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Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel
     

Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel

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by Emma Cane
 

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Emma Cane's Valentine Valley series returns, as a teacher and her cowboy crush kindle sparks—and something more—in the town that lives up to its name . . .

The only thing hotter than a cowboy . . .

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone—least of all herself—until this summer. First, she secretly published

Overview

Emma Cane's Valentine Valley series returns, as a teacher and her cowboy crush kindle sparks—and something more—in the town that lives up to its name . . .

The only thing hotter than a cowboy . . .

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone—least of all herself—until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then, she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now, Lyndsay's scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

. . . Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will's high-school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn't been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who's been able to catch—and keep—his attention. When they team up to teach Valentine's teens about ranch life, Will discovers it's not just her sexy-as-hell smile that has him hooked. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?

Editorial Reviews

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods
“Strong families, deep friendships and sexy heroes abound in Valentine Valley. I’d love to live there.”
RT Magazine
“Cane’s sixth visit to Valentine Valley results in a thoroughly charming tale of secret loves, hidden scars and new beginnings. Her heroine’s strength and personal resolve are admirable, and Cane plumbs her hero’s psyche expertly, making his loss and fear visceral and sympathetic, rather than part of a trope.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062323422
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Series:
Valentine Valley Series , #6
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
380,476
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Emma Cane grew up reading, and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, Colorado, a small town of her own creation nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband, Jim, and two rambunctious dogs, Apollo and Uma. Emma also writes USA Today bestselling novels under the name Gayle Callen.

