Champion bull-rider Chase Summers is everybody’s friend, but his affable personality hides a troubled childhood. The only thing that saved him from isolation was his foster dad and life on Redemption Ranch. Now he spends his time on the rodeo circuit, sending home his winnings to help the ranch succeed, and his nights with buckle bunnies, making sure no one gets too close.
The town sweetheart who saw the good in everyone…
When accountant Hailey Spencer is hired by Redemption Ranch to implement their new ideas, she and Chase are thrown together. It’s not long before he is introduced to the son that she had with his best friend. The best friend who would’ve followed Chase anywhere…even the bull riding circuit with its deadly potential. The two try to fight their age-old attraction – in vain. Chase knows Hailey deserves more than a broken-down cowboy for her son and her heart.
Can Chase resist the call of the rodeo and man up for a woman he’s loved for years?
Title: Coming Home to the Cowboy
Series: Redemption Ranch #2
Author: Megan Ryder
Genre: Romance, Modern Western Romance
Published: September 23, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It was so easy to slip back into the world of the Redemption Ranch series with Chase and Hailey in COMING HOME TO THE COWBOY.
Being moved around within the foster care system had left Chase with the belief that everyone eventually leaves or tosses you out – until he found security and love with his foster father and his daughter, as well as the other young men who would become like brothers. But old habits die hard and Chase has yet to believe that anyone would stay with him forever. He isn’t into the ranching part of life but riding the rodeo circuit was his passion and the one way he could help by sending most of his earnings home to help financially if not physically. That lifestyle changed with an injury, the death of his foster dad, and the death of a very close friend. Now back home Chase is recuperating from his injury and finding his place in the running of Redemption Ranch. One woman and one adorable little boy are about to change Chase’s thinking about that forever kind of love.
After the death of her husband, Hailey has found a home and purpose working at Redemption Ranch. A home for herself and her little boy, AJ. When Chase returns after an injury, and obviously not able to go back to the rodeo any time soon he adds a complication she didn’t see coming. They’d always been friends but now there is more at stake as friendship is turning into something more. Can she take the risk with her own heart let alone let her son fall for a man who does everything a father should but didn’t ask for that particular job?
COMING HOME TO THE COWBOY is a story that broke my heart on many levels, and yet built it back up again as two wounded people discover that love can heal far more than we ever expected. Chase has no clue how to deal with little ones but watching him with AJ shows that some talents just come naturally to some people. I loved Chase as much for his interaction and affection for AJ just as much as I did with his discovery of his love for Hailey. Together Hailey and Chase work well as a couple falling in love and dealing with changes in their lives. They are believable and were such fun to get to know.
I had a blast with this couple, and visiting with old book friends from the first story as well. I’d not hesitate to recommend COMING HOME TO THE COWBOY to any reader who loves a really good romance, cowboys, finding love when you thought you never would, a bit of sizzle, some laughter and a whole lot of love.
Now, I’m all about reading a series from start to ending (if you can) because often there is a thread woven throughout all the stories in that series, plus we often encounter couples we met in earlier stories. COMING HOME TO THE COWBOY is no exception to that recommendation. Do you have to? No, of course not. But the death of the mentor/father figure to the men and the father of the sister all are connected in many ways, especially keeping Redemption Ranch up and running. So, yes, I would recommend the entire series, again if you can.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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