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Lightning over Bennett Ranch

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Melody Bennett’s parents trampled on her teenage romance with a drifter ten years ago. He disappeared without a word of goodbyes on the night they had planned to run away together. Since then, she cast aside her foolish notions of happily ever after and worked hard alongside the hired help to care for the majestic horses on her family’s ranch. She refused to give love anot ...more
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published June 9th 2014 by Books to Go Now
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Marilyn Miles
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery and the ranch. Made me want to go there.

Melody Bennett has guarded her heart since she was seventeen. That’s when Max Fortaine, a young drifter her father hired to work on their Bennett Ranch in Willow Creek Montana, who romanced her for almost a year, abandoned her the night they planned to run away together.

Now twenty-eight, she’s since forgiven him and moved on with her life. However, with both of her brothers married and expecting children, Me
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Allyson Abbott
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: btgn, for-pleasure
I liked this fast paced short story, it packed a punch. The characters were completely believable and the author very knowledgeable about horses and ranch work. I learned a lot about horses! I like a story where people connect and show spirit and the couple here do that, they met when young and the relationship caused problems, but now they are back and will not let others stand in their way.
JoAnne
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Read my review on Romancing-the-Book.com by clicking on the link below:

http://romancing-the-book.com/2015/07...
Sky
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When a second chance at love comes knocking on your door – or moves next door in Melody Bennett’s case – would you answer?
Twenty-eight year old Melody Bennett has sworn off dating after realizing her expectations in men may be set too high. Expectations which had revolved around one boy she’d fallen in love with at seventeen years old; a young drifter who her father had hired as a stable-hand and who ultimately left her high and dry after promises of leaving her life behind for new adventures in
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Robin Morgan
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
“Lighting Over Bennett Ranch” by Amber Daulton is the first cowboy romance I’ve read, and I found it quite an enjoyable read. The lightning in this story takes on several meanings in my opinion, with the first being, the name of Melody’s horse.
Lightning, in the form of love, is also what had first come into Melody’s life at the of seventeen when she fell in love with Max[imilian] Fortaine, a drifter ranch her father had hired one summer. They had decided to run off together, however her father h
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Char (1RadReader59)
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a love that never died when in truth it really should have. Melody Bennett, 17 years old when they met, was 4th generation Bennett living and caring for the ranch. Her father Wayne Bennett was a stern and hard worker who loved his daughter. He would hire strays, one stray he hired was 20 year old Max Fortaine.
He saw her one day ride in on horseback or should I say race in, not thinking she would clear the fence safely, when all of a sudden she stopped the horse on a dime. Sh
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Carol Cassada
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Melody Bennett’s life revolves around her family’s ranch and her beloved horse, Lightning. But the hurt from losing the love of her life years ago, never went away. Melody and her lover, Max Fortaine had plans to go away and start a new life together, but he never showed up, leaving Melody heartbroken. Years later, Melody learns Max is back in town and she sets out to get answers on why he left her. Will Melody learn the truth about Max’s departure? Will Max’s dream of building his own ranch and ...more
The BookChick
Although this story was short and sweet, it was most enjoyable. Ms. Daulton did a great job telling a romantic tell about a woman's second chance with her first love. Melody Bennett is feisty, independent, and determined to place herself on equal footing with the men in her father's employ. But life and love haven't been too kind to Melody. Her childhood sweetheart and first love Max Fontaine stole her heart and ruined her for other men. So, imagine her devastation when he walked out on her with ...more
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
This is a very sweet, bite-sized western style romance that'll leave you with a smile on your face. Poor Melody was cheated out of the only “real” love she ever knew at the tender age of 18, then swore to herself she wouldn't love again. Working on her father's ranch , she's kept herself busy by training and breeding horses, but lately since her friends and family were marrying off and starting families of their own, she'd been thinking of him a lot. Not to mention her mother, who I'm sure meant ...more
Gsd1985
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite story by this author. Lightning over Bennett Ranch is Amber Daulton's most charming story to date, in my opinion. If you like homely and grounded romance, this one is a must read! The author has a writing style here that pulls you in and won't let you go until the last page.

Basically, Melody Bennett had a romance a decade ago that was for the ages. But, being a teenager, her parents put a stop to it because her love was a bad boy drifter and was not trusted by her folks. Rath
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Feisty Girls
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing





A copy of this book was provided to me for an honest review.

Once again Amber Daulton wrote a complete story in very few pages. I really enjoyed Lighting over Bennett Ranch and felt that it was a great, quick, and compact read that left nothing out. I felt connected to the characters and didn’t feel like I missed anything. It takes a lot of talent to write a WHOLE story within so few pages and Amber nails it.

So, if you’re looking for something to read during your lunch break, right before
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Tia
"Lightning over Bennett Ranch" by Amber Daulton is a short cowboy romance about Melody, the owner's daughter and Max a traveling hired ranch hand. At 18 she was completely in love with Max and ready to runaway with him anywhere he lead her too, but instead of showing up at the hotel he left without saying goodbye. 10 years later she works the horses at her Dad's ranch and has a list of impossible requirements for any man to get close to her. When she finds out that Max is back she confronts him ...more
Victoria
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LIGHTNING OVER BENNETT RANCH IS A WESTERN LOVE STORY WITH A REAL HOT COWBOY. IT IS A LOVE STORY ABOUT SECOND CHANCES. MAX AND MELODY MEET AND FALL IN LOVE WHEN THEY ARE TEENAGERS AND PLAN ON RUNNING AWAY TOGETHER BUT THAN MAX DISAPPEARS WITHOUT A WORD. MELODY GUARDS HER HEART AFTER THAT AND WORKS ON HER FAMILY'S RANCH. SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN HAPPY EVER AFTER ANYMORE. MAX RETURNS HOPING TO WIN BACK THE WOMAN HE LOVES WILL HE SUCCEED?

AMBER HAS AGAIN WROTE ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN LOVE STORY WITH
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Tammy Tate
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lightening Over Bennett Ranch is a sweet modern day western and is cute, touching and romantic. After Max, her childhood sweetheart, runs off without her she's devastated. Then years later she has another relationship that turns sour when she catches him cheating. Melody works on her parents horse and cattle ranch and loves her prized stallion Lightening. Now, her expectations in a man are so high, no one could ever fill the shoes.

One day she finds out Max is back in town. All she can think abou
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TheWriter
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book that I would recommended for those days that you want a nice romantic read! It was a short yet very enjoyable book. It's a western romance, and the Amber does a great job in telling you details to make you feel like you are actually there. The characters were well developed which isn't easy to do for a shorter story like this. So Bravo!!
Cons for the story were maybe there could have been a little more something between the two MC. (Can't say exactly what don't want to be a spoil
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Lauren Marie
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lightning Over Bennett Ranch - Amber Daulton's new story is an excellent read. Her descriptions of the countryside around Willow Creek are breath taking and her love of horses stands out.
The hero and heroine, Max and Melody, have a past history that they've never been able to leave behind, but can they forgive and learn to trust again? Max has secrets he has to come clean with or he won't ever gain Melody's trust again. Melody's father needed to be hit upside the head and I found him believable.
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Lisa
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lightning over Bennett Ranch by Amber Daulton is book 2 in the Montana Ranch Series. It gives us the story of Max Fortaine and Melody Bennett. Max was a drifter that broke Melody's heart when she was still a teenager. Now 10 years later he is back in town and wants the girl he left behind and never stopped loving.

This is a second chances story that is well written. However the characters needed to be more fleshed out. To much detail is put into the characters surroundings for such a short story
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Judy Moore
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very well written and touching story of a romance lost as teenagers that has the chance of being revived a decade later. The couple is very likable and have obvious chemistry, and the descriptions of horseback riding through the gorgeous ranches of the Rockies make you want to jump on a plane and fly out there. I really enjoyed this story!
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She lives in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina with her wonderful husband and their four crazy kitties. Writing takes up most of her time, aside from her day job in the retail industry. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical novels alike, she can't get enou
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