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It might be the pride of hard work on rugged terrain, the welcoming community, or the memories--but wherever the folks of Morgantown may roam, they have a way of coming back to the ranch . . . There's a reason Jackson Lymond left the Air Force, but he's not telling a soul. He'd rather keep things simple, while trying to start a new life helping his older brother on their It might be the pride of hard work on rugged terrain, the welcoming community, or the memories--but wherever the folks of Morgantown may roam, they have a way of coming back to the ranch . . . There's a reason Jackson Lymond left the Air Force, but he's not telling a soul. He'd rather keep things simple, while trying to start a new life helping his older brother on their northern California ranch. At least Morgantown's flirty local bartender can keep his mind off the past--that is, until he runs into Daisy Miller . . . Daisy doesn't really expect Jackson to remember her. Back in school she did her best to blend in--and pretend she didn't have five brothers who'd hogtie any boy who even looked at her. These days though, she and Jackson might have more in common than just their ranching relatives. After all, they both left home only to return. Trouble is, under the watch of her fiercely protective family, Daisy is longing for some privacy. Letting Jackson into her life could make that even more difficult--or it might be the second chance they're both looking for . . . Praise for Kate Pearce's The Bad Boy Cowboy "HW and Samantha are unique and memorable, and this is the strongest story yet in Pearce's excellent series." --Booklist


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It might be the pride of hard work on rugged terrain, the welcoming community, or the memories--but wherever the folks of Morgantown may roam, they have a way of coming back to the ranch . . . There's a reason Jackson Lymond left the Air Force, but he's not telling a soul. He'd rather keep things simple, while trying to start a new life helping his older brother on their It might be the pride of hard work on rugged terrain, the welcoming community, or the memories--but wherever the folks of Morgantown may roam, they have a way of coming back to the ranch . . . There's a reason Jackson Lymond left the Air Force, but he's not telling a soul. He'd rather keep things simple, while trying to start a new life helping his older brother on their northern California ranch. At least Morgantown's flirty local bartender can keep his mind off the past--that is, until he runs into Daisy Miller . . . Daisy doesn't really expect Jackson to remember her. Back in school she did her best to blend in--and pretend she didn't have five brothers who'd hogtie any boy who even looked at her. These days though, she and Jackson might have more in common than just their ranching relatives. After all, they both left home only to return. Trouble is, under the watch of her fiercely protective family, Daisy is longing for some privacy. Letting Jackson into her life could make that even more difficult--or it might be the second chance they're both looking for . . . Praise for Kate Pearce's The Bad Boy Cowboy "HW and Samantha are unique and memorable, and this is the strongest story yet in Pearce's excellent series." --Booklist

30 review for The Second Chance Rancher

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review - A quote: “…I’m normally the person who expects everything to function in a perfectly straight line.” “The Second Chance Rancher”, by Kate Pearce, features a deliciously direct, literal and bigmouthed hero, whose honesty and the tendency to put his foot in his mouth are unusual in romantic heroes. Jackson Lymond is a bit different in terms of social skills and it’s endearing to watch him trying to do the right thing. And, of course, - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review - A quote: “…I’m normally the person who expects everything to function in a perfectly straight line.” “The Second Chance Rancher”, by Kate Pearce, features a deliciously direct, literal and bigmouthed hero, whose honesty and the tendency to put his foot in his mouth are unusual in romantic heroes. Jackson Lymond is a bit different in terms of social skills and it’s endearing to watch him trying to do the right thing. And, of course, he’s hot and sexy. But the “happy-go-lucky, goofy Jackson Lymond” harbors some secrets and hidden pain and he’s trying to find himself after ending a career where he had to make life-or-death decisions. I enjoyed watching this different hero act in a context of deception where he managed to keep a refreshing authenticity. I found the heroine’s life a bit too complicated and hard to believe, but I appreciated how the couple worked through the external duplicity, yet being honest with each other. There are lots of characters, some from previous Kate Pearce’s books, and an interesting subplot of a small, tight-knit ranching community fighting to maintain its authenticity and roots. The story held my interest and some of its characters – for example, Jake Magnusson – made me wish for a story of their own. (All quotes from ARC)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is the start of a new series but it's set in the same world as the Morgan Ranch series and can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed getting to know more about Jackson Lymond, he intrigued when I first "met" him in The Rancher. He has an honesty I find refreshing, he just says what everyone else is afraid to say. I just love that! But, I never warmed to Daisy. She seemed, to me, too closed off and just not that interesting, and she was just bitchy. I had a hard time understanding what Jackson This is the start of a new series but it's set in the same world as the Morgan Ranch series and can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed getting to know more about Jackson Lymond, he intrigued when I first "met" him in The Rancher. He has an honesty I find refreshing, he just says what everyone else is afraid to say. I just love that! But, I never warmed to Daisy. She seemed, to me, too closed off and just not that interesting, and she was just bitchy. I had a hard time understanding what Jackson saw in her and to be honest it kinda ruined the story for me. It's well written, but something was just missing for me. I'm hoping the next book is about one of Daisy's brothers, now they got my attention! All in all it's an ok book. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher through Net Galley***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce The Millers of Morgantown #1 Returning to Morgantown was a delightful way to spend the afternoon and although Jackson Lymond did seem a bit clueless at times he eventually managed to get the HEA he was looking for. Who does he end up with? Not the woman he started out thinking he wanted...nope...he realized rather quickly that he really wanted florist Daisy Miller instead of Nancy the bartender. Why? Well, she was more suited to him and...Nancy wasn’t The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce The Millers of Morgantown #1 Returning to Morgantown was a delightful way to spend the afternoon and although Jackson Lymond did seem a bit clueless at times he eventually managed to get the HEA he was looking for. Who does he end up with? Not the woman he started out thinking he wanted...nope...he realized rather quickly that he really wanted florist Daisy Miller instead of Nancy the bartender. Why? Well, she was more suited to him and...Nancy wasn’t interested. As an introduction to the Miller family we realize that with five brothers to marry off there are a number of books to look forward to – hooray! In this book there is a bit of the fake relationship to hide a secret one of them is keeping and they cut it close enough that their HEA might not have happened had the two not realized that they really did belong together. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Would love to live with the ranchers in Morgantown. Pearce has made her characters come alive right off the page. Even though this is set in the same town as her Morgan Ranch novels; this can be read as a stand alone easily. Always romantic Jackson Lymond comes across as a desperate guy in search of a serious relationship. Wanting to settle down in his hometown proves to be difficult when he sets his cowboy hat on Daisy Miller who runs the local flower shop. Daisy has some secrets from her Would love to live with the ranchers in Morgantown. Pearce has made her characters come alive right off the page. Even though this is set in the same town as her Morgan Ranch novels; this can be read as a stand alone easily. Always romantic Jackson Lymond comes across as a desperate guy in search of a serious relationship. Wanting to settle down in his hometown proves to be difficult when he sets his cowboy hat on Daisy Miller who runs the local flower shop. Daisy has some secrets from her family but is drawn to Jackson even though she will not admit it to herself or to him. Fate throws these two together and of course leads to a HEA. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ALWAYS LIGHT HEARTED AND A FEEL GOOD READ BY PEARCE!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Morgan Ranch series, I was happy to see Kate Pearce returning to the same setting in this spin-off series. Even if you've never read the Morgan series, this book can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Jackson Lymond is trying to find where he fits in at after being in the Air Force for 10 years. Since he's not really sure, he has no real reason to turn down Daisy's request for a fake boyfriend. Except maybe for the fact that he really Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Morgan Ranch series, I was happy to see Kate Pearce returning to the same setting in this spin-off series. Even if you've never read the Morgan series, this book can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Jackson Lymond is trying to find where he fits in at after being in the Air Force for 10 years. Since he's not really sure, he has no real reason to turn down Daisy's request for a fake boyfriend. Except maybe for the fact that he really wants to be Daisy's boyfriend. This was an enjoyable contemporary romance that on occasion even had me laughing just because Jackson and Daisy both had a tendency to be too direct at times. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Miller family as they all hopefully get a story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    Love Kate Pearce's cowboys! Really enjoyed the story and very happy that it is the start of a new series...but lets us visit with "family" from previous books/series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RoloPoloBookBlog

    The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce Book #1: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series Source: Purchase Rating: 3/5 stars Since leaving the Air Force, Jackson Lymond just hasn’t been able to settle into his own skin. He thought he would retire from the Air Force, but his plans changed he left early, and now he’s back home on a ranch he doesn’t own working with his older brother and trying to find his next path in life. Jackson is no stranger to hard work and that’s a damn good thing since his The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce Book #1: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series Source: Purchase Rating: 3/5 stars Since leaving the Air Force, Jackson Lymond just hasn’t been able to settle into his own skin. He thought he would retire from the Air Force, but his plans changed he left early, and now he’s back home on a ranch he doesn’t own working with his older brother and trying to find his next path in life. Jackson is no stranger to hard work and that’s a damn good thing since his recently deceased father left the family farm in quite a state. The buildings are falling apart, the fields are a mess, and there is little to no livestock to be found. If it weren’t for the solid investment by his older (and very wealthy!) brother and the extra work offered by the neighboring Morgan family, the Lymond ranch would be nothing but a total loss. With nothing but time on his hands, Jackson jumps into the work and hopes some clarity will come with the long days. Daisy Miller is running herself ragged; with two full-time jobs and a whopper of a secret, she’s about as worn out as a