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Restless Rancher

(Wild Rose Ranch #2)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  81 reviews
If you like bad-boy heroes, western settings, and a sexy, sassy heroine you will love Jennifer Ryan's newest Wild Rose Ranch book! Perfect for fans of Diana Palmer, Linda Lael Miller, and Jodi Thomas.

One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one.
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Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Avon
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Tina
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a romance cowboy book. This is the second book of the wild rose ranch series. This book was a great of heartache and great romance. I feel the characters where very developed and I really wanted to find out what was going to happen to the characters. This book had some twisted and turns that kept you wanting to keep reading. I won an arc of this book for a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my opinion. (*)
WhiskeyintheJar
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Yes, he’d been humbled, going from living large with money overflowing his bank account to scraping by.

Second in the Wild Rose Ranch series, the troubled Austin is trying to get his life together. I haven't read the first book and I think that really hurt my enjoyment of this. I had no idea who these people were and our heroine, Sonya, with her sis
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Kayleigh at Avon for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
3.5 stars
To be completely honest, I don't have much to say. This review is gonna be real short. I listened to this more as background noise than anything but I'll do my best! But fair warning... I'm going to fill it with gifs to make it seem longer



I truly enjoyed this romance novel. Also, I would say it was 90% romance and 10% suspense because there were some thriller/legal drama aspects that really added to th
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Kiki
Dec 11, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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☕️Kimberly
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee Dates with Restless Rancher

First Date– Austin Hubbard has spent every penny paying the back taxes on the land and home he inherited from his grandfather after his own father turned his back on him. Roxy has offered to a silent partnership and things are looking up, but a setback in the form of his ex-fiancé leaves him passed out drunk on the front porch. And that is just how Sonya Tucker, the Wild Rose sister Roxy hired to help with Austin’s ranch finds him. From their first interaction I
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Lover of Romance
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*Contains Spoilers, Readers BeAware*

Restless Rancher is book two in our Wild Rose Ranch series by Jennifer Ryan. After loving book one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book and boy I should have read this sooner because this book was simply fantastic for sure. Now, this didn't have q
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Karen
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good story by Jennifer Ryan, RESTLESS RANCHER will grab her old fans as well as newcomers to the series. I would recommend reading in order, which I didn't, so I am missing some of the timeline, but not enough to stop enjoying stories by this engaging writer. So I do plan on catching up with DIRTY LITTLE LIES in the near future.
Austin has been wallowing in pity, not that I blame him. He was really rocked when he was betrayed by his father and then his fiance. But that changes when Sonya
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Ann Lorz
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

This is a wonderful story of heartache, romance, love, and understanding. Your heart will break for Austin as he goes through most likely one of the roughest times in his life. If you've read the first book you know a little of Sonya's background so you'd think the story would be more about what she's going through. No, it's mostly Austin's pain.

It's one of the things I liked about Restless Rancher. Let Austin deal
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Rochelle
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good. Loved Austin and Sonya.

Can't wait til book 3
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Ellen Anderson
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Restless Rancher

Another great story from Jennifer Ryan. Austin and Sonya's story kept me thoroughly interested and flipping pages until the end.
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Blodeuedd Finland
I met Austin in book 1 and it was not a pretty sight. That poor guy was messed up! His dad had thrown him out, cut of his funds and turned the town on him. Why? Well he was upset cos Austin had inherited a rundown farm with a house from an ep from Hoarders. That was it! Something else had to be behind it and it takes a while but the truth comes out.

We have Austin, a drunk who lives on his porch. His ex left him when he would not give in to his father. But then he met Roxy who said she would help
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Michele
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: priority, con-rom, 1119
See the full review at HarlequinJunkie

Jennifer Ryan’s Wild Rose Ranch series just got even hotter with the release of Restless Rancher. The touch of intrigue from the hero’s family secrets and the smoldering passion between our lovebirds had me so wrapped up that I couldn’t wait to see how it would all work out.

I’m having a blast with this series. It hovers on the edge of being controversial as each heroine (so far) grew up on the property of the Wild Rose Ranch, a brothel where their mothers wo
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Helen Williams
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard was awakened quite memorably from a sound sleep after a night of drinking by Sonya Tucker. Sonya has been hired to help him rebuild his ranch and to put the tattered pieces of his life back together. Her capable and all-business style leaves an impression on him.

Sonya finds it hard to understand how a man who had it all -- money, family, respectability -- loses it all. But once she starts working with Austin she learns to appreciate what an honorable man h
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was everything I could have wanted and more. Thanks in large part to our hero, Austin. Austin is wayyyy down on his luck—with no money, a bitchy ex girlfriend, and scheming dad, it’s no wonder he hasn’t gone crazy.

Then Sonya steps in and dumps a pitcher of water on his head, and bam, Austin’s life changes right before our eyes. Sonya is that type of “take no shit” from anyone type of gal. She’s sassy and beautiful—our boy didn’t stand a chance!

“I quit my job and moved here to make all your
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The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Restless Rancher gives the story of Austin, who is having a terrible time lately. Sonya isn't about to let him wallow in self pity though!

