Her Rancher Rescuer by Donna Alward

RANCHER
Her Rancher Rescuer by Donna Alward
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (218 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by: Daisy

Small-Town Girl, Big-Time Crush

Amy Wilson longs to escape the pointed barbs and knowing looks that come with having a certain reputation in a small town. A temp job with CEO and rancher Jack Shepard seems to offer a way out, if only she can stay focused on her goal.

Former world-class athlete Jack is as relationship-phobic as they come, so he’s not worried that the soul-shattering kiss he and Amy shared will affect their working partnership. She’s a girl who’s going places, but Jack starts to wish that maybe he could tag along for the ride.

Amy is a little pathetic, a bit of a wet blanket and very stuck in her rut, until a certain wedding when Jack pulls her out of her pity party in the girl’s bathroom and brings her to the dance floor to everyone’s surprise. He is her rescuer but she does not fall into his arms and bedroom like many other girls would. She talks to his parents, enjoys the night and gets to know him.

The plot flows nicely from one event to the next logically. Each decision makes sense and is what the characters needed at that time which makes for great character driven fiction.

I was a little worried at first by the snippet of text before the start of the novel as it mentioned it being a ‘hick town’ which sounded a little too country for my tastes. However, this is as old school country as the novel gets. The action has ranches and middle of nowhere ranch activities but it is the people it focuses on and the people are far more interesting.

Through Amy’s eyes, Ms. Alward delves into Jack’s past and the exact details cannot be guessed until the surprise reveal near the end which clears up just why Jack can be so closed off and seems to have many different personalities (though they are all realistic).

Amy finds her place in life and work and becomes a character I could respect and enjoy to learn about much more than her original incarnation. Similarly, Jack becomes less stiff and more real and although the sex scenes are cut before and return after the event, the sexual tension between Jack and Amy is still enough to melt the snow around the ranch.

I was personally thrilled with the conclusion to the book above all else. Yes, the characters had grown in character and towards each other but the finale sums up everything important: ‘Happy?’ Yes, they are both happy. Put a huge smile on my face. Wouldn’t mind reading some more of Donna Alward’s tales, either.

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