ROMANCE

Tough Talking Cowboy

Avon. (Wild Rose Ranch, Bk. 3). Mar. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780062851925. pap. $7.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Adria Holloway is having a hard time dealing with her twin sister’s heroin overdose, moving to Montana, and starting a new culinary business. She’s learned from her dark past that the only way to deal with pain is to move through it. She needs to follow her dreams if she wants to start living again. Recovering from the mental and physical damage of his time in military service, Drake McGrath is holed up at his family’s ranch hiding from the world and his traumatic past. The one person who sees beyond his gruff exterior is Adria, who pushes Drake to face his demons and begin finding joy in life and in her. But the world is a dark place for the women of the Wild Rose Ranch and the men they love. They’ll soon find that tragedies cannot always be avoided and that leaning on each other is the only way they will survive.
VERDICT Ryan’s skillful balance of romance and drama in her third entry in the “Wild Rose Ranch” series (after Restless Rancher) will appeal to readers who enjoy a heart-warming story that also grapples with the difficult issues of PTSD, drug abuse, and childhood trauma.

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