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About that night... Benson, CA, represents all that Tess Cole doesn't want. So she intends to keep her business trip there brief. Too bad her plan to quickly change the mayor's mind about some planning issues dissolves the moment she recognizes him! That one night with Slaid Jacobs remains a personal favorite for Tess; and for him, too, it seems. Even though he's gorgeous About that night... Benson, CA, represents all that Tess Cole doesn't want. So she intends to keep her business trip there brief. Too bad her plan to quickly change the mayor's mind about some planning issues dissolves the moment she recognizes him! That one night with Slaid Jacobs remains a personal favorite for Tess; and for him, too, it seems. Even though he's gorgeous and hot, it's clear to Tess that the single dad wants a commitment; something she avoids. It's also clear Slaid is bent on convincing her they can build a future out of their passionate past. And that's a very tempting offer.


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About that night... Benson, CA, represents all that Tess Cole doesn't want. So she intends to keep her business trip there brief. Too bad her plan to quickly change the mayor's mind about some planning issues dissolves the moment she recognizes him! That one night with Slaid Jacobs remains a personal favorite for Tess; and for him, too, it seems. Even though he's gorgeous About that night... Benson, CA, represents all that Tess Cole doesn't want. So she intends to keep her business trip there brief. Too bad her plan to quickly change the mayor's mind about some planning issues dissolves the moment she recognizes him! That one night with Slaid Jacobs remains a personal favorite for Tess; and for him, too, it seems. Even though he's gorgeous and hot, it's clear to Tess that the single dad wants a commitment; something she avoids. It's also clear Slaid is bent on convincing her they can build a future out of their passionate past. And that's a very tempting offer.

30 review for Convincing the Rancher

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    I'm DNFing at 35%. I kind of bored - I found the wind energy stuff interesting at first but now I just want more romance. I'd try this author again - just need a different book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Jen Book won in a Goodreads contest I enjoy the occasional Harlequin read. With their category romances, you're pretty much guaranteed a solid romance. But they're generally not too deep and are relatively easy, fast reads. InConvincing the Rancher, that's just what you get... a decent read. The book revolves around Tess and Slaid. The two had a one night stand a couple years earlier and so when they run into each other it's rather awkward. Tess is in town to convince the town of the Reviewed by Jen Book won in a Goodreads contest I enjoy the occasional Harlequin read.  With their category romances, you're pretty much guaranteed a solid romance.  But they're generally not too deep and are relatively easy, fast reads.  In Convincing the Rancher, that's just what you get... a decent read. The book revolves around Tess and Slaid.  The two had a one night stand a couple years earlier and so when they run into each other it's rather awkward.  Tess is in town to convince the town of the benefits of having a wind farm in the area.  She goes to the mayor's office only to find Slaid.  Ends up that in addition to being the mayor, he's also the rancher using the land that has been earmarked for the wind farm.  They're constantly butting heads over the wind farm, but there are sparks flying as they are attracted to each other. In my day job, I work in energy management, so the whole wind farm (and as the story develops, solar energy) thing was rather interesting to me.  In was definitely a plot line I hadn't read in a romance before, so I appreciated that bit of uniqueness and the level of research that went into developing that plot. The romance itself was ok.  I didn't feel myself connecting to the characters or even rooting for them to get together.  In fact, thinking back on the book, they weren't even all that memorable. In the end, this was a decent read and what I've come to expect from a lot of Harlequin's books.  It was a pretty fast read and I was drawn into the story.  It just suffered from some underwhelming characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennae Vale

    There's one thing I know for sure and that's if I'm going to read a book by Claire McEwen, I'd better clear my calendar, because once I turn the first page and begin reading, I won't stop until I've turned the last page. Convincing the Rancher is an amazing story about two people who, despite their differences, belong together. Tess and Slaid are brought to life, flaws and all, in this book. The author's descriptive abilities had me longing to take a trip to the Sierra Nevadas and the small town There's one thing I know for sure and that's if I'm going to read a book by Claire McEwen, I'd better clear my calendar, because once I turn the first page and begin reading, I won't stop until I've turned the last page. Convincing the Rancher is an amazing story about two people who, despite their differences, belong together. Tess and Slaid are brought to life, flaws and all, in this book. The author's descriptive abilities had me longing to take a trip to the Sierra Nevadas and the small town of Benson. I felt a real connection with this place and with these people. I felt their sadness, their joy and their frustrations. I highly recommend this book and will definitely be looking forward to reading anything Claire McEwen writes in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Katz

