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Enemies forced together just might become lovers in USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard's Texas Cattleman's Club tale For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce… Enemies forced together just might become lovers in USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard's Texas Cattleman's Club tale For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss. They emerge to a scene of utter devastation. Their passion to rebuild is only rivaled by the very personal passion they've just discovered…until Beth's past catches up with her, and a very different type of storm erupts….


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Enemies forced together just might become lovers in USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard's Texas Cattleman's Club tale For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce… Enemies forced together just might become lovers in USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard's Texas Cattleman's Club tale For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss. They emerge to a scene of utter devastation. Their passion to rebuild is only rivaled by the very personal passion they've just discovered…until Beth's past catches up with her, and a very different type of storm erupts….

30 review for Stranded with the Rancher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    Hero may or may not have been with other women after meeting heroine. I wasn’t sure. However for once it didn’t bother me. He said he haven’t been in a serious relationship or any woman in last year. By which he actually meant he was celibate for a year at least. And I THINK he knew heroine for about year and half. But every action and thought very much suggested he’s not the kind of guy to do casual hook up at 30 and he was instantly attracted by heroine and he’s not the kind of guy to go into a Hero may or may not have been with other women after meeting heroine. I wasn’t sure. However for once it didn’t bother me. He said he haven’t been in a serious relationship or any woman in last year. By which he actually meant he was celibate for a year at least. And I THINK he knew heroine for about year and half. But every action and thought very much suggested he’s not the kind of guy to do casual hook up at 30 and he was instantly attracted by heroine and he’s not the kind of guy to go into a relationship while being attracted to someone no matter how much animosity was there between them. He was way too busy bickering with heroine throughout this whole time. I am willing to to give him benefit of doubt and that’s why it’s a 3.5 stars rounded down not up. Hero was a snob to begin with. He DID think heroine wasn’t good enough for him for 1.5 years and it took a near death experience to make him realise that he was an ass. However what I understood from this was, he’d have put aside the social differences sooner or later and would have approached heroine and there’d have been lengthy dates blah blahs. But thanks to the near death experience he jumped headfirst into love. He didn’t fight it. He didn’t push her. He didn’t try to guard his heart. She rather did all the pushing. And it was good to see a hero falling in love and become vulnerable first. He was a good hero but a bit slow. He only had himself to blame for the separation. And marks were seriously deducted when he only let heroine’s brother off the hook with a punch but still let him keep his job after his insulting comments.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Very good book with an incredibly intense start. Beth and Drew have lived next door to each other for almost two years. Drew is constantly angry with her because he had wanted the land she bought for her farm. Now the traffic coming to her farmstand is stressing his high priced horses and he really wants her to sell out to him, or at least move her stand. As he confronts her yet again, a huge tornado appears in the distance. They get trapped in her storm cellar for twenty-four hours while they a Very good book with an incredibly intense start. Beth and Drew have lived next door to each other for almost two years. Drew is constantly angry with her because he had wanted the land she bought for her farm. Now the traffic coming to her farmstand is stressing his high priced horses and he really wants her to sell out to him, or at least move her stand. As he confronts her yet again, a huge tornado appears in the distance. They get trapped in her storm cellar for twenty-four hours while they await rescue. And in that twenty-four hours things between them start to change. The intensity of the storm is described with heart pounding detail. I could feel the tension as first they raced for shelter and then as the storm passed directly overhead. Once the storm passed and they discovered they were trapped, Beth's fears were easy to understand. I really liked the way that they put their animosity aside in order to support each other. With that on the back burner I liked seeing them get along with each other. It then became clear that much of their animosity had hidden an underlying attraction. The devastation to the town of Royal was heartbreaking. I know it is a fictional town, but I've been reading TCC books for so long that it feels real. I loved seeing how everyone bands together to start the recovery process. Beth's property was heavily damaged, but with their new truce, Drew offers to let Beth stay at his home. As they work together to help the town, they grow closer and their attraction becomes too hard to resist. I loved their attraction and seeing them try to deal with it. I liked Drew and how he made sure Beth was taken care of. He's rich and handsome and used to getting what he wants, and he wants Beth. He doesn't think anything about the differences in their backgrounds, just that he is starting to care for her very much. I got a little frustrated with Beth. She fully admits her attraction to Drew, and even that she is also starting to care for him. But she can't stop thinking about their differences. She considers herself a plowhorse next to his thoroughbred. She is always sure that whatever they have will be over as soon as he realizes that she's just not good enough for him. I liked the fact that Drew didn't give up on her until he had her convinced that they could make it work. I enjoyed seeing Drew's brother Jed from The Untameable Texan. We get to see Jed break the news to Drew about Kimberly and the baby, and then the fun of planning their wedding. I loved the idea they came up with for the wedding and the way it all came together. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series and seeing how Royal works together for its recovery.

