Reclusive billionaire and enigmatic ranch owner Ryan O’Connell spares no expense when it comes to the Endeavour Ranch and its charitable organizations. Next up on his philanthropic agenda is a youth group home for troubled teenage boys. When he hires a social worker to work with the counselors and teen clients, he thinks he can take a step back. But her beauty and determination are tough to ignore and even tougher to resist.
Heiress Elizabeth Benson became a social worker after her older sister was murdered, destroying her once-close family. She’s fiercely protective of the boys on the Endeavour Ranch and is determined to learn more about her mysterious boss who is so much more than the quiet cowboy he pretends to be. Too bad their chemistry complicates everything.
Can Ryan trust Elizabeth with his darkest secrets? Or does he risk losing even more than his heart?
The Endeavour Ranch of Grand, Montana is connected to The Montana MacGregor Brothers, (which was reviewed on my Keeper Bookshelf blog and these links take you over there) those titles include — The Rancher Takes A Family – The Rancher’s Secret – The Rancher’s Proposal
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: The Montana Rancher
Series: The Endeavour Ranch of Grand, Montana #3
Author: Paula Altenburg
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: June 30, 2022
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
The Montana Rancher brings The Endeavour Ranch of Grand, Montana to a close, and what an emotional ending it was. We’ve had bits and pieces, hints of Ryan’s past throughout this series but it all comes together here… and it is heart-wrenching. There are secrets we’ve all been waiting to learn in Ryan and Elizabeth’s romance so in order to not reveal anything I’m going to keep this one short.
When Elizabeth came to the Endeavor Ranch for the ranch’s social worker position she could have never imagined that her future would be wrapped up in these troubled teens or in the elusive, annoying man who oversees it all. She carries her own baggage with her in the memories of her murdered sister and is determined to help these young men heal, make better choices, and become the good, strong men she believes she can see in them now. But, Ryan, now that is a whole different situation. She’d just as soon kiss him as she would smack him – and that is a most unexpected reaction to her new boss. Oh, he knows the right buttons to push to get her riled up but she’s on to his game, and two can play it.
I wish I could say that I loved Ryan but I didn’t. While I understood him better once his secrets were fully revealed I still could barely like him. It came down to the fact that Elizabeth loved him, and his friends (brothers) loved and trusted him before I could feel that he even deserved Elizabeth or their future together. That’s not meant harshly, Ryan was simply a difficult man for me to love but those important to him did so that was enough for me. (sometimes it happens that way)
I’ve enjoyed this series. While I might have guessed at some of the secrets, I certainly enjoyed learning everything that made this series so good. We run into familiar faces once again, find a happy ending for two total opposites, and say goodbye to a satisfying, enjoyable series. Now the wait to see what this amazing author brings us next.
I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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