Tag : Jeannie Watt

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Can he work his way into her heart?

Former golden girl McKenna Benjamin is now a single mom with a toddler struggling to eke out a living on her small Montana ranch, which was recently damaged by wildfire. She may be down, but no way is she out. And she’s definitely not going to turn to her wealthy I-told-you-so family for aid. McKenna considers herself a lucky survivor and is committed to making it on her own even if her neighbor’s sexy horse trainer is the one offering to help.

Horse trainer Brodie Collins needs a part-time assistant, but when his boss suggests hiring McKenna, Brodie is skeptical. The McKenna he once knew would never stoop to hard work, but Brodie soon realizes that ten years has utterly altered McKenna. Gone is the entitled beauty – replaced by a confident, determined woman, and Brodie finds himself falling hard.

Can this cowboy break down the protective barriers and win McKenna’s trust and her heart?

Titles in the Men of Marvell Ranch series include —  The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo – A Marvell Country Christmas – Challenging the CowboyHer Cowboy Boss

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Zach Marvell’s word is the law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up.

Zach Marvell’s been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued.

Horse trainer Finley James has been perfectly happy floating from job to job until her parents sell the family ranch in Nevada and she no longer has a safety net. She’s not worried as she’s landed a job at a top horse training facility, but that lasts less than a week when Finley, who’s never held back her opinions, tells a wealthy client a truth he doesn’t want to hear. Hat in hand she returns to Marvel Ranch hoping Zach will give her a short term job until she can figure out her next move. Finley knows promising to not interfere or makes waves will be tough.

Who knew keeping her hands and her heart to herself would be her biggest challenge?

Titles in the Men of Marvell Ranch series include —  The Cowboy’s Last RodeoA Marvell Country ChristmasChallenging the Cowboy

Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas…

And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wrong way. And maybe that’s why, when Cody shows an interest in the ranch, she hesitates to sell.

Cody Marvell has a way with people…unless that person is Murphy Anderson. Cody never understood what she was dealing with when they were younger. Murphy had a hard time while growing up, with no mom and a cold-hearted father. He made some mistakes, which he now regrets. He wants her ranch, and more than that, he wants her.

When a Christmas flood makes Murphy’s home uninhabitable, he invites her to stay at the Marvell Ranch. With the help of country Christmas magic, Cody hopes she’ll start to see him with new eyes.

Titles in the Men of Marvell Ranch series include:  The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo – A Marvell Country Christmas –

Shane Marvell’s career as a rodeo rider is ending far too soon. He doesn’t have a plan B, so during his last season, he’s all in, determined to win as much prize money as possible–even if it means riding injured and taking more risks than he should. 

Ella Etxeberri has always played it safe, so when her life still takes a bad turn despite her caution, she wonders if if isn’t time to see what she’s been missing. While researching risk behaviors in rodeo riders, she meets Shane Marvell, a cowboy who merits additional study of the personal variety. 

Just as Ella is hitting the point to embrace risk, Shane is pulling back. He knows Ella’s all-in approach is born of curiosity and whim. He’s not what she wants forever, and perhaps Ella is one risk he can’t allow himself to take.

Titles in the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo series include:   The Cowboy Meets His Match by Sarah Mayberry – The Bull Rider’s Return by Joan Kilby –  Cowboy Come Home by Sinclair Jayne – The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo by Jeannie Watt – The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby by Heidi Rice

Luck of the Irish?

If only!

Collie Flanigan fled Chicago for Marietta, Montana to start a new life after breaking her engagement, but immediately hits a snag. Her ex-fiancé wants the ring back and sends his most trusted confidant and employee to get it. But the ring was stolen from her family years ago, and Collie has no intention of ever parting with the beloved family heirloom.

Collie’s college friend, Michael Donovan, thinks his mission is simple—quietly retrieve the ring to keep Collie out of jail and himself employed. He books a stay at the historic Graff Hotel, where Collie works in housekeeping, intending to quickly persuade her to part with the ring. Not so easy when Michael realizes he’s in too deep. he chemistry between him and Collie is still there, stronger than ever, but their timing’s always been off. Is now finally their time, and will Collie accept his ultimate sacrifice?

Titles in the Holiday at The Graff series includes (so far) : Halloween At The Graff by Sinclair Jayne – Christmas At The Graff by Kaylie Newell – New Year’s At The Graff by Marin Thomas – Valentine’s At The Graff by Sinclair Jayne – Wedding At The Graff by Jeannie Watt

Never draw a line in the sand that you don’t want crossed…

The last person Jason Mann ever expects to cross a line is sweet Meg Marvell, the woman he’d fallen for–and left–two years ago. An accidental meeting has Meg asking for answers, which he’ll give if she travels hundreds of miles to her cousin’s ranch where he works. Maybe making her go out of her way will help Meg understand that he’s not a good guy. His rough past makes it impossible to fit into her world.