    Harlequin Super Romance author, Claire McEwen, has done it again. In her third book, the last of the Contemporary Western Romance Trilogy, she has created yet another romance novel that was hard to put down. I began this reading adventure with Claire when I read her first book, A Ranch to Keep back in February of 2014. This was my first time reading a Harlequin romance and I was so pleasantly surprised. I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t put the book down. Eagerly I waited for book Harlequin Super Romance author, Claire McEwen, has done it again. In her third book, the last of the Contemporary Western Romance Trilogy, she has created yet another romance novel that was hard to put down. I began this reading adventure with Claire when I read her first book, A Ranch to Keep back in February of 2014. This was my first time reading a Harlequin romance and I was so pleasantly surprised. I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t put the book down. Eagerly I waited for book number two, More Than a Rancher (published in September 2014) that also showcased another great female character and once again I couldn’t put this book down. When Claire asked if I would like to read her third book in the trilogy just recently released, I couldn’t wait. Convincing the Rancher was just like the other two, inviting, intriguing, romantic and extremely satisfying. Meet three very real female characters, friends, devoted to each other with their own separate problems and emotions. In this last book, Convincing the Rancher, which also takes place in Benson, California, a sleepy Northern California town. The author shows us the life of ranchers in this beautiful setting and life outside of the big city. While this story tackled an important environmental issue, it didn’t stray from the romance at all. Meet Tess, the third girl in the group who doesn’t ever intent on settling down or having a relationship. Now that her two favorite girlfriends are happy and secure in their relationships, she begins to wonder is she missing out on something special too. That is until she meets Slaid Jacobs for the second time. The first time was a one-night stand, two years prior, which is Tess’s style. But there is something about Slaid, he is gorgeous and hot and she can’t stay away from their very passionate past. While Slaid is a single dad looking for a commitment, he is also Mayor of the small sleepy town. Tess is not interested. Or so she thinks. She loves the hustle and bustle of the big city, San Francisco, and she isn’t about relationships. Her past is jaded and even her two best girlfriends don’t even know about it. Can Tess overcome the loneliness and sadness of being a foster child in a messed up system and realize that life is meant to be shared with someone you love. Or will she continue to live her life in fear of relationships? I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shirene

