The Second Chance Rancher

The Second Chance Rancher

by Kate Pearce

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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 . . .
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“HW and Samantha are unique and memorable, and this is the strongest story yet in Pearce’s
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420148237
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 43,856
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, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter @Kate4queen.

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The Second Chance Rancher 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MTCKMason 11 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 15 days 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 16 days 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 16 days 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 17 days 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 17 days 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 18 days 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 This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
Jennann3 20 days 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 20 days 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 20 days 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 20 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 22 days 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 22 days 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