To Maxwell Cooper’s great pleasure, his horses of quality Quarab stock have been well received by American buyers. His goal of selling to the Arab royal family would give his breeding business international credibility and prove that he wasn’t the bad apple everyone had assumed. After missing his opportunity at auction two years in a row, he’s been invited to back to back VIP sales and word on the street is that the royal family is going to be in attendance. And nothing will stop him from keeping his eye on the prize this time.

Lena Fudge had been traveling the circuit as a newbie horse trader but found herself fired after she passed along a hot tip while having hot sex with Maxwell Cooper. Now disgraced, she finds herself back in her family’s home in the middle of nowhere horse country. Learning she’s pregnant adds insult to injury, and despite her best efforts, she’s fulfilling her family’s curse of living at home. She knows she has to tell Maxwell about the baby, but she refuses to ask for his help until she has her ducks in a row. That is until she runs into Maxwell at the auction stables after being rejected from a last-ditch attempt to get her old job back.

Maxwell has been dreaming of Lena since their night of passion four months ago. One look at her, and being pretty sure he was the one to pop her cherry, he realizes he’s the father. But Maxwell knows Lena’s pride would not allow him to take care of her, so he asks her to work with him as a horse trader. It’s not charity. As it turns out, Lena is the full package. She’s a dream in the stables, amazing with buyers, and not adverse to a roll in the hay. But when things begin to go deeper than just a sale or sex, they’ll find themselves racing toward a bidding war that will either have them living a life of love or losing it all.

Titles in the Brothers of the Cooper Ranch series include — The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride – The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby – The Cowboy’s Stubborn Sweetheart

Title:  The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby
Series:  Brothers of Cooper Ranch #2
Author:  Leslie North
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  January 11, 2019
Publisher:  Relay Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

“The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby” is the second story in Leslie North’s Brothers of Cooper Ranch series… and it is an emotional story full of mistakes, near misses and two people who have chemistry trying to forge a future together for more than the sake of the baby.

Max and Lena equally amused and frustrated me in their dealings with each other.  The chemistry is off the charts, it’s obvious to an outsider that they belong together… but getting two stubborn, believe they are right and won’t give up control people on the same page in this new relationship is a truly interesting romance.  I liked them both, even when they frustrated me with their decisions or actions.

If you’re in the mood for a steamy, at times frustrating, love story with secrets, chemistry, and some engaging secondary characters then you’ll love “The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby”.

*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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