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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟to “Christmas Ever After” by Author Clare Connelly ~ A Cape Hope Series Novel ~ Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Release Date: October 6th 2021

Christmas Ever After
A Cape Hope Series Novel

By
Author Clare Connelly

Purchase: Christmas Ever After

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Smalltown #Christmas #SecondChance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Release Date: October 6th 2021

Read: September 1st 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Blurb:

He once chose her happiness over his. Can this Christmas be their second chance?

Cassidy Hanna never felt like she belonged in Cape Hope, so she fled town and heartbreak ten years ago for a new life in Manhattan and everything she ever dreamed of—a great job and the perfect boyfriend. Only she’s never felt emptier and more alone. When her beloved grandfather falls ill, she knows she must push aside the past and return home to help.

Letting Cassidy go without a fight was the hardest thing Cape Hope doctor Phoenix Walker had ever done. Even as his own life fell apart, he lied and encouraged her to fly far from home to live out her dreams. Now Cassidy’s back—just for Christmas—and Phoenix wonders if they can have a second chance at a happy ever after…even if it’s just for the holiday.

📝My Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I enjoyed this novel very much despite that I found it to be sad for nearly the entire length. This is one of those books where I am being extra careful with my review. How can I articulate my feelings without giving away the plot? I can’t. Christmas Ever After spans years. The author goes back to the past on several occasions which makes the premise even more complex and filled with character depth and development. I read the first book in this series and enjoyed that as well. I found that I have a connection with this author’s writing. While I did not experience what the characters did, she engaged me from the very beginning and I refused to put this book down until I got my happily-ever-after. I wasn’t at all sure of how this book would end due to the angst and behavior of certain characters. Phoenix was a hero I had to love despite his choices that I did not agree with. I’ve never been a fan of a man making decisions in the relationship that HE thinks is best without talking about it with the heroine. People should be able to make their own choices. And here is where I won’t comment about that further. Cassidy is amazing, strong, caring and independent. I admired her a great deal.

I can tell you that this book was beautifully written bringing the characters and town to life where you could feel the presence strongly; you are there in Cape Hope. Lots of twists and turns. A book that is not forgettable. 

While I received an advanced reading copy of Christmas Ever After, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 to “The Sheriff and The Cowgirl” Tremaynes of Texas Book #4 by Author Debra Holt ~ Contemporary Romance ~ Release Date: September 21st 2021

The Sheriff and The Cowgirl
Tremayne of Texas

By
Author Debra Holt

Purchase: The Sheriff and The Cowgirl

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowgirlRomance #BestfriendstoLovers

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Release Date: September 21st 2021

Read: August 23rd 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Blurb:

What happens when a tenacious sheriff takes on a determined cowgirl and her champion bull?

It’s never easy to make it in a man’s world, and cowgirl Tori Tremayne has chased the same dream most of her life—producing a champion bucking bull on the pro rodeo circuit. With her prize bull Maximus, she’s so close to winning top prize in the finals this year she can taste it. She can’t afford any distractions, especially not the tall, dark and swoony sheriff she’s admired all her life.

Sheriff Gray Dalton has been in love with Tori since they were kids. He doesn’t want to change Tori or derail her goals, but he does want to combine their dreams—build a life and family with her while she continues to pursue her career and passion. Gray knows he has to shake Tori up so that he can step out of the friend zone she’s so determined to keep him in.

Can Gray prove to Tori that with him she can have it all—career, love and a family? 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gray and Tori’s book is finally here! I must say I did appreciate how the author released this series with a short wait in between. From the very first book, I wanted to know what was going on between Gray and Tori. And with each book that followed my curiosity only grew. Lifetime friends since childhood, Gray always loved Tori. He fell in love with her as soon as he understood what that truly meant. And while Tori also loved Gray, she was slow to catch up. In fact, for so many years, Gray put her feelings first. He was so generous of heart and selfless when it came to Tori. That said, Tori was a likable character but I did not like how she took Gray for granted, over and over. And it took nearly losing him for her to realize her true feelings and how selfish she has been.

