After his father decides to leave the ranch to his older brother, usually calm, steadfast Ben Miller struggles to deal with his resentment. When he’s invited to develop a trail riding experience on the Morgans’ dude ranch, Ben jumps at the chance. Soon he’s assigned a mysterious client, an actress whose family secretly wants her removed from influences in LA. Ben’s determined to teach her to fend for herself. But he quickly discovers she’s more than a pampered pretty face . . .
Silver Meadow believes she’s preparing for a serious dramatic role—one that will free her from her controlling parents. She’s certainly not going to be controlled by Ben, especially when he takes her out in the middle of nowhere to learn how to survive. Yet gradually, far from her cell phone, Silver begins to open up to him about her life—and finds they have more in common than they thought. Soon a romance will blossom—but can a jet-setting movie star and a homebody cowboy find the best of both worlds?
*Connection to the “Morgan Ranch” series – you’ll find familiar faces if you’ve read the series but it’s not necessary to enjoy the Miller family – but I’d still recommend both.*
Title: The Rebellious Rancher
Series: The Millers of Morgan Valley #3
Author: Kate Pearce
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
‘The Rebellious Rancher‘ is the third title in ‘The Millers of Morgan Valley‘ series, and it kept me flipping pages from start to finish.
Ben, as the second son, didn’t get the ranch as he’d hoped. No, that went to his older brother. So, now Ben is trying to find his own place on a ranch that isn’t his to run – and most likely, he’ll end up heading out on his own one day. But for now, he’s heading up a trail ride trip for one spoiled, entitled Hollywood actress who is certainly not accustomed to what she’s going to find on this trail ride, nor the attitude that Ben is about to bring into play. For Ben, this is the chance to get away from the ranch and thoughts that he’d rather not face right now. For Silver, this is supposed to be the chance to get ready for a part that she desperately wants in an upcoming movie. She has no idea that her overbearing, overprotective, controlling parents are at the center of this experience… or that she’d return from this trip a much changed in attitude young woman. Funny how some events have the exact opposite effect than was intended, isn’t it?
I could say that it took me a bit to warm up to Silver, but she was portrayed, early on, pretty much as I’d expected a spoiled, catered to actress would be when she has to do all those mundane things for herself and is cut off from social media and her phone. What I did really enjoy about Silver was watching her change, become a different better person the longer she was away from parents, career, and social media. In the end, I liked her and was definitely rooting for her to get that happy ever after she and Ben so deserved.
I adored Ben from the start. I ‘got’ why he was so upset about the ranch, understood how much he loved it, and how now he’d be making different life choices. Watching an angry cowboy deal with a pampered star brought out the giggles, and the eye rolls. I had such a good time with the interactions between Silver and Ben – and loved watching them both grow from the people we first meet to a couple who will have to face a lot to be together but their resolve and love are strong enough for that.
We’ll run into some familiar faces, watch a couple grow individually and together as they face some very real dangers, and enjoy a romance that makes my heart smile. If you love a good love story with an unlikely couple facing challenges then ‘The Rebellious Rancher‘ is perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Kensington Books 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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