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Romancing the Ranger

(Cotton Creek #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the ri
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 14th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
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Romancing the Ranger was a truly lighthearted romance. The kind of read that just hits the spot when you least expect it.

Reese decides to burn the evidence of her failed relationship taking out the park outhouse and putting her on Ranger Wade’s rador.

Ordered to rebuild the outhouse herself, Reese is court ordered to spend more time under Wade’s supervision.

Wade has formed a bitter shell over his heart left by his ex-fiancée. Wade’s past relationship scars cause a lot of preconceived notions abou
I'm always on the look out for sweet and fluffy stories as sort of a palate cleanser. When I saw the premise of this one, it sounded right up my alley.

Honestly, I didn't care for Reese and Wade. They're not bad characters, but they fell flat for me. She's a people pleaser and he's still bitter over a fiancée who left him. I didn't see any of the attraction between them; it all felt so shallow. What really annoyed me was Wade's constant complaint about her lifestyle and money. They just didn't c
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Wade the Weenie Stars. OK, he wasn't entirely a weenie. Most of the time.... make it 1/2 the time.

Reese, the h has just broken up with her pain in the ass, pretentious boyfriend Brock. She takes a drive to a remote and scenic waterfall and rest stop that she knew when she was a young girl.
When she stops to burn her past- really burn it, the fire gets out of control. The H, Wade, a park ranger in rural Colorado, rushes over to put out the fire. Not before an out-building catches fire and burn
4 “Small town sexy romance” STARS

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Thank you, Entangled!!

Isn’t it simply amazing when you find a book and it’s exactly what you needed to read at that moment? That’s what happened with Romancing the Ranger.

I remember going through Netgalley’s list looking for a good romance book, preferably set in a small town and I found this new Entangled title. The cover was pretty and the blurb made it clear it was pretty close to what I wanted at that moment. I’m so happy the rest of the book
City-bred girl with money meets a small-town ranger who's the opposite of all she is - and in this tale of opposites attract, both attempt to find middle-ground together when the mutual attraction gets too much to contain for a mere fling.

I wish I could say this had been an unforgettable read, but it wasn't one at all. There was too much focus on the superficial that I struggled to get past - wealth, prestige, looks and class - and there seemed little beyond those bits to plumb.

I never felt as
Karan Eleni
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Jennie Marts has done it again! ROMANCING THE RANGER is a remarkable take on a big city meets small town romance and extremely relatable. Everyone has encountered heartbreak at some point and become skeptical if a similar person or situation approaches. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky and me jealous. And how many times have you allowed someone to use you as a doormat? Never? Are you sure you're real? What happens when the city girl who has been walked over several times finally has enoug ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennie Marts has done it again, loved it!!! I could not put this book down. It had be laughing out loud. A great attraction and chemistry between Reese and Wade. Jennie does an excellent job of decriptive writing. Read it in one day.

Pampered princess, Reese has gone up the mountain to get rid of mementos from her failed relationship, that she broke up. She didn't mean to burn down the outhouse. As her punishment she has to rebuild the outhouse with hunky, Park Ranger, Wade. Wade has just com
Heather andrews
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wade is a special kind of man, “holy crap! You got a fish!” He scrambled on the floor of the boat for the fishing pole, grabbed it and reeled in the line. “Grab that net.” Seriously? She was half naked and sitting between his legs, and he wanted her to help him catch a fish?" Wade has some moves, might have been cheesy but he had moves, “I like your dress,” he’d said in a sexy slow drawl. “But I’d like it better on the floor.” I enjoyed this book Wade was sexy and Reese was a sweet girl. ...more
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Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Any book that boasts fish puns and sex innuendoes among its attributes is my kind of book. There are few things in this world that I find as amusing as a pun—good or bad—and as hot as a few well-placed double entendres. And Romancing the Ranger had me covered on those fronts. also had me covered on the swoony, sexy and sweet front, too. Seriously, this book was a complete package of fun—quick, fluffy and humorous, with just a hint of tension to make sure boredom didn't set it. Basically
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sweet country boy meets city girl, arrests her, and is forced to spend a few weeks working with her. All of a sudden this city girl has crept into his heart.
Full review to follow..... on March 25th.
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What a funny book to read, it had me laughing out loud. The attraction and sparks, literally fly between Wade and Jennie from the beginning.

