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One Hell of a Ride

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When Joe Cariello sees the young lad, Cas, standing in the doorway of his old friend's ranch, he has no idea his friend has just been murdered and that he'll be viewed as the most likely suspect. He's a drifter, not a killer. Now he's determined to find out what happened to his old friend, and if it means working alongside Cas, he has no problem doing so. That is, until he ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by Envision Business & Computer School Publishing
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Tassa DeSalada
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love those Ju Ephraim books! She is a bonafide five star author! You can always count on her books to be fantastic! It's a luxury to read and soak up Ms. Ephraim's books.

She tackles "One Hell Of A Ride" head-on. There are lots of intense scenes, and lots of intense suspense and passion. There's lots of story to process in this book. There are extremely powerful descriptions that open the reader's eyes to the story. This is a fast-paced, intelligent, and intricate tale that will keep you hooked.
J. Saman
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be honest, this is my first historical western romance. It has so many genres intermingled into it, but Ju pulls it off flawlessly. The research that went into this must have been extensive, because the details were not spared. I was instantly swept into a the world of late 19th century Utah, where cowboys/cowhands ruled with guns and hard work. Cas was an amazing character and I loved how strong and determined she was despite living in a world where women weren't valued for more th ...more
Janet E.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love and death in Utah circa 1875:
A 1875 ranch in Utah is the setting for this historical romance, "One Hell of a Ride" by Ju Ephraime. As always Ephraime delivers lifelike characters in a milieu perfect for their adventure. Joe Cariello kocks on Cassie Sorrento's 's door, claiming to have known her her grandfather, who, conveniently for the plot, has just died. She dresses like a boy, and he takes her for one. She sees that he's young, virile, and everything about him screams drifter. When Joe
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

One Hell of a Ride is an historical/western romance by Ju Ephraime. It’s full of drama, cowboys, gunslingers, suspense, steamy moments and lots of action, in this romantic adventure. It is set in Utah, in 1875 (although the date changes partway in, to 1879?). Ms. Ephraime transports us back in time, recreating the world of that era with her descriptive and vividly detailed prose. We get swept into the story and get to follow along with the characters as they embark on their adventure.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Hell of a Ride is a western historical romance by Ju Ephraime. This book is set in Utah Territory in 1875 on The Lucky Strike ranch owned by Cas’s Grandpa Sam. All the elements of a western are here with prospecting, fence building, cowboys and shootouts. Then you have a steamy romance that does get a little graphic that might turn off some people. However, there is just a little of this.
Cas has been coming to Grandpa’s ranch for a long time. He encouraged Cas and Mother was so involved wit
D. Miller
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s always a good reminder to those of us fortunate enough to live in the 21st century that daily life wasn’t always quite so comfy in North America. Historical romances set in what was once the untamed American West are guaranteed to add perspective to our lives. Imagine a world that is short on modern-day conveniences and big on outlaws who respect only the law of the gun.

One Hell of a Ride is centered on the story of Cassie, a young lady who has grown up as an unashamed tomboy and who has le
Yvonne Daniels
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yvonne by: Ju Ephraime
One Hell Of A Ride
by Ju Ephraime
My Oh My! First I love this title! I am a huge fan of Ju Ephraime. What a another Awesome story she has written. I absolutely enjoyed this enchanting,exciting and well developed story. I'm so excited and happy that I read this awesome story because I enjoyed this story so much I'm glad that Ju wrote One Hell Of A Ride just long enough that I could enjoy being part of this western romance for a number of entertaining hours.The characters are so likable, fant
Rosie Chapel
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Ju Ephraime’s first foray into the world of Historical Westerns and I hope it isn’t her last. One Hell of a Ride is a wonderful mix of mystery, danger, adventure and romance. Cassie, known to all and sundry as Cas, discovers the dead body of her grandfather on her arrival at his ranch, The Lucky Strike. Understandably shocked and devastated, she can’t be bothered with the tall, dark and intriguingly handsome man who turns up (before the body has been removed) uninvited, introducing himse ...more
Christine Clayfield
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, fiction
A very enjoyable read to relax with.

Loved getting tucked in this historical fiction book with a brew. Cas’ story is certainly an unusual one, especially when it gets entwined with Joe’s. It is the story of a brave young girl who faces grief over the death of her grandpa and carries on to find the culprit, despite threats to her life and safety.

