Tucked Away

Tucked Away

by Jennie Marts

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Overview

Charlie Ryan's cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs - and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.

Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots...and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?

Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk...one night will change everything.

Each book in the Hearts of Montana series is STANDALONE:
* Tucked Away
* Hidden Away
* Stolen Away

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633752627
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Hearts of Montana , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 45,758
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. Jennie writes for Entangled Publishing and she's the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, Just Another
Maniac Monday, and the latest Between the Pages Holiday Novella - A Cowboy for Christmas.

She is living her own happily-ever-after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two dogs whose antics often find a way into her books. She is addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can't have too many books, shoes or friends.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, Twitter at @JennieMarts, or Goodreads. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and subscribe to her newsletter for the latest happenings and new releases.

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Tucked Away

A Hearts of Montana Book


By Jennie Marts, Candace Havens, Allison Collins

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Jennie Marts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-262-7


CHAPTER 1

A bead of sweat trickled down her back as she stared into the cold brown eyes of her captor. A gold ring pierced his nostril. He snorted, his breath forming a circle of condensation on the window. She laid on the horn again, hoping this time to scare the beast away. He stood there, unfazed, staring at her and swatting flies away with his tail.

"Nice bull." Keeping her voice low, she pulled on the handle and gently pushed open the car door a fraction of an inch. The huge black bull, roughly the size of a small pickup truck, pawed at the ground, then put his head down and rammed the side of her bright red rental car.

She let loose a scream of terror and frustration. The car held all of her worldly possessions, packed in a few liquor store boxes and a couple of Louis Vuitton suitcases, her last shred of dignity tucked into one of the side pockets.

Charlie Ryan had spent the last hour trapped in a car that reeked of stale French fries, her silk blouse clinging to her damp back, desperately rethinking her decision to drink that large iced tea. Why had she ignored the sign reading Last services for 200 miles? Who knew that meant gasoline? She thought it meant cell service, and her phone had died hours ago as she'd crossed the never-ending flats of the Midwest, driving toward her new home and the promise of a fresh start.

Nothing was going as planned. Her dreams, once as bright as the pristine Montana sky, had faded like the paint on the large red barn standing sentinel over the Tucker farm. But this was too much. She'd had enough bull in her life, and she was getting out of this car.

Groaning, she looked around in desperation for a way out. An old two-story farmhouse sat at the end of a dusty driveway. The front door, and her means of escape, a mere twenty feet away.

She pulled her black designer pump from her foot and beat it against the window. Its ineffectiveness against her captor equaled its poor choice as driving footwear, evidenced by the large red blister forming on her right heel.

She studied the beast. His shiny coat seemed to glisten in the afternoon sun. Horns protruded two feet off either side of his huge, triangular block of a head, and his neck was thick as a tree trunk. She leaned closer to the window and noticed his horns dotted with red bits that looked like blood, but were probably flecks of the paint that used to be on her rental car door. A large scar extended several inches above and below his left eye. The scar, combined with the way he stamped his foot and shook his enormous head at her, told her this bull meant business.

Turning away from the animal, she tried the ignition once more, hoping the tank had been visited by the services fairies and magically filled with gasoline. What little fumes were left in the tank had sputtered out just as she pulled into the driveway and coasted to a stop in front of the house.

She would have to think about that coincidence later, but for now, the car battery still worked, so she depressed the button to roll the window down a few inches. Hot, dry air, smelling of what she assumed was hay, wafted into the car, and the bull, alerted by the sudden movement, slid his tongue up the window, leaving a shiny trail of saliva filled with bits of grass.

Charlie screamed again as his tongue, finding the opening in the glass, snaked into the car, as if searching for the source of the fast food scent. She continued to shriek as she alternately whacked at the huge tongue with her shoe and tried to roll up the window.

Having rid her car of the offensive appendage, she now heard the blessed sound of an engine and turned to see a blue and white pickup pulling into the driveway. She registered a black cowboy hat and dark hair as the truck rumbled past her in a cloud of dust. The window was wide open, the radio blared guitar-picking country music, and a tan, muscled arm rested against the faded blue paint.