    Wow this is a flash from the past. Harlequin books were a large portion of what I started reading too many moons ago. The "formulaic" nature of the books published has made huge steps forward since I last picked up one of their books. Plus the books placed in the Super Romance section have real depth of character and story lines which I'm thrilled to see. This story revolves around a woman coming to a small town to sell them on natural energy and in particular windmills. Unfortunately the woman Wow this is a flash from the past. Harlequin books were a large portion of what I started reading too many moons ago. The "formulaic" nature of the books published has made huge steps forward since I last picked up one of their books. Plus the books placed in the Super Romance section have real depth of character and story lines which I'm thrilled to see. This story revolves around a woman coming to a small town to sell them on natural energy and in particular windmills. Unfortunately the woman had a one night stand two years previously with the mayor of the town and the fireworks ensue from that point forward. There seems to be a real appreciation of such a complex concept and I applaud the author in adding this portion to her story. Slaid Jacobs has the boy next door vibe and you do want to adore him even when he is being pushy and, at times, judgmental. Tess Cole is a woman of many depths. She has risen from a troubled background and seeks to protect herself at all cost by projecting and telling lies to any and all that know her. And yet, she is a woman that I believe many will not only sympathize with but understand. This is a woman that despite the odds stacked against her has persevered, survived but unfortunately has never allowed herself to truly live. Slaid helps to bring that out for Tess including taking her on interesting dates once he convinces her to go. Final Thoughts: If you are looking for hot and heavy then this book doesn't fit the bill. But if you are looking for a story where both main characters have flaws and learn to work through them and overcome them then you should grab this book ASAP. A copy of Convincing the Rancher was provided to me by the author and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Convincing the Rancher, by Claire McEwen, author of the Harlequin Super-Romance Benson series (A Ranch to Keep, More Than a Rancher ) is the third in the series and the best one of them all! It is full of personality, conflicts, action, and believable characters, all set in one of the most beautiful areas of Eastern California. I eagerly awaited this novel; because I had already enjoyed the first two and because the heroine (Tess) had appeared briefly in the previous two books of the series and Convincing the Rancher, by Claire McEwen, author of the Harlequin Super-Romance Benson series (A Ranch to Keep, More Than a Rancher ) is the third in the series and the best one of them all! It is full of personality, conflicts, action, and believable characters, all set in one of the most beautiful areas of Eastern California. I eagerly awaited this novel; because I had already enjoyed the first two and because the heroine (Tess) had appeared briefly in the previous two books of the series and I couldn’t wait to see how McEwen could turn her into the romantic interest. I was really surprised at every turn of the page, as the characters were revealed, layer by layer. The story: Tess comes to Benson, a small ranch town where the wind is always blowing, representing a Wind Farm developer. Slaid, a rancher himself, loves the stark and powerful Eastern Sierra foothills, which draw tourists and income to Benson. As mayor, he must help defend his town from development. The plot is full of conflicts that are based in today’s realities and the personal issues facing the two characters, Tess and Slaid, are also real and uncomfortable. These strong and gritty characters are dealing with some thorny contemporary issues – water rights, tourism, economics and green energy. I loved the descriptions of the high desert; they made me feel the blowing wind and smell the pungent desert scrub. I could picture that very special quality of light and energy that exists there and draws people to that part of the Eastern Sierra. I felt like I was there. Everything is tight and seamless in this third novel. The early hints of steaminess are like a wonderful foreplay and keeps one on edge for pages: Delicious!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Tess Cole hates being out of San Francisco, but her job forces her to visit tiny Benson, CA in the Eastern Sierras--too much a cowtown, too much cold with blustery winds, but that's why she's there: to convince the mayor and town council to allow a wind farm to be built nearby. Too bad the very spot happens to be on BLM land that the mayor owns and has been using for generations for his cattle. Slaid Jacobs is that mayor. More importantly, he was also the man Tess had a one-night-stand with two Tess Cole hates being out of San Francisco, but her job forces her to visit tiny Benson, CA in the Eastern Sierras--too much a cowtown, too much cold with blustery winds, but that's why she's there: to convince the mayor and town council to allow a wind farm to be built nearby. Too bad the very spot happens to be on BLM land that the mayor owns and has been using for generations for his cattle. Slaid Jacobs is that mayor. More importantly, he was also the man Tess had a one-night-stand with two years earlier, which he remembers all to well, but she... well, doesn't. He's thrilled to make their acquaintance again, even if the thought of a windfarm isn't what he wants for his ranch or his town and the neighbors he's grown up with. How Tess and Slaid begin to come to terms with both their job-related antagonism to each other and their personal sexual chemistry forms the backdrop for this tale of complications when past sins collide with present desires and future dreams. Just one of those complications is Slaid's adopted son, age 14, who is charmed by Tess and helped when she confides things to him that she's never told a soul. All because of who she really is, where she really came from, and how her own teen years were filled with more than her share of angst. When the crisis comes, it's handsome, too-good-to-be-true Slaid who needs his comeuppance even after Tess has received hers and gone home to San Francisco to lick her heart-wounds and figure out what she's going to do now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kissinger

