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Cowboy for Hire

(Wishing River #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  120 reviews

When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to

Paperback, 1st edition, 359 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Entangled: Amara
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Pretty good. Missing the fire and sizzle.
I have to say this book left me with many mixed feelings. On one hand the beginning was a bit humorous and started with a fun twist. On the other, I really had issue with Sarah’s character.

This book is the first one I have read by this author so I really had no idea what to expect. I do love a great cowboy romance and this one looked so promising.

Cade was a doll and even though he had his own issues, he had a lot going for him. He was caring a
Shelleen Toland
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Sarah Turner has led a sheltered life since her brother's death when they were kids. Her parent's took her out of school and homeschooled her. She didn't have any friends and lived on her family ranch. Now as an adult and after her parents' deaths she now has to figure out how to keep the ranch going. So she needs to hire a manager. She posts it online but the paper says she wants to hire a cowboy for herself lol. For years she has also had her families cook/housekeeper take care of her.
Cade Wal
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come.
Jessica Alcazar
hmmmmmmmm Sometimes, I start a review with that noncommittal phrase because I really can’t commit to one way or the other with a story. The thing about this book is that for every positive there’s an equal on the other hand and it makes it hard to review. I think the best way to put this is that my likes and dislikes about romance fiction don’t fit with this story. Better yet, what I like to read doesn’t fit with this story. Mechanically, the book was on point, except maybe … (SEE, there’s alway ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cowboy for Hire
Wishing River Series #2
Victoria James
Release date 03/31/2020
Publisher Entangled Amara

Blurb :

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents’ legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast—not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she’
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Sweet, romantic and touching story. Cade and Sarah were a cute couple.
This is a story of two people scarred by their different but dramatic childhoods who find healing and love together.

Sarah Turner is twenty-six but has spent most of her life since she was ten years old in comparative isolation, coddled, never mixing with her peers or the local community and homeschooled on her family ranch. Following the death of her parents she now owns the ranch and is determined to learn how to run it successfully, despite her foreman quitting. Cade Walker successfully applie
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Book 2 in the Wishing River series. Ok read. Had some good laughs. Sarah and Cade were a good couple. Two broken people brought together to make the other whole. Slow and sweet romance so if that is what you are looking for then this is for you.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a honest review.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cade and Sara are to broken individuals who come together for the good of keeping her family ranch running. Cade comes from a dysfunctional home and feels he has nothing to offer in terms of relationship material. Sara was a sheltered woman brought up with rigid rules. When her parents dies he is left with the ranch a newfound freedom. Hiring Cade was the first step in learning how to run a ranch but she gained a whole lot more. Can these two broken individuals find a common ground to build some ...more
This was by far one of my favorite books EV-AH!!! I adore Vivian James and her stories but Cowboy For Hire is now my favorite. Once I started reading it, I just could not put it down!

Sarah is in the process of trying to get a life and learn to manage it herself. She needs someone just like...le sigh...Cade. He needs a new job as foreman on Sarah's ranch where he can do a great job but not be beholdin' to anyone. They are perfect for each other's needs. In the process of him teaching her to manag
Romantic Reads and Such
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cowboy for Hire is a sweet, awkward romance involving a couple of sweet, awkward characters. There're a lot of issues between these two, but I think that they work well here. Cade is caring and supporting, exactly what Sarah needs in her life. She's spent a lot of years being repressed and she's ready to stand on her own two feet. She's a little like a newborn colt, all gangly legs and clumsiness, but she's determined to stand on her own and finally do what makes her happy.

Cade has spent all of
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Avid Reader – ☆☆☆
M/F Romance

This story starts out fairly funny. Sarah's ad accidentally gets mixed up with an escort ad and she gets a lot of "cowboys" coming to her aid. But Sarah is really in need of a ranch manager who can show her how to run her ranch. She was never truly given a chance to learn. Her dad was a true believer that girls shouldn't run a ranch. But when tragedy strikes her family, Sarah k
100 Pages per Hour
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good contemporary romance. It was mostly clean and had a lot less cussing than the first book!

I really liked Cade. He was exactly what I expected and had a lot of typical flaws - but he was more of a gentleman than I expected and I loved it. I loved how he was patient even when he didn't want to be and I loved how complimentary he could be. But mostly I loved how hard working he was.

I loved Sarah. She hasn't had an easy life but she is amazingly strong. I was so impressed with her thr
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, eram, arc
3.5 stars

This is a sweet story about two people coming into their own and discovering who they really are meant to be.

