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The Wrangler (Jackson Hole #5)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  367 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
After Wall Street collapses, investment banker Griff McPherson trades in his suits and ties for Stetsons and cowboy boots. He returns to the Wyoming ranch he co-owns with his brother, but it's not exactly a happy homecoming. So to prove to everyone, including himself, that that he belongs back in Jackson Hole, he takes a post as a wrangler on another ranch.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I read the author's previous book and loved it. This book however came out lacking for me. My main problem is that the conversation between characters are so theatrical, cheesy, and forced that they failed to draw me into the story. At least to me they sounded what they are - a CRAFTED, MADE-UP - conversation.
The heroine is a generic character - sweet, loyal, conflicted - and her only distinguishing marks is her constant gripe about her abusive past. Which to me is
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I tried to like this book, but in reality I just really didn't like it. I couldn't get past the writing style. The dialog seemed very unnatural to me and it didn't flow well at all. Most of the time I kept saying to myself, people just don't talk like that. Then there was the fact that it was very repetitive. I guess the author was trying to get her points across, but I got so tired of hearing the same exact lines over and over. I also found it strange that Gus's stor ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not having read the first four books in the series wasn't a problem since a lot of history and background was given. But I do want to read the first four books so I can get more details to relationships and actions. I was pleased to see on the author's website that there are 9 books in total so I really have 8 books to read which is nice since there seemed to be more story to tell.

There was a happily ever after and some closure but an epilogue would have been great. Knowing there are four more b
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, own
I liked this book. There were good characters, values/morals presented and a great warm feeling from the old school respectful type of man. They really are rare and great. I liked the light suspense (even if I kept waiting for something to happen when it didn't). This is good for a (not completely) light read. Guess I'm for more suspense and action. I still enjoyed reading this and I would like to read about the other characters that were present. Slade, Reagan, and the divorcee would be good. I ...more
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: The Wyoming Series
Category: Contemporary Romance

"With a beautiful Wyoming setting and memorable characters - including a hero who's reinventing himself and a heroine who's learning to trust - McKenna skillfully shows that it's all about the romance and not only the sex. After all, hard work, honesty and trust is what western romance is all about." RT Book Review, rated 4 stars
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
A good plot shot to hell by bad writing. What a shame.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
My review is up and would love to hear what people think of it (the review not the book as it is not out yet). Cheers
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Endingnya agak kurang sreg ya, Curt sama sekali tidak ditangkap.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story even though it felt like the story wasn't finished.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
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*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley*

I really, really wanted to like The Wrangler. I liked the premise and I like cowboys. Western ranch romances tend to get under my skin, there is just something about them I love. So you can imagine how excited I was to be given a copy of this book to read and review. I was over the moon. But I am afraid the excitement was for nothing and I ended up coming away disappointed.

I felt
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via Netgalley.

The Wrangler is the fifth book in Lindsay McKenna’s Jacksone Hole series. However you do not have to read any of the previous books to enjoy the story, though I would suggest at least reading the previous book The Last Cowboy to get a better understanding of Griff’s relationship with his brother Slade, but it is certainly not a requirement. Because I had read The Last Cowboy before stating in on this book I came into it w
V.L. Locey
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Most of the books that I read and review I buy. Either because they`re from a favorite author, or someone recommends them, or a fellow author and/or friend has a new novel debuting. Once in awhile I`ll grab a book at the dollar store or at a library/high school book sale. (I have a bunch of reads from an author event/book sale I attended in October that I`ll be getting to shortly-maybe-God willing and the crick don`t rise.)

The book we`re chatting about today came from my mother-in-law. Now Ma do
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, western
The Wrangler by Lindsay McKennaCan a city boy financier remake himself into a wrangler in Wyoming after losing everything except the shirt on his back? No one tries harder than Griff McPherson to make a simpler, but hardworking, life for himself, and the woman that he hopes will love him.

After escaping her abusive childhood, Val Hunter didn't believe she'd ever go back to her hometown in Wyoming. When her grandmother requests that she leave the Air Force and come home to help save the family ranch, Augusta "Gus" Hunter is t
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Val Hunter has come home to Wyoming. Not that she wanted to, but her grandmother asked for her help and she would do anything her grandmother asks of her. Gus (Augusta Hunter) is a small dynamo that has had a hard time keeping the ranch going since a hip injury. As much as Val hates the Bar H Ranch, she took a hardship discharge from the Air Force to come home. Gus hopes that they will begin to create good memories to overshadow the bad as they work together to save the ranch.

Gus saved Val's lif
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Lorraine Montgomery
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I got this book. I found it on my bookshelf the other day and, after a few seconds of surprise, decided to give it a whirl. Romance is not my usual genre but I can try it from time to time.

The Wrangler tells the tale of two Wyoming transplants who are forced to come home where they don't want to be. Val Hunter returns to her childhood home where she had suffered terrible, debilitating abuse from her father and has lingering questions about why her mother hadn't been able to pr
Jenn Scranton
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok

This was fairly disappointing. I kept waiting for it to get better and at times I really thought it was, but ultimately I was let down.

