Porter Cole excels at two things—running his Marietta-based dude ranch with his twin brother, Brooks, and charming women. But when the beautiful and stoic Justine Banks arrives at the ranch with a bus full of children for a field trip, everything he thought he knew about himself flies out the window.
Justine has no time for romance, especially not with a sexy cowboy who has the greenest eyes she’s ever seen. But Porter has a way of making her feel alive, especially after taking in her friend’s struggling eleven-year-old grandson. When the boy takes off trying to find his long-lost rodeo cowboy father, Porter offers to help and Justine finds herself confronted with her own childhood pain. Can she trust Porter?
All roads seem to lead back to the ranch. In Porter, Justine and young Tom see a man who holds the key to healing their hearts, and for the first time ever, Porter sees a chance for a family. Will they all be brave enough to forgive their own pasts and imagine a future together?
Justine and Porter were amazing characters. I love that the author took her time and wrote a slow-burn romance between them. Both these characters imagined different things for their futures; neither looking for a relationship. Justine would soon be leaving town for good; taking a teaching position in Europe. She doesn't have the luxury to start something romantic with Porter when she'd be leaving. Not to mention, due to his past, Porter plans to never marry. So both Porter and Justine decide it's best to remain only friends even though the chemistry and attraction between them is nearly impossible to ignore.
Of course this book has a great ending but I don't want to spoil the journey to that happily-ever-after for you. The Montana Cowboy's heart is an emotional story. There is more going on than simple, sweet romance. I haven't yet read the previous book in The Cole Brother's series but I did read and enjoy book one. The Cole siblings did not have the best of times growing up. As a result of their past, I was all the more satisfied to see how the author gave them the future to look forward to and one they truly deserve. This is a wonderful series and I recommend it. I am definitely looking forward to reading book two.
While I received an advanced reading copy of this book, my review is honest and unbiased. Thank you for taking the time to read it. :)