Middle-child Meg Marvell has spent her life brokering peace and bending to avoid conflict. She lives cautiously, rarely takes risks, steps back when confronted. And she is damned tired of it. It’s time to tackle life on her own terms. Break free. And what better way than to answer Jason Mann’s challenge? He doesn’t believe she’ll travel to her cousin’s ranch to discuss why he disappeared from her life, so she does him one better and hires on. She didn’t want him back—she wants to prove that she can rise to a challenge. Unfortunately, the attraction they once shared has not withered and died as she’d once thought…if anything it’s stronger than ever

Titles in the Marvells of Montana series include:  The Montana BrideThe Christmas SecretThe Cowboy Rides Away

Title:  The Montana Bride
Series:  Marvells of Montana #1
Author:  Jeannie Watt
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 13, 2016 – ORIGINAL under different title September 15, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

After a decade away, Jacie Rose has returned with her daughter to Sweetheart to renovate a historic hotel…and to lay some ghosts to rest. She knows she’ll have to confront mistakes she made in the past, but she didn’t expect to be living right next door to the guy she once asked to be her husband.

When Brett Starr was approached ten years ago by Jacie Rose with the wild scheme of marrying her to help her out of a jam, his white knight instincts kicked in and he agreed to be her emergency groom. The only problem was that the bride didn’t show up for the wedding. How’s he supposed to get used to seeing the woman he’s never forgotten every day now that she’s his neighbor?

Determined to provide the secure home life for her daughter that she never had, Jacie is not about to bring a man into her life—even one that she sometimes thinks should have been there all along. But Brett and Jacie soon discover the spark between them is even stronger than before… Now that their paths have crossed again, will they lead them back to the wedding that almost was?

Titles in this series include:  The Montana Bride – The Christmas Secret – Catch Me, Cowboy

catch-me-cowboyTitle:  Catch Me, Cowboy
Series:  The 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo #1
Author:  Jeannie Watt
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance
Published:  September 8, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

She will not be his second choice…

When champion bronc rider Ty Harding returns home after four long years on the road, the first thing he does is look up Shelby O’Connor—the woman who begged him to stay. The woman he still loves.

Horse trainer Shelby O’Connor truly believes she’s over Ty—until he shows up on her family ranch and turns her world upside down. Shelby isn’t a big one for second chances, but she’s all about proving that she and Ty are done. But when she discovers that Ty plans to head back out on the rodeo circuit, despite his injuries, she has to come to terms with the fact that maybe she isn’t as over him as she thought she was. And now she has to decide what to do about that.

Will history repeat itself, or will Ty and Shelby get another chance at love?

Titles in this series include:  Catch Me, Cowboy by Jeannie Watt – Protect Me, Cowboy by Shelli Stevens – Want Me, Cowboy by Sinclair Jayne – Love Me, Cowgirl by Eve Gaddy

The Christmas SecretTitle:  The Christmas Secret
Series:  Secrets of Cherry Lake, Cherry Lake Christmas
Author:  Jeannie Watt
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  November 5, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Trapped in a cabin in a raging blizzard with the one man on earth who could turn her world upside down…this Christmas holiday was not playing out at all the way Lil Reynolds had planned. Not even close.

When Lil’s former fiancé chose to marry on Christmas Eve—the day he and Lil had planned to marry one year ago—she knew she had to get out of town for the holidays. Heading to the isolated family cabin seemed like the perfect solution, until the blizzard came…and a man showed up at her door in the heart of the storm. Casey Lanigan. Her ex-fiancé’s brother. A man with whom she shared a secret summer romance many years ago. A man who’d betrayed her trust. A man who, despite everything, still made her heart beat a little harder…

So much for a Lanigan-free holiday.

Read on for my thoughts on The Christmas Secret.  No true spoiler, promise.

Secret BrideTitle:  The Secret Bride
Series:  Secrets of Cherry Lake #5
Author:  Jeannie Watt
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 15, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

After a decade away, Jacie Rose has returned with her daughter to Cherry Lake to renovate a historic hotel…and to lay some ghosts to rest. She knows she’ll have to confront mistakes she made in the past, but she didn’t expect to be living right next door to the guy she once asked to be her husband.

When Brett Jackson was approached ten years ago by Jacie Rose with the wild scheme of marrying her to help her out of a jam, his white knight instincts kicked in and he agreed to be her emergency groom. The only problem was that the bride didn’t show up for the wedding. How’s he supposed to get used to seeing the woman he’s never forgotten every day now that she’s his neighbor?

Determined to provide the secure home life for her daughter that she never had, Jacie is not about to bring a man into her life—even one that she sometimes thinks should have been there all along. But Brett and Jacie soon discover the spark between them is even stronger than before… Now that their paths have crossed again, will they lead them back to the wedding that almost was?

Read on for my thoughts on The Secret Bride.  No true spoilers, promise.

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