{Review} Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts


{Review} Romancing the Ranger by Jennie MartsRomancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts
Series: Cotton Creek #1
Released: March 14, 2016 by Entangled Publishing
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 180

Our Rating

4 Stars

Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.

Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts

The Hook: Let’s be honest.  All it really took for this book to reel me in was the author name on the cover.  Jennie Marts writes some of my favorite romance series, and she does it without wearing out any one formula for plot or characters.  Any story written by one of my favorite authors — and bonus for me that it’s a country/small-town story — is going to end up on my Kindle.

Judging Covers:  I think they could have done better.  The layout and text placement is good, and the models fit the bill.  But where’s the great outdoors?  Wade’s a park ranger, and the park is where he and Reese first meet, where they work together, and where they really start to fall for each other.  Some of the best scenes take place outside — working in the park, fishing on the water, getting closer in a field.  Nothing about this cover reflects the outdoor settings where most of their story happens.  It’s not a bad cover, really, but it’s not all that reflective of the book, either.

The Verdict:  This book had me at Bagel.   I’m such a sucker for dogs, and this one was lots of fun without being too center stage.  But since I’m guessing you’re not here to find out what I think of a fictional dog, I’ll move on to the characters.

Reese is the kind of romance novel heroine that so many authors try and fail to write.  She’s smart, trapped in life that’s too pretentious, and sure of what she wants.  But instead of falling into the usual cliches, she’s curious, willful, and easily able to laugh at herself.  She’s pretty much impossible for readers not to love.

Wade is hotness personified, and he’s instantly attracted to and put off by Reese.  Due to a previous failed relationship, he’s wary of women who either have too much or want too much money, and in his eyes, Reese is exactly that.  But while her abundance of funds has him jumping to conclusions, her behavior is often at odds with the woman he assumes she is, and that’s got him all turned around.  It takes forever for him to start looking at her through the eyes of a man who’s been wronged — seriously, I wanted to slap him several times! — but his prejudice is somewhat understandable, and when he finally gets his act together, it’s a hallelujah moment!  I went back and forth between loving him and wanting to kill him, but fortunately, Reese has a lot more patience than I do.

While the judge’s sentencing of Reese for her unintended act of vandalism was certainly creative and set the stage for her unlikely romance with Wade, I have to say I have a lot of questions about it.  He sentenced her to community service, a specific chore that she had to complete, and he required her to stay in town.  I’d like to assume he asked all about her job, her living situation, and whether or not she had any kids, but if so, that wasn’t shown in the story.  For anyone else in any other scenario, the judge’s punishment would have led to loss of a job, default on a lease, and a possible case of child abandonment.  Since Reese was employed by her father, not lacking for funds, and only responsible for Bagel, that wasn’t an issue, but I just have to wonder what that man was thinking…

But crazy judge or not, Romancing the Ranger was a really fun read.  I absolutely LOVED Reese, a poor little rich girl who somehow defied all the usual characteristics and was someone I could totally get behind.  And Wade steamed things up throughout the book, which had me turning pages almost faster than I can read.  And of course, Bagel just stole my heart from the start.  That is seriously the best dog name ever.  And now I’m off to read Hooked on Love, the next book in this awesome new series by one of my faves!

The Breakdown
Cover Design
3 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating

About Jennie Marts

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She is a USA TODAY Best-selling author and writes for Entangled Publishing. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest series about hot hockey players, the Bannister Brothers Books.

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