A Rancher of Her Own by Barbara White Daille

A Rancher of Her Own by Barbara White Daille
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (217 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia


Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete’s drawn to Jane’s sharp wit and striking beauty, he won’t hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.

Jane’s seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can’t trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.

What a respite to go by the Hitching Post Hotel and check in to see what kind of matching making Jed Garland is up to!

With granddaughter Tina’s soon-to-be marriage keeping the family busy and together, Jed turns his attention to Jane, his globe-trotting photographer granddaughter. He wants his family close, and he knows just the man that will make Jane want to stay close.

Pete Brannigan, the single father of precious kindergartener Rachel and the highchair-banging little Eric, is Jed’s ranch manager, AND, to Jed’s way of thinking, Pete needs a good wife that will bring him out of a self-imposed aloneness.

As Pete and Jane work together, due to Jed’s manipulation, they both fascinate and irritate each other. Their overt sparring and subtle challenges hide the covert battle each of them fights. Past experiences make each of them determined to keep their distance. However, a touch, a kiss, and the undeniable connection set a romance in motion that seemingly has unbeatable odds against it.

Adorable, strong-willed little Rachel is the catalyst for much of the facing up to what-was and what-can-be as her father and Jane struggle with the emotional upheaval they are experiencing. .

Even Pete’s father Mark Brannigan, the high-powered lawyer who disapproves of Pete’s career choice, plays a significant part is the unraveling of the tangle of obstacles.

Broken promises make Pete furious. His ex-wife’s broken promises to Rachel and Eric hurt them in ways that break his heart. When it seems Jane broke a promise to Rachel, plus she set in motion the return of Marina, his ex-wife, Pete’s anger overrules all else. All seems lost.

If you have read previous Hitching Post Hotel books, you will find Barbara White Daille, with skillful crafting, weaves in the many characters met in earlier books in a way that enriches the inner-emotional-conflicted love story of that finally reaches its happy-ever-after, even though it seemed impossible.

Heart-touching, good reading!

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