Marriage of inconvenience?
Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.
Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs.
Review: I had previously read book two in the Three River Ranch series, His Reluctant Rancher, and gave it five stars. When I was given the chance to read other books in the series I jumped at it. The first book in the series, Three River Ranch, did not disappoint!
Three River Ranch drew me in from the start and I was emotionally involved in both Rory and Carson’s lives. Theirs was a chance meeting since she rented a guesthouse through a realtor and his family’s lawyer on his family’s property unbeknownst to him. He’s unexpectedly back on the ranch because he’s saved some wild mustangs that need a place to stay for awhile and he’s trying to convert the ranch to a Mustang Sanctuary if he gets the money to support it. His dad left the estate tied up upon his death since he had a few stipulations inserted in the will that neither he nor his brother liked. Will Carson be able to get the grants he needs to succeed or will he have to abide by his father’s wishes in order to access the money after all?
Watching Rory and Carson try to come to terms with living together while living apart was at times heartbreaking and other times heartwarming. She’s going to be a single mom in a few months after her fiance deserted her and their baby. She brings her cute dog, Mistral, who is also pregnant, with her, to the ranch to regroup and figure out what to do next with her life. Rory is intuitive about the feelings of people and animals but so is her dog since he’s a trained therapy dog and seems to be able to calm people and animals as well. Seeing them acting in tandem and seeming to know what the other was thinking was uncanny and kept blowing Carson away especially since Rory had never been around horses before. The descriptions of the land, the homes and the animals were so vivid that I felt that I was there.
Their one step forward and two step back approach was heart wrenching. Neither was good at asking for help or expressing their feelings although everyone around them seemed to know what th0se feelings were. Add in pregnancy hormones and concern for his horses and there were a lot of emotions involved. There are friends, townspeople, hard work, horses, dogs, reminisces, sadness, tears, anger, fear, injuries, foolishness, laughter, support, loving and ultimately love. There is nice closure especially with the inclusion of the epilogue and a nice happily ever after.
Next up for me is the third book in the series, Fake Fiance, Real Revenge, since I’ve already read book two. I can’t wait to get back to Montana and the Three River Ranch. It’s definitely a place I could call home. I love the caliber of Snopek’s writing and will be adding more of her books to my always growing TBR pile.
But the dog knew exactly where she was headed. Into the glen, where the sun shone through the trees, dappling the ground with gold. Where Stormy stood, motionless, watching, waiting. Mistral barked sharply, sat down on her haunches, and looked at Rory.