The truck pulled to a stop in front of her car, and she sighed with relief. How low had her life sunk that her hero had just arrived in an ancient pickup sporting a decal silhouette of a naked woman wearing high heels and holding a shotgun, an NRA emblem, and a bumper sticker that read Git Er Done?

The door of the truck opened. As one cowboy boot hit the ground, Charlie had a moment of fear, wondering if she was now in more danger being stranded alone in the middle of nowhere with a three-toothed redneck who fully believed in his right to bear arms.

She reached to depress the door locks, then remembered she had locked the doors earlier when the beast had first charged the car. She was now pretty sure a bull couldn't open a car door with its hoof, but it was a moment of panic, and she wasn't taking any chances.

The rest of her hero emerged from the truck, and any thoughts of door-opening cows left her head as she took in the sight of this man. He epitomized the term hot cowboy, standing well over six feet tall, wearing faded Wranglers, a sleeveless western shirt, and the aforementioned black cowboy hat.

He was tan and had the solid muscles of someone who spent his time outdoors working hard instead of indoors working out. He rested one of those muscled arms on the open door of his truck as he appeared to survey the red car containing a sweaty blonde being held captive by a twelve hundred pound bull.

Why is he just standing there? Charlie gave him a small wave. She didn't think he could hear her and considered doing a mini-charade to describe her predicament. Two words. Movie title. Help me. But, instead found herself pointing to the bull and mouthing, "Help."

The cowboy broke into a wide grin. Definitely more than three teeth. She found herself smiling back, until he leaned forward and let loose a long stream of tobacco juice into the dirt at his feet.

Oh, gross. She watched him amble toward her and lowered the window a few inches.

He peered in through the window and smiled again as he seemed to take in the disheveled mess she was. Her skirt was a wrinkled disaster and had crept up enough to show a considerable amount of her pale legs.

"Hey there. Looks like you got yourself in a bit of a pickle."

A pickle? I'm swimmin' around in the whole jar. She smiled up at him, then watched his eyes do a full inventory of her figure and the fast-food-wrapper-strewn interior of her car. She wasn't sure if he was checking out her cleavage or trying to discern what the large stain on the front of her blouse was. She couldn't actually remember if it was ketchup or coffee, and frankly, she didn't care—she was just so happy to be rescued. Charlie considered burning the blouse if she could ever get out of this blasted car.

"That beast won't let me get out," she explained through the crack in the window, as she pointed at the huge black bull, now standing docile as it watched the cowboy lean against her car. "Every time I try to open the door, he rams it with his head."

The cowboy looked down at the scarred and battered door, let out a low chuckle, then turned and sauntered off into the open door of the barn. He reappeared a few minutes later holding a dented coffee can in one hand and a handful of hay in the other. The can must have held something appetizing. Through a series of yips and haws and shakings of the coffee can, the man lured the bull into the dark recesses of the barn.

Emerging a few minutes later, he crossed the driveway, dusting bits of hay from his hands. "All right, you can come out now. I put Tommy Lee in one of the stables."

Charlie hit the unlock switch, and he opened the driver's side door. She pulled the keys from the ignition and dropped them in her Coach bag. Sliding the purse up her shoulder, she swung her legs out and tried to stand while adjusting her wrinkled skirt and blouse.

The pebbles of the driveway dug into her bare feet, and she reached for the door as her knees threatened to buckle. But instead of steel, her hand encountered hard flesh as the cowboy put his arm around her waist to steady her.

"Whoa there."

"Oh, thanks. I picked the wrong shoes for driving, and I've got the worst blister on my heel."

He pulled her against his hip and led her toward the four steps of the front porch she'd been staring at the last thirty minutes. "Let's get you inside and find you some water. How long have you been stuck in that car?"

"Almost an hour." She leaned into him as the blister on her heel caused her to limp up the stairs. Thinking he would smell like a farm, she was surprised by the nice aftershave he wore. The rest of his body was as hard as his bicep, and she suddenly had the mental image of him swooping her into his arms and carrying her up the stairs. Where had that come from? And why did she seem to be sweating more now than when she was in the hot car?

