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The Wrong Cowboy

(Granite Junction #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Graduate from college? Check.
Land a school counselor job? Check.
Seduce her forever crush? Epic fail!

The sexy rancher is clearly not interested in long-term. In fact, he's not interested, period. But Emma is determined to change his mind until his cousin, Gabe Buchanan, puts a definite crimp in her perfect plans.

Gabe has come to help his cousin with work around the ranch wh
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Published August 2020 by Megan Ryder Books
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-tbr, tme
Saddle Up - this is one trail ride you do not want to miss!

Gabe you sexy denim wearing pen wielding oaf so quick to believe the worst what are we going to do with you (besides tie you up and keep you close...)
Emma you dear sweet sentimentalist come back down to earth and enjoy the corporeal pleasures that are laying at your feet that you keep stepping over!!!

I have to admit in the beginning Emma's pre-written life plan had me a bit irked. Where were the adults to wrangle this child in? She was
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the characters of Redemption Ranch make multiple appearances. It was like catching up with old friends!

Gabe Buchanan comes to Granite Junction to visit his cousin Cam. Gabe's family runs a successful ranch and guest ranch and they want him to help run it with his other siblings. That isn't Gabe's thing. He has written a series of mystery novels based on one character, a sh
Maggi West
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the very beginning. Gabe is a famous writer, but has gotten writer’s block” and feels he needs a change of environment. So he goes to stay with his grumpy cousin, Cam Miller, to get his inspirational juices flowing. Cam is in the process of selling his ranch to move to Wyoming but Gabe offers to help him with ranching chores while he’s there. Emma has lived in Granite Junction all her life and has a major crush on Cam. She has plans for the two of them even though Cam has never ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took to a Gabe right away! He may look all fun and flirty on the surface...which is very charming...but you could just feel that their was a serious side underneath that wanted to be understood.
Emma was her own worst enemy! I understand not wanting to give up the dream of being with Cam, but the handwriting was clearly on the wall, girl! Get a clue and walk away already. I felt bad for her, but I was also frustrated by her. I wanted her to give Gabe a real chance and not use him once feelings
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma is definitely not the brightest crayon in the box. In fact, at times she seems as dumb as a box of rocks. She can't see what's right in front of her face for years- friendship with Cam! Dah!! It takes over half the book for Emma to get a clue!! Pretty, but dumb! I thought Gabe's parents and family (mostly dad) were selfish, ignorant, and devalued his work as an author. They tried to shame and intimidate him out of his chosen career and actions. I wanted to like Emma more, but she seemed too ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great first book in a new series. A lot of familiar characters appear in this story, making it seem like a continuation of the Redemption Ranch series, but it can be read and followed without reading the RR series. The main characters have their charm and issues that will capture you from the very beginning right up to the HEA.
Marie Bourgery
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma was so hung up on her crush on Cam that she closed herself off to the possibility of finding love and happiness with someone else. She agrees to have a fling with Gabe who is only supposed to be in Granite Junction temporarily. Despite their growing feelings for each other, jealousy and misconceptions drive a wedge between them. I wanted to shake them both at times for hiding their feelings and not talking about it to each other. But I guess that added to the drama of the story. Gabe was so ...more
Kari Hansen
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma has her heart and her head set on the belief that she and Cam are meant to be more than friends and the only obstacle standing in her way is convincing him. Everything that she has done and said to attract his attention have been unsuccessful, so desperate times call for desperate measures even if that means dating his cousin Gabe to show him what he is missing out on.

Gabe needs some inspiration to get his creative juices flowing so he decides to stay at the ranch with his cousin and hopefu
Lori R
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great, romantic story. I was never quite sure how the story was going to end for Gabe and Emma. It was funny to see how organized Emma was. She had her life all planned out with goals. The only problem was she had The Wrong Cowboy in her plans and nothing and no one was able to get her to realize that Cam did not share her feelings. I also enjoyed how Emma's brother, Nathan looked out for her and treated her. It made me laugh at times.

