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If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas. One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas. One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him? Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she—who’d been raised by her mother at Nevada’s notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch—only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring. But then Austin’s powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love…


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If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas. One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas. One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him? Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she—who’d been raised by her mother at Nevada’s notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch—only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring. But then Austin’s powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love…

30 review for Restless Rancher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a romance cowboy book. This is the second book of the wild rose ranch series. This book was a great of heartache and great romance. I feel the characters where very developed and I really wanted to find out what was going to happen to the characters. This book had some twisted and turns that kept you wanting to keep reading. I won an arc of this book for a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my opinion. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    1.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Yes, he’d been humbled, going from living large with money overflowing his bank account to scraping by. Second in the Wild Rose Ranch series, the troubled Austin is trying to get his life together. I haven't read the first book and I think that really hurt my enjoyment of this. I had no idea who these people were and our heroine, Sonya, with her sis 1.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Yes, he’d been humbled, going from living large with money overflowing his bank account to scraping by. Second in the Wild Rose Ranch series, the troubled Austin is trying to get his life together. I haven't read the first book and I think that really hurt my enjoyment of this. I had no idea who these people were and our heroine, Sonya, with her sisters and family dynamics, seem to be play a big part in the underlining theme and emotion in the series. I think background knowledge on Sonya's family and Austin as a character would have helped my attachment to these characters. This starts with Austin trying to reform his party boy ways because his rich father has cut him off and his girlfriend has dumped him. Austin inherited a ranch from his grandfather but it is dilapidated and needs a lot of money and repair. Sonya comes into the picture because her sister (heroine from book one) is bankrolling Austin's ranch and she is there to manage and run the books for the ranch. Numbers made sense to her. Everything lined up. People, the things they did, their capacity to hurt others and inflict such cruelties, boggled her mind. This was a honestly a mess of storylines for me, the beginning focuses for a while on how Austin's grandfather was a hoarder and lingers on the emotional whys of it, Austin's father badly wants the ranch and now his ex-girlfriend is engaged to his father and his father wants the ex to trick Austin into impregnate her, and Austin working on trying to get his act together. Sonya has her own issues with her family, a mother who lived a harsh life, a job that passed her over for promotion, and dealing with her sisters and childhood. There was a scene where Sonya gets angered and in one paragraph spouts a plethora of trigger warning issues that happened to her mother and it felt like heaping awful traumas on a character just for shock or forced emotional value because of the lack of emotional foundation. She’d stand by whoever she loved. She’d be a true partner. Adversity challenged her, it didn’t back her down. The romance between the two is fairly instant and not something I completely believed in because of the lack of solid relationship groundwork. They have some good back and forth moments, made better because of the don't back down attitude of Sonya but the constant fluttering between story threads/plots didn't leave enough time for them to develop. The main plot of Austin's dad wanting his ranch so bad could have worked but Austin's forced mishandling of the situation, he didn't seem too curious as to why his dad would want the ranch in the beginning, and him never checking deeds or information about something inherited and carried so much about. If you read the first, you'd probably enjoy this more then me but I felt disconnected from the characters, there were too many messy storythreads, and the romance moved too quickly without a strong enough foundation. I've other Ryan works before and enjoyed them, I'm going to just count this one as a one-off.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to Kayleigh at Avon for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars To be completely honest, I don't have much to say. This review is gonna be real short. I listened to this more as background noise than anything but I'll do my best! But fair warning... I'm going to fill it with gifs to make it seem longer I truly enjoyed this romance novel. Also, I would say it was 90% romance and 10% suspense because there were some thriller/legal drama aspects that really added to th Many thanks to Kayleigh at Avon for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars To be completely honest, I don't have much to say. This review is gonna be real short. I listened to this more as background noise than anything but I'll do my best! But fair warning... I'm going to fill it with gifs to make it seem longer I truly enjoyed this romance novel. Also, I would say it was 90% romance and 10% suspense because there were some thriller/legal drama aspects that really added to the depth of this book. I think that my only issue with this book (and it wasn't even an issue. It was more of a slightly unpleasant observation) was that it wasn't as steamy as I would have hoped. Ah well! --------------- lmao the update below kills me becuase that was back when I was just an innocent lil bean. review to come --------------- My first Mass Market Paperback romance with a hot guy on the cover! Yay! I'm so excited! | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dear author, Two words, PROOF. READ. Could you please make up your mind about if you are painting your hero as a monk or a ho? They’re two completely different paints or are you also fucking colour blind? He was either going through a “sexual drought” or he was “indiscriminately playing the field since his fiancée kicked him out”. We are talking about just spam of months here not decades. Hell. Not even couple of years. How long of celibacy is a fucking sexual drought?