"Why didn't you just drive away? That old bull would have moved if the car had started toward him."

"I would have, but my car ran out of gas as I pulled into the driveway."

The outer screen door creaked as he pulled it open and gestured for her to go in. Hesitating only for a moment, she took a deep breath and stepped into the foyer of not only her new home, but her new life.

She looked around the interior of the farmhouse. A large living room covered the majority of the main floor. An open kitchen sat to the left, and separating the rooms was a long counter and a scarred wooden table surrounded by six mismatched chairs.

The kitchen was a mix of old and new, evidenced by an antique toaster sitting next to a shiny red Kitchenaid mixer. Lace curtains fluttered at the open window above a porcelain sink.

At the back of the room, an open door revealed a set of stairs leading to the upper level. The hardwood floors were scattered with rag-tied rugs, and a light blue afghan lay spread across the back of an overstuffed sofa.

The house had an inviting feel, so different from her small apartment in New York. Driving out to the middle of nowhere, she'd worried she would feel completely out of place, but instead, she was surprised at the sense of peace she felt as she walked through the front door. The air held the faint scent of cinnamon and apples, and she relaxed, feeling as if she'd just come home.

Except her home had never held a tall, dark, and handsome hottie of a cowboy. Her would-be hero pulled out one of the kitchen chairs and guided her into it, gently pulling the purse from her shoulder and setting it on the table. "I'll get you some water. I'm Cash, by the way. I run this place, and I'm assuming you're ... lost?"

She sighed and fidgeted with the zipper of her bag. If only he knew how true that statement was. "No, evidently I'm right where I am supposed to belong now. Is your name really Cash? As in legal tender?"

"It says so on my birth certificate. But it's as in Johnny Cash, you know, the man in black. My parents were big fans." He took a glass from the cupboard and turned on the tap. "What do you mean this is where you belong now?"

"Well, a grandmother I never knew existed left me this farm in her will, but she said I would only get it if I moved here and lived on it for the summer. I'm Charlie Ryan."

He turned from the sink, one dark eyebrow raised and leaving the glass he'd been filling only half-full. "You're Gigi's grandbaby? That Charlie?"

"Well, I don't know any Gigi, but some lawyer called me about three weeks ago and told me I had a grandmother named Geraldine Tucker and that she'd left me a farm in Montana called Tucked Away."

"Everyone around these parts knows Geraldine Tucker as Gigi." He set the glass on the table, and she watched him give her body another roving once-over with his eyes. Subtlety was obviously not one of his strong points. "I guess I was expecting Gigi's grandbaby Charlie to be a little less ... female."

She took a large drink of the blessedly cool water, too tired to bother caring about the man's obvious eyeballing of her curves. "Yeah, I get that a lot."

He settled his hip against the counter and rubbed the back of his neck while he seemed to process this new information. "So, where are you from?"

"New York City," Charlie said, with obvious pride in her voice.

"New York City?" he replied, in an accent reminiscent of old salsa commercials. "And you dropped your whole life and moved to Broken Falls, Montana? Just like that?"

There isn't much of a life left there anymore. However, she didn't want to explain that to this man she'd just met. She mused on how a single instant's decision to come home early one afternoon could change everything you thought about your life. "Yep. Sometimes life works that way. Just like that."

"So, where's your dad? We were kinda surprised he didn't turn up for Gigi's funeral."

She wasn't surprised at all. He hadn't turned up for anything in her life. "I have no idea where or even who he is. I was raised by my mom and have lived my whole life on the East Coast. I never knew my dad or even that I had a grandmother in Montana. I had to look at a map to even be sure where Montana was."

"Well, she's always known about you. Gigi's been searching for you since you were born but only found you a short time ago. She's been getting this place ready for her grandbaby ever since. We were all kinda hoping you two would've had a chance to meet each other."

"I didn't know about her until after she was gone." She was surprised by the lump that had formed in her throat for a woman she'd never known, but who, it seemed, had been searching for her for years.

Charlie took a deep breath and noticed the faint scent of peaches in the air. Her hair stirred, as if a breeze had brushed past her, and she shivered. She had the oddest impression of feeling as though she was all at once loved and in the right place and time.