This was not and easy relationship. Gray had finally come to the conclusion that he needed to let her go. She was too focused on her career and Gray didn’t want to be taken for granted any longer. I loved him from the first three books so I understood it might be time to let Tori go. However what I didn’t connect with was the back and forth; that despite his resolve to stay away he kept showing up. That gave the story more angst than I like. In addition, I felt that Tori and Gray were not the people I thought I knew from the previous books. I guess I was just expecting a sweeter story.

The Tremayne family was a constant and that helped break up a bit of the angst. I loved all the family members and it was rewarding to catch up with their lives. In the end, Gray and Tori got their act together and I was satisfied how things turned out. They became the couple I always believed they would be albeit the few bumps in their road to forever-after. I loved this series and definitely recommend it. This is an author that I have read and enjoyed for a long time.

While I received and advanced reading copy of The Sheriff and the Cowgirl, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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Review: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 to “The Cowboy’s Challenge” Rodeo Brides Book #2 by Author Sinclair Jayne ~ Contemporary Romance is Available Now!

The Cowboy’s Challenge
Rodeo Brides #2

By
Sinclair Jayne

Purchase: The Cowboy’s Challenge

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Cowboy #FakeRelationship #RodeoCowboy

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Release Date: September 2nd 2021

Read: August 21st 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 180 pages

Blurb:

She needs a favor. He needs a bride.

Langston Carr is back in her hometown Marietta as the temporary event planner for the Graff Hotel. The first event on the calendar is the society wedding that should have been her big day with her loving groom, so when rodeo cowboy Bowen Ballantyne swaggers into the hotel, all hard-bodied and chivalrous, she thanks him the way any single woman needing to salve her pride would—she kisses him.

Bull rider Bowen Ballantyne thrives on competition, but this time his cowboy cousins have taken their one-upmanship challenge too far. He needs to find a bride by the end of the Copper Mountain Rodeo. Bowen’s never backed down from anything, so when former barrel racer Langston Carr, his tormentor from their teen years, propositions him, Bowen rockets up the heat.

A game of pretend between rivals…what could go wrong?

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was such a delightful novel to read. The Cowboy’s Challenge is the second book in the Montana Rodeo Brides series. I haven’t read the first book yet but will be doing that very soon. I had no trouble following along having begun the series with book two. In fact, I’d like to mention while these three books represent a different couple and can be read on their own, the stories are definitely inter-connected. From what I easily inferred, all three books take place over the exact same time frame. 

Langston and Bowen may have appeared from the start, opposites, however they were alike in many ways. I felt their connection from the very moment they met again. I want to say, that moment was entertaining. Yes, these two knew each other from their teen years, maybe earlier. They do have history but not the kind Langston always wished for. Bowen was enough years older at the time that he wouldn’t even consider a relationship with Langston other than platonic. I won’t go into details because you should unravel their pasts on your own. 

Both Bowen and Langston will have decisions to make as far as how they move forward together in their future. Their relationship started out for convenience but it was easy to see they were meant for much more than a ruse. I also want to mention that there is a bit of a mystery going on with Bowen’s grandfather and I suspect the resolution of that will be revealed in the next book, which I am very much looking forward to reading. This is not my first novel from this author. I have read numerous books from her and enjoyed them all. I definitely recommend this series.

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📝Review📝: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “Cowboy Honor” Tangled Up in Texas Book Five, by Author Michelle Beattie, #PreOrderAvailble Release Date: June 10th 2021

COWBOY HONOR
Tangled Up in Texas Book Five

By: Author Michelle Beattie

Purchase: Cowboy Honor

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #ExMilitary #SecretBaby

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: June 10th 2021

Read: May 11th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Add to Goodreads TBR: Cowboy Honor

Check out the Tangled Up in Texas series on Goodreads

SYNOPSIS

This time he wants it all…

Hudson Granger’s family has been estranged since he was a boy. Sixteen years later, not much is different. Or so he thought. After an eighteen-month deployment, he arrives home to his family’s Texas ranch and is shocked by how much life has changed. His brothers are mending fences and have found love. Their father is slowly recovering from a massive heart attack. The kick to Hudson’s chest—learning he has an infant daughter.

