Nov 12, 2019

Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan Review

Restless Rancher
Wild Rose Ranch #2
By Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: November 12th, 2019
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

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 Turner 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…

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump. 

Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even that is the tip of the iceberg, because the author has an amazing talent of making the most complex storyline seem so easy and also tying in new and old characters, and making them your friends. 

The book is a beautiful story of survival and finding love, and even though there was a part that made me cringe, because let's face it, Austin doesn’t seem to know how to learn at the beginning of the book, the story makes up for it when he shows just how dedicated he actually is to Sonya and what he is willing to do to make it right for her. Though I have to say I have never reacted so strongly to wanting to tear a character apart when Sonya got hit by a henchman of the villain, and while I have made it sound more dramatic than it is, I don't want to give away any of the story, because I found it truly delicious! And boy what an ending! I didn't see half of that coming! 

I give Restless Rancher 5 stars! 

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes, and higher drama. 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 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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