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The Morgan men thought they left their troubled pasts in the dust. But one by one, they find themselves returning to the northern California ranch where the bad times began. Together, they have a chance to forge a new future based on brotherhood, hope, and love . . .

Professional rodeo cowboy "HW" Morgan has finally achieved his dream of competing in the national rodeo finals--but his career has come at a price. His twin brother wants nothing to do with him and a string of hookups haven't warmed his bed. He's got to get his head on straight--and the only place to do that is at home, if his family will have him.

Samantha Kelly isn't sure what she's doing at a new dude ranch. The army veteran is barely back on her feet again, still struggling to rehab an injury. But she's willing to give equine therapy a try, even though her riding instructor is bold, brash, and distractingly easy on the eyes. As she and HW warily try to work each other out, slowly and surely an unbreakable trust is built--one on which dreams can be built . . .

Praise for The Reluctant Cowboy

"Pearce sets up solid main-character arcs and creates good chemistry in a realistic western. While Pearce's descriptions of the ranch will inspire dreams of visiting one, the family secrets are alluring enough to make readers eager for the next book." -- Booklist

Author Notes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.

She writes for Kensington, Penguin Random House UK Rouge Romance, Carina and Cleis Press and is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance cliches. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance and whatever else she can imagine. You can find Kate at her website at www.katepearce.com, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter @Kate4queen.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The fourth Morgan Ranch book from Pearce, following The Maverick Cowboy (2017), finds HW, the last Morgan brother, returning after placing second in a disappointing rodeo season. Baggage from his troubled childhood also keeps interfering with his finding peace at the new dude ranch. Samantha is among the first guests. An army veteran with a leg prosthesis and a thick defensive wall, Samantha bristles at attempts from famous rodeo star HW to make things easier for her in riding lessons. But she also digs into what is bothering HW and what's awry with his family business. HW enjoys Sam's verbal sparring, and the two find themselves getting involved before either has dealt with his or hertroubles or is ready to handle a relationship. HW and Samantha are unique and memorable, and this the strongest story yet in Pearce's excellent series. This tale will appeal to fans of veteran stories, western romances, family sagas, and contemporary romances.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of Pearce's Morgan Ranch series (The Last Good Cowboy) will comfortably settle into this fourth installment of relatable characters struggling to surmount the fences they've built against their own happiness. Rodeo celebrity cowboy Hoss William "HW" Morgan has suffered an injury and a loss to a much-younger competitor. He's ready to retire from the circuit and take a chance that his family will welcome him back to the only home he's ever known: Morgan Ranch, located in Northern California. It's just about ready to open as a working dude ranch, and, in hopes of welcoming people with disabilities, the Morgans need the opinion of an expert. Physical therapist Samantha Kelly, herself a disabled vet, isn't thrilled by the idea of six weeks on a ranch, but a paid vacation is a paid vacation. When the cowboy with a bad rep tries to teach the former Army MP how to ride a horse, it's quickly clear that love is inevitable. There's nothing new or exciting here, but Pearce's faithful readers won't mind. Agent: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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