The Rancher

The Rancher

by Kate Pearce

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On the legendary ranch she can now call home, one woman searches for her place in her birth family—and finds so much more . . .

Now that she’s completed her engineering degree, Rachel Ford Morgan is trying to find her footing around her birth father and her four brothers. She gets a chance to prove herself when she discovers worrisome fault lines around an abandoned silver mine. But they’re nothing compared to the cowboy who seems determined to shake up her world . . .
Cauy Lymond doesn’t take kindly to the woman nosing around his property—especially since she’s a Morgan. He came home just to keep his father’s failing ranch out of their super-wealthy hands. But he soon realizes that Rachel’s skill—and admirable courage—may be the only things that can shore up the old mine that threatens both their futures. Still, it will take pouring all of their blood, sweat, and secrets into saving the land—and ultimately, themselves—to bring their true feelings for each other to the surface . . .
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420144765
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: Morgan Ranch , #6
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 2,030
File size: 854 KB

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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The Rancher 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons 12 months ago
The family drama at the Morgan Ranch has intrigued me over this series. The characters are interesting with their strengths and weaknesses, their appealing and irritating habits of nature make them like most of us, thus easy to relate to. The family has faced so many problems over the years, or should I say decades, yet one of the happier events was when they found their little sister, Rachel, again. No, it hasn't been all dancing on the roses to adjust being part of a family Rachel Ford Morgan had no idea existed, but with time and lots of TLC, she is slowly but surely finding her place with the rambunctious crowd that is her biological family. Some of the struggles of that adjustment are shown in this story, and the mix of pain and jubilee Rachel experience aided her way to my heart. Cauy Lymond has faced troubles and heartache in his life from the young age. The difficult relationship with his father drove him from home at the early age of sixteen. He has made a good life for himself, but paid the price dearly, with an accident that scarred him for life, and a divorce that left him skeptical towards love and romance, happiness in general. He is on the quiet side, an introvert, who avoids big crowds and rather lets other people take care of the conversation surrounding him. The connection between Cauy and Rachel is immediate, the attraction somewhat sweet in nature, and their physical chemistry sizzles. They seem so perfect together, like two opposite making one harmonious whole, if they could just communicate better with each other, and trust the raging emotions in their hearts and minds. I enjoyed the story. It is entertaining as it pulled me into the country life; to the troubles and concerns of the rancher's life, to the drama of the families, the neighbors, and unruly guests of the dude ranch. As much as the book is a love story between Rachel and Cauy, it is also a part of the Morgan family saga, that has continued over the series. The whole family is gathered together for the holiday season, and the readers get to witness the progress of their lives and loves. An enjoyable, inspiring, and touching story of families that sticks together and has each other's backs in all the hurdles of life, and in the midst of it all, two broken souls, people who deserve to be loved and cared for maybe more than most, find the home of their hearts within the safe harbor of each other's souls. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The Rancher is about an emotionally and physically scarred man returning to claim his inherited ranch from a father that loathed him. He loathed him to the point of driving him out of his ranch by the time he was sixteen. But what he found when he returned was friends and family, even if they have to drag him kicking and screaming into the fold. The Rancher was sweet and sexy. This is my first read into Morgan Ranch series and The Rancher holds it own but I now want to jump back and read the five previous books in this series. It was just what I needed, a fresh, fun and entertaining romance with a strong family core. I received this ARC copy of The Rancher from Kensington Books - Zebra.
Manzaroo More than 1 year ago
This was my first adventure away from Kate Pearce's historicals, and it was an enjoyable one. Well developed characters, intriguing plot line, overall a very well written novel. Cauy Lymond is trying to escape memories and ends up on his family's old ranch. Deserted and in need of a lot of TLC, just like he is. Rachel Morgan is trying to find her place in a family she didn't realize existed until recently. When she meets the mysterious rancher next door she just can't keep away. Together they have an explosive relationship. Well worth a one-click and a rainy afternoon!
Lynne Ernst More than 1 year ago
