Mar 10, 2015

At Wolf Ranch & When It’s Right by Jennifer Ryan Review

At Wolf Ranch & When It’s Right
Montana Men Series
Releasing Feb 24th and March 31st, 2015
By: Jennifer Ryan

At Wolf Ranch: Montana Men # 1
Releases February 24th, 2015

After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set, until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything.

Ella Wolf rushes to her family’s abandoned Montana ranch after her twin sister is murdered. She knows she’s next…unless she can uncover a secret hidden somewhere at Wolf Ranch. The last thing Ella expects is to be rescued by a rugged rancher with his own agenda. A man who almost makes her forget how dangerous love can be…

As an unlikely partnership sparks into something so much more, and a killer closes in, can Ella and Gabe learn to trust one another before it’s too late?

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So finally with are back with the Bowdan family (from Can’t Wait), this has been a series I have been desperate for. I will warn you though; At Wolf Ranch is hardcore from the very beginning.
Ella is in trouble, she is in danger and she can’t turn to her family…because they are the ones trying to kill her. After Ella hears her sister being murdered she abandons everything and flees for her life. She goes to the last place her family would ever think of searching for her.
Gabe Bowden is still getting over being abandoned by Stacy at the altar, not because of heartbreak though, but more pride. Now he is concentrating on building his ranch. That is until he saves a stranded Lela on the side of the road!
After nearly being attacked by a man who was supposed to be helping her (like she hasn’t suffered enough!!), she flees from the car in bad weather. Then she is saved by a man who thinks she is her sister! That’s until he sees her face on the news the next morning as a suspect in her sisters’ murder.
Now Ella has to trust a stranger to help her stay safe and to help her clear her name, all while falling in love with each other!
At Wolf Ranch is an amazing book and the story literally blows my mind. I will have to admit though; it’s not my favorite book from Jennifer Ryan. I can’t pin point why though? This is very frustrating to me. I really struggled to like Ella’s character at first, but when she hit Travis in the nuts, I knew I liked her.
Overall At Wolf Ranch is a great book, I did enjoy the story, it just didn’t grip me like all of her other’s, but it still earns a solid 8.5 out of 10!

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When It’s Right: Montana Men #2
Releases March 31st, 2015

Gillian‘s turbulent life has never been easy, but nothing prepared her for the moment of violence that sends her and her little brother running from San Francisco to her grandfather’s ranch in Montana. A man she’s never met. She learned long ago not to trust anyone, but she’ll do anything to keep her brother safe and give him the happy childhood she never had. When she meets Blake Bowden, a strong, silent, gorgeous cowboy who teaches her about the ranch and rescued horses-animals who have been through hell and back, just as she has-Gillian begins to feel at ease for the first time in memory. In fact, she even starts to feel happy. But in her world happiness has always been fleeting, and she’s not sure she can believe in it or the man who has quickly found his way into her heart.

Blake has everything he’s ever wanted: a partnership on a ranch that allows him to spend his day in the saddle training racehorses. His life is good, steady, uncomplicated…until the most beautiful, haunted looking woman arrives at Three Peaks Ranch. If he wants to keep his ideal life, his partner’s granddaughter is entirely off limits, but Gillian awakens a protective instinct in Blake that he can’t ignore…and ignites a passion he shouldn’t feel. But as Gillian heals and finds her way back into the world, Blake knows that he’s found the one thing that he never knew he was missing. And when danger comes close, he will do anything he must to keep Gillian safe…even if it means risking his life’s dream.

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All Jennifer Ryan’s books are heart wrenching stories with a romantic twist, but When Its Right literally reduced me to a puddle of mush.
The story starts with a bang! Just so you are prepared; Gillian Tucker is about to choose a life of death situation with her drugged out father. After struggling and fighting to protect her brother, Gillian is thrown out of a second-story window.
Now out of hospital with her little brother to take care of, Gillian makes her way to Montana, to live with a Grandfather she has never known.
Blake Bowden is Gillian’s Grandfather Business partner, and is there when Gillian arrives at the ranch. He is instantly attracted to this small slip of a woman who had been dealt a rough life and his suffering the injuries from her father’s last attack.  But Blake is also suffering guilt of the past, which have resurfaced with the arrival of Gillian.
But everything is not smooth sailing for Blake and Gillian, with their own issues and an obsessed ranch hand, making life difficult for Gillian, will anything ever go right for these two?
So romantic suspense has never really been my thing, but Jennifer Ryan has changed that for me. All her books have been amazing, but When Its Right has blown all the other books out of the water. All of the characters are truly amazing and just sits well in the story…even the bad guy. The writing is smooth and the book ties nicely with others in the series.
I give When Its Right 10 out of 10

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Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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