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The Rancher’s Secret Love by Paula Altenburg #Review #Montana #Romance #Contemporary

Title: The Rancher’s Secret Love

Series: The Montana McGregor Brothers #2

Author:  Paula Altenburg

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Published: May 21st, 2019

Pages: 168

Rating: 4.5/5


My Review:

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more in this series!

Luke McGregor was always the quiet, studious brother – something of a nerd, he’s continued his studies and is now teaching at University. However, the tragic death of his sister and her husband means the surviving brothers, including him, are now responsible for bringing up their nephew and niece. He returns home to help, planning to stay for at least a year, but his long-term girlfriend definitely doesn’t see her future on the family ranch and the two split up with her heading home again. He’s definitely not looking for another girlfriend or commitment but fate is going to intervene!

Mara Ramos was seriously injured whilst skiing, putting an end to both her professional dance career and her relationship with a famous pop star. She’s moved to this small town to set up a dance studio out of the glare of publicity and loves working with her students – though she wishes there were more of them! When she and Luke meet, their attraction is mutual but will they resist temptation?

This is a lovely, heartwarming contemporary romance with great characters and a real twist! It is about learning to trust, healing your heart and trusting love. The children included in the story are delightfully portrayed, I could easily imagine them and their antics. The dilemma that could force this couple apart is horrendous and heart wrenching, leaving you on tenterhooks about just how everything can be resolved.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending this story to anyone who  enjoys contemporary romances with family at its heart. It is another fantastic story by this highly talented author.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Could home be ‘on the range’? After teaching at a prestigious university, Luke McGregor is headed home to his family’s ranch in Grand, Montana, to help his brothers raise their baby niece and nephews and to help save the struggling ranch. His long-time girlfriend wants no part of playing cowgirl and dumps him fast. Luke commits himself to being home for at least a year and throws himself into family and ranch life. A chance meeting with a beautiful and free-spirited woman and a promising first date makes him wonder if his place is necessarily in a big city. Plucky Mara Ramos has lived much of her life on the road as a performer, but a dance injury, that permanently sidelines her professional career and ends her fling with a famous pop star, strands her in the middle of Montana. She likes the friendly small town and soon opens a dance studio intent on building a new life for herself. She enjoys inspiring her young students, but she can’t help but feel she needs more. A casual date with an enigmatic, flirty stranger, who is so much more than a cowboy, teases Mara with the possibility of putting down roots and finding a happy every after. When Luke’s former girlfriend announces she’s pregnant, he’s faced with the decision of a lifetime. If he’s all about family, can he make a decision that will keep Mara in his life?

Buy links: Amazon UK          Amazon US           Barnes and Noble

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