Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
When it comes to the Texas Cattleman’s Club, what a rancher wants, a rancher gets…
Nothing’s come easy to Chance McDaniel since his best friend betrayed him. And when the deception explodes into a Texas-sized scandal, his best friend’s sister, Gabriella del Toro, shows up to pick up the pieces. Now Chance’s luck is about to change. He wants this innocent beauty, and seducing her has become his top priority. Gabriella’s sheltered upbringing has always left her wanting more. Now, with this rich rancher, she sees a chance to break free. But will the web of deception her family has woven ensnare her yet again?
What a Rancher Wants is part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club, a continuing series with different authors using a similar theme, reoccurring characters and of course romance. This is easily read as a standalone as the author brings us up to date effortlessly.
Gabriella del Toro in the United States staying at her brother’s house as he recuperates from a kidnapping ordeal. She is a wealthy, sheltered Mexican national who is excited about being here but is kept close to home by her overprotective father, Rodrigo. Her brother Alejandro/Alex has been living in the U.S. for two years but was recently kidnapped by unknowns and although found alive, he has no memory of the ordeal.
Chance McDaniel is a friend of Alex, but feels betrayed as he is learning many new aspects about him and that he had many secrets. It also does not help that he is still considered a suspect in his disappearance. He owns McDaniel Acres a Dude ranch catering to the wealthy with luxury accommodations and adventures.
When Chance comes to Alex’s place to visit and find some answers, he meets Gabriella and is immediately attracted and intrigued. They both seem to have different agendas as they spend time together; she wants to find out more about Chance and why he is a suspect and he wants help understanding what Alex is doing here. Yet as they dance around the secrets and lies they grow closer until a misunderstanding comes between them, however it might be a good thing as it seems Alex is starting to remember.
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series, I have not read all the books but could easily keep up as I watch what happens with the different characters. I really like Chance, what a thoughtful and amazing hero he is; I love how he would think of small things that would make Gabriella’s life more enjoyable. I also like how he accepts Joaquin, her bodyguard, as he hovers, even teasing him at times. Gabriella is so sheltered that it was exciting to see freedom viewed through her eyes when she would visit Chance’s place. The two together complement each other wonderfully and the chemistry sizzles, even when they have to squeeze in romance between Joaquin’s watchful eyes.
Although the series is a continuation of a particular story arc, the missing mogul, this is a fast pace story filled with mystery and secrets that kept me turning the pages until the end. I am intrigued to find the answers and have the loose ends tied up about the kidnapping. I would have to say the only frustrating part of the story is that I have to wait to see what Alex is hiding. But I like how characters from previous books are introduced throughout the story, making the series very cohesive even though different authors are involved. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes intrigue and romance.
I give What a Rancher Wants by Sarah M Anderson 4 stars!