Nurse Avery Collins never planned on telling Hudson their vacation fling had resulted in a child. He’d made it clear he wasn’t looking for anything serious, and after her dad ran out on her and her family, she didn’t want to rely on a man for anything. But when her daughter has a serious health scare, Avery’s hand is forced.

Despite their sizzling attraction, Avery is determined to keep Hudson at arm’s length, co-parenting only. But Hudson wants everything—a wife and a family. And he’s determined to get it.

MY 📝REVIEW📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Written beautifully leaving my heart light and my face smiling when it was over, this book had a good, steady pace so I barely noticed how quickly I was reading. The sad part? It was over too soon.

Cowboy Honor is the last book in this series, the latest Granger brother to find his happily-ever-after. And if any group of siblings deserved a happy ending, it was definitely the Granger brothers. This was Hudson and Avery’s story. Let me also say that Avery was desperately in need of a happy ending as well. I’m so happy they found it in each other.

This is the fifth and final book of the Tangled in Texas series. I read book one some time ago. In that book we are introduced to the dynamic of the Grangers, and it is not a good one. These siblings, thanks to their own father and his inability to deal with his wife’s terminal illness, have grown into solemn, angry men. There is a mystery revolving around the Granger patriarch that resolves at the end of book four and as a result of that deceit has Hudson dealing with finding out he is a father. A secret that was kept from him.

Since I have only read book one, and now book five, it was apparent I missed out on a lot. While Cowboy Honor can be read as a standalone, there were many references to something that happened in book four that I wish I was privy to beforehand. Having met all the Grangers in the first book, I feel like I missed out on their character developments. I was curious about them then and even more so now so needless to say, I will be back reading the other books.

This book is filled with emotions; angst, anger, frustration and betrayal being front and center. But quickly, Hudson finds himself a father and love and joy slowly shadow his other emotions. I won’t go into the specifics but I will tell you this book is about trusting and forgiveness and a love that is realistic. The main protagonists did not have an easy road. Both having issues other than their co-parenting. Avery and Hudson had their own doses of father issues that were not so easily resolved. I think I can honestly say that the romance wasn’t my favorite aspect in this particular book. I found myself invested with everything all at the same time.

This book was a pleasure to read and I definitely recommend it! While I did receive an advanced reading copy of Cowboy Honor, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: “The Cowboy” Series: The McAllisters Book Two by Author Julia Justiss is #AvailableNow My Rating: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars, #ContemporaryRomance

The Cowboy
The McAllister Brothers Book Two

By Author Julia Justiss

Purchase: The Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #ExMilitaryHero #SingleMotherWidow

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 195 pages

Publication: May 11th 2021

Read: April 27th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Add to TBR: The Cowboy

Check out the McAllister Brothers Series on Goodreads

Synopsis:

He’s not looking for anything serious…

When his older brother asks him to move back to Whiskey River to help run the family ranch, former Marine Grant McAllister feels obligated to agree. After spending two years recovering from battle injuries, coming home finally feels right. Relishing being back on the land, Grant decides to refurbish the family’s old hunting cabin as his new home. When the artisan designer he hires turns out to be a beautiful, intriguing woman, he hopes to mix business with a little pleasure.

She needs to remain uninvolved…

After the death of her Marine husband, a pregnant Abby Rogers moved to Whiskey River to be closer to her husband’s family and escape her controlling mother. Reinventing herself as a designer, she now focuses on her business and mothering her young daughter. She has no time for relationships—no matter how tempting she finds her handsome new client. But when her wealthy mother threatens to sue for custody of her daughter, Grant’s shocking offer forces her to listen to her heart.

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book was even better than the previous McAllister brother’s book; Ex-military hero and a widowed heroine with an adorable daughter. From the moment these two are on the pages together, you can feel more than just chemistry. There is a strong pull and while Grant would love nothing more than to explore that attraction, Abby isn’t looking for a relationship. Abby has enough on her plate with running her small business and raising her adorable daughter. In addition, Abby is fearful of falling in love again. As you can expect, Abby keeps Grant at a good distance and yet she can’t help getting to know him. The way he is with Abby’s young daughter is only another thing to like about Grant. Abby knows her heart is fighting a losing battle.

