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Librarian note: this book was previously published as " Another Chance." ASIN B006DINGPO. It is no longer available under that title. Denied entrance into vet school because of her gender, fiery and determined Jillian Matthews trained at her father's side and then headed west to Montana Territory after answering an ad using only her father's initials and last name. She is Librarian note: this book was previously published as " Another Chance." ASIN B006DINGPO. It is no longer available under that title. Denied entrance into vet school because of her gender, fiery and determined Jillian Matthews trained at her father's side and then headed west to Montana Territory after answering an ad using only her father's initials and last name. She is convinced that her skills will override local ranchers prejudice. She's wrong and handsome Wade Parker, the one who hired her, is the first to make his displeasure public. But Jillian refuses to back down and sets out to win Wade's approval. Soon that's not all she hopes to win. Widower Wade Parker is furious the new vet he helped hire is a woman. The fact that she's beautiful, smart and wakes parts of him that he thought dead burns even more. Feeling tricked, Wade is determined to send her back east but when the town turns on Jillian and her enemies become dangerous, he steps up to be her protector. And that's not the only role Jillian has him contemplating.


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Librarian note: this book was previously published as " Another Chance." ASIN B006DINGPO. It is no longer available under that title. Denied entrance into vet school because of her gender, fiery and determined Jillian Matthews trained at her father's side and then headed west to Montana Territory after answering an ad using only her father's initials and last name. She is Librarian note: this book was previously published as " Another Chance." ASIN B006DINGPO. It is no longer available under that title. Denied entrance into vet school because of her gender, fiery and determined Jillian Matthews trained at her father's side and then headed west to Montana Territory after answering an ad using only her father's initials and last name. She is convinced that her skills will override local ranchers prejudice. She's wrong and handsome Wade Parker, the one who hired her, is the first to make his displeasure public. But Jillian refuses to back down and sets out to win Wade's approval. Soon that's not all she hopes to win. Widower Wade Parker is furious the new vet he helped hire is a woman. The fact that she's beautiful, smart and wakes parts of him that he thought dead burns even more. Feeling tricked, Wade is determined to send her back east but when the town turns on Jillian and her enemies become dangerous, he steps up to be her protector. And that's not the only role Jillian has him contemplating.

30 review for A Rancher's Surrender

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    4 Girl Power Stars I loved this book. There is nothing I enjoy more in a book than a strong, brave heroine. Jillian was that for sure. She was a vet and didn't care that everyone thought it was a man's job. She held her head high and did her job. She was smart, brave, and a fighter. She fought for what she believed in and she fought for the job she wanted. She didn't let being a woman stop her. That was a big deal back then as this book was set back in 1882. Women didn't have rights then like 4 Girl Power Stars I loved this book. There is nothing I enjoy more in a book than a strong, brave heroine. Jillian was that for sure. She was a vet and didn't care that everyone thought it was a man's job. She held her head high and did her job. She was smart, brave, and a fighter. She fought for what she believed in and she fought for the job she wanted. She didn't let being a woman stop her. That was a big deal back then as this book was set back in 1882. Women didn't have rights then like we do now. So I love the sass and bravery that Jillian showed against her oppressors and she had a ton of them. Wade took me a little longer to warm up too. Though he was sweet, and a great father to his daughter, he was set in his way of thinking. He felt a woman's place was at home. It bugged me that it took him so long to see the light. He was so stubborn and I just wanted to shake him at times. Jillian and Wade made a cute couple. I wish there would have been more relationship build up. They didn't spend much time together in the 1st 1/2 of the book. Overall an enjoyable sweet read. I am looking forward to Scott getting his own book and I would love to see Silver get her own hea maybe with a sexy dark haired sheriff. http://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessio...