I find myself both laughing at and rooting for Joe, especially when he does not know what to make of his attraction to young Cas! It's very entertaining
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Star

One Hell of a Ride By Ju Ephraime


One Hell of a Ride by Ju Ephraime is a Western Historical Romance story with a few twists and turns and some mystery.I absolutely love historical romance this author did this book justice, her writing style will grab your attention from the beginning to the end. Her characters were spot on especially with the Era in which the book was wrote.I must say The type says it all  because this book was "One Hell of a Ride ".

This story is about Cas and Joe,Cas ha
Izzibella Beau
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mystery, romance, and one hot, sexy cowboy are enough to capture anyone's attention. Joe and Cas will pull at your heartstrings, making you believe that love is still alive and real. This story, ahhhh, too bad guys like Joe still aren't around, the storyline takes place in the Old West. Yep, the time when men were real men, laws were meant to be broken, and a love was a roll in the hay. Cas came back to her grandpa's, but he has mysteriously died of natural causes... or did he? Cas sets out to f ...more
Shannon Bayless
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Cassie prefers to go by Cas. She dresses like a boy to fit into the world of men on an 1800s cattle ranch. Her life is turned on end when her grandpa dies. Although the marshal rules the death natural causes, Cas suspects foul play. Things get even more confusing for her when she meets handsome newcomer, Joe.

The details of the plains and plant life, as well as the workings of the ranch, make the story come alive. The love story's slow burn is tantalizing. The old west feel is
Kelechi Agu
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the smooth undulating writing style and the classic Western feel. Cass as a character really drew me in with her conflicting elements of strength, naivete, and vulnerability. This was a wonderful read.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gripping story that makes the time period even more exciting. It’s got everything that makes a book hard to put down – interesting characters, a good mystery, danger, action and romance. Cassie grew up a tomboy in Utah in the 1800’s. Now a young woman, she still feels more comfortable and safer dressing as a male. When she visits her beloved grandfather, she discovers he died under suspicious conditions. Disguised as a young man, she’s determined to find out what happened. The story pl ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story hooked me in from the very first page with a great plot that flowed flawlessly from page to page and the characters were so well developed that I felt like I was peeking through a window watching as their story unfolded! This is the first book that I have read from Ju Ephraime and it definitely will not be the last!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
One Hell of a Ride
By Ju Ephraime
5 stars!
Wow what a book and an introduction to a new author! I loved every single second of this story! Historical romance is one of my favourite genres and I loved the Western twist to it. I thought that the story was excellently written, the detail was brilliant and the characters were great! I loved the plot for the story and even though I thought it was all over at only 50% in there were more twists and turns to come! I thought the setting for the story was re
Bobbi Wagner
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Hell of a Ride by Ju Ephraime is a historical romance story that has a twist of suspense and mystery to it. This is my first book by this author and I will say it has been awhile since I have read a historical romance. I enjoyed the author's attention to detail and her knowledge of the pioneer days. Her characters were true to life and connectable. This story is about murder and things not being what they seem to be. There are a few twists and turns in this story that will leave you on the e ...more
T. S. Peters
To everyone but her mother and beloved grandfather Cassandra Sorrento is Cas, a young boy. In the harsh land of the early American west its safer and easier. She enjoys the freedom of wearing pants, riding and avoiding the creepy eyes of nefarious men. She has always had a special relationship with her grandfather. One day she finds a mysterious stranger at her door and her grandfather murdered. Determined to find his killer, she teams up with the stranger, Joe Cariello, who claims to be an old ...more
Laura Furuta
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Hell Of A Ride
By: Ju Ephraime
5 out of 5 stars

The story One Hell Of A Ride by Ju Ephraime is a historical fiction/western romance book. Joe Cariello first meets Cas when he rides up to his old friend’s farm and is informed that his friend is dead. Joe is determined to find out just what happened to his friend and doesn’t mind working alongside Cas. Joe’s investigation soon shows him that not everything is as it seems to be. Cassie is suspicious of Joe at first however soon comes to appreciat
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Hell Of A Ride by Ju Ephraime

4 Stars

This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. It was full of mystery, danger, suspense, and romance. The story moved kinda quick and seemed to repeat some phrases sometimes but this in no way took away from the quality of the story. I will read more by this author as I sincerely loved the story and the characters.

Cassie “Cas” grew up loving spending time with her grandpa on his Lucky Strike Ranch. She was devastated to return from town afte
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

One Hell Of A Ride by Ju Ephraime is a western historical romance novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy western romance and who do not mind explicit language and sexual situations. Cassie Sorrento’s life is turned upside down by a ruggedly handsome drifter by the name of Joe Cariello, who claims that he used to know her grandfather. Cassie Sorrento is skeptical of the drifter’s claim because of t
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

One Hell Of A Ride is a western historical romance and the first for me from Ju Ephraime. The mystery, suspense and romance with the western setting was the perfect read.
When Joe Cariello rides up to his old friend’s ranch he learns that his friend is dead. Joe does not believe that it was natural causes like the sheriff says. Joe is a drifter definitely not a murderer.

Cas is devastated by the death of her grandpa which is understandable and she is suspicious of the tall, dark, han
Kim Shofner
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Hell of a Ride is a historical romance novel that is very well written. Set back when it was frowned upon for women to be independent or to speak their minds. For that very reason Cassie dresses and acts like a boy all of her life.
Being a boy comes in handy when her grandpa suddenly dies and its up to her to run his ranch. Two of her cowhands are mean and ornery and might try to take over her ranch so she hurriedly hires a ranch foreman.
Joe knows being the ranch foreman at a time like this
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Reveiw: One Hell of a Ride
Author: Ju Ephraime
Ju Ephraime is the author of One Hell of a Ride. This book is a Historical Western Romance and it is really well written. The characters are strong and while they have their own fears they are able to be steady in all they do and encounter.
This book is full of intrigue from the very beginning when Cassie goes to spend time at her grandfather's ranch just like she does every year. This time is different though, Cassie's life is going to
Kristi McChurin
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good historical romance and “One Hell of a Ride” by Ju Ephraime did not let me down. If you are a lover of a good historical romance, check this one out. This is my first time reading anything from this author and I will be checking out what other books she has to offer.
This story is set in Utah back when gold was being discovered and women’s places were in the home and not riding the range. Cas, who dresses like a boy, but really is a woman defies all those rules. She is hardworking an
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Hell Of A Ride written by Ju Ephraime
4 stars

This is my first Ju Ephraime experience. I usually don't go for this genre when picking a read, but the book description had me curious enough to go in uncharted territory. This book had more than I expected once I started really thinking about it past the surface of the story. I started focusing most of my thoughts on how Ju would make Cas’s secret believable...after I got past that and got lost in the story I enjoyed the book more and more. I st
Samantha Rae
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Hell of a Ride
By Ju Ephraime
5 Stars

One Hell of a Ride by Ju Ephraime is a five star read I highly recommend it. It has been awhile since I have read a historical romance but this one is special. The female character is very strong and determined to solve her grandfather’s death.

Joe Cariello, drifter that ends up at an old friend’s ranch, The Lucky Strike. Hoping for a place to stay he is informed by Cas, that his friend, Sam has died. He assumes that Cas is his friends grandson.

Cas is an ama
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Hell of a Ride by Ju Ephraime is a historical western romance. She takes us on quite a ride with lots of suspense and passion. As well as lots of drama, Cowboy's, steamy romance, and lots of action.

Cassie grows up in a time where women were believed not to be capable of much especially running a ranch. But Cassie has spent so much time growing up around her grandfather, she knew that was not true for all young women. She has learned so much from her grandfather on running a ranch. All those
Kristan Anderson
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Hell of a Ride by Ju Ephraime is a historical western romance. This is my first story by this author and actually my first historical western as well. And though it was not my typical genera, it was not bad. It was obviously that Ju spent the time researching the era and the vocabulary, which just proves the dedication to the book. The story itself seemed a bit strange to me at first. I had a rough time getting into it as the story was slow, for me nothing was happening, and it seemed to jum ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Hell of a Ride is a western historical romance written in Ju Ephraime’s characteristic style with hot, steamy scenes alternating with realistic, gritty action, complete with gun fights and murders. Cas is a girl pretending to be a boy in a man’s world and suddenly finds herself all alone when her grandfather appears to be murdered. A handsome stranger claims to be her grandfather’s friend, and she isn’t sure if she can trust him. But when the ranch hands try to take over the ranch, she must ...more
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Ju Ephraime ( is the debut author of State of Ecstasy. Her latest novel, One Hell Of A Ride is published by ENVISION Business & Computer School, August 2nd, 2017. Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ENVISION, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and many other retailers.
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