Book Review: Her Rodeo Rancher by M.K. Stelmack

Posted June 29, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, M.K. Stelmack, romance / 13 Comments

The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake #2

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2021
PAGES: 384

Could a fake relationship…
Lead to true love?
Rancher Will Claverley and spa owner Krista Montgomery agree on one thing—they are completely wrong for each other. Which is exactly why he asks her to be his fake girlfriend for a charity rodeo. No future; no expectations. Only, as they experience each other’s worlds, their connection starts to feel real. But can a city girl who doesn’t even like horses ever become a rancher’s wife?

The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake
Book 1: All They Want for Christmas
Book 2: Her Rodeo Rancher


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Well, this story made me grin from ear-to-ear! Fake dating with a sassy spa owner & a swoony cowboy – who have a history together – means there are sparks and flirting and kisses aplenty. In other words, exactly my kind of book 😉

Will and Krista are pretty much opposites in every way. He runs a ranch; she can’t ride a horse (and doesn’t want to). She loves the water; he … well, you’ll find out. While this allows for some of the humorous moments throughout the story, it also provides some of the emotional layers too. Because when their fake dating turns less fake, they have to try & figure out what – and who – is most important. I especially liked the way the author wrote the moment when everything clicks into place in both their hearts – and how everything that seemed so insurmountable suddenly seems doable. She achieved a great balance of humor, swooniness, and emotion into those scenes, and I even wiped away a couple of tears despite my big grin.

Bottom Line: Her Rodeo Rancher is the second book in The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake series but it can be read as a stand alone – though I want to go back and catch the first book now too. The main romance thread is everything swoony and flirty and sweet, but there’s also a secondary romance subplot going on that I enjoyed following just as much. (Hence the big grin on my face from the first chapter to the last.) Stelmack weaves several layers together to create a truly engaging story with likable characters and a delicious romance.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on more than one occasion

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M. K. Stelmack writes historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of Heartwarming’s A True North Hero series, the third of which, Coming Home to You was made into a movie called Love by Accident. All They Want for Christmas marks the start of a new trilogy, The Montgomery Sisters of Spirit Lake. Next in the series: Her Rodeo Rancher was released June 2021. She lives in Alberta, Canada, close to a town patterned after the fictional Spirit Lake of her stories. She is also revising her first historical.

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13 responses to “Book Review: Her Rodeo Rancher by M.K. Stelmack

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Her Rodeo Rancher” by M.K. Stelmack and for bring this great sounding book to my attention. Sounds like a wonderful book. Love the Heartwarming books because they are a good clean romance. Love the fake dating angle.

  2. Perrianne Askew

    It sounds like a really fun “fake relationship” story. Besides, who doesn’t love horses…oops she does not! It should be interesting!

  3. Caryl Kane

    Excellent review, Carrie! Mmmmm, I thought all little girls grew up loving horses. I sure did!

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