  5. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Coffee Dates with Restless Rancher First Date– Austin Hubbard has spent every penny paying the back taxes on the land and home he inherited from his grandfather after his own father turned his back on him. Roxy has offered to a silent partnership and things are looking up, but a setback in the form of his ex-fiancé leaves him passed out drunk on the front porch. And that is just how Sonya Tucker, the Wild Rose sister Roxy hired to help with Austin’s ranch finds him. From their first interaction I Coffee Dates with Restless Rancher First Date– Austin Hubbard has spent every penny paying the back taxes on the land and home he inherited from his grandfather after his own father turned his back on him. Roxy has offered to a silent partnership and things are looking up, but a setback in the form of his ex-fiancé leaves him passed out drunk on the front porch. And that is just how Sonya Tucker, the Wild Rose sister Roxy hired to help with Austin’s ranch finds him. From their first interaction I was all in! Fans of HGTV will love the renovation of the old homestead as these two sort through the Hubbard estate. While things may have started off rocky, the chemistry between these two wounded souls feels genuine. Second Date– I liked the chemistry and camaraderie between Sonya and Austin. The two have a lot in common and slowly open up sharing old wounds. Austin’s Dad is the devil himself and his ex isn’t much better. The suspense angle was intense as Austin and Sonya worked to figure out why Austin’s Dad wanted the land. We also learn more about Sonya’s life and that of her mothers. Ryan offers some insight into brothels and I found it insightful. It is getting harder to ignore the growing attraction these two feel, and the anticipation builds with almost moments. Ryan has created flawed, honorable characters I cannot help but fall for. Third Date– Mishaps, reveals and character growth pave the way as Sonya and Austin realize what is truly important. The storyline was intense at times but the drama was kept low by action scenes, danger and discovery. I really liked Sonya and even ended up liking someone I hadn’t expected to. So kudos to Ryan. This final date wrapped up nicely leaving me with a smile. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. *Contains Spoilers, Readers BeAware* Restless Rancher is book two in our Wild Rose Ranch series by Jennifer Ryan. After loving book one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book and boy I should have read this sooner because this book was simply fantastic for sure. Now, this didn't have q This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. *Contains Spoilers, Readers BeAware* Restless Rancher is book two in our Wild Rose Ranch series by Jennifer Ryan. After loving book one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book and boy I should have read this sooner because this book was simply fantastic for sure. Now, this didn't have quite the emotional intensity that I have normally felt in her previous books, but it definitely had plenty of feels just works the reader differently than you would normally expect and I found it refreshing actually that she switched things up a bit. In Restless Rancher, our story begins with our hero Austin Hubbard, who is having a rough patch in his life. His grandfather has passed away and Austin is trying to do everything her can to keep the land from getting into his father's greedy hands, and his ex-girlfriend ran to her father's arms and our story starts with her trying to seduce him so she can have his baby under his father's insistence. But Austin is determined to stand up to his father. With the help of Roxy, he is sent help to refurbish his grandfather's home and get the place back in working order. Roxy sends him her sister "Sonya" to assist him and she is badass in getting him back into working and not drowning in self-pity and the bottle. As they start working together, there are sparks of chemistry that builds between them. And even though they aren't sure where their relationship is headed, they both feel how 'real' it is for both of them. But there is something more going on with the reasons why his father wants his land so badly and the closer they get to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes... This was a fantastic book and I truly loved every part of this book. It was so good in so many ways here and I couldn't get enough of it. It was quite different. But first I want to talk COVER. Now I love this cover, but my only complaint is how different it is from the cover of book one. They so don't match and I would have wish Avon had done a more focused job on making sure they matched better. Am I the only one that was bothered by this? Now to continue on with the actual story. This was quite a mystery actually. At first, you don't connect the dots to the actual mystery of it all. But the further you get into the story the more the cards start to fall into place and you realize it. In the first half of the story, the focus is the romance between Sonya and Austin which is a mix of sass and sweet. They are refurbishing and doing lots of construction on his grandfather's home. What I appreciated about this aspect is seeing the emotional effect it has on Austin. Seeing someone he deeply loved and having to go through his things. But as the romance builds between these two is when things get even more interesting. His father is one mean piece of work that is for sure and we see how greedy he is. We see Austin and Sonya learn to figure out what they want in their relationship and find out what is really going on with the land. Now for Sonya, her story is more side lined because of what Austin is going through. Now don't get me wrong, in most romances we see the heroine being the focus point so it was truly refreshing to see it be the hero at the focus point. But we see what her mother has gone through which is vastly different from what we see with Roxy's mother. We see the effects of abuse and trauma and it really broke my heart to see what Sonya and her mother go through. I was literally SOBBING at the end with the HEA her mother found, so beautiful and heartfelt. Overall I found Restless Rancher to be a sexy yet heartwrenching read that tugs at those emotions in such a vibrant real way that is undeniable and true. .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Another good story by Jennifer Ryan, RESTLESS RANCHER will grab her old fans as well as newcomers to the series. I would recommend reading in order, which I didn't, so I am missing some of the timeline, but not enough to stop enjoying stories by this engaging writer. So I do plan on catching up with DIRTY LITTLE LIES in the near future. Austin has been wallowing in pity, not that I blame him. He was really rocked when he was betrayed by his father and then his fiance. But that changes when Sonya Another good story by Jennifer Ryan, RESTLESS RANCHER will grab her old fans as well as newcomers to the series. I would recommend reading in order, which I didn't, so I am missing some of the timeline, but not enough to stop enjoying stories by this engaging writer. So I do plan on catching up with DIRTY LITTLE LIES in the near future. Austin has been wallowing in pity, not that I blame him. He was really rocked when he was betrayed by his father and then his fiance. But that changes when Sonya shows up to help him rebuild the legacy from his grandfather-a legacy that his narcissistic father wants to steal from him no matter how. Sonya is smart and tough, she's had to be since her mother works in a brothel. And her mom's story is heartbreaking. Sonya and three other women raised at the Wild Rose Ranch have become sisters of the heart. Roxy (from the previous story DIRTY LITTLE LIES) is the girlfriend of Austin's friend Noah and she sees Austin's potential, so she invests in Austin's ranch and sends in Sonya to manage the project. At first, they are butting heads, but soon the sparks are flying as they fall in love. It was so sweet how quickly Austin fell under Sonya's spell. I've enjoyed Ms Ryan's stories for a few years now and her stories continue to grab me with stories of love, humor, a bit of intrique and a hard won shot at forever.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... This is a wonderful story of heartache, romance, love, and understanding. Your heart will break for Austin as he goes through most likely one of the roughest times in his life. If you've read the first book you know a little of Sonya's background so you'd think the story would be more about what she's going through. No, it's mostly Austin's pain. It's one of the things I liked about Restless Rancher. Let Austin deal Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... This is a wonderful story of heartache, romance, love, and understanding. Your heart will break for Austin as he goes through most likely one of the roughest times in his life. If you've read the first book you know a little of Sonya's background so you'd think the story would be more about what she's going through. No, it's mostly Austin's pain. It's one of the things I liked about Restless Rancher. Let Austin deal with the crap and Sonya be there to be the strong one. Love it! Now I'm not saying that Sonya didn't have her own issues because she did. I'm just saying she handled them better than Austin who really got the short end. Poor Austin gets hit from all sides. His life is falling apart, heck, he's falling apart but thanks to Roxy he has a chance to do something with his sad life. She gives him the means to bring back his grandfather's ranch and make something of it and himself. At first, he's slow on the uptake but once he meets Sonya his outlook starts to change. I like how much they help each other out. They stand for each other even when they barely know one another. Yes, they have a few bumps in the road mostly caused by Austin's father but they learn to talk about them and understand them. These two are wonderful to read about and I totally enjoyed their story. I like how it all trued out in the end and how it got there. There are a few surprises along the way that I enjoyed too. I think you will too! Even though you can read this as a standalone do yourself a favor and read Dirty Little Secret first. It's where both Austin's and Sonya's stories start. It's also a darn good book on its own. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader An ARC received for an honest review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

