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Peek Inside Back in the Rancher’s Arms

Dylan’s always loved the girl next door. Now she’s back in their small town, and he’s determined to make sure it’s forever.

Back in the Rancher’s Arms

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Dylan Hunter has always loved the girl next door. Part of loving her meant making sure she left their small town to study to become a veterinarian. He just never expected it to take this long for her to come home. His hands are full raising his younger brother and bringing his ranch through the drought, but one look at Kayla and his feelings are back full force.

Kayla Anderson’s not prepared to see the guy who broke her heart in high school again, but she can’t get out of returning home to be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding. She’s determined to have fun and celebrate the special day, despite the fact Dylan is her family’s closest neighbor and the best man, and get the heck out of Dodge.

But Dylan already lost the woman he loved once. This time, he’s determined to win her back...

Praise

“This is a great debut book from Elsie Davis. I loved the story, I'm a sucker for all things ranch or cowboys, this one nailed both!” –Lori Z., Goodreads

“What a great debut book. Happy to give it 5 Stars.” –Susan F., Goodreads

Back in the Rancher's Arms was a fabulous debut novel by Elsie Davis and will certainly have me coming back for more. Congratulations on a great first outing Ms Davis, I’m anxious for your next exciting instalment!” – Karen R., Goodreads

“LOVED this story!  It's a sweet second chance story that will melt your heart.  Elsie Davis you definitely gained a new fan with this one!” – Bette H., Goodreads

Ms. Davis has delivered a captivating read in this debut novel where the chemistry between Kayla and Dylan is strong and only gets stronger.” –Bec, Book Magic

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635128
Series: Trinity River, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 9, 2018
Page Count: 217
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: second chance

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By Elaine April 11, 2018

This is the first book in a new series and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to Trinity River, getting to know some of the characters in this community - especially Dylan Hunter, the hero for this story.

Dylan has been left to bring up his younger brother and run the family ranch. H... ...more

By Suze May 02, 2018

Dylan loves Kayla with all his heart. They were teenage sweethearts and Dylan knew Kayla would have stayed at the family farm for him if they'd have stayed together. He let her go, so she could spread her wings and become a veterinarian. This caused a lot of hurt between them, but making sure Kay... ...more

By Bette April 06, 2018

LOVED this story! It's a sweet second chance story that will melt your heart. Elsie Davis you definitely gained a new fan with this one!

Dylan Hunter and Kayla Anderson were high school sweethearts. She was sure they would be together forever. He knew she needed to leave and spread her wings. So h... ...more

By Elaine April 02, 2018

Loved this book! Started it and couldn’t put it down! Couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next! Can’t wait to read more from this author. ...more

By melissasbookworld April 12, 2018

For a debut novel, I have to say I'm really impressed with this super addictive and sweet second-chance cowboy romance. I'm a sucker for second chance romances, cowboys, and I really loved the development of this one. It had angst, it felt real, it had lovable characters, a great setting, and a n... ...more

By Bec_BookMagicReviews April 09, 2018


All Kayla Anderson plans to do when she comes home is to attend her cousin's wedding and be the best maid of honor she can be. However, being back home isn't easy, especially when she can't seem to avoid Dylan Hunter -- the man that broke her heart. Will Dylan be able to convince Kayla to give hi... ...more

By Stephen July 08, 2018

While this is not my usual type of read this was recommended by a friend and I very much enjoyed it. Elsie Davis has a way of bringing characters to life, building tension and delivering a lovely finale. ...more

By Nikki April 10, 2018

Back in the Rancher's Arms is a GEM!

I'm a fan of Nora Roberts and while every author is different, I feel that NR readers would do well to explore this confidently solid author. It's Davis' honest-no-BS storytelling, it has a strong easy sway that is exceptional, and a tone and style that takes... ...more

By Jennifer April 09, 2018

Back in the Rancher’s Arms by Elsie Davis gives two people a second chance at love. Dylan Hunter and Kayla Anderson were in love, once upon a time. Well, actually, they never stopped loving each other. But words and misunderstandings kept these two apart. Now that Kayla is home again, for her cou... ...more

By Lori April 21, 2018

What a great debut novel! From the very first few pages, when Dylan said, "She's trying to tell you I'm here," I knew the story was going to be good. There were definitely a lot of feels in this story. Kayla had a lot of pent up hurt, frustration, guilt and love in her heart. Dylan had sadness, g... ...more

By Tracy- OMGReads April 06, 2018

A great debut novel, Back in the Rancher's Arms is about forgiveness and communication. Kayla is back home on her family's farm, next door to the boy that broke her heart, Dylan. Kayla went off to college and Vet school, and is planning to stay in the city to continue her career. Then she gets ho... ...more

By Cara Ross April 08, 2018

So I grabbed yet another Western romances, but this is something of a twist, as I'm not normally one for second chance romances, but with Back in the Ranchers Arms, I honestly couldn't resist, and I'm so glad I didn't.

