Choosing dare had definitely been a bad idea. When her best friend dared her to kiss a cowboy, by-the-book event planner Beth Brannigan should have said no, especially when she saw who it was. Instead, she said please…again and again. But if he finds out she’s the sister of one of his military buddies, she can kiss him good-bye.
Former Army Ranger Brick Mitchum isn’t a relationship kind of guy. But when Beth kisses his socks off, he starts to wonder if she’s the exception and that maybe it’s time he settled down. She’s mysterious. Unpredictable. Curvy in every way he needs… And apparently the completely off-limits sister of a good friend. If her brother finds out she’s sleeping with Brick, he’ll kill him, but Brick is beginning to think she's worth the risk.
Each book in the Men of at Ease Ranch series is STANDALONE:
* In a Ranger’s Arms
* Her Secret Ranger
* The Right Ranger
* Army Ranger with Benefits
* The Army Ranger's Surprise
About the Author
Donna Michaels is an award winning, New York Times&USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy, primal alphas. With a husband in the military full time, and a household of nine, she never runs out of material to write, and has rightfully earned the nickname Lucy…and sometimes Ethel. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even being hand drawn into a Japanese translation. Now, if only she could read it.
To learn more about Donna Michaels and her books, or to join her mailing list, visit www.DonnaMichealsAuthor.com
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Her Secret Ranger
The Men of at Ease Ranch
By Donna Michaels, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2017 Donna Michaels
All rights reserved.
It wasn't every day Elizabeth Brannigan ate lunch amidst a backdrop of handsome cowboys. Unless you counted her "Hot Cowboy of the Month" office calendar.
This was so much better.
She followed her friend through the sexy scenery ambling about the Braxton fairgrounds in a flurry of Stetsons and tight-fitting Wranglers to a shaded area just left of the entrance where a picnic table nestled under a big oak tree. Most afternoons she polished off a salad as she multitasked behind her desk at Chadwick Events in Austin. For nearly two years the same scenario had played out — Beth did the legwork and her boss, Georgina, jumped in at the last minute to smile, schmooze with the clients, and take the credit.
Nope. Today Beth was in charge — of the Stafford wedding, at least — and was having lunch with the bride-to-be. Georgina's emergency appendectomy ten days ago required weeks of recovery, which left Beth heading to central Texas to oversee the wedding of her childhood friend, Rachel, to one of the mayor's sons.
A wedding that had just been bumped up nearly four months.
It's not like her friend had had much choice. Her fiancé's dad had decided to run for mayor again in the fall, and the summer was shot with Jake lecturing at several medical conferences.
A last-second spring wedding, it is.
"How long will your boss be out?" Rachel asked. Her friend was the reason Chadwick Events had landed the mayor's account in the first place. The account was not only personal — Beth was in the wedding, too — it was a chance to prove she could handle an event on her own.
"The doctor said four to six weeks," she replied. "Georgina is already climbing the walls, and it's only been ten days." If the two phone calls she received a day were any indication.
"Are you staying longer this time?"
Two weeks ago, before her boss's surgery, Beth had stopped in to touch base, then headed back home to tie up a few things at work. "Yep. I'm here until after your wedding."
"The whole twelve days? That's great!" Rachel beamed. "Why don't you stay with me? My relatives aren't going to start arriving until next week. And when they do, we can double up."
As much as Beth liked spending time with her friend, she didn't want to play third wheel. Just because Rachel's fiancé had temporarily moved out until after the wedding didn't mean the guy stayed away. Hearing the couple getting busy wasn't her idea of a great time. "That's sweet of you to offer, but I'm fine at the hotel."
"I just hate to see you pay for it when I have two spare bedrooms."
"It's okay. The company will cover the bill," she reassured, then deliberately took a bite of her quesadilla in hopes of putting that subject to rest.
Frugal was practically Beth's middle name. She'd missed many middle school and high school events in order to help her mother save money after her father had died. Her friend knew about all of it and, thankfully, let the subject drop.
Rachel waved a plastic fork at her. "If you change your mind, you know where I live. It'll be like old times."
Old times weren't exactly something Beth wanted to relive. Left with a young daughter and son, and a horse ranch already in arears, her mother had packed them up and moved them in with their grandmother in Austin. Next door to Rachel. While her mother had worked long hours, and her brother worked part time after school to help pay off the mound of debt that followed them, Beth had spent her free time at Rachel's. A bright spot in a sad chapter of her life.
"... should check out the Roadhouse, since it's down the block from your hotel."
At the sound of her friend's voice, Beth blinked and brought her mind back to the present where it belonged.
"They have line dancing tonight," Rachel added.
She nodded. "I know."
Rachel frowned. "You do?"
Whoops. She hadn't planned on talking about that. "Yeah. Um, I saw it on the sign." And experienced it firsthand ... along with the hunk of a cowboy she'd met there two weekends ago. She'd even invited the guy to her hotel room. Two nights in a row.
It was crazy. She didn't have sex with strangers. She didn't do those things. She was responsible and boring and never rocked the boat. Heck, before that cowboy, Beth could count on three fingers how many times she'd had sex. But there was just something about the tall, broad, devilishly handsome man with chiseled features, sexy dimples, and teasing brown gaze. She'd been drawn to him like kittens to cream. He made her laugh and feel good, and for once in her life, she allowed herself to let go and enjoy the moment.
"Are you going to go?" Rachel asked between bites. "Jake and I would come with you, but we have his family dinner thing tonight."
Going would be a mistake. What if he was there? The hot cowboy was supposed to just be a weekend thing, not a two-weekend thing. Then there was the other side of the coin. What if he was there and wasn't interested?
Her fragile fledgling wings couldn't take the rejection.
No. It was best she stay in her hotel room. Going would be stupid. She wasn't stupid. She would definitely avoid the Roadhouse.
Beth shrugged. "I don't know. I'll probably watch some Netflix on my laptop."
"I think you should go. In fact, I think you need to go." Determination firmed her friend's lips as she set down her fork and cocked her head. "When's the last time you had any fun?"
Two Sundays ago. To the wee hours of the morning. She'd had so much fun she'd been sore in places she didn't know existed. A smile tugged her lips. Boy, that man had stamina.
But that was in the past. He was in her past, and she needed to concentrate on her job.
She smiled at her friend. "I'm having fun now. It's great to spend time with you."
"I agree. It's nice to see you again." Rachel nodded. "But that's not the kind of fun I'm talking about, and you know it. I'm talking about man fun."
Not the best time to finish off her bottle of water. Beth choked on the last mouthful, miraculously managing to swallow it down instead of treating Rachel to a shower.
"See? Just mentioning it has you flustered." Her friend chuckled. "What you need is a good cowboy and a bit of fun. No worrying about money, or work, or your brother beating the crap out of him."
Rachel cocked her head. "I remember that day, too. Not easy to forget Cord and my brother barging in, or how they expedited the departure of our dates."
Tucker Hanson had been teaching Beth how to French kiss. That was it. The poor kid. He wasn't pawing at her or anything like that. They were sitting on the couch with their clothes on.
Didn't matter to Cord.
Beth shuddered as phantom mortification washed over her. "I've never been so embarrassed in my life. I was eighteen, but Cord acted like I was twelve."
He still did, at least when it came to men. No one was good enough. And heaven forbid she should look twice at a military guy. Which made no sense to her. He'd been in the military and had a solid bond with his Ranger buddies. Heck, he'd gone into business with them, so not all military guys could be bad. Still, she often wondered why he'd never brought any of them home, or invited her and her mom to the ranch where he lived, or talked about them by name. He only ever referred to them by nickname — Straight-Shooter, Capicola, Romeo, Nikon, and Falcon, the one who had died.
Was he worried she'd hook up with one of them? She'd never do that to him.
"I had to treat you that way, Lizzie," Cord said, appearing out of nowhere, using his finely honed ninja skills to scare the beejezus out of her. "Lizzie" was all that kept her from falling out of her seat. Her brother was the only person who called her that.
"Cord!" She sprang to her feet. "You scared me, as usual."
He wrapped his arms around her and gave her a big hug. "Yeah, and as usual, you never realized the spell you put on the opposite sex, both back then and now."
She snickered. He was the one who put a spell on the opposite sex. Right now, she caught several women staring at her with envy. Taking advantage of the rare opportunity, Beth gave him another squeeze. "I didn't know you were going to be in Braxton today." The ranch he lived on and part owned, At-Ease, was in Joyful, about forty minutes away.
He patted her back. "Neither did I, but we came into some unexpected money, so I'm here with Romeo to check out the livestock auction. He's parking while I go register."
There he went with the nicknames again. But if one of them was with him, would she actually get to meet the guy? She barely resisted trying to peek over his shoulder to see if the other man was standing there.
Rachel rose to her feet. "Hi, Cord. It's great to see you again."
He released Beth and turned to nod at her friend. "I hear congratulations are in order."
"Yes." Her friend smiled. "The wedding's in twelve days. You should come. I know my brother would love to catch up with you."
"Thanks. I'll try, but that last storm has kept us pretty busy. Foxtrot has jobs lined up for the next few weeks."
Rachel frowned. "I heard the tornado touched down in Joyful. I hope everyone's okay."
Beth had heard that, too, but Cord never let on it was bad. But now she had the impression there was quite a bit more he hadn't told her. Typical. Her brother always did shield her from trouble. He put the O in overprotective. It was damned annoying.
"Did it hit your ranch?" Beth asked when he didn't answer.
He shrugged. "The men's quarters and the barn were damaged. Two other buildings were destroyed."
Her heart stopped then rocked in her chest. "Jesus, Cord. You said you were okay. Was anyone hurt?"
The ranch her brother and three of his buddies owned was a place for veterans to stay if they needed time to adjust back into society. The former Rangers also operated a construction company that employed veterans. She knew they'd been working hard to get both off the ground for more than half a year now.
"The men are fine. It's the buildings that need fixing."
So did his head.
Her chest squeezed tight. God, they could've all been hurt. Or worse. "That's not all that needs fixing. Quit shutting your family out. This misguided notion of yours that you need to keep us 'safe' is ridiculous. And old. Very old."
He shrugged again. "There wasn't really anything you could do."
Didn't excuse his silence on the matter. "Newsflash — we can take it." She folded her arms across her chest to keep from throttling him.
"Listen, you can rip me a new one when we meet for lunch on Tuesday." He leaned in to kiss her cheek. "But right now, I've got to go register before the auction starts." He turned and tipped his hat to Rachel before disappearing into a sea of cowboys.
No sign of his buddy, Romeo. Rats.
"I see he hasn't changed much since retiring from the Army."
She shook her head. "No. He's just as bullheaded. If his buddies are anything like him, that ranch must ooze testosterone."
She was glad he'd moved out with his friends, though. He had something to do. A purpose. Losing one of his buddies in combat had changed her brother. His once brilliant green eyes were dark and haunted, and his mouth always seemed set in either a straight line or a scowl.
She missed his smile.
She missed him.
"So, about oozing testosterone and you having fun ..." Rachel knocked shoulders with her.
She laughed at her friend's change of subject as they retook their seats. "Hell would freeze over before Cord ever allowed me to have fun with any of his military buddies. Probably why I've never met them or been to his ranch. But I'm not here to have fun. I'm in Braxton to help you finalize everything for your wedding. Like, yesterday."
Rachel laughed, settling in across from her. "You make it sound like a chore. Okay, yeah, it is. But at least my gown and the bridesmaids' gowns are picked out, and invitations are sent. We only have the final fitting, and food, and cake, and flowers, and linens, and ..." She went a little pale. "Oh my God, there's still so much to do!"
Beth reached across the table to set a hand on Rachel's arm. "It's all right. I'm here to help you take care of all that." It was going to take a miracle to pull all of it off, but that's what Beth specialized in — miracles. They'd already had preliminary meetings, and she'd managed to get follow-ups scheduled nearly every day that week. "We're on schedule. Take a deep breath. We'll make this fun."
Her friend took a few deep, cleansing breaths. "Great idea. That's exactly what we need." A wicked gleam sparked in Rachel's blue gaze, sending up a red flag in Beth's brain. "I know what we should do. Let's play truth or dare."
Beth drew back and adamantly shook her head. "Let's not."
"Come on. We could both use something to lighten things up. So, let's see ..." Her friend's gaze narrowed as she tapped a finger on her chin. "I can't help but feel there's something you're not telling me about the Roadhouse. The fact you knew about the line dancing has my Spidey sense tingling. So ... truth: Did you meet someone there the last time you were in town?"
Damn. She'd forgotten about her friend's astute superpower. "What are you talking about?"
Rachel's amused, albeit determined, blue gaze bore deep. "Either tell me the truth about that weekend or take a dare."
Beth didn't do dares. Ever. She'd always taken the "truth" option of the game during their adolescence. She couldn't risk reprimands or hospital bills back then. Not much had changed. But she wasn't about to reveal her sexy cowboy weekend, either. With a lift of her chin, she held Rachel's gaze. "Dare."
The bugger's grin grew wicked as satisfaction gleamed in her eyes. "I dare you to kiss the next cowboy who walks through the gate."
