Romancing the Ranger

Romancing the Ranger

by Jennie Marts

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Overview

Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it-with the hot ranger supervising-she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She's too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he's learned anything, it's that women like Reese don't fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.

Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she's working hard to prove she's not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn't admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682811320
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 650,935
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Romancing the Ranger

A Cotton Creek Romance


By Jennie Marts, Allison Collins

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Jennie Marts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-576-5


CHAPTER 1

Reese Hudson knew she was driving too fast. She didn't care. She wanted to put as much distance between herself and the smug jerk she'd actually been considering marrying.

What had she been thinking?

The Lexus hugged the Colorado mountain road as it rounded another curve. The scent of pine filled the car as she cracked her window and breathed in the warm summer air.

A cardboard box full of mementos of the life she no longer wanted sat in the passenger seat. A life full of emptiness and control. Destroying the box and its pitifully small contents was the first step to breaking free.

She rounded another curve, and the box slid into the ample rump of the fat pug that shared the seat. The dog grunted his annoyance.

"Sorry, Bagel." She let up on the gas and breathed a sigh of relief as she passed the green sign reading, Cotton Creek Falls — 3 Miles. Her special place. Her grandparents had been bringing her to the waterfall near their small town of Cotton Creek since she was old enough to walk.

Her phone buzzed, and the display on the dashboard read "Robert Hudson — CEO of Hudson Holdings." Releasing a different kind of sigh, she steeled herself for the conversation. "Hi, Dad."

"Reese. Are you okay?" Her father's booming voice filled the car, and Bagel produced a whine followed by exuberant tail-wagging.

"Hello, Bagel." Her father's greeting to the dog held more affection than his greeting to her.

She waited for the scolding to begin.

"What's going on? I heard you left the office early today?"

Of course he did.

She was sure he'd been flooded with reports of her dramatic exit by butt-kissing employees who wanted to get in good with the boss by keeping tabs on his daughter. "Yes, I did."

Short and to the point. Just the kind of answers her dad, and her boss, liked.

"I also heard you and Brock are having a little trouble?"

"Really? A little trouble, Dad? A little trouble is running out of paper towels in the ladies' room. Brock and I are done. We've been dating almost a year, and he still can't spell my name right. He thinks it makes more sense to spell it with a C."

And if it made sense to Brock, then it must be so. He was a man used to getting his own way, controlling everything in his environment. Just like the man she spoke with on the phone.

No wonder they got along so well. Brock was a mini-me of her father.

"Well, I'm sure you two will work it out. Brock seems like too good a catch to throw away over a simple spelling error. You know you're closing in on thirty, and your options may start to diminish before long."

Wow. Her dad always knew what to say to comfort her.

"In the meantime, we've still got a business to run, Reese. I thought you had an appointment with the Donaldsons today."

"I rescheduled. They were fine with it." The older couple were her favorite customers and one of the few things she liked about her job as a financial advisor. She loathed crunching numbers and talking interest rates but she liked helping people. People like the Donaldsons.

"Where are you?"

"I'm going for a drive."

"You're headed up to that damn waterfall, aren't you?"

"Yes, Dad. It makes me happy, and I need a dose of happiness right now."

She heard him sigh and imagined him running his hand through his still dark hair. "Your mother loved it there, too."

The tone of his voice softened her. Just like it always did when he spoke of her mother. She knew losing his wife at such a young age had changed him and made him overprotective of his only child.

Which is why she forgave him. Again. And again.

"Gotta go, Dad. I'll call you later." She disconnected the call as she turned into the overlook.

Scanning the empty parking lot, she pulled into a space near an old picnic table. A dilapidated outhouse sat nearby, the path to the falls overlook on its right.

Rolling down the windows for the dog, she caught the faint sound of rushing water and a feeling of peace washed over her. It lasted about three seconds — replaced with frustration as she opened the door and snagged her hose getting out.

Stupid panty hose. Nobody even wore them anymore.

Nobody except old ladies and apparently Brock's girlfriend. One more example of the ridiculous things she put herself through to please him.

She reached her fingers into the snag and ripped a giant hole in the silky material.

Ha — take that, you panty-hose-loving control freak.

Grabbing the file box, she carried it to the picnic table, heels sinking into the gravel parking lot as she walked. The warm summer air eased her soul, and she unbuttoned her suit jacket and took a deep breath before facing the carton of memories.

What a pathetic collection of keepsakes. The relics of their relationship didn't even fill the box: a few pictures, a book, an expensive desk set, and a bottle of scotch.

