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Three River Ranch

(Three River Ranch #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.

Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untam
Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published August 25th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
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Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
3.5 Stars

Three River Ranch was like the perfect chick-flick. You know you’re going to have a feel good story with some bumps in the road, but eventually get to a happily-ever-after. You sit down on the couch with your popped corn and maybe a nice glass of wine, and let the fantasy take you away.

Aurora, “Rory” has had a trying few months. She found out she found out she was pregnant, and then that her cheating fiancé was dumping her for his skank assistant. He had the gall to ask her if the baby
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Author's writing - 4 stars
Story lines - 2.5 stars

All I can say is I liked the author's writing but not the story.

I would enjoy this book tremendously if it wasn't so much about wild mustangs and dogs. And it would be nicer too if the hero wasn't all hot-and-cold-and-hot-again towards the heroine.

Still, I'll check out book #2.
Well, full disclosure, I don't read romances and I certainly don't read cowboy romances...until now. I resolved to read Three River Ranch, simply because I have consistently enjoyed all the other writing from this particular author. She's done a number of non-fiction pieces over the years in a variety of periodicals, including Reader's Digest. She's written a number of books of true animal stories for the Amazing Stories collections--my favourite being "Wildlife in the Kitchen." She's been inclu ...more
Robin Bielman
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story! The romance quickly jumps off the page even though it takes the characters a little while to catch up. (Which I loved.) The story is heartwarming and sexy, the characters wonderfully engaging, and the setting so richly drawn that I felt like I was on the ranch. I didn't want to the story to end and can't wait to read more from Roxanne.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars

Rory is pregnant and recently single. She has plans of moving to a small town to give birth and raise her child and breed Labradoodles.

Carson spends his life trying to save and preserve wild mustangs and returns to his family's farm with hopes of turning it into a sanctuary for his beloved horses.

Fate throws them together and at the same time throws a spanner in the works! What results is a beautifully told story of strength, determination and love.

I loved this story. The formula is pr
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance and horse lovers

Rory has escaped her home town and jerk-off ex, pregnant and homeless. She rents a cottage on a former cattle ranch as a temporary place to stay until her baby is born. Unfortunately Carson, who plans on using the ranch as a sanctuary for wild mustangs also has a claim on the cottage.

They find themselves living under the same roof and eventually fall in love, but both have trust issues and can't admit to their feelings which causes a little angst.

Three River Ranch is pretty much everything you
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Oh my was Three River Ranch way too cute! Three River Ranch was the perfect, sweet romance to read away an afternoon. The setting was SO awesome. I felt like I was right there on the ranch with Carson and Rory. The story was a ton of fun since it takes Rory and Carson a bit to catch up with their feelings and admit them. I loved the witty banter between them and the chemistry was a'sizzlin. Serve me up another cowboy story please because this one was way too awesome!
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
This was a sweet romance, with characters that tried to move through their problems and build a new life.

Full review can be found on my blog : (un)Conventional Bookviews

*I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not your mama's category romance!

Did you read the blurb? It's a pretty standard category romance trope, the marriage of convenience, and THREE RIVER RANCH's blurb describes it really well. But expect to be pleasantly surprised that this over-the-top concept can be executed with masterful brush strokes to make it feel less silly than it sounds.

Rory and Carson are far from an easy match from the outset. His family history and the stipulation in his father's will make him very distrustful of both r
Jennifer K Jovus
My Thoughts:

Most heroines in romance books drive me crazy at some point. Three River Ranch's Aurora (Rory) McAllister does not. She is a compassionate, level headed and endearing person who cares deeply for those around her, including her labradoodle, horses she has just been introduced to and the biggest surprise in her life – Carson.

Carson, a cowboy and gentleman, is stuck with Rory as a ranch hand. It’s a conundrum that neither of them wants to be in, but together they make the most of it. C
Julie Barrett
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek
ISBN: 9781622669707
Aurora McAllister is new to the town and has moved into a house without seeing it first. Rory is there with her therapy dog, Mistral.
Carson Granger has his mustang sanctuary and he's not about to get married to collect on his inheritance from his father. He shows up
and has no idea about the new renter but after talking to the real estate agent he makes a deal with Rory that she can stay at the newer
family house and do some paperwork and not p
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - mini-review here - see the full post with full review, music & a GIVEAWAY at

ok this book was such an easy read - I was totally into the story. I read this in one sitting... really enjoyed it! These characters are so well developed and the story flows seamlessly. I loved the turmoil in both characters and the past influencing their present. This is a great romantic book and it plays a great part in the story - but the characters' journeys w
Dolce Amore
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, tour
Written For Confessions From Romaholics

When Carson Granger, the owner of the guesthouse pregnant Aurora, (aka Rory) McAllister just rented tells her that he needs to hire an assistant and not to rent the house, she is determined. She is not leaving. The only person she trusts in to help her giving birth is the nurse-midwife friend, Sabrina Becker; and her birthing center is in Chinook. So she is not going to move.

Carson Granger and his brother Mitchell had left Chinook many years ago. In the yea
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oct-12
This is a sweet contemporary romance. A quick read with a fast-paced story.
The characters were well developed and the story flowed seamlessly. The richly drawn setting made me feel like I was at Three River Ranch.