"You all right? Was there a mouse or something?" He looked at the floor below her chair.

"A mouse?" she shrieked, lifting her feet and temporarily forgetting about the odd sensation of warmth and comfort. "Where? In the house? Did you see one?"

He chuckled. "No, you just looked funny for a second there. Your face went really pale. City-girl like you, I thought you must've seen a mouse or a spider."

She eased her feet back onto the floor and laughed at herself. "No, I just got spooked. It was nothing."

"Old houses will do that to you. But you still might see a mouse or two," he said, and grinned as she picked up her feet again. "We've got an old mother cat around here who usually keeps them out of the house. 'Bout the only thing she's good for is mousing and having kittens. I think she's due to drop a litter here pretty soon."

What was she doing here? As an author, she was used to looking at a pile of manuscripts, not a pile of baby animals. And what would she do if she found them anyway? She'd lived in apartments her whole life and had never had so much as a goldfish for a pet.

Cash was looking at her expectantly. She realized he had just asked her a question, and she'd completely missed it in her musing over the prospect of finding kittens. "I'm sorry. I didn't hear what you said."

He chuckled again and seemed to be amused by her. "I asked you how long you were plannin' on stayin'."

"Oh, um, I'm not really sure." She bit her lip and toyed with the floral print placemat on the table in front of her. "For a while, I guess. The terms of the will said I needed to live here for the entire summer, but we'll see how it goes."

"Hmmm. Don't you have a job that you have to get back to?" He raised his eyebrows as he looked her over again, his eyes lingering on her bare legs. Her skirt had ridden up as she now rested her feet on the spindle of the chair, instead of the floor. "Don't you have somebody who's gonna be missing you, if you don't hurry back to the city?"

Charlie pulled at her skirt, heat creeping up her neck. How could this man go from a look of amusement to a look of desire in two seconds flat? She suddenly felt like Little Red Riding Hood and wondered if, by coming into her grandmother's house, she had just discovered the log cutter who would help her or the big, bad wolf who wanted to eat her for dessert.


(Continues...)

