Montana Bred Series, Book 3

Fiction - Womens
244 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2024
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Author Biography

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her stories integrate humor found in everyday situations, family drama, and forever love. Her distinct voice creates memorable journeys with heart-warming emotion.

Linda has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best Contest and Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Michigan and loves dogs, horses, art, and stories with hope and heart.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Showdown is the third book in Linda Bradley's Montana Bred Series. As the new co-CEO of the ranch, Chloe McIntyre is busy renovating the barn, taking in and re-homing horses, and putting the idea of an animal therapy center to her father. When her partner, Matt Cooper, proposes marriage, she uses her busy life with work and their girls to run away from the subject. After growing up with parents whose divorce made them bitter toward each other, she can only imagine a doomed marriage. Once she mentions a prenuptial agreement, she and Matt square off with their opposing views on commitment. Chloe realizes she's chasing away the only man she has ever loved, and she doesn't know if she'll be able to win him back.

By the time they finish devouring this book, readers will feel as if they know everyone at the 617 Ranch. They've savored Gladiola's food and had a cowboy heart-to-heart with John McIntyre. I jumped into the series with this book, but Linda Bradley caught me up on everything I needed to know by weaving details into the story. Even though John owned the ranch, it was clear Chloe, Glad, and Maggie kept it running and alive. Chloe stayed true to her character, making decisions she thought were best for her family and the ranch. Bradley's book made me want to visit a horse ranch in Montana and maybe pick up a cowboy while I'm there. Showdown is a great selection for readers who enjoy cowboy-styled romances and realistic plots.

Pikasho Deka

Showdown is the third book in the Montana Bred Series by Linda Bradley. Chloe McIntyre is content with her life on the 617 Ranch with her fifteen-month-old twin daughters, Lil and Gracie, and their father, Matt Cooper. But when Matt proposes to her to be his lawfully wedded wife, Chloe struggles to take the final leap of faith due to her past experiences with her parents' divorce. To avoid having to answer Matt, Chloe keeps herself busy planning her stepbrother's wedding to his fiancée Red. She is also determined to renovate the barn and pursue her dream of opening an animal therapy center, much to the chagrin of her father. Meanwhile, Matt accepts a job offer at a ranch in Wyoming. Can Chloe and Matt find a way to be together?

Showdown is a heartwarming slice-of-life story full of romance and family drama. Linda Bradley perfectly demonstrates how love can help people overcome most hurdles life throws their way. You get a wholesome feel while reading the book as Bradley's storytelling tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you wanting more. As a reader, you want to be a part of the family at 617 Ranch. The plot is evenly paced, and the narrative is a breeze to read. The relationship between Chloe and Matt feels genuine, and so does every other dynamic between the rest of the characters, including friends and family. I cheered for Chloe and Matt to end up together, and I think other readers will feel the same way. In conclusion, this book is tailor-made for lovers of contemporary romance.

Asher Syed

Showdown by Linda Bradley is a Western romance that follows Chloe McIntyre on her family's 617 Ranch in Montana. In book one of the Montana Bred Series, Unbranded, Chloe aspires to be co-CEO of the ranch but is pitted against her father's reluctance. When an unplanned pregnancy with best friend Matt Cooper is discovered, Chloe conceals it to secure her position on the ranch. In book two, Reunion, Chloe, pregnant and estranged from her mother, seeks reconciliation. However, a hidden agenda threatens their fragile bond, testing love and acceptance. In this third book, Showdown, Chloe and Matt are parents of twins, with their relationship at a make-or-break point. Matt wants Chloe to be his wife, but Chloe has the fear of divorce carved into her bones. As they maneuver through personal and professional demands, Matt's offer raises unexpected questions about their future.

Once more, Linda Bradley offers a wonderful escape to the west in Showdown, painting a series of picturesque scenes of the Montana ranch, harnessing the natural beauty of the landscape, and juxtaposing these against Chloe and Matt's connection in both its highs and lows. Bradley tugs at a reader's heartstrings, and I nearly lost it when a loss rocked the storyline. The author amplifies this with skillful use of symbolic elements, such as the silver heart necklace and the image of angel wings in the clouds, that create a tangible link to the loss and a sense of spiritual presence. For me, what makes the book stand out is Chloe's strength. I love that she's not just a damsel obsessed with marriage. Chloe has goals and aspirations beyond romantic relationships. Her desire to open an animal therapy center and even discussions on writing grants flesh her out as a forceful woman who is always ready to do what needs to get done. Overall, Showdown is another Montana Bred installment well done, and I have no doubt it will surprise and delight all who read it. Very highly recommended.