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The Rancher's Second Chance (Tall Pines Ranch #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  425 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
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, 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, an ...more
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Published March 10th 2014 by Entangled: Bliss
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Jul 18, 2015 BookLover rated it really liked it
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 friend since school, was a temptation he didn’t want. At every turn, Melanie dispelled his misconceptions about the type of woman she was. His desire to steer clear of her quickly turned to a desire f
Mar 11, 2014 Desere rated it really liked it
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 learns that Melanie has a secret and unless he can convince her to open up to him, there truly is no chance for them.

This was a wonderful read with the focus on the hero learning to love again and the hero
Sep 21, 2014 LLCSpokane rated it really liked it
Shelves: add-2014-reads
More like 4.5*. Another great read by Victoria James. Two strong characters, both with painful baggage getting in the way of a relationship.
Lydia Perversius
Aug 04, 2014 Lydia Perversius rated it liked it
"I’d risk it all for you. I’d go to hell and back for a day, a night, a lifetime with you if you’ll have me. You make me want to believe in forever again. I want to grow old with you, sweetheart. I know how to feel and I’m a man who’s not afraid to love. And if you’ll let me, I’ll spend the rest of our lives loving you." - Cole Forrester

Well, this one certainly had me thinking a lot about the rating and such... But I'm rushing and stepping out of my usual order here, so I'd better get back to it
Feb 16, 2014 Nicola rated it it was amazing
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 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
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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 has the midas touch. Cole Forrester buried his wife five years ago and doesn’t want to risk his heart getting broken again. Melanie Simms is courageous beyond belief. She’s carrying around a secret th
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Feb 21, 2014 Emily (Mrs B's Books) rated it it was amazing
**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 ran away from a rich nasty father leaving behind her mother and sister who would not leave with her and she has been coping on her own ever since. Her best friend Corri is getting married, but due to th
Talking Books
Mar 01, 2014 Talking Books rated it it was amazing
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 forced to help Melanie with a few wedding details and ends up getting stranded at his cabin. Mel is hiding something from her past. Something that has the potential to rock her very foundation. Cole soon c ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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 will be helping Cole handle the wedding plans. Cole lost his wife five ago and is not looking for love. Cole wants have the dream he and his wife had come true. Helping Melanie he is starting to fall for ...more
Monica Cardoza
Jul 19, 2014 Monica Cardoza rated it it was amazing
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 story I knew that it had to do with a cowboy that was going to get a second chance to love a wonderful, strong woman. But as I was reading and he told his story about how he met his wife and how she p
Feb 20, 2014 Sapphyria rated it it was amazing
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 still need to be worked out. Melanie now must go to The Tall Pines Ranch, owned by Cori's brother, and work with him to get the final wedding items needed.

Cole Forrester married his soul mate and, trag
Shirley Buchanan
Mar 11, 2014 Shirley Buchanan rated it really liked it
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 his one chance at love and had no interest in finding another. Then Fate dropped a bombshell into his path.

When Cori, Cole's sister, was out of town, she was rushed into emergency surgery just a few
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Mar 23, 2014 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary
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 own stories that take place in Passion Creek. Enough about that let me get on with my thoughts on The Rancher's Second Chance.

Melanie Simms has had a crush on her best friend's brother forever. She f
Feb 23, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
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 romantic and entertaining story that readers will love.

Melanie Simms is a wedding planner and she just happens to be planning her best friend's wedding, which is being held at the family's ranch, a ran
Lynn Reynolds
Mar 13, 2014 Lynn Reynolds rated it really liked it
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 laughing. So you will need to be careful if you have the munchies – you don’t want to choke. It’s nice to have a romance where you can laugh at the characters – makes them seem more human.

If you love readi
Blushing Reader
Mar 05, 2014 Blushing Reader rated it really liked it
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 inside themselves to see what it is they want from life.

