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Eileen's Thoughts

Emma and Gabe’s love story in The Wrong Cowboy by Megan Ryder, book one in her Granite Junction series, is a tale of learning to make lemonade from lemons, especially when plans go awry.


Emma has been in love with Cam Miller since she was a young girl. Cam was her brother’s friend who became her friend too. Only Cam didn’t feel the same way that Emma did; she was a little sister to him.


Since Emma had accomplished her all of her other goals, she figured she needed a better plan to change Cam’s mind. Then she finds his cousin Gabe staying at the ranch. Gabe Buchanan has writer’s block and hoped that working with his cousin around the ranch he could figure out his next book.


Watching the beautiful Emma, as she mooned over Cam, Gabe wanted to prove he was the right man for her and begins to devise a plan to win Emma’s heart. Little did Gabe realize he would find not only literary inspiration but also a creative muse living in this town.


Despite wanting her childhood crush to notice that she’s more than a little sister, Emma was becoming fascinated by the handsome and funny Gabe. As the two spend time together, the line between friends and wanting more gets blurred, as their chemistry and magnetism builds.


I loved this story. I’ve been waiting for Emma’s story since I met her in the Redemption Ranch series and was not disappointed with the different path Ms. Ryder took her on. Cam might be all Emma thought she wanted but she needed to realize that he was truly her second brother. Gabe challenges Emma, admires her for her kind, passionate heart, and love for her town. Emma makes Gabe rethink his love for the city and his place in his family. They are two puzzle pieces, fitting perfectly together; her yin to his yang.


Ms. Ryder wrote a wonderful and heartwarming story that is definitely not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters giving Emma and Gabe a chance for love well as a future together. I highly recommend The Wrong Cowboy to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series.



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Excerpt of The Wrong Cowboy

“We’re just getting started, darlin’. Hang on.”
He swung her around, then reeled her back in, both hands sliding down her body to rest on her hips and pull her against his body. He leaned in and whispered, “Wrap your arms around me or people might think you don’t want to be with me.”
She wound her arms over his shoulders, her fingers combing tentatively through the strands that tickled the nape of his neck. He sighed and let his hands slide around her to lower back, to flirt with the top edge of her very fine ass. He didn’t dare go too far down, not yet. But his thumb slid under the hem of her top to stroke along the exposed skin, the soft sweet skin that he could easily imagine tracing with his tongue. Emma gasped in his ear, then tugged his hair, enough to make his eyes water.
“Watch yourself, Buchanan. Don’t take liberties.”
He chuckled, face still pressed against her hair. “You can touch me wherever you want, sweetheart. I’ll stay PG for tonight.”
She grunted a little and pressed herself into him, then stiffened. “Gabe!”
He gave a slight shrug. “It’s a natural reaction to holding a beautiful woman in my arms. I can’t help it.”
She leaned back enough to glare at him. “Try.”
He gave her what he hoped was an innocent look, but her narrowed gaze told him she wasn’t buying it. He sighed. “There’s nothing I can do unless we stop dancing.”
She snorted. “Next you’ll tell me we have to keep dancing so you don’t embarrass yourself.”
His grin broadened. “Well, now that you mention it . . . it would help. I mean, it’s really about you so if you walk away, everyone will know.”
She rolled her eyes. “Let’s just finish this.”
He laughed too loud, causing several couples nearby to stare at them, including Tara and Hailey and their husbands, who eyed him with suspicion. He lowered his head and danced Emma further away from her friends and toward a dark corner.
“Now you’re sounding like a wife. Do you have a headache too?” She frowned at him and he just laughed. “Definitely like a wife. You should be looking like you’re in love with me, or at least in lust, if you don’t want your friends’ husbands to take me out back and rearrange my face.”
He glanced over at West and Chase, who were still watching them. He gave them an innocent smile but their narrowed gazes proved they didn’t buy his innocent act one bit. Emma smiled at them and laid her head on his chest, her resistance melting away. He closed his eyes and rested a cheek on her hair and let the moment sweep them away, a feeling of true peace settling over him.
The song ended and she stepped back and he felt the absence of her immediately. She glanced down and smirked. “You may want to hide out somewhere or figure something out about your, um, little problem.”
“Nothing little about it.” He leaned forward so only she could hear. “But you already know that.”

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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.


About Megan Ryder

Megan Ryder

Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.

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