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Val's Rancher
     

Val's Rancher

4.6 13
by Debra Kayn
 

Val McDougal knows all about heartbreak. First, the love of her life, Sam Turner, left to join the rodeo circuit two years ago. Now she faces a new kind of pain—her beloved father is dying. The last thing she needs is Sam's unexpected return to Pike, Montana, to take over his family's ranch, stirring up desires Val doesn't think she can handle.

Sam

Overview

Val McDougal knows all about heartbreak. First, the love of her life, Sam Turner, left to join the rodeo circuit two years ago. Now she faces a new kind of pain—her beloved father is dying. The last thing she needs is Sam's unexpected return to Pike, Montana, to take over his family's ranch, stirring up desires Val doesn't think she can handle.

Sam knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he broke things off with Val. He's determined to win her back, this time for good. But despite the sizzling heat between them, Val keeps pulling away. He has to convince her to trust him—and her own heart—again, especially as the time draws near when she'll need him the most...

Book two of the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series. Look for book one, Chantilly's Cowboy, available now.

43,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426892462
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
10/17/2011
Series:
Sisters of McDougal Ranch
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
329,160
File size:
552 KB

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Val reached across the counter and grabbed the sleeve of Sheriff Roy Lee's blue uniform. "I swear on all that's holy, Roy Lee, if you called the ranch and told my daddy, I'm gonna kick your butt from here to Helena."

"Calm down, Val. You know me better than that." Roy Lee pried her fingers off his shirt and stepped back out of harm's way. "Besides, what you and Sam have together is none of my business."

"There is no Sam and me!" Val squealed, clamped her mouth shut and glared at Roy Lee. "How could you bring him here?"

"I didn't. He came back on his own."

She whipped around and stomped to the end of the bar. "Sometimes I hate you, Roy Lee."

"Aw, Val. You don't mean that." Roy Lee chuckled and glanced at the door where Sam, Val's ex boyfriend and the one true love of her life, was going to walk through at any moment. "I did come over to warn you he was back in town, didn't I?"

Val scrubbed at the barbeque sauce dried onto the counter. Sam Turner. The man she compared everyone else to. The guy who told her to grow up before hopping in his truck and driving away from his home, her and everything they had together. She used her fingernail to lift the stain. It had taken her two minutes after the dust settled for the truth to hit her upside the head and leave a hole in her heart the size of Montana.

Sam's "nine month" stint riding the Albany circuit, busting broncos, lasted two long years. Twenty-four months and—she tapped her finger on the bar—thirteen days. Her stomach tightened and she wasn't sure if she wanted to run off into the bathroom and throw up, or hit someone…hard. She turned her head and glared at Roy Lee.

"Oh no you don't, honey." He threw his hands in the air and stepped back from the bar. "You can't hit the messenger. Besides, I'm wearing my uniform. That'd be assault on an officer and land you in front of the county judge."

She stormed back to his side. "What's he want? Why's he coming here?"

"Relax." Roy Lee sat down on the bar stool. "He hasn't mentioned your name at all. I don't even think he realizes this place is yours yet."

Roadkill. She was a possum in the middle of the road, and Roy Lee just drove his patrol car over her again. Thump. Thump. "You just had to make sure I was dead, didn't you?"

"Huh?" He scratched the short hair under his hat.

"Nevermind." She tossed the rag under the counter and washed her hands. "Will you do me a favor?"

"Depends. It doesn't involve stealing Janice's cow again, does it?" Roy Lee popped a handful of peanuts in his mouth and grinned. "What's it been…five years since I helped you get back at her for nominating you for homecoming queen?"

"This is serious, Roy Lee." She leaned forward. "Watch the bar for me for a couple of minutes, 'kay?"

"You're not skipping out, are you?"

She shook her head. "I need some fresh air."

He lost his smile and nodded. "Sure, darling. You've got five minutes tops. If you don't come back, I'm putting an APB out on you."

Val patted his cheek and escaped out the door to the kitchen. "Cute, Roy Lee. Real cute."

The normally relaxed atmosphere of the bar kept her nerves on even ground most days, but from the second Roy Lee walked in and announced Sam Turner was on his way over, she'd morphed right back into being the heartsick fool she was two years ago.

Letting the back door close, she leaned against the cold brick. Snow fluttered from the sky, and she tilted her head back letting the little specks of ice land on her overheated skin. Maybe the freezing temperatures would tamp down the warmth growing inside her at the mere mention of Sam. Damn Sam.

Meet the Author

 

 

 

Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn, writes heartwarming contemporary stories. Oh, let's cut to the chase. She loves to write about REAL MEN and the WOMEN who love them, to the delight of her readers.

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Val's Rancher 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I am really enjoying this series about the five McDougal sisters. This is book #2 and is about Val, the youngest of the sisters. She owns the bar in this small Montana town and has made a good place for herself at the young age of 23. Two years ago, her heart was shattered when the love of her life, Sam, left to pursue a life on the rodeo circuit and to give Val a chance to "grow up." In the meantime, Val has had to deal with her father's diagnosis of ALS and the rapid decline of his health. She has a lot of stress in her life and is not happy when Sam suddenly comes back to town. She can't afford to have her heart broken again, especially not right now. There is a lot to recommend about this book: *Family story line- I love the five girls and how they rely upon one another. They were basically raised by their father, because their mother died when Val was young of cancer. As a result, they have all been very close. *I like this small town esp. the town sheriff and how he is always looking out for Val...he is simply a friend. He is also a good friend to Sam, but he seems to stand by Val more and I like that. *The hints of books to come. There are still three sisters left and we get to see glimpses of their upcoming story lines in this book. *I like that Val runs the town bar and is her own independent person. She hasn't let her heartbreak with Sam keep her from living her life to the fullest. What I wasn't too sure about: *The reason for the conflict in the story. To me, this just didn't quite ring true that Val would be more concerned about Sam dying because everyone around her dies, rather than her being upset with the fact that he left her for two years. There was a legitimate reason for conflict in this story line. I just felt like it came the most heavily from the wrong reason. To me, the other could come into play too, but the weight of the two issues just felt it should be reversed to me. *I didn't feel like we got to "know" Sam as well as I would have liked to especially his real reasons for leaving. If the story could have been a tiny bit longer, I would have liked to visit into his psyche deeper. Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I enjoyed book #1, Chantilly's Cowboy, too. You can see that review HERE and I am definitely looking forward to more of the sister's HEA's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You bought me. I'm yours. I'll stay with you.
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hancered More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I have read the series (that has been released). I cannot wait for fourth book. I really feel the characters pain. Well written.
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kat54OH More than 1 year ago
You will ove this book if you are following the series...
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I miss Stuart. The pain his daughters went through killed me. I'm so glad Jack and Sam were there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bawled. This is such a touching story, you can't help falling in love with all the McDougals. I love how Val loved Sam when she was little and then he came back. She needed him and he was there for her.