girl can get. In the life everyone knows about, Daisy is the proprietor of the local flower shop and in the life no one knows about, Daisy works with her Silicon Valley contacts on a project that nearly destroyed her several years ago. When Daisy returned home broken and defeated, she promised her family she would never go back to the madness that nearly destroyed her. Unfortunately, some projects are to near and dear to give up and Daisy has secretly been working with her old group to finish their once very promising work. With so much on her plate and so much she can’t reveal to anyone, Daisy has little enough time for herself, let alone a boyfriend. But, what about a hot rancher with no strings attached???? Daisy’s ultimate plan with Jackson Lymond is to have her fun with him and be done, to hit it and quit. She has no use for a boyfriend – the last one ended very badly – and with no strings attached, no one can possibly get hurt. To Daisy’s credit, she is honest with Jackson from the beginning, but he is also honest with her. Jackson likes Daisy and just wants a fair shot with her at a real relationship. Make no mistake, the sex is fantastic, but Jackson is at a place in his life where it’s time to consider the future and exactly who he wants to spend that future with. Daisy is everything he wants in a partner, including stubborn as can be and somewhat difficult. Convincing Daisy to spend her life with him isn’t going to be easy, but Jackson has fought harder fights in his life, and none have had a prize as great as Daisy Miller. The Bottom Line: Before this book, I would have had to look long and hard through my reviews for a Kate Pearce book I didn’t simply adore and totally gush about in my review. I struggled with this book for one reason and one reason alone, Daisy Miller! While I wanted to like Daisy and understand her situation – past and present – I couldn’t get past her bad attitude and overall mean spirit. On top of simply being mean to Jackson – and I do mean, mean not just brutally honest! – she often sent terrible mixed signals. Daisy is aware from the beginning of Jackson’s feelings and intentions and because she can’t drum up the will and courage to sort out her own life and mess, she takes it out on Jackson. With the negative out of the way, let’s look at the positives: Jackson and Morgan Valley. Jackson is a dream of a man and I so appreciated his character, especially is awkwardness which I found quite endearing. It’s also so lovely to be back in Morgan Valley and seeing this idyllic location being used to expand the series into this spin off. I have every confidence this series is going to be, overall, just as fine as its parent and I look forward to the future of the Miller’s of Morgan Valley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    First, this series is a spin-off of this author’s Morgan Ranch series. I don’t feel you have to read that series to get started on this one. As usual, you’d be better off reading it since it’s an amazing series. But it’s not necessary to understand and enjoy this story. I’m so glad Kate Pearce found a way to extend our literary stay in Morgan Valley. While I love the Morgan family and had a great time reading their stories, I still felt there was more to learn from this town and its residents. First, this series is a spin-off of this author’s Morgan Ranch series. I don’t feel you have to read that series to get started on this one. As usual, you’d be better off reading it since it’s an amazing series. But it’s not necessary to understand and enjoy this story. I’m so glad Kate Pearce found a way to extend our literary stay in Morgan Valley. While I love the Morgan family and had a great time reading their stories, I still felt there was more to learn from this town and its residents. Diving into the Miller family gives us so much more to look forward to. Being raised with 5 brothers, Daisy is a strong-minded woman. It doesn’t exactly seem that way at first, but she really knows how to hold her own and voice her opinion when needed. Since Jackson has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth, it’s a good thing Daisy has the backbone to call him to the carpet when he says the wrong thing. There comes a time when you figure she should be used to his word vomit and let things slide, but she doesn’t. And in hindsight, I’m glad she doesn’t. Jackson is very open to being corrected when he doesn’t state things in the right way, so how else is he going to learn if everyone always smooths things over for him? Jackson is an interesting character. Always the gentleman, always wanting to make others smile, always joking around. It’s obvious there’s something lingering deep down for him, but besides Daisy, nobody but his brother Cauy (from The Rancher) seems to realize this. And the more Cauy or Daisy try to get him to be the “real” Jackson and speak his truth, the more he shuts down. When Jackson finally has his moment, it’s long overdue and not at all surprising to those closest to him. Daisy, herself, has a lot of issues of her own. As much as she likes to call Jackson out on his “head in the sand” tactics and word vomit, she doesn’t like that mirror being held up back to her. She uses the excuse of protecting her family and not wanting to disappoint them, but in the process puts herself under such immense stress and guilt I don’t see how it can be good for her relationship with her dad and brothers. And, like Jackson, when it all crumbles she goes big. This author has a knack of writing couples that will give me warm-fuzzies, and that holds true with this story. There was a bit of depth I found lacking until the last half of the story when we get to know Jackson’s “secret”, but I still felt connected to the characters. The peripheral characters in this story really played a large role, as we are getting to know the Miller family in this book. We mostly see Adam and I am really looking forward to him getting his HEA. As was mentioned a few times in this book, he needs to learn to move on and find happiness again. I can’t wait to go along for that ride. ** I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in my review are my own and given freely. ** This review can also be found at All In Good