The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lyn Webb

He isn’t home to stay

Until a mother-to-be changes his mind

Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority. But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?

Titles in the multi-author series The Return of the Blackwell Brothers include:  The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross – The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lyn Webb – The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis – The Rancher’s Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine – The Rancher’s Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart

Title:  The Rancher’s Rescue
Series:  Return of the Blackwell Brothers #2
Author:  Cari Lynn Webb
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  September 4, 2018
My Rating::  4.5 stars

Sometimes it’s hard to see the “great thing” right in front of you when you’re focusing on that promise of a “fantastic thing” somewhere else.  Meet Ethan Blackwell, newly minted veterinarian, up to his eyebrows in school debt, a loner with a specific dream, a brother who doesn’t want to return home for several valid reasons… including the memories of his fiasco of a non-wedding day.  Yet, in spite of his desire to never set foot in Falcon Creek ever again, except for fast visits, Ethan has answered the call for help from his brother Jon.  He’ll give his brother one month to help figure out how to save his grandfather’s family ranch… especially since the old coot took off to places unknown without leaving anyone access to the funds to pay the bills and keep the ranch afloat in his absence.  One Month, tops… until life took a turn on Ethan, and what he discovers he really wants is closer to home than he ever imagined.

One night shouldn’t have the power to change a life.  Yet, one night was all it took to rearrange Grace’s priorities, capture her heart and make a few vows that might be difficult to keep.  Especially since Ethan is back in town, for the moment at least.  While Grace is willing to use her magic with numbers to help the Blackwell family figure out how to save the ranch – the secret she’s carrying has to factor in as well.  She doesn’t “need” anyone, but Ethan has the right to know that their one night changed lives, and created another.

The Rancher’s Rescue moves the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series smoothly from where we left this complex family in The Rancher’s Twins.  I say that because I was impressed at how easily another author picked up the overall story so seamlessly as she moved into her own tale about Ethan and his particular part in the family dynamics.  I read a lot of series, and it’s rare to find a one author series move so easily from one story to the next – so when I see that in a multi-author series, I’m not afraid to say I’m impressed by that talent.  Ethan and Grace.  It’s hard to imagine two more stubborn, hard-headed, independent people on the face of the planet.  Each has their reasons, there is more than a little shared family history between them, yet there is also a spark of something that could and will grow into a love worth taking a risk on.  But they have to get past their stubbornness first.

Secondary characters add so much to a story for me.  In fact, I’m often as caught up in a sub-storyline as I am the main one.  I fell in love with Pop – and I certainly hope we run into him again one day.

The Rancher’s Rescue captured my attention and my heart from the beginning til the last word.  The story and characters are smoothly written, completely believable and I certainly was intrigued by the mystery thread woven through this series.  If you love a good Romance with interesting, believable characters, seeing two stubborn, independent people realize that they are better together than apart… then you’ll love this story, and this series.  I’d not hesitate to recommend The Rancher’s Rescue, and I’m about to dive into The Rancher’s Redemption.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

*This review first appeared on my Lovin’ A Cowboy Romance blog.*

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