Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Review: 'When the Rancher Came to Town' by Emma Cane


Two souls who probably wouldn’t have found each other any other way, but are completely destined to be together.
I seem to be on a roll, reading books with wounded souls. I’m not sure if it’s a new trend or just the luck of the draw as to the books I’ve picked up. I have to say, even though this book is short, it packs a punch. There’s a lot going on here. Emma Cane has written characters I rooted for and people I wanted to spend more time with.
Mason isn’t just a rancher. Nope, he’s not that simple (although ranchers can be complex and it’s a good thing). He’s a former bull rider who wants sponsorship and to save the ranch. There’s a lot going on in his past–some of which isn’t his doing. I liked that he wasn’t about to give up, even though there were moments when the body was certainly weak. I liked that I could see him. I could understand he’d been beaten up by the life he’d chosen–bull riding cannot be easy, although I don’t want to find out firsthand. He was one I wanted to get with the heroine and see them have a good ending. I liked his patience and kindness, even when he thought he wasn’t being a nice guy.
Amanda, the heroine, was just as complex. She’s not just a bed and breakfast owner. Nope. I loved how the author peeled away her layers through the story. She became more interesting as I made progress in the book. At first, I wasn’t sold on Amanda. She seemed standoffish and a little bitter. As I got to know her, I understood why and wanted her to get that HEA she deserved.
This isn’t a long story, so there isn’t much time to develop the romance–three days to be exact, but there is just enough to make a good tale. If you want a story heavy on heart and understanding, then this might be the read for you.

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