Everything's bigger in Texas, and that goes double at the Texas Rose Ranch, home to the Rose family through five generations of toil, sweat, and scandal. From the moment CanDee McCain is hired to write a history of the Roses' empire, she's bowled over by tall, sexy Cinco Rose. True, the man initially mistakes her for a stripper, but he certainly puts the man in manly. For the first time since her cheating ex left, stealing her novel-in-progress in the process, CanDee is ready to have a little fun.
No woman has ever made Cinco feel both so at ease and so turned on. Since his divorce, he's preferred a saddle and solitude to risking his heart again. Yet something draws him to the fast-talking, leggy redhead. CanDee's not just sweet; she's smart and brave too. But her research is uncovering long-buried secrets that could jeopardize everything the Roses prize most - and destroy a love that's just begun to bloom.
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Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
This book started with all the right ingredients – a wonderfully intelligent, quick witted and very funny h, and an equally intelligent, very appealing H. Initially the romance was fabulous, but I quickly got bored with repeated references to their respective ex partners who were both so awful it made the H and h seem a bit stupid for getting involved with them. The more details I read about both exs, the more respect I lost for the H and h for putting up with them.
The plot moved at a snail’s pace. By chapter 20 nothing much had happened apart from our happy couple declaring mutual love a mere few days after meeting, and constant, never-ending reflection (and comparisons) to their ex partners. Apparently the H only got married because his girlfriend claimed to be pregnant - who does that anymore? She was such a b**** she only wrote thank you letters to people who sent engagement presents worth over $100. She didn’t cook, never even managed to make him a sandwich, and took his credit card on a massive spending spree without his knowledge - but he still went ahead and married her. Meanwhile the h had an ex who stole her manuscript, published her book in his name, took all her money and left her homeless and broke.
This book could have been so good. The writing is eloquent and flows well. The repartee between the couple is the best I have read in a long time. But the plot just failed to move along, and got bogged down in trivia. The cooking of mashed potato described the peeling of each individual potato, selecting a pot, turning on the gas ring, adding butter, finding a masher, doing the mashing, and putting a lid on to keep it warm. The production of fried chicken and gravy that was described in so much detail I could cook it myself without needing a recipe.
There was also a prank playing side plot that was more suitable for a slapstick comedy (or teenagers) and just felt false, and a family history mystery that was blindingly obvious from the start. The final few chapters involved a blackmail plot that was so weak it was laughable, and a “misunderstanding” that was completely implausible. I was sorely tempted to not finish the book, but the “blackmail” and “misunderstanding” storyline were suddenly swept away in declarations of love and the obligatory marriage proposal which, as the couple had only known each other a couple of weeks, was a bit far fetched. The book then quickly ended without a conclusion to the blackmail plotline, or any of the issues associated with it.
This is a very frustrating book because the writer is obviously very talented, and writes fabulous and funny repartee. Unfortunately this is let down by a lack of a decent and believable plot line.
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Texas Rose Ranch series by Katie Graykowski and narrated by Natalie Ross. CanDee McCain has been hired to write a history of the Roses’ empire. The Texas Rose Ranch has been home to the Rose family through five generations. Cinco Rose has preferred a saddle and solitude ever since his divorce that is until he meets CanDee. If you are looking for a great romance with humor, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
The narrator Natalie Ross did a wonderful job, and was very easy to listen too. She did a great job with the different characters and their voices.
If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. Once I started listening to this book, I didn’t want to stop until the end.
yes, if you are Natalie Ross reader fan, then this is a feel good listen she brings to life.
I purchased this author due to reader. Don't change the success for future books.
See Ms Ross in Linda Howard's books, my all time top 5 books reads.
Loved the opening intro scenes of mistaken I.D. Loved all the brothers, and can see how author has loads of future book material.
this book sets up the characters for future books. You feel good during the listen of all the antics each of the brothers come up with.
note: I do use the new 1.25x speed, makes the listen perfect.
"Couldn't finish @chapter 8"
Sorry, but this couldn't hold my interest. Had to stop at chapter 8. I found it incredibly boring, I disliked the h "CanDee". This just wasn't for me.
The narration however was really good. Natalie Ross always does an outstanding job as narrator.
"Beach style read"
Possibly. This is a light read, character development is lacking in the beginning. When the female lead almost immediately starts talking about having sex, I nearly stopped listening. But because I was on a walk, I decided to listen a bit longer. It did get better about a third of the way thru and I began to enjoy the book.
I had just finished to listening to Cake A Love Story before picking this up. It was written so much better which could be why I had a hard time getting into this one.
"Fun to read"
The author has a great story that holds your attention until the very end. I laughed my way thru the complete book.
I caught myself smiling to myself as I listened. Wish this was a series! Loved it.
"Talented writer great story"
OMG! Such a wonderful, romantic and funny story . So well written I can't wait to read the next book ! ❤️❤️👍🏾
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