    So good. Loved Austin and Sonya. Can't wait til book 3 So good. Loved Austin and Sonya. Can't wait til book 3

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Anderson

    Restless Rancher Another great story from Jennifer Ryan. Austin and Sonya's story kept me thoroughly interested and flipping pages until the end. Restless Rancher Another great story from Jennifer Ryan. Austin and Sonya's story kept me thoroughly interested and flipping pages until the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    I met Austin in book 1 and it was not a pretty sight. That poor guy was messed up! His dad had thrown him out, cut of his funds and turned the town on him. Why? Well he was upset cos Austin had inherited a rundown farm with a house from an ep from Hoarders. That was it! Something else had to be behind it and it takes a while but the truth comes out. We have Austin, a drunk who lives on his porch. His ex left him when he would not give in to his father. But then he met Roxy who said she would help I met Austin in book 1 and it was not a pretty sight. That poor guy was messed up! His dad had thrown him out, cut of his funds and turned the town on him. Why? Well he was upset cos Austin had inherited a rundown farm with a house from an ep from Hoarders. That was it! Something else had to be behind it and it takes a while but the truth comes out. We have Austin, a drunk who lives on his porch. His ex left him when he would not give in to his father. But then he met Roxy who said she would help ut. Fix his Hoarder's Hell and get the ranch going. Sonia, a forensic accountant and listmaker, comes to help. She has baggage too, her mother works at a brothel, and she grew up there. Before that life was hell. They fall in love fast, they remark on how fast it is, but sometimes you just want to believe and I do believe. I believe they truly fell in love fast, that they felt this was the one. True love and all that jazz. There is of course drama. Her past haunts at times. His asshat of a father, his ex. His asshat of a father, oh did I say that already? Well his asshat of a father! I enjoyed it and I especially liked another happy ending that also showed up at the end. This is my second time listening to this narrator. I did not really like her Ex voice, but then it did fit in a way, so I guess it was the ex I did not like. His dad sounded like a total asshat. She did good with different characters and the feel of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie Jennifer Ryan’s Wild Rose Ranch series just got even hotter with the release of Restless Rancher. The touch of intrigue from the hero’s family secrets and the smoldering passion between our lovebirds had me so wrapped up that I couldn’t wait to see how it would all work out. I’m having a blast with this series. It hovers on the edge of being controversial as each heroine (so far) grew up on the property of the Wild Rose Ranch, a brothel where their mothers wo See the full review at HarlequinJunkie Jennifer Ryan’s Wild Rose Ranch series just got even hotter with the release of Restless Rancher. The touch of intrigue from the hero’s family secrets and the smoldering passion between our lovebirds had me so wrapped up that I couldn’t wait to see how it would all work out. I’m having a blast with this series. It hovers on the edge of being controversial as each heroine (so far) grew up on the property of the Wild Rose Ranch, a brothel where their mothers work. But I love how Jennifer Ryan has handled that aspect as we’ve gotten to know the Wild Rose “sisters”: Roxy, Sonya, Adria, and Jules. Read More

