Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard

Posted January 26, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Stranded with the Rancher by Janice MaynardStranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard
Series: After the Storm #1
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Small Town Romance, Western
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For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss.

They emerge to a scene of utter devastation. Their passion to rebuild is only rivaled by the very personal passion they've just discovered…until Beth's past catches up with her, and a very different type of storm erupts….

I really like love to hate romances, I mean lets face it there is a thin line between love and hate and watching people cross over to the happy side is always fun for me (what can I say I love the banter). I think part of the reason why I liked this book is because there is a catalyst for the two of them having a change of heart about each other.

So the whole set up for this book is that Beth and Drew are neighbors and they really don’t get along. She bought that land he wanted, which irked Drew enough as it was, but Beth also opened up a roadside stand where she can sell some of her farm goods, which means traffic, traffic that is messing with the upkeep of Drew’s expensive horse enterprise. Just when the two of them are having a confrontation about everything there is a tornado, before you know it Drew and Beth are stuck in a storm shelter together and end up stuck in there for like a day. It’s definitely an uncomfortable and high stress situation, but it brings them closer together because they experienced a trauma together. When they get out, so much of their small town has been damaged and Beth’s house is basically unlivable. Drew does the neighborly thing and offers to put her up at his house.

A lot of this book is about the repair of the town. So many people were affected by the storm, and the town really has to pull together to get things back to a livable situation. This really does help with the two of them being able to put aside their differences, and they really do kind of become a team in order to work to a common goal.

One of the issues I have with this book is Beth has a chip on her shoulder about life. She really seems like she resents Drew for having all the money he has, and kind of has a preconceived notion of the kind of person he is based solely on the fact that he has money. Beth also have some family issues that come up over the course of the book, and at times she does come across as a bit unlikable.

Drew on the other hand is very likable. He just wants the best for everyone. Yes, he does have money, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a down to earth guy who just wants to help out. You can tell as the book goes on that he really likes Beth, and he goes out of his way to help her and her family out. He’s definitely the kind of neighbor I wish I had that’s for sure.

Overall, I liked the book, it was enjoyable, and it was a pretty quick read. I would have given it a higher rating if I had like Beth more. If you like a love to hate romance with dramatic situations then this might be the book for you.
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About Janice Maynard

Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin.

Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Caroline and Anna, sons-in-law, Jamie and Chris, three granddaughters, Anastasia, Ainsley, and Allie, and the newest addition to the family, Levi.

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