Widowed rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family’s ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he’s looking for is love, but when his little sister can’t make it home to handle some of her wedding details, he’s forced to entertain the event planner, Melanie Simms. Melanie is everything he’s not even remotely interested in: she’s high-society, complicated, and high maintenance. But when he’s stranded with her at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, he realizes he’s seriously underestimated her. She’s hiding something about her past from him, but despite everything, he finds himself falling for the last woman he ever expected, and the first woman to make him want to give his heart and risk everything…
The Rancher's Second Chance was a sweet, quick read that told a beautiful story about two people who are learning to let go of the past and move forward. Victoria James writes wonderful characters that she pushes outside of their comfort zones and forces them to really look inside themselves to see what it is they want from life.
I enjoyed The Rancher's Second Chance, it was a breath of fresh air after so many of the angst-filled and dark romances I have been reading. While Victoria James tugs at your emotions and tackles some heavy issues it isn't going to leave you emotionally destroyed in its wake. Cole won me over by just being himself, a cowboy with a broken heart that is happy being alone and wants to be the best rancher he can be. Melanie was a tougher nut to crack. I feel like we really got to know Cole but Melanie's story was all stops and starts that we had to piece it together, I really wanted to know more about her background before it all came out at once. Also, I would have liked a bit more tension and sizzle (but that may be my warped mind liking the behind the door stuff out in the open) from Cole and Melanie, it almost seemed to happen too soon at one point and I wasn't sold until a few chapters later.
Victoria James is definitely an author I will pick up again and read more from. I loved her witty dialogue and characters that had spunk (That Mrs. H was a hoot!). I am assuming that Passion Creek is the start of a series (or at least I hope it will be) since I would love to check in with Cole and Melanie and definitely would love to get my hands on Gage's story.
If you are looking for a sweet, romantic read that tugs a pit on your emotions this is a great book to pick up! Add The Rancher's Second Chance to your TBR pile and meet Cole and Melanie.
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I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you’ve ever seen my drawings you’ll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business.
After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I’m a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I’m quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.