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helen Williams

    Down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard was awakened quite memorably from a sound sleep after a night of drinking by Sonya Tucker. Sonya has been hired to help him rebuild his ranch and to put the tattered pieces of his life back together. Her capable and all-business style leaves an impression on him. Sonya finds it hard to understand how a man who had it all -- money, family, respectability -- loses it all. But once she starts working with Austin she learns to appreciate what an honorable man h Down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard was awakened quite memorably from a sound sleep after a night of drinking by Sonya Tucker. Sonya has been hired to help him rebuild his ranch and to put the tattered pieces of his life back together. Her capable and all-business style leaves an impression on him. Sonya finds it hard to understand how a man who had it all -- money, family, respectability -- loses it all. But once she starts working with Austin she learns to appreciate what an honorable man he really is. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring. The feud with his father will explode and threatens what they have started between them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica *The Lovely Books*

    This was everything I could have wanted and more. Thanks in large part to our hero, Austin. Austin is wayyyy down on his luck—with no money, a bitchy ex girlfriend, and scheming dad, it’s no wonder he hasn’t gone crazy. Then Sonya steps in and dumps a pitcher of water on his head, and bam, Austin’s life changes right before our eyes. Sonya is that type of “take no shit” from anyone type of gal. She’s sassy and beautiful—our boy didn’t stand a chance! “I quit my job and moved here to make all your This was everything I could have wanted and more. Thanks in large part to our hero, Austin. Austin is wayyyy down on his luck—with no money, a bitchy ex girlfriend, and scheming dad, it’s no wonder he hasn’t gone crazy. Then Sonya steps in and dumps a pitcher of water on his head, and bam, Austin’s life changes right before our eyes. Sonya is that type of “take no shit” from anyone type of gal. She’s sassy and beautiful—our boy didn’t stand a chance! “I quit my job and moved here to make all your dreams come true.” "I can think of a dozen ways you can do that, sweetheart." Sonya is there for one reason and one reason only—to hell Austin bring his ranch back to life. She didn’t account for the high and intense chemistry she would feel with the male lead. By the look of everything going on, Austin didn’t know it either. Let me just say that I ADORED the interactions with the hero and heroine. It gave me butterflies! The drama was glorious and it kept me racing to get to the end. If you’re looking for a hot and sexy (and sometimes sweet) read, look no further! *Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Restless Rancher gives the story of Austin, who is having a terrible time lately. Sonya isn't about to let him wallow in self pity though! Most of the story of Restless Rancher is focused on Austin's troubles. This creates some drama and mystery that keeps the story moving along briskly. Sonya is one of the most interesting heroines! She was raised on Wild Rose Ranch brothel by her mother. This has made her very strong and self assured. She is a hard working and doesn't take any BS. Sonya and Aus Restless Rancher gives the story of Austin, who is having a terrible time lately. Sonya isn't about to let him wallow in self pity though! Most of the story of Restless Rancher is focused on Austin's troubles. This creates some drama and mystery that keeps the story moving along briskly. Sonya is one of the most interesting heroines! She was raised on Wild Rose Ranch brothel by her mother. This has made her very strong and self assured. She is a hard working and doesn't take any BS. Sonya and Austin butt heads at first for sure-Austin has had all the things in life Sonya always wanted and she is not going to put up with his moodiness. It doesn't take long for Austin to realize how amazing Sonya is though. Overall, Restless Rancher is a beautiful love story with a touch of mystery and lots of banter. I didn't read book 1, but I am certainly interested in the other women from Wild Rose Ranch!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Excellent An intriguing storyline coupled with amazing characters made this a truly enjoyable read. Looking forward to more in this series. Recommended read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Not good. The story was all over the place with instant love between the main characters. They knew each other a week and they’re getting married at the end?!? Insert eye roll. The subplots were filler and really pointless. The main conflict was a bit stupid. The antagonist was not that smart and kinda flew off the handle at the end. The hero didn’t check his own inheritance with the county before the heroine came to help him clean the place up? Especially when his father wanted it sooooo bad?!? Not good. The story was all over the place with instant love between the main characters. They knew each other a week and they’re getting married at the end?!? Insert eye roll. The subplots were filler and really pointless. The main conflict was a bit stupid. The antagonist was not that smart and kinda flew off the handle at the end. The hero didn’t check his own inheritance with the county before the heroine came to help him clean the place up? Especially when his father wanted it sooooo bad?!?!?! When you inherit land most people check for liens, etc. because you are now responsible for it. Not to mention transfer of deed and the recording of it...The guy came off stupid (though possibly lazy) and didn’t set up a redeemable image for his choices; he nearly slept with his ex, then got drunk because of her baby ordeal...actually the whole thing about the baby was annoying and if I hadn’t paid for the book I would have stopped reading. There are better books out there to spend money on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I had never read a book by Jennifer Ryan before I won this goodreads giveaway and I didn't realize how much I was missing out on. The characters drew me in from the very beginning and made me fall in love with the Wild Rose Ranch women and their strong supportive men. It is a well written book, I'm going to go back and read the first book in the series and can't wait for the next one. I had never read a book by Jennifer Ryan before I won this goodreads giveaway and I didn't realize how much I was missing out on. The characters drew me in from the very beginning and made me fall in love with the Wild Rose Ranch women and their strong supportive men. It is a well written book, I'm going to go back and read the first book in the series and can't wait for the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    Hooo boy, trigger warning the house. You're gonna need to find a member of the safety gang with all their tags and spoiler warnings to traverse all the triggers found in this one. But it was a damn good story. Hooo boy, trigger warning the house. You're gonna need to find a member of the safety gang with all their tags and spoiler warnings to traverse all the triggers found in this one. But it was a damn good story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    This is the second Jennifer Ryan book in her Wild Roses series about the young women, daughters of prostitutes working at the Wild Roses legal brothel in Nevada. If like me you’re a Jennifer Ryan fan I don’t have to tell you it’s a terrific book. We have a strong heroine Sonya, a forensic accountant by trade and a pretty good hero in Austin, a down on his luck rancher. I say pretty good because for all his strengths it’s Sonya who is the smarter, more intuitive of the two who more or less leads This is the second Jennifer Ryan book in her Wild Roses series about the young women, daughters of prostitutes working at the Wild Roses legal brothel in Nevada. If like me you’re a Jennifer Ryan fan I don’t have to tell you it’s a terrific book. We have a strong heroine Sonya, a forensic accountant by trade and a pretty good hero in Austin, a down on his luck rancher. I say pretty good because for all his strengths it’s Sonya who is the smarter, more intuitive of the two who more or less leads the way. Hey, it’s sort of women’s lit. so I get it and I’m not offended for my sex. There’re some great secondary characters. Of course, we have Roxy and Noah from the first book in the series. Roxy is Sonya’s sister of the heart and more or less the big sister of the group. She’s also Austin’s financial backer and partner in getting his late grandfather’s ranch up and running. Noah is Roxy’s significant other and Austin’s best friend. There’s Sonya’s mom June who has a back story and sweet, innocent personality that makes you just want to wrap her up and protect her. There’s Kelly, Austin’s ex-girlfriend and Walter, Austin’s evil father who owns the emerald mine and heat-treating plant that makes him the richest guy in town. Sonya has left her dead end accounting job to work for Roxy, taking care of the books at the Wild Roses brothel, since Roxy’s late father surprised her by leaving her 90% controlling