A dear friend of the family who has known me since I was knee-high to a grasshopper had commented once that when I was little, I was always rescuing critters of one sort or another. I was very surprised because I hadn’t really noticed that I do that. But I do love animals and children and guess that I do have a strong need to nurture. . .
The Rancher's Rescue
Series: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #2
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date September 4, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
He isn’t home to stay
Until a mother-to-be changes his mind
Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority. But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Rancher's Redemption, The Rancher's Fake Fiancée, The Rancher's Homecoming
Ethan was born to be a veterinarian. From the time he was very little he loved to be around animals and had an inborn instinct for how to help them. He never thought of doing anything with his life other than caring for animals.
I experienced a number of emotions as I read this book. At first, I liked Ethan and felt bad for him as he was having to deal with the mess his grandfather had left at the ranch. Then I was a bit appalled at Ethan as he discovered that he had gotten Grace pregnant. It almost seemed like he resented the fact she was still pregnant and hadn’t done anything about it. Nothing was specifically said about that – it was just the way he reacted. But he eventually won me over as I saw him interact with his nieces, saw his kindness towards the people of the town who came to him for help with their pets, and the way he ended up desiring to make things right and care for Grace and the baby.
The story was both humorous and heartwarming. I enjoyed the writing style and the way the author made it known that Ethan was wanting to swear and yet didn’t even use fake swear words to convey that. (I hate swearing in books and I think I hate the fake swear words or the use of *** to mask the intention equally as much!)
Grace was so lovely. She felt like the ugly duckling among her two swan sisters and also felt unappreciated and yet that the burden of keeping the family store running well was on her shoulders. I enjoyed watching her interactions with her family and the changes in Sarah Ashley.
Near the beginning of the story, I felt the over-emphasis of Grace’s fears and Ethan’s resentment that he was stuck in town was frustrating. I got it and didn’t need to have them reiterated as much as they were. But this didn’t continue and I really began to enjoy the story and by the end was smiling and very glad I read it.