Monday, December 22, 2014

NERC Review #55: Second Chance Ranch

Title: Second Chance Ranch
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: September 15th, 2014
*eARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley*

From Goodreads...
Sometimes love is right where you left it.

Sadie Hart has a plan: return to her small town of Hope Springs so she can regain her confidence—and bank account—before giving one more shot to her country music dream. The dream that means more to her than anything. The dream she chose over her high school sweetheart, the brooding and sinfully handsome Royce Dixon.

Royce has moved on from his memories of the beautiful Sadie. Now he’s focused solely on running Second Chance Ranch, where he rehabilitates troubled teens through ranch work. But when he needs a new employee and Sadie’s the only one to volunteer, he has no choice but to offer his old flame a job.

Whether riding a horse with the wind in her hair or mucking out the stalls, Sadie can still get Royce’s heart beating like no one else. But Nashville is her dream, and Royce can’t settle for second best.

My Review!
This was just adorable! Even though these books are short, I still find most of them to be realistic and many feel like a whole story. And after reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted this one. Country music is my addiction, and I'd already met Sadie back in Accidentally Married on Purpose, and I couldn't wait for her story.

I was not disappointed with miss Sadie Hart. She's a genuine, down-to-earth gal who's trying to make it in the competitive country music scene. And when it doesn't work out, she's forced to go back to the place she couldn't wait to leave behind to lick her wounds and figure out her next step. She's able to have some much needed downtime, and being away from the Nashville scene makes her feel like herself again, like she can breathe without someone there telling her what she needs to do to make it big. And there she finds Royce Dixon, her high school sweetheart and the guy she left behind to pursue her dreams.

Royce was a bit harder to figure out, a guy who keeps his emotions locked down and his personality contained. He's fighting hard to save the ranch and Second Chance, the rehabilitation program that his dad founded and his mom runs now. It's hard with there only being the two of them, and Royce doesn't want to let down his mom or ruin the dream his dad worked so hard to make come true. He's a little embittered, and his grief makes him feel like he's not doing enough. But he is, and he's worked tirelessly to keep the ranch and program going. But Sadie's return threatens his carefully constructed walls and the heart that hasn't stopped loving her.

I love stories about high school sweethearts, and I love stories about second chances. And I got two of my favorite tropes in one book! Sadie and Royce were in love when they were teens; their relationship was genuine then, full of feelings that both of them knew meant forever. But sometimes relationships end, and two ex-high school sweethearts travel down different roads but end up meeting again at a crossroads. And the love that had blossomed between them in high school became even deeper and more passionate as adults. Both Sadie and Royce had to let go of old hurts, resentments, and regrets to remember what they had and that they deserved a second chance.

And I adored the secondary characters, like Sadie's family and Royce's mom. And I also loved the story-line involving the rehabilitation program and the kids that show up in the beginning stubborn and with an attitude but end up leaving with smiles on their faces and an experience that changes their hearts. 

Second Chance Ranch was a sweet and adorable story about love, life, new dreams, and second chances. :)

3.5 Paw Prints!

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