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Tough and Tamed

(Moon Ranch #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Revenge sex and a healthy dose of a bad boy making all the wrong decisions equals one hell of a wild ride. The horse is optional.

Zayden Moon and his brothers are back home for the old man’s funeral, but too bad none of them give a damn what happens to the failing ranch they’ve inherited or all the bad memories that come with it. Now Zayden has more than his murky past an
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Published February 24th 2020
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Debbie Caswell
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Moon ranch series and this book is about Zayden the eldest of the siblings (Dane and Asher are his brothers) and the one who has to make decision about whether it is practical to try to keep the family ranch after their father has nearly destroyed it what they do know is that they will have the support of Mimi their "mum" no matter what they decide

Before he can make those decision though he is called out to help find a woman that has gone missing in the middle of a
Brenda Moser
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome start to a new series! The author does a fantastic job bringing two strong,likable characters in Esme and Zayden. She brings tons of emotions as these two navigate along through all the drama and suspense as well as the romance. I was captured from start to finish reading their story. It's well written with detailed and vividly painted scenes,moves fluidly and is , in my opinion , a must read. Highly recommend!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this revie
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zayden returns home to bury his father and care for the family ranch. While there he is asked to lead a rescue mission during a snowstorm. He finds Esme and sparks fly between them. Fast-paced read with plenty of drama and steam. Great characters with an entertaining story. I really liked it.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zayden And Esme Dance Around Their Attraction Until Zayden Excuses It Under The Guise Of Revenge Sex. A Few Laughs And Tears But Sometimes Drags.

This is the first book in the Moon Ranch series about three wayward brothers who inherit the family ranch. Located in the podunk town of Stokes, Colorado, Moon Ranch is in a state of disrepair when Chaz Moon's liver finally fails him after a lifetime of drunkenness. Most cattle and horses are long gone and it is unclear how he had managed without any in
Knight Linda
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zayden Moon had returned to Stokes, Colorado only to bury his good for nothing father and leave again. When he got there and saw the ranch again with the help of Mimi the woman that helped him raise his brothers Dane and Asher, he was not so sure that was what he wanted to do any more. Zayden went into town to pick up up feed when he heard that a woman was lost in the mountains during a blizzard. A couple of the guys at the feed store convinced him that he needed to join the search. Finally, he ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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Esme was depicted as a woman who needed a man. Needed. She went to the mountain cottage with her boyfriend of eight months thinking she was about to receive a proposal. Instead Owen had left and taken the truck with him leaving her stranded. No word. Ever. Why? What was he thinking? When she does manage a phone conversation with him he said he was stupid and let’s have dinner together and he would explain. Only he doesn’t show. Again. Still the question remains, why? Yes, you can say he is a dic ...more
Karen Roma
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zayden is the eldest of the Moons and forced to decide whether to sell the family ranch or try to save the legacy that has been decimated by his late father. But before that can happen, Z is called upon to head a rescue mission during a fierce Colorado storm. Esme thought a romantic Valentines getaway was exciting, even faced with the bitter cold of a Colorado winter; and getting ditched by her so called lover was not on her radar. Hiking through the snow, getting lost and cold, Esme is relieved ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksprout and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time on Moon Ranch with Zayden Moon and Esme. Zayden grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother that abandon him and his two younger brothers. As an early tween, Zayden assumed control of the ranch and his brothers. He goes to the nearest reservation and hires Mimi. Mimi is a mother and grandmother all rolled into one to the boys. Zayden leaves hom
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zayden really didn't want to be back in Stokes and his return starts with a confrontation with a deputy he knew years ago. That said, his family didn't have a very good reputation thanks to his now deceased father. At the moment all he wants to do is get the man buried, sell the ranch and leave.

Of course that's not what's going to happen, he has an innate sense of responsibility and upon seeing MiMi the woman who is both mother and grandmother to him and his brothers he knew leaving was out of t
Viper Spaulding
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm over the Moon for Zayden!

Zayden is a known scoundrel, but also a real-life hero. Returning to his childhood home to bury his father, he is resigned to the fact that the family ranch needs him as much as he needs a purpose in his life. He's got a lot of bad reputation - some his, but mostly his father's - to live down, and that starts with rescuing a damsel in distress stranded on the mountain he knows better than anyone else.