Time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf THE SECOND CHANCE RANCHER starts off with an ironic chuckle for me and simply kept building from that starting point. While this series is a spin-off from the Morgan Ranch series it does stand on its own. However, having said that we will see some cameo appearances of old friends, after all, they are neighbors and live in the same small town. I adored the Morgan Ranch series and would recommend it not because it’s necessary to enjoy this series, but because it’s a Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf THE SECOND CHANCE RANCHER starts off with an ironic chuckle for me and simply kept building from that starting point. While this series is a spin-off from the Morgan Ranch series it does stand on its own. However, having said that we will see some cameo appearances of old friends, after all, they are neighbors and live in the same small town. I adored the Morgan Ranch series and would recommend it not because it’s necessary to enjoy this series, but because it’s a darned good series. Jackson returned home not because he was really ready but because his brother needed his help running the newly inherited ranch – and for some deeply personal reasons that Jackson isn’t ready to talk about just yet. He has the persona of an outwardly happy-go-lucky kinda guy but there is an ocean of emotions beneath the surface that he hides quite well from most of the rest of the world. That is about to change when he goes flower shopping for the woman he thinks he wants and discovers Daisy is back home and looking for some unusual help that will change both of their worlds. I have to be careful now to not give away either Jackson’s or Daisy’s secrets because they are vital to the enjoyment of this story – and I don’t willingly do spoilers. I was drawn to both characters but more to Jackson for at times it was difficult for me to really connect with Daisy. I don’t know why but this became Jackson’s story for me. Yet, I’m really looking forward to learning about Daisy’s brothers for they all sound like some – intriguing men. THE SECOND CHANCE RANCHER will deliver some laugh out loud moments, some frustrations, perhaps a few misty eyes as secrets are revealed. I enjoyed my time back in this world once again. Daisy and Jackson’s romance sets up the rest of the series and provides a romance that shows that even when couples argue or disagree the emotions are still very much alive. I’d call their story realistic for no person or couple is totally perfect but they do work as a loving partnership and that is what truly matters. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    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 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Glittergirl

    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 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    We’ve been to Morgantown before with millionaire software techie Chace Morgan, his granny Ruth, and his Brothers BB, HW, RY and sister Rachel. The Millers run a neighbouring Horse Ranch. There’s their father Jeff, Adam the eldest, Ben, Kaiden, Danny, Evan, and youngest, daughter Daisy. This Romance concerns Daisy and Jackson Lymond who has returned to his home ranch run by brother Cauy after 12 years in the Air Force. Cauy’s biological father was the son of yet another local rancher killed We’ve been to Morgantown before with millionaire software techie Chace Morgan, his granny Ruth, and his Brothers BB, HW, RY and sister Rachel. The Millers run a neighbouring Horse Ranch. There’s their father Jeff, Adam the eldest, Ben, Kaiden, Danny, Evan, and youngest, daughter Daisy. This Romance concerns Daisy and Jackson Lymond who has returned to his home ranch run by brother Cauy after 12 years in the Air Force. Cauy’s biological father was the son of yet another local rancher killed before he was born and a wife he married days out of high school who died of cancer 3 years later. Small towns do have their scandals. Raised is the issue of owners lacking offspring wanting to inherit the family ranch and being offered millions to sell the land to developers. This has at least three implications: What it does to property values making ranchland virtually unattainable and raising property taxes; the cost of providing roads, sewer lines, power lines and other utility services to new subdivisions and the demands those residents make on local schools; and the dis-satisfaction their new neighbours have with the smells, equipment noises plus the hours it operates, and cattle wandering in over line fences hay have no interest in seeing maintained. There’s an HEA or this wouldn’t be a romance novel --spoilers follow-- Unresolved is the fate of the software application Daisy and her four partners have been working on; a coin collection worth a potential half million; the disposition of two ranches; BB’s encounter venture; the future of several ranches including Cauy’s; an impending visit after 22 years of the Miller Brother’s Mother; at least one wedding.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    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 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 NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    While not exactly a Morgan Ranch book The Second Chance Rancher does take place for the most part in Morgantown. As far as I am concerned this is the best series, hands down, that Kate Pearce has ever written. Just like the other books this is solidly written with just enough intrigue to keep one curious. The characters are wonderfully developed, flaws and all, with Daisy being the most complicated of all. Jackson Lymond for the most part is an open book unless you are wanting to know why he While not exactly a Morgan Ranch book The Second Chance Rancher does take place for the most part in Morgantown. As far as I am concerned this is the best series, hands down, that Kate Pearce has ever written. Just like the other books this is solidly written with just enough intrigue to keep one curious. The characters are wonderfully developed, flaws and all, with Daisy being the most complicated of all. Jackson Lymond for the most part is an open book unless you are wanting to know why he left the Air Force. Both