Rusty Walker has spent her entire life trying to earn her tough, ranching father’s respect and approval by learning the business inside and out. But now her uncompromising parent has decreed she must marry if she wants to inherit. Worse, her husband has to be someone who can help her run the business. As if she needs it!

Williams Hill kissed Rusty in a bar in an act of temporary insanity, and lost his heart to her on the spot. Despite the complications to his own rodeo stock business, he agrees to marry the feisty red-head, hoping to woo her once they’re hitched. But she only views him with suspicion and resentment.

Can this soft-spoken Texas cowboy convince his proud wife, who’s never known unconditional love, that she is everything he wants? 

Titles in The Hills of Texas series include:  Saving the SheriffResisting the Rancher

Title:  Resisting the Rancher
Series:  The Hills of Texas #2
Author:  Kadie Scott
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 30, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

It’s so easy to feel empathy for Rusty.  She’s a talented, capable woman running her family’s ranch, she knows the business inside and out… and yet her overbearing, out of date father will only allow her to inherit if… if… she marries a “suitable” man.  Yeah, it’s real easy to feel for Rusty’s situation with a father who never gave praise, never believed a woman could do his job or had the confidence that she could take over the business for him one day.  So, sometimes a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do… and in this case that means a marriage of convenience with a “suitable” man, a man who could easily be her future if she could just believe in him.  Unfortunately, her father taught her well that no one does something for nothing, and she’s waiting for what Will wants from her now.

I fell a bit in love with Will myself.  He’s fallen for this strong-willed woman completely.  He knows she’s fully able to handle anything that he can on the ranch, with the business.  What he doesn’t know is how to convince Rusty that he truly does love her and wants a real marriage, not one with an expiration date.  It’s going to be a battle, but one that Will is determined to win, after all it’s their future together at stake.

Watching Rusty accept that her father will never change his opinion of her or her abilities, beginning to trust in Will’s real reasons for their marriage and that first glimpse of faith that he might really, truly love her just as she is… that moment makes the pain of the journey almost worth while  I enjoyed Rusty and Will’s romance, it’s believable, and realistic for their situation.  And besides, I love watching a knight in well worn leather do his job, don’t you?

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 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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