Esme has had such rotten luck with men that she rightly distrusts
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in the Moon Ranch series.First off, I love the cover and the blurb 'Revenge sex and a healthy dose of a bad boy making all the wrong decisions equals one hell of a wild ride. Horse optional.', well I could not resist opening this book up and giving it a read. This is Zayden's story and an eye opening into the family life and what the ranch impressions mean to him. The Moon brother's gather back at home for their father's funeral. None of them really care about the failing ranch ...more
Lil Ms Reads A LOT
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is gritty, sexy and real!

It's only the first book in the series and already I am hooked! Zayden Moon is not normally the kind of man that would "turn my head", but I can't help admiring his grit and pure stubborn determination to end the negative stigma that his drunken father put on his family's name. Despite being rough and tumbled on the outside, Zayden is a man who would go above and beyond to protect those he loves, including his 2 brothers, his "Mimi" and a curvaceous fireball n
Marlene Davis
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Everyone in town knew the Moon boys and their drunken, conniving father...well the father died, leaving three sons, the oldest being Zayden who had to grow up and drop out of school to try to run the ranch...ten years later, after liver disease finally took his father, Zayden had to make some big decisions like if he was going to stay and try to bring the ranch back to life...he had Mimi, the part-Ute woman who took care of the boys, Zayden, Dane and Archer, when they were younger and still care ...more
Maggie Brundage
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Explosive right from the first page. A bad boy coming home to bury his vicious and abusive father and a woman abandoned by her boyfriend on a mountain on Valentine's day in a major snowstorm. What could go wrong? Zayden Moon has been labelled bad from childhood because of his father - nothing has gone right for him his whole life. When he finds Esme on the mountain half frozen it opens up feelings in him that he has never felt before. When nothing but trouble follows Zayden because of his crooke ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zayden comes back to the family ranch when he learns that his father has died. He doesn't want to be there but once he saw Mimi he knew he wouldn't be leaving because she was his family. When he heard that a young woman was lost on the mountain he volunteered to go search for her. Esme expected something more from her boyfriend when they headed to the mountains. However being left alone with no way down but to walk and no phone service wasn't how she saw her getaway being. When Zayden finds her ...more
Emily Pennington
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Zayden Moon leaves home, eager to escape from his alcoholic father. When his father dies, he is forced to come home to make a decision about whether to sell the family ranch that has been ruined by his father or try to make a go of it and salvage the family's reputation. Zayden hears that a woman has been lost on the mountain – literally dumped and abandoned by her so-called boyfriend -- and there is a fierce storm making rescue difficult. So he heads out to find her if he can.

Foolishly, Esme le
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Going home again was not always what you expected…

Zayden was home though he didn’t want to be. The feelings his hometown gave him were a storm of mostly bad though his brothers were the only good memories he had. Faced with an impossible task, he gritted his teeth, kept quiet and just went about his business… Until Esme crossed his path…

Esme chose the town for her new home but she was questioning many of her recent decisions. Not the least of which was a boyfriend who just vanished and left her
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tough and Tamed is the first book in the Moon Ranch series. Zayden has come back to his family ranch for the first time in years, long enough for his deadbeat father’s funeral and then he plans on leaving again. But between the lady that helped raise him and a bad winter storm leaving a woman stranded on a mountain, could Zayden turn his life around?

Wow, what a way to start off a series! Zayden and Esme’s romance is not one that’s fast, but it is intense, with friendship, support, passion, and
Lady Elizabeth
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The oldest of the Moon brothers is Zayden. He's the one that arrived first back into town after his father died. His idea was to help Mimi, the closest thing they had as a mother, and get rid of the ranch to leave as soon as possible.

The town doesn't love the Moon family and still they ask him to help in a rescue mission during a storm. After he finds the woman people are looking for things starts to change for him, and he's not exactly happy with the change of heart he's having.

Esme expected to
Stacy J.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one hardworking and determined cowboy.

I loved the character of Zayden. While he has a past, it's not hard to see that he a good man. When he comes back to town for his father's funeral, he isn't welcomed with open arms. However, when he gets to the ranch, he starts to realize what his purpose is in life. My heart broke for him because it seemed like every time I turned a page some more bad news came his way that he didn't see coming.