  3. 5 out of 5

    SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

    Copy received in exchange for an honest review ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Contemporary Romance Series : - First in the TCC After the Storm series in the TCC collection. Writing - Third person dual POV Main Characters : For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell is at odds with his neighbour. Despite the attraction he feels for her, he wants her land. Beth Andrews feel like she has finally made something of herself, and has a proper home and something she can feel proud of. Love triangl Copy received in exchange for an honest review ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Contemporary Romance Series : - First in the TCC After the Storm series in the TCC collection. Writing - Third person dual POV Main Characters : For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell is at odds with his neighbour. Despite the attraction he feels for her, he wants her land. Beth Andrews feel like she has finally made something of herself, and has a proper home and something she can feel proud of. Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author? - Maybe Rating - 2 ★Review★ This book was ok for me but just ok. I found I struggled with really connecting to either character, Beth especially. She came across as just having a huge chip on her shoulder about Drew and his upbringing and wealth. She constantly managed to make him feel shame for the life he had had compared to her. She spent far too much of the time, focused on her bad "genes" she came form "questionable roots" the "wrong side of the tracks" etc and on and on. It got a bit much tbh, and it took too long for her history to really come out, and even then it was mentioned and brushed over so quick, it was still hard to feel much sympathy for her. I just never managed to connect with her properly, as she just came across as very derisive of Drew due to his "opportunities" that she had not had. And there was not enough of being in Drew's head for me to ever really feel a proper connection to him either. All in, it was 2 stars for me, as I did enjoy it, but it most certainly is not a re read and is probably easily forgotten.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda R

    Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this for the Harlequin Monthly theme of Rugged Cowboys. Drew can't stand the way his neighbor's business disrupts the horses he has on his land. He breeds horses for millionaires, for the Derby or just because rich people want well bred horses. The cars going up and down the road in between their properties spook his horses. So he goes to Beth's farm stand and tries to talk her in to moving her business in to town. He'll even help her Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this for the Harlequin Monthly theme of Rugged Cowboys. Drew can't stand the way his neighbor's business disrupts the horses he has on his land. He breeds horses for millionaires, for the Derby or just because rich people want well bred horses. The cars going up and down the road in between their properties spook his horses. So he goes to Beth's farm stand and tries to talk her in to moving her business in to town. He'll even help her relocate, but she's just as stubborn as he is. He waits until the last person has left her stand to try and get her to see reason and then the storm hits.. Its not just any storm its a tornado; a big, huge tornado. Beth and Drew run to her storm cellar and barely make it in to it. Beth is scared to death but realizes that if Drew wasn't there then she would of been terrified. Even though all they do is fight, she can admit that Drew is very attractive and now shes so glad he was there to fight with her because they're trapped in her storm cellar. Who knows when they'll get out so they just find comfort and I do mean just comfort in each other. Drew keeps Beth from breaking down and freaking out. When they finally get out of the cellar, (they were trapped because her small car was tossed on top of the door) she finds that her house isn't livable. Drew offers her a place to stay at his ranch, that was barely damaged. They call a truce for the time being and that leads to a friendship and much more. I've always been a fan of enemies to lovers stories, and this one was no disappointment. I was hooked from page one and I didn't stop until I had read all of the book. It was interesting to watch Beth run from love, and from a real relationship. All her life she's had to look out for herself and her brother, she doesn't know what its like to be in a committed and loving relationship. I loved watching it sink in that Drew wasn't playing with her and it was ok for her to love him back. She didn't have to wait for the other shoe to drop, he was staying around. Pick this one up, it's a great book and I look forward to reading the others in the series! Leave the author love in the form of a review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonel

    I could barely put this one down! Maynard’s originality and passion had me from beginning to end. The scenes were well put together, and the story believable yet not something most of us would ever live through. Her vivid descriptions bring the horrors of this story to life, contrasting sharply with the exciting romance brewing. Emotions also run high in this novel. I felt for the characters, and for the town as a whole. This was definitely one extreme way to kick-start a relationship. The main c I could barely put this one down! Maynard’s originality and passion had me from beginning to end. The scenes were well put together, and the story believable yet not something most of us would ever live through. Her vivid descriptions bring the horrors of this story to life, contrasting sharply with the exciting romance brewing. Emotions also run high in this novel. I felt for the characters, and for the town as a whole. This was definitely one extreme way to kick-start a relationship. The main characters were thrown together by a twist of nature in such a way that they were forced to deal with certain aspects of themselves and of each other. I enjoyed getting to know them both as they got to know one another better. My biggest issue with the story as a whole was the female lead. Yes both the main characters come from drastically different backgrounds. The male lead knows he’s well off and it doesn’t really go to his head (too much). The female lead, however, was regularly whining about the fact that she could never possibly amount to anything because she wasn’t bred like a top thoroughbred. There were a few times I just wanted to tell her to suck it up, and she can be whatever she makes herself into. Overall, this was a fantastic novel that would be brilliant for an afternoon where you’re looking for a fast paced, quick read with original romance. I’ll definitely be looking much further into this author’s work in the future. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judyrudy

    Stranded with the Rancher is Janice Maynard’s contribution to the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm series. This was a phenomenal book especially starting with the introductory note from Ms. Maynard. I loved this book from page one and read it in one sitting. Drew Farrell is a horse breeder who isn’t happy with his neighbor Beth Andrews. While he confronts her with his latest complaints about her business, they look to the skies and recognize the formation of a tornado dropping from the sk Stranded with the Rancher is Janice Maynard’s contribution to the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm series. This was a phenomenal book especially starting with the introductory note from Ms. Maynard. I loved this book from page one and read it in one sitting. Drew Farrell is a horse breeder who isn’t happy with his neighbor Beth Andrews. While he confronts her with his latest complaints about her business, they look to the skies and recognize the formation of a tornado dropping from the sky. They race towards shelter and are forced to spend the evening trapped in a darkened space. They call a truce, make it through the storm and exit their shelter with different opinions of the other. The storm ravages not only Beth’s home as well as the town leaving Drew’s homestead virtually untouched. Drew offers Beth a place to stay while her home is being rebuilt but he also offers his heart as they discover to put their differences aside. Beth’s brother also plays a role in the development of the storyline. I highly recommend Stranded with the Rancher.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3 Stars This was a typical romance novel, he's a billionaire and she's from a family that had to struggle to get by. She owns land that he wants and they are neighbors who have always argued about it. What I really enjoyed, and what set this story apart from most others was the storm aspect. The fact that during a killer tornado they are literary thrown together to survive. I wish the storm itself had been more of a focus, what I mean by that is their time in the storm shelter. I feel like they wen 3 Stars This was a typical romance novel, he's a billionaire and she's from a family that had to struggle to get by. She owns land that he wants and they are neighbors who have always argued about it. What I really enjoyed, and what set this story apart from most others was the storm aspect. The fact that during a killer tornado they are literary thrown together to survive. I wish the storm itself had been more of a focus, what I mean by that is their time in the storm shelter. I feel like they went from hating each other to kissing in a very short time period. Perhaps making that situation more dire wouldn't have made the relationship become instalove. Overall thought I really did enjoy the story. The writing was enjoyable and I liked all the characters, I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Mayes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this read. Drew wants her land and Beth is not willing to give it up. This goes on for a while. On one of those days Drew confronts her the tornado hits and he ends up saving her life. While in the unground shelter they both realize that they have a strong attraction to one another and all the time they were fighting it was really foreplay and attraction. After being stuck overnight underground they are rescued by Drew. The city is turned upside down. Beth's home and part of her I really enjoyed this read. Drew wants her land and Beth is not willing to give it up. This goes on for a while. On one of those days Drew confronts her the tornado hits and he ends up saving her life. While in the unground shelter they both realize that they have a strong attraction to one another and all the time they were fighting it was really foreplay and attraction. After being stuck overnight underground they are rescued by Drew. The city is turned upside down. Beth's home and part of her land is destroyed. Drew offers her a place to stay and from there things progress and the feeling the have takes over. I loved how all the billionaires got together and worked side by side to help and do what needed to be done (TCC). Love the ending wanted to read more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Legate

