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Rancher's Wild Secret

(Gold Valley Vineyards #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  20 reviews
He’s come to Gold Valley with a hidden agenda…

not to fall for his enemy’s daughter!

Emerson Maxfield is the perfect pawn for rancher Holden McCall’s purposes. She’s engaged to a man solely to win her father’s approval, and the sheltered beauty never steps out of line. Until one encounter changes everything. Now this good girl must marry Holden to protect her family—or their desire coul/>
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Published November 5th 2019 by Harlequin Desire
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Bear with me, I've been on cold-meds and I'm a little fuzzy here, so I'm sorry for how this "review" turns out.

As usual Ms. Yates writing is lovely, bringing both Emerson and Holden's emotions to life, and I did feel some heat and chemistry between them. I think the sticking point for me was that Holden's revenge plot basically meant he was willing to steep to the level his target, Emerson's father, and I just thought how does this make Holden any better than Emerson's father? Yes, Emerson and
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's at the launch party for Maxfield vineyard new label that Emerson Maxfield spot a stranger outside and meet the new ranch hand. But the man she met that night, with who she share a part of herself later on is not the real Holden McCall. He's here for revenge and he's ruthless. And if using her to get the best of the one who hurt her sister is what he needs to do, than so be it, no ploy are too vindictive for him, not even blackmail her into marriage. Feelings get complicated soon and Emerson ...more
Maria Rose
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series by Maisey Yates! Revenge is never quite what one thinks it will be. Full review to come at Harlequin Junkie!
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars

This is the first book in the Gold Vallery Vineyards series in the Harlequin Desire line by Maisey Yates.

There are some things I really liked about this book and some things I hated. I am all about a good hate to love romance and this seemed to fit the bill. But this was really more vengeance to lust for me. I never quite believed Holden when he finally admitted his love for Emerson. That alone is what pushed it below the four star mark for me. I guess I am a ha
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet and exactly a kind of story I Badly needed so that I could face reality of messy life. Wishing with all my heart that all the hardships in life could be handled and solved so beautifully and happily just like what Holden and Emerson had done. Triumphed together. Sharing the happy ending scene:

"I was wondering if you needed a ranch hand."

"What?" . . .

"The one time I had it right with you was when I worked here. When it was you and me, and not all this manipulation. So I th
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/11/19.

Truth time--I didn't read the blurb for this one at all; I just saw it was a Maisey Yates book and couldn't even see the blurb over my own grabby hands. So I started it knowing absolutely nothing beyond the title and it was a new series--so certain aspects of the plot took me a teensy bit by surprise.

Steamy sex scenes? Complicated hero? Hero and heroine who think they know themselves but who actually don't have a clue? Totally expecting. Dark, de
Crystal Gray
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was an okay story. The first half seemed to drag on and on, while the second half felt rushed. I wished we had gotten to know Soraya a little bit better, along with finding out more of what happened with James. This is where it felt rushed. The family dynamics were tested, and there were some surprising twists! I hope the other two sisters get their books. I can feel something between Wren and the "enemy".
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Harlequin category romance, much-loved author Maisey Yates’s Gold Valley series comes to the Desire line with a spin-off called Gold Valley Vineyards. The first in the Vineyards series, Rancher’s Wild Secret is the story of Emerson and Holden. Emerson’s father is the owner of Maxfield Vineyards, and Holden is a wealthy man in real estate who seeks revenge on Emerson’s father. After succumbing to an undeniable attraction, Emerson and Holden are married as part of Holden’s plan for revenge ...more
Nate Brightman
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know that I’ve ever read a contemporary romance where both the male and female lead characters started out so unlikable. Holden McCall is so wrapped up in his thirst for revenge he doesn’t care who he hurts as collateral damage. He also has no qualms with having an affair with engaged or married women as long as they’re on board with it. Emerson Maxfield at twenty-nine is still a daddy’s girl living her life to earn his praise and approval to the point of agreeing to marry a man in a pre ...more
Kari Hansen
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emerson has worked hard to create her own place in the family winery business and that includes being engaged to a man for business reasons not because she loves him. Her whole world is turned upside down when her father hires a new ranch hand and she becomes collateral damage.

When Holden accepted a position at the Maxfield Vineyards he had ulterior motives and he is not about to be swayed by a woman no matter how hot the chemistry is between them. What started out as one steamy nigh
Lovely Loveday
Rancher's Wild Secret is the first book in the Gold Valley Vineyards series by Harlequin well loved romance author Maisey Yates. A steamy holiday romance that is sure to warm your heart and leave you wanting more. A beautifully written love story with lots of undeniable chemistry. Grab your cozy blanket and a hot cup of tea because once you start reading you will not want to put this one down!
Jessica Figueroa
If your all about the smut then your gonna love this book, there is plenty of steamy scenes. Unfortunately I'm not one of those people. I'm a fan of Maisey Yates books so I was curios to see what she had to offer with this book. When you look past the sex this book really does feel rushed but for what was there was good I suppose. Maybe this book just wasn't for me.
Holden McCall wants one thing from Emerson Maxfield; the means by which to revenge his sister's honor. Emerson is going to inherit a chunk of her family's winery upon her marriage and Holden wants to use those shares to get revenge on Emerson's father. So he seduces her and then blackmails her into marrying him. There's... not a lot else to the story. But it was still an entertaining read, setting up stories for sure for Emerson's sisters, Wren and Cricket.
Sue Stewart
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start to a new series but I didn't feel the connection between the two.
Will see where it goes from here.
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Western Romance, Sagas, Contemporary Romance

Gold Valley Vineyards
Lynn Brooks
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RANCHER'S WILD SECRET is book one in the Gold Valley Vineyards spin-off series by Maisey Yates and promises to bring passion and drama to the forefront. Centering around a rancher and the daughter of his sworn enemy, this story of forbidden love is quick to hook a reader as secrets unravel, betrayal is exposed and love begins to outshine revenge.

Holden immediately grabs attention as a powerful man who will stop at nothing to get revenge for the wrong his family has suffered. He's com
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The setting of this book was very contemporary with the influencers but the plot was so old fashioned. Forced marriage? It just seemed to ridiculous. And the fact that her father basically molested other women seemed pretty glossed over. I liked the heroine, I just wish she had more of a backbone.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin Romance via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Emerson Maxfield is daughter to James Maxfield, owner of Maxfield Vineyards. She loves her family and job at the winery. She is engaged to a man who she doesn't love but was recommended by her father. Little does she know but not all is right in her world. Holden McCall comes to Oregon to exact revenge against James Maxfie
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's that saying.. Revenge is a dish best served cold... Well Holden is out for revenge but Emerson sorta details his plans! She is engaged to someone she doesn't love and Holden wants to take down her dad! But there are sparks hot as fire between the two of them. After a wild night of passion where she spilled some secrets Holden comes up with a p!an. Emerson doesn't want to go through with it but she does. Can the two grow to love each other and will Emerson realize some big things to move o ...more
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then