At Wolf Ranch
By Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #1
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Reviewed from: an eARC provided by the publisher--Thank You Avon!
What is the Book About?
After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set, until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything.
Ella Wolf rushes to her family’s abandoned Montana ranch after her twin sister is murdered. She knows she’s next…unless she can uncover a secret hidden somewhere at Wolf Ranch. The last thing Ella expects is to be rescued by a rugged rancher with his own agenda. A man who almost makes her forget how dangerous love can be…
As an unlikely partnership sparks into something so much more, and a killer closes in, can Ella and Gabe learn to trust one another before it’s too late?
What Did I Think?
This is the first book of Ms. Ryan's I have read, so I was not sure what to expect. What I found is a well written story that is filled with ups and downs, chills and awes and so much more.
Ella watched her twin sister get murdered right before eyes. Unsure what to do, she runs to the family ranch in Montana in hopes of figuring out why her sister got murdered. Gabe is a rodeo cowboy ready to settle into a more quiet lifestyle. He is in for a shock when the Wolf sisters try to take back the ranch that he bought fair and square.
Gabe and Ella's chemistry is undeniable, despite their differences. Gabe is a fantastic hero--tough, rugged and protective. Ella is strong, despite those around her thinking otherwise. While they short out the mystery of what Lela found, they learn more about each and that they have more in common than meets the eye. I could not help but chuckle and smile at the antics the two characters put each other through.
I found the story well paced--thrilling murder/betrayal/mystery angle combined really well with Gabe and Ella's courtship. Sometimes I find that one of these will suffer to flesh out the other part, however Ms. Ryan has done an excellent job keeping both sides to the story as strong as the other. With such a strong start to the Montana Men series, I am looking forward to continuing on with it and Ms. Ryan's writing.
About Our Author:
Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.