her space, but they ask Brady to look out for their sister. But Amanda wants Brady.

As Brady and Amanda have more interaction when he turns up at the bar, Brady starts to fight his attraction to Amanda. Amanda has been in love with Brady since she was a young girl. She doesn’t know how to progress her love but wants to be loved like other women in the town have love.

Brady wants a fling with Amanda, but he doesn’t want anyone to know, particularly his best friend. Amanda is not very happy when Brady wants a silent fling and for it not to be open. When the pair’s relationship is discovered, Brady cops much of the criticism for the relationship, him being much older than Amanda.

How Brady deals with the fallout speaks well of his character. He does beat himself over what he believes he has done but he makes a considered effort to change people’s opinion of him and to be the best person he can be for Amanda. His actions are very sweet and endearing. It is the actions that speak louder than words.

I have liked this series of the three men who have been impacted by their wildly erratic father. The men are actually able to discuss their feelings and issues with their father. Brady had always felt that he suffered the most, so he made the decision to go to college and make something of himself.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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