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Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Do you like sexy cowboys with a secret soft spot? If so , this book is for you. Will is sexy, funny, sweet, stubborn and in love with Lyndsay, even if he denies it until the very end. Lyndsay is smart, sweet and in love with a man who thinks he can't give her the future she wants. There are plenty of cute, funny and sexy moments as well as some sad ones as Will and Lyndsay navigate through their evolving relationship. Overall a solid small town romance that will leave you wanting to read more about its occupants. Can be read as a standalone, but there are couples from previous book mentioned in this one.  ARC via Edelweiss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Good story. Ready to go to to the next
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch is a truly sweet and endearing contemporary romance with cowboy charm. Will Sweet has never given his heart to anyone after the untimely death of his high school sweet heart. Still blaming himself for not preventing her accident, Will truly has himself tied up with guilt. He is known as a player but no woman can hold him too long. Lyndsay DeLuca is a math teacher and a ghost writer of a steamy new romance. She’s kept her writing dreams a secret from everyone, but now that her book is being published she knows the truth will come out. She is also shocked by the realization that her hero is based strongly on Will Sweet, the hunky cowboy who has stayed on her radar all these years. Lyndsay decides to give her dream guy a shot but will he break her heart? Smart, sexy and strong, Lyndsay has a delightful personality that call for you to become friends.  Although Will is very caught up in his guilt, it was delightful to see Lyndsay chip away at his resolve and make him see that there is more to the half life he’s been living. This sweet and endearing romance is a fast, easy and entertaining story to just enjoy. I received this ARC copy of Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch from Avon Books for a honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars---EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH is the sixth installment in Emma Cane’s adult, contemporary Valentine Valley romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends and family in and around Valentine Valley, Colorado. This is elementary school teacher and aspiring writer Lyndsay De Luca, and rancher Will Sweet’s storyline-a friends to lovers trope that finds our heroine with a heartbreaking decision. EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty but for cohesion, I would suggest reading in order as the author references many previous storyline scenarios and a number of the previous storyline couples/characters play secondary and supporting roles throughout. Told from third person point of view EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH follows a slow dance of seduction between two friends who have known one another for years. Lyndsay is a thirty something woman looking towards the future-love, happiness, marriage and family, and has been in love with Will Sweet since high school but Will’s heart and soul belonged and still belongs to another. Will has been unable to let go of the past; his high school girlfriend died as a result of a tragic accident and he has shouldered the blame and guilt for close to fifteen years. As the storyline unfolds, Lyndsay realizes that Will will never move forward until he rids himself of the burgeoning remorse and grief. When Will is unable to give Lyndsay a future, Lyndsay will walk away leaving a heartbroken Will with only his memories of the past. No woman can compete with the memory of a ghost and in this Will’s former girlfriend is always a constant presence in Will and Lyndsay’s relationship. There are a couple of secondary storylines weaving throughout the novel. Our heroine Lyndsay prepares for the release of her first romance novel and with it comes the anxiety, hope and desperation of every new author. Trying to keep the information and book a secret is virtually impossible when the town gossips and old ladies from the Widows Boarding House as well as the gang at Tony’s Tavern appear bound and determined to promote Lyndsay at every opportunity. The bigger issue-Lyndsay’s romance hero is eerily similar to the man that she loves-Will Sweet-and Will knows nothing about the upcoming release. EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH also follows the local elections for the Valentine Valley Historical Society wherein the elder stateswomen compete for the position of President but with it comes past betrayals and memories of stolen loves. The colorful secondary and supporting characters play a continuous role wherein the reader is reintroduced to old friends, family and future loves. The storyline and thusly the relationship between Will and Lyndsay is very slow to build. Lyndsay knows from the outset that Will is not capable of finding happiness with any other woman than the one that he lost, and in this her time with Will is heartbreakingly futile. Will’s grief and overwhelming guilt is all encompassing but fifteen years of guilt for an accident of which he was not responsible has affected his relationship with family, friends and all of the women with whom he has dated. In this, Will’s constant need to emotionally beat himself up came across as unnecessary and self sacrificing. There is only so much misdirected guilt, self-depricating and whining before the reader no longer feels sympathy towards said character. EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH is an ensemble storyline of building romance, letting go and falling in love. In the end, the relationship issue resolved itself very quickly and in this, I was a little disappointed that through it all, I believe, Will has yet to truly come to terms with the death of his girlfriend and how it has affected his entire life and the lives of everyone he loves. I wish Lyndsay all the best in her HEA with Will Sweet.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Let’s return to Valentine Valley where everyone knows your name (and your business) with Emma Cane’s latest release, Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch.   I’ve only read one of the earlier titles in this series, but the feel-good, homey vibe of this story could not have come at a better time this year.  Emma Cane’s stories are just that, comfy and cozy, like curling up in the best ever comfy chair with cocoa, cookies and a good book. You can’t beat that ever.   In this book, Lyndsay De Luca is living the dream, or is it a nightmare? A math teacher in town, she’s secretly harbored a desire to be a published romance author, and her dream is coming true. But revealing this secret, and the rather steamy book, could damage her reputation. But that’s not worst of all: her hero is based on her long-term crush, Will, and now people will see and know.   Will Sweet is the man of Lyndsay’s dreams, yet ostensibly untouchable. The death of his high-school sweetheart wounded him deeply, and he can’t move past his feelings of guilt for not doing more to protect her. Closed off from his feelings, he won’t allow another person  to get close to him, and while women are a constant diversion, none are around long enough to penetrate his walls.   Lyndsay’s personality and approach are delightful: she’s strong, smart, cares about her work with kids and can’t quite reconcile the Will  she fantasizes about with this casual yet closed-off man that he is now.  Starting with a solid friendship, you can see the sparks between  them, but Will’s ability to ignore big flashing neon lights is a true gift.  He’s intrigued, but scared, so ignore seems to be his go-to option.   Until little by little, his friendship with Lyndsay starts to work magic on his own guilt and fears.  Watching these two dance around their attraction and connection, well, when Will finally removes his blinders and sees, is a lovely and  sweet story to follow. Their relationship grows organically, with readers cheering them both on from the start.  Interactions and repeat  appearances from characters from earlier stories add a nice touch, and a touch of meddling, but everyone can see that these two are meant to be. The joy is seeing them get there.  A perfect story when the weather is rainy, the pollen is aggravating and you just want to be assured of a smile and some warm fuzzies, you won’t go wrong with this book.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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