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Tucked Away (Entangled Select Contemporary) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It had such wonderfully developed characters & the story was much more than just boy meets girl.... fall in love.... happily ever after. I really enjoyed the twists & turns the author blended to make a beautiful story & I also giggled at the crazy goat ;) And who doesn't love a couple of hot cowboys! I will be reading more by Jeannie Marts. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Charlie Ryan wanted to escape. She needed away from the big city and her cheating ex-fiancée. When she arrives at the ranch that she inherited from her grandmother, she knows that she belongs. Zack Cooper, the local veterinarian, sees her in town and is attracted. Charlie is drawn to his gentleness and kindness. He makes her feel a longing that she thought was dead. Will love find her at Tucked Away? I liked Charlie and her infectious personality. She is so full of life and is so giving. Zack is more cautious. He has been hurt by his ex-wife. Sparks fly whenever these two are together. The story has interesting secondary characters that add drama and humor to the small Montana town. Jennie Marts captures the love and laughter that her characters feel with her writing. This story has it all. There is passion, hurt, suspense and a hint of paranormal. I stayed up late reading Tucked Away. I loved it! I enjoy a second chance romance. I can't wait for more in this series. I would like to learn more about the sexy ranch hand, Cash.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Tucked Away by Jennie Marts is book one in the series, Hearts of Montana. First, let me say that I am a Florida girl. I’m sure my blood is as thin as water. So I have no idea why I seem to be fixated on books about sexy Montana cowboys. Well, maybe that’s the answer. This book pretty much fills every one of my Montana fantasies. Plenty of cowboys, beautiful country side, and lots of cute, adorable farm animals. Well, maybe one not so cute and adorable. Charlie Ryan has lived in New York all her life. She wears designer clothes and spends her free time enjoying all that New York has to offer. But that all changed the day she came home earlier than expected and caught her fiance with his secretary. After spending a few weeks with her mother, she is contacted by a lawyer telling her she has inherited a ranch in Broken Falls, Montana called Tucked Away. It was owned by Gigi, a Grandmother she never knew existed, who has recently passed away. Charlie packs up her possessions and decides a fresh start is just what she needs. How hard could life on a Montana ranch be? Her first hour on her new property is spent trapped in her car by a ginormous angry looking bull. “Something about Montana gets under your skin. It changes you.” Soon, though, Charlie discovers that she feels a peace here she never knew existed. She feels a sense of belonging, of home. Her new circle of friends will soon include Cash, the oh so handsome and flirty ranch hand, Cherry, the owner and operator of the town diner, and cute, bubbly little thirteen year old Sophie. And then there was Zack, the sexy town veterinarian. One look at him and all sorts of warm and tinglies woke up that Charlie thought had long gone into hibernation. “What is it about a cowboy? She was used to men in business suits and white, starched shirts. She knew by his build if a man was fit, but the display of skin and muscle and pure maleness that she had seen in the short time she had been in Montana was intoxicating.” Zack Cooper has his own trust issues. His wife abandoned he and his baby daughter thirteen years ago. He has kept his heart closed up ever since. Until he met the new city girl that just moved to town. But can he take the chance that she is here to stay? That she won’t break his heart just like his ex-wife did? Together Zack and Charlie tentatively begin to give in to the attraction they feel. Charlie, though, really struggles with her own self worth. Her father abandoned her and her boy friend cheated on her. Can she take a risk with Zack. While trying to adjust to her new life, though, Charlie begins to realize everything she thought she knew, everything her own mother led her to believe was true, wasn’t. And what about her Grandmother Gigi’s death? Was it really just an accident or was there more to it than that. Along with everything else, there is a railroad man who keeps pestering her to sell her farm. When Charlie first came to the farm, she had no knowledge what-so-ever of farm life. She had never even owned a gold fish. So I loved watching her marvel over the birth of a calf or a litter of brand new kittens. Or helping Zack with an injured stray dog. Charlie may have doubted her own self worth or bravery but in my eyes, she was such a strong woman. She adapted to her new life with wonder and gusto. But with the new found happiness, also came heart break as everything is suddenly in jeopardy. There are a million things going on at the same time and my heart was beating out of my chest as Charlie struggled in her new life. Is she strong enough to stay and fight for what she wants, or will she just pack her belongings back up and try again somewhere else? This really was a wonderful, sweet and humorous story of two people finding the strength to open their hearts to love again and of a Grandmother’s love for a grand daughter she never got the chance to meet. If I ever did venture to Montana, Tucked Away seems like the perfect place to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, and found myself not wanting to put it down. You can't help but fall in love with the characters! As is typical with all her books, Jennie Marts infuses humor throughout the story. More than once, I found myself laughing out loud.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this story! Funny from the beginning, it keeps you involved and allows you to get to know the characters and brings out the emotions, especially the mean guy. The details on the description of the characters and the farm and town are magnificent. Wonderful story and can't wait for the next story.