  2. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    WARNING Red-faced, steaming-brain, foot-stomping, book-throwing temper tantrum about to commence. WHAT THE......?!?! Are you kidding me? Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? What is it nowadays? Have we lost all sense of character and story-line integrity? Are we such a titillation addicted society that we have no expectations of believably as long as that sex scene shows up by the half-way point of a every book? This story is the perfect case in point. SET UP: Jillian is a strong young lady of the high WARNING Red-faced, steaming-brain, foot-stomping, book-throwing temper tantrum about to commence. WHAT THE......?!?! Are you kidding me? Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? What is it nowadays? Have we lost all sense of character and story-line integrity? Are we such a titillation addicted society that we have no expectations of believably as long as that sex scene shows up by the half-way point of a every book? This story is the perfect case in point. SET UP: Jillian is a strong young lady of the highest virtue and integrity living in the West in the Victorian era. It is imperative for her to be above reproach if for no other reason than she has chosen to be a veterinarian in an age where women are just not allowed that option. The men in the town she has been hired in are no exception and stereotype and judge her yet she keeps her dignity, her morals and perseveres. Sounds like a great story, right? And, it was - the writing was great, the characters were very well fleshed out and I was completely and totally engrossed in the unfolding drama.... UNTIL.... The villain accosts Jillian at a party and accuses her of whoring with Wade, the man who has stood up for her. She, Wade, and all that know her - are enraged at the despicable and untrue accusations: Villain speaking to Wade: "'You been so lonely since that wife of yours died that you're willing to dip your pecker in just about anything?' Jillian recoiled as though slapped.... She was used to not being respected for her skills but she'd never been called a whore before..." Needless to say Wade defends her reputation. Then, later that night Wade goes to Jillian's house to make sure she's okay. He kisses her (for only the second time. They aren't a couple at all) This is what we read: Wade: "I want you, Jillian, I want to make love to you, but I can't make promises..." Jillian: "Right now my body's aching for you, Wade. And NOT having you, that's what I'd regret come morning... Come... Lie with me." Then commences a 5 page sexual romp. What? WHAT???? GAH... BLECH... SPFFFT... ARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!! Now before you think me just a prude, I must say, I read a LOT of books and most of those books have sex in them. I don't mind that at all, AS LONG AS IT MAKES SENSE IN THE STORY!!! If her character had been written as a woman who would understandably do this (and there are a TON of ways that could be written) OR, if the sex scene had been at a point later in the story when it could have organically grown, this book would have rated a hearty 4 to 5 stars from me. BUT.... seriously folks, we have got to have higher expectations from our authors! We can't be so sex-starved that we'll take anything we can get without it even making any sense! *Whew* Okay, settling down. Taking a deep breath... Obviously the author can write - and write very well because I was so invested in the characters and story that when this extreme abuse of character integrity happened, it actually bothered me enough to send my tablet flying. So, IF a wildly ridiculous, annoying faux-pas like this really doesn't bother you - or, if you just want some sex in your Victorian/Western and nothing else matters. This is definitely the book to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tara Chevrestt

    I loved this heroine. She's everything I like and look for in a heroine: strong, spunky, ready to take on the "man's world." She struggles to be a doctor and prove herself in a time when that just wasn't done, when women belong at home having babies. Actually, I liked TWO of the women. A local saloon owner, Silver, 'bout stole the show. I suspect book two is about her. I hope it is. But this story is about Jillian. She gets a veterinarian job in Montana by using just her initials. When the townfol I loved this heroine. She's everything I like and look for in a heroine: strong, spunky, ready to take on the "man's world." She struggles to be a doctor and prove herself in a time when that just wasn't done, when women belong at home having babies. Actually, I liked TWO of the women. A local saloon owner, Silver, 'bout stole the show. I suspect book two is about her. I hope it is. But this story is about Jillian. She gets a veterinarian job in Montana by using just her initials. When the townfolk realize their new vet is a woman, some of the men aim to run her out of town. The town mayor is behind it; the cruel pranks, anyway, but someone with a much darker heart and vendetta is planning to take it a step further... While fighting to prove herself and wondering how she's going to get work in a town that refuses to hire her, Jillian finds herself falling for Wade, but Wade's already lost one women--he thinks--to a career. He don't plan on losing another...or hurting his daughter. Lots of turmoil, emotions running high, sexual tension, and just enough mystery/suspense to keep readers wondering. There's a side story with Silver and also, Wade's mother. I thought it sweet that Wade's mother was finding love again too. The historical setting was perfectly done with horses, saddles, saloons, barn dances. The only thing that made me frown was Jillian's willingness in the end to give up something for a man. Hmph. But when she stands up to a shady character that means her harm and performs a brave act, I loved her all over again. I look forward to the second book, which I suspect involves Sheriff Shane and Silver. Reviewed for Romantic Historical Lovers. http://romantichistoricallovers.wordp...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Celestine

