Allison Parker needs a convincing excuse to come home to Rocky Mountain House, a hopelessly romantic reason that won't let her mother suspect the truth - that Allison has discovered Mom is keeping a terrible secret from the family.
Gabe Coleman is struggling with two of the roughest parts of ranching: dealing with his bull-headed mule of a father and making enough to pay the bills. When his old friend Allison offers to help him develop his ideas for organic ranching - in return for pretending to be her fiancé - it sounds like the perfect set-up.
Yet the deception leads them in an unexpected direction, where their shared daily hells are erased by nights of heavenly distraction. It's not supposed to be real, but once the gates are opened, there's no denying they've found in each other a little bit of paradise.
To break free of the past and face the future, though, will take more than temporary pleasures. It'll take putting their hearts on the line.
©2013 Vivian Arend (P)2013 Tantor
"[Fans] are going to root for this couple every step of the way when they aren't fanning themselves during the steamy love scenes, or shedding a few tears along with the characters." (RT Book Reviews)
Thirty years ago the main Ranch was split into 4 the Six Pack Ranch, the Angel Ranch, the Whiskey Ranch and the Moonshine Ranch for the 4 sons and Gabe (our hero) is a descendant from the Angel Ranch. The Ranch is in trouble and his Father is constantly drunk, emotionally abusive and bad mouths Gabe daily about a tragedy in the past but Gabe doesn't need the constant reminder as he tortures himself over it. Despite this he's caring, hard working, honest and loveable which is just as well when he meets his old High School friend Allison who's thoughtful, compassionate and loyal and she begs him for a huge favor and in return she'll help him change the Ranch....... but little do they know it's going to forever change their lives too.
This is a moving, touching, emotional and very enjoyable story as we witness two friends entwined in a fake engagement, for a sad reason, slowly be drawn together through their common interests, shared goals and, as they support each other through unhappy emotional feelings and events, their sizzling sexual chemistry finally kicks in. Their building romance isn't rushed and it's more heartwarming and realistic because of it's steady build-up which eventually leads to some heavenly passion filled steamy nights and sexy dirty fun filled days.
Worth a credit? Basically a happy romantic sexy story but it does have it's dark days too however, through their tender healing and deep feelings for one-another, happiness and love eventually blossoms and grows. This is another well-written addition to a great series and could easily be a stand-alone listen but if you haven't already discovered this series then hey, life's too short, so go ahead and spoil yourselves by starting at book 1. Oh yes and very creditworthy.
YES. I would recommend the entire series. Of course, some books in the series are better than others and this one is not up there with the previous ones. The books in this series are not stand alone so if you are interested, start with #1 and work your way through. You won't be disappointed. I was not disappointed in this one, but it didn't spark any intense feeling in me. I am glad, as I am sure all those who are Six Pack Ranch fans will agree, that Gabe's story is told and he deserves all the goodness afforded him.
I thought the ending was great; it fit with the rest of the story perfectly.
All of them. It is my opinion that there are very few really talented female narrators; TS is on the top for me. She has the skills it takes to make each individual male's voice different and it goes without saying that her many female voices are great. Her ability to portray sentiment and expression of each character especially in times of intensity drew me in and helped me forget that the characters were in a story and the story was only a story. She has the ability, as only a very few female narrators have, to make me have fondness for the good guys and distain for the bad guys. Audible or whoever does the pairing should strongly consider looking at reviews of female narrators before placing book/author with narrator. TS should be considered for more; I've given up on many a book and wasted many credits or cash on good books narrated badly.
Yes, look for the next in the series. Can't wait for Travis' story.
I'm totally addicted to audio books! I listen when my eyes get too tired to read and when I am driving or just don't want to sit and read!
I only have the audible version and I love it.
I really like this whole series by Vivian Arend. What I like most about Gabe's story is that even though the relationship started out wrong, they really didn't lie to anybody or each other. It was awesome to read about a true romance, all about love, family and doing the right things. The hot sex was just the icing on the cake!
I think she does a great job!
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