    This was a decent book. The book was about neighbors' that always found something to fight about. One day Drew went to Beth's house to complain about her produce stand. The traffic she was causing was scarring his prize horses. They didn't have time to finish the fight because they had to take shelter. A tornado formed and was headed straight towards them. The two was stuck in the shelter overnight. During the ordeal the two found they liked one another. Throughout the story that friendship grew This was a decent book. The book was about neighbors' that always found something to fight about. One day Drew went to Beth's house to complain about her produce stand. The traffic she was causing was scarring his prize horses. They didn't have time to finish the fight because they had to take shelter. A tornado formed and was headed straight towards them. The two was stuck in the shelter overnight. During the ordeal the two found they liked one another. Throughout the story that friendship grew.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Camy

    This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed this story. The heroine's backstory is absolutely fantastic, so much deeper than just her growing up "on the wrong side of the tracks" from the hero. The hero was not quite as "alpha" a I prefer my heroes in the Desire imprint, but he was very likeable. The tornado scenes were vivid and the aftermath especially well-written. The middle sagged a bit for me, but the ending was sweet. Overall, a solid and romantic Desire story that I enjoyed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    I was cowboy romance week on Overdrive or something! There were a bunch featured, so I read this. Fun, fluffy, entertaining, makes me want a pumpkin patch. :-)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nothing Like A Good Book!!!! wood

    JUST LOVED IT.....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily Higgins

    Horse breeder Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews survive a tornado in her storm shelter. Beth’s house is damaged, so Drew offers to let Beth stay at his home until she can repair her home.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This is the first book I read by this author and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Home. Love. Books.

    To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com I really like love to hate romances, I mean lets face it there is a thin line between love and hate and watching people cross over to the happy side is always fun for me (what can I say I love the banter). I think part of the reason why I liked this book is because there is a catalyst for the two of them having a change of heart about each other. So the whole set up for this book is that Beth and Drew are neighbors To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com I really like love to hate romances, I mean lets face it there is a thin line between love and hate and watching people cross over to the happy side is always fun for me (what can I say I love the banter). I think part of the reason why I liked this book is because there is a catalyst for the two of them having a change of heart about each other. So the whole set up for this book is that Beth and Drew are neighbors and they really don't get along. She bought that land he wanted, which irked Drew enough as it was, but Beth also opened up a roadside stand where she can sell some of her farm goods, which means traffic, traffic that is messing with the upkeep of Drew's expensive horse enterprise. Just when the two of them are having a confrontation about everything there is a tornado, before you know it Drew and Beth are stuck in a storm shelter together and end up stuck in there for like a day. It's definitely an uncomfortable and high stress situation, but it brings them closer together because they experienced a trauma together. When they get out, so much of their small town has been damaged and Beth's house is basically unlivable. Drew does the neighborly thing and offers to put her up at his house. A lot of this book is about the repair of the town. So many people were affected by the storm, and the town really has to pull together to get things back to a livable situation. This really does help with the two of them being able to put aside their differences, and they really do kind of become a team in order to work to a common goal. One of the issues I have with this book is Beth has a chip on her shoulder about life. She really seems like she resents Drew for having all the money he has, and kind of has a preconceived notion of the kind of person he is based solely on the fact that he has money. Beth also have some family issues that come up over the course of the book, and at times she does come across as a bit unlikable. Drew on the other hand is very likable. He just wants the best for everyone. Yes, he does have money, but that doesn't mean he's not a down to earth guy who just wants to help out. You can tell as the book goes on that he really likes Beth, and he goes out of his way to help her and her family out. He's definitely the kind of neighbor I wish I had that's for sure. Overall, I liked the book, it was enjoyable, and it was a pretty quick read. I would have given it a higher rating if I had like Beth more. If you like a love to hate romance with dramatic situations then this might be the book for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monica Cardoza