D-Fritz More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story from Jennie Marts. I have just finished Tucked Away, a sweet romance with lots of love, laughter and a little mystery thrown in. Charlie Ryan, a young woman jilted by her fiancé leaves the big city life for a new start in Montana on a farm left to her by her grandmother she never new she had. Wanting only to get away from men and start over the first thing she does is run into two handsome cowboys and one smart young teenager that's about to teach her what life on the farm is all about. Laughter, romance, love and heartache abound as well as mystery in this wonderful story. I laughed out loud and couldn't put it down.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Charlie is given the chance for a new start when her life life in NYC goes up in flames. Visiting the ranch her grandmother she never met leaves her she never anticipated that it would feel like home. I love all the characters in this book. They have all their own personalities. I felt for Charlie her life is about to be turned upside down while she's trying to find her way in a relationship with Zack.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Tucked Away was a quick, sweet read. I liked the characters and storyline. It took a while for me to get into it as it was a little slow in the beginning but overall it was a good read.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What a great book full of honest realistic feelings of a woman trying to start new.  I liked Charlie in this story.  She's a hurt independent woman looking for a new start and getting away from her old life.  I loved her first meetings with the new people in Montana.  Several funny scenes of no privacy and everyone in your business.  The town was lovely and a tight knit community.  I adored their interactions and the selflessness of all the characters.  Zack and Sophie were a great depiction of what family should be.  The drama and angst was at times heartbreaking and saddening, a little maddening, but I loved the ending.  A sweet beautiful story from beginning to end. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Charlie, is having a bad year because she finds out that her fiancee is cheating on her and has stolen all of her saving. She also discovers a grandmother she never knew has died and left a ranch in Montana. She travels there and meets two eligible bachelors and a really sweet teenager. She makes a new life and learns a lot about herself and her family. Will she find true love? Read and find out! I liked main characters in this book. Charlie was spunky, funny, and interesting. Unfortunately I felt the book was cluttered by to many supporting character (family members) with huge secrets that distracted from the main point of a romance novel, creating a relationship between the leading couple.  I was given a ARC  for an honest review from the publisher Engtangled  Publishing. 
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book by Jennie Marts, have enjoyed her previous books, and I loved this book. City girl Charlie, has uprooted her New York life to move to Montana, she inherited her grandmother's farm. I was laughing from the first page, when she was trapped in the car by a bull. What a way to have a fresh start in life. She meets Zack, town vet who is very content in life and raising his daughter. There is plenty of humor, romance and a touch of mystery in this story. The characters grabbed my heart and would not let go. If you like small town contemporary romance, this is the story for you you. Looking forward to the next story in Hearts of Montana. I received this book form NetGalley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Reasons why I loved this book (and other Jennie Marts books): 1) Her details and descriptions put me right there in the book. I can totally imagine everything that is happening. 2) She's the queen of one-liners! Just reading along and BAM laugh-out-loud humor! 3) Her characters think some hilarious things (and deep down I've thought them all at least once in life). 4) She's never short on interesting characters. 5) And many more reasons... I highly recommend this book! I received an Advanced Reading Copy for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL STORY about a gal who finds her heart and her love in Montana..city gal , country boy... ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** Charlie Ryan is a plucky woman. She had a cheating fiancée who left her heart broken and an even broker bank account. Everything in her life has just gone belly up. She is just about done for when she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. Charlie thinks her luck is changing and changing for the better. Charlie is someone who never gave up hope.  She ends up making a fresh start in Montana, and soon meets Sophie who is a very precious 13 year old who knows a lot for her age. She knows a lot about cooking, farming, and just life in general on a farm than someone her age should know or even is aware of. They become great friends who hang out, bake and go shopping for more weather appropriate clothing for Montana-including items colored Pink. Zack Cooper owns and runs the local vet practice. He’s Sophie’s dad who happens to be single and doesn't trust women especially after his ex-wife did a cut and run, then left him holding the baby-LITERALLY. His daughter is the woman he’s going to let into his heart - until he meets Charlie. Their reciprocal interest and hesitation to act on their feelings means life as they know it is about to get lively for them both! This story has multiple other stories running through it at the same time. I found it ok but I would have liked the story to stay on the main characters because it made it hard to keep focus. I liked this story because there was the storyline of suspicion of murder, someone trying to buy the farm for a railroad company, past secrets revealed, missing parents turning up, double dealing, misunderstandings, attempted rape and arson involved in this extremely rapid tale which I found entertaining from start to finish. The author has everything going at pretty much the same time. I will admit it was hard to keep up the frantic pace of keeping my eyes going on one thing. I did wish the main characters had their ending followed up. A wrap up so to speak of how they were doing after the ending of the story so I would know how they were doing. I guess that is being nitpicky but due to pace of the story, I would have liked to have seen that at least. I did like the pairing of the main characters and I liked their chemistry so overall this was a good book .I would have rated this higher but felt the pace was frantic. The author did have a good way with her words and did get across how the characters were feelings so I will say this is a good book to read.  My rating: 4.0 stars ****
