These hardworking cowboys give everyone a second chance…
When single mom Jessica Cook is at the end of her rope, she takes her 16-year-old daughter to Turn Around Ranch. The ranch has a great reputation for teen therapy, and Jessica prays there’s room there for her and Chloe.
Wade Dawson’s first priority is to keep the ranch afloat to help teens and their families. But he can’t seem to keep his boundaries when it comes to Jessica—she’s talked her way into a job on the ranch so she can stay near her daughter and her tenacity and courage are truly impressive. Not to mention she’s a natural beauty and sparks fly whenever he’s in her vicinity.
But as one crisis after another befalls the ranch, Wade is going to have to decide whether he can afford to let a woman get under his skin...
The inviting first romance in the Turn Around Ranch series from Madsen (Just One of the Groomsmen) finds the passion hidden in an inordinately obstinate cowboy. Single mom Jessica Cook drags her daughter, Chloe, to Colorado's Turn Around Ranch, a correctional ranch for troubled teens. Though the ranch is at capacity, the staff agrees to admit Chloe if Jessica will fill the long-vacant position of ranch cook. Determined to help her daughter, Jessica agrees, though her cooking experience is limited. As Jessica's culinary skills improve and Chloe warms to the horses, Jessica spars with cowboy Wade Dawson, whose family owns the ranch. Romantic tension is a constant between Jessica and Wade as she manages to crack some of his hardened exterior to reveal his kind and caring nature. Their sweet, sensual romance and the mother-daughter relationship between Jessica and Chloe provide the heart of this earnest novel. Readers are sure to be taken by Madsen's genuine, down-to-earth characters.
A laugh-out-loud romance!
Wade's family owns the Turn Around Ranch that helps troubled teens and Wade has to be the strict one as everyone else in his family has a soft heart. Jessica was 16, pregnant and on her own and even though she had very little money, her and her daughter Chloe were happy. But now that Chloe is 15, she has fallen in with the wrong crowd and got herself in trouble with the law. Jess doesn't want Chloe to have the hard life she has had, so she takes Chloe to the Turn Around Ranch so they can help her daughter. Jess has to talk her daughter's admittance into the ranch (as they are full at the moment), by agreeing to be the cook that the ranch so desperately needs. The only trouble is ... Jess kinda fudged her resume and she doesn't really know how to cook! But really ... how hard could it be cooking breakfast and supper for 30 people everyday?
I loved this book ... there were times I was laughing so hard there were tears running down my face. The antics that Jess got herself into were hilarious. And then there's Wade ... who wouldn't love a tall, dark and handsome cowboy? When Jess got stuck with her car and she had food in the truck and Wade came to help to out ... OMG I was loosing it! I also enjoyed the side romance of Chloe and Aiden ... and I hope they get their own book! This is a great start to a new series and I highly recommend it!
I received an early copy courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.