Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher by Melinda Curtis

If there’s a way to her heart…

…he’ll jump at the chance!

CEO Shane Monroe sticks out like a sore thumb in Second Chance, Idaho, where he’s investigating his grandfather’s connection to the town’s folklore of stolen treasure.

Feisty local Franny Clark ridicules his city-slicker ways but allows Shane to hunt for gold on her land…if he can help save her rodeo ranch.

Shane is captivated by Franny’s go-getting attitude, but what will it take for him to win her over?

Titles in The Mountain Monroes series include — The Secrets to My Success (prequel) – Kissed By The Country Doc – Snowed In With The Single Dad – Rescued by the Perfect Cowboy – Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher – Enchanted by the Rodeo Queen – Charmed by the Cook’s Kids

Title:  Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher
Series:  The Mountain Monroes #4
Author:  Melinda Curtis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin Heartwarming
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher‘ is the fourth title in ‘The Mountain Monroes‘ series.  It’s an interesting romance for many reasons.  Throughout the series, I’ve been somewhat iffy on Shane.  In one novel I liked him, in another, he annoyed the heck outta me.  I couldn’t really get a handle on this man who needs to be in charge, is fully capable of taking control, but always seems to be on the edge of having to prove himself – to himself, if not members of his family.  I always felt he was working or looking for an angle, and maybe he was, just not the way I’d been thinking.  He’s a character who proved himself worthy to me… and that’s not something I usually ‘make’ characters do but it’s the best way to describe my reading relationship with this particular Monroe.

Franny’s recently had her world turned upside-down with the death of her husband.  The running of their ranch, which trains and sells rodeo bulls, is suffering although Franny’s been doing her best to keep that fact from the rest of the family.  She needs a miracle in the form of feral bulls, the ones that usually can be found near their pastures… and there is one, a huge, mean, ornery, dangerous bull that could be the ranch’s saving grace.  Or it could be the most dangerous thing she’s ever considered since she strongly suspects that this particular bull is the one who killed her husband.  But grief won’t pay the bills, and this bull certainly would do that in spades.

Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher‘ is a combination of factors all coming together at the same time.  Shane is still looking for the secret he’s convinced his grandfather has hidden around town somewhere, the possible discovery of loot hidden by a century-old bandit, which most people believe is only a myth, one feisty, stubborn grandmother, three adorable boys, one at the brink of the teen years… and two people who on the surface are so different that it’s laughable to think they could make it together – but love is never predictable, we should know that by now.

There is a lot more to this story but you need to discover those small and large things for yourself, first-hand.  I enjoyed myself, understood the townsfolk and the Monroes a bit better, had a blast watching two stubborn people fall in love, and kept track of a young man who is going to do great things one day.  I had fun, and I’m betting that you would, too.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

Available in paperback and for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.

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