Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention.
Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.
Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.
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In A Ranger's Arms
The Men Of At Ease Ranch
By Donna Michaels, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Donna Michaels
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Could the day get any worse?
Shutting down his computer, Stone Mitchum silently cursed his stupidity. After a decade as an Army Ranger, he knew better than to tempt fate with such a blatant thought. Too many times he'd witnessed others throw caution to the wind and invariably pay for the mistake in the end. Not him. Caution was his middle name. Until lately. Jackass seemed more fitting. Like now, thanks to that wayward thought, he just invited more shit to rain down on his sorry ass today.
Way to go, Stone Jackass Mitchum.
With a grunt, he closed his laptop and stood, unsure if the creaking sound came from his knees or the old oak desk barely noticeable under a mound of papers and receipts. He glanced around the small office, just big enough to house the desk, chair, filing cabinet, and worn sofa ... covered in more paperwork and receipts. At least the holes in the green plaid cushions were no longer visible.
Organizing the ranch office was on Stone's to-do list, but not a top priority at the moment. Today was rent day, and for a change, he was the collector, not the payee. And after the last two emails he'd just read, he had some serious scrambling to do.
The first was from the bank reminding him the loan payment on the ranch was overdue. Again. The second was from a new tenant, insisting she'd already paid her first payment. His bank account said otherwise. Was this what he had to look forward to with her for the next few weeks? If he hadn't been so damn desperate for money to keep the ranch and business afloat, he never would've signed a tenant who wanted to rent one of his storefronts in town for only one month. Good thing he insisted she start her lease early. Too bad the woman was tough to pin down for payment. He was right tired of dealing with the northerner through emails. It was time to have a face-to-face with this Jovy person.
He came around his desk and grimaced. What kind of a name was Jovy, anyway? The pain was probably one of those eternally happy people who constantly smiled, chewed gum, and drew hearts in her signature.
A few more curses rumbled in his throat as the door to the office swung open and his older brother Brick strode in, smudges of grease clinging to his jeans and chiseled face, while a troubled gaze mirrored Stone's discontent. Great. Looked like he wasn't the only one having a bad day.
The two of them, along with their buddies Vince and Cord, had been working nonstop for weeks on end to get their construction business off the ground. Requests for estimates from word of mouth started to trickle in. If they kept up the pace — provided nothing broke down — they'd be operating in the black by the end of next week. That meant they could hire more veterans.
The very goal of Foxtrot Construction — to give returning veterans a purpose, a reason to exist, and a place to stay on their ranch, if needed.
"Damn backhoe's broken again." The scowling giant tossed his large frame on the sofa, sending papers and receipts cascading onto the worn wooden floor.
One more thing to add to Stone's never ending to-do list. Stripping and staining the oak planks. The chore fell right below organizing the office. Damn list was getting bigger every day.
"Yo! Did you hear me, little brother?" A brow quirked over a set of dark eyes and tired expression Stone knew too well. It mirrored his, except Stone had gray eyes and a slimmer face. "The backhoe's broken, again."
He sighed. So much for avoiding broken equipment. But considering nothing they owned was brand-new, breakdowns were expected. Good thing Cord was an ace mechanic.
"I heard you." Twelve months younger and shorter by one inch, although the way his brother teased you'd swear it was a whole damn foot, Stone leaned his six-foot-two-inch frame against the front of the desk. It creaked in protest again. He sympathized.
The ranch he purchased from his dad eight months ago with his brother and their two former Army Ranger buddies seemed like a great deal at the time. The large homestead, built by his grandfather, had been the perfect size and location to give returning veterans a safe place to stay while readjusting to civilian life. Or so they thought. Thousands of dollars and man-hours later, he wasn't so sure. The repairs seemed endless, and he had the added burden of knowing his brother wanted to leave but wouldn't until the ranch was fixed and the business was making a profit. Stone felt old and worn out like his desk. And their bank account.
He blew out a breath. "What's wrong with it now?"
He stiffened. "Gone? Or broken?"
"Does it matter?"
"Hell yeah, it matters. Is someone stealing stuff or is the damn thing broken?"
Frowning, Brick slowly rose to his feet, never breaking eye contact. "Relax. No one is stealing anything. It's broken. Like your patience. Jeez, bro, you need to get laid."
