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Posted April 8, 2013
Aurora ‘Rory’ McAllister just wants to get away from her jerk ex-fiancé and start over. She rents a guesthouse on Three River Ranch sight unseen only when she and her dog Mistral arrive there seems to be a misunderstanding as to who is staying where.
Carson Granger has come home to take over the family ranch and finds out his father has screwed him from the grave. Carson (and his brother Mitchell) will not inherit the ranch or family fortune unless they marry. Carson is trying to set up the property as a wild mustang sanctuary, but if he doesn’t get the grant he needs to buy the property outright he may have to find a convenient wife. That’s when Rory shows up with a signed rental agreement. Things get interesting from there.
This is a lovely romance with well-developed characters (including the animals) and a smooth-flowing plot. Carson and Rory come with baggage and despite a steamy attraction they need to build a foundation before they can possibly build a future. They overcome obstacles, but Carson is his own worst enemy. Many times I wanted to hit him over the head with a shovel. Well, ok, maybe only a broom. Wouldn’t want to cause permanent damage to him.
Roxanne Snopek is a new-to-me author and I look forward to reading more by her.
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Posted March 7, 2013
Aurora (Rory) McAllister is in desperate need of a fresh start. She’s left her job, her best friend, the city she lives in, and her cheating ex-fiance behind. Rory is so desperate that she even answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse. Rory signs all the rental paperwork, site unseen. Little did she expect the not so welcome surprise that she would receive.
Carson Granger is the oldest of Derek and Marie Granger’s two boys. Marie died of cancer before Carson and his brother Mitchell started high school. After their mother’s death, things got pretty bad for the Granger men. Derek has recently died and has left a stipulation in his will that his sons are not to get the multimillion-dollar ranch known as Three River unless they get married and have a family. Because of the way Derek was with his boys, he knew they would never come back home and agree to such a thing. It’s always interesting how when a person knows that their time on this earth is coming to a close, they try to make things right. Could one of the last times that Carson and Derek spoke to each other hold an important key for Carson?
Carson’s passion lies with wild mustangs. In fact, he’s just rescued a beautiful, full-blooded, Spanish mustang named Stormy. Carson’s hope is to get a research grant that will enable him to look after his beloved mustangs and buy Three River Ranch out-right and not give into his father’s “pig-headed” demands.
I love when the hero and heroine of a book first meet. It sets up how they are going to interact throughout the book. Carson has been out of touch for a month or so and didn’t make it a priority to return his lawyer’s phone calls. Thus, he wasn’t expecting a stranger with a funny looking dog to be on his property when he returned home. And Rory wasn’t expecting to run into someone who was accusing her of trespassing. With Rory being very pregnant, the two come to an agreement to share the guesthouse for a couple of months. Awwww, instant friendship. Okay, not really.
Three River Ranch is one of those stories where you already know what’s going to happen. But who cares???? A romance book is all about the journey. Roxanne Snopek did an excellent job. Oh, and of course there’s the must shed a tear moment. Darn her.
In the midst of chaos, Rory manages to calm a scared and nervous Stormy and chip away at the sometimes cold and hard exterior of Carson. Rory and Carson are two people who need each other and don’t even know it. I love all the characters in this book, from the twins Bliss and Blythe, to Jonah, Carson’s attorney, to his good friend Zach, and Rory’s best friend in the whole world Desiree. I’m very excited that there’s another book in this series. Hopefully, there’s more than just the one book.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews