Rancher and single father Tripp Montgomery is a master at French braiding and princess tea parties. He's also the most eligible bachelor in Cheyenne, Wyoming. So when he stumbles upon a flashy, sexy city girl, he knows two things: 1) she's a walking disaster, and 2) he needs to stay far, far away.
But she needs him more than he wants to admit…
Charlotte Gram knows what it's like not to be wanted. She's in Cheyenne for the summer to help her grandmother heal after surgery, but the farmhouse "chores" are proving much harder than she thought. If her day couldn't get any worse, the sexiest man she's ever seen strolls up to save the day...
...and he definitely doesn't seem happy about it.
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The Rancher and the City Girl
Tempting the Rancher Series
By Joya Ryan, Heather Howland
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"I'm home!" Tripp Montgomery called out to the quiet ranch house. He hustled inside, only to get smacked in the face by the screen door. "God damn it," he muttered under his breath and adjusted his Stetson.
Added to his endless to do list: fix screen door so it doesn't bounce back in my face every time I try to walk through the damn thing.
"Daddy!" Gracie's little voice echoed from deep in the house, followed by the patter of tiny footsteps running from her bedroom, through the kitchen, and into the open area of the family room where Tripp was kicking dust off his boots in the doorway.
It never ceased to amaze him how the sound brought an instant joy to his heart because he knew she was running his way.
A head of bouncing blond curls and open arms came into view. He scooped up his six-year-old daughter and kissed her cheek. "Sorry I'm running a bit behind, baby girl," he said. Story of his life as the cow rancher–slash–single dad.
"It's okay. Uncle Cash played Twister with me. I won." Gracie grinned and whispered, "Uncle Cash isn't very good at bending."
"Got that right," Tripp said with a smile.
"I heard that," Cash said, walking into the room. His blond hair was messed up and his jeans were wrinkled like he really had been losing at Twister.
"And I'm not rigid, I'm responsible," he said.
"Uh-huh." Cash was one of the two friends who lived with Tripp, helping run the ranch and raising his daughter. He was the best friend a guy could have, but the man was more "responsibly rigid" than Tripp — and that was saying something. But the man had a past and a reckless twin brother that made him the way he was. Just like Tripp's past and the woman who left him and their baby girl with no word made Tripp the man he was.
Neither scenario was discussed.
Tripp turned his attention to Gracie in his arms. "Sorry, the cows were stubborn today. Are you ready for your troop meeting?"
Gracie nodded enthusiastically. She was head-to-toe dressed in her Girl Scout uniform, except for a pair of girlie sandals she'd insisted he buy her.
"Go take your sandals off and get those shiny, strappy shoes on," Tripp said and put her down.
She hustled out toward her room.
The sound of the fridge, then the pantry cupboard, opening and shutting came from the kitchen. Followed by heavy footsteps.
"You're about out of cookies," Bo said, coming to lean against the doorframe that separated the kitchen from living room. He bit into an apple and grimaced at Tripp. "And you smell like the back forty pasture."
"I'm also about to kick your ass," Tripp said to his other best friend and ranch hand. "I smell because I was out there moving cattle all day. Which was where you should have been. You said you had the west forty covered."
"I did. Then I came back to watch Gracie while Cash ran the horses."
"What happened to the sitter?" Tripp asked. Because even with the three of them juggling, the nice babysitter he'd found was a lifesaver in summer. No way could they make it through their busiest season without her.
"The sitter had to take off," Bo said, looking anywhere but at Tripp and running his free hand through his black hair.
Tripp pinched his nose. "Please tell me you didn't run off another babysitter. You keep sleeping with them and I swear to God I'll kick your ass."
Bo gave that smile that he'd given since they were all in high school. The "I may have" smile that the town playboy was notorious for. But he was also a good guy, and the three of them had been best friends since birth.
Didn't mean Tripp didn't want to kill Bo sometimes.
"Yeah, the woman was all huffy when I showed up," Cash said. "Poor thing running out the door talking about Bo never calling."
"You're such a snitch," Bo grumbled and took a bite of his apple.
"Just telling it like it is," Cash said.
"Look, women run out all the time, doesn't mean —" Bo cut his words short, and Cash gave him a nasty glare.
Tripp just stood there. After Shania took off and left him with Gracie, it was like some switch was flipped, because they never, ever talked about women leaving. Why, he didn't know. He was fine. Totally fine.
"You're right, women do run out all the time," Tripp said. "But you run off another babysitter and you'll be sleeping in the barn."
Bo held up his hands, one still with his apple. "I get it. But why do we even need a sitter? I'm the best around and I love my little niece."
"You eat cookies and watch Frozen with her all day," Cash said.
"Hey." Bo dug an Oreo out of his jeans pocket and looked between it and the apple, then tossed the cookie in his mouth. "Cookies are fantastic and the ice queen is hot. There are a lot worse ways to spend the days."
"Yeah, like herding cattle," Tripp said.
"Don't get your panties in a bunch. I'll cover the south forty." Bo looked Tripp over. "You heading to her Girl Scout meeting?"
Tripp lifted his Stetson to run a hand through his hair and put it back on. "Yeah. Going to drop her off and head into town for about an hour."
"You may want to change," Bo said, returning to his apple.
Cash nodded in agreement.
"For fuck's sake ..." Tripp grumbled and headed toward his master bedroom. Bo and Cash followed, shooting the shit as if he weren't right there getting ready. Still grumbling, he grabbed a clean T-shirt, washed his face, and dusted off his jeans. Good enough.
"Between the Girl Scout troop and cows, your social life is getting pretty sad," Bo said.
He gave his friend an incredulous look. "You might have noticed I have a few things going on this summer. Like running cows and raising a daughter."
"Really? Because I thought you were just afraid of women."
"Your balls must be feeling pretty damn big today for you to say that shit to me."
Bo adjusted himself and grinned. Dramatic prick.
"You do everything you can to avoid women," his friend pushed. "Looks like fear to me."
"I'm trying to raise a woman. I'm not afraid of them."
As if on cue, Gracie came running through the house, ready to go. He never knew his entire world would be puttering around on such small feet.
"That's why I'm here to help," Bo said.
"Me, too," Cash said.
"Yeah, we're just a house full of rednecks."
"Lot worse things to be," Bo said, taking another bite of apple.
Tripp rolled his eyes.
"Well ..." Bo slapped Tripp's back. "Have a great day. By the way, you still have cow shit on your boot and glitter in your hair."
Tripp took a deep breath and looked in the mirror. The shit was an occupational hazard and the glitter was from Gracie demonstrating her questionable hairstyling techniques on him with sparkly hair spray.
Forget it. He'd shower later.
"You're not staying?" Tammy Jones said loudly from her perch behind the refreshments table. She was nice enough. Divorced, had a daughter the same age as Gracie, and was always helping out with the troop, just like several of the other women there. All of whom gave Tripp casseroles, cookies, and flirty gestures from fairly regularly.
Not that he was interested.
"Yes, ma'am, gotta run a couple errands." He shifted his focus to Gracie, who was settling in to the troop meeting. "See you in an hour, baby."
Gracie waved and went back to chatting with her friends.
Tammy must have hustled, because she headed Tripp off at the exit, batting her lashes and flicking her hair. Tripp knew what was coming next. Not because he thought he was hot shit, but because he was aware he was a single man with a child, and that often put him into settings full of women. Women who were, more often than not, sadly, also single parents.
"You have plans for this weekend?" Tammy asked. "There's that new movie playing at the drive-in."
The drive-in at the edge of town was the place where teenagers used to escape and make out. He looked at Tammy. Tammy looked right back at him, and he knew what that kind of look meant. Didn't matter, though. He wouldn't risk falling in love with a woman and watching her walk out on him and Gracie. They didn't need that shit. If her own mama could leave them, anyone could. He'd never let that happen to his daughter again. Even if it made Bo right, and Tripp was doomed to the saddest social life in town.
"Summer is my busiest time on the ranch. I'm afraid I won't be getting to many movies."
"But you're still going to be part of the nut fry later this summer, right?" There was a hint of a whine in her voice.
"Did you say nut fry?" Lucy France said, coming over to stand on Tripp's other side.
He shifted away and cursed under his breath. They had him sandwiched and blocked from leaving.
Lucy pushed her breasts out a little. "I look forward to that party every year, you know?"
The Montgomery family had been hosting the town "nut fry" for the past ten years. Hosted on the part of Montgomery land that butted up against the local bar in town, ranches pitched in the food, and local vendors sold their wares.
Tripp took over the ranch, and everything that went with running it, a few years ago when his dad passed away. Including the nut fry.
"Still a couple weeks off yet, ladies, but yes, the nut fry is in the works." He gave his best smile and tried to subtly reach for the door handle.
"You work so hard out on that ranch," Tammy said with a bit of a pout. "You should really take a break. Like a weekend day."
"Wish I could, ma'am, but cows don't know weekends from weekdays."
He touched the tip of his hat with one hand and made blessed contact with the door handle with the other.
"You ladies have a good day." Feeling both Tammy's and Lucy's eyes bore into his back, he adjusted his Stetson and stepped out into the summer sunshine of Cheyenne, Wyoming. His home. Gracie's home. Their life was just fine as it stood.
Although ... Tripp did the mental math of the last time he'd brought a woman into his bed and ran a hand over his scruffy jaw.
He glanced back at the Girl Scout hall and shook his head. He couldn't do anything about his personal life because either way, he was screwed, and not in the good way. Getting involved in any way with a woman around here was trouble. Cheyenne might be the biggest city in Wyoming, but that was a relative thing. With only a few thousand people, word spread fast, everyone knew everyone, and kids went to school together. If Tripp hooked up with someone, there'd be rumors and Gracie's friends would ask questions and ... just ... nope. Bad idea all around.
That didn't make Bo right about him being scared of women, but he may have had a point about him avoiding them.
Despite the good reasons behind that avoidance, Tripp still loved women. It wasn't just about him anymore, though. If keeping his daughter in a secure environment meant he lived more celibate than a priest and worked even harder on the ranch, it was enough.
At least, that was what he was telling himself. Until he reached his truck and his thoughts got interrupted by the sweetest voice he'd ever heard, spitting the nastiest curse words known to man.
* * *
"You are the worst car in this hellhole town and I swear — to — God ..." Charlotte Gram kicked the driver-side tire of her rental car with her favorite stiletto. The dry summer air blew hot against her skin, and a small film of dust settled on her neck.
Was dust a thing out here?
She was used to the Los Angeles smog and clutters of asshole people. She'd never thought she'd step foot in Wyoming. Ever. But this was the prairie state her grandmother had chosen to retire in, so that's where Charlotte needed to be.
Wilma Gram had moved to Cheyenne five years ago when she'd inherited her family farm. Something about a great-uncle who had died and left it to her. Apparently Grammy took really well to the country life, because even at seventy-plus years old, she was thriving. Up until this summer, at least. She'd needed ankle surgery that would leave her in a cast.
With Charlotte the only one left who stayed in touch with Grammy, it was up to her to see the older woman through her recovery. Which meant several weeks of summer in this tiny town, working remotely from the house, and attempting to help Grammy run the farm and all the chores that went with it.
Not Charlotte's specialty.
Still, a simple enough plan.
She could continue building websites, earn a living, and get back to her life in L.A. in no time. Besides, it wasn't like her grandma had a massive farm operation ... she didn't think. Charlotte hadn't gotten out to visit the great state of Wyoming since Grammy had settled in. Between building her career and surviving a string of bad relationships, Charlotte was happy just keeping her head above water and being the forever bachelorette.
Every time she got past date number three, she started to feel like the man she was with never wanted her in the first place. And it wasn't just romantic relationships, either. Charlotte never seemed to fit anywhere or into anyone's ideals. She wasn't successful enough — yet — to be "accomplished," and wasn't creative enough to be "small-business hipster woman." She was also too blunt to be ladylike, and too prudish to be a vixen. It wasn't like she could help it. Her mother had done a shit job raising her, and her father bailed when she was young. She sure as hell hadn't been able to count on anyone.
Basically, she'd spent her life in a constant state of unclassified and unwanted.
Commitment wasn't something she was interested in chasing. Ever. Doing so would mean trusting someone to want her completely, preferably long term, which wasn't likely. No, better to stick to her rules of no strings, no commitment, no family. Grammy was the only exception. No way would she have her own kids, no matter how many busybody women in Spin class told her that her eggs would dry up soon. She was only thirty, for Christ's sake.
So yeah. She worked alone, lived alone ... ... and would probably die alone.
It was kind of depressing, actually.
Charlotte blew a lock of dark hair out of her face and glanced around. The town was cute, at least. Downtown Cheyenne was basically sandwiched between an old-looking bank made of all brick and an antiques shop. There weren't many people milling about, let alone the floods of people she was used to.
Everything felt still. Calm.
She shuddered. "I bet this place doesn't even have triple-A," she said, eyeing her newest enemy, the rental car she knew nothing about that was making a pained, gasping sound. A soft rise of smoke billowed out from under the hood. Charlotte frowned. Day one and she couldn't even get through this hillbilly town.
She kicked it again, letting another round of curses fly. She just needed this piece of crap rental to get to her grandma's. It couldn't be too much farther, could it?
"Piece of shhii —"
"Excuse me, ma'am?" a husky voice rumbled behind her.
Charlotte stalled midkick and looked up to see a very tall, very strong, very cowboy man staring at her.
"It — shit — I mean, yes?" Her skin went hot, even though Mr. Cowboy was shadowing her in his capable frame. Could she possibly sound more like an idiot who didn't know how to speak?
"I wonder if I could assist you?" he asked, pinching the tip of his Stetson and keeping those crystal blue eyes locked on her.
Mr. Cowboy was wearing a crisp white T-shirt that clung to chiseled abs and a broad, solid chest. The bits of dirty blond hair sticking out from under his hat matched the several-day-old stubble on his face.
She didn't know if it was the jet lag or the altitude that made it difficult to swallow.
She looked down, her gaze devouring him like a life-size Snickers bar, repeating the mantra in her head when she hit his narrow hips ...
Hungry? Why wait?
"Ma'am?" he asked again.
She snapped out of her ogling and grimaced when she realized her own mind and body had betrayed her. Sure, it had been a while since she'd had sex, but she needed to get a grip. Wasn't like she'd never seen a cowboy before. Because she had ... in the movies.
"I apologize," she said, harnessing all her assertive grace. "I'm a hot mess because of this car and I'm —"
"A city girl," he finished for her with a smile, then effortlessly rounded the car and popped open the hood.
"You say 'city girl' like it's a bad thing," she responded.
That smile stayed on his face as he shook his head and looked over the engine.
"Not a bad thing. Cities can be fun. Lots of flash." He glanced her way, only his eyes started at her feet and slowly slid up her legs. Her skirt felt tight against her thighs, her button-up top suddenly constricting. Or maybe Mr. Cowboy's eyes were making her flush.
"Nothing flashy around here, it seems," she said, breaking his gaze on her.
"That's not true. This place puts on a hell of a rodeo show every summer."
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The Rancher and the City Girl it is a great story in which two different world collapses. It is really good written story with two strong characters. Charlie and Reed are great they both think that they will never meet again but faith has its way and they become a neighbor. Attraction is still very strong between them but Reed was left behind once and he is scared that will happen again. After a few they off pure bliss fear drive him in chasing Charlie away. I was glad that he man up and went looking for her. I really enjoyed reading the book. It was funny and hot and enjoyable to read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Tripp Montgomery and his two best friend are raising his daughter and taking care of his ranch. He leads a very structured life and protects his daughter as best he can. When he sees Charlotte Gram, someone obviously not from around there, he suddenly remembers he’s also a man. Even though she knows she’s there for her grandmother while she recovers from surgery, Charlotte is still trying to figure out what she’s doing in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When a handsome cowboy helps her with her faulty rental car, she learns a whole new appreciation for cowboys. This was a cute and quick story. I loved all of the interactions between Tripp and Charlotte. The supporting characters were also well written. Tripp’s daughter was adorable and I really hope to read HEA books for his best friends. Very sweet read. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Sweet, sexy, very good read! :) *ARC provided by publisher for honest review*
This is book one in Tempting the Rancher series and it features rancher, Tripp Montgomery and city girl, Charlotte Gram. This is a fun, sizzling romance with a sexy cowboy and his adorable daughter. I know this is a romance but I think the relationship between Charlotte and Tripp's daughter Gracie stole the show. This book has a great story line that never got boring and a fabulous cast of characters. I can't wait until book 2 comes out.
Talk about some serious heat in a book! Tripp and Charlotte were explosive. From their first meeting to the very last page, they were scorching. I loved all her reactions to him. She never knew which Tripp to expect and she called him on his behavior. Charlotte was so vulnerable as far as family goes. Her inner thoughts and dialogue broke my heart. She was such a giving and loving woman, especially to her Grammy. Tripp was hot and cold, and overprotective of his daughter. Who by the way almost was totally adorable. She unknowingly and unintentionally messed up all Tripp's plans. God bless her, she was a sweetheart and took an instant liking to Charlotte. Their story was so good that I had to keep reading, needing to know how it would all unfold. And I loved it. Now just need a whopper of a story for both Cash and Bo, who were hysterical in this. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Sweet and Sassy Contemporary Romance Read The Rancher and the City Girl is a sweet single dad romance read by Joya Ryan. This is Tripp and Charlotte's story. Tripp is a divorced man who stays at his ranch with his daughter Gracie and two friends. Tripp doesn't do relationships, and he doesn't want to expose his daughter to someone who isn't willing to stick around . Trip’s thoughts are - If Gracie's own mom could so easily walk away what’s to keep a perfect stranger from doing the same then? Charlotte is a city girl heading to the country to help her grandma's farm while she recovers from ankle surgery. She met Trip on her way back to visit her grandma when her car got her stranded. He helps her with her car and gets her to go on a date. One thing leads to another and they have a one night stand. They never thought they would run into each other again. But they did and still kept running into each other again. They then find out they are going to be neighbors for several weeks. You feel for Charlotte because she is a city girl in the country and she has no clue what she is doing but she does her best and you will root for her. You see her fall in love with Trip’s little girl and how her heart falls for Trip while his heart is harder to crack. Trip really gave me a lot of grief with his hard headedness. Will they or wont they get that HEA? There are a great cast of secondary characters and I did like this story for it was sweet and sassy. I loved the cowboy feel to it. The ending was light , did wish it had more of a finished feel to it but overall was nice. My Rating: 4.0 stars ***** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was a cute story. I liked Charlotte, Charlie as her grandmother called her. She needed to work on her insecurities, however you could not blame her, everyone she ever loved had abandoned her, besides her grandmother. Charlie and Tripp meet on a whim, when her rented car breaks down on her, and it was instant attraction,. They both decide to give in to a one night stand since they both have circumstances that will not allow them to be able to deal with more. But as you and I know, things change. I loved Gracie, and her Gram, Bo was cute too. Now, the others annoyed me, for being a small town they were not very nice. Now I understand that Trip did not want Gracie to get attached to Charlie, because of what he had previously went thru, but he went about it wrong, and I am happy Charlie spoke up about, she wins in my book. enjoy, I sure did. I am hoping we read about Bo.
I loved this one!! I gobbled it up in one day because I just couldn't put it down. I loved all the main cast of characters. How could anybody not swoon over hunky single father rancher Tripp. Just the way he is with his daughter will make anyone want to snap him up. He does have a grumpy disposition though, but he has his reasons. Having Charlotte in town to take of her grandma throws Tripp off his game, because there is just something about that city girl that gets Tripp's motor running. My heart melted with the moments between Charlotte and little Gracie. Gracie is too adorable with a kind heart. Things get quite steamy between Charlotte and Tripp, but can Tripp let down his protective walls enough in order to let Charlotte in? Or is he too closed off at the possibility of more? The epilogue was the perfect touch to end this one in my opinion. It left me with a happy heart and a smile on my face.
4.5 stars I loved The Rancher and the City Girl by Joya Ryan. This book was just what I was in the mood for, the storyline was engaging, the characters were likable, frustrating and their chemistry was off the charts!! Charlotte and Reed had me laughing and swooning one minute and wanting to slap them the next lol For me, Charlotte made this book such a joy to read. I admired her character and her determination to get things done. She wasn't going to let the farm get the better of her. She made me laugh so many times, one example was her googling on how to milk a cow :D This girl meant business and no sexy rancher was going to get in her way ;) Reed's character took me a little longer to connect with. While I understood Reed's fear of letting his cute and smart little girl get too close to Charlotte after being hurt in the past, some of his comments were a little hurtful and my heart went out to Charlotte. Then he'll go do something sweet and all was forgiven. Reed truly had a good heart and only wanted to protect his daughter and his heart. By the end of the book Reed had won me over and I knew without a doubt he had found his soulmate in Charlotte. Overall, The Rancher and the City Girl was a very entertaining & steamy read with likable, relatable characters that will bring out all the feels. What an awesome start to the Tempting the Rancher series.
What a sweet, hot, steamy read! I absolutely loved this book. Tripp’s wife left him when their daughter was just a baby and he’s been determined to never let another woman come into his life. They will only leave again and he refuses to expose Gracie to that kind of pain. When he has a one night stand with Charlotte he never expects to see her again. Of course if he didn’t, the story would end there, but he does and each time they meet the sparks fly and their connection grows stronger. Charlotte and Tripp are two people who have built up walls to protect themselves against those that would leave them. It was interesting that they both suffered from the same fears. I was curious how the heck either one would ever overcome their past and step into the future. The solution was perfect for both of these characters and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending. There was one moment when Tripp played the alpha-hole card and I wanted to smack him with it. However, Bo, a great secondary character, set him on the path to finding the answer. I will absolutely be looking forward to his story. Because really, Bo. It must be written. If you’re looking for a nice, rather quick read that is full of fun, laughter, sexy times and some angst, this is the most perfect book. ARC provided for honest review Dual POV Safe No possible triggers IMO
Funny, sexy romance. Charlotte Gram builds websites in L.A., until her grandmother, Wilma Gram, has ankle surgery and needs help with her small farm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tripp Montgomery lives on the farm next to Wilma Gram with his two brothers and his six year old daughter Gracie. On a visit into town Tripp sees a beautiful woman kicking seven bells out of her car and cursing like a trooper, after helping her with her overheating problem (pnarr pnarr) he gets Charlotte to agree to a date. This leads to one of the best lines ever when Tripp's brother walks into the bathroom and says: “Smells like senior year in here,” Bo said from the doorway of the bathroom. “Scratch that, it smells like prom night senior year.”They have a torrid one night stand never thinking they would see each other again, only to discover that they are going to be neighbours for several weeks. Of course, as a city girl, Charlotte doesn't know what to do on a farm and Tripp as the closest neighbour needs to help, but he is wary about Gracie getting too close to women, especially after her mother left, and tries to keep Charlotte at arms length. This is a super sweet, funny, sexy novella about opposites attracting. Loved it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
the rancher and the city girl is the first book in joya ryan's tempting the rancher series. tripp montgomery is the aforementioned rancher and charlotte grams is the city girl who blazes into town and shakes his world up. tripp has been busy, running his ranch, raising his daughter, avoiding difficult emotional connections. it's pretty easy to keep a distance from things when there isn't a lot of new coming into cheyenne, wyoming. there's nothing to shake him out of his routine. but when he comes across charlie, cursing up a storm at her rental car, he's compelled to help her and intrigued enough to risk one night of something more. it's when he realizes that she's around for a while and that she will be his neighbor that he panics. he doesn't bring women around his daughter willy-nilly. they've already been abandoned by her birth mom. why would he risk her heart as well as his? these are some pretty big walls that charlotte has to scale. and she often doesn't get where he is coming from. mostly because in her life, everyone leaves her behind. sometimes she wonders if there is something essentially unlovable about her. tripp doesn't think she is unloveable. he's actually worried she is too loveable. he doesn't want his daughter to fall in love with charlie if she will leave. he doesn't want to fall in love with her if she's only planning to go back to the city. but it's too late. how can he stop himself from loving her, when she's already wormed her way into his heart. and how this conflict resolves itself is totally worth the read. **the rancher and the city girl will publish on june 12, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.
The Rancher and the City Girl is the first book I've ever read by Joya Ryan and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the very beginning and could not stop reading it. Charlotte and Tripp may have thought that their night together was only a one night stand with two people just having fun. But they couldn't have been more wrong. They both might have thought they were both just looking for a no strings attached relationship but the heart wants what the heart wants. It also couldn't hurt that Charlotte is the perfect mother for Gracie and that they both clicked and bonded from the very beginning. The little family that Gracie, Charlotte and Tripp make is so cute and adorable that they couldn't have been more perfect for each other. If your looking for a book that has comedy, steamy scenes, romance and family then this book is for you. I was given this was given this ARC by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing as an exchange for an honest review.
5 SEXY RANCHER STARS!! This is a perfect weekend read to escape a hard week for a couple of hours. Tripp is a sexy Rancher raising his daughter alone and Charlotte is a beautiful city girl helping her Grammy for the summer after her surgery. These two burn the pages up with their chemistry and sexy times together. As always Joya Ryan has given us romance readers to perfect book to escape in. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
4.5 out of 5 stars So fun, sweet, and sexy! This was a charming, fast paced read that had a lot of heart and the perfect amount of heat. Loved it! Tripp and Charlotte were so great. I loved them meeting and connecting. Awesome chemistry. As things unfold, there is great animosity and banter that's super entertaining between the two. I loved watching that heat and need grow between them. Charlotte was stubborn and feisty and I liked her fire. She was a bit lost in life and was searching for her place. Tripp had serious swagger and was swoon worthy. I loved how he was completely devoted to his daughter. This is pretty fast paced and they do have an instant connection but I totally rolled with it because somehow it just worked perfectly for me. It was a quick and light, but a full story that I couldn't put down. I loved the storyline. This one had me at single father. Add in cowboy and it was like icing on the cake. There's enough details to keep things moving along at a brisk pace but I never felt it was rushed, just enough to keep everything moving along perfectly. Love the sparks flying. It was entertaining and sexy, and there was a nice bit of emotion and playfulness too. It made for an excellent afternoon read! Loved it. Hot cowboys for the win! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
I think I'm becoming a fan of cowboys! This is a first read of Joya Ryan for me and I like her writing style. This was a shorter read but a perfect length for the story. I was worried I wasn't going to like Charlotte. She's a city girl heading to the country to help her grandma's farm while she recovers from ankle surgery. Usually a city girl attempting farm work is disastrous. I really liked that the author gave her a backbone to learn the work and accomplish it successfully. Her use of YouTube videos to learn how to do things was hilarious and brilliant. I loved almost everything about Tripp. He was a great single dad, very protective of his daughter. When he wasn't trying to keep Charlotte away from his daughter, he was charming and hot. I can't really blame him for trying to keep Gracie from falling for random woman, so he gets a pass for that. When he failed keeping them apart, the interactions with Charlotte and Grace were adorable. Overall a shirt, cute and fun read. ARC provided by NetGalley. (less)
Ms. Ryan proves there's more to romance than a sexy romp. It's the story behind the romance that delivers that microburst of emotion. That powerful blast that hits like an arrow to the heart. The Rancher and the City Girl is more than the story of an opposites attract relationship. It's travels into the uncharted territory of bromance and fatherhood. There can be nothing more adorable than a besotted dad and his irresistible bond with his little girl. All of these elements merge into a second chance expedition that will bring on a lot of laughter, a few tears and the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Loved this story! I have so many adjectives running around my brain to describe Reed Montgomery. Sweet, sexy, rugged, sexy, loving....and did I mention sexy??? He's a single dad running a ranch with the help of his two friends (yep I see more awesome cowboys in the future!). That pretty much takes up all his time so dating isn't high on his must do list. Yet when he meets city girl Charlotte Gram in town he knows he needs to make time just this once. One amazing night is all they get, or at least that's what they think until Reed finds Charlotte talking to his daughter and learns that Charlotte is in town for the summer helping her grandmother and Reed's neighbor after surgery. Looks like more than the weather will be heating up this summer! I highly recommend this one!
RATING 4.5 STARS The Rancher and the City Girl is the very first book I’ve ever read by Joya Ryan. I have to admit that it’s the cover that drew my attention at first. It’s pretty widely known that I can’t resist a sexy cowboy story and when combined with a cover like this, how could I resist. Being a new to me author, I was apprehensive but oh my gosh, I fell in love with this one. First, we have Tripp Montgomery. He is a single father and his adorable little six year old daughter, Gracie, is his world. He runs his ranch along with his two best friends, Cash and Bo, who also help him with Gracie. Gracie’s mom left them when Gracie was a baby. Tripp will never put his baby girl in that position again to be abandoned by a woman. So, he doesn’t date. Tripp is everything you might fantasize that a real cowboy is, well mannered, wears a Stetson, and of course, those sexy wranglers. But he is so much more than a cowboy. He’s a daddy, and thinks nothing of watching Frozen over and over or flipping pancakes in an apron for a fund raiser for his daughter’s girl scout troop. He’s perfect. Well, almost. Charlotte Gram is a freelance web designer and is living in Los Angeles. She hasn’t been able to get hired on to a large company yet so is having trouble making ends meet on her own. Her grandmother lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has a small fifty acre ranch. But her grammy has broken her ankle and requires surgery so since Charlotte is her only relative, she is going to spend the summer helping her grammy run the farm. But, Charlotte doesn’t know a single thing about country living. This woman was amazing. She tackled every job with gusto with a little help from YouTube. Picture if you will Charlotte sitting in front of a cow that needs milking with her phone running a how to video showing her what to do. Not only did Charlie succeed though, at helping her grammy, she excelled. She was even making lists of things she wanted to improve on. She felt a sense of peace on the farm that she didn’t feel in the city. It felt like home. And the sexy cowboy who’s land was adjacent to theirs and his adorable little girl might have had something to do with that. On her first night in Cheyenne, Charlie and Tripp met and agreed to a one night stand, no strings, no regrets. And oh my gosh, was it ever a night to remember. So both Charlie and Trip were shocked to realize that they would most definitely be seeing each other again, that it would be hard to avoid each other. Soon, though, they didn’t want to avoid each other. Their attraction grows and deepens, as does Charlie’s feelings for little Gracie. But Charlie has no idea about how to be a mother. Her own parents abandoned her. So how could she ever be what Gracie needs? This book just stole my heart, both Tripp and Charlie both were so afraid of their feelings but they were perfect for each other. Their chemistry was hotter than hot. They were both longing for a family, for a happy ever after, it just took them both a bit to realize it. “Was this what happiness felt like? A calm easiness with another person? She liked it. Liked that Tripp, and his home, and his bed, were warm. All the time. That felt like home.”
Ryan's novel is a short but pleasant read. I was pulled into the characters, especially little Gracie. I wish the story had been a little longer. There are several places where she could have examined the character's motivations and feelings. One particularly quick behavior change would have been less jarring had the motivations of the character been examined more closely. Joya's treatment of farm life was a little off to me. I grew up on a farm and there were a few things that didn't quite ring true. Still, I enjoyed the book and it held my interest. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.