This book is well written with a steady flow. There are emotional moments and a bit of angst along with a slow burn romance. I didn’t mind the time it took for Grant and Abby to become a couple. The author did a great job at building the friendship first. I also loved the Texas country and secondary characters that gave me even more enjoyment. While I will admit, Grant and Abby had some emotional obstacles to get over, I appreciated the slower pace.

I absolutely love when an author not only immerses me in the story, but puts me there as well. This author painted the perfect scenes, wrote engaging monologue as well as dialogue and all around gave me a five star novel.

While I was provided an advanced reading copy of The Cowboy, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: “Truly, Madly Texas” Texas True #2 by Author Eve Gaddy ~ My Rating: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars, #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: April 29th 2021 ~ @EveGaddy @TulePublishing

REVIEW

Truly, Madly Texas
Texas True Book Two

By
Author Eve Gaddy

Purchase: Truly, Madly Texas

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

Publication: April 29th 2021

Read: March 26th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Add to TBR: Truly, Madly Texas

Also in the Series: Texas Forged

Synopsis:

Can they turn one spectacular night into a lifetime of love?

After a disastrous ride forces world champion saddle bronc rider Chase Walker back to his family’s ranch to recuperate, he’s happy to distract himself for a night with a mysterious, gorgeous woman. It should have just been a one-night stand, but she’s unforgettable.

Thanks to her cheating ex-fiancé, Ella Slade is done with rodeo cowboys…until she meets a sexy cowboy who catches a thief who stole her purse. What harm can one night of indulgence do? A lot, apparently, because when she arrives at her interview for a ranch manager job, Chase turns out to be her prospective boss. She’s adamant she won’t mix business with pleasure, but Chase suggests a deal—Ella takes the job, and they pretend that night never happened.

The longer they work together, the harder it is to pretend. Chase knows he’s falling for his midnight lover, but can he convince Ella to risk her heart again?

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Not mixing business with pleasure is easier said than done for Chase and Ella. Truly, Madly Texas was an enjoyable romance between two characters just trying to move forward in their lives. Chase is a side-lined Rodeo saddle bronc rider due to an injury. Unexpectedly, his recuperation is going to be life-changing. Chase just doesn’t know it yet. Ella is interviewing for a job as a ranch manager at Chase’s family ranch. She is hopeful and desperate to get the job. However, when she learns one of her bosses is a man she spent an unforgettable night with just days prior to her interview; Ella is crushed. Even if she is offered the job, how can she take it? Chase knows Ella is the best one for the job. So, they both agree to keep their night together a secret and basically forget it ever happened. With the amount of attraction and chemistry between them, it will be a losing battle.

Now while you might think the ending is predictable, the journey to get there wasn’t easy. Chemistry is only one aspect. Ella has trust issues a mile long and Chase isn’t planning on retiring from the rodeo circuit. Watching the ups and downs, with a bit of angst and two very likable characters was the perfect recipe for a well-written, sweet romance.

I truly, madly enjoyed this book~ ;). I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 Stars to “Montana Cowboy Daddy” Wyatt Brothers Book #3 by Author Jane Porter, #ContemporaryRomance, Release Date: April 1st 2021 ~ @AuthorJaneP @Tulepublishing

Montana Cowboy Daddy
Wyatt Brothers #3

By
Author Jane Porter

Purchase: Montana Cowboy Daddy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #RodeoCowboy #SurpriseBaby

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: Third person alternating perspectives

Publication: April 1st 2021

Read: March 13th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to TBR: Montana Cowboy Daddy

Check out the Series: Wyatt Brothers Series

Synopsis:

Professional rodeo cowboy Billy Wyatt is in the prime of his career. He’s having a fantastic year on the circuit, earning big money and leading the standings. Too immersed in his success and enjoying bachelorhood, he’s not interested in getting serious. But when a woman he’s never seen before shows up with a baby she claims is his, Billy’s world is turned inside out.

Erika Baylor, a PhD grad student, never planned to be a single mom, but when her cousin dies in a car accident, orphaning her infant son, Erika steps forward. She’ll help to care for her 4-month-old nephew until the baby can be reunited with his dad. She doesn’t expect the dad to be cocky, infuriating, and utterly irresistible.