    For a romance novel novice, and someone who never bought into the "romance" genre, Claire McEwen's series--colorfully set in both San Francisco and the high sierra ranch land of Benson, CA--is a delight. All three of her heroines--this one, Tess, included--are interesting, accomplished, and driven women, with rich psychological make-ups that make you wonder if Claire McEwen didn't just write about her very own best friends. It has been a joy diving in. I never bought into the idea of romance as For a romance novel novice, and someone who never bought into the "romance" genre, Claire McEwen's series--colorfully set in both San Francisco and the high sierra ranch land of Benson, CA--is a delight. All three of her heroines--this one, Tess, included--are interesting, accomplished, and driven women, with rich psychological make-ups that make you wonder if Claire McEwen didn't just write about her very own best friends. It has been a joy diving in. I never bought into the idea of romance as a genre, for fear that the women would be helpless in the face of their feelings. And while feelings certainly cause their fair share of confusion in Convincing the Rancher (and More than a Rancher, and a Ranch to Keep), what I enjoy so much about reading the way these relationships unfold is how career and friendship concerns complicate matters. In fact, of all the books in the series, in this one, career concerns test a friendship between gals as much as it tests the central romance--love that! The conflicts are are very true to life. And like the first two books in the series, the chemistry is immediate, while the heat builds just slowly enough to keep you from ever wanting to put the book down...except for maybe a tall drink of water. My favorite book in the series remains the second (the only one where the cowboy moves to the city for the gal, instead of the other way around) but I wouldn't have missed this return to Benson and getting to know Tess for anything!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I loved visiting the small ranch town of Benson, CA in Convincing the Rancher. Having not read the other books in this series I can definitely say it is a stand alone. The main characters are both very strong and determined. Tess is a big city girl in Benson on a mission, and she can't wait to leave. She has friends in Benson, and to visit is fine, but this extended stay is not one she wants. She has a past she just can't move on from, and she keeps it a closely guarded secret. She doesn't do I loved visiting the small ranch town of Benson, CA in Convincing the Rancher. Having not read the other books in this series I can definitely say it is a stand alone. The main characters are both very strong and determined. Tess is a big city girl in Benson on a mission, and she can't wait to leave. She has friends in Benson, and to visit is fine, but this extended stay is not one she wants. She has a past she just can't move on from, and she keeps it a closely guarded secret. She doesn't do 'personal', and drew a firm line in the sand between personal and professional, especially once she met Slaid. She just couldn't seem to fathom that the two could over lap. Slaid's life and livelihood are in Benson, and what Tess is in town to do threatens all of this. But he can't help but be drawn to her and want to spend time with her...in a non professional capacity! There is lots of conflict to keep things lively in Convincing The Rancher and I couldn't wait to see how Tess and Slaid dealt with this unexpected attraction...can it lead to anything? Or will they go their separate ways? The chemistry between them is definitely there! I loved Claire's descriptions and how this is a very modern story, drawing on current times and environmental issues while blending in a romantic relationship between two people from different worlds. I'd recommend this to contemporary romance readers, especially if you like small towns and ranchers!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire McEwen

    Library Journal Says: "Lively, funny, and beautifully paced, this enjoyable romance pairs a relationship-wary heroine with a responsible single dad in a captivating story that beautifully conveys the Eastern Sierra high desert setting and has character links to the author's earlier Superromances." RT Book Reviews Says: "CONVINCING THE RANCHER (4) by Claire McEwen: When PR expert Tess Cole travels to Benson, Calif., to convince the mayor that windmills would be good for the town, she’s surprised to Library Journal Says: "Lively, funny, and beautifully paced, this enjoyable romance pairs a relationship-wary heroine with a responsible single dad in a captivating story that beautifully conveys the Eastern Sierra high desert setting and has character links to the author's earlier Superromances." RT Book Reviews Says: "CONVINCING THE RANCHER (4) by Claire McEwen: When PR expert Tess Cole travels to Benson, Calif., to convince the mayor that windmills would be good for the town, she’s surprised to find it’s Slaid Jacobs, a man she had a one-night stand with two years ago in Vegas. Slaid is determined to get to know Tess, even if he’s completely opposed to windmills in his town. But Tess doesn’t want Slaid — or the friends she has in town — to discover anything about her background. Although Slaid and Tess’s second meeting seems a bit overly coincidental, McEwen’s skill with description and dialogue more than make up for it. The colorful descriptions of the scenery and town are nicely done, and the interactions between Slaid and Tess are clever."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kari Lemor

    I just finished the third book in the Rancher trilogy by new author Claire McEwen and wasn't disappointed. Like the first two books, you quickly come to love and know the characters. This last book rounds out the tale of the three friends with the one least likely to fall in love. But the authors tells us a believable love story that makes us want this couple to get their Happily Ever After. Conflict and sexual tension abound while still showing us the slow steps our hero and heroine take toward I just finished the third book in the Rancher trilogy by new author Claire McEwen and wasn't disappointed. Like the first two books, you quickly come to love and know the characters. This last book rounds out the tale of the three friends with the one least likely to fall in love. But the authors tells us a believable love story that makes us want this couple to get their Happily Ever After. Conflict and sexual tension abound while still showing us the slow steps our hero and heroine take toward being together, forever. This is one of those stories you are very sad when it ends because you want to continue to see more and more. I hope this author has more wonderful stories in mind and is busy writing them even now!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cecile

