Title: The Right Ranger (The Men of At Ease Ranch, #3)
Author: Donna Michaels
Publisher: Lovestruck, Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: June 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~210 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Haley Wagner’s life just got a lot more complicated. As if turning her struggling ranch around isn’t tough enough, she’s forced to call him for help. With his hard eyes and even harder body, Cord is an irritatingly sexy contradiction of hot and cold. How can she possibly hide her embarrassing secret when just looking at Cord is a combustible event?
Former Army Ranger Cord Brannigan has a secret, too. He promised his fallen teammate he’d protect the tempting, fiercely independent Haley from a distance, but now they’re stuck together for three weeks. Alone. Keeping his hands off will take every ounce of control he can muster. And that control is slipping…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
The thing about The Men of At Ease Ranch” series that I loved since day one was the camaraderie between former Rangers who built new life at At Ease Ranch. The closeness and familiarity practically leaped from the page and brought smile to my face. Cord – especially – drew my attention over his close friendship with Brick and his apparent care to his sister on Her Secret Ranger. So of course I grabbed the chance to read his story.
This third installment to the series finally brought together Cord and his late teammate’s widow, Haley. The mutual attraction that had been suppressed for years finally exploded when Cord stayed in Haley’s ranch to help with some improvements. The characters were quite likable. Haley was an independent woman. As described on blurb, Cord was drool-worthy. But it’s his ability to refrain – years not acting on the attraction because of buddy code, sure. But still – that I thought not to underestimate.
That said, once they followed on that sexual pull… man, was the pages on fire with their sexy times. I’m not big on too many steamy scenes, though. So, rather than adding a point, this serve to damp my mood instead. And it’s too bad other important factor in their relationship related to Haley’s late husband, Drew, being dragged until almost the last chapter of the book. The conclusion that happened only after intervention also didn’t sit well with me. Especially as both already owned up to their fault privately; why wait the other to make a move??
There’s a quote (and I loved Stone for saying it) that aptly illustrated this situation:
“We were rangers for years, Cord. You don’t just turn that off. Of course our minds would automatically think of our team. That’s how we survived. That said… damn, man, you were an idiot.”
In short, I enjoyed The Right Ranger fine. But – considering how I loved Cord in previous book – not as much as I wish I would.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.