At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan

February 23rd, 2015 Kimberly Review 63 Comments

23rd Feb
At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan
At Wolf Ranch
by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #1
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men... After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set, until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything. Ella Wolf rushes to her family's abandoned Montana ranch after her twin sister is murdered. She knows she's next . . . unless she can uncover a secret hidden somewhere at Wolf Ranch. The last thing Ella expects is to be rescued by a rugged rancher with his own agenda. A man who almost makes her forget how dangerous love can be. As an unlikely partnership sparks into something so much more, and a killer closes in, can Ella and Gabe learn to trust one another before it's too late?

At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan is the first in her Montana Men series. It has so many elements I love from the wide-open spaces to hot, strong, cowboys who just happen to be brothers. Catch me before I swoon! Ryan weaved suspense, a slow-burning romance and did it all in big sky country. I inhaled At Wolf Ranch and cannot wait for more.

Coffee dates with At Wolf Ranch

First date: Murder, betrayal and trouble greet me in the first chapter and I am hooked. How the heck is Ella Wolf going to get out of this mess? I love when a book grabs you like this. Twists and turns lead us into the arms of Gabe Bowden whose life is about to be upended. Woot! Hold on to your hats ladies, as Gabe will make your knees turn to jelly.

Second date: Gabe and Ella are both intelligent, independent and some might say overachievers. I love strong characters, and appreciated how Ella keot it together. Despite the time frame we feel the chemistry between them as it crackles. Both are reluctant to act, giving us a friends to lovers’ slow building romance. These two come from different worlds but share a connection. We share some delicious banter thanks to a snowstorm and their investigation. Gabe is protective and sees Ella, beyond her social media image. Ella is perhaps a little pampered but never complains and is grounded. They complement each other in a way that felt genuine. The murder mystery/betrayal thread is engaging and had me on edge as they tried to uncover clues. We meet some of Gabe’s sibling and learn about other characters all of which had me intrigued.

Third date: I am experiencing all the feels. Ryan has fleshed out the characters and has shared their back-stories giving me a strong sense of their character. While I am sure, we will get our HEA, the twists, bumps and growing pains kept me up singing the “just one more chapter” mantra. The murder/mystery wrapped up well and I appreciated how Ryan gave equal time to this thread. I ended this date tired but grinning from ear to ear and eager to return for more Montana Men.

At Wolf Ranch delivered a delicious romantic suspense, with fade to black heat that will appeal to a broad range of readers. Ryan hooked me and I enjoyed each date. When It’s Right the next book releases in March. I’ve reserved a table and so should you!

About Jennifer Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBride Series. Jennifer writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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63 Responses to “At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan”

  1. Melliane

    Oh cowboys books!!! I love them, they’re so sweet! But I confess that it’s been a while since I have read one, I should! I didn’t know about this one but it sounds really good! thanks for the discovery!

    Melliane recently posted: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
    • kimbacaffeinate

      This has some sweetness but the suspense/murder made it a page -turner not to mention the brothers!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Awe sorry no “arooo” with this one but it had some great suspense elements and horses.

  2. Katherine

    I love mystery mixed in with my romance and this sounds like a good one! I like that this is a slow building romance. Definitely going on the TBR! Thanks for sharing! On a side note I dated a guy named Gabe in college and after we broke up I avoided books with heroes with his name for so long it’s been almost a knee jerk reaction!

    Katherine recently posted: Behind Every Great Man - Review
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Awe, yeah I can see why you would avoid them. I love romance wrapped in suspense and hope you check it out

  3. Nick

    Oh boy! That is a beautiful cowboy on that cover! 😉
    I love that this one has a murder mystery and a contemporary romance vibe to it. Also, yay for friends to lovers romance! Who doesn’t love a good old friends to lovers? I’m going to have to check this one out!
    Lovely review, Kim!

  4. Jenny

    Yay! I just gave this one to my sister in law to review for the blog, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it Kim! I’m going to have to steal it back from her and read it myself when she’s done. Love those books that have you chanting “just one more chapter” into the wee hours of the morning:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So do I Aurian, I prefer my romances to be tangled in suspense or mystery:)

  5. Ramona

    Meow! This sounds good enough to eat, LOL 😉 It’s going into my pile straightaway. An excellent, very enticing review – as always. Nicely done.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah I have a serious thing for a man in cowboy boots and denim but married a geek.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Alisa, I use several formats and decide which one works best for the book and my mood.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right..I love that we are going to get the brothers’ stories and the added suspense was delicious

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I love both too, and prefer my romances to be wrapped in something too

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do not like a steady diet of straight up contemporaries, as you know I bounce all over..but one of my favorite is romantic suspense

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So glad you loved this too Anna. I’ve read some of her work in anthologies so I was delighted to pick this one up. I have book two prepped on my Nook and will be reading it soon