interest when she didn’t even know he was the owner (see their book) and for the huge ranch she an Noah run together. She asks Sonya to take over the renovation and restoration of Austin’s ranch and keep an eye on the budget which is apparently more than generous. Roxy realizes Sonya is a little lost, unsure of what she wants to do with her life and needs to be pushed out of her comfort zone. I love Roxy! I loved Sonya. She’s smart, organized and knows how to get things done. She’s also kind and sensitive and is a strong shoulder for Austin to lean on since he lost his beloved maternal grandfather and then his father disinherited him and made it impossible for him to find work anywhere in the area and his girlfriend Kelly dumped him when he no longer had the job working for his father making big money. If his dog had died it would sound like a country song. Working together to restore the ranch both Austin and Sonya come to respect each other and of course there’s an instant physical attraction to each other. Sonya not only helps him restore the ranch but she defends him against his father who is intent upon taking all that Austin has to his name, the ranch his grandfather left him. It’s a typical Jennifer Ryan book. There’s some unsettling violence against a woman although in this book Ryan doesn’t go into great detail. There’s romance and sex and drama and danger. I only had two minor issues with the story. The first was Sonya’s former department head calling her and claiming she didn’t know and had nothing to do with a less qualified person being promoted ahead of her. How is that even possible if she’s the department head? The other (view spoiler)[ is for someone who has shown so much intelligence and common sense, why would she allow herself to walk into almost certain danger by going to the mining office alone? I know the author tells us she’s trying to help Austin and doesn’t want him to have to deal any more with his father but really? (hide spoiler)] As I said at the beginning, another great book by Jennifer Ryan. My biggest disappointment is the next installment in the series doesn’t come out until next Spring.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Jennifer Ryan not only has a great way of telling a cowboy story but this lady rocks at Romantic Suspense too. Restless Rancher is a supreme example of Ms. Ryan's incredible talent. I absolutely loved the first book in the Wild Rose Ranch series and I was so excited to get this book in my hands so that I could devour it and devour it I did! I could not put down the Restless Rancher. The storyline is pivoting and so captivating. The characters are charismatic, easy to relate to and I remembered m Jennifer Ryan not only has a great way of telling a cowboy story but this lady rocks at Romantic Suspense too. Restless Rancher is a supreme example of Ms. Ryan's incredible talent. I absolutely loved the first book in the Wild Rose Ranch series and I was so excited to get this book in my hands so that I could devour it and devour it I did! I could not put down the Restless Rancher. The storyline is pivoting and so captivating. The characters are charismatic, easy to relate to and I remembered meeting them in Dirty Little Secret. So I settled in for a good read and I sure was not disappointed. Austin Hubbard may have one day been looked upon as a spoiled little rich kid that had the world by the tail. Then his world fell apart. He was down on his luck, he was losing his grandfather's ranch and life was just about as low as it could get for Austin. His father wants something that Austin has and he will do anything and I mean anything to get what he wants. There is a lot of drama in Austin's life right now and he sure can use some really good friends by his side. Sonya Tucker has led what some may say was a very unconventional life but she was raised with love, care, and "sisters" that would do anything for each other. You see Sonya grew up on the Wild Rose Ranch where her mother worked for a living in a brothel. Sonya and her sisters, daughters of the other ladies that worked in the brothel, grew up together in a safe environment, were looked after and were loved. Austin is in need of help to save his ranch and his friends think that Sonya just might be the lady to put in charge of the project. I have to say their first meeting was off to an... interesting start might be the right words. I won't spoil it for you but Sonya has a way of getting Austin's attention. Austin and Sonya click after that first meeting though. The chemistry is there, the friendship is growing quickly, and these two may have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye. I loved watching Austin and Sonya get to know each other. Their romance was fun and intense all at the same time. There are so many things that could stand in the way of these two being able to complete their project and there is a danger that is out there too. So many many things to handle and so many many fabulous pages for me to flip through quickly to see what might be around the next corner. This is the second book in the Wild Rose Ranch series but it will stand just fine on its own. If you have had the pleasure of reading the first book, Dirty Little Secret, then you are going to love the chance to catch up with Roxy, Noah, and Annabelle. This is an intense series that shows what can or could happen to children of women that are in this profession. It also shows how these ladies end up being a professional at Wild Rose Ranch. Some of the stories really break my heart and it fills me with joy to see that some of these girls are able to get out there and get a job and make a great life for themselves. I truly love this series and I can't wait to see what Ms. Ryan comes up with for the next book in this series. So if you enjoy a great Cowboy Story then you really must grab this one, if you love Ms. Ryan's work as I do, then you need to grab this book, if you love a great story with plenty of drama with some tough issues then you need to grab this book! Grab the first book while you are shopping, you are going to love them both! I was given the opportunity to read this fantastic book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Wow, talk about a bad parent. Poor Austin, he’s such a good guy and has a great capacity for forgiveness but after finding out what his dad is capable of doing, he has to find the strength to do what has to be done. That is where the heroine, Sonya, plays a vital role. It’s also where Austin’s ex has a significant role to play as well. The theme of good parenting versus bad parenting is highlighted in this novel. It’s messy, at times unconventional, but the difference between the two (good vs bad Wow, talk about a bad parent. Poor Austin, he’s such a good guy and has a great capacity for forgiveness but after finding out what his dad is capable of doing, he has to find the strength to do what has to be done. That is where the heroine, Sonya, plays a vital role. It’s also where Austin’s ex has a significant role to play as well. The theme of good parenting versus bad parenting is highlighted in this novel. It’s messy, at times unconventional, but the difference between the two (good vs bad) is clear and well delivered. Ms. Ryan created her hero with enough depth, caring and humor, and with a strong moral compass, I found Austin easy to like. Sonya was presented as smart, giving, loyal and who also had a strong sense of family that she made a wonderful partner for the hero. I enjoyed how the author played one off the other, showcasing their strengths and weaknesses in such a way that I was vested in their success. Secondary characters, like Roxy, Noah, Kelly and June highlighted the theme of family, love and new beginnings. They all were part of an effective supporting cast that enriched the relationship and growing love between Austin and Sonya. The funny thing about reading this story was my outbursts at key plot moments. My hubby was watching t.v. while I was reading near him. I shouted at the book a few times, “Oh no!” and he thought something bad was happening for real. What?!! What!!?!! -“Oh, you’re reading your book. *heaves a big sigh*. I thought something was really wrong”. I replied, “Well yes, there IS something really wrong, for the hero”. He just rolled his eyes at me. Of course it happened a few more times and each time, my hubby reacted to my reaction and then was disgusted because it was only about a ‘story’. Don’t others realize that to a reader vested in the characters, the crisis points, the suspense and ‘oh my gosh!’ moments ARE real? They wouldn’t be if the author wasn’t good at their craft. Ms. Ryan is very good. The plot was a solid one, and even though I knew what would eventually happen, the how of it is what made this novel a good read – entertaining, engrossing and worth the time. It had a wonderful happy ever after times two, and a just ending for the man who could be awarded the ‘worst father of the year’ 1st place ribbon. It’s sad actually because there were other options, and any and all olive branches were brushed aside. Having Austin finally and completely happy at the end was so satisfying. I recommend this book because Restless Rancher is a really good read and Austin and Sonya are worth spending an afternoon with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alana Voth

