Rescued by the RancherTitle:  Rescued by the Rancher
Series:  Tall Pines Ranch #2
Author:  Victoria James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 14, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Meredith Anderson left her difficult past behind to create a new life for herself in Tall Pines—where she can be the independent, confident woman she always dreamed of being. Now she’s a partner in her sister’s wedding planning business, helping brides realize their happily-ever-afters…even as she promises herself to never fall in love.

Meredith’s sweetness and vulnerability brings out the protective side of rancher Gage McAllister—even though their worlds are miles apart. All it takes is one night for desire to take hold of them both, a sizzling encounter that can only lead to the promise of more. But Meredith isn’t looking for more, and even if she was, Gage is set to leave Tall Pines behind him…

Read on for my thoughts on Rescued by the Rancher.  No true spoilers, promise.

Meredith and Gage are simply perfect for each other.  I loved this couple.

Meredith came to Tall Pines to rebuild her life, redesign it and make her life her own, on her terms.  This transformation was not easy.  An abusive, controlling father, and an equally obnoxious ex-fiance were always putting her down, tearing apart her self-confidence.  They had her believing she was worthless without them in her life.

She had the courage to break away.  To come to her sister and begin her life anew, far from the past and the people who would eventually destroy her.  And it’s working.  She’s a partner with her sister in a wedding planning business.  Her self-confidence is growing.  She may never fall in love herself, but she’s also done sitting on the sidelines.

Gage has his own personal emotional baggage.  He feels that he would never, ever be good enough for a lady like Meredith.  But circumstances are going to put him right where he’s wanted to be – with Meredith.  One night.  Or a lifetime?  It’s up to them to make possibilities into reality.

These two have so much going for them, and are so amazing together.  They just need to jump in and take the chance.  Both have has such emotional garbage tossed at them that they must clear out the past in order to grab onto the future.  There is suspense – the nasty bastard tries to control Meredith once again – but in the end, love wins.

Now let’s talk about love scenes (sex scenes).  There are very few authors that can bring us up to the “big” moment with such sensuous feelings and stop.  No minute details, not knowing every gasp and thrust – just knowing with certainty that this couple had a very satisfying sexual moment.  And we, the reader, never invaded their “bedroom”.   I mean, really.  My imagination is pretty good… and I’ve read enough for it to be even better than it was a few years ago, ya know?  I knew, without a doubt that behind closed doors Gage and Meredith was one hot, satisfied, loving couple.

Although this is the second installment in Tall Pines, you don’t need to read the first one… sure, it helps but it is not necessary, in my opinion.  Having said that, I had not read the beginning novel, so I’m heading over to Amazon to fix that oversight right now.

*I received an e-ARC of Rescued by the Rancher from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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