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The Second Chance Rancher

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Another love story from Morgan valley. In this one ex Air force Jackson and the florist Daisy find their happiness. Their story starts with pretending but with time feeling become real. It is interesting story they both are hiding something. Daisy her double career and Jackson his true self. He has layers upon layers and is not so easy going as it seems on first ball. Another enjoyable read from the series. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
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A good start to this new series by Kate Pearce, The Second Chance Rancher is set in the same world as the Morgan Ranch. I enjoyed the story and loved Jackson but never really connect with Daisy. Overall I enjoyed the story and many of the characters and will look to read more.
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Kate Pearce is one of my favorite authors. I adore the characters and settings of Morgan Ranch and Morgantown. 

This is the first book in a new series, concentrating on the Morgan's neighbors, the Millers. The Miller's mother left her 6 children when they were young. I image that the other books in the series will each concentrate on one of them. In the last book, Cauy Laymond came back to Morgan Valley, after he inherited the family ranch, which was a puzzlement, since his father hated him, and as it turned out, that was because he wasn't his biological father. Mark Laymond hated the Morgans (and almost everyone else), but Cauy ends up engaged to to Rachel Morgan. Cauy offered half ownership of the ranch to his brother Jackson, who had just finished 10 years in the air force, and was at lost ends. Jackson comes home, but is not sure exactly what he wants to do, as he is carrying some issues from his service. However, he is attracted to neighbor Daisy Miller. After returning home after burn out from working in Silicon Valley, Daisy is running the family floral shop. However, in secret, she is also working on another start up project in Silicon Valley with her team, something which could save lives. While attracted to Jackson, she is afraid to get involved with another man after her college sweetheart had died. In the hopes of eventually wearing her down, Jackson agrees to a fake relationship. Sadly, instead of actually communicating and talking about their feelings to avoid misunderstanding, they both misread the other and argue a lot, almost blowing their second chance for happiness. Still it is a very entertaining read and they do get their HEA.

I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
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Jackson and Daisy's story is a feel good western romance for all ages. Both being from Morgantown, Jackson is the real treasure in their story as he agrees to pretend to be in a romance with Daisy. The thing is, he would like to make it real. They do have a lot to overcome as their story is told with drama, lots of mixed feelings, secrets, and healing as they work to find their way to a HEA. It was nice to see a few friends from the Morgan Ranch series makes an appearance. I look forward to reading more of the people of Morgantown and would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington/Zebra Books for gifting me "The Second Chance Rancher". My opinion is voluntarily given and my own. 4.5 Stars!
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A spin off from Kate Pearce's Morgan family series, an intriguing novel about second chances.  Both main characters are returning home to help their families and find themselves.  Little did they realize they would also be finding their true love.  There are some rollercoaster emotions, mysteries to be solved and can they put aside their differences to end up in a happily ever after?  

I enjoy Kate Pearce's character development and plot lines.  They are complex enough to keep you entertained but not so many twists and turns that you get lost in the ride.   You can read this novel without reading her previous books, but knowing some of the secondary character back stories is helpful.   

A nice choice for a long day at the beach or rocking in your hammock.
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A great start to a spin off series from the Morgan Ranch series. Jackson and Daisy each have their own quirks, but I did enjoy watching the layers be peeled away from each character in order to get their HEA. I definitely plan to read more by author Kate Pearce. 

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review!
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Daisy Miller and Jackson Lymon hold secrets close to their vests.  Both returning home to Morgantown searching for peace and normalcy.  Yet not quite finding it.  While working at her flower shop, Jackson wonders in asking Daisy’s advice in getting Nancy’s attention.  Daisy laughs in his face, but helps him out anyway.  Jackson saunters off to ask Nancy, a bartender at the local bar, for a date.  When she turns him down, Jackson returns to ask Daisy on a date instead.  Daisy is NOT impressed and kicks Jackson out of her flower shop.  So it begins...

Daisy, wanting to keep her brothers from discovering her secret life, mentions that she may be interested in Jackson Lymon.  Thus, distracting them.  What she doesn’t do is clue Jackson in on her scheme.  Jackson truly believes he has a shot with Daisy as he’s been invited over to dinner at the Miller’s.  He’s unaware Daisy has vowed to never love again.  But the more time they spend in their “fake” relationship, the more they dream of the possibility it could be more.  Will their secrets destroy their chances at HEA?