    It's easy to knock romance novels, as they adhere to a formula, and this one went heavy on the telling and little on the showing, not to mention enormous chunks of dialogue. That noted, romance novels are the female equivalent of pornography, neither of which ground themselves in reality, which is the point. Romance novels, like porn, are fantasy---escapism. The whore house angle here, described on the inside cover as "scandelous," was maybe Ryan's attempt at infusing fantasy with reality, but sh It's easy to knock romance novels, as they adhere to a formula, and this one went heavy on the telling and little on the showing, not to mention enormous chunks of dialogue. That noted, romance novels are the female equivalent of pornography, neither of which ground themselves in reality, which is the point. Romance novels, like porn, are fantasy---escapism. The whore house angle here, described on the inside cover as "scandelous," was maybe Ryan's attempt at infusing fantasy with reality, but she glossed over the whore house thing to the point it felt well, glossed over, and therefore lacked any gritty realism. Maybe it felt cliched? Cliches exist for a reason. As an angsty cowboy with a hot bod and big heart, Austin Hubbard "ached" and "throbbed" all over the place like any good romance-novel cowboy should. I liked him. (And wanted to jump his bones.) We begin the story from his perspective, and while I dig stories that offer multiple narrations or perspectives, I wanted to stay with Austin's. He interested me the most, and not because I wanted to jump his bones, but probably that, too, but because I wanted to be inside his head as he transformed himself from a penniless drunk to a purposeful millionaire, a.k.a beta to alpha dog. Austin Hubbard doesn't transform and/or fix himself. Sonja Tucker transforms and/or fixes him. Thus, Ryan perpetuates the female fantasy that a "good woman" can fix a "damaged man." In reality, damaged men must fix themselves. (But this isn't reality.) Also, aren't alpha dogs self-made? (Head scratch.) Who knows anymore. It's easy to knock romance novels. This one did exactly what it was supposed to do. The story entertained me, allowed me to escape reality, and I wanted to jump the cowboy's bones. XO.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cherry

