Monday, June 29, 2015

Pursued by the Rich Rancher by Catherine Mann

Single mom Nina Lowery has never understood the sex appeal of cowboys. Until she brings her son to a weeklong horse camp and meets the wealthy rancher in charge. Seduction isn't part of Alex McNair's plan to earn his piece of his family's estate. Yet plans have a way of changing. Nina and her little boy hold the key to Alex's future. Breaking the promise he made to his dying grandmother is not an option but neither is breaking Nina's heart.
Title: Pursued by the Rich Rancher | Series: Diamond in the Rough #2 | Author: Catherine Mann | Publisher: Harlequin Desire | Category: Passion | Release Date: June 2015 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: MLM Media Relations | Rating: 4   
Pursued By The Rich Rancher was a cute little romance with a few heavier points added in.
Nina Lowery is a single mother to a four-year-old who has autism. She’s struggled with her in-laws over how to care for her son so when she receives a brochure for weeklong cowboy camp for special needs children, she jumps at the chance to allow her son to explore a world that he loves. Nina has never seen the appeal of cowboys, but the first one she encounters seems to have caught her eye.
To earn his part of the family estate, Alex McNair must figure out a way to retrieve the shares of Hidden Gem ranch. Although he never thought the woman and little boy he met on the first day of camp would be the ones to hold his future. So he’s more than a little conflicted because he wants Nina but he also wants to secure the future of Hidden Gem.
Given the task that Alex had, this book could have gone either way for me. He could have come off as a complete and utter tosser, but thankfully, I really liked Alex. I liked that he was conflicted over what he had to do. I also liked that he put Cody’s needs before his own.
I liked Nina. She’s a brilliant mother who only wants what’s best for her son, but some of her actions just felt a little rushed. I think that had to do with how short the book was.
Alex and Nina’s chemistry was nice. It was obvious that they were attracted to each other from the start, but they kept it slow and steady.
This is the second book in Catherine Mann’s Diamonds In The Rough series and while I would eventually like to go back read the first book, I don’t feel that I missed anything but not having read it.
Overall, I liked this book. It was fast-paced and easy to fall into. It would make a perfect beach read.
I will say that I wished this book had a different cover. I think a horse would have been better suited than a dog.
Bon App├ętit & a Book:
Catherine Mann’s Sweet Tea
What’s your favorite recipe?
Sweet tea! I’m Southern, after all. And the recipe is so simple.
6-8 large tea bags
3-4 cups sugar (or your low calorie sweetener of choice)
Lemon (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)
Get a gallon drink dispenser. Place 6-8 large tea bags in the container. Place the lid on top with the tags dangling out. Set the container in the window sill all day. At the end of the day, pull out the tea bags. Add 3-4 cups or sugar (or your low calorie sweetener of choice) and refrigerate. Especially yummy if add lemon slices or mint leaves.


USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann has books in print in more than 20 countries with Desire, Romantic Suspense, HQN and other Harlequin lines. A six-time RITA finalist, she has won both the RITA and the Bookseller's Best Awards. Catherine resides in Florida with her aviator husband, their four children and a menagerie of pets.

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So, lovelies, what’s your favorite way to make sweet tea?
 I’m not one for sugar in my tea, but I do love adding mint and lemon


Quinn's Book Nook said...

I'm generally not super into cowboy romances, but this one kind of intrigues me. Thanks for the review.

Sophia Rose said...

That sort of conflict can indeed go either way. I love cowboy romances and I adore stories with special needs as a factor so I'm adding it to my list. Nice review!

Lanies Book Thoughts said...

This one sounds uber cute, I like the fact that he was willing to take on someones kid, specially one with special needs. Its nice to see this type of guy in stories, and Nina sounds very responsible for not just jumping his bones the first chance she gets. Great review missy^^

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

I love small town romances and harlequin desire imprint seems to have some great series :)

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

Usually I'm not into cowboy romances either, but this year they have seemed to gel with me.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

When I first discovered what the conflict was I was a bit hesitant to continue but thankfully it turned out for the best. I hope you find time to read it.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

It was really cute and gave me the warm and fuzzies. I really need to read the first one to get caught up. I have the third one sitting on my TBR mountain--I mean, pile. lol

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

I'm just starting to get into the Desire imprint. I have no idea why I've been avoiding it for so long but I'm really enjoying them.

Lanies Book Thoughts said...

LOL! I totally feel like Smaug half the time guarding my book mountain.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

lol. Sounds about right!