This story was a perfect commentary on how one lie leads to more lies.  So many lies where you can’t tell the truth for all the lies.  Although Daisy and Jackson are truly good people and would never intentionally hurt their families or each other, they do.  Can time apart bring them closer together and enable them to overcome their painful pasts?  I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
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What an incredible story of perseverance and family. Jackson Lymond was fresh out of the AirForce and home to help his brother resurrect the family Ranch - but he wanted his own ranch someday.  Daisy Miller ran her Aunt's Flower Shop and had a side Tech Business which she needed a cover for and Jackson became that cover - until she fell in love with him,  She just wasn't certain she could let him know with so much up in the air.  Jackson had fallen in love with Daisy but he knew that he was just the fake boyfriend and had to end it because he was getting his heart crushed.
I love a book when you have something to cheer for - but you also want to smack both characters in the head and say, "Really?"
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A great start to a new series.

While The Second Chance Rancher technically begins a new series, The Millers of Morgan Valley Ranch, it's also kind of a continuation of the Morgan Ranch series, with characters from Morgan Ranch playing secondary roles.  You don't need to have read any of the books from that series to enjoy this one but you might just be intrigued enough to want to read it (and they are great books).

Jackson Lymond has left his military career in the Air Force behind to return to Morgan Valley to help his brother, Cuay, with the ranch he inherited.  He seems to be pretty happy-go-lucky and not have a care in the world but, of course, that isn't true.  He has emotional scars from his time in the service but he doesn't want to show that side to anyone.

Daisy Miller runs the flower shop in Morgan Valley but she also has a secret that she's keeping from her family (five older brothers and their father).  A few years ago, she returned to Morgan Valley a broken person and they helped heal her.  She promised she wouldn't return to what broke her but she broke that promise and it's eating at her that she hasn't told them the truth.

Jackson is attracted to Daisy but they kind of get off on the wrong foot.  Once they come to an understanding Jackson agrees to Daisy's terms of a friends-with-benefits/fake boyfriend arrangement because she's not ready for a serious relationship.

There's quite a bit going on in this story: a mystery about coins found in a silver mine, what Daisy is really doing other than running her flower shop, the feelings that Jackson has buried under the facade he presents to the world.  We are also introduced to all of Daisy's brothers, who I suspect will each get a book in the future.

I enjoyed this story very much and liked how the relationship between Daisy and Jackson wasn't always lovey-dovey.  In real life partners argue and have misunderstandings and it was nice to see that represented well in this story and yet you know that they care for each other even as they are arguing.

The set-up for additional stories was great but didn't leave me with a cliffhanger feeling at all.  The romance between Daisy and Jackson is resolved but my appetite for additional stories was definitely whetted. 😊

A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
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This is a romantic story where a fake romance turns into something more.  It is full of second chances, hope, family, and love.  Poor Jackson Lymond has left his military career and returned to his family's ranch.  The ranch now belongs to his brother, Cauy.  Jackson's father left the ranch to Cauy, who is not his biological son to cause problems between the two brothers.  Cauy wants to give half of the ranch to Jackson but Jackson is stubborn and will not accept his offer.

Then there is Daisy, who is keeping secrets from her family.  She is leading a double life.  One is developing technology in Silicon Valley which she told her family she was done  with and the other is working at the flower shop in Morgan Valley.  She decides having a fake relationship with Jackson with no strings attached is just what she needs.  Too bad Jackson is already in love with her.

I enjoyed Jackson and Daisy's fake relationship and how it seemed to backfire on both of them. I also enjoyed their banter. Morgan Valley is filled with interesting characters.  I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
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The Second Chance Rancher is the first book in Kate Pearce's new spin-off series from the Morgan Ranch stories. Even though many of the characters from the first series make cameo appearances, it's not necessary to have read any of the earlier books. It stands perfectly fine on its own.

I loved the connection between Jackson and Daisy. This book had it all. Some laugh out loud moments, some delightfully awkward put your foot in your mouth moments and a few emotional spots as well. 

