Friday, March 27, 2015

Review ~ THE RANCHER'S SECOND CHANCE by Victoria James

The Rancher’s Second Chance (Tall Pines Ranch, #1)
by: Victoria James
Series: Tall Pines Ranch
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Indulgence

She was the one woman who could make him risk everything...

Widowed rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family's ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he's looking for is love, but when his little sister can't make it home to handle some of her wedding details, he's forced to entertain the event planner, Melanie Simms.

Melanie is everything he's not even remotely interested in: she's high-society, complicated, and high maintenance. But when he's stranded with her at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, he realizes he's seriously underestimated her. She's hiding something about her past from him, but despite everything, he finds himself falling for the last woman he ever expected, and the first woman to make him want to give his heart and risk everything...

I will not deny that I’m a huge fan of Victoria James.  Her books always seem to draw me in and tug at my heartstrings.  The Rancher’s Second Chance was no different.

When it comes to writing likeable characters who have been through the ringer, Victoria has the midas touch.  Cole Forrester buried his wife five years ago and doesn’t want to risk his heart getting broken again.  Melanie Simms is courageous beyond belief.  She’s carrying around a secret that very few people know about.  I hesitate to say that she’s feisty, but she does stand up for herself and those she cares about.

Melanie is planning the wedding of Cole’s sister, Cori.  Melanie and Cori have been best friends, since they went to the same private school.  With Cori stuck in the hospital, just days before her wedding, it’s up to Melanie with the help of Cole, to get everything prepared.  Cole isn’t a fan of Melanie.  In fact, he doesn’t even know her.  He just assumes that because she went to a private boarding school, that she’s a spoiled princess.

With a meddling housekeeper who’s like a second mom, an outspoken best friend who loves to flirt, and a blizzard, you have the recipe for romance.  But before these two can find the happiness in their lives that they crave, they’re going to have to overcome their past and their fears.  I was surprised by the secret Melanie has from her past.  I think Victoria did a wonderful job of addressing it and showing the readers a small part of it.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

**ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.  Plus I purchased the book myself.**

Rating: 4

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