He resisted flipping the jerk the bird. Barely. "Forget about my fucking sex life and worry about the damn backhoe."
Amusement sparkled in his brother's eyes. "But your sex life is more interesting. Or lack thereof."
Stone snorted. "Then you need a new hobby."
"No." Brick stepped forward and gripped Stone's shoulders. "You need a new sex life. You haven't been out on a date in nearly nine months."
A fierce, sudden urge to smash something ripped through Stone, but he remained rigid and still. Nine months ago, their friend Leo attempted suicide and almost died. A fact that never failed to crush Stone's chest with an invisible force. Would the anger and self-loathing ever go away? Probably not. Still, Brick didn't deserve his wrath.
As if sensing the inner battle, his astute brother tightened his hold. "We all blame ourselves. But you need to snap out of it."
If it weren't for the concern darkening the guy's already-weary gaze, Stone could've been persuaded to release a little of that anger. But his brother's anxiety neutralized the aggression surging through Stone's veins.
Damn. He hadn't meant to worry anyone. Hell, he hadn't even realized others had been keeping track of his lack of liaisons.
Brick released him and grinned. "Then prove it. Come with us to the Beer and Steer later. You haven't gone out with me and the guys in months."
"Because I've been too busy trying to run things," he countered. "And there's always something that needs fixing on the ranch."
Besides, he didn't deserve to have fun.
"Try again, shorty." His brother smirked. "We've done a damn good job of turning the stables into quarters, fixing the barn for the horses, and tackling some repairs on this old ranch house."
"And with the exception of the dead starter, Cord has brought all the other equipment back to life," his brother added.
Also true. Their buddy was very useful with any kind of tool you shoved in his hands.
Brick folded his arms over his broad chest and stared him down. "I'm aware you take care of the business side of things, for which I'm eternally grateful, but you know what they say: all business and no play makes Stone a very dull rock."
A grin twitched his lips. He punched his brother's shoulder as he straightened from the desk. "You're a goof, and I need to go collect the rent, unless you happen to be heading into town for that starter?"
"No. Sorry, bro." Brick shook his head. "I already called old Skeeter. He doesn't have one in stock. I came in here to use the laptop to order one online. You're going to have to go collect the rent yourself." A mischievous gleam entered his brother's eyes. "You know, I heard the new tenant is pretty. Curvy, too. She could be just what you need to get back into the game. Help you clean the lead out of your pipes."
Ah hell, not that again. "Give it a rest, Brick." He scoffed. "I don't care what she looks like. I'm not interested."
"Ha!" His brother's bark of laughter bounced off the walls. "You say that now, but one day, some pretty girl is going to come along and your deprived body is going to overrule your stubborn-ass mind."
Not bothering to reply, Stone headed for the door. He wasn't stubborn. His brother was stubborn. Trying to change that mule-head's mind once it was made was like talking to a brick wall. Smiling at his poor joke, he grabbed his Stetson off the hook by the door and shoved it on his head.
"Don't forget to meet us at the Beer and Steer later."
Yep, damn brick wall.
He lifted his hand in a mock salute before pivoting around on his old Justins and marching out the door to go saddle his horse. The ranch was only three miles from town, and Stone was always looking for ways to cut costs. Plenty of folks saved gas money by riding their horses instead of driving vehicles. Hell, old Skeeter rode his tractor around town.
Using a horse was smart. Besides, they enjoyed the exercise. Especially his colt. Galahad was two, and taller and bigger than most stock horses. The white-and-brown paint was always the talk of the town whenever Stone rode in on him.
With the fence to his right, he traveled past several properties and stopped to feed some of the livestock grazing near the fence by the road. Their eagerness and wholehearted acceptance made this Stone's favorite part of heading to town. He always shoved cut-up carrots into his pockets before leaving the ranch.
Joyful, Texas, had a population of only fifteen hundred and three, yet the unexpected tended to happen. He prided himself on being prepared for anything —
"Hi, Stone," a female voice called from behind.
He turned toward the sound of hoofbeats to see the neighbor's daughter riding toward him on the other side of the fence, her ample breasts doing their best to give the petite woman a black eye. Stifling a sigh, he smiled and nodded at the recent college grad. "Hi, Abby."