When Kayla came back to Riverbend for a wedding, she only had one plan in mind,... ...more

By Sue March 28, 2018

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked all the angst between the characters. Kayla returned home after 5 years to be in her cousin’s wedding. She immediately runs into her ex boyfriend who lives in the ranch next door. We learn about what happened in the past according to... ...more

By Melinda April 15, 2018

This is a great book by this author. I’ve only read one or two books by this author and she has done a really great job with this story. It’s very sweet and wonderful story between the characters and their romance between them is just perfect for this type of genre. The story pulls you in and kee... ...more

By Karen April 01, 2018

Back in the Rancher's Arms was a fabulous debut novel by Elsie Davis and will certainly have me coming back for more. The character development was believable and the plot was well written and easy to follow. I think Kayla was maybe a little to forgiving of her friend, but I rarely turn the other... ...more

By Journeyinward March 28, 2018

I really connected with the characters in the first few pages and couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened to them all. Kayla was so angry she couldn’t see what was right in her face. Joining her as she worked through the pain made for an exciting read. I can’t wait to read Elsie Davis’s... ...more

By Tami March 18, 2018

3.5

Nice second chance contemporary romance. She was a bit too forgiving of her former best friend in the end. But maybe that's my own personality flaw, I rarely do what the good book tells me and turn the other cheek. ...more

By JoAnn April 21, 2018

Back in the Rancher’s Arms is a well written romance. I enjoyed the plot, characters and setting. The author is new to me and I anticipate reading more of her books. ...more

By Ayekah March 20, 2018

This is a great debut book from Elsie Davis. I loved the story, I'm a sucker for all things ranch or cowboys, this one nailed both.
Kayla is in Veterinary school and almost finished and decided to take a job in the city with a clinic. Her specialty is small animals. Cats, dogs and the like. She i... ...more

By Sonya May 18, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It was well written and the character development was thorough. There were no descriptive sex scenes. I will definitely look for books by this author again.

Dylan and Kayla had history. Unbeknownst to the other, they each loved each other very much, but cir... ...more

By Debbie May 24, 2018

Back in the Rancher’s Arms
Kayla comes home for a family wedding. She moved away to go to college and has avoided coming home very often for fear of running into Dylan. She loved Dylan but believed he betrayed her and she’s never gotten over it. She’s also been hiding a secret from her past.
Dylan... ...more

By Melena April 04, 2018

Kayla has returned to her home town for her cousin's wedding. She knows she will probably see her first love Dylan, but doesn't expect to run into him within moments of arriving.

There is a lot of pain in their past, but despite trust issues the attraction is still there. Dylan knows part of the r... ...more

By Cassandra April 03, 2018

I thought this was a fantastic first book to this series. It sets up perfectly for other books to come. I am not an avid romance reader but I decided to give this one a try. I was hooked after only reading the first few pages! Definite page turner. The dialogue runs very smoothly switching from c... ...more

By Charlee April 04, 2018

Absolutely stunning. Kayla Anderson escapes her small hometown with dreams of becoming a veterinarian, leaving her first and only love Dylan Hunter behind. He shattered her heart, but Dylan is the man she's never been able to forget. When Kayla returns home for a wedding, old and new emotions tak... ...more

By Penny October 13, 2018

Home is where the heart is

This is my first book by Elsie Davis, but it won’t be my last. I loved this second chance romance about Dylan and Kayla. Several years ago, Kayla left home heartbroken. Lies were told, but you won’t believe why. Trust is hard to come by, but once you earn it, it is every... ...more

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Elsie Davis

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Elsie Davis

Elsie Davis discovered the world of Happily-Ever-After romance at the age of twelve when she began avidly reading Barbara Cartland, the Queen of Romance, and has been hooked ever since. After building her dream log home on top of a small mountain, she turned her attention to do what she loves most, writing. An award-winning author and active member of RWA, she writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from her heart, hoping to share a little love in a big world. She will never forget the moment of exhilaration when she first got the email offering her a contract for publication. A moment that has repeated itself, and one that keeps her energized and moving forward.

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