Daisy's brothers were awesome and I look forward to reading what's in store for them next!
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Daisy and Jackson have both returned to Morgantown, however Daisy is sure he doesn’t remember her from their high school days.  Sparks fly and Daisy asks Jackson for a favor, which he is happy to do.  Daisy and Jackson are both hiding secrets from each other and their family.  Will the truth come out and will Jackson and Daisy find what they are looking for?  Fast-paced read with lots of twists and turns and plenty of mystery.  I really liked the characters and the story held my interest.  A good read.
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The author weaves a well written story of small town life with lots of heart. Jackson Lymond has left the Air Force, returning to Morgan Valley. The initial introduction to his character gave me the impression of capriciousness. However I was soon won over by his layered upfront personality.  Daisy Miller left behind her career in tech after unfortunate events pushed her to her limits. Her family is caring and protective, perhaps more than necessary. Jackson and Daisy initially get off to a bumpy start. They soon embark on a fake relationship to help Daisy maintain a secret, though Jackson hopes for genuine possibilities.  The evolution of their relationship is not without personality clashes, secrets, and emotions which makes for a very entertaining read.
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Jackson Lymond left the Air Force as part of the Strategic Air Intelligence in Qatar to help is brother Cauy with the family ranch. When he died their father left it to Cauy, the unfavored son. The mystery is why Cauy as Mark Lymond hated his eldest son. We find out why later in the story. Why to Cauy is still a mystery. Jackson is starting over, trying to figure out how he fits now into is community of Morgan Valley and deal with guilt over his military service. He remembers Daisy Miller who runs the floral shop in town and Nancy Williams, bartender for her brother's place. Kate starts the story with Jackson having Daisy make up a bouquet for him to butter up Nancy to ask her on a date. Interesting start to their eventual love story. 

Daisy approaches Jackson to ask him to be her fake boyfriend because she's got a second job she's hiding from her family. Seems she came home from silicon valley with burn out after her tech start up company was taken over, essentially stolen, by their major investor. She and a few tech genius friends are working on a new program that will help save lives of military injured on the field. Her dad and 5 big brothers are very protective of their little sister and she promised them she wouldn't get back into tech. Jackson agrees to be her fake boyfriend even though he wants more, so much more from her. As they spend time together things get real steamy and she fights to keep from falling for him as he fights to be only friends with benefits.

There is so much in this story it's hard to summarize it other than Kate is a master at storytelling. We grow to respect both Daisy and Jackson's intellect and drive to succeed. He deals with military guilt, she with hiding truth from her family. They both can't seem to hold each other at arms length. Thanks to Aunt Rae's advice, Daisy comes clean about what she's been up to. Jackson and his brother finally come to an agreement as to what to do about the ranch.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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A captivating romantic story about a fake relationship that turns into more. It also has emotions, family, and secrets. Delightful interesting characters. A well-written book, I liked reading, it's a pleasure to review. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book, am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Kate Pearce grabbed my heart with the Morgan Ranch series and has now done the same with this spin-off The Millers of Morgan Valley. I loved seeing the Morgan Ranch folk again along with getting to know the Millers and look forward to so many stories about these new characters.

Jackson and Daisy both have scars from the past they are trying to overcome. I enjoyed seeing them heal and grow and, of course, their “fake” relationship turning into something wonderful for them.

There is drama and conflict and miscommunications but as with all Kate’s Morgantown folk a sweet HEA that lifts your spirits and makes your heart happy.

Thank you to the publisher, the author, and Netgalley for an advanced copy and this is my honest and unbiased review.
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This is the first book in the spin-off series the Millers of Morgan Valley. It is a contemporary romance set in a quirky California ranch based town. The hero returns home after a career in the military and the heroine is hiding things from her family. The characters working through their issues is humorous and touching. The pace of the story keep me interested and at times I had a hard time putting it down.
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I received an ARC of this book for my own opinion.
Loved it. Great plot, funny, fast paced page turner. It had relatable characters that I want to know more about, so lots of books to come. Overall just a great fun read.
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This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

For the most part, this is an enjoyable book with lots of drama and romance, but I just had a hard time liking Daisy.  She was just so set in her thinking that she could not have another love in her life that she kept pushing Jackson away.  Good thing that Jackson liked (then loved) her enough that he was willing to keep trying and wait as Daisy finally realized that one love was not realistic.

Jackson was not without his own problems as he buried much of his feelings under his carefree veneer and did not show what was beneath.  Fortunately, they both could see the areas that they needed to work on and overcame their issues.

Most things were tied up and you felt this was a complete story but I did wonder if there were going to be more books about Daisy's family as you still see Adam not getting over the loss of his wife after many years and their mother is coming back for a visit and that is still in the future.  So, hope for another book about this family!
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I enjoyed this first spinoff of the Morgan Ranch series. The characters were well developed, and the story held my interest through out the book.  It was well written and was perfectly paced.  The main characters were Jackson and Daisy.  These two have issues with relationships but work it out in the end.  This is a terrific contemporary western romance story that I highly recommend.  Kate Pearce is an excellent storyteller and consistently writes excellent stories.  
I received an advanced version of this book for my honest review.
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