Ryan excels at whipping up totally sympathetic characters. That’s why it is no surprise that even though petite Gillian Tucker kills her father at the start of the second Montana Men entry (after At Wolf Ranch), she stands out as a truly likable heroine. Rancher Blake Bowden finds her downright lovable from the moment she arrives at Three Peaks Ranch in her ’57 Chevy, younger brother Justin in tow. Caution is the order of the day, because Gillian is badly damaged both physically and emotionally: the former after a fall from a second-story window, the latter thanks to her abusive father. Life has dealt Gillian a very bad hand indeed, and she wants nothing more than to stay at the ranch, earn her keep, and mend. As romance builds between Gillian and Blake, she also has to keep a pushy ranch hand at bay. Readers who enjoy strong women and tough men will relish this story. (Mar.)
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Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men
Wide open sky, rolling green hills . . . Gillian Tucker could get used to life in the country—one far from the violence she left behind in San Francisco. Warily accepting an invitation to the Montana ranch that belongs to her grandfather, a man she's never met, Gillian hopes this is the haven she seeks. A sexy, overbearing cowboy who shines a light on her well-hidden dreams is not at all part of her plans.
Blake Bowden's reckless past is far behind him, and as a newly named co-owner of Three Peaks Ranch, he's not taking any chances. Until a beautiful, haunted woman arrives, igniting a desire he shouldn't feel. His partner's granddaughter is strictly off limits. But the longer Gillian's there, the stronger the pull grows between them. And when a new danger surfaces, Blake will do anything to keep her safe…even if it means risking everything for her heart.