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Rancher to the Rescue (Harlequin Romance Series #4386)

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    Rancher to the Rescue is a sweet, feel-good romance that wil





    Rancher to the Rescue is a sweet, feel-good romance that will appeal to romance readers. The story is about second chances and finding happiness where you least expect.




    Meghan Finnegan’s planned dreams of a happily-ever-after have fallen apart before they even have a chance to begin. Now, she faces an uncertain future as she struggles to find her own place in the world. When Meghan runs out of a guest-filled church, leaving behind a fiancé, a mother eager for the nuptials, and the ruthless paparazzi, she never expects her unwilling get- away driver will become the man of her dreams. 




    The recently retired rodeo circuit cowboy, Cash Sullivan, just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when Meghan makes a beeline for his pickup truck. I found it ironic and amusing that the man with no belief in love and marriage turns out to be the one the woman in the poofy, lacy white dress turns to for help.  




    Cash is sitting in his truck, waiting, while his grandmother attends Meghan and Harold’s wedding ceremony, and he isn’t very sympathetic about Meghan’s predicament. When she demands his help to escape, he initially refuses to comply. Their first conversation isn’t what I expected:




    “You didn’t kill anyone, did you?”
    “Of course not,” she sighed. “Do you honestly think I’d be in this getup if I was going to murder someone?”
    “I’m not into any Bonnie and Clyde scenario.” 




    With photographers prowling around, looking for Meghan, Cash drives away more to protect his reputation from further scandal than to save the pretty bride crouched down in the floorboard of his truck. 




    Cash is a “no-strings-attached” cowboy who immediately senses that Meghan is trouble. He wants to get her out of his life ASAP. However, his grandmother throws a monkey wrench into his plans when she invites Meghan to stay at Cash’s ranch to recover from her ordeal.  Besides her delicious cooking, Grandma seems to have a talent for matchmaking as well. 




    Cash tries to resist his attraction to the pretty red-head and he wants to douse any interest she may have in him when he lets her know how cynical he is toward marriage: 




     just in case she has any interest in him, he tries to douse it by letting her know how cynical he is toward marriage:




    “Marriage is for dreamers and suckers. Eventually people figure out there’s no happily-ever-after, but by then it’s usually too late.”  His past has shattered any illusions he had about love.




    Meghan is devastated after Harold refuses to marry her even though she is pregnant with their child.  As a local celebrity chef with her own TV show, Meghan doesn’t have the emotional strength to deal with the fallout over the cancelled wedding. She doesn’t want to face her mother’s disappointment  or her show’s angry producers, especially now that she’s ruined the ideal life they’ve tried to create for her. Because her mother has always been cold and distant, Meghan has tried all of her life to please her, and marrying Harold seems to be one more way to gain her mother’s approval. Because of his prominent social status, Harold seems to be everything any woman would want. Even Meghan’s TV producers jump on the bandwagon and plan to tape the wedding to air on a future episode. They foresee a boost in the cooking show’s ratings and a possible nationally syndicated show when the hometown celebrity marries a man who’s made millions in the computer industry. 



    However, the image Howard projects to the rest of the world doesn’t match his true nature, and fortunately Meghan finally realizes this before she makes the biggest mistake of her life.  
    Her disastrous relationship with Harold now makes Meghan question her judgment about men. Still she needs the privacy Cash’s out-of-the-way ranch offers, and, because Cash understands how dogged the media can be, they form a tenuous relationship that gradually deepens over the course of the story. 




    Both Cash and Megan carry emotional wounds that must be healed before either of them can open their hearts to love again.  I found it easy to care about Meghan and Cash since I get both of their POVs, which reveal their fears and insecurities.  Chapters alternate between the dual perspectives and the transition from one point-of-view to the next is smooth and clear.  The book’s plot is primarily character driven as we witness the inner turmoil both Meghan and Cash experience as they struggle to push beyond their comfort zones to find the happiness they deserve. 




    This is a clean romance filled with each character’s inner monologue revealing their thoughts and feelings about each other.  While it was nice to have the  inner monologue, there were places where it the thoughts were repetitious and a bit of an overkill.  Although Meghan’s secrets and conflict are transparent to readers, Cash’s scandalous past is revealed in bits and pieces, which kept my interest, as I discovered why he thinks of himself as damaged goods.  The story’s theme is a reinforcement of that old adage, when one door closes, another surely will open. 




    I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  




    Note: Since I reviewed an ARC, the quotes from the book may have been changed or omitted by the book’s publication. 

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    Romance is not my usual genre, I usually find them predictable a

    Romance is not my usual genre, I usually find them predictable and I soon lose interest. But Rancher to the Rescue was a surprise enjoyable read.




    Meghan Finnegan, a local chef on T.V dashed out of the church on her wedding day. Being a celebrity she tries to hide in some bushes where she runs into Cash Sullivan. Cash, a former rodeo star now a ranch owner decides to help hide her out until things calm down.




    Cash has some secrets from his past, and Meghan is uncertain what to do with her life. Fast paced read with just enough romance, making this not boring, but a good plot that left me turning pages to find out what will happen next.




    I feel romance lovers will enjoy this, a great "beach read".

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    3.5 Star Review: A Solid debut Cash Sullivan waits outside the

    3.5 Star Review: A Solid debut

    Cash Sullivan waits outside the church for his Grandmother, Martha. She *has* to see the JiffyChef, hometown girl made good, get married. But when the bride runs out and jumps into his truck, he doesn't have much of a choice. He slowly drives away while she ducks out of sight. 

    Meghan Finnegan, despite what the news and her ex-fiancee say, got jilted. When she ran, Harold took the opportunity to alter the story so that he's the victim. What the public doesn't know is that Meg is pregnant, and Harold doesn't want the baby. In fact, he told her just as they were about to say "I do" that he didn't even want her.

    Cash has had horrible experiences with the press, so he shelters Meg at the ranch where he and his grandmother live. She doesn't want to depend on anyone, so she offers to clean and cook, and watch over Martha. He doesn't want to bring the press back into his life, but he can't turn her out without a place to go. 

    To Cash's surprise, she's not the privileged prissy 'star' he thought - she carries her own weight and Martha loves her. He's torn between the growing friendship between them and the hints he gets that she's pining over the groom that he still believes dumped her.

    They spend more time together, and the sparks inevitably fly. They share a scorching hot kiss, and after that, nothing is the same. It goes from simple to mega-complicated. She refuses his help at every turn, knowing that he still expects her to leave at the end of her two week stay. But Cash can't leave well enough alone. He cooks up a surprise for her that isn't exactly welcome - and manages to get her sister in on the secret.

    Will she forgive him and accept the helping hand he offers or will she reject the kindness in the end? I'll leave it up to you to find out. The answer may surprise you!

    A sweet story that didn't skimp on character or setting details - but sometimes skimmed over vignettes between the Hero and Heroine. The story was very chaste, but sweet - and overall, I enjoyed the tone of the book and the writing style of the author.

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