Rescuing the Rancher: A Small-Town Clean Romance
Shanna Hatfield, author
Widow Jossy Jansen intimidates people, mostly by accident. After all, her soon-to-be sister-in-law refers to her as a cowboy version of Wonder Woman. Jossy can’t help it if she’s strong, capable, and bursting with restless energy. Never one who needed a man to rescue her, Jossy struggles with her feelings for an unlikely knight dressed in Armani. Life as a corporate attorney has left Nathaniel Knight overworked, stressed, and going soft. He hardly recognizes the person he’s become. When his father insists he help out the small community of Summer Creek, Nate dreads spending time so far from civilization. Then he tangles with a rancher far too stubborn for her own good and far too lovely for his. Can Nate convince Jossy he’s more than just a city boy out of his element?
Hatfield’s heartfelt second Summer Creek romance (after Catching the Cowboy) pairs a small-town widow with a big-city lawyer. Attorney Nathaniel Knight leaves Portland for Summer Creek, Ore., to help family friend Emery Brighton, the heroine of book one, with her work at the Summer Creek Historical Society. There he meets and promptly gets on the nerves of Jossy Jansen, Emery’s fiancé’s sister, who distrusts his glossy good looks and flawless self presentation. Still, when Jossy receives a letter from a law firm representing a man claiming to be her abusive late husband’s son, she turns to Nathaniel for legal advice to prevent the claimant from taking her ranch. As the pair spend more time together, their mutual attraction builds and Jossy opens up about her difficult marriage. Though Jossy is wary of marrying again, there’s no denying her connection to Nathaniel, who remains hopeful for a future together. Hatfield keeps her believably imperfect characters at the heart of this novel, showing their evolution as they face life’s trials and discover love. Readers looking for sweet, chaste romance set in a rural idyll will be well satisfied. (Self-published)