    Austin and Sonya met in an unconventional way. Austin was too drunk the morning of the first day of his ranch renovation, and Sonya is the sister of his bestfriend's girlfriend, Roxy, who agreed to help him rebuild the ranch he received when his grandfather passed away. Roxy asked Sonya to help Austin deal with the renovation, and since she didn't get the promotion she somuch deserved from the company she worked for years, she quit her job and wen to Montana to help a drunkard rebuild his ranch, Austin and Sonya met in an unconventional way. Austin was too drunk the morning of the first day of his ranch renovation, and Sonya is the sister of his bestfriend's girlfriend, Roxy, who agreed to help him rebuild the ranch he received when his grandfather passed away. Roxy asked Sonya to help Austin deal with the renovation, and since she didn't get the promotion she somuch deserved from the company she worked for years, she quit her job and wen to Montana to help a drunkard rebuild his ranch, and probably, his life. They got by each day while Austin's father tried his best to get into the key that will change Austin's future. And with the help of Sonya, a forensic accountant by profession, he was able to get all the money that his mother and grandfather left of him from his greedy father. I actually liked the story despite some major cheesy-ness. They learned about each other and fell for each other. The too much cheesy-ness turned me off though, but I can recommend this if you're in a cheesy romance fever. "I met you 0n this porch. Best thing that ever happened to me was a water ucket wake-up call from an angel who saved my life and gave me a purpose. I want to spend the rest of my life loving you." "This stone came from the land that is my legacy. It's a piece of my history and a promise ofor our future. I swear I'll love you the rest of my life. Will you mary me?"

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    With each book she writes, Jennifer Ryan further solidifies her place on my list of favorite romantic suspense authors. Restless Rancher is another fast-paced story with snappy dialog, heart-tugging romance, well-placed humor, an intriguing mystery, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, and eagerly flipping pages, from beginning to end. I love a good redemption arc and Austin's evolution certainly fits that bill. I enjoyed the connection between him and Sonya, how their relationship s With each book she writes, Jennifer Ryan further solidifies her place on my list of favorite romantic suspense authors. Restless Rancher is another fast-paced story with snappy dialog, heart-tugging romance, well-placed humor, an intriguing mystery, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, and eagerly flipping pages, from beginning to end. I love a good redemption arc and Austin's evolution certainly fits that bill. I enjoyed the connection between him and Sonya, how their relationship slowly progresses, how they work together to restore Austin's ranch and solve the mystery of why his father's so desperate to steal his land. I love their fiery chemistry and the deep emotions that tie them together. I was all-in for their romance and happily ever after. Ryan excels at creating realistic, complex characters and she's on her game once again with Austin and Sonya. Ryan also excels at creating truly nasty villains and she's done so again in this book. She's also thrown in a surprise twist that I didn't expect, but thoroughly enjoyed. Restless Rancher is the second book in Ryan's Wild Rose Ranch series. It stands well on its own but characters from book one play significant roles. While I think readers could enjoy this one without reading book one, that enjoyment deepens with the knowledge that's imparted in the first book. 4.5 stars *ARC received from publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    After being betrayed by his father and his ex Austin Hubbard is at his lowest point. He is drowning his pain in alcohol and hosting himself a pity party for one. With his father dying to get his hands on Austin's ranch, the one little piece of his grandfather he has left, he knows he needs to something quick or he will lose that too. Just when he has started to lose all hope a friend steps in to help save his ranch, and she sends her feisty sister to ensure all the house repairs and money side o After being betrayed by his father and his ex Austin Hubbard is at his lowest point. He is drowning his pain in alcohol and hosting himself a pity party for one. With his father dying to get his hands on Austin's ranch, the one little piece of his grandfather he has left, he knows he needs to something quick or he will lose that too. Just when he has started to lose all hope a friend steps in to help save his ranch, and she sends her feisty sister to ensure all the house repairs and money side of the business get done right.The moment Sonya Tucker breezes into his life, she turns it upside down. She's like a breath of fresh air, giving him hope and something to look forward to for the first time in a long time... Restless Rancher is a story of second chances, survival, and finding the courage to love again. This heartwarming and well penned tale kept me entranced from the first page until the last. It's eccentric cast of characters drew me into their world and made me feel right at home. The story they told was heartfelt, humorous, suspenseful, dramatic and steamy.... a perfect concoction for a blissful literary escape! If you love small town stories heavy on emotion, suspense, and steam then you are bound to fall head over heels for this one. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cara Ross

