the rancher and the city girl is the first book in joya ryan's tempting the rancher series. tripp montgomery is the aforementioned rancher and charlotte grams is the city girl who blazes into town and shakes his world up.
tripp has been busy, running his ranch, raising his daughter, avoiding difficult emotional connections. it's pretty easy to keep a distance from things when there isn't a lot of new coming into cheyenne, wyoming. there's nothing to shake him out of his routine. but when he comes across charlie, cursing up a storm at her rental car, he's compelled to help her and intrigued enough to risk one night of something more.
it's when he realizes that she's around for a while and that she will be his neighbor that he panics. he doesn't bring women around his daughter willy-nilly. they've already been abandoned by her birth mom. why would he risk her heart as well as his? these are some pretty big walls that charlotte has to scale. and she often doesn't get where he is coming from. mostly because in her life, everyone leaves her behind. sometimes she wonders if there is something essentially unlovable about her.
tripp doesn't think she is unloveable. he's actually worried she is too loveable. he doesn't want his daughter to fall in love with charlie if she will leave. he doesn't want to fall in love with her if she's only planning to go back to the city. but it's too late. how can he stop himself from loving her, when she's already wormed her way into his heart. and how this conflict resolves itself is totally worth the read.
**the rancher and the city girl will publish on june 12, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.