His Reluctant Rancher: A Three River Ranch Novel
His Reluctant Rancher by Roxanne Snopek
Can a city girl and country cowboy open up to love?
The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch's sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that's exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory's doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.
Zach's been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn't deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs...with him.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jo2son - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this book. The characters are realistic and the storyline is original. I enjoyed the other characters in the small community and would like to read the other books in the series. Review based on an ARC from NetGalley. Read full review
Reviewed by Brittney Rossie for Readers' Favorite
In the second Three River Ranch book, His Reluctant Rancher, Roxanne Snopek re-introduces us to Desiree, Rory’s best friend and a city slicker with a fire-cracker personality that is the culprit for her escape to her friend's doorstep with her tail slightly tucked from an incident at work. Fortunately, Zach finds her skills as a physical therapist and her headstrong personality to be useful for his father who is struggling to recover from a car accident. If his father doesn’t make progress, his family could lose their ranch. Des suddenly finds herself with the weight of a family future on her shoulders, not to mention sorting through her motivations for helping.
Des was a little less likable to me as a character, most likely because I saw her as brash, selfish and headstrong. The “Latina” thing was a little weird, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. I guess it was just hard to see what Zach saw in her other than she was attractive and filled a need at the right time. At any rate, I felt there was just enough sizzle and obstacles to the relationship without feeling like an obvious formula for me to be satisfied with the happily ever after at the end. Lastly, I really like the glimpses we get to see of Rory, Carson, baby Lulu, as well as “Blight” and “Blister” from the first Three River Ranch book. They add backstory and depth with each book of Snopek’s that I have read and I’m sure this won’t be the last.