Second Chance Ranch: a Hope Springs novel

Second Chance Ranch: a Hope Springs novel

by Cindi Madsen

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Overview

Sadie Hart has a plan: return to her small town of Hope Springs so she can regain her confidence—and bank account—before giving one more shot to her country music dream. It’s just her luck that the only place hiring is owned by the brooding and sinfully handsome Royce Dixon, her high school sweetheart.

Royce has moved on from his memories of the beautiful Sadie. Now he's focused solely on running Second Chance Ranch, where he rehabilitates troubled teens through ranch work. But when he needs a new employee and Sadie's the only one to volunteer, he has no choice but to offer his old flame a job.

Whether riding a horse with the wind in her hair or mucking out the stalls, Sadie can still get Royce's heart beating like no one else. But Nashville is her dream, and Royce can't settle for second best

Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Second Chance Ranch
Book #2 Crazy for the Competition
Book #3 The Bad Boy's Baby

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633750708
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Hope Springs , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 131,894
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

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Second Chance Ranch

A Hope Springs Novel


By Cindi Madsen, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Cindi Madsen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-070-8


CHAPTER 1

Time travel had always been on Sadie's list of impossible things that could never happen, but here she was, warped back six years, everything the exact same except for her. Time travel was both easier and harder than she'd imagined. It involved a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, to Gillette, Wyoming — during the last leg of which she'd prayed for her soul with every bump the tiny plane hit — and an hour drive in a truck several years older than she was. Hope Springs, Wyoming, looked exactly the same, practically untouched by time. Same houses. Same stores. Same oh-my-gosh-I'm-in-the-middle-of-nowhere feeling. The rest of the world could implode, and here in the Town That Time Forgot, people would simply go about their daily lives.

Grandpa slowed as they came to Main Street, resting his wrist on top of the steering wheel in that casual manner with which the entire town ran. As the truck idled in front of the Dairy Freeze that held a thousand memories in and of itself, Sadie remembered a warm night in August when she was nineteen and riding in a truck about this old, with a guy not nearly as old as her current riding companion.

A handsome face flashed through her mind — eyes lit up, a smile curving the lips she had memorized, both by sight and feel. Just the memory was enough to tug on her heartstrings, waking them up from years of enforced dormancy. That night all those years ago, she'd turned down one dream for another, and she'd wondered at least a hundred times since if she'd chosen wrong.

All she'd ever wanted to be was a country music star. But the music industry had chewed her up and spit her out, and the only thing she had to show for her last six years of hard work was a bank account so low on funds that buying a pack of gum might send her into the red.

So here she was, in the place she'd avoided as much as possible since high school, a heavy side of defeat pressing down on her.

"They redid the theater," Grandpa said, gesturing to the building with multicolored flashing lights. Apparently, one thing had actually changed. "It's got six screens now, can you imagine? Who's got time to go to that many movies? And the tickets are up to eight fifty." He shook his head. "I tell you. Don't know what this world's coming to."

Sadie smiled at Grandpa, a surge of affection for him rising up. She doubted he'd even been to a movie in the new building. He always said that he didn't see the sense in going to the theater when you could just wait a few months and watch it a lot cheaper, without having to sit next to a bunch of strangers. Which always struck her as funny since, in this tiny town, you'd be hard-pressed to find a stranger.

Part of her was glad things hadn't drastically changed, and the other part felt the cold stab of truth piercing her chest. She'd failed. And all of these people she'd thought she was going to pass by — as in she'd have a real life while they stayed here and never lived up to their potential — had passed her by. Mom's phone calls were filled with news of marriages and babies and promotions at places like one of the two banks or the few hotels. Or, for instance, when the Smiths got the highest price in the county for their corn and their cows.

This is just a minor setback, though. Okay, so maybe more like a major setback, but still, totally temporary. I'll brush myself off, take a little time to recover, and bounce right back, stronger than ever.

The springs in the seat of Grandpa's truck squeaked and rocked as he pulled into the shopping center. "I've gotta go drop off your grandma's prescription. While I wait for the medicine, maybe you can take care of this shopping list for your mom?"

He gave her a handwritten list along with a hundred-dollar bill. She glanced from the pharmacy to Homeland Foods, a couple of shops separating them. Of course there wasn't a pharmacy in the grocery store. And even if there were, her grandparents never trusted places that multitasked, as if the pharmacist in a grocery store might mix up and give you pills with lettuce in them by accident.

The odds of seeing someone she knew were around 99.5 percent. She was sure the town's entire population had heard about her performance at Tyler Blue's induction to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and everyone she ran into would want to know why they hadn't heard her singing on the radio yet — something she'd assumed would happen shortly after that performance in Louisiana, too.

That was before everything had fallen apart, though, and after the last time she'd gotten on a stage ... well, she didn't want to think about it, because she was fighting bursting into tears as it was.

There'd also be questions about how long she'd be in town, and since she looked like crap from traveling on top of all that cheeriness, Homeland Foods was the last place she wanted to go. But it's not like she could say, No, Grandpa, I need to primp and mentally prepare before buying food that's, you know, necessary for life.

So she just smiled. "No problem."

Luckily there weren't many items on the list. She strode into the market, grabbed a basket, and shopped as if she were in a high-stakes race. At the last minute, she paused in front of the condiments. Green olives weren't on Grandpa's list, but he and Sadie used to sneak into the kitchen late at night and down a jar between them, along with large glasses of chocolate milk. He even used to joke that all the olives she'd eaten were how her eyes got to be so green. Just in case, she grabbed a jar and headed to the next aisle over to pick up a canister of Nesquik. She took one last glance at the list.

Looks like I got it all. Miracle of miracles, she'd managed to avoid running into anyone she knew. All she had to do was get out of here and back to the safety of Grandpa's truck.

But then she turned, and the world ground to a screeching halt. The guy she'd just been thinking about — the one who'd offered her another dream all those years ago — was coming down the aisle. She darted out of sight, her heart jumping around like crazy. A thump and a squeeze, and she was starting to get light-headed with how fast it was going.

What was Royce Dixon, her high school boyfriend and the guy who'd asked her to marry him all those years ago, doing in Homeland Foods right now?

And how the hell could she get out of here without him seeing her?


* * *

Royce grabbed the jumbo jar of peanut butter, picked up raspberry and grape jam — they always seemed to be the favorites — and made his way to the checkout stands. As usual, his mind was still back at the ranch, spinning over everything he needed to get done and how behind he was. Being shorthanded was starting to become a huge problem. Important things were falling by the wayside, and with the new batch of teens for the camp just in, he desperately needed another employee, and he needed one now. Especially after the bomb his lawyer had decided to drop today. Everyone in town was busy working their own jobs, and most of them had ranch work, too. He'd asked around — even taken out an ad — and had gotten squat. Not even one person.

And now it didn't just need to be a person. It needed to be a she.

Royce pressed his fingers to the throbbing headache forming between his temples. Working with troubled teens brought all sorts of extra issues and liabilities, and apparently he was putting himself at risk every single day that there wasn't another female adult around. Mom couldn't be everywhere at once, not to mention she couldn't be confined to the ranch full-time.

The appointment with Mr. Blackstone was supposed to be simple, just a few signatures and papers being notarized, all the t's crossed and i's dotted, the way they always had to be when a new batch of teens came in. I can't believe I thought I was at least almost on top of the alternative youth camp side of things.

The lawyer had told him there was a case going on the next county over where a woman had filed a sexual harassment complaint against the owners of a dude ranch. The guy she'd accused claimed she was just mad because he'd rebuffed her advances, but the all-male staff made it look worse, and now the owner might lose his ranch, regardless of what had really happened.

"He put himself in a bad situation," Mr. Blackstone had said. "And you are, too. It's a liability you can't afford, Royce, especially not with a bunch of bitter teenagers around. You've got to cover your assets."

Royce had wanted to tell him that he'd just forget about the youth camp side of the ranch, then. He could focus on the horses he had and take on more work training roping horses, which was what he was better at anyway. Horses came naturally — teens, not so much.

But then he'd thought of Mom's face. How it'd drop, and there'd no doubt be tears involved. The Alternative Ranch Camp for Youth was her dream, one that Dad had bent over backward to make happen and had spent countless hours helping her run. Royce knew he made a poor substitute. After Dad passed away, Mom had thrown herself even more into the youth camp. She was always coming up with new ideas. Pushing them to do more, with less time in between. It was how she'd dealt with the grief, and Royce knew it was what kept her getting up every day, no matter how much she missed her husband.

So he'd asked Mr. Blackstone what he needed to do, and the lawyer suggested he hire another woman to work at the camp — or even the ranch, as long as she was around to help balance out the genders on the adult side. Otherwise Royce was opening himself up for a lawsuit, and if that happened, someone could go after not just the camp but also the entire ranch. A ranch that had been in his family for three generations.

Shit. What the hell am I going to do? Especially since I've already got two cabins of teens at the ranch?

His headache doubled in size, a heavy sense of urgency coming along with it. Royce neared the front of the store, and he wasn't sure exactly why, but the hairs on his arms and the back of his neck rose. Only one checkout stand had a light on, and there was a skinny girl with a messy blond bun putting her groceries on the conveyor belt. There was something about her ...

She glanced over her shoulder and then immediately whipped her head forward.

Everything inside of him turned cold and hard, and it felt like he'd been punched in the gut.

It couldn't be ... but he knew it was. The glimpse of her profile had been enough. She didn't used to be so thin, and her hair used to be more of a strawberry than a platinum blond, but the way she held her head, the curve of her neck — the way everything inside of him was pulled to her, regardless of all the years that had passed ...

Sadie Hart. The girl who'd made him fall in love and then left him without a second thought. Resentment came then, thankfully clearing out that wussy, weak sensation that'd first clenched his body. For years he'd wondered when he would turn on the radio and hear her familiar voice belting out a love song. He'd dreaded it so badly, but part of him wished for it, too. He would've changed the station, but regardless of all that had happened, he'd like to think there would've been a glimmer of pride over the fact that she'd made it.

Sadie glanced back again and winced, but she didn't look away this time. As much as he didn't want to see her, her wide-eyed, struggling-for-air expression said that right now, he had the upper hand.

So he plastered on a smile and moved closer.

She picked up a jar and held it in her hands like some kind of lifeline, her knuckles white and her face pale. "R-Royce. Hi."

It was so mean, the words on the tip of his tongue, but he said them anyway. "Why, if it isn't the famous Sadie Hart. I'm still waiting to hear you on the radio. When's that gonna happen, by the way?"

Her face paled even more, her eyes blinking rapidly like she might cry, and a twinge of regret went through him. The girl had hardly ever been without a giant smile — not just that, but if anyone had dared to frown around her, she'd use it on him or her and add a joke or two, not letting up until she got a smile back. He'd never been able to see Sadie sad without taking it on himself to fix it, the way she did with everyone else.

But that was all before. Why didn't I just keep my big mouth shut so we could both pay for our groceries and get out of here as quickly as possible?

"Well ... I ..." Sadie twisted the jar in her hands, and it slipped loose and hit the floor with a loud crash. She quickly dropped down, scooping at the shattered remains and gathering up slimy green olives while muttering swear words.

Royce squatted down, guilt at pushing her now forming a lump in his gut. "Stop picking it up. You're going to get glass in your fingers."

"I have eyes," she spat at him. "I can see the glass, and I'll just grab the edges."

He gritted his teeth. "Fine. Slice your fingers off for all I care."

"Thanks for that. And for the singing comment. You're as charming as I remember."

"Right back at you, sweetheart." He stood, irritation tightening his muscles, a layer of frustration under it. Okay, the singing comment had been an ass move, but he'd immediately felt bad, and he sincerely was trying to keep her from hurting herself. How had he managed to forget how quickly her temper flared? Or how it sent a sexy flush of red across her cheeks?

Lucy, the cashier, looked on at the mess and Sadie, chewing her gum and not bothering to call for help or put forth more than minimal effort into her job.

"Ouch!" Sadie brought up her finger and sucked on it.

Royce leaned a hip on the edge of the conveyor belt. "Cut yourself, didn't you?"

She glared up at him and straightened, getting right in his face like she used to whenever they argued. It wasn't like they'd been one of those couples who always fought; they were just one of those couples who didn't always agree and were passionate about it.

"You know what?" she asked, jabbing a finger in his chest. As much as he shouldn't be turned on by it, he sort of was, the blood in his veins pumping faster and hotter than it had in a long time. He waited for her insult, anticipating what he could say back. But then her face suddenly fell and she sighed. "I'm too tired to do this right now. And I don't even know what I'm doing. I'm just getting groceries, and I didn't expect ..." Her gaze lifted to his, and he forgot how to breathe for a second. While everything else about her looked slightly different, the dark green eyes were the same. He'd been focused on the glint of anger, but now he could see the softer side. The vulnerable side that used to make him want to curl her into his arms and protect her from the rest of the world.

Damn, now he was getting mushy, and he couldn't let her do that to him. He wasn't the guy she'd left behind for Nashville anymore, full of optimism and thinking all he needed was his horse, his truck, and his girl by his side and life would be perfect.

He gestured toward Lucy. "I think she's waiting for you to pay for your groceries."

Sadie glanced at the cashier, nodded, and then held out the money. "Sorry about the olives. I'll just take the rest of the groceries, and I guess you'll have to call for a cleanup or whatever."

Now he felt bad again. He wasn't sure if Sadie was in town for a visit or if she planned on staying awhile — no doubt he'd hear the gossip soon enough — but he needed to stay away from her. The woman was toxic, and there was no way he'd let her mess with his heart or his head ever again.


* * *

Sadie glanced at Royce as the cashier took the hundred-dollar bill from her.

He looked so much the same. Still tall — although she swore he'd grown another inch or two — chestnut hair shot with golden streaks from hours in the sun, despite the fact he wore a hat most of the time, and deep brown eyes. He'd filled out since high school, too, his chest stretching the fabric of his shirt, his defined arms several inches bigger around than they used to be. Like when she'd been in high school, she got a little breathless when she looked at him. It was one of the reasons she'd almost given up her singing dream and married him, regardless of the fact that they'd barely been out of high school.


(Continues...)

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Second Chance Ranch: a Hope Springs novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did that sway my review or my rating! This book. This book! From the moment I started it all the way to the very end this book was read with a huge grin on my face. Second Chance Ranch is the second book I've read by Cindi Madsen and has solidified the fact that she is now one of my must buy everything type of authors. Both books I've read so far just make me happy as I read them and I can't wait to buy more of her work and lose myself. Her characters are so rich and lovable. And you fall in love with all of them. From Sadie and Royce all the way to Cory and Quinn their best friends and even the kids at the ranch and Sadie's grandpa had me as well. It's not often where I find an entire book filled with characters that make me want to jump inside and stay there. Each having their own personalities and quirks that leap from the pages. I love how second chances is a theme that runs through this book on different levels. Not only do you have this relationship between Sadie and Royce which grabbed hold of my heart and refused to let go. But you have Sadie with her musical dreams and you also have a group of really awesome troubled teens at the ranch that Royce runs. Well at least two of which you get to know a bit in the book. It all made for a very sweet and heartwarming book that I was sad to finish because I didn't want it to end. I realized in getting this review ready that I have a 3rd Cindi Madsen book already on my Kindle...you better believe I'm going to jump on that one and get it read as soon as possible. I can't wait to read more of this series and anything else she writes for that matter. Thank you Entangled for allowing me to read and review this book!!!
ChrisMyers More than 1 year ago
This is a great cowboy romance with a great cast of characters, from Sadie's family to Royce and his mom and the teens they work with on the ranch. Loved the ranch setting, too. This sweet romance was a quick read that left me with a big smile on my face. 
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down! A very well written story about second chances and following your heart. You can't help but fall in love with Sadie and Royce. Both are very likable characters that are still in love with the other but afraid of getting hurt again. Cindi Madsen does a great job of letting the reader see both perspectives in a way that works very well and flows smoothly throughout the book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! It's a heartwarming second chance story with fabulous characters and a storyline that has you rooting for the H/h from the very start. Luke and Sadie had a young love that we all would want but different dreams tore them apart. But on the Second Chance Ranch anything is possible. Once I started this I couldn't put it down, I think everyone will enjoy it. I highly recommend it.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
5 stars SO many happy feels, loved Second Chance Ranch! Second Chance Ranch is a very well written story about second chances and following your heart. Loved Sadie and Royce, they were both very likable and you couldn't help but fall in love with them and their story.  Another wonderful read by Cindi Madsen, once I started I couldn't put it down!  I highly recommend Second Chance Ranch and I can't wait for the next book in the Hope Springs series =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I love when authors join forces and create crossover characters in their books. We first meet Sadie Hart in Rachel Harris's Accidentally Married on Purpose, where she makes a very brief cameo to sing at Blue's induction to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Fellow Bliss author, Cindi Madsen, has written us Sadie's story and I will just tell you up front. I loved it. Second Chance Ranch drew me in right away and I could not get enough of Sadie and Royce together! My heart broke for Sadie. After leaving her family, high school boyfriend, and her home behind to head to Nashville to pursue a singing career, she now finds herself back where she started. She still has her family and her home, but her high school boyfriend was one of the sacrifices she had to make to try and follow her dreams. Being back home to get her bearings straight, causes old memories to resurface of a time where her and Royce were happy and completely head over heels in love. Now, there is a tension between them and Royce is determined not to let the beautiful, blonde woman he once loved back into his heart. Royce has his own problems to deal with, as the ranch he and his mother run desperately needs a woman employee to help avoid any potential scandals or credibility problems. Second Chance Ranch is a place where troubled teens are sent to learn what hard, honest work is and also to provide them with the encouragement they need to turn their lives around. Royce finds himself at a crossroads, as Sadie needs a job and he seems to be the only one who actually has work. She knows the ranch well and he has gotten a glimpse of her briefly interacting with one of the tough to crack kids there. He knows she won't plan to stick around long anyway, so as long as he keeps things professional between them, they should be able to make a go of it. I love second chance romances. Sadie and Royce still have that spark and they are genuinely good for one another. It's easy to fall back into old ways and remember how good they used to be together. The last thing Royce expects is to fall for her again, especially after having his heart broken by her so many years ago. It's a slow fall though. Madsen doesn't rush their relationship, which made it feel that much more meaningful and important, as it's the real thing. The ending was perfection and I love what Royce did at the rodeo. It was one of those perfect moments that could be straight out of a movie. I cannot recommend this book enough because it's just a sweet love story that will leave your heart happy and full.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute short story of second chances. The love story is sweet. The romance scenes are suggestive so you do not feel any passion between the two. The implied romance could use a little more description while maintaining modesty. If you are looking for a good wholesome love story then you will enjoy this one.
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book!! Cowboys and country singers, a great combo and the chemistry between Royce and Sadie is sweet but hot. The back drop is the Second Chance Ranch, run by Royce and his mom after his dad's death. His ex Sadie comes back into town after leaving 6 years ago to live her dream of being a country singer. She's had some tough breaks and came home to be with her family. She starts to work for Royce and the feelings that never died start to rekindle. Will she give up Royce again for the lure of a contract? Cindi Madsen never disappoints...she's a go-to author for me!Read all her Bliss/Entangle books :) ARC given by publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome feel good quick read, highly recommend
Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
I was flipping through my TBR list and thought ' what they hay' for this one and gave it a go. So glad I did because it was exactly what I needed at that moment, which was a super sweet romance with a gorgeous cowboy. Young love is a tricky thing and often it is something that goes into our 'what if ' folder in life when we let things go because we are too young to appreciate or understand the importance of it. For Royce and Sadie they had it all but Sadie wanted more so she walked away at 18 years old aiming for the stars. Six years later with her tail between her legs she comes and is forced to face her past and her biggest regret. For Royce once burnt, he is reluctant to open up to the idea of Sadie especially since she plans on leaving again soon anyways, but the pull between them is too much to deny. After giving in both are scared and don't communicate but they both work at second chance ranch so why not live what they preach. As always this was a great book from Cindi Madsen. It was easy and sweet and left me happy after reading it.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--SECOND CHANCE RANCH is the first instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary Hope Springs romance series focusing on the people of Hope Springs, Wyoming. This is Royce Dixon and country singer Sadie Hart’s second chance storyline. The premise follows Sadie and Royce as they dance around their attraction to one another. With her country music career floundering Sadie returns home to Hope Springs where she will find a job working at The Second Chance Ranch for at-risk teens. Royce Dixon, her high school sweetheart and former lover is the owner and manager of the Second Chance Ranch and Sadie is hoping to rekindle their relationship-if only for a short time. The attraction between our leading couple has never wavered. Six years earlier Royce asked Sadie for her hand in marriage but Sadie had dreams of making it big in Nashville. Broken hearted, Royce has never forgotten about Sadie but seeing her again brings back too many painful memories. He knows Sadie is only in town for a short time but isn’t prepared to lose his heart all over again. SECOND CHANCE RANCH is a sweet storyline about a second chance at love for two people who have never stopped loving one another. There is no foul language or graphic sex (only implied) ;there is a little bit of romance and a rekindling of a friendship.  The secondary characters include some of the teens at Second Chance Ranch as well as both Royce and Sadie’s family. If you like a quick, romantic read with no cliffhanger, and a happily ever after, Second Chance Ranch by Cindi Madsen is for you.
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"Second Chance Ranch" by Cindi Madsen is a fantastic read. I am a huge fan of Madsen so when I saw that she was coming out with a new series I was extremely excited. If you haven't read anything by Cindi Madsen before, this would be a great place to start. I think this is a great story to start with. Sadie has hit rock bottom and has returned home. After two separate music contracts fell through, Sadie doesn't now what to do. Returning home also means that she will need to see Royce again. The man whose heart she broke many years ago. Looking for a job, Sadie ends up working for Royce at Second Chance Ranch. Will they be able to repair their friendship? Royce has a loving heart and definitely still has feelings for Sadie. Royce can't seem to get over how Sadie broke his heart so many years ago. Now that she is back, what is he going to do? He can't seem to get Sadie off his mind. I loved the characters in "Second Chance Ranch." Sadie is so fun to get to know. It has got to be hard trying to accomplish your dreams and coming so close several times but never getting to reach that goal.Sadie is brave for returning home and admitting defeat and taking the time to have a break and find herself again. Sadie needs to find what she loved again. I like that Madsen brings the reader a character like Sadie. I like reading about characters that I can relate too. What about that handsome devil Royce? Not only is he swoon worthy but he is definitely the wounded cowboy. Royce put his walls up but he wasn't able to keep them up for long because Sadie was still able to get through to him. I loved the plot in this book. I loved that Sadie came home to discover herself again. Sadie needed to find out what is really important to her and what she wants in life. I was hooked on this book right away and I wasn't disappointed at all. I think "Second Chance Ranch" is a great read. This book is so much fun and I think it makes a great beach read or a rainy day read. I think this story could bring a smile to anyone's face. I think Madsen is a very talented writer so definitely check out her other work too.
TraciDouglass More than 1 year ago
A sweet story using familiar tropes to achieve Happily Ever After. Author Madsen creates relatable, likable characters in hard-working rancher Royce Dixon and wannabe Nashville superstar Sadie Hart. Both are eager to leave behind past hurts and achieve their goals. Neither ever dreamed of that the love of their life lie in Hope Springs. Sadie is determined to not make the same mistakes her mother did. She yearns to be a singing star and though she loves her high school sweetheart Royce, she turns down his marriage proposal for a chance at Nashville stardom. Yet after her contracts fall through and a disastrous night onstage, she’s ready to return home to recoup both her spirit and her finances. Royce spent years on the rodeo circuit after Sadie left him, spending his nights with a string of one-night stands and helping his family run a the Second Chance Ranch, a program to help troubled teens get their lives together. When Royce’s father unexpectedly passes away, the responsibility of keeping the ranch going falls squarely to him.  Sadie needs a job. Royce gives her one. The setting for Second Chance Ranch not only provides another opportunity for the troubled teens but also gives them a second chance at the love they both left behind earlier in life. While the story itself is familiar, author Madsen manages to tell it in a fresh way with her fun characters. The pace is fast and I look forward to the next book in this series.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
The beginning was very captivating, it was one of those books which you start and just keep on reading. IT is a reflection on our hopes and dreams. It is a story of two people whose life didn't turn out to be the way they envisioned. But in the end they realise; it wasn't such a bad thing after all. Sometimes what destiny has in store for us is better than what we wanted. I also liked the idea of "Second Chance Ranch." And it fits in the whole plot beautifully, capturing the true meaning of hope and love. I think the whole book is great and well written. It is a must read for those who are looking for second chances. But then aren't we all? ;) Sadie had left her small town and the boy she loved to fulfill a dream that didn't happen. Now she is back. Not much has changed in her small town and it reminds her of all that she has missed. especially what she had with Royce. She still misses him but things had not ended well for them. On her very first day back she meets him and it is clear that he has still not forgiven her for leaving and breaking his heart. Royce has no idea how to react. Clearly he is still a little bit in love with Sadie but he cannot forgive her. She had broken his heart and since then he hasn't been the same person. Now he has his ranch to think about. Nothing else seems more important than making it work. It was his father's dream and now his. As far as Sadie is concerned he will have nothing to do with her. That woman was, and most probably still is, trouble. Then by luck he got to hire her to work on his ranch. Sadie needs a job desperately and he needs a woman employ just as desperately. So it works out for both of them. But the real problem is staying away from each other and overcoming intense attraction they both still feel. I really enjoyed reading it and I hope everyone else do too. Happy reading everyone! :)
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
A second chance at romance set on a ranch in a small town. Sadie has chased her Nashville dreams of stardom, until her money has run out. She reluctantly returns home to Hope Springs to save money for her return, and runs into to her ex, Royce. He and his mother run a ranch that serves troubled teens as well as being a working ranch. Royce isn't to happy to hear that Sadie has returned to town, but eventually they both work out their differences and achieve their happily ever after.  Second Chance Ranch is a sweet romance with enough chemistry, humor, and engaging characters. I would recommend to anyone who like western themed romances! I received a free copy for an honest review. 
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
This is second chance romance between Sadie and Royce. Sadie left home to seek out her musical career, while Royce stays home to work on the ranch for troubled youth. Sadie returns home, and take on a temporary job at the ranch, can they just stay friends or will it develop into more. I loved the chemistry of these two. A great idea of the ranch for troubled youth. I could not put the book down. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
What a sweet second chance romance story! I absolutely loved Royce--the high school boyfriend Sadie left behind, who's trying to keep his parents' dream alive after the death of his father. He's such a great guy--working with his best friend and his mother, really caring about the troubled kids at the ranch and the working ranch as well--and doing his best to keep it all together, even though he doesn't have enough time or help, and he's constantly feeling as if his best is "less than" what his dad did. It so isn't. The poor guy. Enter Sadie--she's also a very sympathetic character, don't get me wrong--I loved her too. She's been trying to follow her dream for the past six years, and has nearly lost herself in the process. Her agent's told her she needs to be thinner, blonder, and have bigger boobs (fortunately, she hasn't followed through on that last one yet) and after almost signing with a label and having it fall through for the second time, she's dead broke and heading back to Hope Springs, Wyoming to regroup--and replenish her depleted bank account. Even without reading the blurb you know from the very first chapter that Sadie's going to end up working at Royce's ranch. Naturally, it takes the two of them a little bit longer to give in to the inevitable... I love second chance at romance stories, and Cindi Madsen's writing makes this one so much fun to read. Even though there's nothing groundbreaking or new going on here, it's so easy to care about these two characters and want to cheer them on as they dance around getting back together. (It totally doesn't hurt at all that he's a cowboy and she loves country music either! ;) ) There's a lot of promise in the series--Sadie's best friend Quinn is nicely set up for a future story involving a certain mysterious biker, and Royce's best friend Cody obviously is going to get past his womanizing ways eventually. Can't wait! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
kdjohnston73 More than 1 year ago
A great second chance romance by Cindy Madsen! I love the way she tells a story!!! I really enjoyed this story and just fell in love with the characters!!!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sweet second chance romance is the story of Sadie and Royce. Leaving her high school love behind, Sadie went to Nashville in search of her dream to be a country music star. Things didn't work out as planned though and 6 years later she's back in Hope Springs, licking her wounds and hoping to earn some money to get her career aspirations on track. When a job opens up at Royce's ranch helping out with his teen camp, Sadie takes it and before long memories of her and Royce are overwhelming them both. Can they rebuild their friendship and rekindle their love? And will that be enough to keep them together? I really enjoyed this story! Sadie was a delightful character - fun, friendly, outspoken, a real charmer, though she hides her insecurities well. Being rejected in Nashville was a hard lesson to learn, but being back in Hope Springs is reminding her of what she's missed- working with horses, being with her family, and most importantly her friendship and love for Royce. Royce's character is also very engaging - strong, handsome, determined to make his ranch and teen camp as successful as his father did. Having Sadie around him again brings up all sorts of memories, both good and bad, but the more time he spends with her, the more he falls back in love with her again. The chemistry between them is evident from the first time they set eyes on each other after their separation and the sweet romance scenes between them are tender and heartwarming. The secondary characters added a lot to the story, both the teens in the camp and the families of Sadie and Royce. There was an abundance of warmth and humour that made the story a delight to read. I also really liked the setting of the story, the descriptions of life on a ranch and the reality of rodeo competitions. Overall the story was an entertaining read, with engaging characters, an interesting plot, full of warmth and humor and a sweet romance. 4 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago