The Second Chance Rancher

The Second Chance Rancher

by Kate Pearce

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Overview

It might be the pride of hard work on rugged terrain, the welcoming community, or the memories—but wherever the folks of Morgantown may roam, they have a way of coming back to the ranch . . .
 
There’s a reason Jackson Lymond left the Air Force, but he’s not telling a soul. He’d rather keep things simple, while trying to start a new life helping his older brother on their northern California ranch. At least Morgantown’s flirty local bartender can keep his mind off the past—that is, until he runs into Daisy Miller . . .
 
Daisy doesn’t really expect Jackson to remember her. Back in school she did her best to blend in—and pretend she didn’t have five brothers who’d hogtie any boy who even looked at her. These days though, she and Jackson might have more in common than just their ranching relatives. After all, they both left home only to return. Trouble is, under the watch of her fiercely protective family, Daisy is longing for some privacy. Letting Jackson into her life could make that even more difficult—or it might be the second chance they’re both looking for . . .
 
 
Praise for Kate Pearce’s The Bad Boy Cowboy

“HW and Samantha are unique and memorable, and this is the strongest story yet in Pearce’s
excellent series.”
—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420148237
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 81,704
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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 www.katepearce.com, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter @Kate4queen.

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CHAPTER 1

Morgantown Morgan Valley, California

Jackson Lymond paused on the corner opposite the Red Dragon Bar and considered his options. The bar wouldn't open for another half hour, which gave him plenty of time to check the post office for any mail for the ranch, and find something to dazzle Nancy, the bartender, with.

He'd last seen her at the Morgan Ranch Christmas party two months earlier, and she'd told him she barely remembered him from school. He knew that couldn't be true because he'd been the school quarterback, valedictorian, and head of the newspaper and debate team. Everyone had known him whether they wanted to or not. And he wasn't being conceited. It was just the truth.

He hadn't spent much time in Morgantown since he'd won a coveted place at the United States Air Force Academy and set off on his military career. After twelve years he was back, helping his brother Cauy resurrect their family ranch. Morgantown was looking pretty prosperous, which was a nice surprise.

He considered going into Yvonne's café and surprising Nancy with a box full of pastries, but as she was best buds with the owner, he suspected she could get as many sweet treats as she liked. His gaze turned to the small shop on the opposite side of the street wedged in between the dentist and the sheriff's office.

"Flowers," Jackson murmured. "Everyone loves flowers."

He crossed the street and walked up to the open door, where a diminutive figure with long brown hair was placing buckets filled with flowers and plants on the sidewalk outside the shop.

Jackson paused and tried not to admire her rather cute ass, which was difficult as she was bending down right in front of him. He gently cleared his throat. She straightened like she'd been shot and turned on him, one hand pressed to her ample bosom.

"Don't do that!"

"Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you."

He smiled down into her beautiful hazel eyes and tried to decide whether they were more green or brown. "Is the shop open yet?"

She considered him, her head tilted to one side like a bird about to take flight. "Yes. I'm late this morning, but it will be as soon as I get organized."

"Can I help you with that?" Jackson asked.

"Sure." She looked him up and down. "You look fit enough to carry heavy things."

Jackson resisted the urge to flex his muscles.

"I wouldn't want you putting your back out and suing me." She went into the shop, her voice floating out behind her, and he followed like a lamb. The strong smell of greenery, perfume, and cleaning fluids hit him squarely in the face, and he immediately sneezed.

"Don't tell me you're allergic to flowers."

Jackson grinned at her. "Not usually." He held out his hand. "I'm Jackson Lymond, by the way."

"Hi." She shook his hand. "I know. Do you want to carry that bucket of carnations out to the front while I make sure the cash register is up and running?"

"Sure." Jackson did what she asked, and then returned to the shop. There were two parts to it. A small space with a wide counter covered in wrapping paper, tissue, spools of ribbon, and wire. There was a larger room behind, which he assumed was where she kept the majority of her flowers and did all the fancy stuff.

"You do the flowers for Morgan Ranch, don't you?"

"Yes." She gave him a bright smile. "Now, what can I help you with today?"

Wow, she talked about as much as his brother Cauy ... "Well, it's like this," Jackson confided. "I wanted to give Nancy some flowers."

"Nancy from the bar, Nancy?" She blinked at him like she'd fallen into some alternate universe.

"Yeah, that one. What do you think she'd like?" Jackson asked encouragingly.

"That's a really good question." She worried her lower lip. "I don't think I have any Venus flytraps or deadly nightshade, but she might appreciate a cactus."

"You're kidding, right?"

"No." She held his gaze, her brow furrowed. "Why would I do that?"

"You do know which Nancy I'm talking about?" Jackson persisted. "The one who works at the bar and changes her hair color every other day?"

"Of course I know her. We were in school together."

"Then how about some nice roses or something?" Jackson suggested.

"For Nancy? I suppose you could go that way, but I can't guarantee how she'll react." She hesitated. "If you're trying to persuade her to go out with you again, it probably won't work anyway."

"Who said anything about going out with her?" Jackson protested. "I was just trying to do something nice and thoughtful."

"Oh!" She blushed. "I'm sorry, you must think I'm really rude, but you aren't the first guy who's rushed in here wanting to buy flowers for Nancy."

"To persuade her to go out with them again?"

"Exactly." She nodded. "If you just want to be nice, maybe I could make you a spring bouquet?"

"That sounds great," Jackson said.

"How much do you want to spend?" She looked expectantly up at him.

"Why does it matter?"

"Because I'll pick the flowers depending on your budget."

"Let's go with twenty bucks." Jackson nodded. "I've never done this in person before. I usually just go online, pick a picture, and pay for it."

"I know. You've bought flowers from me that way."

"That's right! For the Morgans at Thanksgiving." He smiled at her. "Thanks for that. They looked awesome."

"You're welcome." She came around the counter and studied the buckets of flowers. "Nancy likes bright colors, so how about we start with daffodils, freesias, and sunflowers, and take it from there?"

* * *

Daisy picked out a selection of flowers, held them in one hand, and showed them to Jackson Lymond. He remembered Nancy from school, but he obviously didn't remember her or else he wouldn't have bothered to introduce himself, and he would've known her name. Daisy didn't let it worry her too much. He'd been two years ahead of her in school. She'd been much quieter then, trying to blend in and pretend she didn't have five older brothers who would've killed any boy who'd so much as looked at her.

"They look good." Jackson admired the flowers. "Now what?"

"Now we add some greenery." She chose various bits and pieces and took the whole lot back to the counter, laying everything down. She picked up a couple of the flowers, added a spray of green, and turned the whole thing around in her hand, adding from the pile as she went until she had completed the spiral bouquet.

"Wow, you make that look easy," Jackson said.

"Practice makes perfect." Daisy grabbed a rubber band and secured the stems before leveling them off with her scissors.

"What color paper and ribbon do you want?"

"What color is Nancy's hair today?" Jackson asked.

Daisy smiled at him. "Orange, I think."

"Then let's go with that."

He grinned back at her. It dawned on her that he was the most ridiculously handsome man she'd ever met in real life. He positively glowed with good health and charisma, and he had just come out of the Air Force. If he'd worn his uniform, she might have swooned.

"Thanks so much for all your help. I owe you one."

Daisy considered that as she added the ribbon, shredding the ends and curling it in a vast bundle of bouncing spirals that reminded her of Nancy's current hairstyle. Owed her what? A kiss? A hug? The thought of him doing either of those things shouldn't even occur to her when he was off chasing another woman, but it was fun to dream ...

She laid the bouquet carefully on the counter and rang up the charges. Jackson handed over twenty-five dollars in cash.

"Keep the change."

"Thanks." Daisy handed him his receipt. "Just remember, I don't give rebates if she turns you down."

"No worries." He chuckled and picked up the flowers, stowing his wallet in the back of his jeans. "This is all on me."

"Then good luck."

"Thanks, Daisy." He nodded. "Have a good one."

He walked out into the sunlight, leaving Daisy openmouthed behind the counter. So he'd known who she was all along ...

* * *

Jackson went into the Red Dragon and walked right up to the bar, where Nancy was stacking bottles. As promised, her hair was orange and tied up in two high pigtails like an anime character.

"Hey you, what's up?" Jackson held out the flowers.

"Daisy said you'd probably prefer a cactus, but I went with a spring theme."

Nancy looked down at the flowers and then back up at him. "Daisy was right, but they are very pretty." She took the bouquet and sniffed dubiously. "Thanks. Now, what can I get you to drink?"

Jackson settled onto one of the barstools. He'd hoped she would be a bit more excited to see him, but he wasn't too worried.

"You should put those in water." Jackson pointed at the flowers.

"Really?" She picked them up. "I'll be right back."

While she was gone, Jackson looked around the empty bar. At this time of day, in full sunlight, the place looked like it needed a makeover. In the evening, when it was full of locals watching sports or playing pool, it felt like home.

Nancy came back with another crate of beer and filled up one of the refrigerators. She'd added the curly ribbon from the bouquet to her pigtails. "Bella says she'll look after the flowers until I can take them home tonight."

"I could help you with that," Jackson offered.

"No, you couldn't." Nancy walked around the bar and stood directly in front of him, hands planted on her hips. He opened his mouth to argue, and she held up a finger. "You're obviously a nice guy, Jackson, but I'm not going to go out with you, so don't even ask."

"Why not?" Jackson had never been the sort to give up easily on his objectives. He was a great believer in plain speaking, which sometimes got him into trouble.

"Because you know too many people in this town I care about, and I don't want things to get messy."

"Messy?" Jackson asked.

"You know what I mean." She sighed. "I'm not ready for a long-term relationship, and that's what you're going to want because you're that kind of guy."

"How do you know?" Jackson persisted. "Maybe I want a one-night thing."

Nancy's lips twitched. "Jackson, don't be silly. You're way too conventional and uptight to walk away from a woman after one night."

He stared at her and then exhaled. "You're right."

"I know I am. And I also know that after that one night you think you want, you'd want more because I'm awesome, so let's not go there, okay?" She grinned at him. "Let's just be friends."

"Are you sure?" He smiled back at her. "I mean, look at me."

She let her gaze travel over him from head to toe. "Yes, you are pretty spectacular, but no, I still don't want you. I always preferred your brother Cauy anyway."

"Ouch." He winced. "Got it."

"Good man." She went back behind the bar. "Now, what would you like to drink? This one is on me."

* * *

Jackson had lunch and a couple of beers at the bar and then wandered back along Main Street to where he'd parked his truck. The door to Daisy's flower shop was open, so he ducked his head in to find Daisy up a ladder banging a nail into the old timbers. Not wishing to scare her again, he leaned back against the wall and just appreciated the soft roundness of her figure.

When she climbed down and spotted him, she blushed and almost swallowed the two spare nails she held between her lips. She spat them out and hurriedly wiped her mouth.

"Hey! How did it go?"

"Well, I'm still alive." Jackson waited as she collapsed the ladder and propped it up against the wall. "She loved the flowers, but she still turned me down."

"It's probably for the best," Daisy said comfortingly.

"I suppose so." Jackson sighed. "She said we had too many friends in common and that things would get complicated."

"Oh well." Daisy picked up the ladder. "I'm sure you'll find someone else."

He held the inner door open for her, and waited until she returned from the interior of the shop.

"I just had a thought," Jackson said.

Daisy looked at him inquiringly, again reminding him of a cute bird. "Do you need more flowers?"

"Nope. I was wondering if you'd like to come out with me sometime?" He regarded her expectantly.

"Wow. Smooth." To his surprise, she marched over to the door and held it open. "Bye, Jackson."

"What did I say?" He followed her over, pausing at the door to look down at her. "I really would like to go out with you — in fact, the more I think about the idea, the better I like it."

In response, she shoved gently at his chest until he was out on the sidewalk and shut the door in his face, making the bell jangle like crazy.

Jackson stared at the door for quite a while before he backed up and headed for his truck.

He was still pondering exactly what had happened when he arrived home and found his older brother Cauy drinking coffee in the kitchen. Since Jackson had come back, the two brothers had made enormous strides in cleaning up the ranch buildings and pastureland. At some point they'd have to make a start on the house itself, because nothing had changed for thirty years.

He dumped the pile of mail on the table and helped himself to coffee.

"How was your day?" his brother inquired as he sorted through the mail. "Did you finally get it on with Nancy?"

"She turned me down flat." Jackson took a seat and added cream to his coffee. "I even took her flowers."

Cauy snorted. "Can't say I'm surprised. She's way out of your league."

"Thanks, bro." Jackson hesitated. "Do you know Daisy at the flower shop?"

"Yeah, of course I do. She's up at Morgan Ranch all the time when I go to see Rachel. Did you get the flowers from her?"

"She knows Nancy, and she definitely gave me the benefit of her advice," Jackson said. "When I popped back into the shop to tell her how it had gone, she shut the door in my face."

"Daisy did?" Cauy looked up from the letter he was reading. "Daisy Miller? What the heck did you say to her?"

"Why would you assume it was my fault?" Jackson demanded.

"Because you have a big mouth, and you usually put your foot in it. What exactly did you say to Daisy?"

"Well, while we were chatting, it occurred to me that she would make a far better girlfriend than Nancy, and that I was, in fact, quite attracted to her."

Cauy stared at him. "Go on."

"So, I asked her out." When his brother just continued to stare at him, Jackson shifted on his seat. "What?"

"Wow." Cauy sat back and shook his head. "You really are dumb, aren't you?"

"In what way?"

"You ask Daisy to help you pick flowers for another woman and then, when that fell through, you immediately asked her out?"

"What's wrong with that?" Jackson frowned.

"Dude, how would you feel if some woman made you her backup plan? Like she'd only chosen you because her favorite hadn't come through?"

Jackson thought about it. "Oh. You think I should've waited a day or two?"

"Yeah, genius." Cauy flicked a letter at him. "And buddy, if I can work that out, you're really in trouble."

* * *

"Hey, sis!"

Daisy jumped about a mile in the air and hastily scrambled to shut down her laptop before Adam, her oldest brother, came striding into her workroom.

"Hey!" She swiveled in her seat and smiled at him. She'd forgotten he had the spare key to the back door. "What brings you into town?"

"You." He leaned against her workbench and regarded her.

"You're never home these days. We're concerned."

"Only because you're worried you won't get fed," Daisy quipped, even though all her brothers could look after themselves perfectly well. "I had a lot of planning to do for the next wedding up at the ranch. I was checking in with my suppliers."

"You could do that at home," Adam pointed out. "Thanks to the Morgans, we have the best Internet you can get in the valley, and you have a designated office space."

"I know, but sometimes I need to check on my stock, and calculate how much I can actually fit into my cold space, and ..." Daisy waved her arms around. All the reasons she was giving Adam were perfectly true, but she still felt like she was making stuff up. That's what having a guilty conscience did for you ...

"And you like your own space and privacy." He finished the sentence for her. His keen gray gaze fixed on her face. "I get it. Having five brothers breathing down your neck all the time must drive you crazy sometimes."

"I know you love me, but sometimes all that concern does get to me," Daisy admitted. "I've been back home for three years now and I'm fine."

"You sure about that?" Adam asked. As the oldest of six kids, he took his responsibilities seriously and was both bossy and way too well-informed. "You're not sleeping too good either. I see your light on at all hours of the night."

Daisy tried not to squirm in her seat. She often got up at night to complete her assignments, or talk to people in her team who traveled all over the world. But she couldn't tell Adam that because he and the rest of the family thought she'd broken off all contact with her previous life in Silicon Valley.

Adam straightened up. "Are you sure there isn't anything you'd like to tell me?"

(Continues…)


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The Second Chance Rancher 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Perfectly meant for each other
Cali-Jewel 23 days ago
Heartwarming, emotional, sexy, fun and engaging romantic journey filled with family, friends, witty banter, foot in mouth syndrome, lots of small town goodness and exciting second chances. An excellent beginning for this series and I look forward to the next visit.
MTCKMason 4 months ago
Kate Pearce brings us back to Morgantown with Jackson Lymond returning to the family ranch after leaving the Air Force. He spots the local bartender and decides to take his mind off of things with her. It is pretty funny how fast that idea gets deflated especially when he comes in contact with florist Daisy Miller. It was an enjoyable flirtation between Jackson and Daisy as they figure out what they want to be to each other while maneuvering around family and friends. It was nice revisiting Morgantown and catching up with familiar characters. Kate Pearce brings us the first book in The Millers of Morgan Valley series. Daisy has five older brothers so I am looking forward to reading about the rest of her family members and how life will turn out for them. I enjoyed The Morgan Ranch Series so I know I will love meeting her brothers. I voluntarily rad and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for this privilege.
Deb_from_Oz 4 months ago
Hopefully this is the start of a new series by this very talented author as I loved her characters in this book Jackson Lymond has returned to his family ranch after been an air force pilot he is carrying guilt over things that happened in his military career he is also the kind of man who doesn't mince words so what he feels comes straight out often leading to foot in mouth disease It was nice that for once the hero wasnt perfect He has decided that he wants to marry and settle down and he has set his sights on Daisy When she asks him to be her fake boyfriend due to her own family dynamics it seems like the perfect opportunity that is until real emotions become involved and guess we she is just as abrupt as him which leads to some hilarious moments
boclairedesigns 4 months ago
K are Pearce is a new author for me and I enjoyed the story. A computer nerd/florist and a former military/rancher meet and decide to start a relationship to provide cover for her foray back into the tech life in Silicon Valley. First time around she was burned out and retreated to her home town to recuperate. Now she is back in the game but not ready to tell her family of five brothers and dad. Enter Jackson to provide resolution for Daisy. They begin to rely on each other for support, honesty, and romance. What neither counted on was the fake relationship became reality, and they don't know how to deal with it. Two strong characters make for a contest of wills. I recommend you read the book to find out how Jackson and Daisy resolve their relationship! was provided a free ARC eBook from the publisher and Net Galley for my honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is a stand alone book. I enjoyed the story it was well written. I want to read the back story on some of the characters like Cauy, Jackson's brother, and I know that story is with the Morgan ranch series. I loved the first interaction between between Jackson and Daisy. Jackson is a very lucky man with how his story turned out after that interaction. There is struggles, misunderstanding, secrets and one cowboy who just says what he wants with out thinking. I can't wait to see where this series is going to go.
JigsawGirl 4 months ago
Jackson's character was really interesting. I couldn't put my finger on why he seemed a little off, maybe quirky is a better word. He had that special way of saying whatever was on his mind. Daisy was strange in her own right. it just seemed to me like she had some anger issues that she needed to deal with because she was always getting upset at the slightest question Jackson asked her. She as definitely prickly. I'm not quite sure why Jackson wanted her. I was never sure Daisy was ever going to tell Jackson that she really interested in him. That she wanted more than a casual relationship with him. They seemed to think they balanced each other out, so I guess that is all that matters. This was a nice small-town romance that was okay. I wouldn't really say it had a lot of angst in it, but theirs was a relationship that didn't flow smoothly. It did end in a HEA. I would give it 3.5 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a totally unbelievable set-up as regards Daisy Miller, the heroine. She is supposed to be a tech entrepreneur who is burned out when her first business was hurt by an unscrupulous investor. So she left the city and came back to her hometown to work in a floral shop and live with her father and some of her five older brothers. Meanwhile, she’s trying to start up a new tech company while working long-distance, but she wants to keep her side efforts secret from her family for some ill-defined reasons. I just didn’t buy any of that. The hero, Jackson, has returned home from a stint in the Air Force. We first encounter the two together when he goes to buy flowers from her to try to court an attractive bartender. He gets turned down flat and decides on the rebound to ask Daisy out. Apparently, any woman will do for Jackson. But he decides that he really likes Daisy and soon figures out that he’s in love with her. It’s all pretty hard to believe, but add in that Daisy agrees to a friends-with-benefits relationship that will be a pretend romance to throw her family off the scent of her tech job. So just add more unbelievability on top of all the other plot and the story really falters. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
DebsIN 4 months ago
