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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Kittredge Ranch #1
Recommend to Others?: Not Really
ABOUT: A man holding on…
Riley Kittredge has always known exactly what he wanted. His land, his horses. His woman. He met and married Rae Trujillo far too young, and their young love combusted right after they said their vows. But their passion has never managed to burn itself out. Yet when Rae shows this time, it’s not a night of pleasure she demands, but a divorce.
A woman letting go…
Rae should have moved on a long time ago. She knows she and Riley just don’t work. They might make great lovers, but that doesn’t make a marriage. And now Rae wants a new life, complete with a baby. But when her husband offers to be a father, to give her the family she’s always secretly desired, she and Riley will both have to face demons from their past—and choose love over fear at last.
My Review: [Actual Rating: 3.5 out of 5]
Context: This is a spin-off series to Crews’s Cold River Ranch series – same setting, return of previous characters. I have not read that series but was still able to follow this story.
It wasn’t easy getting through Secret Nights With A Cowboy. There were several times I wanted to dnf the book because the main characters were so frustrating and their interactions toxic for 60% of the book. The last 40% I did enjoy.
Rae says she wants a divorce but immediately fails to follow through. She doesn’t seem to make good decisions towards starting a new life. I question if she even knows what she truly wants.
Riley I felt didn’t have much respect for Rae – sometimes rightfully so – and seemed to treat things as an amusing game, which doesn’t help if he wants a clean break too.
As you learn about their long history together, Rae and Riley do seem like the perfect couple who are meant to be. However, in Secret Nights With A Cowboy, their relationship is so toxic post-breakup. The only thing holding them together is the heated make-up sex.
Rae’s secret didn’t make things easier. Finding out why she left Riley was the only thing that kept me reading. No one knows why and it’s frustrating (for the reader and characters. You don’t fully understand why she left until towards the end.
The last 40% was great although super heavy. Crews is a fantastic writer and storyteller. She paints a realistic picture of the rougher side of relationships (romantic or otherwise) and marriage, which drew me in. I finally started to care about Rae and Riley and all the other characters. Relationships take work. History shapes us but doesn’t define us.
While the story was difficult to get through I did end up enjoying it.