Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: The Rancher's Second Chance by Victoria James

Title: The Rancher's Second Chance (Passion Creek #2)
Author: Victoria James
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

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...

Reforming the Playboy (Passion Creek #1): Review 
These books can be read as stand alones - the characters do not cross over for more than a couple paragraphs in passing.

This book is about more than just one man's second chance - it's about a second chance for both Cole and Melanie, just in drastically different ways.  Cole is grump and short and doesn't seem to like anything since his wife died several years ago.  Even though he promised her to move on, he never really has.  He is determined to see the ranch succeed and doesn't need some high society girl like Melanie to help him do it.

Melanie is not what she seems to most people.  Coming from a incredibly wealthy family, most look at her and think "trust-fund kid".  But she left that life far behind her for a variety of painful reasons that she chooses not to speak about - ever.  She's now a struggling business owner just like most people in Passion Creek.

Melanie was hired by Cole's sister to plan her wedding - which has placed her in his path more than he really likes.  Especially since there seems to be something special, different, about Melanie that he can't seem to wrap his mind around.  This is the story of them trying to open up and heal each other's hearts - trying to find a way to move forward and past all the painful memories and moments that have been holding them back.

A very sweet story with some sass that Victoria James seems to enjoy spreading around - and I really appreciate her doing so.  Some of the dialog about short people with blotchy faces was great (you'll know what I mean when you get there).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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