Mini-Review: The Rebellious Rancher (Book #3: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series) by Kate Pearce

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After his father decides to leave the ranch to his older brother, usually calm, steadfast Ben Miller struggles to deal with his resentment. When he’s invited to develop a trail riding experience on the Morgans’ dude ranch, Ben jumps at the chance. Soon he’s assigned a mysterious client, an actress whose family secretly wants her removed from influences in LA. Ben’s determined to teach her to fend for herself. But he quickly discovers she’s more than a pampered pretty face . . .

Silver Meadow believes she’s preparing for a serious dramatic role—one that will free her from her controlling parents. She’s certainly not going to be controlled by Ben, especially when he takes her out in the middle of nowhere to learn how to survive. Yet gradually, far from her cell phone, Silver begins to open up to him about her life—and finds they have more in common than they thought. Soon a romance blossoms—but can a jet-setting movie star and a homebody cowboy find the best of both worlds?

Source: NetGalley and Zebra Books Rating: 3½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  I am going to admit from the beginning, a load of my dislike for this book comes from the name of the female character.  I simply had a difficult time taking a character named Silver Meadow seriously.  Putting that aside, I rather enjoyed Ben and his difficult situation.  Ben Miller isn’t at all certain of his place in the world and if he doesn’t figure it out soon, he’s going to be both jobless and homeless.  When the opportunity to take on an extended trail ride job arises, Ben sees it as an opportunity to not only enjoy a bit of nature but take stock of his life and hopefully figure out a plan for the future.  Ben’s story, though entangled with Silver’s is the best part of this book and I liked reading about his evolution and his eventual life plan.  Ben works out a load of issues in a single read and though it’s complicated and often heartbreaking, it has to be done.  I liked Ben’s part of the story immensely, but Silver’s was harder to enjoy which left me at a lower star rating than I generally assign to this series and author.

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