characters grew up in Morgantown but left and now have return home. Both are trying to find their place again in Morgantown. Both sort of knew each other in school though one of them has a better memory than the other about that time. Both have things that they don’t necessary wish for others to know. Lot of similarities between them except Jackson is a tell it like it is person, Daisy is a don’t tell if others won’t like it person. That one thing is a big conflict between them. I knew what I wanted to happen but kept reading to see how it all panned out. I enjoyed seeing community of Morgantown, some characters from previous books and new characters that I hope get their own story. The Second Chance Rancher reads well on its own but I can highly recommend the entire series to contemporary cowboy romance reader. Well to be honest to anyone who just enjoys a great story or who believes that broken dreams can be turned into new better dreams.. 4.5 Stars An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Daisy Miller has a secret. She needs to hide her second job from her loving but overprotective family. She runs the florist shop in town but that doesn't give her enough cover for the extra hours she needs to put into her "secret" job. Then she has a great idea - a fake boyfriend. Enter former Air Force officer Jackson Lymond. After the bouquet he purchased from Daisy doesn't get him a date with Nancy, the local sexy bartender he asks Daisy out on a date. Poor Jackson, shut down again. But Daisy Miller has a secret. She needs to hide her second job from her loving but overprotective family. She runs the florist shop in town but that doesn't give her enough cover for the extra hours she needs to put into her "secret" job. Then she has a great idea - a fake boyfriend. Enter former Air Force officer Jackson Lymond. After the bouquet he purchased from Daisy doesn't get him a date with Nancy, the local sexy bartender he asks Daisy out on a date. Poor Jackson, shut down again. But wait.... Daisy reconsiders and offers Jackson a deal. Pretend to be her boyfriend. Jackson is very attracted to Daisy so he accepts her deal hoping he can woo her into a real relationship. Both Daisy and Jackson have plenty of other issues to resolve which leads to a bumpy road, relationship-wise. Will Jackson's grit and determination win Miss Daisy? The Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce is the first book in her new series, The Millers of Morgan Valley. This series is a spinoff of her Morgan Ranch series. Characters from that series pop up in this book so readers who liked this author's Morgan Ranch series get a chance to catch up with their favorite characters. The reader doesn't have to have read any books in the Morgan Ranch series to enjoy this book. It is a total standalone. I really liked the way Kate Pearce developed the relationship between the two main characters, Daisy and Jackson. She set the perfect tone to get me emotionally involved with them. Readers who enjoy humor, small town antics and loving family dynamics will like this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    Jackson and Daisy bring out the best in each other Jackson has returned home after the death of his father, and has some complicated issues to work out with his brother. Daisy left Silicon Valley behind, for the most part, but she's still got a secret that she isn't ready to share with her family. In order to have an alibi for this project, she turns Jackson's request for a date into a fake-dating arrangement that he reluctantly agrees to. Jackson starts off being a little flighty, almost Jackson and Daisy bring out the best in each other Jackson has returned home after the death of his father, and has some complicated issues to work out with his brother. Daisy left Silicon Valley behind, for the most part, but she's still got a secret that she isn't ready to share with her family. In order to have an alibi for this project, she turns Jackson's request for a date into a fake-dating arrangement that he reluctantly agrees to. Jackson starts off being a little flighty, almost shallow, but we quickly learn that this is a persona he's developed as a defense mechanism. I loved his steadfast devotion, even when it was costing him so much. Daisy's character goes through her own personal growth arc, too, as she comes to terms with a tragedy in her past and figures out just what risks are worth taking. We also get a lot of interaction with the Morgan and Miller families, including characters from previous books by this author as well as introductions to new folks who will probably be featured in future books. We're given quite a birds-eye view of the entire community as they work together to find the balance between the advantages of progress and the charms of their small-town life. This is the third book I've read in this fictional world, and it's every bit as wonderful as the others. The writing style makes it easy to feel right at home with these memorable characters. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This is a wonderful first book in the series about the Millers of Morgan Valley. I haven't read the series about the Morgan family yet (as the characters make appearances here) but I really didn't need to. I will say though, that I have purchased them so I will be reading them in the future. Jackson Lymond, left the Air Force and returned home. His brother inherited the family ranch after his father's death but he stays and works the ranch with Cauy, his brother. Cauy has offered to give half of This is a wonderful first book in the series about the Millers of Morgan Valley. I haven't read the series about the Morgan family yet (as the characters make appearances here) but I really didn't need to. I will say though, that I have purchased them so I will be reading them in the future. Jackson Lymond, left the Air Force and returned home. His brother inherited the family ranch after his father's death but he stays and works the ranch with Cauy, his brother. Cauy has offered to give half of the ranch to him but Jackson has turned it down. Jackson goes into the florist shop to purchase flowers for Nancy the bartender. There he meets Daisy. Daisy directs him away from the actual flowers he wants to purchase as they wouldn't be appreciated. Of course Nancy turns Jackson down for a date and he goes back to Daisy's shop and asks her out! This two were so funny at times. To see them come together in a faux relationship to throw her family off of her "second" job was hilarious at times. Daisy and Jackson have issues to work through and together they are so much better. The road to their HEA was one that was full of challenges and great times as well. I look forward to reading more of this series and getting to know more about Daisy's brothers. This story is one that is very sexy not quite spicy but close. In that regard, I would only suggest this story to anyone over the age of 18.