Tempting the Rancher
(Meier Ranch Brothers, #1)
Publication date: April 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.
Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.
Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.
This is a second chance romance where priorities differ, causing pain and uncertainty.
Nat has grown up on a cattle ranch and circumstances have left him with all the responsibilities. He has to make sure he can sell the cattle to satisfy the bank and he is short staffed.
January left home at eighteen to realise her dream of travelling the world, following in her father's footsteps! She is oblivious to the pain and heartache she left behind.
Ten years later whilst Nat is struggling to preserve his family legacy, January returns to claim her inheritance before taking off again. Her mother persuades her to give a helping hand until her paperwork goes through. Nat isn't thrilled with the idea, but he needs the help. It turns out that January has picked up a few tricks in her travels, some of which become useful in the work involved.
Nat is still suffering from their separation and tries to keep his distance to avoid history repeating itself. Sometimes, the heart has a way of dictating the head and in this case, Nat does what he swore he wouldn't do. Put himself in the same situation as before. The inevitable happens and although he lives in hope, January intends to go through with her plan. Can they find a way to keep their love alive?
It's hard to comprehend January's attitude. She is hurting as much as Nat, but unwilling to compromise until the very last minute. Nat is patient and suffers in silence. His dedication to his family legacy despite all the difficulties is admirable. Somehow, I found January to be a little selfish. She expects Nat to change whilst she isn't easily deterred from her wanderlust. The good thing is that Nat gets to do something else that he loves. It's a good concept, but a little long winded in places where it interferes with the main focus. It's a short read with a good ending.
I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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