    I encourage everyone to read TJ's review. She said it so well - what I was feeling as I read this book. Good, solid writing up until the moment frontier veterinarian Jillian falls into bed with rancher Wade. The characters were well developed, and we had a good idea of what they were like from internal musings and their interactions with friends. However, Jillian and Wade were never a couple. They spoke a few times in very brief and tangential ways. She saw him with his shirt off, and instant lus I encourage everyone to read TJ's review. She said it so well - what I was feeling as I read this book. Good, solid writing up until the moment frontier veterinarian Jillian falls into bed with rancher Wade. The characters were well developed, and we had a good idea of what they were like from internal musings and their interactions with friends. However, Jillian and Wade were never a couple. They spoke a few times in very brief and tangential ways. She saw him with his shirt off, and instant lust. He defends her honor when the smarmy feed store owner calls her a whore. And a few hours later they fall into bed. The two had rarely spoken, and then it was with others around, including Wade's mother or daughter. Just weird and profoundly disappointing for a character who was fighting constant adversity as a female veterinarian in the 1880s. Zero development of the two characters as a couple and zero romance developed. Grrrr. Because, really, the writing was solid. There are several books in the series that feature additional characters who were introduced in book one. I liked these characters. I want to know what happens with them. But I was so ticked at the sabotage of character in book one that I won't be reading them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This is not a review... Historical Western Currently free for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Chance-... Being a veterinarian in the late 1800’s is difficult enough, but for Jillian Matthews it’s impossible. Not allowed in the vet schools, she trained at her father’s side until she had the skills needed to move west. Jillian accepts an advertisement for a position in Montana, using only her initials which happen to be same as her father’s. Convinced that in the untamed west, her skills will b This is not a review... Historical Western Currently free for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Chance-... Being a veterinarian in the late 1800’s is difficult enough, but for Jillian Matthews it’s impossible. Not allowed in the vet schools, she trained at her father’s side until she had the skills needed to move west. Jillian accepts an advertisement for a position in Montana, using only her initials which happen to be same as her father’s. Convinced that in the untamed west, her skills will be valued and appreciated, regardless of her gender, she’s quickly proved wrong. Wade Parker is sure the pretty redhead claiming to be the vet he sent for is one of his ranch hands’ practical jokes but the fiery woman very quickly puts him in his place. His impression, however, turns south when the animal she operated on later dies. With a ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, losing an animal was the last thing he could afford and he can’t help thinking the old vet, the male doctor, wouldn’t have let his animal die. With Wade’s initial reaction guiding them, the town is quick to want Jillian out. But the more Wade gets to know Jillian, the more he sees her grit and compassion, the harder he falls for her. When Wade realizes he was too hasty in his judgment and urges the town to give Jillian another chance, he makes more than few enemies. Enemies that would do almost anything to get her out, and to make sure Wade doesn’t take her side again. Soon threats turn to violence and both Wade and Jillian must make a stand. The problem is, at what cost?

  6. 4 out of 5

    HR-ML

    This story took place 1882 in Montana. It had much potential, but jealousy and revenge bogged it down. Wade portrayed our widowed hero & Julianna our heroine from Philadelphia. Wade had impression she was a bold and brassy spitfire & she thought he prickly yet rugged. Julianna replied to an ad/ accepted a job as J. Matthews, veterinarian. The town including the hero wanted her to return from whence she came. Some engaged in sabotage IE ripping open her feed sacks, & breaking the neck of her pet rabbi This story took place 1882 in Montana. It had much potential, but jealousy and revenge bogged it down. Wade portrayed our widowed hero & Julianna our heroine from Philadelphia. Wade had impression she was a bold and brassy spitfire & she thought he prickly yet rugged. Julianna replied to an ad/ accepted a job as J. Matthews, veterinarian. The town including the hero wanted her to return from whence she came. Some engaged in sabotage IE ripping open her feed sacks, & breaking the neck of her pet rabbit to frighten her away. Hero harped on her doing dangerous men's work & she replied "you don't believe in me or love me. " My conclusion- too much baddie & unnecessary events and not enough love.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    A great read. A first read by this author and I really enjoyed it! Jillian is a great heroine. She is smart, sassy, spunky, independent and determined that she can make in a "man's world" as a vet. She knows her stuff, all she needs to do is be able to show it and hopefully clients will follow. Wade is one stubborn rancher who is determined to make his ranch profitable again, so he has no time to deal with this lady vet. Being a widower makes him twice as mule headed regarding Jillian and romance A great read. A first read by this author and I really enjoyed it! Jillian is a great heroine. She is smart, sassy, spunky, independent and determined that she can make in a "man's world" as a vet. She knows her stuff, all she needs to do is be able to show it and hopefully clients will follow. Wade is one stubborn rancher who is determined to make his ranch profitable again, so he has no time to deal with this lady vet. Being a widower makes him twice as mule headed regarding Jillian and romance. But when some men are determined that no woman can be a vet set out to destroy Jillian, Wade steps in as her protector. Jillian can't help but see him in another role too....will family and friends be able to convince Wade to take that step? A sweet read full of loveable characters....like spunky salon owner Silver, sexy sheriff Shane, and sweet fiesty Annabelle; not to mention all the cute animals.

  8. 4 out of 5

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Sydnee Walsh

    This was a great read. And the big plot change was omg great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    I really enjoyed this one! I'm don't usually enjoy historicals but the premise of this one called to me. Strong female lead that is willing to do anything to live her life her way. That's what Jillian Mathews does to get her opportunity to work as the veterinarian she's been trained to be. No she didn't go to school because she wasn't allowed but she worked with her father and was as good as any school trained vet. When she shows up on a Montana ranch she's ready for the rancher's reaction when I really enjoyed this one! I'm don't usually enjoy historicals but the premise of this one called to me. Strong female lead that is willing to do anything to live her life her way. That's what Jillian Mathews does to get her opportunity to work as the veterinarian she's been trained to be. No she didn't go to school because she wasn't allowed but she worked with her father and was as good as any school trained vet. When she shows up on a Montana ranch she's ready for the rancher's reaction when he finds out she's a woman. She stands firm and fights for her chance. Then when the townspeople start to turn on her, Wade (the rancher) stands by her side ready to protect and claim her as his own. This is a wonderfully written story and one I would definitely recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    The first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice slow read in my opinion, perfect for a week of work when you need a break between chores. I never felt like the book was rushed but it goes along at a perfect pace with an ending that I approve of (so many authors seem to have abrupt endings anymore). Looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I hope Logan and Annabelle have a romance coming sometime in the series 😀 The first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice slow read in my opinion, perfect for a week of work when you need a break between chores. I never felt like the book was rushed but it goes along at a perfect pace with an ending that I approve of (so many authors seem to have abrupt endings anymore). Looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I hope Logan and Annabelle have a romance coming sometime in the series 😀

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Antypowich

    I loved this story set in 1879 in Montana; a time when men ruled in society. Women were expected to obey, support their husband's ideas and be wives, mothers and homemakers. God forbid that one would become a veterinarian--that was a man's world and there was no place for a woman in it. When Jillian Matthews came to fill the position of the towns veterinarian, the whole community was outraged. Some of the men would have let their animals die before they would call upon her--but when faced with a I loved this story set in 1879 in Montana; a time when men ruled in society. Women were expected to obey, support their husband's ideas and be wives, mothers and homemakers. God forbid that one would become a veterinarian--that was a man's world and there was no place for a woman in it. When Jillian Matthews came to fill the position of the towns veterinarian, the whole community was outraged. Some of the men would have let their animals die before they would call upon her--but when faced with a crisis, their woman and children were not totally controlled! The first thing I noticed was Beatties flare for description of her characters and their environment. Immediately she made me feel like I was there with them, I could see, smell and feel what was going on. That is what I look for in an author's works. I loved Jillian Matthews spunk and the fact that she would not cower or back down from her goals; yet she was flexible enough to change if she could see merit in it. Wade Parker was widower who had inherited a difficult financial situation when his father died, as well as a load of emotional baggage from his marriage. His views about a woman's desire to have a career had been coloured by the thinking of the times. His honest character (and his strong mother) made him support Jillian in the community, but he tried to fight his growing attraction because he felt he could not have a relationship with a woman who would insist on working--one who would not find him to be "enough" for her. But he was not so stubborn that he could not accept change when he knew it was right to. There were many twists that made this book interesting. It gave a peek into a time when society was driven by male dominance. It had women who followed their path in spite of that dominance. It had intrigue, suspense, romance, sensuality, good guys and bad guys. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great read that has suspence, strong women, a love that grows and the sensuous tension that drives it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    This was a radical historical romance, which lacked the Christian aspect I prefer. The first thing that bothered me, was the profanity. I feel that profanity projects poorly. The second thing that bothered me, was the excrutiatingly detailed descriptions of the sexual scenes. This book dealt with prejudice and the injustice the characters in this book took, when they shared different opinions about lifestyles or career choices. I never have understood the concept of disrespecting others because This was a radical historical romance, which lacked the Christian aspect I prefer. The first thing that bothered me, was the profanity. I feel that profanity projects poorly. The second thing that bothered me, was the excrutiatingly detailed descriptions of the sexual scenes. This book dealt with prejudice and the injustice the characters in this book took, when they shared different opinions about lifestyles or career choices. I never have understood the concept of disrespecting others because of your own convoluted reasons. Pride was a hard pill to swallow, but it goes down much easier with forgiveness. With so many different characters, it seemed to get off track at times. Grammatical errors, profanity, and explicit sex scenes were all major deterences. This book was able to stand on its own in the series and twisted and turned you in knots before arriving at a HEA.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I haven't read too many historical westerns (actually, none that I can recall!), but I loved this one! A fantastic, well written story and enough suspense to keep me worried. :) I haven't read too many historical westerns (actually, none that I can recall!), but I loved this one! A fantastic, well written story and enough suspense to keep me worried. :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    UnusualChild{beppy}

    2.5 stars Synopsis: Jillian has been hired by a community to be their new vet, although they thought that they were hiring her father, since she deliberately didn't let on that she was female. Her first job is to help a cow that is having trouble birthing a calf, and she has to deliver the calf by performing an operation. Although everything seems all right, the cow dies, leaving Wade, who was one of the people who hired her, to decide that they need to hire a different vet. Wade is a widower with 2.5 stars Synopsis: Jillian has been hired by a community to be their new vet, although they thought that they were hiring her father, since she deliberately didn't let on that she was female. Her first job is to help a cow that is having trouble birthing a calf, and she has to deliver the calf by performing an operation. Although everything seems all right, the cow dies, leaving Wade, who was one of the people who hired her, to decide that they need to hire a different vet. Wade is a widower with a young daughter who has dreams of starting a horse ranch. Even though he inherited his farm from his father, they are deeply in debt, and Wade doesn't want help from anyone to set it right. When he loses a cow that he can't afford to lose, he blames the new female vet. Little do either Jillian or Wade know that other forces want Jillian gone, as well, because a female vet just won't do. What I liked: Jillian. She was tough, and she absolutely loved animals and wanted to make them all better. Wade's mother and the people who worked for him were nice, too. Wade was all right, but he kept clinging to his ideas of what Jillian should be long past the time when he should have. What I didn't like: Apparently, during the time this book took place, women weren't allowed to go to veterinary schools, and Jillian mentioned that a couple of times. Then she would say that she had all the credentials that other veterinarians had. Well, if she wasn't allowed to go to school, no, she didn't have all the same credentials. She might have had the experience, since she was helping her father from the time she could walk, but don't say credentials if you mean experience. And the whole "hate on Wade" thing and what resulted from that felt really contrived.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Hendricks