I enjoyed The Rancher's Second Chance, it was a breath of fresh air after so many of the angst-filled and dark romances I have been reading. Whi
Mar 10, 2014 Jasmyn rated it really liked it
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 doesn't seem to like anything since his wife died several years ago. Even though he promised her to move on, he never really has. He is determined to see the ranch succeed and doesn't need some high so
~`*Ella Lee*`~
Mar 18, 2014 ~`*Ella Lee*`~ rated it really liked it
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 and not too long later, his BF, and wife died of cancer. It hit Cole hard (understandably) and he pretty much vowed to never love like that again.
Melanie's past is no bed of roses either. She grew up w
Feb 20, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
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 time.

This is a story of finding that one person that is worth opening up to again. The one person that you would risk the biggest part of yourself to; your heart.

In the beginning Cole was reluctant
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
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. He is so removed and hardly ever even talks. Now that Mel is planning Cole's sister's wedding, there is no avoiding meeting each other while the preparations are in earnest.

I loved the scene in the c
Heather andrews
Feb 18, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
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 long legs and narrow hips. His hands braced the doorjamb in the entryway where she noticed his dark blue button down shirt straining against his wide chest." Some of the conversations Cole has with Mrs. ...more
Rosemary K
Mar 11, 2014 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing
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 her emotions distract her. Or will she? Cole is a widower. He doesn't want to love again after he lost his young wife to cancer. Melanie is afraid to let anyone close after the traumatic pain of her ...more
She Hearts Books
Mar 09, 2014 She Hearts Books rated it really liked it
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 to do a little matchmaking. *I LOVED Mrs. H.!* Cole has thrown himself into running the family ranch since losing his wife years ago and isn't looking to fall in love. He had a happily ever after once ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-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 comes along. She is his younger sister's best friend and wedding planner. While his sister is away Cole must step up and help with the wedding plans bringing him and Mel close together. She has a past ...more
Nivan Mamak
Dec 04, 2016 Nivan Mamak rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm just in a bad mood but I seem to be picking up bad books. This reads worse than most of the unpublished FanFiction I've read. The writing is very stiff somehow and a bit awkward. I pretty much gave up after this bit:

Gage was nodding. “That’s great, man. I hope this works out for you.”
“It has, too,” Cole said.
Gage looked uncomfortable for a minute. “You know, if it doesn’t, that’s okay, too.”

"It has, too," ???????????? What kind of English is this? This is a published book?

Could not
Cheryl Sanders
Apr 02, 2014 Cheryl Sanders rated it it was amazing
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 crush. The more time they spent together, the closer they got. He never thought he would be attracted to anyone after losing his wife. He was definitely feeling something for his sisters friend. Melanie ...more
Megan / MP93BB
Feb 17, 2014 Megan / MP93BB rated it really liked it
*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 struck his family. Melanie, on the other hand is totally the opposite of what he is usually interested in. He thinks she is this spoiled little rich girl. Melanie is actually a broken girl who needs some
Nas Dean
Feb 17, 2014 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing
THE RANCHER'S SECOND CHANCE by author Victoria James is a March 2014 release by Entangled Indulgence.

Melanie Simms was so not for Cole Forrester. Cole was a widower and he was used to keeping his heart safe. But stranded with Melanie, Cole feels the attraction between them flare and turn into something more.

Would Cole let his heart be vulnerable? Could he move past his grief and start anew? But what was Melanie hiding?

THE RANCHER'S SECOND CHANCE is a heart-warming romance about taking second ch
Feb 24, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 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. I really enjoyed it.

This is the second book I've read by Victoria James it won't be the last. I enjoy her writing style and her characters have a way of touching your heart and making a connection that keeps you invested in their story.

I highly recommend The Rancher's Second Chance and I'm looking forward to reading more in the near fu
Mar 12, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to escape to a sweet little cabin in the woods with my own cowboy. Cole took hold of my heart and not one minute went by that I didn't want to hold him myself and show him the comfort he needed. Mel comes from a truly dysfunctional family, money sure didn't buy her happiness. Together they melt your heart and cheer for the happily ever after we all dream of. I don't believe up till now have had the pleasure of reading any of this authors books but now have her on my must r ...more
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