Billy never thought he wanted to be a father, but looking into the eyes of the baby who is supposedly his—and whose blue eyes mirror his own—he’s hooked. But he’s hooked on the woman who’s holding the baby too… 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Montana Cowboy Daddy is the third book in the Wyatt Brothers of Montana Series. I have read the previous books and enjoyed them as much. The Wyatt family is very much the epitome of a loving and loyal. While each brother has their own interests, they will never hesitate to be there for each other. From the first book, the loyalty, love, and camradarie are present. Add a strong, protective, loving grandfather with mother who will except nothing but respect and strong ideals. I truly adored this family. I especially loved the closeness.

Billy is a rodeo champ. He has been very successful in his career and has a strong financial standing to help when he finally retires. Unfortunately, Billy has no plans to retire anytime soon. He plans on a rodeo career for as long as he can. Nothing will come in the way of that. Especially not finding out he is a father. Billy was a great character. I respected how he was determined to be a father as well as continuing his rodeo career. At first, Billy wasn’t going to make compromises but he soon realized he had to make some changes. If he wanted to be the best father he could be, Billy would have to stop thinking of only himself. He was very lucky to have Erika on the road with him so she could care for his son. At the beginning, Billy took Erika for granted although I don’t feel it was intentional. He was just so used to living footloose and fancy free. Watching his character grow and mature was one of my favorite aspects of the story.

The chemistry between Erika and Billy is strong from the beginning but neither acted on their feelings believing that they should just focus on baby Beck. I don’t want to spoil any of this story for you but I will tell you the whole story in itself is a slow build to an incredible ending.

There is a bit of a hint that has me very curious as to how Tommy’s story will go. I already feel like it will be emotional. If you are a fan of Montana cowboys, strong heroines, and emotional romances, I recommend this series. The books can be read in any order but I believe your reading experience will be more rewarding if you start with book one.

While I received a review copy from Tule Publishing, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars to “My Kind of Cowboy” Blackstone Ranch #3 by Author Pam Crooks, #ContemporaryRomance with a bit of Suspense/mystery is #AvailableNow ~ #PamCrooksAuthor @TulePublishing

My Kind of Cowboy
Blackstone Ranch Book #3

By
Pam Crooks

Purchase: My Kind of Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: March 16th 2021

Read: February 19th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Add to TBR: My Kind of Cowboy

Check out the series: Blackstone Ranch

Synopsis:
He’s barely given her a passing glance…

Shandi Flanagan has lived in Paxton Springs, Texas, her whole life. When the bar and grill she’s been working at since high school comes up for sale, she vows to find the money to buy it. But when her house goes up in flames, so do her entrepreneurial dreams. The only good thing to come of it? Being rescued by the hottest cowboy around, Jace Paxton.

Jace has his hands full finding a way to grow his family’s vacation resort and tracking down the rustlers who stole his new herd of calves. At least being able to save Shandi, the town’s favorite sweetheart, goes right. She needs a place to stay, and there’s plenty of room on the Blackstone Ranch.

But he needs the bar and grill as much as she does. And while he’s a formidable competitor…she’s not. How can he take away her dream and future? How could she love him if he did? 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book has everything! I knew this would be a five star read from the first chapter. There are a lot of secondary characters; some from previous books in this series. My Kind of Cowboy has angst (not too much, though), suspense/mystery, drama, and romance. And guess what? The romance aspect was a slow burn so the anticipation of that made this book not only better, but realistic and believable. Having both Jace and Shandi’s POVs made this book even more enjoyable. There is nothing that frustrates me more or stalls my reading flow than when I have to guess at what the characters are feeling. So, having both POV’s is a top preference for me.

This book is the third in the series featuring the Paxton brothers. I did not read the previous two (yet) and had no trouble at all following along. This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. However, I became very curious about how two of the brothers met their future Mrs. Paxtons. As soon as I can, I will be reading those books.

