Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review of WHEN THE RANCHER CAME TO TOWN (A Valentine Valley Novella) by Emma Cane

 "You forget you're talking to a working girl - oh wait, that sounded like I really work at a brothel." - Amanda Cramer

When the Rancher Came to Town
A Valentine Valley Novella
Author: Emma Cane
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review

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Emma Cane returns to the amazing and romantic town for the latest installment in her sparkling series. When and ex-Rodeo star falls in love with the agoraphobic B&B owner, he must pull out all the stops to get her out of her shell.

Welcome to Valentine Valley!

The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town…

Bed & Breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after her share of unwanted notoriety she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn…perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest
guest arrives, tall, dark and breathtaking…Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.

Ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez knows all about the limelight. He’d avoid it if he could, but since one last ride could mean saving his family’s ranch, he’ll go all in. When he gets to Valentine Valley for the Silver Creek Rodeo, Mason checks into Connections B&B and finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful, reserved woman who owns it.

Mason only has three days in town…can he convince Amanda to open her heart to him and welcome the world back in?

Adorable! That is the word I would use to describe this little novella from Emma Cane's Valentine Valley series, When the Rancher Came To Town. It was sweet, romantic, and a super quick read. Sometimes you want a full length novel in a series that you are enjoying, but other times, all you need to a novella to remind you just how sweet and caring the small town is. That's what I was looking forward to with this novella. It had been a while since I've picked up a book from the Valentine Valley series and I wanted a little reminder of the crazy small town life is with the widows running amok. I wanted to remember the eccentric characters, the gorgeous landscape, and, of course, Emma's fantastic writing style. I admired Amanda. In such a short novella, her strength still shined through. It took a lot for her to keep her head held high and with the town's lovable meddling, I think she'll be okay. And then there was Mason. He's a character that I wish we could spend more time with because I felt that there was more to him than meets the eye. For now, I'm holding out hope that we'll see more of these characters as the series continues. Until then, I still have the first two Valentine Valley books to keep me company until the next book in the series comes out in just a couple weeks. Yay!

...and I would have totally dressed up as a saloon girl during the Wild West Weekend. *wink*

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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