Review: Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan
Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she—who’d been raised by her mother at Nevada’s notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch—only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring.
But then Austin’s powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love…
This is a wonderful story of heartache, romance, love, and understanding. Your heart will break for Austin as he goes through most likely one of the roughest times in his life. If you've read the first book you know a little of Sonya's background so you'd think the story would be more about what she's going through. No, it's mostly Austin's pain.
It's one of the things I liked about Restless Rancher. Let Austin deal with the crap and Sonya be there to be the strong one. Love it!
Now I'm not saying that Sonya didn't have her own issues because she did. I'm just saying she handled them better than Austin who really got the short end.
Poor Austin gets hit from all sides. His life is falling apart, heck, he's falling apart but thanks to Roxy he has a chance to do something with his sad life. She gives him the means to bring back his grandfather's ranch and make something of it and himself. At first, he's slow on the uptake but once he meets Sonya his outlook starts to change.
I like how much they help each other out. They stand for each other even when they barely know one another. Yes, they have a few bumps in the road mostly caused by Austin's father but they learn to talk about them and understand them.
These two are wonderful to read about and I totally enjoyed their story. I like how it all trued out in the end and how it got there. There are a few surprises along the way that I enjoyed too. I think you will too! Even though you can read this as a standalone do yourself a favor and read Dirty Little Secret first. It's where both Austin's and Sonya's stories start. It's also a darn good book on its own.