Who gives a woman a bottle of scotch as a gift?

She dug through the assorted papers and held up an invitation to the Spring Ball, one they'd attended a few weeks ago.

The one where Brock had coolly informed the waiter that she would pass on dessert then informed her that he'd noticed her dress was a little snug in the hips and suggested she up her cardio time at the gym.

She looked around for a trash can, ready to dispose of not just the man, but every memory she had of him. When she'd first met him, he'd won her over with his good looks and charm. They seemed a perfect fit.

Goes to show you can't judge a book by its cover. His gorgeous cover hid the fact that his book was full of conceit and smug vanity and titled 101 Ways to Be an Asshole.

Reese vowed that her days of dating country club jackasses were over. The next man she went out with would be the opposite of Brock.

He wouldn't care about what kind of car he drove and wouldn't have to match his sock color to his tie. A man who wouldn't worry about dog hair on his suit pants.

Hell, he was out if he even wore a suit.

She wanted a guy who wore jeans and knew how to relax. Who could enjoy a slice of pizza without figuring out the nutritional value and calculating the number of squats he would need to do to burn off that bite's calories.

So basically someone she could like. And her dad would hate.

She tore the invitation in half.

It wasn't enough.

She needed to purge herself of this man's energy. She spied a lighter lying in the box, part of the desk set Brock had given her for her birthday this year. The lavish and expensive desk set was probably the nicest one his secretary could find.

Who needed jewelry or flowers when she could have a gold-plated letter opener with a matching notepad?

She picked up the lighter and flicked the handle, the gold flame licking the corner of the invitation, until the heavy paper finally caught fire.

The flame quickly flared and burned the tips of her fingers.

"Holy shit — ouch!"

Dropping the note, she pulled the scorched tips to her mouth. The box sat on the edge of the table, and her arm bumped the corner and knocked it to the ground.

The sound of glass shattering told her the bottle of scotch had broken in the fall.


* * *

Ranger Wade Baker took the familiar turns of the mountain road with ease. His phone was tucked between his ear and his shoulder as he listened to his grandmother's request.

"I just need one thing from the store, honey," Miss Abigail was saying, "I went grocery shopping yesterday but forgot to get a pair of panty hose, and I need them for the church supper tonight."

He rolled his eyes. "All right Gram, I guess I can buy you a pair of panty hose. Can you give me one other thing we need so it's not my only purchase?"

"Oh sure, why don't you grab me a bottle of clear nail polish, in case I get a run."

He laughed. "Yeah, panty hose and nail polish. That'll make my holdings in man-stock go right up."

"All right, I don't want anyone revoking your man-card. We can always use another loaf of bread. Is that a more macho purchase? Just make sure the panty hose are suntan-colored and size queen in a tall."

"Nice. You know, if I walk into the grocery asking for tall-sized pantyhose, the clerk is going to think I've started dressing in drag."

Wade considered his petite five-foot-nothing grandmother. "Besides that Gram, why in the world would you need queen-size or tall anything?"

"The queen-size ones are so much easier to put on, and I can pull up the talls so the crotch doesn't stop at my knees. The ones they make for my size are so small and tight that they take a forklift and a bottle of lube to squeeze into." She giggled at her own joke.

Wade chuckled at the sound of his grandmother's laughter. She'd raised him for most of his life, and he was used to her somewhat off-color humor. "Gram, I'll get the panty hose, just please don't ever say 'lube' to me again. In any capacity."

She giggled harder, let out a tiny snort, and he was afraid she was going to choke. "I'm driving up to the falls to eat my lunch. Text me if you think of anything else you might need."

His grandmother caught her breath. "That should be it. Did you see I packed you a sandwich with that good meatloaf from last night?"

Even though he was a full-grown man, Miss Abigail still considered it her duty to pack his lunch every day. "I'm looking forward to it. You know how I love your meatloaf, Gram."

Her laughter died as she brought up the next topic. "I got the mail today, and there was another bill from the credit card company. Just gets my dander up every time I see those. I'm sorry, honey, but that woman should be in jail. She was a real piece of work. I know you cared about her, but you really dodged a bullet getting away from that one."

He may have dodged the bullet, but just barely. He'd had the gun cocked and loaded, given her the engagement ring and set the date.

He'd spent the last year of his life in a roller coaster of emotions and ended up being swindled by a gorgeous woman who made him feel both as big as life and as poor as a church mouse.

He'd thought he loved her, but Tawnya Rollins had played him like a fine-tuned fiddle.

