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The Rancher’s Rescue
By Cari Lynn Webb
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He isn’t home to stay
Until a mother-to-be changes his mind
Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority.
But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?
Each book in the series will release as follows:
The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross, August 1st
The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb, September 1st
The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis, October 1st
The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée by Amy Vastine, November 1st
The Rancher’s Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart, December 1st
“Good Morning, Grace.”
Grace gaped and slowed on the porch steps of Brewster’s. The other half of her child’s DNA sat across from Pops. Ethan in his worn boots, faded flannel shirt and baseball cap smiled at her, stirring warmth through her. He returned his attention to the chessboard as if he’d been playing with her grandfather for years. As if this was their morning routine. As if he belonged here on this porch, waiting for her.
Waiting for her to confess.
Grace’s hand drifted to her stomach, her slight bump concealed beneath her jacket. Why did the truth have to be so complicated?
Still she couldn’t quite stall that swirl of warmth inside her from seeing Ethan.
She should be hot from irritation. She should be annoyed with Ethan for intruding on her usual morning routine. She always shared coffee and stories with her grandfather before the store opened. Before the other employees arrived. Before the customers took over the day.
Except this morning, they were a trio, rather than a duo. What was it with people inserting themselves where they didn’t belong? First, there was Sarah Ashley trying to step into the family business for the first time ever, and now, Ethan.
Was it so wrong that Grace wanted one thing to remain the same? To remain normal? In six months, nothing about her life would be either. But she could at least have her usual mornings with Pops, couldn’t she? Surely that wasn’t too much to ask.
“Sit down, Gracie.” Pops pointed at the empty rocking chair beside Ethan. The same one she sat in every morning while she listened to Pops reminisce about her grandmother or his childhood. “Your Ethan here, he already took care of your morning chores for you.” He eyed Ethan over the rims of his glasses and grinned. “Can’t ever get this girl to sit. But I got her good this morning, thanks to you.”
“I can make more coffee.” Ethan’s hand was on a stack of file folders. He glanced at her, and his guarded tone suggested he thought she needed several cups to tackle the Blackwell books.
“I’ve been making the effort to switch to tea.” Grace reached inside her purse for her special ginger tea. She was going to need to steep more than one bag this morning. Sitting next to Ethan was unsettling. She cleared her throat to smooth the accusation out of her voice and looked at him. “You’re up early.”
“Trying to get some errands done before Katie notices I’ve left.” Ethan placed a hand on his white knight and started to move the piece, but then paused to consider the chessboard as if everything hinged on this one particular move.
Whereas for Grace, everything hinged on her baby and keeping her stomach from objecting to the morning’s excitement. Would Ethan expect her to say checkmate when she told him about the baby? As if she’d neatly trapped him into being a dad. And what about marriage? She didn’t want Ethan to offer to marry her because she was carrying his child. But would he believe her?
“Keeping ahead of Katie Montgomery is almost as impossible as staying a step ahead of our Gracie.” Pops stuck his elbows out and leaned on his knees, as if anticipating Ethan’s move. As if Ethan proved a challenge to her grandfather. Ethan shifted his knight, taking Pops’s bishop. Pops rubbed his chin. “Sometimes you get lucky.”
Maybe Grace would get lucky and Ethan would confess he’d always wanted to be a father and couldn’t think of another person he wanted to have a child with other than Grace. The tea bag crinkled in her fist. What a ridiculous thought.
Only fools relied on luck.
I’m so enjoying this multi-author Return of the Blackwell Brothers series from Harlequin Heartwarming! In this second installment we get to know Ethan, summoned by his desperate brother Jon to return home and help save their grandfather’s ranch. I have so many questions about Elias (grandfather) and why he’s taken off so irresponsibly, leaving the ranch with mounting bills to pay and no access to his bank accounts. In each book we get a little teaser of where he is and what he’s been up to, and each one makes me even more intrigued by this connecting story arc.
As for Ethan, he’s determined to stay no longer than the one month he promised Jon, a vow that is tested when he learns the surprising news that he’s about to be a father. Both Ethan and Grace (the mother-to-be) are very likable & authentically flawed characters who need to learn to allow other people to share their burdens. I loved them as individuals and I loved them especially together because they brought out the best in each other. Ethan is, at heart, a protector and a care-r and both of those instincts come out full force when Grace is around – especially once he knows she’s carrying his baby. Grace, for her part, isn’t used to any one taking care of her and there is a bit of a learning curve as they both try to navigate each other’s independent personalities and stubborn ideas.
Bottom Line: This is a very sweet and romantic story of two longtime friends who each have separate obstacles – and one tiny shared life – to settle before happily-ever-after can be theirs for the taking. There are lots of cute moments, some swoony ones, and even some times when I giggled out loud. The cast of supporting characters is just as delightful as Ethan and Grace are, and the intriguing developments in Big E’s disappearance continue to keep me eagerly waiting for the next installment. A truly enjoyable story from start to finish!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
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Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of THE RANCHER’S RESCUE (print to US/CAN and ebook to international)
– 3 winners will each receive an ebook of THE RANCHER’S RESCUE (open internationally)
– Ends September 5th
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