    Reading McEwen's writing is always a joy. This is smart writing in an easy-to-digest format. I loved the multiple conflicts of interest in professional and personal lives between Slaid and Tess. These plot nuances make for such good reading. They conflicts provide a foil for exploring the inner desires and strengths and flaws of both characters. It also, of course, leaves the reader wondering how these things will ever reconcile! And, I loved how the complexities were not entirely easily or Reading McEwen's writing is always a joy. This is smart writing in an easy-to-digest format. I loved the multiple conflicts of interest in professional and personal lives between Slaid and Tess. These plot nuances make for such good reading. They conflicts provide a foil for exploring the inner desires and strengths and flaws of both characters. It also, of course, leaves the reader wondering how these things will ever reconcile! And, I loved how the complexities were not entirely easily or readily resolved. Just when I thought everything would be smooth sailing, a wrinkle emerged! I had a hard time putting this book down. It's another fun read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah D.

    Slaid I liked a lot - Tess seemed a bit more of a drag than I expected. I was almost wishing I could kick her in the butt...we all have baggage and hers was pretty rough. But I wanted to cheer when she had her encounter with Slaid son Devin. Her armor and self interest crumbled a bit after that. But it was quite a slog until then! Devin is a wise young man. I dare not say much more - all the other comments I can think of give away too many details....so move on through to the last third of the Slaid I liked a lot - Tess seemed a bit more of a drag than I expected. I was almost wishing I could kick her in the butt...we all have baggage and hers was pretty rough. But I wanted to cheer when she had her encounter with Slaid son Devin. Her armor and self interest crumbled a bit after that. But it was quite a slog until then! Devin is a wise young man. I dare not say much more - all the other comments I can think of give away too many details....so move on through to the last third of the book, there is hope for Tess.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Bohrmueller

    I received the book from the author for an honest review. I love Claire McEwen's style of writing. It was a beautiful love story with a realistic plot and characters. It was so easy to get pulled into the story of Slaid and Tess. I loved the history of how they met, the struggles they went through and the romantic dates they had. I absolutely loved every moment of this wonderful story. A very good happily ever after story. I definitely recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I just honestly kind of had trouble with this book at times. I liked the characters enough, and I enjoyed Tess's backstory and her growth. At times it seemed to get bogged down in the windmill alternative energy aspect and then at times the romance, the majesty of the small town atmosphere, etc was perfect. The two just didn't mesh quite like I had envisioned. But it was still a cute, feel good read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    I received this book in exchange for a honest review. This is the 2nd book I've read by Claire McEwn and I loved it. I loved the characters, the story line, and everything about the book. This is a feel good story and I loved the ending! I will definitely read more of her books and definitely recommend you read this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan Fortune Pinheiro

    I love the way the book opens. It's very refreshing. Great chemistry between the characters. The heroine is a competent woman with a promising carrier–Yes! The book contained several twists, including a brilliant Don Quixote moment. I will definitely look for other books by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    This is the 2nd book I've read by Claire McEwen and I loved it. I loved the characters, the story line, and everything about the book. This is a feel good story and I loved the ending! I will definitely read more of her books and definitely recommend you read this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Book won in a Goodreads contest. Read my review at http://romancing-the-book.com/2015/06...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Parness

    Very sweet, well-written small town romance. I liked both lead characters because they were strong and capable, yet also vulnerable. The romance wove around the story perfectly. Great read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Holloway

    Okay I'm a sap. I LOVE a good love story...and this one did not disappoint! Tess and Slaid are amazing! I want to read more of Claire's characters and love stories!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "The colorful descriptions of the scenery and town are nicely done, and the interactions between Slaid and Tess are clever" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Gibson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Mccullough

  25. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jammie Schletzbaum

  28. 4 out of 5

    ReadingInThe6ix

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arik Florimonte

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suhail Barot

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