    I am only giving this book 3 stars because of the unnecessary profanity and the sexually graphic dialogue that did not in any way add to the story. If it hadn't been for the extreme profanity and sexually graphic dialogue I would have given this 5 stars. When I say extreme profanity I mean the use of G--damn (GD). I think the use of that word is extreme profanity and extremely offensive. The author is obviously a good author. The book was well written not because of the use of the profanity beca I am only giving this book 3 stars because of the unnecessary profanity and the sexually graphic dialogue that did not in any way add to the story. If it hadn't been for the extreme profanity and sexually graphic dialogue I would have given this 5 stars. When I say extreme profanity I mean the use of G--damn (GD). I think the use of that word is extreme profanity and extremely offensive. The author is obviously a good author. The book was well written not because of the use of the profanity because if you exclude that the writing is very good and the storyline is very interesting. She gets clear to page 49 of the second chapter before she uses the first GD. She uses the word about 7 times through the whole book. Its like she is writing along and suddenly feels its time for another GD. I don't know why she couldn't have just went with "damn" instead of resorting to the use of GD. Chapter 11 is the chapter filled with sexually graphic dialogue that did not add to the storyline nor did it make the book a more interesting read. If you take the profanity out and removed Chapter 11 the book would have still been a great read. The GDs and the graphic sexual dialogue added nothing. And by the way I feel such language is unnecessary whether it is spoken by a woman or man. In this book is an excerpt from "A Cowboy's Temptation" which is the next book in the series where Katie comes out to be with her sister Jillian. In that book is the following sentence, "Katie could have told him the cussing didn't bother her but she kept her tongue as she knew he was mostly referring to his own family." I think that statement most likely tells you what the Author thinks about such language.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf For several years now I have enjoyed the romances set in modern day Marietta Montana and the surrounding small towns. Well, I might as well admit to my addiction to these stories in truth for I find them touchingly full of everyday normal folks kind of love stories – and who doesn’t love that. When I saw A Rancher’s Surrender I hesitated. Not because I didn’t think it would be a good story, but because the American West is not my usual reading preference. Yet… I was Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf For several years now I have enjoyed the romances set in modern day Marietta Montana and the surrounding small towns. Well, I might as well admit to my addiction to these stories in truth for I find them touchingly full of everyday normal folks kind of love stories – and who doesn’t love that. When I saw A Rancher’s Surrender I hesitated. Not because I didn’t think it would be a good story, but because the American West is not my usual reading preference. Yet… I was also drawn to learning about the Montana Territory that was the actual basis for the lives and families of the people I love to read about from today’s Montana. So I took a chance. And I’m very glad I did… and chalk up yet another addictive series to follow. Jillian was good with animals. Pets, wildlife, livestock – didn’t matter, she has a natural affinity to helping them when they’re injured, in pain or simply keeping them healthy. She learned almost everything she knew about animals at her father’s side, and what he couldn’t teach she researched on her own. It was unfortunate that she was denied the chance to attend school based completely on the fact of being female. Instead she took her father’s lessons to heart and with determination, spunk and perhaps a prayer or two she applied for a vet position in a small town in the Montana Territory. If she used an initial for the first name… well, sometimes you just have to prove yourself on the job instead of on your gender. Or so she told herself. To say Wade was furious to discover that the vet he’d helped hire was in fact female would be an understatement. It didn’t help her cause one bit that she was also beautiful, stubborn and brave enough to pull this off. She had honestly believed that once the ranchers and townsfolk saw that she was capable and able to tend to their animals’ needs that things would work out. Unfortunately, she was wrong on that and it didn’t take long for disaster to strike and make everything worse. It just might need a miracle and the love of one good man to save any part of her dreams. Montana Territory in the late 1800’s is far, far different from the tight knit communities of the area that we have come to love. I found myself quite annoyed with the people of this area. In my head, I knew the times were so very removed from today, yet that didn’t stop the feeling that folks were just being stubborn, unfair and holding on to notions that heading out West should have shook them free of. And of course there are always troublemakers no matter the era. Wade and Jillian really are perfect for each other. Their banter and growing romance while overcoming some major differences of opinions was touching, sexy and felt completely real. It’s always a sweet touch for me to see the protective side of any male character come into play. Maybe I’m not as modern as I like to think. *grin* I’m definitely looking forward to the next story in this series. I don’t know if A Rancher’s Surrender has won me over to the American West stories… but if has won me over to this particular series for certain. *I received an e-ARC of A Rancher’s Surrender from the publisher, Tule Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had higher hopes for this book, I must confess. A lady vet in the 1800s? Alright! I was ready for an inspiring tale of empowerment and victory. The writing itself was fairly good with few mistakes. The characters and setting were interesting. But I have a real problem with characters who are proper in every way who decide in a moment of passion to throw caution to the wind. That certainly fits the modern day aesthetic but I just feel like more often than not, sex is tossed into historical roma I had higher hopes for this book, I must confess. A lady vet in the 1800s? Alright! I was ready for an inspiring tale of empowerment and victory. The writing itself was fairly good with few mistakes. The characters and setting were interesting. But I have a real problem with characters who are proper in every way who decide in a moment of passion to throw caution to the wind. That certainly fits the modern day aesthetic but I just feel like more often than not, sex is tossed into historical romances to get more readers. That's what I felt in this case. I feel like the characters just didn't fit that sort of mindset. Call me weird but I'd have had more respect for the hero if he'd turned her down. To me, he'd have actually shown her that he had /more/ respect for her if he had. If this kind of thing doesn't bother you, then I recommend it to those who enjoy fanciful pseudo-historical romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana Redding