Gabe was a sexy, cowboy who does not want to work on h
Karen Roma
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wrong Cowboy is Megan Ryder’s first story in the new Granite Junction series and pulls readers in with its multi-faceted storyline and interesting and complex characters. I started out dubious about Emma’s character and her refusal to admit that Cam just wasn’t interested, and then her initial thoughts that he may be her weapon to make Cam jealous. Circumstances change, and Emma realises that Gabe may be what she is ultimately looking for, and things certainly change from there. Gabe is just ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author, review-crew
Emma and Gabe’s love story in The Wrong Cowboy by Megan Ryder, book one in her Granite Junction series, is a tale of learning to make lemonade from lemons, especially when plans go awry. Emma has been in love with Cam Miller since she was a young girl. Cam was her brother’s friend who became her friend too. Only Cam didn’t feel the same way that Emma did; she was a little sister to him. Since Emma had accomplished her all of her other goals, she figured she needed a better plan to change Cam’s m ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much, that now I find myself at a loss for words. Previously, I had fallen in love with the Redemption Ranch series. So I was fairly certain, before I even cracked this book open, that these would be some new favorite characters. And I wasn’t wrong. Gabe is a charming rascal. But that mask hides the complex and vulnerable man desperate to be seen as “worthy” by the people he loves. Emma’s a little tougher for me to wrap up so simply. The easiest might be to say that she is ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabrielle Buchanan always felt the odd one out in his family, his older brother and his two younger siblings had all secured jobs that kept their large family ranch running. Gabe's father couldn't understand why Gabe didn't want to work on the ranch alongside his siblings, Gabe was a published author, but as far as his father was concerned, this was just a hobby.
Having a dry spell as far as his writing was concerned Gabe needed to find a place away from home to find his mojo.
Cam, Gabe's cousin,
Katherine Horvath
The Wrong Cowboy: Great story! I loved all the surprises, suspense, and challenges throughout. I liked that Gabe was a writer who had writer's block. I like that could be a true story as far as that goes because it happens with writers in general. I like that he was attracted to Emma but she had feelings for his Cousin. It was a very emotional story. It's sad how Gabe's family treated him because he didn't want to be part of the family ranch. It's good that he came back to the area where he grew ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book to read the story flows nicely. Gabe Buchanan comes to Granite Junction to help his cousin Cam on his ranch. He needs some inspiration for his next book series and a break from his family. He meets Emma working at the diner and is instantly attracted to her, the only problem is she is head over heels for his cousin Cam.

Emma helps out at the diner when she is not teaching at the school, she is ready to settle down and is hoping that Cam will finally see her as more th
Kathy Wideman
This is the first book I have read by Megan. I really enjoyed it. Emma has had a crush on Cam but then his cousin comes to town. At first, she can’t stand him. Then when she hears that her crush has plans to move away. She has the idea that maybe she can make him jealous. She will agree to go out with Gabe. Will it work or will her carefully structed life be turned upside down by falling for Gabe? Emma has her whole life planned out. She may have just pictured the wrong man as the leading man. G ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and though it was a solid start to this new series. The story pulls you in with a combo of cute, emotional and heartfelt. I enjoyed the duality of the characters desires in this book. I think just about everyone can relate to having feelings for someone that just aren't going anywhere and/or being into someone who is into someone else. These things are simply very relatable. Gabe I liked so much! His knowledge of what he wanted and his determination to work to get it was sweet ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’ve all done it. We concentrate so hard on a idea & our plan to achieve it that we become narrow minded. We strive to keep what’s familiar & comfortable instead of reaching for the new & exciting. Megan Ryder has written an enjoyable story about a woman that has lived this. Due to the loss of her father, she holds on tight to anything familiar & is not about to lose anything. She’s marched through life checking off items on her life plan with one specific goal in mind & no one is going to take ...more
Renee Valenzuela
This the first book of the Granite Junction series by Megan Ryder.
Emma has a plan and nothing will stand in her way to make this plan a reality. Well that is unless the other party (Cam Miller) has no idea and does not feel the same way.

