The Billionaire Bull Rider

The Billionaire Bull Rider

by Kate Pearce

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 His long and winding road has brought him to a legendary western ranch—to the brothers he calls friends . . . and a woman who could change his roving ways . . .
Turning his back on his American father’s business empire was the smartest decision Rio Martinez ever made. Now, after a high-flying career on the rodeo circuit, the world champion bull rider is ready for a change of pace. A summer hiatus working the Morgan brothers’ California ranch turns into the hope of forever when Rio meets a beautiful French baker who makes him realize what’s missing from his restless life.
After her husband abandoned her, Yvonne Payet threw herself into running the café that was her dream. In the welcoming community of Morgantown, she found a place to call home. She cherishes her hard-won independence, and doesn’t need another handsome heartbreaker calling the shots. But Rio isn’t just the sexiest, most arrogant cowboy she ever met—he’s got great ideas for expanding her business. With a reality TV show on the horizon and her ex demanding a second chance, Yvonne has to decide which sunset she wants to ride off into . . .
Praise for The Reluctant Cowboy

“Pearce sets up solid main-character arcs and creates good chemistry in a realistic western. While Pearce's descriptions of the ranch will inspire dreams of visiting one, the family secrets are alluring enough to make readers eager for the next book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420144741
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Morgan Ranch , #5
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 14,226
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.
She writes for Kensington, Penguin Random House UK Rouge Romance, Carina and Cleis Press and is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance cliches. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance and whatever else she can imagine. You can find Kate at her website at, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter @Kate4queen.

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"Ah." Yvonne Payet kicked off her shoes, leaned back precariously in her chair and flung her arms wide. "Sunday."

It was the only day of the week when she didn't have to get up at four in the morning to start baking for her coffee shop. Of course, she would have to go to bed early for the Monday morning start, but at least she'd had four glorious hours of extra sleep. She led such a glamorous, exciting life. ...

A tap on the back door had her turning her head.

"Hey, Yvonne! Can I come in?"

"Be my guest, January. Door's open." Her apartment was actually above the shop, but she was currently sitting in the stark steel splendor of the industrial kitchen, where she did all her baking. She'd come down to get some croissants out of the pantry, and never made it back up the stairs.

"Hey, girlfriend!"

She smiled as January Morgan breezed in, and took a seat opposite her at the table. Her friend wore her usual jeans, and a yellow Morgan Ranch T-shirt topped with a cozy blue fleece.

"Hey yourself."

"You ready?" January looked expectantly at her.

Yvonne blinked. "For what?"

"You've forgotten, haven't you?" January sighed.

"No, I haven't forgotten. I'm just ..." Yvonne waved a vague hand around her head. "Okay, I've forgotten. Just don't tell me I promised you five hundred choux buns for your guests at the ranch this morning?"

"Nope. You agreed to come up to the ranch and have lunch with me."

"Is that all?"

January widened her eyes. "What else would it be?"

"You and Avery have a terrible habit of introducing me to attractive men."

"That's terrible?" January did the wide-eyed innocent thing, but Yvonne wasn't fooled.

"Well, not exactly, terrible, but I'm not really in a position to date anyone at the moment. I work fourteen-hour days, I'm still getting over being dumped by you know who, and I'm picky as hell."

"Like that's supposed to stop us?"

Yvonne sighed. "Obviously not. Just because you and Avery are insufferably happy with your Morgan brothers doesn't mean that you have to try and match all your friends up as well."

"Yes, it does," January pointed out. "It's the rule. We love you, and we're determined to find a man worthy of you, unlike He Who Shall Not Be Named."

"Isn't that Voldemort?"

"You know who I mean," January said darkly, and made encouraging motions at Yvonne like she was herding chickens. "Go and get ready. It's almost eleven o'clock."

Grumbling, Yvonne rose and headed for the stairs. "I'm not going riding."

"I didn't say you had to," January called out. "By the way, do you have any éclairs left over?"

"Pink box on the second shelf in the large refrigerator. It has your name on it."

"Cool! Thanks!"

Yvonne had already showered, so all she had to do was pick something to wear that she didn't mind getting ruined at the ranch. It wasn't the sort of place where you sauntered around in designer heels without getting horseshit all over them.

She carefully applied her makeup, and brushed out her long, dark hair. No jeans because that might create the impression that she was willing to get back on a horse, so capri pants, old shoes, and a striped T-shirt in navy and white.

"Very French," she murmured to herself, grabbing a jacket and sliding her feet into her favorite pair of old wedges. "Tres jolie."

When Yvonne got downstairs, January was sitting at the table texting. She looked up and nodded her approval.

"I don't know how you get ready so fast. You always look so chic."

"All those years in France at catering college rubbed off on me, I suppose." Yvonne grimaced at her striped shirt. "Maybe I should put on a beret, and bring one of my French sticks to look really authentic."

"Or a bicycle and a string of onions around your neck?" January asked helpfully. "I don't think you need too many accessories."

"Less is certainly more, especially on a cow farm," Yvonne muttered as she picked up her purse and put on her sunglasses. "Let's go."

She enjoyed the drive out to the ranch, which was just outside the boundary of Morgantown, where she lived and worked. The ranch had been there for over a hundred and fifty years and was still run by the Morgan family. The town — the second attempt to found a settlement in the area — was also named in their honor.

January had come to the ranch to complete her research for her doctorate and had ended up marrying the oldest son, Chase Morgan, who was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur on the side. Chase was also a good man who adored his wife, which made him okay with Yvonne.

"Is Avery going to be there?" Yvonne asked.

"Yup. I think everyone but Rachel is home for a change."

"Nice. Morgans everywhere."

January chuckled. "It does get a bit overwhelming sometimes."

"Yes, all that testosterone in one place." Yvonne mock scowled. "All those hot, unattainable men."

"Like you were ever interested in any of them." January snorted.

"True. I've never had a thing for cowboys. I like my men docile, subservient, and beta."

"Yeah, right. Good luck with finding that around here."

"Luck has nothing to do with it," Yvonne said. "I'm just too busy to give some man the attention he thinks he deserves. Running a business is hard."

January shot her a concerned sideways glance. "You certainly work too hard. Have you thought about getting an assistant?"

"Finding a good assistant out here is like finding a good man now that all the Morgans are taken," Yvonne said firmly.

"You should ask Avery. She has lots of contacts in the hotel industry."

"I have asked her." Yvonne sighed. "It's the fact that we're out in the sticks and I can't pay much that sucks."

"What about finding someone to train up?"

"I've been doing that, but it's very time consuming. Every time I get them to a decent level of competence, they leave for the big city and I'm back at square one." Yvonne fiddled with her seat belt. "Want me to get the gate?"

"No need. They're all automatic now." January punched in a code. "Chase set it up last week. We're expecting our first full guest list over spring break, so he wanted to make sure everyone would be secure."

"Are you excited?"

"Excited and terrified at the same time. I don't think we're going to fail, but you never know what's going to happen when you put horses and new riders in the mix together."

Yvonne patted her friend's arm. "You'll be fine. I bet Chase has a plan for every contingency."

"He does." January chuckled. "Including one for an alien invasion, or California experiencing a massive earthquake and us ending up in the sea or on the coast."

"If I didn't know your OCD, nerdy husband, I'd be laughing right now, but I suspect he really has got plans for that."

January drew the big truck up in the circular driveway in front of the old ranch house. It was a Victorian structure with a slate roof, a deep porch, and fancy spiral woodwork. The original barn now housed the new and improved horse stables, and the tastefully designed guest cabins were secreted behind the new welcome center on a downward slope.

Yvonne sucked in a great big lungful of fresh air, and sighed happily as she alighted from the truck. She loved the ranch and enjoyed spending time there. Opening the rear door, she gathered up the pink boxes containing extra lunchtime treats and balanced them carefully in her arms. There were already several trucks parked in the driveway, and one fancy car.

"Who does that car belong to?" She pointed at the Mercedes.

"One of Chase's partners is here," January said way too casually over her shoulder. "Didn't I mention that?"

"No, strangely enough, you did not." Yvonne followed her friend up the steps to the main house. "Traitor." She sniffed appreciatively as January opened the screen door. "Ruth's cooking a roast. My favorite thing to eat on a Sunday."

"Lamb, I believe," January said. "With all the trimmings." She hesitated at the bottom of the stairs. "Matt is a really nice guy. I think you'll like him a lot."

"Well, look who's here!" Ruth Morgan, the tiny woman who ruled over the whole Morgan clan, looked up from stirring something on the stove, and smiled at Yvonne. "I haven't seen you for ages."

"I've been really busy." Yvonne placed the boxes in the old green 1950s refrigerator. "Business has picked up."

"It's the same around here. I never thought I'd live to see the ranch thriving like this." Ruth lowered the temperature and peered into the pan. "I never thought I'd get all my grandchildren back either. God is very good."

"Amen." Yvonne crossed herself out of habit. "Can I help you with anything?"

"Not yet. Why don't you go into the parlor and keep Matt company while I finish up?"

Yvonne meekly did as she was told. It seemed the whole Morgan family was intent on finding her a new man. ...

* * *

An hour later, she was sitting at a packed table, jostling elbows with various Morgans and their wives and girlfriends in a somewhat competitive match to get as much food on their plates as humanly possible. Boy, those men could eat. Matt was seated opposite her, and he occasionally smiled like they were united as outsiders in the noisy fray.

He was a nice guy. Good looking in that blond California nerd way and intelligent enough to immediately grasp what her business entailed, and how hard she worked. He'd asked some great questions and given her a couple of things to think about.

"The lamb is excellent, Mrs. Morgan." A new voice entered the conversation.

"Thank you, Rio," Ruth said. "And how are you settling in, dear?"

Yvonne looked down the table at the speaker, who was wedged between Ry and HW Morgan. He wore a black shirt with some kind of logo on it, and had the tanned, outdoor look of a cowboy. His accent held a hint of southern America, but she couldn't pin it down more than that. Having been to Sunday lunch at the Morgans' before, Yvonne figured he must be one of the new spring hires being welcomed onboard.

"I am settling in very well, thank you, Mrs. Morgan. I grew up on a ranch, so this feels very much like coming home."

His voice was soft and so melodious that Yvonne found herself smiling. He caught her staring and winked at her. Maybe not so young and sweet after all ...

"Who's ready for dessert?" Ruth stood up. "I have cheesecake, and whatever Yvonne brought from the store."

There were several fake groans, but no one seemed willing to say no. Yvonne jumped up to help while the others cleared the table. The cowboy helped as well, stacking plates into the dishwasher with great speed and efficiency.

"Let me get that for you." Matt held the door of the refrigerator open as she took out the desserts.

"Thanks." She flashed him a smile. "Do you like éclairs, cream slices, or meringue?"

"I like all of them." He patted his stomach. "Unfortunately, my personal trainer would kill me if I ate any of them."

The new cowboy gave a hastily concealed snort. Yvonne offered him a sharp look and received a sunny smile in return.

"We won't tell him if you don't." Yvonne set the boxes on the countertop and looked around for some plates.

"Here you go." The cowboy slid a pile of plates in front of her. Up close, he had very brown eyes and long eyelashes that she immediately coveted. He wasn't that much taller than her in her two-inch wedges, which made him around five-foot-ten.

"Thank you."

"They look good. Where did you buy them?"

"Thank you. I got them at the coffee shop in town," Yvonne said as she expertly decanted the cream slices onto the plate without breaking the thin layers of pastry and custard.

"That fancy place with the pink and white awning, and the tables outside?"

"Yes." Yvonne offered him a brief smile. "I own it."

"Yeah? That's awesome." He took two of the plates and transferred them to the table.

Now his accent sounded typically American. ...

She allowed him to help her liberate the rest of the pastries and then sat down, helping herself from the carafe of French vanilla coffee Ruth placed on the table.

"These are great, Yvonne." January made a moaning sound that drew the immediate attention of her husband. "If I could marry twice, I'd marry this éclair."

"Marrying the pastry chef would be the best idea," Matt chimed in. "Then you'd have a renewable resource." He beamed at Yvonne. "We should talk about that."

"Our wedding or the cakes?" she countered.

He laughed, and the conversation went off in another direction.

Despite everyone protesting, Yvonne somehow won the right to finish cleaning the kitchen with the cowboy and Matt. Ruth was watching TV in the parlor, and everyone else had dispersed. Yvonne had a thing about leaving her workspaces clean, and actually enjoyed the process of restoring order. Matt had no idea what to do, but was willing to be ordered around, and the other guy, Rio, just got on with it, seeming to know instinctively what to do and how to do it. He'd make an excellent kitchen assistant if he weren't already a ranch hand.

They kept the conversation to a minimum, giving Yvonne plenty of time to consider what she thought about Matt and his prospects as a boyfriend. The major issue was that he lived in San Francisco, which, although quite close, was still a plane or long drive away. January and Chase managed their relationship like that, but they were very committed to making it work.

Matt did have a lot of the qualities she liked in a man. He was intelligent, good looking, but not out of her league, and he really did listen when she talked. But there was no "'zing" there, nothing that made her want to kiss his socks off, no hint of sexual attraction. But she'd been there, had that, and had the broken marriage to prove it. Perhaps it was time to start with a friendship and hope it would grow into something more durable.

Matt would certainly understand her work schedule, seeing as he was pretty committed to the angel venture capital company he ran with Chase and Jake. And maybe not having him around all the time would work, too. They could both concentrate on their businesses and enjoy their relationship on the side.

Matt's cell buzzed, and he fished it out of his pocket and grimaced. "Sorry, I've got to take this. Back in a minute."

Yvonne carried on putting things away, finishing with the huge pile of silverware, which she carefully dried, and polished with the dishtowel.

"Do you know where this should go?"

She blinked into the gorgeous brown eyes of the cowboy, and then let her gaze fall to the glass bowl cupped in his large, capable hands.

"Up there." She pointed over her head. "Second cupboard on the right."

"Thanks." He reached up and put the bowl away. "I'm glad someone knows where everything goes. I'm working on it, but there are still a few things that elude me."

"Are you here for the season?" Yvonne asked.

"Kind of." He considered her, his keen gaze taking everything in. "I know Ry and HW from the rodeo. They asked me to come and help out." He barely paused to breathe. "Would you consider going on a date with me?"

She blinked at him. "What?"

He pointed at his chest. "Me." Then pointed at her. "Go out with you."

Great ... her one day off, and someone was hitting on her. She put up with it at her café because pouring hot drinks over customers' laps was apparently bad for business, but she didn't have to smile and let it happen right now.

"I heard what you said, but ... I think they're trying to set me up with Matt."

"Okay. Do you like Matt?"

Yvonne frowned. "I've only just met him."

"But you'd go out with him?"


"Then seeing as you've only just met me, you could go out with me instead."

"Your logic is ..." She shook her head. She really didn't want to deal with another cocky cowboy, but he was a guest of the Morgans. "So, so lame."

The door banged and Matt came back in. "Sorry about that." He looked around the kitchen. "Looks like you two have everything covered. Shall we go and join Ruth in the parlor?"

* * *

Rio watched Yvonne leave the kitchen with Matt, the exasperation at his expense still lingering in her eyes.

Jeez. Talk about messing things up from the get-go. He wanted to slap a hand over his own mouth. He was supposed to be a smooth-talking charmer, yet he'd come across like a two-bit bumbling teenager asking out his first girl. No wonder she'd looked at him with such bemusement. A woman as beautiful as Yvonne Payet was probably used to dealing with drooling fools, which was exactly what he'd turned into the moment he'd seen her.

And then he'd had to listen to the Morgans working out how they were going to fix her up with Matt, who was a really nice guy, but —

"Hey." HW put his head around the door. "What's up?"

"Just getting myself more coffee." Rio busied himself finding a mug. "What's the plan for the afternoon?"


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The Billionaire Bull Rider 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
KB67 8 months ago
5 stars I purchased a copy of the novel The Billionaire Bull Rider: Morgan Ranch book 1 by Kate Pearce and this review is given freely. A complex and at times intense romance running the gamut of emotions. HW and Ry's bull riding friend Rio takes a preseason break from the PBR to teach bull riding on Morgan Ranch but his attraction to bakery and cafe' owner Yvonne and a twist of fate thrown in by both his estranged father and her uncompleted divorce have both Rio and Yvonne questioning their futures.
KB67 8 months ago
5 stars I purchased a copy of the novel The Billionaire Bull Rider: Morgan Ranch book 1 by Kate Pearce and this review is given freely. A complex and at times intense romance running the gamut of emotions. HW and Ry's bull riding friend Rio takes a preseason break from the PBR to teach bull riding on Morgan Ranch but his attraction to bakery and cafe' owner Yvonne and a twist of fate thrown in by both his estranged father and her uncompleted divorce have both Rio and Yvonne questioning their futures.
KB67 8 months ago
5 stars I purchased a copy of the novel The Billionaire Bull Rider: Morgan Ranch book 1 by Kate Pearce and this review is given freely. A complex and at times intense romance running the gamut of emotions. HW and Ry's bull riding friend Rio takes a preseason break from the PBR to teach bull riding on Morgan Ranch but his attraction to bakery and cafe' owner Yvonne and a twist of fate thrown in by both his estranged father and her uncompleted divorce have both Rio and Yvonne questioning their futures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh so sexy bullrider Rio is so much more than what appearances show. When bakery owner Yvonne gets an upclose and personal chance to learn all the complex ingredients that make up this lovely man, neither stand a chance at resisting the alchemical reaction they make despite their deep-rooted distrusts in love and marriage. I have enjoyed each of the books in the Morgan Ranch series, but I am deserting the others and choosing this one as my favorite in the series, because Rio and Yvonne are such good people and so deserving of the happiness they eventually find together.
belllla More than 1 year ago
Another book in the Morgan ranch series. But in this one the people from the outside of the family fall in love. And that is Rio the bull rider and owner of the bakery Yvonne. At first, I didn't like Yvonne because she seemed calculated by picking her date the reason for choosing Matt over Rio didn't settle well with me. But in the continuing the attraction that they both feel is difficult to ignore. I loved the all the sexual tension that the author built toward the very hot end. Rio is a likable character full of daddy issues which still bother him. I liked that he always wanted to sort out the problem that he had with Yvonne. IT was great how did they work well together and how Yvonne had opened Rios eyes when it came to his father. In the end, we see that Yvonne is a really strong woman and that love concurs all. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Love all the Morgan family and glad Rio and Yvonne got a HEA!
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire Bull Rider is book 5 in the Morgan Ranch series. While I think that the first 4 books in the series are best read in order, this one stands alone well in my opinion. Rio Martinez is a world champion bull rider and friends with the Morgan brothers. While spending the summer working for them he meets Yvonne, who owns the French bakery in town. Both of these two are good reasons to be wary of long-term relationships and therefore commitment shy. This is a good story and we find out why Rio doesn't like his American father and why Yvonne doesn't want to be in a relationship. When their friends-with-benefits relationship turns into something more they both runaway. It's actually a pretty complex story with lots of different sub-plots going on concerning Rio and Yvonne. I enjoyed this story a lot, and I'm not at all sorry I read it, but for some reason I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I have in the other books. Kate Pearce's writing is great, as always, so I think I may just not have been in the right mood for this particular story right now. If you've enjoyed the other books in this series I'm sure you won't want to miss this one. The next book in this series, The Rancher, is one I've really been looking forward to. I can't wait to read Rachel's story. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire Bull Rider is Book 5 in the Morgan Ranch series. This one (probably more so than the rest) could stand alone just fine but this is an amazing series so I would highly recommend starting from the beginning to get the entire backstory. Especially considering everyone from the earlier novels do make an appearance. It amazes me that Ms. Pearce can crank out hit after hit regardless of genre. Whether it's historical, paranormal, sci-fi, erotic, contemporary or cowboy-western, you can pretty much figure if it has Kate Pearce's name on it, it's going to be phenomenal and this story was no exception! The chemistry between Rio and Yvonne was evident right from the start. I loved the interactions between the 2 of them and even though they've played a minor role in earlier stories, this is the first time we've really gotten to take a deep dive into their pasts. Overall this was an excellent addition to the series and I cannot wait for Rachel's story.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
So not only are the Morgans gorgeous, honest, and loyal but apparently so are their friends… specifically one sexy bull rider named Rio Martinez. I swear, if you’re a heterosexual woman visiting the Morgan Ranch, it must be physically impossible to keep your tongue from hanging out of your mouth. Neither Rio nor Yvonne were looking for a relationship, and in fact were both actively trying to avoid it, but love will sometimes just not be ignored. Sometimes the best things to happen to you in your life are totally unexpected. This book and Rio and Yvonne’s love story will completely captivate you. Every single book in this phenomenal series has touched my heart, and this is certainly no exception. I adored this book from start to finish and was truly sad to see it end. When this series comes to completion, I will miss each and every one of these characters. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this sensational series. *I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
Ajgray More than 1 year ago
Rio, a world champion bull rider, comes to Morgan Ranch to help with the mechanical bull riding lessons. Here he meets Yvonne who starts to become an important part of his life. They both agree that they have careers that will keep them apart once he goes back on the PBR circuit. Along the way Yvonne’s ex appears and Rio’s father comes back into his life. There is a lot of turmoil they each have to work thru separately and then together. The book is a great addition to the Morgan Ranch series and I would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed in this book or any of the others in this series.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
I'm really loving Kate's Morgan Ranch series. This one is about Rio Martinez, this year's Champion Bull Rider, who we've met on the rodeo circuit with HW Morgan. He going back for one more year to defend his title then retiring. Rio is on the ranch helping out for the summer and meets Yvonne Payet the french baker who owns the town bakery. They both are too busy for a relationship but end up having one anyway. I loved watching these two dancing around each other, they have so much chemistry. Rio is so much more than he seems. His Dad, Graham, owns a multi-national company in the food and entertainment industry. His Mother has a ranch in Brazil where he learned his cowboy skills. We get to see Rio being able to help Yvonne with a potential reality cooking show that draws them closer together and alerts her supposed ex, Paul Giresse from France. The plot thickens when we discover Paul never got around to finishing up the divorce in France. Thank you Kate and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this story in a delightful series.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire Bull Rider by Kate Pearce Morgan Ranch #5 Neither Yvonne nor Rio is at the point in their lives where they believe they are ready to settle down. Both have issues from the past that impact them as they move forward socially, emotionally and professionally. Communication is essential for them to reach a more than friends with benefits relationship. And, as they meet at Morgan Ranch with the whole crew around them it is an interesting time for both as they try to work their way forward. What I liked: * Yvonne’s strength * Rio’s multifaceted background * The idea that a bull rider (or any sports personality) can have a “mind” * The support system that the community provides * The way the two finally worked out how to trust and share and find their way to a HEA What I didn’t like: * Yvonne’s ex (but I wasn’t supposed to like him) * Rio’s childhood (it was difficult to read about) * Maybe a few other things if I think about it… What I wonder is who will have their story told next. The Morgan’s, for the most part, have found their partners but with this book two newbies to the story have arrived so that makes me think there are more stories to look forward to that star people in town or working on the ranch. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
WendyBookWhore More than 1 year ago
I read The Billionaire Bull Rider as a stand alone and had no problems following the story despite it being fifth in the series. This book follows the slow to build romance of Rio and Yvonne. The PBR champion and the small town bakery owner are definitely not an obvious match. There was instant attraction between these two but both fought this coupling from the start. However neither can deny the chemistry between them for long. But then there are a few major road blocks thrown in the way. The Billionaire Bull Rider is a page turner despite the sweet story inside. I am glad I took the chance on this new to me author. If new to you or you have been following this series, I recommend this book. Very enjoyable read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Life on the Morgan Ranch has really gotten busy in this fifth book of the series. Each of these books can be read standalone but I recommend you read them all to see how this family and the ranch changes. This book features Rio Martinez and Yvonne Payet. Rio is a buddy of HW's from the rodeo circuit and Yvonne is the owner of the local cafe. Rio is attracted to Yvonne right away but she's already had one miserable relationship and she's not ready to give anyone else a chance. Rio isn't about to give up on her though and before long they are wrapped up in each other's crazy lives. I really love this series and I'm glad to see it continue. This author's writing is exceptional and you'll fall in love with these characters. I definitely recommend this book.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Pearce's Morgan ranch Series has found love for the four grandsons of Ruth Morgan. A fiesty grandma who rules her family with love and delicious cooking. The Morgan's have rodeo ties and in so saying their friend Rio the champion bull rider has come to the ranch. His expertise will add to the options available to the guests arriving to the Ranch for a full Cowboy experience. Of course Morgantown is shadowed in the quaint small town atmosphere complete with a unique and tasty coffee slash pastry shop. Yvonne is the owner of said shop and more than catches the eye of Rio. Pearce always narrates a great story with some romantic but also some serious aspects to it. This is part of a series and although stands on its own don't cheat yourself out of the full telling. Only wish I could visit the ranch and taste its splendor!! Anticipating a bit more heat between Ruth and Roy in what I hope continues this series. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Can't wait to try the Flourless Sin Cake recipe at the end. My son has gluten allergy so this will be fantastic.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
The author takes us back to the Morgan Ranch and Morgantown. This time the story does not belong to the Morgan siblings whom we have come to love, but rather to their friend Rio and pastry chef Yvonne. Rio is a world champion bull rider , helping out his friends at their ranch. Though as the story progresses, we find out he is much more than that. Yvonne owns and runs the local cafe and is well known for her pastries. She has had to overcome obstacles, and is a very independent woman. Rio and Yvonne start a “friends with benefits” relationship which of course gets complicated. In addition to their story, we are reminded the importance of family, whether by blood or by bonds created . Another well written story in this series which was engaging and had complex characters. I received this copy from Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
This book took a few chapters to draw me in, but once it did, I was hooked! Rio is the very definition of a laid-back cowboy, until he isn't. I fell in love with both his relaxed cowboy persona and the ruthless businessman he keeps hidden until needed. Yvonne has her hands full running the bakery/restaurant that she started with her now-ex husband, and she doesn't have time for a relationship. But she just can't resist Rio anymore than he can keep his hands off her, so their incendiary chemistry forces them to find a way to make it work. This story delves deep into Rio's family history, and I loved the way the author detailed his personal journey as he buried the demons of his past. It was the icing on the cake that this journey crossed paths with Yvonne's unfinished business, adding layers of drama and more than a few "Hell, yeah!" moments. The HEA is nicely wrapped up in a beautiful, triumphant epilogue. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.