*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
Stranded With The Rancher — Janice Maynard
I’ve read several of Janice’s books in the past… but I think this one might be my favorite of hers. Who doesn’t love a good cowboy romance? I know I do.
Most of the western/cowboy romance books have similar plot lines. Billionaire rancher falls for the poorer woman in town and uses whatever means he deems necessary to woo her. This one… wasn’t quite like that.
Yes, there is a Billionaire Rancher man. Drew Farrell is known for his prized horse breeding program. He’s a self made man and likes things just the way he likes it. Unfortunately, his neighbor likes to make things difficult. Mainly by putting her vegetable stand right on the fence line that separates the shared road between their two properties. He’d prefer that she didn’t have her business so close to where his customers were driving by, and she’d prefer that he wasn’t such a good looking asshat all the time.
But beggars can’t be choosers.
Drew and Beth Andrews have a relationship founded on bickering. It’s sort of like a love/hate relationship. They love to hate on each other.
Until Mother Nature decides to intervene. During one of their usual spats about the location of her veggie stand, a tornado worthy of Oz makes an appearance. Both Drew and Beth have to run for their lives to the nearest tornado shelter, which happens to be on her property.
I live in the Midwest where monster tornadoes are common. Actually… where tornadoes of any kind are common. Every house in my neighborhood has a storm shelter. Most of them are like the ones in the book, where it’s accessed by the outside and your only protection is two doors and a latch. In my house, our shelter is in the basement. We have a six by six concrete room to hide in if the sirens go off.
I’m sure Beth and Drew would have preferred the storm shelter in my house to the one they took shelter in outside her house.
The way that Janice Maynard described the terror that was the tornado was pure magic. I could see what Drew and Beth were going through. I could feel their terror when the tornado passed over the top of their shelter.
After the storm passes and they’re eventually freed from their shelter turned prison, things are different. Not just because their town is destroyed in some places, and only battered in others. Not just because they survived death. Or maybe because they survived death. Both of them start to see each other in a new light.
Beth fights it harder than Drew does. Her life hasn’t always been pumpkins and farming and happy times. Her childhood was horrible and left scars that remained long into adulthood. Drew’s had it pretty easy for the most part. He’s wealthy and didn’t have to deal with the same things Beth has had to while growing up. He’s used to getting what he wants and isn’t exactly pleased when things don’t go his way.
I loved watching them change. It was horrible that they had to go through such a terrifying ordeal first, but I think they grew into being better people.
Of course, some things from the past come back to make things hard for them. Beth’s family issues and Drew’s hardheadedness both almost break them before they’ve really even begun to have their relationship.
Drew knows that he’s messed up almost from the time that the mess up happened. When you do something and you’re second guessing yourself… in my experience, that isn’t a good sign. Luckily for him, his hardheadedness comes in handy with fixing everything and overcoming her insecurities.
I really loved this book. I could completely understand why both Beth and Drew did the things that they did. There were times that I either wanted to pop one of them upside then back of the head and shake the other. Or vice versa. It was wonderfully written and I was very sad when it ended.
If you want a heartfelt love story with some scary weather, a hardheaded rancher, and a woman who is stubborn personified… then this is your book.
10/10 would recommend.