Shandi is the town sweetheart. She truly fit that persona; always putting others before herself even when she had to work two exhausting jobs to pay bills and the pay off the debts her deceased father left behind. When Shandi sees an oppotunity to make her dreams come true, she jumps at it. Despite the fact she has little to no assets, Shandi doesn’t give up. Not even when the crush of her life gets in the way.

Jace has known Shandi nearly all his life but recently has seen her in a different light. He wants to know her better, wants to protect her and take away her troubles. Even if it seems he is one of them.

The romance blossoming between Jace and Shandi is slow. But don’t worry because there are others things taking place in the story that will have your full attention. Rustlers, arsonists, drug addicts, are all part of the mystery and intrigue of this book. I will say no more in the way of details.

The ending was perfect. The epilogue even better. Overall, My Kind of Cowboy is a memorable, and engaging story with all the feels, and I highly recommend it as a must-read.

This was actually my first book by this author. She has just gained a new fan. I cannot wait to read more of her books!

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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REVIEW: 4 Stars to “The Rancher” The McAllister Brothers #1, by Author Julia Justiss, #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: April 8th 2021 ~ @juliajustiss @TulePublishing

REVIEW

The Rancher
The McAllister Brothers Book One

By
Julia Justiss

Purchase/Preorder: The Rancher

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: April 8th 2021

Read: March 7th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to TBR: The Rancher

Synopsis:

When he sets out to regain his family’s heritage, he never expects to fall in love.

Cowboy Duncan McAllister has worked tirelessly to make the family ranch profitable enough to buy back the section of land hard times forced them to sell a decade ago. When the owner of that land unexpectedly dies, leaving the ranch to his city-based daughter, Duncan finally sees his opportunity.

After her business partner boyfriend runs off with an intern—and all their clients—CPA Harrison Scott retreats to her Daddy’s Hill Country ranch to decide her next move. Her father’s sudden death leaves her floundering—does she rebuild her professional career or carry on the ranch he loved? After rebuffing Duncan’s offer to buy her out, Harrison is forced to turn to her handsome neighbor to learn the ropes of ranching.

Duncan tells himself he’s just being neighborly, but their immediate attraction soon deepens. How can he convince her that he wants her even more than his beloved land when she’s already been betrayed once before?

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

One of my favorite aspects about cowboy romance is the picturesque scenes the author paints in my mind. Living in the suburbs, close to everything, I more than appreciate the beauty of the landscapes in places such as the Hill Country in Texas where this story takes place. I love the idea of owning land that has been in the family for hundreds of years. Where I live, that isn’t the norm. That said, I find myself longing for some of the places I read about. And The Rancher did an incredible job of bringing me there.

This story is about the love of the land, legacy and loyalty. It is a story of two people who will have to learn to trust again in their decisions and each other if they want a truly happy and fulfilled life. This book is about carrying on a legacy.

Duncan McAllister grew up on land such as I described. Having lost his mother at a very young age, and then his father while barely in his teens, Duncan takes on the responsibility of running the ranch. Through financially tough times, Duncan’s stepmother had to sell off some of the generations-old McAllister land. Growing up, Duncan’s only goal was to buy the land back but unfortunately the gentleman who bought it loves it just a deeply and refuses to sell. And when he dies unexpectedly, the land is left to his daughter Harrison.

Harrison is devastated at what life has thrown at her recently. Her heart is overflowing with sadness. Because of recent events, Harrison is no longer a trusting person. Despite her inexperience, Harrison is determined to carry on the legacy her father has left for her. It is not going to be easy and she knows that. She also knows that there are people who want to buy the ranch property from her and she worries what they’ll do to make that happen.

I’ll tell you that the relationship between Duncan and Harrison builds steadily, but slowly due to Harrison’s as well as Duncan’s trust issues. Although I felt Duncan was sincere, there were more than a few times I became frustrated on his behalf because of Harrison’s behavior. I felt she gave off too many mixed signals. In the end, both Harrison and Duncan became the couple I knew they would be. Their love for each other was believable and they each put the other’s concerns before their own. Both seeming to make sacrifices for the other but in the end both gaining everything they dreamed of.

The Rancher is book one in The McAllister Brothers series in which I was given an advanced reading copy. This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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