Beth gasped. "I can't do that! What if he's married?" She jumped to her feet and headed to a nearby trash can to toss her garbage. "Not happening."
Rachel followed and shrugged. "You have to. You chose dare. But, I'll amend it to: you have to kiss the next single cowboy who walks through the gate. We'll watch for wedding rings. And just because you're not looking doesn't mean you can ignore the da ... amn." Her friend blinked. "Wow, Beth. I almost wish you'd given me the dare. Turn around and check out your 'single' cowboy."
Without giving her the chance to protest, Rachel grasped Beth's shoulders and physically turned her to face the gate and one hell of a sexy cowboy. Well over six foot of solid muscle that rippled under a black T-shirt and a pair of jeans hugging lean hips and thighs, the guy oozed hotness she felt with an invisible wave of heat.
Her throat went dry. It was ... him. The cowboy from two weeks ago. Seriously? What were the chances he'd walk back into her life at that exact moment? "Uh ..."
"I know, right? And there's not a wedding ring in sight. Now go over there and kiss him." Her snickering friend pushed her after the hunk striding toward the livestock section of the fair. "Go on before he gets away. Or is that what you wanted?"
She gulped. Pulled herself together. The knowing tone in her friend's voice revealed she expected Beth to chicken out.
Any other time, yes, she'd lose the dare. It was childish and irresponsible, and she didn't have time for foolish games. But she did have time to help her friend de-stress. Her friend who was also her client. It was Beth's duty to put her client at ease. So, technically, it was her duty to kiss the sexy cowboy whose body she knew as well as her own.
That was her story and she was sticking to it.
"Fine. I'll do it."
Rachel squealed and clapped her hands.
Grasping bravado with two fists, Beth set her shoulders, lifted her chin, and marched after the hot guy striding away from her down the fairway. So what if she'd decided he was part of her past? The opportunity was too good to pass up. Things like this never happened to her.
Zigzagging around fairgoers, she avoided running into two children wearing a blue coating of cotton candy, and closed in on her prey. Her confidence rose with each step. Not only had she received her first ever dare, she was actually in the position to have the upper hand on the challenge.
A flicker of guilt and a touch of anxiety mixed with excitement. She pushed them both aside and smiled when the cowboy suddenly stiffened and came to a halt. It was as if he could feel her presence as sure as she could feel his. Not wanting Rachel to see the guy's expression, Beth didn't give him a chance to turn around. She slid in front of him, her anxiety fading at the pleasure curving his mouth into a sexy grin, dimpling his cheeks.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 stars I purchased a copy of the novella The Men At- Ease Ranch Series book 2 : Her Secret Army Ranger by Donna Michaels and this review was given freely. Beth goes to finish a last minute wedding and comes across a former one night stand who just happens to be one of her brother Cord's fellow ex-rangers, Brick. This complicated novella is ironically humorous and very steamy as the live of the men from the ranch evolve and intermix.
Beth Brannigan is a by-the-book kind of woman, so when she takes a crazy dare given by her best friend, she almost backs out until she sees who it is. Now her fling is becoming so much more. This was a really good story and a fairly quick read. I liked both characters and there was plenty of storyline mixed with hawtness. While the idea of a seems a little silly, it set up for the perfect opener between the main characters. While I thought both characters were fine the way they were, there’s really not much build on characterization, at least for Brick. You get a good sense of the type of guy he is, but not a lot of back story. This didn’t detract for me at all though. I can’t wait to read more books from this author. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Hard to put down
The Men of At Ease Ranch are hot sexy and all that good girl or even a bad girl could desire. These men each have something different to fall in love with and dream about each and every night. There’s an edge of danger and action. All of it was not coming from the opposing side of things. This was a good read that held me from beginning to end. Beth loves her brother but getting involved with one of his army friends would not make him happy. But she was tempted or dared which ever you like to say. Then she just couldn’t stop herself. One thing lead to another thing then another thing. Then somewhere in there the truth got lost or forgotten. Beth presents a good case of oops I forgot. But with Brick’s hot sexy cowboy, alpha bad boy attitude she just doesn’t really put up much of a fight. I found this one just added more ummmph to The Men of At Ease Ranch series. If you read one pick it up if you haven’t still pick it up. Get to know some sexy hot cowboys that just may surprise you with the skills they come equipped with.