Most of the story of Restless Rancher is focused on Austin's troubles. This creates some drama and mystery that keeps the story moving along briskly. Sonya is one of the most interesting heroines! She was raised on Wild Rose Ranch brothel by her mother. This has made her very strong and self assured. She is a hard working and doesn't take any BS. Sonya and Aus
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Bette Hansen
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

An intriguing storyline coupled with amazing characters made this a truly enjoyable read. Looking forward to more in this series. Recommended read.
Stephanie
Not good. The story was all over the place with instant love between the main characters. They knew each other a week and they’re getting married at the end?!? Insert eye roll. The subplots were filler and really pointless. The main conflict was a bit stupid. The antagonist was not that smart and kinda flew off the handle at the end. The hero didn’t check his own inheritance with the county before the heroine came to help him clean the place up? Especially when his father wanted it sooooo bad?!? ...more
Kathleen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had never read a book by Jennifer Ryan before I won this goodreads giveaway and I didn't realize how much I was missing out on. The characters drew me in from the very beginning and made me fall in love with the Wild Rose Ranch women and their strong supportive men. It is a well written book, I'm going to go back and read the first book in the series and can't wait for the next one. ...more
Lyndi W.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
Hooo boy, trigger warning the house. You're gonna need to find a member of the safety gang with all their tags and spoiler warnings to traverse all the triggers found in this one. But it was a damn good story. ...more
Nate Brightman
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Jennifer Ryan book in her Wild Roses series about the young women, daughters of prostitutes working at the Wild Roses legal brothel in Nevada. If like me you’re a Jennifer Ryan fan I don’t have to tell you it’s a terrific book. We have a strong heroine Sonya, a forensic accountant by trade and a pretty good hero in Austin, a down on his luck rancher. I say pretty good because for all his strengths it’s Sonya who is the smarter, more intuitive of the two who more or less leads ...more
Crystal
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Ryan not only has a great way of telling a cowboy story but this lady rocks at Romantic Suspense too. Restless Rancher is a supreme example of Ms. Ryan's incredible talent. I absolutely loved the first book in the Wild Rose Ranch series and I was so excited to get this book in my hands so that I could devour it and devour it I did! I could not put down the Restless Rancher. The storyline is pivoting and so captivating. The characters are charismatic, easy to relate to and I remembered m ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Wow, talk about a bad parent. Poor Austin, he’s such a good guy and has a great capacity for forgiveness but after finding out what his dad is capable of doing, he has to find the strength to do what has to be done. That is where the heroine, Sonya, plays a vital role. It’s also where Austin’s ex has a significant role to play as well.

The theme of good parenting versus bad parenting is highlighted in this novel. It’s messy, at times unconventional, but the difference between the two (good vs bad
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Alana Voth
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It's easy to knock romance novels, as they adhere to a formula, and this one went heavy on the telling and little on the showing, not to mention enormous chunks of dialogue.

That noted, romance novels are the female equivalent of pornography, neither of which ground themselves in reality, which is the point. Romance novels, like porn, are fantasy---escapism.

The whore house angle here, described on the inside cover as "scandelous," was maybe Ryan's attempt at infusing fantasy with reality, but sh
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Cherry
Austin and Sonya met in an unconventional way. Austin was too drunk the morning of the first day of his ranch renovation, and Sonya is the sister of his bestfriend's girlfriend, Roxy, who agreed to help him rebuild the ranch he received when his grandfather passed away. Roxy asked Sonya to help Austin deal with the renovation, and since she didn't get the promotion she somuch deserved from the company she worked for years, she quit her job and wen to Montana to help a drunkard rebuild his ranch, ...more
Pj Ausdenmore
With each book she writes, Jennifer Ryan further solidifies her place on my list of favorite romantic suspense authors. Restless Rancher is another fast-paced story with snappy dialog, heart-tugging romance, well-placed humor, an intriguing mystery, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, and eagerly flipping pages, from beginning to end. I love a good redemption arc and Austin's evolution certainly fits that bill. I enjoyed the connection between him and Sonya, how their relationship s ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After being betrayed by his father and his ex Austin Hubbard is at his lowest point. He is drowning his pain in alcohol and hosting himself a pity party for one. With his father dying to get his hands on Austin's ranch, the one little piece of his grandfather he has left, he knows he needs to something quick or he will lose that too.

Just when he has started to lose all hope a friend steps in to help save his ranch, and she sends her feisty sister to ensure all the house repairs and money side o
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Cara Ross
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump.

Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even t
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Cara Ross
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I'm so excited to be reading Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan because if there is one author that will take you out of a reading funk, it is Jennifer Ryan! For me, her books are magical and manage to transport me away from the dumpster fire I call my book slump.

Restless Rancher is about not only Austin, his grandfather's ranch and his vile father, but it's also about Sonya, her life escaping the ranch, saving her mother and being passed over for a promotion she should have received, and even t
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Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
“You and me, we aren’t alone.” She put her hand to his face and looked him in the eye. “We will always have each other.”

Everything I adore about Jennifer Ryan’s writing is once again packed into a sexy, suspenseful romance. Restless Rancher was more or less a one-sitting read for me (save for the usual Saturday interruptions: kids, animals, husband, hunger), and I swooned and rooted for Austin and Sonya.

I always love the way Ms. Ryan builds the story and suspense around the romance, and thi
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Gmr
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Austin and Sonya seem worlds apart at first glance, but at heart they are one and the same. Both are struggling with the past. Both are grappling to keep a handle on their present, Both have their sites set on a future more steady and prosperous. The thing is...sometimes the best laid plans go SERIOUSLY awry, and in this case, that's the best thing for them both! What Austin's father (and his former fiancée because yeah...I'm not counting her blameless in this!) did to their family was unforgiva ...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. Wh
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