The One I Left Behind The One I Left Behind
Book 1 - Plain Daisy Ranch

The One I Left Behind

    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings
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Publisher Description

It’s the classic story—boy goes off into the world to fulfill his dreams and leaves the girl behind.


Not every boy returns home, and I wish Ben Noughton wouldn’t have come back to our small ranching town at all after he retired from playing professional football.


I figure it’s a quick layover for him. He always wanted out of this town and off his family’s ranch. I just have to bide my time until he turns his back on all of us again.


Then he takes on the coaching position for the high school football team and starts milling around too much, bulldozing the protective walls I’ve built around myself. But he goes too far when he takes my son under his wing to help him be the best player he can be. Leaving me to protect not only my own heart but my son’s too.


Because I promised myself a long time ago that I’d never be the girl in the rearview mirror again.

A second chance, he falls first, ranch romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Piper Rayne.

May 15
Piper Rayne Incorporated
Piper Rayne, Inc.

Customer Reviews

asildroffops ,

Ben Noughton’s Turn!

The One I Left Behind is the first book in a new series, Plain Daisy Ranch, by Piper Rayne. This book is about Ben Noughton. Fans of the author may recognize him from My Scorned Best Friend. Ben Noughton was a teammate of Xavier Greene with the San Francisco Kingsmen who unsuccessfully tried to date Clara. Now it is time for him to get his own happily ever after. Ben Noughton had just retired from his football career and his father asked him to come home to the family ranch. His former high school coach subsequently had a heart attack and asked Ben to take over coaching the football team while he was recovering. Most of the small town where Ben grew up was happy to see him return home. The notable exception was his ex-girlfriend, Gillian Adams, who was still hurt by their breakup when Ben was a freshman at Clemson University. She was determined to do everything she could to avoid him. However, it was quickly apparent that it was impossible to escape him in their small town, and that Ben wanted to find his way back to her. If you want to know how Ben gained Gillian’s forgiveness and convinced her that they had a future, you must read this captivating novel for yourself.

What a story! I loved Ben from the start and was impressed with everything that Gillian had done with her life in the intervening years while Ben was away living his dream. These two people had been very much in love as teenagers and their relationship ended due to the distance between them, not because of a betrayal of trust. I was rooting for them from the very start and loved them more as a couple the further I read. Gillian’s son added an additional layer to their relationship, and I loved the fact that he made Ben jump through hoops before he accepted him. If you love small town contemporary romance/romcom and enjoy the second chance trope, you will definitely want to check out this book. It is a classic Piper Rayne story with emotion, fun, and a happily ever after. I would like to thank Valentine PR and Piper Rayne for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Nola.passionista504 ,

Great start to the series

TOILB, is the first book in the new series by Piper Rayne Plain Daisy Ranch. They also just put out a prequel/novella as an introduction to Ben and Gillian called One Last Summer which will give you the back round on these two. Make sure you check it out.

What a great start to the series. Ben and Gillian have a past but can these two forget and move on and have a future. This small town, slow burn second chance,single mom romance was so sweet with a twist of slight angst. 14 years have passed and the dashing and handsome Ben is back in town after retiring from the NFL. One thing that hasn’t changed is the instant spark, attraction and banter between these two. We go on a roller coaster as they try to figure out the new roll in each others life. Gillian’s trust issues, the past, the town gossip, the meddling , Ben’s Guilt, and Clayton’s lack of acceptance of the relationship really test them. After some growing pains I loved to see how everything came together. Loved the closeness and support from Ben’s family and the town. Great read. Can’t wait to read Jude’s story. Loved the bonus content. Make sure you check it out.
I also listened on audio. The story was narrated by CJ Bloom and Robert Hatchet. This duo made me fall in love with them and this couple yet once again. Great characterizations, and emotions portrayed.

_bookish_kristy_ ,

Enjoyed it!

The One I Left Behind is book 1 in the Plain Daisy Ranch series. It’s a second chance, single mom romance.

Ben and Gillian had great chemistry that I felt , even after years apart. I loved the tight family dynamic. The drama, sweet moments and entertaining storyline made this book a fun read. I can’t wait for the next book!

Robert Hatchett and CJ Bloom did a really great job narrating this book and bringing the characters to life.

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