Esme is a kind and caring individual. She does seem to
Maggi West
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a great new series by Em Petrova, one of my favorite authors. Zayden Moon is returning home to the Moon Ranch after being gone for years to bury his drunken father. When he sees the state the ranch is in, he knows he has to be the one to takeover and get it back on track. But before he can do anything, he is called on to help rescue a young woman lost in the mountains with a winter storm brewing. He’s the only one who knows those mountains the best and he WILL find her on his ow ...more
Elsie Pitt
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zayden had a no good father but managed to raise his brothers and keep Moon Ranch going even being away. This spoke volumes to me as his character transformed into the Tough Sexy ALPHA he became throughout the story. Esme was bitterly abandoned by a selfish, despicable poor excuse for a man. She not only gets abandoned but is left in the middle of a major blizzard. Zayden is in town getting supplies and gets into a conversation with the locals needing a man to go out and find this girl. Now I ha ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tough and Tamed is a great first book in the Moon Ranch series from Em Petrova. Zayden, the H, is a handsome and capable man whose self-esteem is pretty nonexistent. He has spent most of his life held down by the low expectations of everybody who knew his wastrel of a father, and he shares in those low expectations. The reality is that Zayden is a very good guy. He is a ‘fixer’ who cannot figure out how to fix himself.

Esme, the h, is also a victim of her own bad self-esteem. She is beautiful an
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this story .
Zayden Moon and his brothers did not have an easy up bring their father was an abusive drunk . Zayden at a young age kept their Ranch barely up and running .
He and his brothers left years later . Called home to their fathers funeral , Zayden must decide if he wants to make ago of ranching or let it go . When a young woman Esme get stranded in the mountains during a bad storm , Zayden heads out to rescue her . Esme is left stranded when her no good boyfriend l
KL Cassanello
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esme has the worst luck with men. Her latest boyfriend leaves her alone in a cabin on the mountainside, no cell service, no transportation, insufficient clothing. Zayden is back in town, and as one of the infamous Moon brothers, his reputation precedes him. His no-good drunken father just died. He's thinking about staying on the ranch to try and make a go of it, but his father left so many unpaid bills and debts. When there's someone who needs rescuing on the mountain, he's all in - no one knows ...more
Leslie Sanchez
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zayden is back to his hometown to put his father in the ground. He was not a nice man and there is nobody grieving, including his three sons. But the town hasn't forgotten and blames the boys for their father's misdeeds. They inherited the ranch, which is falling apart plus the bills outstanding for it. However when a woman is stranded on the mountain in a snow storm and Zayden knows that mountain better than anyone. So who did they call? Right, Zayden.

Esme goes on a winter vacation with her bo
Shelly Celli
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This man has strength he didn’t know he had. Him and his brothers have had it rough with a drunk for a father, but he took over when he was young and now that his fathers gone, he’s taking over again. The Moon brothers aren’t tight by any means, but Z is there for them and tries to do right by everyone when he can. When Esme is stranded on the mountain, he realizes he can do some good and that starts to break the cycle. Watching their relationship grow into a love that no one can deny is sweet, ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story follows Zayden, a tough alpha-male who's upbringing left him fearful of repeating history and Esme, a pretty tough lady herself despite her own complicated backstory.
When Zayden comes home for his father's funeral and to settle his estate, he is asked to help with a woman stranded in a cabin in the mountains in the middle of a storm. Of course he is the one to find Esme, who had gone there for valentines day with her boyfriend, expecting a ring, only to be left hanging when he su
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good start to a new series. A fast paced, easy read that grabbed me from the very of and held on until the last page. I would give it 4.5 stars.

When Zayden found Esme on the mountain, I didn't expect the book to take the direction it ended up taking. Both Zayden and Esme had their fair share of baggage to overcome.

I liked the way that Zayden was there for Esme when she reached out to him. Although they were very attracted to one another, they started out developing a friendship. I also liked
Evon Hommes
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zayden had a rough upbringing, an alcoholic father and nothing but a bad name to live up to. The book opens with Zayden coming back to the ranch for his father's funeral. Zayden has no plans to stick around any longer than he has to, but gets drawn into staying on anyway. He inherits more than just the ranch, but also his father's previous debts. Esme gets stranded in a rental cabin way up on the mountain in the middle of a storm. Since Zayden knows the mountain and how dangerous the storms can ...more
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