Jackson and Daisy's story is a feel good western romance for all ages. Both being from Morgantown, Jackson is the real treasure in their story as he agrees to pretend to be in a romance with Daisy. The thing is, he would like to make it real. They do have a lot to overcome as their story is told with drama, lots of mixed feelings, secrets, and healing as they work to find their way to a HEA. It was nice to see a few friends from the Morgan Ranch series makes an appearance. I look forward to reading more of the people of Morgantown and would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington/Zebra Books for gifting me "The Second Chance Rancher". My opinion is voluntarily given and my own. 4.5 Stars!
belllla 4 months ago
Another love story from Morgan valley. In this one ex Air force Jackson and the florist Daisy find their happiness. Their story starts with pretending but with time feeling become real. It is interesting story they both are hiding something. Daisy her double career and Jackson his true self. He has layers upon layers and is not so easy going as it seems on first ball. Another enjoyable read from the series. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
MalkaShayna 4 months ago
Kate Pearce is one of my favorite authors. I adore the characters and settings of Morgan Ranch and Morgantown. This is the first book in a new series, concentrating on the Morgan's neighbors, the Millers. The Miller's mother left her 6 children when they were young. I image that the other books in the series will each concentrate on one of them. In the last book, Cauy Laymond came back to Morgan Valley, after he inherited the family ranch, which was a puzzlement, since his father hated him, and as it turned out, that was because he wasn't his biological father. Mark Laymond hated the Morgans (and almost everyone else), but Cauy ends up engaged to to Rachel Morgan. Cauy offered half ownership of the ranch to his brother Jackson, who had just finished 10 years in the air force, and was at lost ends. Jackson comes home, but is not sure exactly what he wants to do, as he is carrying some issues from his service. However, he is attracted to neighbor Daisy Miller. After returning home after burn out from working in Silicon Valley, Daisy is running the family floral shop. However, in secret, she is also working on another start up project in Silicon Valley with her team, something which could save lives. While attracted to Jackson, she is afraid to get involved with another man after her college sweetheart had died. In the hopes of eventually wearing her down, Jackson agrees to a fake relationship. Sadly, instead of actually communicating and talking about their feelings to avoid misunderstanding, they both misread the other and argue a lot, almost blowing their second chance for happiness. Still it is a very entertaining read and they do get their HEA. I received a free, advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
Jennann3 5 months ago
Daisy Miller and Jackson Lymon hold secrets close to their vests. Both returning home to Morgantown searching for peace and normalcy. Yet not quite finding it. While working at her flower shop, Jackson wonders in asking Daisy’s advice in getting Nancy’s attention. Daisy laughs in his face, but helps him out anyway. Jackson saunters off to ask Nancy, a bartender at the local bar, for a date. When she turns him down, Jackson returns to ask Daisy on a date instead. Daisy is NOT impressed and kicks Jackson out of her flower shop. So it begins... Daisy, wanting to keep her brothers from discovering her secret life, mentions that she may be interested in Jackson Lymon. Thus, distracting them. What she doesn’t do is clue Jackson in on her scheme. Jackson truly believes he has a shot with Daisy as he’s been invited over to dinner at the Miller’s. He’s unaware Daisy has vowed to never love again. But the more time they spend in their “fake” relationship, the more they dream of the possibility it could be more. Will their secrets destroy their chances at HEA? This story was a perfect commentary on how one lie leads to more lies. So many lies where you can’t tell the truth for all the lies. Although Daisy and Jackson are truly good people and would never intentionally hurt their families or each other, they do. Can time apart bring them closer together and enable them to overcome their painful pasts? I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
ButtonsMom2003 5 months ago
A great start to a new series. While The Second Chance Rancher technically begins a new series, The Millers of Morgan Valley Ranch, it's also kind of a continuation of the Morgan Ranch series, with characters from Morgan Ranch playing secondary roles. You don't need to have read any of the books from that series to enjoy this one but you might just be intrigued enough to want to read it (and they are great books). Jackson Lymond has left his military career in the Air Force behind to return to Morgan Valley to help his brother, Cuay, with the ranch he inherited. He seems to be pretty happy-go-lucky and not have a care in the world but, of course, that isn't true. He has emotional scars from his time in the service but he doesn't want to show that side to anyone. Daisy Miller runs the flower shop in Morgan Valley but she also has a secret that she's keeping from her family (five older brothers and their father). A few years ago, she returned to Morgan Valley a broken person and they helped heal her. She promised she wouldn't return to what broke her but she broke that promise and it's eating at her that she hasn't told them the truth. Jackson is attracted to Daisy but they kind of get off on the wrong foot. Once they come to an understanding Jackson agrees to Daisy's terms of a friends-with-benefits/fake boyfriend arrangement because she's not ready for a serious relationship. There's quite a bit going on in this story: a mystery about coins found in a silver mine, what Daisy is really doing other than running her flower shop, the feelings that Jackson has buried under the facade he presents to the world. We are also introduced to all of Daisy's brothers, who I suspect will each get a book in the future. I enjoyed this story very much and liked how the relationship between Daisy and Jackson wasn't always lovey-dovey. In real life partners argue and have misunderstandings and it was nice to see that represented well in this story and yet you know that they care for each other even as they are arguing. The set-up for additional stories was great but didn't leave me with a cliffhanger feeling at all. The romance between Daisy and Jackson is resolved but my appetite for additional stories was definitely whetted. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