    A town that comes together when Mother Nature hits, this was the time when two neighbors kissed passionately when huddled in her bunker. This was a quick read that I loved immensely. I loved seeing how they were able to put their differences aside during a storm that could have cause them their lives. While I was reading this and hearing that they were hunkered down in the bunker and they couldn’t get out. I thought I was going to stop breathing I hate thinking about being in a dark, small place A town that comes together when Mother Nature hits, this was the time when two neighbors kissed passionately when huddled in her bunker. This was a quick read that I loved immensely. I loved seeing how they were able to put their differences aside during a storm that could have cause them their lives. While I was reading this and hearing that they were hunkered down in the bunker and they couldn’t get out. I thought I was going to stop breathing I hate thinking about being in a dark, small place and no way of getting out, then thinking that there could have been something creepy, crawly creature. The truce they call is just the beginning to something beautiful. Drew Ferrell and Beth Andrews learned a lot about each other while with torrid experience. They worked together in town to help all of those people that lost their homes, all of their belongings and maybe their loved ones. Drew and Beth both saw something in each other that they had not seen before. They both have stories about their pasts and they talk about it but Beth is holding back. They are attracted to each other and soon they act on that passion but Drew does something that he didn’t tell Beth and that was what broke what they had. Beth thought the worst and left. Stranded with the Rancher is a great read. It was a fast paced book and it was perfect. Yes with almost all of the books that I love I always want more. I know for sure that I’m going to have to read Jet’s, Drew’s brother, and see how him and Kimberly started their romance. We also meet Beth’s brother and let see if what he said was true that he was trying to be a better person. Ms. Maynard’s writing is clear and focused and the storyline was descriptive. I truly recommend this read to all readers that enjoy a romance that hits the heart. Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an Honest Review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Stohr

    The title, Stranded With The Rancher, as well as the cover sort of give way some of the plot of the book. Drew, a horse breeder is displeased with his neighbor, Beth, because her farm is causing some havoc for his fine equine establishment. They argue as they had many times before, but this time the skies change as a tornado rolls into the small town of Royal, Texas. They run to Beth's storm shelter just in time, but the tornado flings debris on top of the shelter, trapping them there for just a The title, Stranded With The Rancher, as well as the cover sort of give way some of the plot of the book. Drew, a horse breeder is displeased with his neighbor, Beth, because her farm is causing some havoc for his fine equine establishment. They argue as they had many times before, but this time the skies change as a tornado rolls into the small town of Royal, Texas. They run to Beth's storm shelter just in time, but the tornado flings debris on top of the shelter, trapping them there for just about 24 hours. They went into the shelter as feuding neighbors, but had different opinions of each other after being rescued. Beth stays at Drew's ranch after her house was partially destroyed by the storm, causing their friendship to grow into love through out the rest of the book, despite their occasional butting heads. I personally thought that Stranded With The Rancher was an alright way to pass time. It was a quick read, and matched well with my lazy Sunday routine, as I read almost the whole book yesterday. The plot was a bit different than most romance novels, even with its occasional predictable scenes. Though I must say that each chapter was creatively written, it isn't a book I can rave about. I'm not one for mushy romance, so I wasn't overly amused with the plot. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy intense romance novels. Although, I personally wouldn't recommend this book to others like myself who don't enjoy mushy romance. Unless someone like me had nothing else to do with their time, they probably wouldn't enjoy reading this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy Flohr