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    Good main characters in a great community and some excellent secondary people. One of those secondary people is Jackson's brother, Cauy. The dynamics between the two of them was so often strained at times. Cauy wasn't much of a talker and Jackson was a direct opposite of that. He was someone who often talked so much and put his foot in his mouth. But he was also someone who would be the first one to admit that was true. But that didn't make him a bad guy. In fact, he had so many positive Good main characters in a great community and some excellent secondary people. One of those secondary people is Jackson's brother, Cauy. The dynamics between the two of them was so often strained at times. Cauy wasn't much of a talker and Jackson was a direct opposite of that. He was someone who often talked so much and put his foot in his mouth. But he was also someone who would be the first one to admit that was true. But that didn't make him a bad guy. In fact, he had so many positive qualities and skills. Daisy was an interesting woman who was feeling the pull of two worlds. She was incredibly skilled and creative in both. She also had some really good close girlfriends that she could blow steam off with. Nancy, Yvonne Nancy and Yvonne are their names. Each with a quirky personality. Both Jackson and Daisy had secrets and not only them but their families had a lot of secrets too. I sensed from the story that Daisy's mom leaving years ago might just be one of them. It probably isn't as cut and dried as it appears to be. This was a pretty emotional story at times but it also had resolution of several of the problems that were brewing. The only thing I was disappointed about was that the visit by Daisy's mother after twenty years was not included in this story. I thought it was going to be but maybe it will be in a future story. “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the first book in a spin off series from the Morgan series. Rachel Morgan got together with Cauy Lymond in the last book of that series and now Jackson his brother is hero in this book. Jackson is a Air Force veteran. He thought it would be his life until something happens and he decides he's done. Now he's home to help his brother and figure out what's next. Then he runs into Daisy Miller the baby girl and only girl of the Miller clan. Her five older brothers drive her nuts sometimes This is the first book in a spin off series from the Morgan series. Rachel Morgan got together with Cauy Lymond in the last book of that series and now Jackson his brother is hero in this book. Jackson is a Air Force veteran. He thought it would be his life until something happens and he decides he's done. Now he's home to help his brother and figure out what's next. Then he runs into Daisy Miller the baby girl and only girl of the Miller clan. Her five older brothers drive her nuts sometimes but she can handle them. Daisy is a techy. She had a start up company that didn't go so well and she came back home broken in spirit. Now she's taking another shot at it and keeping it on the down low. Asking Jackson to be her fake boyfriend to help her cover sounds like a good idea until it all gets complicated by feelings they both agreed not to have. I liked this one but it didn't click for me as well as I had hoped and as much as it did for the Morgan series of books. Cauy and a lot of the Morgan's are in this book which made it a little more fun to read as the characters are familiar. We got a little glimpse at some of Daisy's brothers and some trouble brewing for the family and the town which I'm sure will be addressed as the series continues. A good read for me just not a solid hit out of the ballpark.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MrsMascara

    Immensely readable cowboy/western romance, with an unusually outspoken and direct Hero in Jackson, who is an ex Airforce Pilot, now helping his big brother Cauy work his ranch. Jackson is carrying a lot of guilt and angst about his time in the forces as well as his life running interference with his controlling and difficult father once Cauy left home. He goes to florist Daisy’s shop to get a bouquet to woo the local bartender, and when he fails, he asks Daisy out instead, after this false Immensely readable cowboy/western romance, with an unusually outspoken and direct Hero in Jackson, who is an ex Airforce Pilot, now helping his big brother Cauy work his ranch. Jackson is carrying a lot of guilt and angst about his time in the forces as well as his life running interference with his controlling and difficult father once Cauy left home. He goes to florist Daisy’s shop to get a bouquet to woo the local bartender, and when he fails, he asks Daisy out instead, after this false start, Jackson agrees to be Daisy’s fake boyfriend, to help her hide her tech startup job from her protective Dad and five brothers. Jackson agrees, and they become friends with benefits. They both start to have deeper feelings for each other, can Jackson convince Daisy to make the relationship a real one, can Daisy forget about her first love, and open herself up to a relationship, and can they both stop bickering! I really liked the humour in this book, and I found Jackson a very endearing hero. Daisy was a well drawn character, and she gave as good as she got with Jackson, they did argue a lot! It did ring true though! I really enjoyed this and was interested in all of the secondary characters- enough that I’m keen to read the previous series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I