Pebbles92 5 months ago
The Second Chance Rancher is the first book in Kate Pearce's new spin-off series from the Morgan Ranch stories. Even though many of the characters from the first series make cameo appearances, it's not necessary to have read any of the earlier books. It stands perfectly fine on its own. I loved the connection between Jackson and Daisy. This book had it all. Some laugh out loud moments, some delightfully awkward put your foot in your mouth moments and a few emotional spots as well. Daisy's brothers were awesome and I look forward to reading what's in store for them next!
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. For the most part, this is an enjoyable book with lots of drama and romance, but I just had a hard time liking Daisy. She was just so set in her thinking that she could not have another love in her life that she kept pushing Jackson away. Good thing that Jackson liked (then loved) her enough that he was willing to keep trying and wait as Daisy finally realized that one love was not realistic. Jackson was not without his own problems as he buried much of his feelings under his carefree veneer and did not show what was beneath. Fortunately, they both could see the areas that they needed to work on and overcame their issues. Most things were tied up and you felt this was a complete story but I did wonder if there were going to be more books about Daisy's family as you still see Adam not getting over the loss of his wife after many years and their mother is coming back for a visit and that is still in the future. So, hope for another book about this family!
FaeScot 5 months ago
Jackson Lymond left the Air Force as part of the Strategic Air Intelligence in Qatar to help is brother Cauy with the family ranch. When he died their father left it to Cauy, the unfavored son. The mystery is why Cauy as Mark Lymond hated his eldest son. We find out why later in the story. Why to Cauy is still a mystery. Jackson is starting over, trying to figure out how he fits now into is community of Morgan Valley and deal with guilt over his military service. He remembers Daisy Miller who runs the floral shop in town and Nancy Williams, bartender for her brother's place. Kate starts the story with Jackson having Daisy make up a bouquet for him to butter up Nancy to ask her on a date. Interesting start to their eventual love story. Daisy approaches Jackson to ask him to be her fake boyfriend because she's got a second job she's hiding from her family. Seems she came home from silicon valley with burn out after her tech start up company was taken over, essentially stolen, by their major investor. She and a few tech genius friends are working on a new program that will help save lives of military injured on the field. Her dad and 5 big brothers are very protective of their little sister and she promised them she wouldn't get back into tech. Jackson agrees to be her fake boyfriend even though he wants more, so much more from her. As they spend time together things get real steamy and she fights to keep from falling for him as he fights to be only friends with benefits. There is so much in this story it's hard to summarize it other than Kate is a master at storytelling. We grow to respect both Daisy and Jackson's intellect and drive to succeed. He deals with military guilt, she with hiding truth from her family. They both can't seem to hold each other at arms length. Thanks to Aunt Rae's advice, Daisy comes clean about what she's been up to. Jackson and his brother finally come to an agreement as to what to do about the ranch. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KathyJinEllicottCity 5 months ago
This is the first book in the spin-off series the Millers of Morgan Valley. It is a contemporary romance set in a quirky California ranch based town. The hero returns home after a career in the military and the heroine is hiding things from her family. The characters working through their issues is humorous and touching. The pace of the story keep me interested and at times I had a hard time putting it down.
paytonpuppy 5 months ago
Daisy Miller has returned home to Morgantown, running the florist shop that once belonged to her great aunt. Jackson Lymond has also returned home from his ten-year career in the Air Force as it was time for him to help his brother, Cauy, with their ranch. When Jackson visits the local flower shop, Daisy is sure that he doesn’t remember her from their school years and is surprised when he returns the next day to ask her out. Daisy says no, but then she and Jackson agree to spend time with each other in order for her to have some privacy from her five overprotective brothers. Will they be able to remain just friends? Jackson seemed a little immature for having served ten years in the military while Daisy seemed unable to assert herself to her family. The storyline just did not hold my interest. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author. (by paytonpuppy)
Ajgray 5 months ago
Loved the story. Jackson, who leaves the military and returns to his family ranch in Morgantown, and their he meets Daisy Miller, a techie who is running a floral shop and secretly working on the design of a new computer program that will help save lives. Both returned home, after suffering major work related stress and burnout. Daisy ask Jackson to be her fake boyfriend to help cover for her while she works on her secret project without alerting her family that she is back working in the area that almost broke her. She warns him there will no real romantic involvement but Jackson falls hard for her. There is a HEA but a lot of misunderstandings occur first along with hurt feelings. This book is a good start to a new series revolving around the Millers. I would highly recommend this book as a great read.
rc1836 5 months ago
Slow building romance I had mixed feelings about Kate Pearce’s The Second Chance Rancher the first book in The Millers of Morgan Valley series. While this is a spin-off of the Morgan Brothers series and we original “met’ Jackson in The Rancher the book reads well as a stand alone. I liked the idea behind the plot but it just felt like it moved too slowly. I found myself skim reading at times. I guess I never warmed up to Daisy or Jackson.She seemed too prickly and his foot in month reputation felt goofy. I do usually like how this author writes and would be curious to read the next books in the series. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
MusicInPrint 5 months ago
Would love to live with the ranchers in Morgantown. Pearce has made her characters come alive right off the page. Even though this is set in the same town as her Morgan Ranch novels; this can be read as a stand alone easily. Always romantic Jackson Lymond comes across as a desperate guy in search of a serious relationship. Wanting to settle down in his hometown proves to be difficult when he sets his cowboy hat on Daisy Miller who runs the local flower shop. Daisy has some secrets from her family but is drawn to Jackson even though she will not admit it to herself or to him. Fate throws these two together and of course leads to a HEA. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ALWAYS LIGHT HEARTED AND A FEEL GOOD READ BY PEARCE!
Bette313 5 months ago
I am loving the Millers of Morgan Valley and even though this is the first book in this spinoff series it feels like going home again. While you don't have to have read the original Morgan Ranch books to enjoy this one I do recommend them to everyone. In this book we get Daisy Miller's story. She grew up in Morgantown along with her five brothers. She broke away and left for a while but now she's back and not surprised to see that some things never change. Her family is just as overbearing and interfering as ever. Jackson Lymond, also newly returned to Morgantown, may be the most interesting person she's met in a while but does she really need or want another man in her life? These two are fun characters and the journey to their HEA made for a great story. I highly recommend it.
ViperSpaulding 5 months ago
Jackson and Daisy bring out the best in each other Jackson has returned home after the death of his father, and has some complicated issues to work out with his brother. Daisy left Silicon Valley behind, for the most part, but she's still got a secret that she isn't ready to share with her family. In order to have an alibi for this project, she turns Jackson's request for a date into a fake-dating arrangement that he reluctantly agrees to. Jackson starts off being a little flighty, almost shallow, but we quickly learn that this is a persona he's developed as a defense mechanism. I loved his steadfast devotion, even when it was costing him so much. Daisy's character goes through her own personal growth arc, too, as she comes to terms with a tragedy in her past and figures out just what risks are worth taking. We also get a lot of interaction with the Morgan and Miller families, including characters from previous books by this author as well as introductions to new folks who will probably be featured in future books. We're given quite a birds-eye view of the entire community as they work together to find the balance between the advantages of progress and the charms of their small-town life. This is the third book I've read in this fictional world, and it's every bit as wonderful as the others. The writing style makes it easy to feel right at home with these memorable characters. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
ytcruz 5 months ago
This book is the beginning of a spin off from the author’s Morgan Ranch series. We now get a chance to spend time with the members of the surrounding ranches. This time the story belongs to Jackson Lymond and Daisy Miller. Jackson is back in town after leaving the Air Force. A departure that has left emotional and psychological scars. Daisy has been back in town for a couple of years, after a burnout in Silicone Valley. They are attracted to each other and when Daisy needs a fake boyfriend to cover up her latest endeavor, they decide to keep things “no strings attached”. But the best laid plans do not always work. Each keeping their true feelings hidden. It was a sweet story where we get a chance to see how the members of the previous stories are doing as well as the potential of many stories for those of the Miller family. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
CathyGeha 5 months ago
The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce The Millers of Morgantown #1 Returning to Morgantown was a delightful way to spend the afternoon and although Jackson Lymond did seem a bit clueless at times he eventually managed to get the HEA he was looking for. Who does he end up with? Not the woman he started out thinking he wanted...nope...he realized rather quickly that he really wanted florist Daisy Miller instead of Nancy the bartender. Why? Well, she was more suited to him and...Nancy wasn’t interested. As an introduction to the Miller family we realize that with five brothers to marry off there are a number of books to look forward to – hooray! In this book there is a bit of the fake relationship to hide a secret one of them is keeping and they cut it close enough that their HEA might not have happened had the two not realized that they really did belong together. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars