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Peek Inside The Rancher's Second Chance

Widowed rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family's ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he's looking for is love, especially from event planner Melanie Simms. Melanie is high-society, complicated, and high maintenance. But when he's stranded with her at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, he realizes he's seriously underestimated her. She's hiding something about her past from him, but despite everything, he's falling for the last woman he ever expected, and the first woman to make him want to give his heart and risk everything...

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She was the one woman who could make him risk everything…

Rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family’s ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he’s looking for is love, but when his little sister can’t make it home to handle some of her wedding details, he’s forced to entertain the event planner, Melanie Simms.

Melanie is everything he’s not even remotely interested in: she’s high society, complicated, and high maintenance. When they’re stranded together at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, Cole realizes there’s more to Melanie than he imagined. But in close quarters, temptation is inevitable, and the last thing Cole needs is to risk everything…and give his heart away.


"I've now had the chance to read two books written by Victoria James and she has moved her way up to the top of my "Favorite Authors" list. Victoria's books are powerful and full of emotion. Her ability to transform a story in the minds of a reader from nothing but words on a page to full blown reality is extraordinary." -Sapphyria Reviews

"This book was one epic read! From the first page I just knew this book would be one I could not put down! Strongly written characters with equally strong stories that intertwine to form one incredible read! An absolute feel good read. Five Stars!" -Talking Books Review

"I've read enough of Victoria James' books to know that when I pick one up, I'll be treated to a romantic captivating journey and a couple to fall in love with. And I was, as The Ranchers Second Chance is a beautifully written book with wonderful realistic characters, a mesmerising storyline and set in a descriptively beautiful location. Cole and Mel's journey is one of discovery and understanding and with some laugh-out-loud moments...was an absolute pleasure to read." -Nicola, Amazon Review

"Cole is the strong, alpha man with that tender side. Melanie is the sweet, caring, and has a great strength...I felt so many different emotions with this storyline...I had a hard time putting the book down. Victoria James doesn't disappoint. This a 5 star must read." -Sharon, Amazon Review

"Romantic and has just the right amount of sizzle. I loved the story itself and found it to be romantic, sexy, and though it had its serious moments, it was also fun and enjoyable to read. Victoria James has done an excellent job with this contemporary romance." -Always YA at Heart

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665129
Series: Tall Pines Ranch, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 10, 2014
Page Count: 250
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract

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By BookLover May 28, 2017

Cole and Melanie’s story really tugged at my heartstrings. It was clear from the beginning that both had an attraction to one another but neither intended on acting on their feelings.

Cole, a widow of five years, hadn’t quite let go, despite believing he had moved on. Melanie, his sister Cori’s best ...more

By Desere March 11, 2014

The read tells of Cole, once he had been happy but then life had dealt him a harsh blow and since that day he vowed to never love again.

But with the arrival of Melanie comes the reality that he might just be able to let someone new in, however just as he starts to let Melanie into his heart he learn ...more

By LLC September 21, 2014

More like 4.5*. Another great read by Victoria James. Two strong characters, both with painful baggage getting in the way of a relationship. ...more

By Nicola March 09, 2014

Cowboys. Give them the right story and I love them. And if we had them in the UK I would constantly be wandering the fields appreciating the view. Cole Forrester? He is a cowboy I would happily ride into the sunset with.

Mm mm *sighs*


I've read enough of Victoria James' books to know that when I pic ...more

By Kim Reads March 24, 2015

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

I will not deny that I’m a huge fan of Victoria James. Her books always seem to draw me in and tug at my heartstrings. The Rancher’s Second Chance was no different.

When it comes to writing likeable characters who have been through the ringer, Victoria ...more

By Emily March 05, 2014

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

A good ol' sweet romance with a sexy cowboy? IM IN!!

Cole Forrester is one gorgeous cowboy with a very large heart who has been hurt in the past simply because his wife died of cancer.

Melanie is alone is the world. She ra ...more

By Talking March 01, 2014

Meet wedding planner Melanie who happens to be the bride's (Cori) best friend. Cori can't make it home to finalise details for her nuptials so she leaves it to Melanie. Adding to the mix is Cori's hotter than hot rancher brother Cole, who is grieving over losing his wife of years past. Cole is force ...more

By Sharon March 10, 2014

The Rancher's Second Chance written by Victoria James is second book in the Passion Creek Series. Cole Forrest runs his family ranch. Cole's sister is planning her wedding at the ranch and when she can't be there she asks Cole to handle the details. Melanie is her friend and wedding planner. She wil ...more

By Monica July 19, 2014

A man that lost his love of his life but he might have room for another woman if only he gives it a chance. A woman that can’t trust anyone because of what happened with her father but a cowboy might just be the one to pass her test.

This was such a warm, emotional story. When I started reading this ...more

By Sapphyria May 01, 2015

Melanie Simms is an up and coming wedding planner based in Passion Creek. Her good friend Corrin (Cori) is getting married soon and Melanie wants the low key-high society wedding to go off without a hitch. The problem? Cori is out of town having emergency surgery and there are wedding details that s ...more

By Shirley March 11, 2014

Losing your soul mate to death is devastating to anyone. Every person handles it in a different way. For Cole, the devastation was complete. No one would ever take her place. He would work his ranch, cherish his memories and strive to achieve their dreams, all while living his life alone. He had had ...more

By Melody March 23, 2014

Posted on What I'm Reading

Yesterday, I finished The Rancher's Second Chance by Victoria James which is the second installment to Passion Creek books. However, you need not worry about reading the first book Reforming the Playboy, because both of these stories are standalone. Honestly, they are their ...more

By Ellen March 10, 2014

I have read several of Victoria James' books in the past and really enjoyed them, so when I had the opportunity to read The Rancher's Second Chance, I couldn't wait to see what kind of story Victoria James would write that included a cowboy. Needless to say, she didn't disappoint and has written a r ...more

By Lynn March 13, 2014

Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I was gifted a copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Melanie Simms is a wedding consultant doing a favor for a friend. Cole Forrester owns a ranch. Almost from the beginning, Victoria has the reader laugh ...more

By Blushing March 13, 2014

3.5 warm and fuzzy stars.

The Rancher's Second Chance was a sweet, quick read that told a beautiful story about two people who are learning to let go of the past and move forward. Victoria James writes wonderful characters that she pushes outside of their comfort zones and forces them to really look ...more

By Jasmyn March 12, 2014

These books can be read as stand alones - the characters do not cross over for more than a couple paragraphs in passing.

This book is about more than just one man's second chance - it's about a second chance for both Cole and Melanie, just in drastically different ways. Cole is grump and short and d ...more

By ~`*Ella Lee*`~ March 18, 2014

This was a very sweet read. Pretty calm and easy going. Nice build up to the lovin' and a great HEA.
Melanie (heroine) is a wedding planner and planning her childhood BFF's wedding. Cole (hero) is the BFF's brother that Melanie had always crushed on from afar.
Cole was married to his HS sweetheart a ...more

By Abby March 13, 2014

5 Stars

This is the story of Melanie and Cole. Cole has gone through enough in the past few years that would ruin just about anyone and everyone that has gone through what he has. That is also true for Melanie. Most women that go through what she has would break and continue to be broken for a long ...more

By Gloria August 18, 2016

Even though they have known each other for many years, Cole and Melanie are really strangers. She is his sister's best friend... he is the widowed older brother who is too preoccupied in running the ranch and licking his broken heart.

Melanie is so sweet. She has had a crush on Cole all these years. ...more

By Heather February 18, 2014

Cole...he's well...he's my lord he's hot is what that man is, "seconds later Cole Forrester filled up the doorway and her mind. He was a solid, six feet two inches of hard, beautiful man. There wasn't a soft spot on his well-defined, hard-working body. His low-slung, well-worn jeans outlined his lon ...more

By Rosemary March 11, 2014

Melanie Simms walked away from her wealthy, abusive father and began a new life. She starts her own business and is a wedding planner. Her friend, Corrina, is getting married and Mel is helping her. This means working with her friend's big brother, Cole. Melanie is attracted to him but she won't let ...more

By She March 09, 2014

Cole is the brother of the bride and Melanie is the best friend and wedding planner of the bride. Cori (the bride) is out of town and asks Melanie to take care of some last minute details which puts her and Cole together quite a bit in preparation of the big day. Their housekeeper, Mrs. H., decides ...more

By Chrissy October 06, 2014

As usual Victoria James does not disappoint. This book had me hooked immediately but who wouldn't be hooked by a sexy cowboy. This is the story of Cole Forrester. He runs the family ranch. After losing his wife 5years ago, he is really just existing though. Day in and out on the ranch until Melanie ...more

By Cheryl April 02, 2014

Cole Forrester's sister, Corrina, was getting married and her longtime friend, Melanie Simms, is the wedding planner. Corrina was away on business and ended up in the hospital the week before the wedding. Melanie was going to have to handle last minute details with the help of Cole, her long time cr ...more

By Megan March 08, 2014

*eARC provided by Entangled Publishing*

This isn't the First book that I've read by Victoria James, nor is it the last. I love her book's. This one was no exception. I loved the character's in the story. I really felt sorry for Cole. He was just a guy trying to live from day to day after tragedy str ...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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