Thursday, March 24, 2016

Romancing the Ranger (Cotton Creek) by Jennie Marts - Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway

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Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancĂ©e, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.

Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…


Her legs wrapped around his bare waist, and he treaded water to keep them a oat as his mouth devoured hers.
She tipped her head back, and he laid a hot line of kisses down her throat, his mouth warm against her lake-cooled neck.
The night air was warm, and the lake softly rippled. Moonlight and stars danced across the ripples, and she gazed across the water.
She froze. “Snake.”
Wade laughed. “I guess you could call it that, but I promise it won’t bite.”
Her paralysis broke as she shrieked and splashed toward the boat. “Holy shit! No—a big snake. A real one. On the water.” She grabbed the sides of the boat and tipped it toward her, but she wasn’t strong enough to get herself in.
With a few big strokes, Wade was at the boat and pulled himself up and over the edge. He reached down for her and tugged her up.
She collapsed on the bench seat, shivering. Her shirt and bra floated in the water filling the bottom of the boat.
She pointed at the snake on the water and panic filled her voice. “It’s swimming this way.”
Wade picked up the oar and brandished it at the snake. “Don’t worry. It’s probably just a bull snake.”
The snake swam up to the oar, and Wade lifted it on the end of the paddle. Reese shrieked as he swung the oar and flung the snake across the water.
He sank onto the bench seat and wrapped an arm around Reese’s bare shoulders. “It’s gone now. You okay?”
She nodded, her teeth chattering, but managed to give him a smile. “You are now of officially my hero.”
He chuckled and puffed out his chest. “You may call me the Snake Slinger.” He picked up the now snake-free oars and with swift, hard strokes, rowed them quickly to the dock. “We can head back to the B and B, or I have a little fishing shack out here. I can build us a fire and see if I can’t find you a shirt.”
She wasn’t ready to go back to her room, not when the night had just been getting good. “A re sounds good.”
He shed her wet shirt and bra off the bottom of the boat and passed them to her with a sheepish grin. “I kind of like this topless fishing idea. I think it could really catch on.” She held the wet shirt across her chest and had to laugh. “That would bring a whole new meaning to the term fly fishing.”

Cute, fun and sexy, this is the perfect light read for an afternoon! Wade is a great guy and I loved the way he was supportive of Reese's dreams. His ex left him with a mountain of debt and bad feelings towards anyone flashy. I understand his need for caution, but his constant comparison between Reese and his ex got tiring. That is about the only negative thing about the story and the reason it wasn't a 5-star read for me. Reese on the other hand went from being a doormat to going for what she wants. Whether it was building an outhouse, getting back to writing or getting her man, she refused to let anything get in her way. I loved Wade's spunky grandmother - she was an added bonus!

I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

USA TODAY Best-selling author Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing, and reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.
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