Olivia Hollingsworth is shocked when she’s passed over for VP at Hollingsworth Publishing in favor of her do-nothing cousin. She’s worked harder than anyone and decides to take her talent elsewhere—restoring the failing home improvement magazine that her grandmother loved and her father is axing. Olivia heads to Montana with a plan and a tight timeline…until she comes face-to-face with a sexy as sin cowboy who just might out-stubborn her.
Kit Granger’s family has lived on the same Marietta cattle ranch for generations. But his father ran their business into the ground, leaving Kit to sell off parcels of land to slowly rebuild his family legacy. For years he’s had an agreement to graze his herd on Hollingsworth property in exchange for caretaking duties. And then the eldest Hollingsworth arrives. Her first demand? Corral his cows.
Kit’s not about to let a beautiful heiress derail everything he’s worked toward without a fight. Can they reach a compromise so that they both win without falling in love first?
Titles in The Hollingsworth Sisters series include – To Wrangle A Rancher – To Rope A Bull Rider – To Rescue the Runaway Bride –
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Title: To Wrangle A Rancher
Series: The Hollingsworth Sisters #1
Author: Kelsey McKnight
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: February 18, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It’s time to begin a new series set in my favorite small town of Marietta, Montana with To Wrangle A Rancher, the first story in The Hollingsworth Sisters series. Frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of meeting new members of the unique Marietta community – or the chance to run into familiar faces at any moment.
Olivia and Kit are just about as opposites as you’ll find – one city girl, one country boy, both equally stubborn which might just be the one thing they have in common, to begin with at least. It’s really easy to see Olivia as an ice princess at the beginning. She’s had to hide all emotions as she deals in the cutthroat industry she’s made her career – only to have everything she’s worked for stolen from her by not only an incompetent, lazy male cousin but by her father’s sexist ideas as well. She deserved that VP position, she worked for it, put in the hours to prove herself only to find that glass ceiling very alive and well in her father’s publishing company. But Olivia isn’t going down without a fight. She has a backup plan and it involves heading to Montana to the old home left to Olivia and her sisters to renovate the property and salvage a dying magazine (she hopes) by documenting the ugly to a beautiful transformation of the property within the pages of that magazine. Nothing will stand in her way – except maybe a calf, a lifestyle that seems to fit her well, and one handsome, stubborn cowboy with issues of his own.
I adored Kit from the beginning. He’s watched his family legacy be pummeled into the ground by his father’s actions (or inactions) and is doing all he can to save his ranch, and keep the family legacy going for future generations. He’d come to an agreement with the elder Hollingsworth to use part of her property for grazing for his cows in the past and to act as caretaker to the property as she aged and could no longer keep up with everything. Now, well, all that is about to change as a city slicker granddaughter shows up trying to shoo his calves and his cows off of “her” property. Now stubborn cowboy meets equally stubborn city executive – care to guess who wins in the end? (actually, it’s both since love wins for all)
To Wrangle A Rancher had me laughing out loud, a few snort-giggles may have escaped as well, and completely enjoying Olivia and Kit as they find common ground, at least enough to let the attraction that sparks between them have a chance at turning into a lifetime love. The writing is smooth as always with this author, the plot complicated enough to be emotional and easy enough to laugh at unexpected moments. I had fun here, loved being back in Marietta, and completely enjoyed the beginning of The Hollingsworth Sisters series. If you love engaging opposites attract love stories or even an enemies to lovers trope in your romance, then you’ll want to get started on this series, right now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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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