She was a nice girl, and cute, and once upon a time he would've been pleased to see interest lighting her pretty blue eyes. But, ever since Leo's ... attempt, Stone had sworn off women. Hell, there was no need. None ever got a rise out of him. His body remained dead below the belt, even in Abby's presence. Could be because his tastes tended to go for a more mature woman who was well past legal drinking age and not prone to giggling, but he was fairly certain it was because of that night.
"It's awfully hot. I was just heading to the swimming hole for an afternoon dip. Care to join me?" Her pink-coated lips curved into a coy smile while she batted her lashes.
A blatant invitation. One his buddies at the ranch would think he'd lost his mind to turn down.
"Thanks for the invite." He shook his head. "But I have business I need to tend to in town."
So, he'd lost his mind, and his sex drive. Whatever. He had work to do.
Without waiting for a reply, he picked up the pace and didn't slow until the last property before town came into view. There was only one girl in his life right now. She was big and sweet, with the warmest chocolate-brown eyes that melted his heart. Lula Belle. The cute black-and-white cow he always stopped to feed. Catching his scent, the old girl stopped grazing and turned toward him.
He halted his horse. "Hey, sweetheart. I have something for you."
She let out a moo and rushed to the fence, her bell clanging out a funny tune that never ceased to bring a smile to his face.
After dismounting, he fished out the remaining carrot pieces, then reached over the fence. "Here you go, girl." He opened his palm, marveling at how an animal so big could be so gentle, never once nicking his hand.
Stone stroked her head and talked to her as she ate, knowing not to get on his horse until she was done. The old girl always ran after him, and he didn't want her to choke. So he waited for her to finish before he climbed back onto Galahad. "I have to go, sweetheart. You stay here," he told her before he resumed his gallop to town, the echo of the cowbell growing fainter as he passed Skeeter's and neared the second building.
The Beer and Steer.
He rode by a handful of pickups, cars, horses, and a tractor in the parking lot, while he eyed the front door. His stomach tightened. No. That was a step he wasn't ready to take. A damn good excuse was needed to get out of joining his brother and the guys later.
One he was still contemplating as he removed his hat and swiped the sweat from his brow after he secured Galahad on a horse post tucked safely out of the way at the end of the street. Last month, rent day had been twenty degrees cooler. He knew better than to complain, though. Next month started "oven" season. Although compared to some of his deployments to the hellhole across the pond — in full gear — a Texas summer would be cake.
With his Stetson back in place, he spent the next half hour walking down one side of the street, collecting rent from a few tenants in the L-shaped row of quaint little shops and businesses he and some of Foxtrot's crew had painted a light blue last month. Amazing what a coat of paint could do. The buildings looked fresh and cheerful. Hell, even the foot traffic appeared to have increased. He nodded to several passersby and stopped to shoot the shit with a few others.
A sliver of satisfaction shot through him at the knowledge that not only had the veterans he employed benefited from three days' work, his tenants had also reaped a reward. A good reminder of why he did what he did.
Still trying to devise a reason to keep his ass out of the Beer and Steer, Stone headed down the wooden sidewalk on the other side of the street to his final stop.
Jovy. The northerner who was trying to get out of her first payment. What was her problem? He'd been more than lenient, signing her on for only one month. Jesus, he'd even agreed to let her make weekly payments. Weekly. Who does that?
Apparently, he did. Because he was an idiot. And desperate.
A desperate idiot.
But he wasn't a hard-ass. Hell, he knew how damn tough it was to pay bills, and if he hadn't needed every cent from the shops he and his brother had inherited when their grandparents passed, Stone wouldn't be out in the damn midday Texas heat pestering good folks for their rent. But he needed it. The vets needed it. And dammit, this new tenant was just as bound as the rest.
Setting his shoulders, he rounded the corner, ready to do battle with the pain in the ass from Philly, then stopped dead, his heart rocking the shit out of his chest.
A stunning woman with a dark ponytail swishing past her shoulders stood on a ladder in a white tank top and shorts, struggling to affix a metal sign to two hooks in the wood ceiling above the shop door.
Long, bare, supple legs — with the right amount of delectable curves — disappeared under a pair of denim cutoffs barely covering the sweetest ass he'd ever seen. His pulse kicked up speed then broke into a full-blown gallop. Not only were those curves sweet, they were so awe-inspiring they breathed life into his neglected body part. The one he didn't want inspired. His damn dick twitched for the first time in nearly a year.
Son of a bitch. That was not good.
Still, try as he might, Stone couldn't tear his gaze away. He was seeing some cheeks here. Mouthwatering, upside-down heart-shaped cheeks he wanted to grab with both hands while he buried his ...
A sharp burst of longing spiked almost painfully through his groin. Did he look away? Hell no. His resurrected libido was calling the shots. He swallowed, never taking his gaze off the shorts that were so short, he could see a light purple thong, and the bottom of ... ah hell ...
A green tattoo?
The urge to step close and run his hands up those gorgeous legs and cup the equally gorgeous ass caused him to hear bells. By the time the flash of black and white registered in his muddled brain, Stone realized the ringing he was hearing was real. Very real. And it came from the bell around the approaching cow's neck.
Shit. How'd she get lose?
At the moment, that didn't matter, because the cow was charging straight toward him, apparently uncaring there was a ladder with a sexy, unsuspecting, barely-dressed woman in the way.
* * *
When Jovy Larson's grandfather had sent her to the middle of cattle country USA to open a gluten-free, vegan café in a contest to test her business skills against her cousin, she knew she would have to deal with some tough, and often unexpected, situations. Becoming a hit-and-moo victim of a rampaging cow had never made the list. Bovines weren't exactly a common fixture in the City of Brotherly Love, despite the fact that Pennsylvania was one of the top five U.S. dairy farm states with over eight thousand farms. She'd never seen one up close. The clanging of the bell grew louder.
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Love, love, love this series. I read In a Ranger's Arms which is the first book in The Men of at Ease Ranch series second but it didn't cause any problems with understanding either book. I was amazed at how deep this book is...... not only a romance but a story of love & healing for a hurting soldier. And Lula Belle is just so entertaining! Donna Michaels is a new favorite author. Can't wait for the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This fantastic read is book one in The Men of At Ease Ranch series and it features Army Ranger Stone Mitchum and business owner Jovy Larson. This is a sweet, steamy romance and on this ranch they give veterans a place to belong and heal. Jovy and Stone are great together but there are some very strong obstacles in their way. All the characters in this series are fantastic! Lula Belle just might be my favorite. I can't wait to read the next book.
In A Ranger's Arms by Donna Michaels is a fun read. This book a fairly short, a perfect choice for those with limited time for reading. Ms Michaels has given us a book that is well-written and loaded with fantastic characters that made this story fun. Jovy and Stone's story is loaded with drama, humor and spice. I enjoyed In A Ranger's Arms and look forward to reading more from Donna Michaels soon. Warning, once you start this book you won't want to put it down. In A Ranger's Arms is book 1 of The Men of At Ease Ranch Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Absolutely amazing! This story engages the reader right from the start. Emotionally charged, you will want to give up your weekend to finish this story. So funny at times that I laughed out loud, especially when it involves a pet cow. Wonderful story. Can't want to read what's next.
Jovy Larson moves to Texas armed with a plan and is determined to prove to her grandfather that she can do the job set in front of her and succeed. She is fully aware that setting up a vegan restaurant in the middle of cattle country is going to be a challenge, but it's a challenge she knows she can handle. But she didn't plan on having a stubborn and oh so irresistible landlord to deal with too! Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum is a man on a mission, and he isn't about to let anyone derail his plans to provide a welcoming and safe environment for his fellow veterans. He is starting a business with two friends, and is determined to see to it that they help provide homes for as many veterans as possible, which means no time for a social life, or love... but he didn't equate for a sassy and stubborn tenant like Jovy to walk into his life and turn it upside down... This sassy and sexy little tale had me intrigued from the get-go, I just couldn't stop swiping the pages, I had to see if these two would finally stop butting heads and give into the sparks flying between them...they were quite the pair!! I love reading enemies to lovers romances and this one definitely hit the mark, it warmed my heart, left me smiling and looking forward to more! I think it's safe to say Ms. Michaels has earned herself a new fan!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
When Stone Mitchum and his brother took over running Ease Ranch, they used it to help fellow veterans. They, also, established Foxtrot Construction to give them work. It's been a struggle, but they're determined. Stone has no life outside of the company, until he meets Jovy Larson. She's here to set up a vegan cafe in cattle country and he's her landlord. Their attraction is immediate and intense, but will Stone take a chance on love? I like Jovy. She's a warm, giving woman. She has a great sense of humor and loves with her whole heart. Stone is her opposite. He's filled with guilt and remorse. He cares about others. I was sorry that he felt he didn't deserve to be happy. He has so much to give. I loved their interaction. It's intense and romantic. I was quickly pulled into the story by the great characters. I liked everyone at Ease Ranch. Stone's other lady love made me laugh. Lula Belle, the love struck cow, adds a dash of humor to this romantic story. Donna Michaels did a great job. I enjoyed The Men At Ease Ranch and I'm hoping to see more of them. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
This story is a great mix of laughter and loving, and tragedy and hardship. It made me smile and sigh, and it made me want to take action to make the world a better place for so many veterans still suffering in different age groups, in different countries, and barely surviving. Stone Mitchum is a saint. His heart is as big as Texas, and his aim to save and rescue and take care of as many veterans, or people he cares about, as possible. He is such a perfection with his imperfections that it was easy to fall in love with him, cheer for him, and wish him only the best. Jovy Larson was a perfect match to Stone since her generosity, kindness, positivity, and pure joy of life without being ditzy was the half that made him whole. They are hot as you can't believe it, yet there's such an awe and joy and tenderness in their earth-shattering lovemaking, constant, detailed, lovemaking that it made me sigh. Yes, there are several detailed sex scenes through the story, Jovy and Stone are very affectionate and burning for each other. The veteran part of the story was uplifting and encouraging because it gave hope. The author managed to mix great, real information about veterans care and suicide numbers into the story without making it sound like the stats were being listed. I admire the brotherhood and the desire to work together to make it better for as many as possible. Jovy and Stone were both battling an uphill journey with starting the businesses. They helped each other where they could and worked seamlessly together. Some of the business side of the story made me smile. After years of working in the food industry, I would love to meet the cafe owner that makes 'several thousand dollars' profit during the first month in business, not to mention in just a few days with an odd concept in small town Texas. But I can only wish it would be so in reality as well. Overall the story left me smiling and with a hopeful mind. The characters are engaging and charming, people you want to know more about, and support and cheer for. With the serious undertone, it was a feel-good, lively, and sexy novel that made an impact yet was delightfully entertaining. ~ Four Spoons
For the past year, ex-army ranger Stone Mitchum hast put 110% into Foxtrot Construction, a company he started with his brother Brick and two ex-ranger friends to hire and help veterans reincorporate into civilian life. Having the responsibility of the company and his men he has no time for distractions like relationships, but when a sexy filly from Philly sparks his attention, he’s helpless to resist her. Jovy Larson will be in Joyful for a month to convince her grandfather that she’s the woman for the job to take over as CEO of Larson Industries, fulfilling her lifelong dream, and keeping her promise she made to her father on his deathbed. But a close encounter with a jealous cow and one horseback ride with a delicious cowboy who just happens to be her landlord has her putting her business degree to good use in Stone’s company and reconsidering her dream. This is my first Donna Michaels book and it was a sweet and enjoyable read. Jovy is smart, caring and adorably perfect for the surly, uptight Stone, and yet Stone’s dedication to his men is commending. The two of them heat up the pages with their impossible to ignore attraction. Even their relationship threatened to give me cavities with so much sweetness, I got caught up in their romance from the start to finish. I enjoyed getting to know Stone and Jovy as much as a liked getting to know Brick and the rest of the At Ease Ranch guys and I can’t wait to read more about them. I also liked Michaels’ highlight on the issues veterans face when rejoining society. I liked that this was a light, easy read. The writing and pacing was good, with as many funny moments as sweet and sexy ones. In a Ranger’s Arms is book #1 in the Men of At Ease Ranch series by Donna Michaels. It is a standalone sweet and gooey contemporary romance. Told from two points of view with a happy ending.