Ok... well we have a strong, but wounded girl, excuse me I mean woman. I tend to forget because she has a tendancy to act like a 17 girl who just discovered boys. Anyways! She left the Air Force to help her grandma on the family ranch. She didn't want to go anywhere near the place because of the terrible memories of her abusive father. I get that. That's
Jun 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh! Where should I start?! This book had all of the makings to make a great story. A tough and sexy, Alpha male hero who trades in his Wall Street life to be a Wyoming wrangler. A strong, independent Air Force intelligence officer who hires a new wrangler to try and restore her family's ranch and the greed of a nefarious neighbor that threatens them both. The plot seems to have everything going for it make a great story. But it fell short in every way.

The "Alpha male" cowboy wrangler, Griff, wa
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the Wrangler. Had strong characters, western romance and bad guys.
Griff McPherson has moved back to Wyoming after living in New York since he was 6 years old. His parents died and his uncles split up Griff and his twin Slade. Slade was raised on the family ranch while Griff was raised in the city with money.
Griff lost all his millions in the stock market problems and decided to come home to the ranch now that he was broke. When Slade years ago had asked Griff for a loan
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. Griff has come back to Jackson Hole after losing everything in the Wall Street crash. Relations are strained with his brother, so he takes a job as a wrangler on the Bar H, working for Val and her grandmother. He has a lot to prove, to himself and others. Val is hesitant at first, but they take him on anyway. Val has come back to the ranch to help her grandmother run it. Val's memories of the ranch aren't good ones, as her father was physically and emotionally abusive. This has l ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
ok so first i must say that its an ok book and its a simple read but there was some things that just bugged me about the book.
The story fallows the lives of Val and Griff. Val is ex military coming home to help out her family ranch and Griff is a new york city slicker whose been home for a couple of months after the stock market crashed. Griff becomes the wrangler of Vals ranch and they work together to get the ranch back up and running and in good shape. The rich farmer in town may be a drug lo
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The Wrangler is the first book by Lindsay McKenna I have read. It was an enjoyable read. Griff and Val both have a past that they need to overcome before they can find happiness with each other.
Val has just left a carrier in the Air Force due to her grandmother breaking her hip, and being unable to care for the family ranch alone. The last place on earth she wants to be is on the Bar H, because it holds nothing but bad memories of her abusive father. But h
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book sucked, sorry for the language but I tried so hard to like the book but could not. And because once I start a book I feel like I have to finish it I hated it more. The author who wrote this book I felt was a 14 year old trying to write a book for the first time and as she went along writing the story she would add more things into it but forgot to go back and intertwine into the was repetitive I should of counted how many times griff said "it wasn't the right time." For he ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed this book. Griff and Val were characters that I could really get into. Both had pasts that still haunted them today, but they were brave people who didn't completely let the past rule their lives. Griff is such a gentleman, the kind that every woman hopes they can find for their partner. While not perfect Griff admits his mistakes, says he's sorry and works to learn from his mistakes. Val is an injured soul who is struggling to fully let go of the past. Thanks to Griff an ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a good one either - I'm rather ambivalent on the book as a whole. At every turn Val explained she couldn't trust men and they turned her off when they approached but we never learned her motivation for being with her fiancee or how that started, just that she couldn't be with Griff even though she wanted to be. And Griff went on and on about coming home and how he wanted roots and he didn't get along with his brother and how could he help Val, and so on. The ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Griff McPherson who was a banker but lost everything when Wall Street fell. He came back home to the ranch that he and his twin brother owned but realized that it was his brother's hard work that kept the ranch above water. He knew that he did not belong but he did finally realize that Jackson Hole was more home than Wall Street.

When Griff met Val Hunter, who's grandmother owned the Bar H, he make the decision that this was home finally. It was here that him and Val realized
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a long time fan of Lindsay McKenna’s books, I knew when starting The Wrangler that I would like it. What I didn’t expect was how at home I felt reading it. Even though the story takes place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and I live in Texas I could still relate to the home town feeling that The Wrangler gave me.

When I first started reading The Wrangler I did not realize that it was #5 in the series. I never once felt like anything was missing or became lost in what was going on in Jackson Hole. It
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fine continuation of a very good cowboy romance series by a writer who knows how to tell a very good story and whose knowledge of the Western contemporary lifestyle is evident throughout the story. It is also a story about a man who needs to redeem himself in his own eyes, whose understanding of himself, of his true successes and failures, of what is really worthwhile in life is undergoing significant change, and that change has not always been without significant pain. The real heroine is the ...more
Aug 05, 2015 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish
Shelves: western-romance
I must stop acquiring books in genres/subgenres that don’t interest me. Westerns are a tough subgenre for me. The ones I like are by authors I discovered in other subgenres, such as Fiona Lowe. I tried to read this one, but just couldn’t engage. Once I clear the backlog of westerns in my nook (what was I thinking?) I’m giving up on the genre unless it is by an author whom I really enjoy. I'm not even rating it because it's just so not for me but I don't want to drag the ratings down for people w ...more
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stud muffin cowboy, a story that sizzles and enough mystery to give it just that extra umph that sent it over the edge. This one had everything that it needed to make a really good read. The characters were easy to connect with and the plot was a joy to follow. While both t=of the main characters have some "issues" they are not too over the top and the bit of mystery and suspense brought everything together.
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