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Title:
Restless rancher
ISBN:
9780062851901
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 17 cm.
General Note:
Includes excerpt from "Tough Talking Cowboy."
Summary:
One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up--in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him? Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she--who'd been raised by her mother at Nevada's notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch--only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring. But then Austin's powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love.
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If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas.

One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up--in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him?

Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she--who'd been raised by her mother at Nevada's notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch--only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring.

But then Austin's powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love...


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ryan delights with the sizzling second installment of her contemporary Wild Rose Ranch series (after Dirty Little Secret). Feisty accountant Sonya Tucker was raised in the Wild Rose Ranch brothel in Nevada, and after one of her friends from the Wild Rose uses money from the brothel to invest in Austin Hubbard's Montana ranch, she hires Sonya to help out. Austin inherited the ranch from his grandfather, causing an insurmountable rift with his ruthless father, Walter, who wants the ranch for himself. Now he'd rather drink his pain away than work to maintain the place, but Sonya's determined to whip him back into shape. Though flirty Austin and no-nonsense Sonya initially butt heads, they soon develop a bond. But as they start to clear out all of the junk Austin's grandfather hoarded, Walter resorts to violence to try to stop them, hoping to keep an old family secret buried. Villainous Walter leaps off the page, making his eventual takedown that much more satisfying. Ryan's expert pacing will easily keep readers enthralled. While this can be read as a standalone, the ending has enough of a hook to make readers eager for their next visit to Montana. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary. (Dec.)


Kirkus Review

A destitute rancher betrayed by the people he trusted is brought back to life by a no-nonsense accountant with a troubled past.Family betrayals drive the plot of the second book in Ryan's (The Me I Used To Be, 2019, etc.) contemporary Western series about women who were raised together as virtual sisters while their mothers worked at the Wild Rose Ranch, a Nevada brothel. Sonya Turner, one of them, is a forensic accountant looking for a radical change of pace after being passed over for a promotion at her firm. When her sister Roxy invites Sonya to join her in Montana to restore a dilapidated home and neglected ranch, she jumps at the chance. Sonya loves "the wide open spaces, hills that rose to mountains in places, and the crisp clean air," but she soon realizes that the owner, Austin Hubbard, is in need of renewal himself. Disowned by his father, dumped by his girlfriend, and drinking way too much, he has just about given up. Sonya helps lift Austin out of helplessness, showing him how to stand up for himself against his ruthless and greedy father while he helps Sonya support her abused mother. Austin's and Sonya's enemies generate hair-raising, violent plot turns, but Austin's father is such a clich readers will expect him to mutter something like, "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids" when he finally gets his comeuppance.A sweet romance wrapped around an inheritance mystery and surrounded by family trauma. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Austin Hubbard's life has fallen so low, the only way left to go is back up. The first step for Austin is to stop searching for solutions to his problems in the bottom of a bottle. The next step is to take the one thing of value he has left, the ranch he inherited from his maternal grandfather, and turn it back into a viable business. Fortunately, Austin's new partner, Roxy Turner, is not only willing to help foot the bill for the ranch's restoration, she also sends her sister, Sonya, to Hubbard Ranch to ride herd on Austin until the job is done. Initially, Sonya is only interested in ensuring that her sister's investment will pay off, but the more time she spends with Austin, the more she begins to think that he may be the real reward. With the second emotionally intense and boldly sexy addition to her Wild Rose series, following Dirty Little Secret (2018), Ryan once again writes with great insight and compassion about realistically flawed people and the complexity of human relationships.--John Charles Copyright 2019 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Austin Hubbard has found himself at the bottom of a bottle and just barely hanging onto his dream thanks to his best friend's girlfriend, Roxy. He wakes up in more ways than one when Sonya Tucker comes into his life one morning with a pitcher full of water. Sonya left her job at an accounting firm and is now helping her sister Roxy with a new investment project, the ranch Austin inherited from his grandfather. While things might be heating up as Austin and Sonya make the hoarder house into a respectable home, dark family secrets on both sides threaten to destroy what feels like the first place Sonya has ever felt she belongs. VERDICT Series fans will enjoy this look into Austin's life, along with more appearances from Noah, Roxy, and other residents of Wild Rose Ranch. Ryan delights with exciting twists and one hot, protective cowboy. Readers may struggle to believe how easily this couple overcomes each hurdle set in their way, but if they hang on, they will be eager to return to Wild Rose Ranch. Especially recommended for fans of Linda Howard.--Morgan Lockard, Campbell Cty. P.L., KY