This cowboy doesn’t know what he’s in for…
Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.
Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.
But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?
Review: This is the third book in the Three River Ranch series but it wasn’t my favorite. Mitch, Carson’s oldest brother, who has basically been away from the ranch and not in contact with anyone from home for ten years, was a hard person for me to get to know but also to like. It was difficult for me to connect with Mitch and feel good about any of the choices he’s made or is still making and then he’d surprise me and do something caring. Everything for the most part is about him and his thriving real estate development company but he is still insecure and wants more. The love of his life who he ran from all those years ago is Sabrina, the midwife, and his sister-in-law, Rory’s, friend. Sabrina is still a part of their small town community while he’s only back to line his pockets with more gold so he can show the townspeople and his family what a success he is but he needs Sabrina’s cooperation for his plan to work. Will she go along with him or tell him to go back home, which for him is now the Seattle area, especially when things get out of his control?
It was nice to be reunited with many of the characters we’ve met in the first two books in the series – Carson, Rory, Sabrina, Zach, Des, Bliss, Blythe and others. But where does Mitch fit in? He gets a much warmer welcome home than he expected but he’s still always looking over his shoulder waiting for the next shoe to drop. He and Sabrina still have chemistry but they are never on the same page even with their meetings regarding their fake engagement. Sabrina saves the day several times but considering what a good midwife she is she has no backbone when it comes to Mitch. Della, the rich client, and her niece were an interesting duo. Della didn’t fit in at all but was trying to be nice to her step grandchild, Paris, for a promise she made to Paris’ grandfather before he died. Will she be successful in getting what she wants from Mitch? And if she does what will that do to the ranch and the town itself? There were multiple stories going on at the same time and they fit seamlessly except for all the times that Mitch felt out of place.
The descriptions of the lands, the homes, the animals and even the clothing was vivid and made me feel I was there. There are secrets, tragedies, sadness, tears, fear, anger, mistrust, horses, mustangs, therapy dogs, family and friends, loves found, support, laughter, caring, babies being born, business deals being made, lots of loving and love. The connections between some of the humans and the animals was uncanny and Rory is still intuitive as I learned in book two in the series. There is some closure and a happily ever after in the offing but enough loose ends to know we’ll be back to Three River Ranch for more. I for one cannot wait.
I have read the first three books in the series by Snopek who is a fairly new to me author. I will be adding some of her other books to my always growing TBR. Hope to see you next time I visit the ranch!
Favorite Quote: “I was planning to dump you. Break your heart. Get my revenge on you for leaving me. You know. Back then.”