Attachment to the land, hard work, and community, sets the folks of Morgantown apart from the everyday, and always brings them back to the ranch—where they might even find love . . . After his father decides to leave the ranch to his older brother, usually calm, steadfast Ben Miller struggles to deal with his resentment. When he’s invited to develop a trail riding experience on the Morgans’ dude ranch, Ben jumps at the chance. Soon he’s assigned a mysterious client, an actress whose family secretly wants her removed from influences in LA. Ben’s determined to teach her to fend for herself. But he quickly discovers she’s more than a pampered pretty face . . . Silver Meadow believes she’s preparing for a serious dramatic role—one that will free her from her controlling parents. She’s certainly not going to be controlled by Ben, especially when he takes her out in the middle of nowhere to learn how to survive. Yet gradually, far from her cell phone, Silver begins to open up to him about her life—and finds they have more in common than they thought. Soon a romance blossoms—but can a jet-setting movie star and a homebody cowboy find the best of both worlds? . . . Praise for The Rancher “Pearce’s fans and contemporary romance readers will want to pick this one up and read it to the end.” —Publishers Weekly “Fans of Pearce’s Morgan Ranch series and all who enjoy contemporary western romances will relish the love story.” —Booklist (Starred Review)
An actor escapes the trappings of fame to find happiness with a down-to-earth rancher in the sensual, third installment of Pearce's Millers of Morgan Valley series (after The Rancher's Redemption). Rancher Ben Miller agrees to take Hollywood starlet Silver Meadows for a 10-day trail ride through the Sierra Nevada to help her prepare for an upcoming role. Though Silver is initially unprepared for the rigors of traveling by horseback and sleeping under the stars, she adapts quickly and happily shares the chores with Ben. A former child star, Silver's life has been anything but normal, leaving no time for relationships. So when she asks Ben to be her first sexual experience, he hesitates, despite their intense mutual attraction, not wanting to take advantage. Silver proves determined and Ben's hesitation gives way to a steamy affair but can their love story last once they get off the trail and back to their very different lives? Pearce draws a striking contrast between the beauty and simplicity of ranch life and the fleeting allure of fame and fortune. This sexy tale is sure to please cowboy fans.