She'd sucked him in, made him believe she loved him. But as soon as she got the engagement ring on her finger, she'd started to change.

For every word she used to build his confidence, she had another to tear him down. One minute he was the master of the universe, the next an inconvenient pebble in her shoe.

Nothing he did seemed to ever be enough.

He didn't take her out enough, he didn't compliment her enough, and he didn't make enough money to buy her the kinds of gifts she thought she deserved. She took his self-esteem everywhere except in the bedroom, where she lavished on the attention and made him feel like a king.

She had his heart so twisted and his mind so muddled, he didn't know which way was up.

They'd decided on a Christmas wedding, and she loved making all the plans. She was never happier than when she was buying things or reserving stuff for the big day.

She'd convinced him to open a joint credit card "just for wedding stuff" and then another at a department store where she "just had to get a few things for the honeymoon."

Unfortunately he hadn't paid as much attention as he should have, until he came home early one day and picked up the mail before she did.

Amongst the normal junk and advertising flyers, he found statements for the credit cards and realized they'd both been maxed out. He'd scanned the statements and couldn't believe the sheer number of purchases Tawnya had made.

He was stunned at the thousands of dollars tallied up for designer clothes, shoes, expensive purses and jewelry. Who knew you could spend that much on cosmetics and underwear?

He'd broken it off that night, and she'd left him with a colossal pile of debt and the parting words that if only he had a real job that made decent money, he would have been able to provide for her, and this never would have happened.

Nursing a wounded heart and a damaged ego, he researched his options and realized there was nothing he could do. The cards were in his name as well, so he was equally responsible for the debt.

His life was now a constant battle fighting the credit bureaus and department stores, and trying to salvage his pride and his credit by keeping up on the monthly payments and slowly paying off the debt. Because that's what Baker men did, they took care of their obligations, whether they'd created them or not.

Thoughts of interest rates and debt consolidation filled his head as he pulled into the parking lot of the falls and spied the Lexus.

On a normal day, he would have been happy to share his lunch break with an attractive curvy blonde, but today all he noticed were her nice clothes and expensive haircut, and he saw red.

It took him a minute to realize she was burning something. "I gotta go, Gram, I've got a situation." He hung up the phone and gawked at the woman.

What the hell did she think she was doing? Fires weren't allowed here. There was a fire ban in place.


* * *

The sound of an engine startled Reese, and she looked up as a green Park Service truck pulled into the parking lot.

"What the hell are you doing?" the park ranger asked, stepping out of the truck.

Reese registered blue jeans and cowboy boots on a tall, muscular frame. The man's sandy blond hair held the natural highlights she paid dearly to achieve every month at the salon.

He wore a brown uniform shirt and a scowl on his otherwise handsome face.

A whoosh of flames burst at her feet. She jumped back as the fire spread to the tall dry grass in front of the outhouse.

Oh no! What have I done?

Panic welled in her chest as she pulled off her suit jacket and whacked the ground, trying to stamp out the fire.

As if it had a mind of its own, the flames headed straight for the dry timber of the outhouse, searching for more fuel to sate its fiery hunger.

Focused on the fire, she didn't look up, but heard the ranger swear and radio for help. Then he ran up beside her, a fire extinguisher in his hands as she vehemently tried to put out the flames.

"Get back," he yelled.

Her dog barked feverishly in the car. She wasn't sure if it was at the fire or the man wielding the big red canister.

A glance at the car showed the dog scrambling out the open window, his yapping replaced with a painful yelp as he fell to the ground.

"Bagel!" she cried as the injured dog limped toward her.

She ran for the dog, oblivious of the ranger wielding the extinguisher. Intent on getting to Bagel, she ran right in front of him.

"Aahh!" she cried as a shot of white foam hit her in the chest. Shocked, she stumbled, her heel broke, and she fell to the ground. The little dog whined as it limped to her.

"Come here, baby." She pulled it into her arms, cradling its hurt leg while trying to keep it from licking the white foam from her bare arms.

"Are you okay?" the ranger called to her as he continued to fight the flames that now engulfed half of the park's outhouse.

The sound of a siren filled the air, and another Park Service vehicle arrived, equipped with a water tank and hose. Two men jumped from the truck and had the fire extinguished within a few minutes.

One of the men patted the ranger on the back. "You all right, Wade? Lucky for you, we were already coming up the pass when we heard your call."

Wade ignored the fireman and turned to her, his face full of anger. "What the hell were you thinking? You could have set the whole forest on fire. This is a state park, and we're under a fire ban."

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to." She awkwardly tried to stand, wobbling on one foot with the hurt dog in her arms, her broken shoe lost somewhere in the chaos of the fire.

A low chuckle sounded from one of the firefighting rangers as he glanced at her chest.

She looked down to see the liquid from the extinguisher had turned her ivory camisole see-through. The white lace bra she wore was no help in concealing her assets, and her headlights took advantage of that moment to shine.

That's just great.

She lifted the dog higher as Wade stripped off his shirt and held it out to her. Distracted by his broad shoulders and seriously muscled chest, she clumsily handed him the dog and took the shirt. Tearing her eyes from his slim tapered waist and tanned bare skin, she pulled the warm shirt around her. It smelled like aftershave and campfire smoke. "Thanks. Look, I really am sorry. I'm happy to pay for the damages."

She felt horrible for starting the fire. Her stomach ached at the thought of what could have happened.


(Continues...)

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Romancing the Ranger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I have to say I am never disappointed in Jennie's books. I loved this story! It was so funny, there were paragraphs that made me laugh out loud but my favorite part was Reese and her dog, who is a pug named Bagel. I have pugs so the dog wanting to be close to Reese and eating everything is typical of pugs. Great chemistry and a funny story is a great combination.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by Jennie Marts. Reese Hudson heads to the mountains to destroy mementos from her ex. She just wanted to burn her mementos, not burn down the outhouse. Wade Baker is a park ranger is not happy when Reese burns down the outhouse. When the judge sentences Reese to rebuild it with Wade supervising her, they are not expecting the attraction they feel towards each other. If you are looking for a great romance with humor then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Cute, fun and sexy, this is the perfect light read for an afternoon! Wade is a great guy and I loved the way he was supportive of Reese's dreams. His ex left him with a mountain of debt and bad feelings towards anyone flashy. I understand his need for caution, but his constant comparison between Reese and his ex got tiring. That is about the only negative thing about the story and the reason it wasn't a 5-star read for me. Reese on the other hand went from being a doormat to going for what she wants. Whether it was building an outhouse, getting back to writing or getting her man, she refused to let anything get in her way. I loved Wade's spunky grandmother - she was an added bonus! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
a fast and fun read Romancing the Ranger hit the spot when I was looking for the humorous, witty and passionate read. Reese & Wade’s rocky relationship in this story is the path to the road to salvation. Reese is only in Wade’s life because she tried to burn something and it ended up catching on file outside so Wade who is a park ranger is ordered to be her supervisor while she completes the court ordered community service. He sooooo didn’t want her in his world yet Reese is wanting to make admends , and right now, that’s the only way she knows how to. At times I could smack Wade –his holier than thou attitude rubbed me the wrong way but Reese, wow, what a firecracker she is. Both has past hurts which hurt them in current relationships. Do they ever get the chance to find out if they can make their chemistry work for them and end up together or will Wade push Reese away? Oh I definitely recommend this story . My rating: 4.4 stars **** *A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review*
phylis More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Jennie Marts and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed the book. I laughed at parts and cried at other parts. Reese lived in the city and her father and her boyfriend controlled her life. They expected her to act and be the person they wanted her to be, with no regards to what she wanted and she went along with them to avoid conflict. She gets mad at her boyfriend Brock and wants to end the relationship and leaves. She is determined to take back her life and live it the way that she wants. She returns to the town her grandparents lived in to the falls which was her favorite place. While there she sets fire to the items that Brock has given her. We all know that sometimes we don't pay attention to the little things going on around us and she sets the park outhouse on fire. Along comes the good looking Ranger, puts the outhouse fire out and starts another kind of fire in Reese. He has his own problems and he thinks all city girls are trouble and he sets out to prove to her that he will not tolerate that kind of trouble in his life or park. So he throws her in jail for trying to set the park on fire.I don't want to give the story away by telling you too much but it was a great book and I think that you will enjoy reading it.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a very heartwarming and sweet read, with an adorable, slightly overweight dog named Bagel. Reese and Wade connected on such a fun level, their flirty banter based on corny innuendos made me grin quite a bit. They were seriously cheesy but so good together. I loved his encouragement of her and her determination to be in control of her life. She finally took control of what she wanted and went after it. I enjoyed her transformation. I only wish he would have put forth a little more effort towards the end. That was the only time I was disappointed in Wade. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a quick read and fun novella that will leave a smile on your face, this is one that you've got to check out. Short and sweet that gets right to the point, this story contains all of the elements for a cute romance story with plenty of heat packed in too. I just fell in love with Wade. He's been burned before but can't help what he's feeling. He is strong, sexy, and definitely what women look for in a hunky guy. Plus he loves taking care of women. How can this be a bad thing?? With plenty of misunderstandings and Reese's issues standing in the way, these two have a lot to overcome. But with a happily ever after on the line, they somehow manage to figure it out in a lovely way. The author brings to us a sweet read, full of hot passion that will rev you up. A perfect read that you can pick up and enjoy for an hour or two and remember fondly for long time to come.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This story was a little slow to start for me. Once I got further into the story, I found it to be an enjoyable read. I loved Wade's grandmother. This is a quick, light story that is funny and sweet. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"Romancing the Ranger" by Jennie Marts is Reese Hudson, rich city girl, and park ranger Wade Baker's story. Reese is a rich city girl whose father has micromanaged her life. She has been dating a guy that controls what she wears and eats. Reese has had enough and broke up with the guy. She decides to drive to her favorite spot that her grandparents used to bring her. It's a waterfall in the little country town of Cotton Creek. Her plan is to get rid of a cardboard box of mementos and start taking charge of her life. Things don't exactly go according to her plans. Reese ends up burning down an outhouse. Not a great way to meet Wade the sexy park ranger. He is hollowing at her and the next thing she knows is that she is in front of a judge. The judge rejects Reese's offer to pay to have the outhouse rebuilt. The judge sentences her to community service by rebuilding the outhouse herself. The judge appoints Wade, the mad sexy park ranger, to supervise her. Reese decides that this is a good time to just be herself and to take back control of her life. She decides to make the most of having to spend so much time with Wade. Watch out Wade! This is a great fun, flirty, and steamy romance. Some scenes will have you laughing and other scenes, will have you fanning yourself. I loved Reese and Wade's characters. Wade's grandmother, Miss Abigail, and Reese's dog Bagel were really great characters too. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I lost a lot of sleep because I couldn't put the book down. A really fun romance! I have received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing, for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely, heartwarming and funny romance. Take one daughter and employee of a CEO who loves her dearly but also likes to control every aspect of her life. Have her suddenly noticing that the man in her life is even more manipulative, demeaning and controlling without the love and she suddenly wakes up and decides to take control of her own destiny – preferably without any narcissistic, self serving males. What she needs is a real man, one who isn’t worried about dog hairs on his suit and preferably one he doesn’t need a suit to be a man, jeans and t shirts will do just fine! Now add in a man – yes, a real man – who has been badly burned by his money grabbing, wealth orientated, debt leaving ex girlfriend. He’s hard working, loves the outdoors and certainly doesn’t want to fall for a wealthy, money driven woman ever again! Bring them together in a accidentally fired scenario and who can guess what this is the perfect recipe for, you just know it’ll be one tasty dish! With well portrayed characters, plenty of angst and turmoil, this is a great, well written story it was delightful to escape into. The changing expectations as the relationship develops is explored in a manner which immerses the reader in their encounters. I loved the grandmother, too, she’s one feisty old lady with a heart of gold. There are enough twists and turns in the story to keep it an interesting read and the skilled use of emotive language just sucks the reader in to the interactions. This is another great story by this author and, as usual, I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to lovers of contemporary romantic fiction. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
Romancing The Ranger by Jennie Marts is one of those books I picked up because the synopsis made me laugh. No, really, in this case, I giggled and thought, why not? It is a full-length novel, with an HEA and no cliffy. Also, it is told from an alternating third-person point of view. Let me break this one down for you. Have you ever been so ticked at an ex that you just want them gone? You want to cut up photos, get rid of them somehow. In the case of our heroine, Reese, she decides to start a camp fire and burn them. What could go wrong?… Oh, just about everything, apparently. Her mini ode to singlehood somehow turns into a raging inferno, which decides to catch the park outhouse on fire and it is all during a burn ban. Oops. While reading that synopsis, all I could think of in my head was this woman, shrieking and waving a tea towel. (It didn’t happen, but that is my mental image for you.) You now know where the giggling came in. Mind you, don’t let that have you thinking badly of Reese, she has backbone and is a great female lead. Just about the time the whole outhouse structure is falling over, our hero shows up on the scene. Man-oh-man is he angry too. Park Ranger Wade to the rescue. He gets the fire out, but he still makes Reese go to court. The man has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to women larger than a hidden iceberg. What he didn’t expect was to run so hot when it comes to Reese that the chemistry is enough to melt before mentioned berg. I was it stitches for most of the book. These two characters made for a fun and engaging story. I would have given it a four, but it is sitting at a solid 3.5 for me. The biggest reason why, and it mostly has to do with me, nothing else. I cannot hear the name WADE and not think of Cry Baby. Really, I wish I jested. The hero’s last name being Baker was so close to Wade Walker for me that every single time I read his name, I’d start repeating Wade Walker in my head. I would say it added to the humor of it all, in some ways. Anyway, solid book, great story, and enough humor to keep you completely engaged. Fully recommend it!
sheric12 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Jennie Marts never disappoints. Whenever I finish one of her books, I cant' stop smiling. Her characters are fantastic and her story lines are fleshed out with humor, romance and some serious notes. Thanks for another great read!
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Sweet, Light-hearted Romance 3.5 stars I just love the story idea of big city girl meets gorgeous ranger over a burning outhouse. Reese Hudson ends her failed relationship with selfish, egotistical ex-boyfriend, Brock. What better way to break free than to burn a box of useless keepsakes and start anew. Funny thing, is that the fire catches onto an outhouse right at Cotton Creek Falls, Reese’s most favorite spot in the world. The Falls happens to be Wade Baker’s most favorite spot, as well. He can’t believe the cute blond set afire an outhouse, although unintentional, but he’s seething with anger by her aloof attitude to replace the damaged building by throwing her money around. He knows her kind all too well, as his ex-fiancé swindled money and his pride on the way out of town. He’s still trying to heal from the heartache. Romancing The Ranger is an admirable debut for Ms. Marts. Both Wade and Reese were likable characters, with Miss Abigail and Bagel as great supporting characters that helped the story along. Having said that, I wish there was more romance and chemistry between Reese and Wade. There were some cute and funny moments, but my inner romantic girly wanted more. Thank goodness Reese found enough gumption to stand up for herself and truly live for what makes her happy, and that’s with Wade by her side. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Jennie Marts has done it again, loved it!!! I could not put this book down. It had be laughing out loud. A great attraction and chemistry between Reese and Wade. Jennie does an excellent job of decriptive writing. Read it in one day. Pampered princess, Reese has gone up the mountain to get rid of mementos from her failed relationship, that she broke up. She didn't mean to burn down the outhouse. As her punishment she has to rebuild the outhouse with hunky, Park Ranger, Wade. Wade has just come out of a bad relationship, of another want a be princess. This was the last thing he wanted, but sparks did fly. Little did he know what a down to earth person Reese really was. He was not about to be a "band aid" to Reese. They look like two opposites but they really are so much a like. I highly recommend to book. I received this book via netgalley for an honest review.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts is s fun sweet read. Jennie Marts keeps writing these entertaining story that are so enjoyable, she has became one of my favorite authors. Reese a rich city girl and Wade the hot country guy it was so fun watching the story unfold. If you are looking for a fun quick read, make sure to get this book or any story by Jennie Marts. I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a cute city girl meets country boy story that was done well. The characters were very well developed and came with their own baggage. Reese is a city girl who has had daddy's money to help her through whatever comes her way, so she has just put all her money away in savings and lives the upscale life that goes with her dad's name. When Reese takes a day away from work to clear her head about a recent break-up, she never knew that she might meet her next one and only. Reese is set on getting rid of any memories from her ex-boyfriend so she takes her little box of things from their relationship up to the waterfall and begins to burn them. Reese never expected to accidentally burn herself on one of the papers and drop it. The flame quickly spreads and ends up burning much more than she had expected. When Wade happens upon Reese, he knows that he has to react quickly so that the whole state park won't burn down. They get the fire extinguished, but not before an outhouse goes down in flames. Reese has always been able to use her money to buy her way out of sticky situations, but when Wade takes her to the jail and the judge mandates that she fix the outhouse by her own labor, Reese is shocked but determined to prove to Wade and the judge that she can get this done. Wade is in charge of helping Reese and she thinks that he is just going to give her a hard time about being a city girl with money so she is even more determined to get this project done and prove to Wade that she is more than just a city girl with her father's money. Things begin to progress ont he outhouse and sparks begin to fly between Reese and Wade. They both had had bad past relationships that play at the back of their minds, but they know that they have to give the other a chance and not hold their ex's faults against the other. When the outhouse is finished and it is time