    Janice Maynard’s Stranded with The Rancher is a great start to the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After The Storm. Horse Breeder Drew Farrell prizes his pure breed horses above all else. When his new neighbor runs a pumpkin stand Drew sees red. His latest attempt to get Beth Andrews to sell or move has them both running for cover under threat of a tornado. Beth Andrews moved to Royal Texas for a fresh start. Her neighbor isn’t making her life any easier with his attempts to get her to move. But all that Janice Maynard’s Stranded with The Rancher is a great start to the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After The Storm. Horse Breeder Drew Farrell prizes his pure breed horses above all else. When his new neighbor runs a pumpkin stand Drew sees red. His latest attempt to get Beth Andrews to sell or move has them both running for cover under threat of a tornado. Beth Andrews moved to Royal Texas for a fresh start. Her neighbor isn’t making her life any easier with his attempts to get her to move. But all that is put aside when they are running for their lives. Spending several days trapped together in her cellar and once rescued helping in the cleanup has both Drew and Beth taking a second look at each other. Their obvious chemistry is just as explosive as the tornado that ripped apart the town. With Beth’s home unable to be lived in Drew offers his home to Beth. This closeness puts their attraction to the test. Both are afraid of falling in love. When Beth’s troubled brother shows up she is scared that he will mess up something good in her life. Stranded With The Rancher is a emotional as well as sexy book. Both characters are stubborn but realize a connection like this doesn’t come along everyday.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    Book Summary Published by - Harlequin Release Date - 7th October 2014 Pages - 192 My Rating - 3 Stars Review What do you get when you have two ranchers that duel like it's no ones business and lock them together in a cellar during one hell of a storm? One heck of a story that's what!!! The storm scene was amazing, the chemistry between the pair jumps off the pages, my only issue was with the ending. It was too rushed, too all over the place. The reason that she ran off and left, over her brother, Book Summary Published by - Harlequin Release Date - 7th October 2014 Pages - 192 My Rating - 3 Stars Review What do you get when you have two ranchers that duel like it's no ones business and lock them together in a cellar during one hell of a storm? One heck of a story that's what!!! The storm scene was amazing, the chemistry between the pair jumps off the pages, my only issue was with the ending. It was too rushed, too all over the place. The reason that she ran off and left, over her brother, seemed to be too big of an overreaction for me. It was way OTT. He was pissed at her, she was pissed at him, they were both worried that they hadn't contacted each other. Then he turns up on her doorstep and viola, everything's good again. All in like two to three pages. It gave me whiplash. That hiccup aside, I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. I love the TTC series, so I doubt this one is going to disappoint me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Wow! What a great follow-up to the short novella, The Untameable Texan. I thoroughly enjoyed this great book. At first, I thought the story would be the conclusion to it, but then it started out with Drew, Jed's brother, and his neighbor Beth Andrews. The are arguing about her pumpkin stand on her property when the sirens go off warning of a tornado. They end up trapped in her storm cellar, and what a well-written scene that was. It pulled me in and kept glued to my seat, waiting to see if they Wow! What a great follow-up to the short novella, The Untameable Texan. I thoroughly enjoyed this great book. At first, I thought the story would be the conclusion to it, but then it started out with Drew, Jed's brother, and his neighbor Beth Andrews. The are arguing about her pumpkin stand on her property when the sirens go off warning of a tornado. They end up trapped in her storm cellar, and what a well-written scene that was. It pulled me in and kept glued to my seat, waiting to see if they survived. Of course, they did, it's a romance, right? But nonetheless a great scene and set the pace for the rest of the book. This isn't my typical read, but loved it and will be reading more books by this wonderful author. I was particularly pleased that this book also concluded Jed and Kimberly's HEA. Ms. Maynard tied that up nicely. I also liked it that she has them knowing each other for a while, it makes the story more believable. While this couple has huge differences in their backgrounds, they are still able to gain their 'Happily Ever After'. If you're looking for an exciting, fast-paced story, then this will fit the bill. Happy reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews are sworn enemies. He is a billionaire, used to getting his way and Beth is his poor neighbor and a thorn in his side. A tornado causes them to take refuge in Beth’s storm cellar, where they call a truce and pray for their lives. As the storm rages they become trapped in the cellar. Once they are rescued they find Beth’s home is ruined and their community has been devastated by the storm. In spite of their own loss they volunteer to help rebuild their town and their Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews are sworn enemies. He is a billionaire, used to getting his way and Beth is his poor neighbor and a thorn in his side. A tornado causes them to take refuge in Beth’s storm cellar, where they call a truce and pray for their lives. As the storm rages they become trapped in the cellar. Once they are rescued they find Beth’s home is ruined and their community has been devastated by the storm. In spite of their own loss they volunteer to help rebuild their town and their lives. The attraction they have for each other grows until Beth’s less-than-stellar past catches up with her. Will Drew be able to look beyond her past? This is a fast-paced novel with lots of drama and a somewhat predictable ending. However it is a romance story that will tug at your heart-strings. It is a great book that you can easily read in one afternoon. Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ipshita Ranjana

    Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard is a well written romance about the coming together of two very unlikely people. Beth and Drew come from two very different world but still managed to find HEA in each other. Beth is prejudiced at first regarding Drew and resents him for reasons that are not quite solid. Drew too is no prince charming at the start. It takes time but the main characters evolve throughout the story and the reader’s perception changes about them towards the end (in a good Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard is a well written romance about the coming together of two very unlikely people. Beth and Drew come from two very different world but still managed to find HEA in each other. Beth is prejudiced at first regarding Drew and resents him for reasons that are not quite solid. Drew too is no prince charming at the start. It takes time but the main characters evolve throughout the story and the reader’s perception changes about them towards the end (in a good way). The main conflict and the climax towards the end could have been handled better, in my opinion. I felt everything escalated rather quickly towards the end and there was also a teeny bit of over reaction from the characters. It sure added to the drama which I liked but it was all over very quickly. The romance is enjoyable because of the amazing chemistry the characters share. Overall, this was an enjoyable story and a satisfying read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    My Thoughts: I just love you, Harlequin. I don't think I've found a single one of your books that I don't like. Stranded With The Rancher is definitely an adorable one that I couldn't stop reading. When I started reading it, I forgot the synopsis and didn't realize there was a tornado. For some reason, it captivated me even more. The idea of Drew and Beth being trapped in the storm cellar because of this tornado was just... wooooooo! Who wouldn't want to share a little kiss while you're in there t My Thoughts: I just love you, Harlequin. I don't think I've found a single one of your books that I don't like. Stranded With The Rancher is definitely an adorable one that I couldn't stop reading. When I started reading it, I forgot the synopsis and didn't realize there was a tornado. For some reason, it captivated me even more. The idea of Drew and Beth being trapped in the storm cellar because of this tornado was just... wooooooo! Who wouldn't want to share a little kiss while you're in there together? And it was just the beginning of it all, too. I love the way it played out, how they became more over time in close quarters after the storm was over. Stranded With The Rancher was a lovely story that you just can't get enough of. It pulls you in with a powerful beginning and it keeps you there as the romance sweetens the deal. I would be very interested in seeing what else is in store for this series by Janice Maynard. My Rating: Very Good

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina (SteepedinBooks)

    DNF at 17%. I've been struggling with this one for weeks now and I just can't work up the urge to continue it. I pick it up, read a bit, and put it back down. I just have no desire to find out anything more about the story or the characters. I hate it when that happens, especially since there's nothing particularly wrong with the writing. I just didn't feel any connection to it, even considering that the hero and heroine go through a tornado together within the first few pages. 17% may not seem DNF at 17%. I've been struggling with this one for weeks now and I just can't work up the urge to continue it. I pick it up, read a bit, and put it back down. I just have no desire to find out anything more about the story or the characters. I hate it when that happens, especially since there's nothing particularly wrong with the writing. I just didn't feel any connection to it, even considering that the hero and heroine go through a tornado together within the first few pages. 17% may not seem like much to some readers, and you might think I should have given this more of a chance, but I did. I tried and tried and just couldn't get myself to care at all. And I find that sad because I'd rather feel something for a book - even hatred - rather than boredom. At least if I hated something, I'm still emotionally involved somehow. And this story just didn't do anything for me on that level.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    These two have been sparring back and forth for about a year. But it took a tornado to make them realize that there just might be more to it. There was attraction that comes front and center after being trapped in the storm cellar. But its not going to be a walk in the park for them. Beth is still stinging from coming from the wrong side of the tracks and Drew was the blessed man, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He not only had been raised in wealth but he was also backed by a loving fam These two have been sparring back and forth for about a year. But it took a tornado to make them realize that there just might be more to it. There was attraction that comes front and center after being trapped in the storm cellar. But its not going to be a walk in the park for them. Beth is still stinging from coming from the wrong side of the tracks and Drew was the blessed man, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He not only had been raised in wealth but he was also backed by a loving family. Beth had neither of those but she did work hard to pull herself up out of her poor start in life. It was a good, enjoyable story with the additional challenges of people in the town recovering from the tornado's damage. There are additonal interesting people and that includes Beth's trouble magnet brother, Audie I liked it but probably on a lower scale. It was okay.

