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Peek Inside His Reluctant Rancher

The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. Zach’s been through a traumatic car accident, and he doesn’t believe he deserves to find love again. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs…with

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The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that’s exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory’s doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.

Zach’s been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn’t deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs…with him.



"...a fantastic story about healing, falling in love, and finding your footing again." -Julie Johnson, BookTrib
"...not just a romance, it's one of those healing kinds that's ridiculously satisying when it ends." -Rhianna, RhiReading

"...kept me thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last..." -Janna Shay, Fair Play

"...heart-tugging..." -Melody, What I'm Reading

"...well written and entertaining, Great pacing and wonderful storytelling." -K, Reading Rainbow

"... an awesome read! The best part to me was the fact that it was not cliche'." -Kristin Bush, Goodreads


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668731
Series: Three River Ranch, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 1, 2013
Page Count: 210
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, opposites attract

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By ♥Rachel♥ March 22, 2013

3.5 Stars

This was a very sweet contemporary romance with a lot of heart. It was a story of love amongst tragedy and family made by more than just blood. His Reluctant Rancher is the second in the Three River Ranch series set in rural Montana on Ranches and let me tell you, I love me some HOT cowb... ...more

By Erica March 25, 2013

Um so omg my quote of book one is on the cover?!? So exciting!

This was another super cute read from Roxanne Snopek! I love the community in these books and the characters are just wonderful.

There is an intense romance going on between Des and Zach. Both characters are just so determined at what t... ...more

By Sharon August 26, 2016

If you are looking for a great story of love you can find it with His Reluctant Rancher. Desiree who is a strong woman who speaks her mind. She is currently struggling due to situation at work. Zach is a rancher who has always struggled with his place in his family since he was adopted. Des has c... ...more

By Kristin February 27, 2013

This book was an awesome read! The best part to me was the fact that it was not cliche'. Right when I thought I knew what has going to happen next, something entirely different happened. I also like that the supporting characters were not the typical characters, like the sister, usually they are... ...more

By Angela March 01, 2013

I expected to love this novel and I was NOT disappointed. I have come to expect infuriatingly/endearingly real characters and unpredictable story lines written with heart and with wry, understated humour and that is why I will always come back to read the novels of Roxanne Snopek (and her excelle... ...more

By Kim Reads July 06, 2013

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

I will be the first to the beginning this book did not grab my attention and keep me captivated. But when I finally got sucked in, it truly became a page turner. If you read the first book in the series, THR... ...more

By Janna March 15, 2013

His Reluctant Rancher is an enjoyable and entertaining romance. Roxanne Snopek does an excellent job of taking the struggles in life, mixing it with sizzling chemistry and sexual tensions, adding a little sass, humor and drama, and coming up with an amazing story. A story of healing, family, resp... ...more

By Nicola April 23, 2013

Once again Roxanne Snopek has given us a book that was a pleasure to read with lovely endearing characters and a storyline that is touching and romantic, with moments that tug on the heartstrings, but perfectly balanced with wit and moments that make you smile.

We met Desiree and Zach in Three Riv... ...more

By April March 02, 2013

Oh hello, sexy cowboys!! I love a delicious fella in jeans and boots! I love the feisty ladies in these books! They really know how to make a cowpoke take notice! Each book is really well written and entertaining Great pacing and wonderful storytelling.

The first book introduces you to the ranch a... ...more

By Wanda February 25, 2013

Beautiful heartwarming story, I fell in love with all the characters. The story is about Zack and Desiree’s journey, but also Zack’s family and rebuilding a life, when you feel like giving up. I think this story shows there is always hope, you just need to find it and don’t shut everyone out. Zac... ...more

By Cary May 14, 2015

You can read my complete and honest review here: ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" March 23, 2013

4.5 stars

His Reluctant Rancher is the amazing 2nd book in the Three River Ranch series by Roxanne Snopek. This is such a great series surrounding some really interesting characters. Each character has a mind and a personality of their own, which makes it all the more fun to read their stories.

D... ...more

By Rhianna April 03, 2013

Ranches + Romance = Montanan Approved!

When a car accident not only took his brother's life but left his father severely impaired physically, Zach Gamble was left to run the family ranch alone. With debt piling and the family struggling with grief he's done the best he can to hold it all together.... ...more

By Melody March 01, 2013

Originally posted on What I'm Reading

The last time we saw Desiree was in Three River Ranch trying to talk her friend Rory to move back to Billings. However, Rory ended up staying at Three River. Which happens to be a good thing, because Des is having a tad bit of problem at the beginning of the s... ...more

By Cristina ❤️ March 12, 2013

Okay, I don't know how to start (but I already do that :) ). This book was...unexpected. It's the first book with cowboys I've ever read and it was a new experience. At the beginning I was a little confused because I didn't know what had happened and it was a pure confusion. But after I read more... ...more

By Yazmin February 26, 2013

His Reluctant Rancher by Roxanne Snopek is a sweet continuation to Three River Ranch, staring Zach and Desiree, Rory’s and Carson’s respective best friends.

Desiree Burke has always been a city girl, expecting the best life can offer and every luxury available. After a childhood full of misery, sh... ...more

By Lyndi W. November 25, 2014

3.5 stars Honestly, I would have enjoyed some more time on Des rehabbing Joe. Those were some of the most interesting parts of the story. The characters were a bit frustrating - it felt like everyone was determined to make and keep themselves miserable. The sex between Zach and Des happens off-pa... ...more

By Emily March 03, 2013

**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

The second book in the Three River Ranch series and the best one so far.

I loved the interaction between Desiree and Zach, and loved watching the romance bloom from the small spark to overcome their fears and stubbornness.... ...more

By Karen September 05, 2013

His Reluctant Rancher was a wonderful story! It's about two people who have never felt they were capable of being loved. Through life's twist and turns they are put together and learn to overcome their fears and doubts. A truly heartwarming story that will make laugh, cry and fall in love with Th... ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such January 20, 2015

His Reluctant Rancher is a fantastic story about healing, falling in love, and finding your footing again. For more, please visit http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress... ...more

By Deeana Galindo March 20, 2013

A great second book I am excitednto hear about Cece story as well as Carson brother story, ...more

By JoAnne June 09, 2013

Read my review on by clicking on the link below: ...more

By Carol-Ann April 14, 2013

Brilliant story really enjoyed this second book well-written very moving story loved the characters,loved the cover aswell can't wait to see what's next by this author, ...more

By Cocktails and Books November 15, 2014

This was a fantastic book, from the minute I started to the second I finished it, I loved it! It was an emotional roller coaster of emotional ups and downs, family turmoil and tough love. It was a book filled with so much more than just a story, the characters felt so real and there were times wh... ...more

By Romancing the August 09, 2014

Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

His Reluctant Rancher is a heartwarming, feel good and fast paced story that took me through a lot of emotions – laughing, crying, sorrow, fear, determination and happiness. I could feel the r... ...more

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Roxanne Snopek

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Roxanne Snopek

Stories by USA TODAY bestselling author Roxanne Snopek are a bit like her life: dramatic, emotional and messy, with dogs, cats and other creatures usually underfoot. She believes that the best heroes are cowboys in spirit no matter what they wear and wealthy at heart no matter what they drive. She lives in beautiful British Columbia with her hero of many years and whatever kids and pets happen to be around.

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