sheric12 More than 1 year ago
This book was so much more than I expected it to be. I have read many of this Author's books and love the unique way she can unfold a story. When I first read the synopsis of Tucked Away it sounded like a cute romance set in the country. But, this book became so much more. There was humor, love and mystery.  The characters found a way into my heart. The characters were original and the author did a great job revealing pieces of their back story throughout the book. I felt like I knew these fictional characters in real life. I was rooting for the main character Charlie throughout. She made me laugh out loud many times. I could identify with Charlie , even though she lived a life very different from mine. The experiences she has in this story change her, and evolving characters make a story feel realistic to me.  There were many turns and twists in this book that were unexpected and kept me engaged.  I love reading books that can take me to another place, can wrap me up in the emotions of the book and keep me wanting more.  Well written, fun book to read. I highly recommend it.  (ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchanged for an honest review)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I thought this one was awesome!! Really enjoyed all the different relationships being built in this one. After Charlie Ryan finds herself without a boyfriend and broke she decides to uproot her NY life and go to the farm she inherited from the grandmother she never knew. This small town and all it's residents are endearing and welcoming and slowly Charlie finds herself really liking it at Tucked Away, and it has nothing to do with the hot sexy vet, Zach Cooper. Nope. Nothing at all. If you love small town romances as much as I do, this is one you want to read. I highly recommend it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Expect the unexpected would be how I viewed this story. Charlie never expected to find herself broke and single after her fiance cheats on her and empties her bank account. With no other options she decides to take a look up an inheritance a Montana farm left to her by grandmother she never knew about. Swearing off men she sets about her journey of self discovery. Of course, that lasts all of five seconds before she meets Zach, the local vet. Zach likes his life just the way it is. Yet he is intrigued by Charlie. Is he ready to put his heart on the line? Tucked Away is a story about heartbreak, self discovery and enjoying the simple things in life. A funny and heartwarming inspirational read. Received Tucked Away By Jennie Marts for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This book was provided by Netgalley, in exchange for a honest review. This was my introduction to author Jennie Marts, and I must admit, her book made a very good first impression. So much so, I look forward to reading and purchasing more of her books. To be honest, I had a little trouble getting into the book at first, and it wasn't until chapter three that I felt the book really start to capture my attention. Once I hit chapter three I really felt a shift in the story and began to feel the characters pull me into their world. I enjoyed the details she put into the describing the town, it gave me a good picture of the little town. And I liked the way she was able to add in a backstory for each character, without taking from the original plot of the story, everything had nice flow, and was easy to follow. After reading the synopsis I was expecting a light hearted love story, but I was pleasantly surprised by all the twists and turns in the story. It had a little bit of everything; mystery, romance, humor and a assortment of very likeable, dynamic characters. I highly recommend that you give this book a try, it is a very engaging and heartwarming story!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
After finding her fiancé cheating with his secretary on her sofa, city girl Charlie Ryan is broken hearted. That’s it. She’s had enough of him, men and life in NYC, especially as she has just inherited a farm called ‘Tucked Away’ from the grandmother she never knew she had! She packs up her things and drives off to Montana and the farm. Life gets interesting from when she arrives, runs out of fuel and is trapped in her rental car by a bull!  She’s determined to make the most of this opportunity for a fresh start - without men spoiling it for her. She soon meets Sophie a knowledgeable thirteen year old who knows much more about cooking, baking and life on a farm than Charlie has ever dreamed of. They quickly become great friends and Sophie really helps her out, starting by taking her shopping for more appropriate clothes and some cowboy boots - actually, some hot-pink cowboy boots! Zack Cooper owns and runs the local veterinary practice. He’s a single father, Sophie’s dad and doesn't trust women after his ex-wife left him literally holding the baby. His daughter is the only female he’s going to allow into his heart ever again - until he meets Charlie. Their mutual attraction and reluctance to act on it means life’s about to get interesting for them both! As well as the love interest between Charlie and Zach, this story has lots of additional stories running through it. There’s the suspicion of murder, someone trying to buy the farm for a railroad company, past secrets revealed, missing parents turning up, double dealing, misunderstandings, attempted rape and even arson involved in this fast paced tale which I found entertaining from start to finish. It has a real story to it that keeps the reader enthralled and I’ll certainly be looking for other books by this author in future! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.