Fun Western romance. Past generations can make it challenging for the future generations. I really enjoyed the reality check that was brought into this story. I will be looking for other books written by Kate Pearce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Kept my attention throughout.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Isn't going from heartbreak to HEA, with all kinds of messy things, like drama, emotional scars, falling in love and making it work, exactly what a reader is looking for in a good romance book? Rachel and Cauy's journey to their own is a real page turner. Rachel not only shows her own strength of who she is, but finally comes to terms with her brothers and the past that has always lingered as they truly become a family again. Next door neighbor Cauy comes back home to build the ranch his father left to decay. Fighting his own demons as well as the Morgans isn't as easy as he thought it would be as he falls for Rachel. The drama and suspense as they fall in love, is such a perfect ending with Cauy and Rachel Morgan's story. I have enjoyed reading all of the Morgan stories, and as each book is a standalone read, it is a series I would recommend. I would like to thank NetGalley and Zebra/Kensington Books for gifting me "The Rancher". My opinion is my own. This is mine. 5 Stars!
belllla More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Morgan ranch. This one is a love story between new found sister from Morgans Rachel and new owner of neighbor ranch Cauy. Lovely book with two well-developed characters. I loved both of them they were so opposite Rachel open, optimistic and talkative and Cauy her dark opposite. But in the end, they developed toward each other deeper feelings. The story has a great plot, it is fun, has a few unexpected twists and is just enjoyable to read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
The Rancher is Book 6 of the Morgan Ranch series. I would have to say this story stands fine on its own but between the backstory which involves Rachel pretty heavily and that all of the characters from the earlier books appear here, I highly recommend reading the others. Ever since Rachel was "found" in the earlier books, I was so looking forward to her story and Ms. Pearce certainly did not disappoint. Cauy was the perfect match for her. Very enjoyable story. Based on the hints in this story, it appears a Book 7 will be coming involving Jackson. I can't wait!
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the series. I’ve really been enjoying this series and The Rancher is one of my stories in it. The other books have been about the Morgan sons and I’m glad that we finally get to read Rachel’s story. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books, I think this one stands alone fairly well. Each of the books has an HEA for the featured couple but there are overlapping arcs in a few of the books. Cauy Lymond returns to the family ranch he inherited from his father only to find it falling apart. He left home at 16 because he could no longer handle the way his father treated him. A horrible accident has left him scarred and withdrawn. Rachel Morgan is still getting to know the family she only recently discovered she has. Her mother kept a lot of things hidden from her and died without revealing the secrets she kept. After a lengthy search, one of her previously unknown brothers found her and invited her into the family. The Rancher was such an intriguing book. We get hints about what happened to Cauy but it takes a while for the story to reveal what happened to him. When he and Rachel meet they are attracted to each other but many things keep them apart until they finally give into the lust they both feel. There is more mystery in this story, with new developments we didn’t know about in the previous ones. What happened to Cauy really made me sad but it was also uplifting to know what he’d overcome. Both he and Rachel share similar emotional scars of not being good enough or wanted by one of their parents. I laughed and cried while reading this book, a sure sign that it’s a winner for me. I don’t know if there will be more books in the series or not but there are a few more characters that I think deserve to be written about. At the very least I'd love to read a big Christmas family story this time next year.  A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
Cauy and Rachel find love despite their family history. Cauy doesn't want anything to do with his father's ranch, and even less to do with the neighboring Morgan family. But he inherits the property at a low point in his own life, and having no other options, he settles in and reconnects with the small town folks who know way too much about his father, his family, and their secrets. Rachel has only recently been reunited with her father and his family, so she doesn't know much about Cauy beyond the fact that his father hated her entire family. Their initial meeting couldn't have gone worse, and they both are left wondering why they're so attracted to someone who seems all wrong for them. Rachel and Cauy are both traveling the road of self-discovery, and it's the stalwart friendship and love of the Morgans that helps each of them figure out just what they want in life. I loved the way Rachel's grandmother just spread her quiet wisdom around like fertilizer, and how she just accepted everyone as they were, seeing their best selves despite their own opinions. I enjoyed watching Rachel stand up to her brothers, and to Cauy. It was heartwarming to watch Cauy come to terms with his family history as well as his own life choices. Their romance was a roller coaster of ups and downs as they each brought out the best and the worst in each other. As a standalone romance it works even if you haven't read the previous Morgan Ranch books, but getting to know the characters here will make you want to read more about the characters in the earlier books. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Rancher by Kate Pearce Morgan Ranch #6 With a meet-cute that was one leaving Cauy and Rachel angry rather than friendly there didn’t seem much hope for the two to find a HEA but they eventually do. Cauy Lymond has had it ingrained into his skull that the Morgan’s are out to get them and to be despised but Cauy soon realizes that perhaps his father was wrong. With a rescue dog, ranch in dire need of repairs, two siblings that may get stories of their own in the future, a couple of dude ranch doofuses, a paternal mystery to solve, family angst and drama to wade through and holidays to enjoy this story packs a punch that kept me reading from beginning to end. The reason for the breakup toward the end was not one of my favorites but all came right in the end. I am eager to read Jackson’s story and hope it will come next. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
Masterful story of healing, forgiveness and love. Kate has done the impossible and crafted a story of loving an unlovable man and his finding he can be loved for himself. Rachel Ford has no roots and returns to her newly discovered family at the Morgan Ranch after graduating with a degree in Engineering to make connections and find a job, a purpose for life. Her mom has died, her stepdad remarried and sold the family home and the only place to land is with her Grandma Ruth, Dad Billy and 4 brothers at the Morgan Ranch. She's eagerly welcomed. They assure her she'll always have a home here. As she works through family relationships and finds her place she meets their crotichy neighbor Cauy Lymond. He did NOT make a good impression the first time they met. Mark Lymond willed his run down ranch to his eldest son. Cauy has survived a horrendous oil well explosion, his wife divorcing him marrying his best friend as well as taking half of everything. He's a lost man and figures fixing up the old family ranch will give him purpose for a while. He grew up with his dad's bias of hating the Morgans next door, so he's skeptical of the overwhelming welcome and kindness shown him by them. He's a man of few words and scarred heart. Rachel finds herself drawn to him and he's drawn to her light. This was a difficult story to write, to make him loveable, but in Kate's expert hands she crafts a deep, heartwarming story. One of her best. Thank you Kate and Kensington for granting me a copy to review.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Love my visits to the Morgan Ranch and the family that lives there. From an exceptional meal by Ruth to Rachel a long lost sister coming home for the holidays. Snowy days, Puppies and secrets are on these pages along with the exploration of an abandoned mine. This is a stand alone read but warm your heart by starting from the beginning. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved returning to the Morgan Ranch and finally getting Rachel's story. I've been waiting since the start of the series and it didn't disappoint. Her story is rich in family, humor, and unexpected romance. Cuay Lymond is an intriguing character with a sad history but a spirit that won't quit. He and Rachel make a great pair and their story is one you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
Bibliophagist More than 1 year ago
Cauy Lymond hasn't had an easy life. Growing up, his father hated him and never missed an opportunity to show it or let him know. His father treated his brother and sister well so why did he despise Cauy? When he was 16, Cauy left home. He worked on oil rigs and tried to build his own life. Years later, he's back at the family's abandoned ranch. His dad has died and left the ranch completely to Cauy. It's all Cauy has left now so he's determined to make a go of it. Rachel Morgan has come home to the family ranch. When she was a baby, her mom took off with a ranch hand and took Rachel with her. Her mom left Rachel's father and brothers at the ranch and vanished. For years, the gossips whispered that Rachel's dad, Billy Morgan, killed Rachel and her mom. Billy found solace in the bottom of a bottle of liquor. But Rachel's brothers tracked her mom and found Rachel. Now she's back at the ranch for the holidays. Rachel meets Cauy while she is out checking on an abandoned silver mine on Morgan property. Sparks fly between them, and not in a good way. Eventually different kind of sparks are flying. Can Rachel and Cauy put aside the pain of their pasts and learn to love? This book is the newest installment in the Morgan Brothers series by Kate Pearce. I've read the other books and loved them. The Rancher did not disappoint. I can't recommend this book and this series enough. I can't wait for the next book.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series and was looking forward to Rachel Morgan’s story. She was the daughter taken away when her mother left the Morgan Ranch , her husband and her four small children. Never to be heard from again. Rachel has now been reunited with her family and is adjusting to her new place in it, when she meets Cauy Lymond. He is the son of the Morgan’s long time enemy. Much to his surprise, he has inherited the dilapidated ranch from a father that never showed him any love. After an accident that still causes him pain, he’s determined move to the ranch and restore it. Though their first meeting was less than ideal, the Morgan family and Cauy started forging a friendship as does a relationship with Rachel. Will Rachel allow herself to be loved and will Cauy feel worthy of love? A story with an engaging plot that at times was heartbreaking but also heartwarming. Not only were the main characters complex individuals but it was also great to visit with the characters from the previous stories. Another winner in this series. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgall
Anonymous 12 months ago
After an accident left him broken and unsure if himself, Cauy Lymond returns to the ranch he grew up. Left to him by his father, the man he ran away from when he was 16, Cauy is looking for a new start. Rachel Morgan getting used to the family she hadn't known she had. Two wounded and wary soles come work to help each other heal and find their way together.