Jennie is done with her failed relationship. She is headed up the mountain to get away and ends up deciding to burn all the mementos from this epic disaster of a relationship, but she ends up burning down the parks outhouse. Now sentenced to fixing it she is in for a wild ride.

Wade is serious and the exa
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
If you're looking for a quick read and fun novella that will leave a smile on your face, this is one that you've got to check out. Short and sweet that gets right to the point, this story contains all of the elements for a cute romance story with plenty of heat packed in too.

I just fell in love with Wade. He's been burned before but can't help what he's feeling. He is strong, sexy, and definitely what women look for in a hunky guy. Plus he loves taking care of women. How can this be a bad thing?
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
After ending her relationship Reese Hudson is left heartbroken, filled with loads of self doubt and confusion, and in great need of healing. She knows the only way she'll be able to fully move on is to get a way from ex and her overbearing father, so she decides to flee to the one place that has always brought her true happiness. Spending time with her grandparents, and visiting the falls always spawn some of her fondest memories, and sense of calming peace, so she decides to flee to the mountai ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Romancing the Ranger is a syrupy sweet love story between a goody two shoes city girl and a gruff and growly park ranger.

When Reese Hudson decides to finally take charge of her life and start calling the shots, she finds herself accidently starting a teeny tiny fire that lands her in Willow Creek for two weeks to help repair damages alongside a smoking hot and permanently frowny faced park ranger, Wade Baker.

Wade has some preconceived notions about Reese and is seriously hung up about her life
April Symes
Romancing the Ranger hit the spot when I was looking for the humorous, witty and passionate read. Reese & Wade’s rocky relationship in this story is the path to the road to salvation. Reese is only in Wade’s life because she tried to burn something and it ended up catching on file outside so Wade who is a park ranger is ordered to be her supervisor while she completes the court ordered community service. He sooooo didn’t want her in his world yet Reese is wanting to make admends , and right now, ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Another great read by Jennie Marts. If you are looking for a short HEA, this is the book for you. Reese is young and has money. She is just unfortunate in her choice in boyfriends. She heads up the mountain to burn her keepsakes of a failed romance. Unfortunately, the outhouse caught on fire and the Warden, Wade, caught her. Wade isn't about to let her just throw money at the problem. He just didn't anticipate the judge making him help her and oversee the work. The chemistry & sparks b ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads Netgalley ARC Review:

What a sweet, fun, energetic romance! Romancing The Ranger by Jennie Marts is a book I really got into. Reese and Wade are stupendous characters. Fun and flirty, this book had me giggling and sighing happily. I loved the cover, the blurb intrigued me, and the story had me completely content.

Romancing The Ranger has a lot of sizzling romance and a ton of energy that is super fun. The chemistry is off the charts hot and the plot is juicy and something I
Terry Gregson
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am trading in my former book boyfriend (Owen Bannister, Icing on the Date) for Wade Baker! Jennie's character's just keep getting better and better!! I never used to be this fickle, but Wade just stole my heart right away from Owen. From the beginning of the book with the accidental burning of an outhouse, right through to the end, Wade and Reese kept me loving their escapades and laughing out loud! There were tender moments as well, and some downright frustrating moments too, but all in all, ...more
Linda Quick
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, flirty romance that will make you smile. In it, Reese is a pampered city girl that runs into trouble in a rural park. That trouble is a park ranger, Wade, who has no time or interest in pampered city girls. What follows is a somewhat predictable attraction of opposites.

I gave this 5 stars because the author told the tale so well and made me care about the characters. This is a light read and will make for a very pleasant escape in front of a winter's fire or on a beach. If you ar
Karla Andrews
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Wade and Reese! They make such s great couple. When they let the misunderstanding go. If they talked more, then they would have found love faster. BUT...they the book would be very short. Lol. Love it!!
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Who doesn't love a book that begins with calamity? I know I love it when crazy things happen in the beginning, it just sets the book up to be all the more fun. We meet our heroine, Reese, right after she had a breakup with her jerk of a boyfriend, and all she can think about doing is getting rid of everything that reminded her of him, and come on, who hasn't thought about doing that before? Of course setting fire t
Elizabeth Neal
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reese is done...done with placating her boyfriend, Brock, done with letting him dictate what she eats and wears, etc. But when he steps over the line, Reese bluntly tells him they're done. So what's a girl to do when she wants to symbolically get an ex out of their life? Well Reese, with her dog, Bagel, goes to a place that holds special meaning for her, Cotton Creek Falls, where her grandparents always took her. Unfortunately, her attempt at ridding herself of him goes wrong on a few levels, le ...more
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
Romancing The Ranger by Jennie Marts is one of those books I picked up because the synopsis made me laugh. No, really, in this case, I giggled and thought, why not? It is a full-length novel, with an HEA and no cliffy. Also, it is told from an alternating third-person point of view.

Let me break this one down for you. Have you ever been so ticked at an ex that you just want them gone? You want to cut up photos, get rid of them somehow. In the case of our heroine, Reese, she decides to start a cam
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you like run, flirty, pampered city girl meets country boy, this is the book for you! I've not been lucky enough to read a novel by Jennie Marts and this won't be my last.

Reese flies into town in her sporty, expensive car to visit a place she holds near and dear to her heart. She needed to get away from Bruce, her ex, and her father. She came up to the falls she used to visit when her grandparents were alive, a place always known to calm her
Bette Hansen
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adored this story! It's funny, sexy, and left me with that warm happy feeling. Jennie Marts crafted a wonderful story with characters you feel like you've known forever.

Reese Hudson is a big city girl that has been Daddy's little princess her whole life. She's worked hard to make it on her own but nothing has prepared her for the likes of Ranger Wade Baker. Wade has been burned by one city girl that found his simple life too dull for her liking so there's no way he will give in to the temptation
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I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review through Netgalley.
This was a sweet, quirky, laugh out loud story. Starting a fire is not the way most people meet and definitely not over an outhouse fire. That's exactly how Wade and Reese met though. From the very beginning I was laughing at her antics. She is a sweet girl who is trying to figure out her path after a break up. When she inadvertently starts a fire that changed everything. She never dreamed her punishment but at least she get
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a funny book to read. It had me laughing out loud. The attraction and sparks, literally fly between Wade and Jennie. This was a good read, Jennie’s struggle to get free of her father and find herself and what she wants to do and Wade’s battle that she is out of his league, but really when you find out the true Jennie they really aren’t that different.

Jennie is through with her failed relationship. She is headed up the mountain to get away and ends up deciding to burn all the mementos from t
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
Well to do Reese is done with controlling people, her Dad and the ex especially. Trying to rid herself of memories causes her to meet Ranger Wade. This guy is the perfect hometown hottie, loyal to his grandmother, his town and his job. Having been burned by a past relationship he is pretty judgmental with Reese. Over the next few weeks their forced friendship blooms into something special and turns Reese's world a complete 180. A lovely and sweet story, easily read in an evening, captures the fu ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars.

Really enjoyed this one.

Loved both Reese and Wade and their journey. I particularly loved Reese and the way she proved everyone, even herself, that she was more than what they thought.

Wade had been deceived by someone he loved in the past, so he was very hesitant to start something with a woman again, but I was glad he at least gave Reese the chance. She totally deserved it and kicked ass.

Loved the ending and how it was simply the start of something great for them. :-)

Looking forward
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jennie Marts is becoming a favorite author- I just adore the characters she creates. This book just makes you happy when you read it. It begins with Reece burning down an outhouse in a park as she tries to rid herself of momentos from her controlling jerk of an ex-boyfriend. And the book just gets better from there. The characters are so full of life, my favorite person was Wade's granny- what a spitfire.

Such a fun read. Can't wait for the next Jennie Marts book.

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