    A Rancher’s Surrender This story takes place back in the 1800’s. Women aren’t allowed in schools to become Vet’s. Their place is in the home taking care of the family, not working. This story is about a woman who did study and became a vet. Wade is a cattle rancher, his cow is having a difficult time birthing her calf. He has sent for the vet, if he doesn’t come soon the cow and calf will surely die. Jillian is a vet, she has taken on the new job. The other one has left town and this is her firs A Rancher’s Surrender This story takes place back in the 1800’s. Women aren’t allowed in schools to become Vet’s. Their place is in the home taking care of the family, not working. This story is about a woman who did study and became a vet. Wade is a cattle rancher, his cow is having a difficult time birthing her calf. He has sent for the vet, if he doesn’t come soon the cow and calf will surely die. Jillian is a vet, she has taken on the new job. The other one has left town and this is her first call. When she arrives she preformed surgery on the cow to save the baby. Everything seems to be going well but during the night the cow dies. Good story I enjoyed reading this book

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janet Simmons

    Jillian is a Veterinarian in the 1800's when women are not in that field. So when she answers the town's ad using just her first initial they assume she is a Male until she arrives. Wade is the widow rancher along with the Doc who hired her, but as soon as Jillian arrived the Doc skidaddled out of town (retired). I loved this book and the characters and storyline, however , I didnt agree with Jillian and Wade getting together when they did. I think it should have come later in the book. In that Jillian is a Veterinarian in the 1800's when women are not in that field. So when she answers the town's ad using just her first initial they assume she is a Male until she arrives. Wade is the widow rancher along with the Doc who hired her, but as soon as Jillian arrived the Doc skidaddled out of town (retired). I loved this book and the characters and storyline, however , I didnt agree with Jillian and Wade getting together when they did. I think it should have come later in the book. In that time and age I just couldn't agree with her acting like that. It didnt seem to go with her personality for me, that's why I'm only giving this 4 stars. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I'm now going to read Book 2 in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wade is raising a young daughter his wife passed away in Montana . His father passed some time ago but his mother is still here and watches Annabelle while Wade runs the ranch with his foreman and ranch hand.Wade hired a Veterinarian to replace the one who was leaving without seeing him in person....well the new vet arrived came out to the ranch on an emergency call to help with a birth . This is The Very Beginning of the story I loved this....very entertaining laughable romantic suspenseful sto Wade is raising a young daughter his wife passed away in Montana . His father passed some time ago but his mother is still here and watches Annabelle while Wade runs the ranch with his foreman and ranch hand.Wade hired a Veterinarian to replace the one who was leaving without seeing him in person....well the new vet arrived came out to the ranch on an emergency call to help with a birth . This is The Very Beginning of the story I loved this....very entertaining laughable romantic suspenseful story. I just could not put it down. I was given this in a free book giveaway and I voluntarily leave this review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jan Mcleod

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is about a woman in the 1800's who has worked with her father for years--he was a veterinarian and trained Jillian to be a vet, too. At this time in history, women were not treated very well and were forbidden most occupations. She fought for her dream of working as a veterinarian and refused to give up regardless of the prejudice. There were set backs, but she did not let that derail her. in the end, she got more than she dreamed about. I don't want to give det I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is about a woman in the 1800's who has worked with her father for years--he was a veterinarian and trained Jillian to be a vet, too. At this time in history, women were not treated very well and were forbidden most occupations. She fought for her dream of working as a veterinarian and refused to give up regardless of the prejudice. There were set backs, but she did not let that derail her. in the end, she got more than she dreamed about. I don't want to give details about the story, but if you like good, strong, female heroines, this is a must read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Jillian trained as a veterinarian at her fathers side. No one believed a woman should be a vet so she decided to go west. Wade is outraged that he hired a woman and though he didn’t want to he let her help the cow so he wouldn’t lose them. However the cow died anyway and he felt it was her fault. Before he calmed down he had complained to neighbors and now no one trusted her. Vandalism was perpetrated against her and she put up with it until an animal was killed. It is a very interesting book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    jane pearson