I liked both Sarah and Cade and enjoyed getting to know them. Both are interesting characters on their own, but together they seemed to bring out the best in each other. I think my favorite thing about Sarah was her willingness to put herself out there and stretch the muscles of independence. Both had some emotional growing to do and part of me wishes that Sarah had a few more o
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review]

Cowboy for Hire
by Victoria James is the second book in her Wishing River series but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

I really loved the first book in the series and while this has the same writing style and clean wholesome vibe it just didn't land the same way with me. It has moments that will tug on your heart strings and situations you can't help but chuckle at but the whole story felt to scripted. The character , while indi
Page Turners
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the sweetest romances that I have read in a long time. The heroine Sarah had been sheltered most of her life and had to deal with tragedy at different stages in her life. Sarah was determined to finally live her life on her terms and take control of her ranch. To do so would mean hiring a new foreman, Cade, which would change her life in many ways. He was looking for a place of his own in this world but felt he had nothing to offer Sarah. Boy was he wrong! The chemistry between t ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure what it is about Victoria James' books, but they grab me by the heart and keep it for the entirety of the story. This one is no different. Cade and Sarah are two characters you instantly feel for and want them to heal along with a happiness to their lives. Here is Sarah, a young woman suffering after much tragedy, desperately wanting to be in control of her ranch/life, yearning to start living. And then there is Cade. A man struggling to find his self worth, determined to be a good ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cowboy for Hire (Wishing River, #2) by: Victoria James  
Under the skin and into the heart. Victoria James connects deeply with readers because the emotion that her stories convey is real. Cowboy for Hire should be a walking heartache, but instead turns out to be a tale of empowerment. Sarah Turner is finally learning to spread her wings after years of self-doubt. Cade Walker is at a crossroads. Trust does not come easy for this loner cowboy. When life veers off track, fate has a few tricks up
Clayre Tower
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I LOVED how Cade and Sarah met each other and at the end of their first meeting he mentioned seeing her "other ad" that was hilarious. The way that Cade tried to keep things professional between them after a weekend away together was a valiant effort but he couldn't deny the attraction between them. Victoria James is a new to me author and I will be checking out some of her other books because I am so intrigued by the rest of the Wishing River crew. While this is the second book in the
Ana Paula
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love cowboy stories! I started reading romances by reading them and I just love the simplicity and sweetness of the romance in the country. Ms. James has a wonderful writing style and created in this book a sweet story about a shy but strong female character who must be in charge of her family business and is not afraid to ask for help. Cade has been through a lot in life and is trying to find his place in the world and seeks for another position as a farm manager.

Little does he know that his
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah Turner needs to rejoin the world and find a ranch foreman to teach her to run it. Cade Walker is a man wanting to prove himself worthy to be kept around. Great story of healing and trust that leads to romance. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Great part of a series I had no trouble reading as a stand alone. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A cowboy read with a different twist. This started out funny and I really thought there would be more humor throughout. Felt rather sad for Sarah and thankful it was Cade who came into her life. He also had problems, but between the two, they worked out the kinks, not without mishaps and misunderstandings, they did make it work. A happy ending for two rather lost souls who found their other half!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah had perfect family and in one moment that chanced, she grew up sheltered from life. Now she has to take care of the ranch her parents left her and she needs foreman to run that ranch and teach her.
Cade got a job as foreman at Sarah's ranch, he is attracted to her, but he knows he is not worthy of her.
Wonderful sweet story.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet and lighthearted romance drama. I really enjoyed reading it and loved all the characters. Cade and Sarah seemed to be meant for each other and I absolutely adored their interactions right from the start. I think this book is a must-read for the fans of contemporary fiction.
Sherri Babb
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cade and Sarah both are damaged people. They are both striving to make their lives better. Sarah needs help running her ranch and Cade wants a change and applies for the job. I love reading the journey of these two people. Reading about how they over come their past and learn to work together. How they learn to love and to trust each other. For me this was a really incredible read. Thanks NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Avid Reader
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Cowboy for Hire (Wishing River #2) by Victoria James
3 stars
M/F Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This story starts out fairly funny. Sarah's add accidentally gets mixed up with an escort add and she gets a lot of "cowboys" coming to her aid. But, Sarah is really in need of a ranch manager who can show her how to run her ranch. She was never truly given a chance to learn. Her dad was a true believer that girls shouldn't run a ranch. But, when tragedy strikes her fa
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Where to begin with this book? I should start by saying it has its moments.

That said, I did expect more from it. More conflict, more tension to keep me turning the pages. On their own, the characters were super likable and both had so much depth. I could see the story unfolding in real life, but a story is not supposed to be like real life. It's supposed to have a conflict. I guess this is what bothered me the most.

Fine, okay, there is a conflict, but...

I don't want to spoil anything, even thoug
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the sudden death of Sarah Turner's parents, she inherits her family's ranch. She can't stomach the idea of losing the ranch so she decides to find someone who can help her keep the ranch afloat. She's not looking for someone to take over but someone who will teaching her everything she'll need to know to keep it up and running. With absolutely no experience or know-how, and a ranch manager who abandons her, Sarah places an ad in the local paper. After some misunderstandings with the wording ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Victoria James” writes cowboys that make you want to pack your bags and move to wishing river. The story itself was engaging and very easy to read and anyone who likes a story that's set in a small town, features a red hot brooding cowboy and is full of family drama, sweetness and romantic moments, should certainly check it out. This is a keeper for the shelves, to read again! Thank you for a heartfelt and lovely story!! I can't wait to see what Victoria James has in store for us readers in her ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I was so glad to discover that Cowboy for Hire continues the Wishing River series for when I’d read The Trouble with Cowboys last year it wasn’t clear that there would be a series forthcoming – it felt like the beginning of a series, but nothing official at that time. Now I’ll (hopefully) get the stories of other characters I first met last year and really wanted to get to know better.

I saw both Cade and Sarah as wounded souls for far, far different reasons. While Sar
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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband

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