In walks Gabe who has come to help out his cousin Cam and hopefully break his writers block. He likes Emma and will do what it takes to hopefully win her heart or at least a date. Can he do it????

If you were a fan of the Redemption Ranch series or a new reader y
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma, Gabe & Cam

Emma had wanted Cam for years. He kept them as friends. When, Gabe, his cousin showed up he was more than attracted to her. She was fair game, Cam said she was just a friend. When she ignored his charm it just enticed him more. Could he get her to give up her crush and give him a chance?

She thought that maybe Gabe might help her get Cam's attention but would her plans blow up and her feelings for Gabe change?

I liked the overall story. I did feel the back and forth feelings were a
Anne Donaldson
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this is a taste of things to come in Granite Junction, I can’t wait for more. I found Gabe’s character particularly well written; he is nuanced, his worries make sense, and even his spurt of jealousy is logical, given the circumstances. Emma – I was less of a fan here, but that may have been the author’s purpose! Her conflicted emotions are really well portrayed, but she makes some questionable decisions. I loved the introduction to Granite Junction and Gabe and his family, and to the charact ...more
Angelica Larsson
A superb storyline filled with lots of emotions and wonderful and caring characters that I enjoyed reading about. Will definitely check out more the other books in this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mary Sopsko
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabe and Emma are two different characters that have similarities that can bring out both the good and bad. I love the emotions that are in this story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cindy Pearson
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Gabe and Emma. Gabe had to prove that Emma could trust him and once she fell for him there was no going back.
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
An unexpected romance can happen when you least expect it. Emma has spent her life pinning away for a man that will only see her as a little sister.
When his single cousin comes to town, she uses the opportunity to try and make him jealous. Only it backfires when she finds herself both attracted and annoyed to the newcomer.
Gabe is instantly drawn to Emma, but frustrated that she's infatuated with his cousin and won't give him the time of day.
This was a great slow burn that definitely starts as en
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st book in Granite Junction series.
The interaction between Emma and Gabe is beautiful to witness..
Wonderfully written with strong, intriguing characters.
The chemistry was palatable. I want to read more from this author.
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
This is book 1 of a new series and based on this book, I think this will be a good series. Granite Junction is a spin-off from the Redemption Ranch series. A few people from that series made an appearance in this series. This series is a stand alone from the previous series, but I liked that one a lot so I recommend reading it as well.

Written as a 3rd person, multi pov with a HFN Ending that will lead to a HEA I am sure. Great characters, good story line, easy to visualize detailed descriptions
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabe and Emma’s first meeting revolves around his blatant flirting and her total rejection of his efforts. After all, her heart and her future plans centre around Gabe’s cousin Cam, and an old friend of her family. Although he grew up on a ranch, Gabe’s passion is his writing, not working on the family ranch like his parents and family want him to do. He has come to Granite Junction to stay with his cousin and work on another book, as well as help around the ranch. The beautiful and feisty Emma ...more
Erin  Koiso
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wrong Cowboy is book one in the Granite Junction series by Megan Ryder. This book seems to be an extension of The Redemption Ranch series, but could absolutely be read as a stand-alone.

In Redemption Ranch we met Emma and Cam. It seemed like they were destined to be together. Emma finished college, got a job – everything was going according to her meticulously planned life. That is until Cam’s cousin Gabe Buchanan comes to town. Gabe is in town to work on his next novel.

Emma is bound and dete
KL Cassanello
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cam is ready to sell the ranch and leave Granite Junction. Emma's been in love with him forever. He's not interested in her in that way, but his cousin, Gabe, is. He thinks they can have a great time together, for the short time that he'll be in town. And she figures that she can have a little fun, and make Cam jealous in the process. It's just a summer fling; not like anybody's gonna fall in love. I love Gabe. He's a serious guy with some really hot bad boy undertones. It's easy to see how attr ...more
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