    A Frontier Montana Series A wonderful read I couldn't put it down Julian is a veterinarian in a man's world and is struggling to be excepted. Wade has mixed feelings unsure how women such as Julian can fit in the western world. It's intriguing funny and romantic. Wade and Julian are attracted to each other and problems in their life's don't help matters, I would encourage everyone to read this book or even the series I can't wait to read the next one which I have already purchased. A Frontier Montana Series A wonderful read I couldn't put it down Julian is a veterinarian in a man's world and is struggling to be excepted. Wade has mixed feelings unsure how women such as Julian can fit in the western world. It's intriguing funny and romantic. Wade and Julian are attracted to each other and problems in their life's don't help matters, I would encourage everyone to read this book or even the series I can't wait to read the next one which I have already purchased.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Sasser

    Enjoyed Wade and Jillian lived in a time women had a lot less choices in life. Wade knows Jillian is a good veterinarian but still feels she wouldn't be a good candidate for being a wife even if there is chemistry between them. There are many twists, turns and surprises throughout this story due to how the men thought about a woman vet. A few of the men carried it too far,one man stepped over the line. Reading to see what happens next keeps the pages turning and the story entertaining. Enjoyed Wade and Jillian lived in a time women had a lot less choices in life. Wade knows Jillian is a good veterinarian but still feels she wouldn't be a good candidate for being a wife even if there is chemistry between them. There are many twists, turns and surprises throughout this story due to how the men thought about a woman vet. A few of the men carried it too far,one man stepped over the line. Reading to see what happens next keeps the pages turning and the story entertaining.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Jillian goes west to make her dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. Wade and the Doc were the ones who hired her "By mistake" thinking she was her deceased father. The town does not take to her or her skills as she tries to make a living before her money all runs out. Several mishaps with her supplies and animals are aimed at getting her to leave, but will it be Wade that changes her mind? Jillian goes west to make her dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. Wade and the Doc were the ones who hired her "By mistake" thinking she was her deceased father. The town does not take to her or her skills as she tries to make a living before her money all runs out. Several mishaps with her supplies and animals are aimed at getting her to leave, but will it be Wade that changes her mind?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    2.5 rating. A strange story. Definitely longer than it needed to be. Takes place in 1882. Jillian wanted to be a vet like her father. “A man’s job.” Moves west to to a small town in Montana. Needless to say, didn’t go over well. She falls in love with Wade, who has his own prejudices and she meets good friends. Basically it’s a story about women’s struggle for equality. The villain is out of left field. I was hoping it was her ex-fiancé. Would have been more exciting. HEA

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judy Miller

    Enjoyed very much. I like author's style of writing but read this book out of order in the series so, of course, I knew how it would end since characters appeared in the book I accidentally read first. I still enjoyed it and felt the scary moments were totally unpredicted. Just felt the book could have used a little more editing again with missing words or words out of order. Otherwise, a great read. Enjoyed very much. I like author's style of writing but read this book out of order in the series so, of course, I knew how it would end since characters appeared in the book I accidentally read first. I still enjoyed it and felt the scary moments were totally unpredicted. Just felt the book could have used a little more editing again with missing words or words out of order. Otherwise, a great read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    A Rancher's Surrender Great romance. Clean but with plenty of passion and love. Jillian was a veterinarian in a time when women were looked down on for doing a man's job. Wade had already lost a wife and with Jillian doing what she did he wasn't sure if he wanted to go down that road again. A Rancher's Surrender Great romance. Clean but with plenty of passion and love. Jillian was a veterinarian in a time when women were looked down on for doing a man's job. Wade had already lost a wife and with Jillian doing what she did he wasn't sure if he wanted to go down that road again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mikola Fuhrman

    Love it! An awesome book! Full of excellent characters and an easy to follow storyline, this one is definitely going on my shelf of books to reread. With Wade, Jillian, Annabelle and the rest, the story is intense and jam packed. Does Wade and Jillian find their HEA? Only one way to find out.

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