In a Ranger's Arms is the first book in The Men of at Ease Ranch series, and what a great start it is. Stone Mitchum, his brother and their former ranger buddies run a ranch that is a welcome home to veterans. They have a construction company that allows them to put these veterans to work and try to ease them back into society at their own pace. The ranch is located in Joyful, Texas, where Jovy Larson has been sent to open a vegan restaurant for a short period of time, to prove that she can handle taking over the family business. What she quickly learns is that Joyful is a nice place, Stone is a helper, dreams change and Lula Belle is very jealous of her!! This book is loaded with romance, humor, angst, and lessons learned. It also deals with true to life situations involving our military men and women. I cannot wait to read more about the At Ease Ranch and the people who run it. I not only fell in love with Stone and Jovy, but also with Brick, Cord, Vince, and Leo, and I certainly hope to read more about them. Five "mooing" stars for this one!!
What happens when a girl is given an impossible task, like opening vegan restaurant in Texas? Why you meet the love of your life of course! Jovy is competing with her cousin to take over her grandfather's business empire. She is sent to Joyful, Texas and must live on her own for a month by operating the restaurant, and whomever has the most money at the end of the month will be CEO. She rents a rundown house from Stone, a retired Army ranger, who now operates a ranch that helps returning service members reintegrate into civilian life. They mix like oil and water, but soon their chemistry leads to dating. As Jovy's deadline approaches, Stone is torn between his feelings for Jovy and his commitment to the vets. Will their romance end in a happy ending or will it fade like a Texas sunset? In a Ranger's Arms is a sweet romance that features a fun small town, interesting characters, and a fun story that is very entertaining to read. i was given a free copy for an honest review.
This is a very heartwarming read that really pulls the reader in with characters you will fall in love with as these men build a ranch for veteran’s getting them ready to go back in to the normal world after fighting and serving their country. This is a subject that is dear to my heart after being penpals to many of our service men and women I know how hard it is for some to come home when they feel like they do not fit in and feel that the only place for them is where they have served. A lot of them just want to go back remembering friend they made and left wondering how they might be and if they are alright. They really need a place and people they can talk to when those at home really do not understand or do not want to listen. For me this book and this ranch gives them all they need to rebuild their lives giving their body and minds back to them. It is really a very touching, heartwarming read that is filled with humor, love and some very hot scenes that really makes this a page turner. Stone bought his grandfather’s ranch with his buddies from the Army Rangers wanting to give back and help those that have helped so many others. Here they will find a place of peace, love that is calming as they work to get back to their lives. For those that need jobs they have that worked out to by owning a construction company to give them works when they are ready to face the real world. It is a wonderful setup that gives back as much as they give knowing they are doing a wonderful service for our country. Jovy has opened a restaurant on rental property that Stone owns. She has 30 days to prove to her grandfather that she would make the best CEO of the family business by making as much money as she can. The kicker is the restaurant is an Vegan gluten free and she is doing this in one of the biggest meat eating towns around in Texas. Things do not go as easy for Jovy as she would have liked. Stone is taken back when she falls from a ladder, to top that off there is Lula-Belle who happens to be in love with Stone again the kicker is Lua-Belle is a cow. How in the world can you get on the best side of a love struck cow that doesn’t want you to be near her love? This is where the store gets interesting and very exciting from many mishaps that come their way it leave the reader wondering if they will make it through all the challenges thrown their way. Can love grow and keep them save from all these road blocks or will their love go astray with Lua-Belle walking away with the hot cowboy that is sex on a stick? Once Jovy meets Stone and see all that he has done for so many of those that have severed she is let with some hard choices does she stay and help him help his friends by organizing his business or go back home to hopefully take over the family company? If she stays how will she handle the love sick cow that is in the running for Stones heart? Which leaves one wondering just how Stone feels about Lula-Belle and all the trouble she is stirring up. I guess you will just have to read and see how these wonderful humorous characters deal with the messes they get in as life throws them a few curves. I can’t wait to read more about these wonderful hero’s that have helped build this ranch for our veterans. I loved the characters, the humor and the twist the author puts on this story. I really thought this was very well written keeping the read invested and very entertained. I found myself laughing out loud at this compelling read that pulled me in