Designs on a Rancher by LaQuette

Posted March 7, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Modern Western Romance, Owned or Purchased, Series, Series Multi-Author, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

She’s willing to give him everything in bed

But will she risk her career for passion?

Keely Tucker knows designing a showstopping wedding dress for a movie starlet is the career-making opportunity of a lifetime.

But Jacob Chatman has sent her focus into a tailspin!

When a blackout leaves her stranded with a rancher she can’t resist, their passion practically sets the sheets on fire. Jacob admires her drive…but is their hookup worth Keely risking her hard-earned ambitions for a life in Texas?

Titles in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding multi-author series include — A Cowboy Kind of Thing by Reese Ryan —♥— Designs on a Rancher by LaQuette —♥— Four Weeks to Forever by Karen Booth —♥— Make Believe Match by Joanne Rock —♥— Oh So Wrong with Mr. Right by Nadine Gonzalez —♥— The Man She Loves to Hate by Jessica Lemmon —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  Designs on a Rancher
Series:  Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding #2
Author:  LaQuette
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 21, 2023
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4 stars

Designs on a Rancher is the second title in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding multi-author series, and it delivers a sexy-as-sin couple with attitude galore because both believe they are completely in control of how their relationship will pan out… and they both would be wrong about that delightful fact.

Keely is ambitious, talented, and set to move to the next level in her business of creating magical, specific wedding gowns.  She has moved to the top of the Hollywood tier when she is contracted to create a wedding gown for one-half of a powerhouse couple – that she’s as east coast as they come, and this wedding is taking place in cowboy country, is perhaps not exactly what she counted on, but it’s a major wedding featuring her designs so she’ll go where the couple goes.  What she didn’t expect was a blackout that could prevent her from getting the dress finished on time… or the sexy cowboy who reluctantly comes to her rescue.

Jacob lives and breathes through his devotion to his ranch.  It’s the one thing that is completely in his control, the thing that will never let him down, and he makes no excuse for his absolute focus on what brings him happiness.  Although, his ranch might be in for some competition when he’s asked to allow an out-of-owner to use one of his cabins during the blackout.  Keely is gorgeous, full of attitude, curvy, and stubborn.  She’s got talent and isn’t afraid to state exactly what she wants and expects from any given situation.  And the major situation they find themselves in is the strong, smoldering passion between them from that first introduction.

I enjoyed Designs on a Rancher so much.  While Keely and Jacob might come from different backgrounds and have their hearts work in different areas they fit so well together in so many ways.  Stubborn and determined, although not in a way that takes away from the thing they love beyond anything else – their work – or the work that used to be their top priority, now they’re learning how to compromise their passions in a way that can lead to a forever kind of love.  I love when that “aha” moment comes along for any couple, and Jacob’s was so heartwarming, even though Keely’s panic was obvious.  Watching this couple fight their inner demons, their belief that love won’t last or that business comes first, was an emotional journey full of underlying tensions, passionate moments, some compromise, and the discovery that love can work when two people want it badly enough.  That’s often a hard lesson to learn that it is possible to “have it all” with a small amount of compromise tossed into the equation.

If you love a passionate couple with a few issues to work through, if stubborn is as sexy as sin, or if you simply love a well-written, realistic romance… then Designs on a Rancher is a perfect fit for you.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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