for Reese to go back to the city, Wade wonders if he will ever see her again. They quickly make plans for Wade to visit in a few weeks and Reese leaves. Both Reese and Wade feel lost without the other once they are separated. Wade makes his visit but will things go as planned for them? You have to read this cute story to find out how things turn out for Reese and Wade. I loved the funny, quirky jokes that were made between the two main characters as well. Great addition! I was given a copy of this book by Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars for Romancing the Ranger Reese Hudson has had enough of her uptight, controlling boyfriend. When he does the unthinkable, the financial advisor breaks up with him and decides to get rid of all mementos of the relationship. However, in doing so, she accidentally sets fire to an outhouse. Wade Baker loves his life, for the most part. He loves being a Park Ranger, being near his grandmother, and living in the small town he grew up in. What he doesn’t love are the monthly credit card statements he receives as a result of his ex-fiancee's various shopping sprees. They serve as a reminder that he wasn’t enough for her. She saw his job as a ranger to be inadequate and the pay simply not enough to be able to afford the lifestyle she thought she deserved. Reese and Wade meet in one of those “cute meet” ways. Well, maybe not so cute. She comes close to burning down his forest. Luckily, he was there to extinguish her out of control fire. Being in the small town of Cotton Creek, Colorado, Reese is sentenced to an unconventional punishment. She has to spend the next two weeks in town, rebuilding the outhouse she burned down and Wade is tasked with supervising the rebuild. I liked the story of these two. It was definitely cute and entertaining. Reese was likeable from the start. Yes, she’s a rich city girl, but money and status mean nothing to her. She has a heart of gold and it’s always in the right place. Sadly, I can’t say the same for Wade. He had his moments when he was sweet and caring and you saw the good guy that he was. But every single time things between him and Reese were going good or she unconsciously said or did anything relating to money he would always hold her bank account against her or berate himself for not having money. This for me, got REALLY old, really fast. Wade’s attitude took away from my enjoyment of the book. I would have preferred if he simply acknowledged it to himself and her one time, been done with it, and simply enjoyed the budding relationship. Romancing the Ranger marks my first time reading Jennie Marts and I’m curious to see where she takes this series next. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
***ARC Provided by Publisher and NetGalley*** This book was fun. It was completely enjoyable and it was a pleasure to read. I want to say it was an "easy" read, but that feels a little like I am doing it a disservice. What it was, enjoyable, pleasurable and fun. So, I guess this means it was "easy" but not in a way that denotes anything bad. It was well written, Wade and Reese (with an "s" not a "c") were likable and you wanted them to get together. They had wonderful chemistry and the relationship they built had a genuine feeling to it. I loved the dog, fights broken up by donuts, matchmaking grandmothers, and PTA meetings. I will definitely recommend this book to other readers and I will be looking into others written by this author that I have not read.
Wishfull_Miss More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Ranger is a syrupy sweet love story between a goody two shoes city girl and a gruff and growly park ranger. When Reese Hudson decides to finally take charge of her life and start calling the shots, she finds herself accidently starting a teeny tiny fire that lands her in Willow Creek for two weeks to help repair damages alongside a smoking hot and permanently frowny faced park ranger, Wade Baker. Wade has some preconceived notions about Reese and is seriously hung up about her life style and the size of her bank account. After suffering a blow to his ego and his credit score due to an ex-girlfriend who racked up his bills and left him high and dry, he’s a might burnt out on women and money. Neither was looking for love, but with chemistry sparking like a hot wire between them, it’s not long before their both falling head over heels for each other. I loved that this was centered on two average people with average everyday problems. There is no crazy OW/OM drama, no life or death scenarios or angst. This is a romance between two people that bring out the best in each other and I loved the sprinkle of humor thrown in throughout the story. Sometimes it’s really hard to find a romance with some funny moments or just plain lighthearted sweetness. Well this is just what I needed after a dark and gritty book hangover. It’s fun, fresh, and left me with a goofy smile on my face. There’s a boat load of silly banter and cheesy innuendos but I just soaked it all up. If you need to unwind and relax, check out Romancing the Ranger. It won’t disappoint! *** ARC kindly provided for an honest review ***
karaneleni More than 1 year ago
Jennie Marts has done it again! ROMANCING THE RANGER is a remarkable take on a big city meets small town romance and extremely relatable. Everyone has encountered heartbreak at some point and become skeptical if a similar person or situation approaches. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky and me jealous. And how many times have you allowed someone to use you as a doormat? Never? Are you sure you're real? What happens when the city girl who has been walked over several times finally has enough and bolts, giving her a chance to find her true self? What happens when said girl cracks the skeptical exterior of a handsome ranger? Romance, comedy, and steam ensue. ROMANCING THE RANGER is perfect for anyone wanting to escape life for a bit and spend time in the mountains with a sexy ranger and the girl he doesn't want to like.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After ending her relationship Reese Hudson is left heartbroken, filled with loads of self doubt and confusion, and in great need of healing. She knows the only way she'll be able to fully move on is to get a way from ex and her overbearing father, so she decides to flee to the one place that has always brought her true happiness. Spending time with her grandparents, and visiting the falls always spawn some of her fondest memories, and sense of calming peace, so she decides to flee to the mountains for a little getaway. While she is at the falls she decides to set fire to the remnants of her past, in an attempt to rid her life of all the painful memories they bring, and ends up accidentally torching a outhouse...which also lands her in jail and at the mercy of a handsome park ranger. When Park ranger Wade Baker happens upon a woman trying to burn old mementos in his park, he is beyond furious, not only because she should know better than that, but also because she's putting the livelihood of his park in danger. When he attempts to stop her, he spooks her and she ends up accidentally torching the park's outhouse, so he has her arrested. Between her little shenanigans and the fact that it's obvious she comes from a life of privilege, Wade forms an immediate distaste for her, and thinks she should have the book thrown at her. After being burned by a ex, one who just so happens to like to maintain the same upscale lifestyle as little Ms. Firebug, he has little to no trust in women, and has no interest in getting to know Reese. But fate, and the judge, have different plans for him... the judge decides it would more beneficial for Reese to repair the damage to the outhouse herself so now not only is he forced to oversee her progress, but now he is also going to have to spend time with the frustrating and beautiful little firebug! I am no stranger to Ms. Marts stories, anytime I have the opportunity to read something from her I jump at the chance to settle down with one of her delightful little tales. She never ceases to amaze me with her inventive story lines, and uniquely crafted characters that always manage to tug at my heart strings and provide me with plenty of laugh out loud moments! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Reese and Wade, their witty one liners, undeniable spark, and down to earth natures made them a match made in literary heaven... and a true joy to discover! I highly recommend this read, Ms. Marts characters will warm your heart, lift your spirit, and leave you with a smile on your face! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Lovestruck in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Jennie Marts is becoming a favorite author- I just adore the characters she creates. This book just makes you happy when you read it. It begins with Reece burning down an outhouse in a park as she tries to rid herself of momentos from her controlling jerk of an ex-boyfriend. And the book just gets better from there. The characters are so full of life, my favorite person was Wade's granny- what a spitfire. Such a fun read. Can't wait for the next Jennie Marts book. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Adored this story! It's funny, sexy, and left me with that warm happy feeling. Jennie Marts crafted a wonderful story with characters you feel like you've known forever. Reese Hudson is a big city girl that has been Daddy's little princess her whole life. She's worked hard to make it on her own but nothing has prepared her for the likes of Ranger Wade Baker. Wade has been burned by one city girl that found his simple life too dull for her liking so there's no way he will give in to the temptation that is Reese Hudson. After almost setting fire to the forest Reese is sentenced to rebuilding the outhouse she carelessly destroyed. As these two start to work on the project Wade can't help but be impressed by Reese's determination to get the job done. She also slowly proves to him she's not the thoughtless spoiled princess he thinks she is. You definitely want to read this one and see exactly how this relationship works out. I highly recommend it.
GiraldezA More than 1 year ago
Well to do Reese is done with controlling people, her Dad and the ex especially. Trying to rid herself of memories causes her to meet Ranger Wade. This guy is the perfect hometown hottie, loyal to his grandmother, his town and his job. Having been burned by a past relationship he is pretty judgmental with Reese. Over the next few weeks their forced friendship blooms into something special and turns Reese's world a complete 180. A lovely and sweet story, easily read in an evening, captures the fun and boldness between them along with seriously crazy banter. The older folks in their lives are great comic relief and add to the normalcy of life. My copy was given by Netgalley for my honest review.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, flirty romance that will make you smile. In it, Reese is a pampered city girl that runs into trouble in a rural park. That trouble is a park ranger, Wade, who has no time or interest in pampered city girls. What follows is a somewhat predictable attraction of opposites. I gave this 5 stars because the author told the tale so well and made me care about the characters. This is a light read and will make for a very pleasant escape in front of a winter's fire or on a beach. If you are a fan of the genre, you will love this novel.