was already laughing and shaking my head in the first chapter. Jackson is not the brightest at the beginning, and he repeatedly puts his foot in his mouth with Daisy. I did like that he said what he was thinking, and he wasn’t afraid to tell the truth. However, he also can’t keep his mouth shut and keep a secret. That is a big issue with Daisy, especially because she’s leading a double life. Jackson and Daisy were such a fun couple to read about. Jackson is helping his brother Cauy at the I was already laughing and shaking my head in the first chapter. Jackson is not the brightest at the beginning, and he repeatedly puts his foot in his mouth with Daisy. I did like that he said what he was thinking, and he wasn’t afraid to tell the truth. However, he also can’t keep his mouth shut and keep a secret. That is a big issue with Daisy, especially because she’s leading a double life. Jackson and Daisy were such a fun couple to read about. Jackson is helping his brother Cauy at the ranch after leaving the military. Daisy seems to be a simple florist. They fit together perfectly, although they each made plenty of mistakes along the way. The both had their own issues and several obstacles to get through. There were a couple twists I didn’t see coming in the book, and I was on the edge of my seat. Once I started the book, I did not put it down until it was finished. I just had to keep reading, and I couldn’t put it down without constantly wondering what was going to happen. I would say this book is not a standalone, and you should read the other books in the series first. There is just so much you wouldn’t understand if you read this book alone. I highly recommend reading this book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    It’s been sometime since I read a Kate Pearce novel, but let me tell you. Sitting down and reading this was like coming home after a long year away. It was refreshing, it was captivating and it was full of amazing characters. I love her hot cowboys and the women she creates for them! Jackson and Daisy were wonderful together! Jackson, home from the Air Force and helping his brother out with the ranch, agrees to help Daisy out, even though she’s turned him down for dates he asks her on. What It’s been sometime since I read a Kate Pearce novel, but let me tell you. Sitting down and reading this was like coming home after a long year away. It was refreshing, it was captivating and it was full of amazing characters. I love her hot cowboys and the women she creates for them! Jackson and Daisy were wonderful together! Jackson, home from the Air Force and helping his brother out with the ranch, agrees to help Daisy out, even though she’s turned him down for dates he asks her on. What ensues when this happens? Well, lots of sparks flying off the pages of the books, lots of banter between two amazing characters and a plot line that will leave you wanting more! This start to an incredible new series is one you don’t want to miss. The characters are vivid, and the plot line comes to life. The descriptions of the small town living are chiseled perfectly and make the reader feel like they are in the center of Morgan Valley. This is definitely a 4 star worthy novel and I look forward to the next book in the series. Well done, Pearce! Well done! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher, NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce is the first book in a new series about families that live in the high Sierras and have ranches. Morgantown is the home of the Millers as well as the Morgans. This particular novel is about Daisy Miller and Jackson Lymond. Two scarred souls who need each other but do not realize it right away. Jackson has returned from the Air Force and is working with his brother Caul around the families ranch. He is not sure what he wants to do yet, but he feels good Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce is the first book in a new series about families that live in the high Sierras and have ranches. Morgantown is the home of the Millers as well as the Morgans. This particular novel is about Daisy Miller and Jackson Lymond. Two scarred souls who need each other but do not realize it right away. Jackson has returned from the Air Force and is working with his brother Caul around the families ranch. He is not sure what he wants to do yet, but he feels good ranching right now. Daisy came home after a horrendous incident on Silicon Valley left her broken. She has been designing flowers from her flower shop but has a secret part time gig that is getting harder and harder to hide from her brothers ( noisy big brothers mostly). She and Jackson come to an understanding and they begin “dating”. The story slowly relays the backstories that they have hidden from themselves never mind each other. And the chemistry is off the market… Things turn more real until a few problems pop up. Second Chance Rancher by Kate Pearce is a great modern day romance with all the cowboys you can imagine.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lori R

    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 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Char (1RadReader59)

    The story takes place in Morgantown and is a spin-off from another series. Jackson Lymond has come home from the Air Force and is helping his brother with the ranch from the last book. He meets Daisy Miller who is the florist in town and though she will not go out with him he continues to ask. There is a reason why she says no. What does happen is she needs his help for him to be her fake date going out of town. He agrees and this leads to confusion down the road for both of them when people in The story takes place in Morgantown and is a spin-off from another series. Jackson Lymond has come home from the Air Force and is helping his brother with the ranch from the last book. He meets Daisy Miller who is the florist in town and though she will not go out with him he continues to ask. There is a reason why she says no. What does happen is she needs his help for him to be her fake date going out of town. He agrees and this leads to confusion down the road for both of them when people in town think they are dating for real. She is also keeping