Review: Pursued by the Rich Rancher by Catherine Mann

June 2, 2015 Contemporary, Review, Romance 10

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Pursued by the Rich RancherPursued by the Rich Rancher (Diamonds in The Rough #2)
by Catherine Mann

Blurb:
A millionaire cowboy must woo a single mom to earn his inheritance! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann.

Single mom Nina Lowery has never understood the sex appeal of cowboys. Until she brings her son to a weeklong horse camp and meets the wealthy rancher in charge.

Seduction isn’t part of Alex McNair’s plan to earn his piece of his family’s estate. Yet plans have a way of changing. Nina and her little boy hold the key to Alex’s future. Breaking the promise he made to his dying grandmother is not an option…but neither is breaking Nina’s heart.

My Review:
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

After finishing the first book in this series, One Good Cowboy, I started this one right after. I liked that this book focussed more on the ranch and used that as the setting. This book focusses on Alex, I didn’t like Alex too much in the first book, but we get to see a while different side of him here. And he’s actually more alike Stone than I expected, they are both quiet hard working men who love animals. While in book 1 the focus was one the dogs, here the animals still play a role, but different. We get to see some horses and ponies, even Amie her cats and some puppies.

While these books can read as standalones, I think it’s more fun to read them in order. There are a few cameo appearances of Stone and Johanna and they have their wedding, but it’s obvious the focus is on Nina and Alex and their romance. Also while the wedding was mentioned a few times, there wasn’t really much attention to the actual event when it happened. To be honest I think a bit overlap and focus on the characters from the previous book would have been welcome. This book does introduce Amie a bit more and I felt like I got to know her a bit better in this book already and I can’t wait for her book!

Pursued by the Rich Rancher is told from Nina and Alex their point of view. I really like getting to see both perspectives in a romance book as it helps getting to know both characters. Nina has been through a lot, she’s a single mom, her ex doesn’t care for their son Cody and Cody is autistic which means he needs a bit more care as well. I liked Cody as well and how his autism did play a role, but it wasn’t the complete focus, he was still a great kid who had fun and sometimes had it hard as well. Alex was a more interesting character then I first expected and I liked how we fell for Nina and tried to romance her, making her feel special. He didn’t chase her for the test, but because he cared, although I wasn’t too happy he kept such an important detail behind for a long time. He did come clean eventually, but it still gave me a bad taste, he wasn’t up front immediately. The circumstances did make it believable though and he never meant to lie to Nina.

The romance was hot and sweet, the connection was instant and their romance develops fast, but it still felt believable. It did move a bit too fast for my liking, but it was handled well and it was obvious these two felt something for each other. In real life I just can’t imagine someone falling so hard and fast. I did like their romance and how Alex took her on dates and made her feel special and there were some really sweet gestures, especially in the last scene. Alex is really thoughtful and his gifts were personalized and he cared about Cody as well. One thing that felt a bit off to me were how with some sex scenes her kid was close by, I know parents must do this all the time, but it still felt a bit off to me, especially as he could walk into the living room any moment.

To conclude: I really enjoyed this book and it was nice getting to know Alex a bit more. The character from the first book make some appearances but the focus is on Alex and Nina and their romance. The characters were likeable and while the romance developed fast I did like it. They really cared about his other and I liked how thoughtful and personal Alex his gifts were. The romance developed a bit too fast and I wasn’t too happy Alex didn’t confess to Nina about something earlier. I am looking forward to the last book in this series!

4-star

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Other books I read and reviewed by this author:
– Catherine Mann – One Good Cowboy (Diamonds in the Rough #1) – 4 stars
– Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock – How to Lose a Groom in Ten Days (Runaway Brides #0.5) – 4 stars
– Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock – The Wedding Audition (Runaway Brides #1) – 4 stars

What’s your favourite romance book featuring a cowboy? What do you like about cowboy romances?

10 Responses to “Review: Pursued by the Rich Rancher by Catherine Mann”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I love cowboy romances so I’ll have to keep this series in mind. I like that there is a little boy and the animals. Sometimes the secret-keeping can get annoying, but it does make for a good conflict.

    So far my favorites have been by Carolyn Brown. I love that they focus on actual ranch life and ranch community life and there’s a whole lot of humor. I think that is what I look for when I read any cowboy romance. I don’t really care for the ones that claim that and rarely have any actual scenes working a ranch or rodeo.
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    • Lola

      I already read the third book as well and I think it’s a great series. I think it’s the first cowboy series I read and while the focus wans’t on that the ranch life played a part in all their lives. I am not a fan of secret keeping even though it creates an opportunity for conflict, but I guess it would be boring if everyone always was honest and open as well.

      I’ll have to check out that author you mentioned, sounds like she writes a good cowboy romance.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad that getting Alex’s story changed your mind about him, Lola. 🙂 I too love a romance where we get POVs from both sides of the couple. It gives the romance more depth, I think. I also like that this is set on a ranch. I’m a sucker for a cowboy and I haven’t read any cowboy romances in quite awhile. I’ll put this series on my tbr. 🙂
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    • Lola

      It’s interesting how getting the point of view from a character can put him in a different perspective than when seen form somene else their point of view. The ranch setting was done well, although this book in the series focusses most on that, in the first and third books there is more traveling outside the ranch as well. All books in this series got a 4 star rating from me, so I would definitely recommend this series. I hope you’ll enjoy the series as much as I did when you pick it up 🙂
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  3. Lanie

    Other than a PNR book I haven’t actually read any cowboy romances! Cowboys just arent my thing,lol. One day though, I’ll give it a shot.

    I like the sounds of this book and the fact that these two characters actually go on dates. Overall, it sounds like a fun story to read specially since it sounds like this Alex guy just needs to find a family to get his money. I’m not sure I’d like spending a whole lot of time reading about animals though.
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    • Lola

      I am not sure whether cowboy romances are my thing, but this was a good series. I like thr anch setting and how there are always animals enarby. Although the focus isn’t really on the animals, it’s more that I like reading about them and thsu point it out in my review. There are some horses around and indeed Amie his sister has cats, she babysits Cody two times. And there are a few small scenes with dogs.
      It was fun to see the two characetrs getting to know each other and go on dates. It was sweet!

    • Lola

      That’s probably half of fun, experiencing a culture/ tradition so unlike what we have here. Here we do have farmers and we actually had a telvision series about farmers looking for a wife or man here on telivision once. But that’s totally different from cowboys. It’s fun to experience different countries through books.
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