  26. 4 out of 5

    The Color of Ink

    I really enjoyed this sweet read. The story begins with an argument among neighbors that gets disrupted by a tornado. Neither Beth Or Drew ever thought they would end up trapped together in her storm cellar. Fear of the unknown and an attraction they have both kept at bay leads them to one moment that changes everything. You watch as their walls start to slowly come down. Surviving the night and being rescued only leads to a finding out not only her home, but the whole town has been torn apart. I really enjoyed this sweet read. The story begins with an argument among neighbors that gets disrupted by a tornado. Neither Beth Or Drew ever thought they would end up trapped together in her storm cellar. Fear of the unknown and an attraction they have both kept at bay leads them to one moment that changes everything. You watch as their walls start to slowly come down. Surviving the night and being rescued only leads to a finding out not only her home, but the whole town has been torn apart. With so much devastation and work to be done, will they be able to keep the passion storm brewing between the two of them at bay? If you're looking for an romantic fast-paced read, then grab Stranded with the Rancher.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna Porter

    Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews are neighbors. Drew runs a successful horse ranch and breads stallions. He is very wealthy. Beth owns a small amount of acres and she grows vegetables and sells them at her road side stand. Drew and Beth argue over this all the time. He claims the cars on the road scare his horses. While he is over talking to Beth about the problem the suddenly have a tornado touch down and they spend two days in a very dark and drab storm cellar at Beth's until they are found. Drew Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews are neighbors. Drew runs a successful horse ranch and breads stallions. He is very wealthy. Beth owns a small amount of acres and she grows vegetables and sells them at her road side stand. Drew and Beth argue over this all the time. He claims the cars on the road scare his horses. While he is over talking to Beth about the problem the suddenly have a tornado touch down and they spend two days in a very dark and drab storm cellar at Beth's until they are found. Drew finds there is a lot more to Beth he would like to get to know. This is a great story but it does have some sexual scenes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I received Stranded with the Rancher for free through a Goodreads giveaway and thought from the title that it might be a little hokey -- boy, was I wrong! It was such a well-written novella of less than 200 pages and by the end, I really wanted it to go on and on. Granted, the rancher is a multimillionaire and that can be a bit much, but the writing is superb and there's a genuine backstory that's very believable about two people who have nothing in common on the surface and yet find their lives I received Stranded with the Rancher for free through a Goodreads giveaway and thought from the title that it might be a little hokey -- boy, was I wrong! It was such a well-written novella of less than 200 pages and by the end, I really wanted it to go on and on. Granted, the rancher is a multimillionaire and that can be a bit much, but the writing is superb and there's a genuine backstory that's very believable about two people who have nothing in common on the surface and yet find their lives mesh together so well as they fall in love I guess that should be a spoiler alert, but really, it's a romance, so of course they fall in love, and you will, too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    N.D. Jackson

    I liked this story but I didn't love it and it feels like a big departure from the rest in the TCC series. Beth has a HUGE chip on her shoulder and at first Drew is kind of a jerk. Given the physical attraction it's clear this non-relationship is going somewhere but there wasn't enough of that will-they won't-they conflict that's pervasive throughout the TCC books. I liked this story but I didn't love it because I thought there was so much more that could've been done with Drew & Beth. But I wil I liked this story but I didn't love it and it feels like a big departure from the rest in the TCC series. Beth has a HUGE chip on her shoulder and at first Drew is kind of a jerk. Given the physical attraction it's clear this non-relationship is going somewhere but there wasn't enough of that will-they won't-they conflict that's pervasive throughout the TCC books. I liked this story but I didn't love it because I thought there was so much more that could've been done with Drew & Beth. But I will be reading more in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beckie

    my neice won this book on goodreads and they sent her a copy to give to a friend and she gave it to me to read. This was a very exciting, intriguing romance story. Its about a woman who buys a ranch and lives beside a billionaire who wants her to sell him her land. They fight daily with each other but one day a disaster happens and throws them together to survive, what happens from there is up to you to find out by reading the book. This book is not for anyone under 18 as it is somewhat graphic. my neice won this book on goodreads and they sent her a copy to give to a friend and she gave it to me to read. This was a very exciting, intriguing romance story. Its about a woman who buys a ranch and lives beside a billionaire who wants her to sell him her land. They fight daily with each other but one day a disaster happens and throws them together to survive, what happens from there is up to you to find out by reading the book. This book is not for anyone under 18 as it is somewhat graphic. I love these cowboy romances.

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