©2016 Rebecca L Barker (P)2017 Rebecca L. Barker
This book starts out in a bar, with one of the main characters more than a little tipsy. That kind of surprised me, but I think it enabled Zach and Meredith's relationship to get off the ground. It might have been hard to make it happen otherwise, because Meredith was so determined to keep employer/employee boundaries in place. I got it.
I liked the fact that Zach didn't see the fact that Meredith worked for his family on the family ranch as an inhibitor to pursuing a lifelong relationship with her. He sure had to work hard to convince her!
The suspense in the book came in the form of someone stalking Meredith and it having something to do with her military husband's death. As the wife of a wounded warrior with PTSD, I always appreciate details dealing with the condition. It was also impossible to figure out what was actually going on.One of my favorite parts of the book was actually when Zach and Meredith went to visit with wounded warriors and Zach recognized a female soldier that he had gone to high school with. His reaction to her and his actions were a huge step to getting her out of the PTSD depression--if only for a few minutes. I loved that scene!
The narration by Johnny Peppers was wonderful as always. He definitely gives the western flare to the story.
I loved the story. Zack came out swinging in his bid to get the girl. She was super resistant due to her past. then a stalker comes on the scene and creates havoc to further complicate them getting together. But Zack knows what he wants and is willing to do what it takes to get it. Hoo Rah. I liked the PTSD inclusion and especially when Zack meets one of his former classmates and brings her out of her self-imposed issues. She is a war victim who not only was injured but her husband was killed by the same bomb. he grabs her from her chair and dances her around the room. This caused her to remember why they were dance partners and she laughs for the first time since the bomb. She also accepts a job at the ranch. Sorry for the mini spoilers. I usually don't write them but they should help you want to listen to the book. It is less than six hours long but filled with what it takes to make a good story. A little too much easy sex for me but what can I say. The narrator fit the story well and brought each scene to life. Wish I had the privilege of listening to the first two. I got this book via audiobook boom and voluntarily wrote this review.
It was enjoyable, I did have to restart and listen again after a few chapters because I'm afraid I zoned out. But once I did I enjoyed it, this narrator sounds very familiar to me and I really like his voice.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
This book is written by an author whom is new to me and performed by a new narrator for me. I enjoyed this book, and thought it was well written. This book has suspense, chemistry, hot sex and some humor. Part of the book deals with PTSD, which is easily misunderstood. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
Zack's Ranch: Bridleton, Book 3
: Becky Barker
This is book 3 in this series, unfortunately I missed out on the first two. I will go back when I have more time and get them. I liked the mystery, suspense, romance and especially the PTSD and wounded vets.
The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Johnny Peppers.
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It felt like this book started out of nowhere. There was very little explanation for why Zach and Meredith were so immediately attracted to each other. This is the 3rd book in this series, and I have not read the previous two books. Meredith and Zach were introduced in these earlier books. However, usually an author is able to concisely supply some background information. Some explanations did follow throughout the next several hours, but some brief background earlier would have helped to make these characters of interest to me. It was later revealed that Meredith had been employed at his family ranch for two years.
I like explicit sex and sexual heat in romances, but I need to feel something for the characters---some reason to like or dislike them or a strong alpha personality pushing the sexual heat! Something just seemed to be missing?
I did not feel that the mystery element of the stalker added much to the story, except length.
The narrator was not able to do female voices in an appealing manner. His characterization of Zach seemed to get better as the book progressed or I got more used to it.
A small point---The title did not seem appropriate to me. Yes, Zach had a cabin on his part to the family property, and yes he planned to do some improvements. However, his planning to live on the property in future did not say to me that he was going to “ranch” it.
This audio book was given free to me by the author for a voluntary and honest review.
I really enjoyed this story it is a lovely old fashioned romance with manners. I especially liked the fact it talked about the debt owed to the veterans that have given so much to serve their country.
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