a secret from her family and wants his help with that as well. All is good except for Jackson wants more of Daisy to not be fake. Just every time he brings it up they end up in an argument for something he has said. Can she get past his bumbling mouth with the boot stuck in it? Read this good story which has characters from her other series as well. I received this book from Netgalley.com Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    This book is the beginning of a spin off from the author’s Morgan Ranch series. We now get a chance to spend time with the members of the surrounding ranches. This time the story belongs to Jackson Lymond and Daisy Miller. Jackson is back in town after leaving the Air Force. A departure that has left emotional and psychological scars. Daisy has been back in town for a couple of years, after a burnout in Silicone Valley. They are attracted to each other and when Daisy needs a fake boyfriend to This book is the beginning of a spin off from the author’s Morgan Ranch series. We now get a chance to spend time with the members of the surrounding ranches. This time the story belongs to Jackson Lymond and Daisy Miller. Jackson is back in town after leaving the Air Force. A departure that has left emotional and psychological scars. Daisy has been back in town for a couple of years, after a burnout in Silicone Valley. They are attracted to each other and when Daisy needs a fake boyfriend to cover up her latest endeavor, they decide to keep things “no strings attached”. But the best laid plans do not always work. Each keeping their true feelings hidden. It was a sweet story where we get a chance to see how the members of the previous stories are doing as well as the potential of many stories for those of the Miller family. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    patrick

    The story takes place in Morgantown and is a spin-off from another series. Jackson Lymond has come home from the Air Force and is helping his brother with the ranch from the last book. He meets Daisy Miller who is the florist in town and though she will not go out with him he continues to ask. There is a reason why she says no. What does happen is she needs his help for him to be her fake date going out of town. He agrees and this leads to confusion down the road for both of them when people in The story takes place in Morgantown and is a spin-off from another series. Jackson Lymond has come home from the Air Force and is helping his brother with the ranch from the last book. He meets Daisy Miller who is the florist in town and though she will not go out with him he continues to ask. There is a reason why she says no. What does happen is she needs his help for him to be her fake date going out of town. He agrees and this leads to confusion down the road for both of them when people in town think they are dating for real. She is also keeping a secret from her family and wants his help with that as well. All is good except for Jackson wants more of Daisy to not be fake. Just every time he brings it up they end up in an argument for something he has said. Can she get past his bumbling mouth with the boot stuck in it? Read this good story which has characters from her other series as well. I received this book from Netgalley.com Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    Daisy Miller has returned home to Morgantown, running the florist shop that once belonged to her great aunt. Jackson Lymond has also returned home from his ten-year career in the Air Force as it was time for him to help his brother, Cauy, with their ranch. When Jackson visits the local flower shop, Daisy is sure that he doesn’t remember her from their school years and is surprised when he returns the next day to ask her out. Daisy says no, but then she and Jackson agree to spend time with each Daisy Miller has returned home to Morgantown, running the florist shop that once belonged to her great aunt. Jackson Lymond has also returned home from his ten-year career in the Air Force as it was time for him to help his brother, Cauy, with their ranch. When Jackson visits the local flower shop, Daisy is sure that he doesn’t remember her from their school years and is surprised when he returns the next day to ask her out. Daisy says no, but then she and Jackson agree to spend time with each other in order for her to have some privacy from her five overprotective brothers. Will they be able to remain just friends? Jackson seemed a little immature for having served ten years in the military while Daisy seemed unable to assert herself to her family. The storyline just did not hold my interest. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author. (by paytonpuppy)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacky

    Jackson's character was really interesting. I couldn't put my finger on why he seemed a little off, maybe quirky is a better word. He had that special way of saying whatever was on his mind. Daisy was strange in her own right. it just seemed to me like she had some anger issues that she needed to deal with because she was always getting upset at the slightest question Jackson asked her. She as definitely prickly. I'm not quite sure why Jackson wanted her. I was never sure Daisy was ever going to Jackson's character was really interesting. I couldn't put my finger on why he seemed a little off, maybe quirky is a better word. He had that special way of saying whatever was on his mind. Daisy was strange in her own right. it just seemed to me like she had some anger issues that she needed to deal with because she was always getting upset at the slightest question Jackson asked her. She as definitely prickly. I'm not quite sure why Jackson wanted her. I was never sure Daisy was ever going to tell Jackson that she really interested in him. That she wanted more than a casual relationship with him. They seemed to think they balanced each other out, so I guess that is all that matters. This was a nice small-town romance that was okay. I wouldn't really say it had a lot of angst in it, but theirs was a relationship that didn't flow smoothly. It did end in a HEA. I would give it 3.5 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.

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