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Peek Inside Cowboy for Hire

When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.

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When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents’ legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast—not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she’s unprepared for the ruggedly handsome cowboy who answers her ad.

“Cowboy for Hire,” the ad said, and Cade Walker is quick to respond. Betrayed as ranch manager by his former boss, he’s looking for a new place to put down roots—without the pressure to prove himself again. Except when he meets his new boss, it’s clear he’s not only there to run a ranch but to also teach Miss Independent how to run it. But as they struggle to make the ranch flourish, they’ll both need courage if they hope to find a family...together.


Victoria James writes cowboys that make you want to pack your bags and move to Wishing River. Thank you for a heartfelt and lovely story!!”--Melinda S., Goodreads

Best meet-cute!”--Jean S., NetGalley

“Ms. James has done a fantastic job of story-telling. She masterfully crafted a tale of two damaged souls coming together to overcome their past.”--Connie T., Goodreads

Heartwarming, sweet, and completely engaging.”--Monica R., NetGalley

A sweet and romantic story.”--Sara O., Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't get enough of it.  I took my tablet everywhere with me and stole every moment possible to read a little more about Sarah and Cade.”--Lori A., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638228
Series: Wishing River, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 31, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Shelleen March 29, 2020

Sarah Turner has led a sheltered life since her brother's death when they were kids. Her parent's took her out of school and homeschooled her. She didn't have any friends and lived on her family ranch. Now as an adult and after her parents' deaths she now has to figure out how to keep the ranch goin ...more

By Elodie March 05, 2020

Cowboy for Hire
Wishing River Series #2
Victoria James
Release date 03/31/2020
Publisher Entangled Amara

Blurb :

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know ...more

By romancejunkie April 22, 2020

Sweet, romantic and touching story. Cade and Sarah were a cute couple. ...more

By Elaine March 30, 2020

This is a story of two people scarred by their different but dramatic childhoods who find healing and love together.

Sarah Turner is twenty-six but has spent most of her life since she was ten years old in comparative isolation, coddled, never mixing with her peers or the local community and homescho ...more

By Rochelle March 31, 2020

3.5/5 stars

Book 2 in the Wishing River series. Ok read. Had some good laughs. Sarah and Cade were a good couple. Two broken people brought together to make the other whole. Slow and sweet romance so if that is what you are looking for then this is for you.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am v ...more

By Merry March 31, 2020

Cade and Sara are to broken individuals who come together for the good of keeping her family ranch running. Cade comes from a dysfunctional home and feels he has nothing to offer in terms of relationship material. Sara was a sheltered woman brought up with rigid rules. When her parents dies he is le ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such April 03, 2020

Cowboy for Hire is a sweet, awkward romance involving a couple of sweet, awkward characters. There're a lot of issues between these two, but I think that they work well here. Cade is caring and supporting, exactly what Sarah needs in her life. She's spent a lot of years being repressed and she's rea ...more

By Dark'NTwistyBooks April 01, 2020

This was by far one of my favorite books EV-AH!!! I adore Vivian James and her stories but Cowboy For Hire is now my favorite. Once I started reading it, I just could not put it down!

Sarah is in the process of trying to get a life and learn to manage it herself. She needs someone just like...le sigh ...more

By Denise April 02, 2020

This was a good contemporary romance. It was mostly clean and had a lot less cussing than the first book!

I really liked Cade. He was exactly what I expected and had a lot of typical flaws - but he was more of a gentleman than I expected and I loved it. I loved how he was patient even when he didn't ...more

By Elizabeth April 01, 2020

3.5 stars

This is a sweet story about two people coming into their own and discovering who they really are meant to be.

I liked both Sarah and Cade and enjoyed getting to know them. Both are interesting characters on their own, but together they seemed to bring out the best in each other. I think my ...more

By Page March 31, 2020

This was one of the sweetest romances that I have read in a long time. The heroine Sarah had been sheltered most of her life and had to deal with tragedy at different stages in her life. Sarah was determined to finally live her life on her terms and take control of her ranch. To do so would mean hir ...more

By Isha March 30, 2020

Cowboy for Hire (Wishing River, #2) by: Victoria James  
Under the skin and into the heart. Victoria James connects deeply with readers because the emotion that her stories convey is real. Cowboy for Hire should be a walking heartache, but instead turns out to be a tale of empowerment. Sarah Turner ...more

By Lori March 29, 2020

I am not sure what it is about Victoria James' books, but they grab me by the heart and keep it for the entirety of the story. This one is no different. Cade and Sarah are two characters you instantly feel for and want them to heal along with a happiness to their lives. Here is Sarah, a young woman ...more

By Clayre April 01, 2020

4.5 Stars
I LOVED how Cade and Sarah met each other and at the end of their first meeting he mentioned seeing her "other ad" that was hilarious. The way that Cade tried to keep things professional between them after a weekend away together was a valiant effort but he couldn't deny the attraction betw ...more

By Ana Paula March 31, 2020

I love cowboy stories! I started reading romances by reading them and I just love the simplicity and sweetness of the romance in the country. Ms. James has a wonderful writing style and created in this book a sweet story about a shy but strong female character who must be in charge of her family bus ...more

By Maranda February 09, 2020

Sarah Turner needs to rejoin the world and find a ranch foreman to teach her to run it. Cade Walker is a man wanting to prove himself worthy to be kept around. Great story of healing and trust that leads to romance. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via NetGalley with no requirements fo ...more

By Wioletta March 28, 2020

Sarah had perfect family and in one moment that chanced, she grew up sheltered from life. Now she has to take care of the ranch her parents left her and she needs foreman to run that ranch and teach her.
Cade got a job as foreman at Sarah's ranch, he is attracted to her, but he knows he is not worthy ...more

By Fizza March 26, 2020

This is a sweet and lighthearted romance drama. I really enjoyed reading it and loved all the characters. Cade and Sarah seemed to be meant for each other and I absolutely adored their interactions right from the start. I think this book is a must-read for the fans of contemporary fiction. ...more

By Sherri March 22, 2020

Cade and Sarah both are damaged people. They are both striving to make their lives better. Sarah needs help running her ranch and Cade wants a change and applies for the job. I love reading the journey of these two people. Reading about how they over come their past and learn to work together. How t ...more

By Melinda March 02, 2020

“Victoria James” writes cowboys that make you want to pack your bags and move to wishing river. The story itself was engaging and very easy to read and anyone who likes a story that's set in a small town, features a red hot brooding cowboy and is full of family drama, sweetness and romantic moments, ...more

By Connie February 10, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

I fell in love with Wishing River with the first book of the series, "The Trouble with Cowboys". OMGosh, I couldn't read the story fast enough. This story is no different. I devoure ...more

By Becky October 20, 2020

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 4/3/2020.

This was such a sweet romance--I loved Sarah and Cade's story!

It starts out on an LOL moment--a mixup with Sarah's online ad that isn't ever fully explained--and just takes off from there. Both of them have issues galore, stemming from pasts that were ...more

By Yvonne February 02, 2020

This second story in the series, is worth your time.
The story centers around Sarah Turner and Cade Walker.
Sarah’s happy childhood changed when she was 10. Her brother’s life came to a tragic end and from that day on, her life was one of sadness, no love, sheltered and lonely. After the death of her ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) March 31, 2020

After tragedy hits Sarah Turner struggles to find her way not only in her personal life, but also on the family ranch. Losing her parents leaves her at a loss on all fronts, she doesn't have a clue how to run the ranch, but knows she better figure it out quick or she runs the risk of losing it. She ...more

By Linda January 20, 2020

Loved this book! Sarah is a sweet and likable girl who was so over-protected by her family that she no longer knows how to function in society and has no idea how to run the ranch she inherited. Cade is cowboy with a horrible past sees his only value as his work product. When he is hired as the ranc ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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