    I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump. Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even t I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump. Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even that is the tip of the iceberg, because the author has an amazing talent of making the most complex storyline seem so easy and also tying in new and old characters, and making them your friends. The book is a beautiful story of survival and finding love, and even though there was a part that made me cringe, because let's face it, Austin doesn’t seem to know how to learn at the beginning of the book, the story makes up for it when he shows just how dedicated he actually is to Sonya and what he is willing to do to make it right for her. Though I have to say I have never reacted so strongly to wanting to tear a character apart when Sonya got hit by a henchman of the villain, and while I have made it sound more dramatic than it is, I don't want to give away any of the story, because I found it truly delicious! And boy what an ending! I didn't see half of that coming!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cara Ross

    I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump. Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even t I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump. Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even that is the tip of the iceberg, because the author has an amazing talent of making the most complex storyline seem so easy and also tying in new and old characters, and making them your friends. The book is a beautiful story of survival and finding love, and even though there was a part that made me cringe because let's face it, Austin doesn’t seem to know how to learn at the beginning of the book, the story makes up for it when he shows just how dedicated he actually is to Sonya and what he is willing to do to make it right for her. Though I have to say I have never reacted so strongly to wanting to tear a character apart when Sonya got hit by a henchman of the villain, and while I have made it sound more dramatic than it is, I don't want to give away any of the story, because I found it truly delicious! And boy what an ending! I didn't see half of that coming!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth ~ Panda & Boodle

    “You and me, we aren’t alone.” She put her hand to his face and looked him in the eye. “We will always have each other.” Everything I adore about Jennifer Ryan’s writing is once again packed into a sexy, suspenseful romance. Restless Rancher was more or less a one-sitting read for me (save for the usual Saturday interruptions: kids, animals, husband, hunger), and I swooned and rooted for Austin and Sonya. I always love the way Ms. Ryan builds the story and suspense around the romance, and thi “You and me, we aren’t alone.” She put her hand to his face and looked him in the eye. “We will always have each other.” Everything I adore about Jennifer Ryan’s writing is once again packed into a sexy, suspenseful romance. Restless Rancher was more or less a one-sitting read for me (save for the usual Saturday interruptions: kids, animals, husband, hunger), and I swooned and rooted for Austin and Sonya. I always love the way Ms. Ryan builds the story and suspense around the romance, and this couple had a connection that was swift but sweet, filled with possibility, and hiccuped by the occasional bump in the road. Their love is a sure, steady foundation for the overarching story of four sisters who are judged not by who they are but where they came from and the men they come to love. Austin shines as a hero for the #MeToo era—one who wants to provide and protect while still celebrating the strength and smarts and independence of his lady love, while Sonya proves you can dream traditional *and* big at the same time. All in all, another cowboy romance from Ms. Ryan that I’m sure to read and re-read and read again until it’s time for the next in the series—a book that’s teased by the ending here. Can’t wait for that!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gmr

    Austin and Sonya seem worlds apart at first glance, but at heart they are one and the same. Both are struggling with the past. Both are grappling to keep a handle on their present, Both have their sites set on a future more steady and prosperous. The thing is...sometimes the best laid plans go SERIOUSLY awry, and in this case, that's the best thing for them both! What Austin's father (and his former fiancée because yeah...I'm not counting her blameless in this!) did to their family was unforgiva Austin and Sonya seem worlds apart at first glance, but at heart they are one and the same. Both are struggling with the past. Both are grappling to keep a handle on their present, Both have their sites set on a future more steady and prosperous. The thing is...sometimes the best laid plans go SERIOUSLY awry, and in this case, that's the best thing for them both! What Austin's father (and his former fiancée because yeah...I'm not counting her blameless in this!) did to their family was unforgivable. What Sonya's mother's relations did to them was beyond excusable. While it wasn't all done to them on an individual level, they have hearts, which they've promptly buried (understandably so), so yeah, the pain is still there. The resentment, the anger, the desire for payback...all swim in a pool of unhealthy WANT just waiting to be set free...but sometimes the soul recognizes another soul and a connection is forged that is strong enough to carry them both through the fires of earthly heck they've been given and rise above. This is that story....filled with harsh realities, unrepentant evil, and yet, so much love at long last. If you're a Contemporary Romance fan, this one's for you! **copy received for review; opinions are my own

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