Her Secret Rangeris sweet ex-military cowboy love story. Great easy read with interesting plot and great develop characters. Both Brick and Beth are great developed and I just love the passion that combined those two. I understand both of them, Beth why did she kept the secrets and Brick with his code. But in the end it all turns out to be good.
Brick and Beth start on a dare of a kiss and find mutual attraction. Can they keep it going with her brother's approval. The reader is taken back to the Men at Ease Ranch with the chuckles and sighs as these two find their hearts. Really enjoyed visiting these guys again and looking forward to the next soldier to find his heart. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
I read the first book an loved it so I knew I was going to love this one too. I was right. I gobbled up this book quickly. I was hooked in by the characters. They were delightful. Beth and Brick have a secret fling going on, but soon the secret Beth keeps is a whole lot different stakes. I liked Beth and Brick together. Beth is good for Brick. She brings out a different side to him that shocks his buddies. I liked seeing Lula Belle is up her shenanigans. It does set up for the next book in the series and I can't wait!
3.5 stars Her Secret Ranger was an enjoyable read. The storyline was sweet, fun and kept my attention from start to end. Brick and Beth were likable characters and I enjoyed how their relationship unfolded. Overall, Her Secret Ranger was a quick and heartwarming read. The Men of At Ease Ranch by Donna Michaels has been a great read, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them.
Her Secret Ranger is the second book in The Men of At Ease Ranch series by Donna Michaels this is Beth and Brick's story. We met Brick in his brother Stone's book In a Ranger's Arms, he was quiet and brooding but there was something about him that had me intrigued. To me Donna Michaels writes in such a way that she makes her secondary and tertiary characters just as captivating as the main couple. Beth has an overbearing family...or should I say brother, and boss that would make most people quit. Wanting to take a little time for herself she cuts loose one weekend and has a two night stand with a HOT cowboy that she not only didn't exchange numbers with but she didn't even get his last name...she seriously never thought she would see him again, but sometimes fate interferes and brings the hotness back into your life for a reason. Brick aka Romeo NEVER sleeps with a women more than once because he has no intention of starting a relationship with anyone, well that is until he breaks his one night rule with a fiery redhead that he not only spends two nights in bed with but continues to think of her after she left town. This story has a little angst but nothing over the top. This was a sweet, sexy read and it was fun watching this Romeo fall to his knees for his one and only Juliette.
What a fun sexy book! Beth and Brick sizzled on the pages. Their chemistry and banter was fun and flirty. The exchanges between Brick and his Ranger brothers were hilarious. Lula Belle was still a funny scene stealer with Jovy. It was great to see Stone and Jovy quite a bit in this book. I loved how independent and strong Beth was. Not wanting the men to help her, especially her brother. And I loved how Jovy took charge in a certain situation that brought about the happy ending. Beth and her brother, Cord, were very close and I loved how they responded to one another. This was definitely a great addition to the series. Just got me wondering who would be next. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
"Her Secret Ranger" (The Men Of At Ease Ranch Book 2) by Donna Michaels is a great read. I loved Brick and Beth's story. This story is packed with romance, passion, humor, hot cowboy soldiers, close friends, veterans, entertaining and interesting characters, drama, happily ever afters, and more. I can not wait to see what happens next with the guys of At Ease Ranch! Lula-Belle cracked me up, again! Highly recommend to all fans of romance, cowboys, military, and series.
Egad what a hot story! I fell in loves with the Easy Ranch boys in book 1 and this next book does not disappoint! Brick and Beth are brilliantly responsive to each other and the emotional climb from one-nighter to an actual relationship was flawlessly written! They have more in common than they thought and Beth foes find it weird due to the link between Brick and her brother and the roller-coaster of feelings she must have been feeling were conveyed so well! An absolutely stonker of a read that tugs on the heart strings as well as the girly parts! Fantastic series - please keep them coming!!
This book reminded me so much of another series that is similar yet slightly different too. I love reading about military men and this one is a great addition to this series of these hot, yet wary men. This story is told mainly from Beth's POV but we also get the guys insight too. The author adds fuel to the flame in a quick manner and the pages are lit up with hot action and drool worthy descriptions that capture your attention. This book was difficult to put down so I was happy I was able to read it all in one shot. A great read with plenty of action and interest. While I have not read part one, I was not at a loss. It as easy to follow and yet I want to go grab book one. I have a feeling that one also has sparks flying! * Copy received for review consideration
This is a great second book in the Men of At Ease Ranch. Not necessary to read the first book but you will recognize character and know about them by reading it first. Beth is in town to plan her friend's wedding. While there she hooks up with Brick, a local cowboy. It's laid back and just sex till it's not an they start spending more time together. When Beth realizes Brick works with her brother, she starts to freak out as there's an unwritten pact about not dating your military brother's sister. So Beth lies and then has a hard time trying to see both her brother and Brick at separate times. Disaster strikes but it was a great read getting there. I love how Donna introduces the two characters for her next book but it's done quietly. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read.