Carson decides to use the land left to him in his father's will as a horse (Mustang) preserve but the land is only his if he marries. Rory pregnant and homeless leaves her cheating fiance and answers the ad for the live in caretaker at the ranch. Both have been on the wrong side of happ
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Aurora is looking for a new start, for herself, her dog and the baby shes expecting. Signing the lease for a cottage, she never thought it would come with an owner not willing to let her stay.
Carson inherited his fathers ranch, but theres stipulations that are making his life hard, and now theres a woman claiming to being his new tenant, and unwilling to see reason. Hes got no time for this, with a trailer full of mustangs and a ranch to see to. How can he get her out of there?
Quick listen (5+
Aliza Mann
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've never really taken to pregnant heroines, but Rory had such a gentle spirit and managed to exude spirit and strength through her ordeal.
I love spunky heroines and as extremely pleased that I picked up this book. She was willing to stand her ground when necessary and never came off as obnoxious.
Very good read.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Ah! A series romance with mustangs! How could I resist? Especially when Three River Ranch is a launch title for Entangled Publishing’s new Bliss line. I was most eager to start reading this one!

This is a nice introduction to the Bliss line. The story moves along at a rapid clip, and it reminded me of a Harlequin Romance. Just enough angst to propel the plot forward and softer sex scenes. A feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and a slightly socially awkward hero to challenge her r
Tina "IRead2Escape"

I really, really, really liked Three River Ranch. The first book of the Three River Ranch series by Roxanne Snopek is my first book by this author and will definitely not be my last. As a matter of fact, I can not wait to get to book two.

Carson is home to Three River Ranch. His father is dead and can no longer make his life miserable or so he thought. After hearing the contingencies in his father’s will he can’t help but feel his dreams slipping through his fingers. As a scientist dedicated
Stephanie Collins
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rory just can't catch a break.. first she's pregnant and her lowlife ex has not only insinuated the child isn't his... he's been cheating on her and breaks their engagement. Second the charming little house she is supposed to be renting is a pile of dust, cobwebs and disaster. Top this off by a cowboy who doesn't really want her there and you have the formula for a cute romance. Rory is a mess but under that mess is a good woman who has an incredible heart and mind. She's immediately attracted t ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a single sitting, which speaks volumes about how compelling I found the characters and their situation - their unusual, awkward, intriguing, interesting situation.

The characters were real people, with real stuff going on, all the way down the cast list to the almost walk-ons like Des and Zach, Bliss and Blythe, and even Melissa, who we only see once. Even the four-legged characters are memorable, from service dog Mistral to wild mare Stormy and her foal.

There's a lot of fec
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
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Ok, last I started Roxanne Snopek's Three River Ranch and I couldn't put it down. I mean I absolutely enjoyed this story. However, there is this thing call sleep and it was calling my name. So, I reluctantly put the book down. So, this evening I have been finishing up reading this book. Without further ado let me share with you Three River Ranch.

Aurora McAllister was trying to make a fresh start in Blaine County, Montana. After all her scummy ex-fiance was
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is a nice contemporary romance. The love between Aurora and Carson is slow building but the story has a nice feel to it.

Aurora arrives at Three River Ranch with her Australian Labradoodle after being left and humiliated by her two-timing fiancé. She is thinking about taking time to heal herself and not having anything with another make ever again. But the place she rented is nothing like what the ad had announced, and now the Carson the owner doesn’t want a t
Lynn Spencer
My challenge for the month was to read something short – a category novel or a novella or short story. I tend to buy plenty of category romance so this was no problem for me. When Entangled launched, I had purchased several books from their various category lines to try and a few were still sitting unread on the Kindle, so this time around I decided to try Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek. Three River Ranch is a 2012 release from the Bliss line, a line that seems to feature American settings, ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
In the first super short chapter a pregnant lady uses her body to slam open a door that is stuck on a dilapidated building, then cuts herself on a rusty nail while the dude drives like an idiot and causes his trailer full of horses to freak out and froth at the mouth. Then he ignores his horses (which are so precious to him) to go slam in to this old broke down building and make the pregnant lady fall on to a giant bag of toxic waste and then chunks of plaster fall on her head. AM I THE ONLY ONE ...more
Melissa Maxwell
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really Sweet story. Rory pregnant and homeless after leaving her cheating fiance decides to answer an ad for a live in caretaker at a ranch. Carson never wanted to be a cowboy like his father tried to push him to be but he did love horse's Mustangs to be exact so he decides to use the land left in his father's will as a Mustang preserve. There is a hiccup when the land is only his if he marries. Getting to the land he sees Rory and has no idea why she is there. Sparks fly but are uncertain where ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Fun and quick a light tear jerker that will leave you smiling. Romantic tale of two people who have been on the wrong side of happiness. There is one hot cowboy, a strong independent woman, horse, dogs and beautiful Montana. What else could you ask for ? Well there is more. A believable story, well developed characters and many humorous moments.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a dose of happiness and romance.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a nice contemporary romance. The love between Aurora and Carson is slow building but the story has a nice feel to it.

If you like a love story that is slow building with a little comedy in it, this is a story for you. :)

For my full review please click on the link below. :)
There are a lot of really good reviews for this book out there but unfortunately, I failed to be enchanted by it as everyone else. I've got to be honest and say that the multiple pregnancies probably had something to do with putting me off. The two main characters also failed to capture my interest and I felt all the interactions between them were really forced.
Lacey's Love of Literature
I could not finish this book, and stupid me bought both books at the same time so wasted my money... This book just dragged on and on and there as no passion for me between the characters. Might pick up the second book seeing as I've bought it, but unlikely...
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A most enjoyable read and the start of a new series, I hope.

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