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At Wolf Ranch

(Montana Men #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,526 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men...

After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set, until Gabe rescues a woman on
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Avon (first published February 1st 2015)
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Boring, mundane. I can't even rant about it because it is so bland.

Anna's Herding Cats
4.5 stars Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Hot damn! Ryan totally rocked that. This one wasn't at all what I was expecting but it totally captivated me. And dammit I SO want a Gabe!

Full Review: have I waited this long to read Ryan?! My cowboy loving heart has been seriously neglected. At Wolf Ranch was incredible! Yall know I don't read blurbs so I was thinking sexy winter cowboy romance and instead I got, well, sexy winter cowboy romance but mystery and suspense
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee dates with At Wolf Ranch

First date: Murder, betrayal and trouble greet me in the first chapter and I am hooked. How the heck is Ella Wolf going to get out of this mess? I love when a book grabs you like this. Twists and turns lead us into the arms of Gabe Bowden whose life is about to be upended. Woot! Hold on to your hats ladies, as Gabe will make your knees turn to jelly.

Second date: Gabe and Ella are both intelligent,independent and some might say overachievers. I love strong
Big Joe  Rossi
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one great crazy ride!

Ella Wolf witnesses her Uncle shoot and kill her twin sister. Then talk about blaming it on her and killing her. She flees NY and runs to the last place her sister was. Montana. To Wolf Ranch. There she will work to figure out what her sister found that got her killed.

Gabe Bowden thought he scored the deal of a live time when he bought Wolf Ranch but a weird run in with Lela Wolf and now, her twin sister, Ella has destroyed his plans. His dreams. While she looks
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe-for-me
This had two major issues for me. The first is that it was boring. Just something about the dialogue and pace of the story. The second was that the major theme of the book was the death of her sister. She cried and grieved the entire time. It was depressing and exhausting. Not at all what I want to read in a romance. A third, lesser, issue is how she took control of things without ever discussing them with the Hero. It was abrasive and uncaring. Her justification - "you got what you wanted ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. Review to come.
Witnessing her identical twin’s murder sends Ella Wolf’s life into a tail spin.

She doesn’t know who she can trust and she is on the run for her own life. Ella desperately retraces her sister’s last steps to discover the secret that cost her sister her life. The path leads back to their abandoned “Wolf Ranch” and an unlikely hero, Gage.

Gage was unwilling pulled in to the deviant plot against Ella and her sister. When he finds her on the side of the road, his white knight shines through.

Ella was
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-galley
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My first read from Jennifer Ryan, and it was a HUGE hit for me! Right from the beginning I was immediately hooked with all that was happening with Ella Wolf. Ella’s twin is murdered, and now the killer is framing her. Ella must now find the truth hidden at her family’s ranch in Montana.

Gabe Bowden…thud! Wow! Dreamy, rugged, hardworking are only a few words that I can describe this handsome cowboy. Gabe has his heart set on owning Wolf Ranch. He has huge plans
Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)
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This is my first Jennifer Ryan book and I gotta say, she's a really great story teller! From the very first page I was pulled into the story. (SPOILER but not really because it's in the synopsis) Chapter One (full excerpt below) opens with the murder of Ella's twin sister. When she witnesses her sisters murder, she realizes she isn't safe and flees to Montana where
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This was my first book by Jennifer Ryan. At Wolf Ranch is the first book in her new Montana Men series. This was a good story. The beginning of this book is heartbreaking. But as the story goes on I learned that what you see is not always what you get. Ella is not the party girl that the world thinks she is. She is one tough cookie who is willing to do anything to find the truth. A truth that might just get her killed.
Lynsey A
Well, this was my first read by Jennifer Ryan and it won't be my last. This quite an enjoyable story with an adorable hero. He was so sweet and kind to the heroine. Very loving guy. Great story!

I picked this one up because I want to read the third in the series because it has one of my favorite tropes: secret baby child! Thanks to @heroesandheartbreakers for the rec! :)
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yummy Montana cowboy who rescues a damsel in distress, falls in love with her, helps her solve a mystery and then of course does a bone-head move...but all's well that end's well. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan is an amazing read from start to finish. Ella Wolf is on the run from her uncle, trying to find out what he has hidden that he was willing to kill over. Ella doesn't anticipate the support she'll receive from Gabe Bowden, a Montana rancher who recently purchased the family ranch from her uncle.

Ella is determined to finish what her twin sister Lela started. As the pieces begin to unravel, she finds out there's more hidden than she could ever have imagined. Even with
Jane Stewart
First 100 pages were captivating. I didn’t want to stop reading. But the middle and the end were average.

The middle felt too drawn out. If I had to come up with something to make it better, maybe more interesting chemistry among characters, not just the hero and heroine but others as well.

I was surprised at the end to learn that so many people did bad things. All that was glossed over with no details. It might have been better to show some interactions and happenings among some of them. The
Lyndi W.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Nothing spectacular or terribly original, but it was engrossing and I really enjoyed the H/h. They were great characters.
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
This was my very first cowboy romance read and I quite enjoyed it. I loved the romance, and though Gabe got a little too cheesy at times I still liked it a lot. I loved the relationship between Ella and Gabe, they meshed really well together. Can't wait to continue on with the series.
3.5 Stars

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After working in the Rodeo, Gabe wants to own his own ranch and have a wife and children of his own. A great opportunity becomes available to him, and he takes advantage of it. On his way to transporting horses, he finds a lone woman stranded on the side of the road in a snow storm. Ella Wolf, has just seen her twin sister, murdered by her uncle. So Ella flees the city, and goes back to where she once called home “Wolf Ranch”. She knows that she needs to hide out until she can get proof
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Mystery....suspense....romance....AND COWBOYS. Yup, that's a pretty awesome combination.

Ella Wolf and her sister, Lela are only weeks out from their landmark 25th birthday when Lela is brutally murdered and Ella finds out that she's next, unless she can get to her family's ranch in Montana and uncover the secret that will save her life.

When she's abandoned to die on the side of a snowy, deserted road, it looks as though the secret will remain hidden forever. Until Gabe Bowden spies her through
Debbie Oxier
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think this is one of the best Jennifer Ryan books I've read so far. There was just the right mix of suspense and romance. It was also nice that the characters didn't just fall into bed together. The author gave them time to get to know one another as she built her story around them. It was more about plot than sex, although there were some nicely written love scenes. When the book opens, Ella is responding to an eerie call from her twin sister, Lela. It appears Lela is arguing with their uncle ...more
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Nothing like starting a story where within the first chapter contains a murder, because the bad guy was caught for other crimes like murder, fraud, and embezzlement. Yep, that will definitely be something catch your attention, at least mine. To top this all off, Ella is the one to watch this all take place. Now she has to figure out what the heck her uncle did that would force him to kill his niece, and survive from suffering the same fate as her sister. Good times,
RobertaC. RobertaC.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Having read and loved Jennifer Ryan's "Dylan's Redemption" I was looking forward to reading more from her, even though these two books belong to a different series.
I have to admit that I'm torn about this book and the rating because some parts were great, while some others made me wonder if it was the same author who wrote Dylan's Redemption. I will start with the parts I liked.
The first part of the book is intriguing and the first pages hooked me. The building tension in the first chapter grips
Paula Legate
There was so much packed into this book, and I loved every minute I spend reading this story.

Ella, and Lela are twin sisters. They have been raised by their uncle after their parents died. raised is a lose term. He had the cook, and other people actually take care of the girls. Ella, and Lela are about to inherit the company when they turn 25. Ella's phone rings and she can over hear her sister fighting with her uncle. She races back to the house just in time to see her sister murdered. Herr
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This book was trope heaven for me. It’s got Country Boy vs City Girl, Unexpected Rescuer, Snowed In… It was like trope confetti.


Yes! Plus I’ve been on a cowboy kick lately and c’mon, did you see the size of that man’s Stetson on the cover?

Admittedly, it was a slow start for me with the phone call and the info dumpage of character details. However once Ella and Gabe were in the same vicinity, the book really took off. Their
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Shelly's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

After years of hard work and rodeo’s Gabe is looking for land and a good women to spend his life with. After getting an offer that seems to good to be true, he scoops up some prime property, or so he thinks.

Ella flees New York after witnessing her twin sisters murder, losing her other half, and running from getting killed herself, she goes back home to Montana in the hopes of finding answers to why and what her sister knew that got her
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover of the book would catch the persons eye right off the bat. The man with the black stetson would would take a womens breath away.

There are a set of twins that have ownership of their fathers company. When using fake ID to find out where to find her sister. It lead her to find her sister in Montana and finds out that the family owns the rench which is quite large.

When she finds out that Gabe Brown was a rodeo champion and buys wolf Ranch. Which he thought was his and a person swinded
Book Riot Community
Some suspense. A little bit of a snowed in romance. A cowboy who can cook. At Wolf Ranch has quite a few things that I liked. After witnessing her twin’s death at the hands of her power-hungry uncle, heiress Ella returns to her old family ranch in Montana to find a way to put her uncle behind bars. But hitching a ride in the snowy, Montana wilderness has its dangerous, and she’s soon rescued by the retired rodeo champ Gabe Bowen. The romance is sweet and blossoms easily between the hero and ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Jennifer Ryan book... But it wont be my last. This story kept me turning the pages, from the first to the last.

After seeing her twin sister killed in cold blood by their uncle, Ella goes to the only plays she knows she will be safe and find the information to take down her sisters killer. Gabe Bowden thinks that life after the rodeo on the ranch he has purchased from the Wolf's, will be a place he can settle, but when he finds Ella hurt and near frozen on the road to her ranch
Macwolf01 [Elise]
This book was a quick read romantic suspense, I really liked the flow of the writing.

Ella Wolf has lost all those she loves and now knows that her uncle is an evil man. Ella has to retrace her twin Lela's step to prove how evil her uncle really is ... after she watched him murder Lela and tell his crony to frame and kill Ella.

Driving through a snow storm has never been high on Gabe Bowden's list of favorite things ... he has to skid to a spot there is something on side of the road.

I give this
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AJ's Review:

I am an all-time fan girl of Jennifer Ryan's. I love everything she has written. I love the depth of her characters, the complexity of the situation, the strength of her heroes and heroines and the build up of suspense in her novels. With that said...At Wolf Ranch did not disappoint. In fact, it ROCKED my world. Read More. . .
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Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table.

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Montana Men (6 books)
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