Her Secret Ranger by Donna Michaels is Book 2 of The Men of At Ease Ranch Series. While this story is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Hawt dayum this book is absolutely scrumptious! Cowboys/rangers and a best friend’s sister troupe make this perfect combo of a read. The connection between Brick and Beth is sizzling hot and will suck you in from page one. Nicely done Ms. Michaels. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
This story should have been called My Sexy, Sexy, Secret Ranger. Brick Mitchum has earned his nickname “Romeo” for a reason, he loves women… for a single night. With love in the air at the At-Ease ranch and after meeting Beth, Brick has been having second thoughts about relationships. Especially since this sweet and sexy buxom woman has been occupying more and more of his thoughts and heart. When even organizer Beth Brannigan went to help with her best friend’s wedding, she never thought she would have a fling with a cowboy, after all, her definition of adventure normally consisted in color codding her planner. Thinking Beth needs son fun and excitement in her life, her friend dares her to kiss a stranger, Beth was happily surprised to see the lucky man was her secret cowboy and didn’t hesitate to slap on a big ‘ol smooch which lead to more kisses, more dates, and just plain more. But when Beth figures out her secret cowboy is actually a ranger who served alongside her brother, she knows things will go south. Can she convince Brick to give them a shot after she tells him who she is? I read the first book in the series and was charmed by the characters, the small town and Lula Belle the cow. Yes a cow made me smile! And I couldn’t wait to read about the other Mitchum brother. This is a sexier read than the previous book, a much, much sexier one that fogged up my eReader from the get go because the protagonist just couldn’t seem to take their hands off each other. Building from their irresistible attraction, their relationship goes from fling to f-al-ling in love between laughs and sensual touches and a lot of sneaking around in Beth’s case after she gathers Brick is her brother’s Army Ranger friend. Even though she’s a grown woman and shouldn’t base her decisions on other people’s opinions, I did understand where she came from and the cloak and dagger made for some humorous situations, and when the time came to fess up I wanted to slap her brother and Brick over the head for being so silly. I loved having Lula Belle, Stone, Jovy and the rest of the men from the At Ease ranch back. I can’t wait to read about Cord, Beth’s brother. Her Secret Ranger is book #2 in the Men At Ease Ranch series by Donna Michaels. This a fun, sexy and fast standalone romance, told from both points of view with a happy ending and introduction to the next couple in the series.
This story is heartwarming, fun and HOT! Brick and Beth burn up the pages until they get busted! Oooops!! Highly recommended for all romance readers that enjoy a HOT cowboy/veteran with a big heart and a fun, independent event planner this story is for you!!
I loved book 1 of the series, In a Ranger’s Arms, and was looking forward to this one. I am sorry to say I was disappointed. The story centers around Brick and Elizabeth (Lizzie/Beth), an assistant event planner whose brother, Cord, was an Army Ranger and who, with his buddies, is running a ranch for returned Vets. One of his buddies is Brick. They meet in a bar not knowing that Cord was a common denominator in their lives. Cord has kept Beth/Lizzie away from his buddies and they in turn have a rule , Do Not Date a buddy’s sister. Beth/Lizzie figures it out who Brick is 1/3 of the way through the story , but not Brick. The 1st 1/4 of the book was good as was the last 1/5 of the book. In between, it was repetitive , lots of sex , more repetition, more sex, and Beth/Lizzie keeping secrets. That said, I am looking forward to Cord’s story. I was gifted this book by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
This is a fun, sexy read in The Men of At Ease Ranch series. It's book two, but is a stand alone novel. Beth is an event planner that is in town planning her best friend's wedding and a few other events. While there, she meets Brick - a very hot guy she had a one night stand (two?) with. When she sees him again, they are both stunned, but immediately pick back up again. She has no idea what his last name is or the name of his ranch. Her brother also lives on a ranch that he has kept private from his family. Before long, Beth figures out that they're both part of the same ranch. This is a fun story that is very predicable, however the way the story is told is fun and engaging. Fans of the genre will enjoy this book and it is worth adding to your TBR list.