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#ARCReview Healing the Rancher by Mary Sue Jackson


Title: Healing the Rancher

Series: Standalone

Author: Mary Sue Jackson

Genre: Western Romance

Release Date: 19 March 2020



When rancher Carter Janus first sets eyes on the live-in physical therapist he’s hired to get him back in the saddle, he almost sends her packing. Willow Spalding is just too darned pretty, and too much of a distraction to have around his ranch. But when her young son, Tavish, lights up around the horses, Carter just can’t bring himself to disappoint the little guy. He convinces himself that enduring her presence is worth it if he can just get well enough to ride again. His grievous injury has left him cranky and miserable, forced to walk with a cane when he wants nothing more than to get back to work. Carter hadn’t really thought about how torturous it would be to have her touching him all the time. It’s all business to her, but his body sure isn’t listening to reason. Worse, he didn’t realize just how lonely he was until Willow and Tavish came into his life. He just has to remind himself Willow’s not on his ranch for romance.

Recently divorced, Willow jumps at the chance to get away from her abusive ex and spend some time working on a remote ranch—even if the sexy rancher is a grump. Besides, it’s immediately clear that something about this ranch is making her boy glow with happiness like nothing else has since he witnessed his mom being beaten by his dad. And soon she realizes her feelings for Carter are becoming more than just therapist and patient; feelings she doesn’t want and certainly doesn’t need, especially with an angry ex stalking her. Her ex is her problem and dragging a man she’s beginning to care about into her messed up life is not in the plan. With all her problems, Carter’s better off without her. As for her? She’ll get over her cowboy love—even if she’s beginning to believe he’s the man she was always meant to be with.


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4 Stars

ARC Source: Publisher via NetGalley

*ARC kindly provided via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.*

I needed a contemporary book to change things up and I’ve found this one in the “Read Now” section of NetGalley and I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad that I did! The book left me with such good feelings and introduced me to an author that can become a favorite!

Carter is a rancher unable to ride. Imagine the frustration he’s feeling after an injury left him with a busted hip and constant pain. He’s in a bad mood everyday and snaps about everything.

Willow is a PT hired to help Carter stand on his own two feet again. A single mother to a 5-year-old boy, she moves to the ranch to escape her life. Coming from a difficult last few months, she’s skittish and protective of her son Tavish.

Carter and Willow are clashing from day one. Neither of them is ready to surrender. Their encounters are electric and the attraction between them is undeniable. While these two are mentally fighting, little Tavish is flourishing at the ranch. I was so happy to see him coming out of his shell and connecting with people again.

This cowboy romance is a perfect fit if you are looking for a story that makes you swoon and leave you with only good feelings. Don’t worry there’s the right amount of drama to spice things up as well!!






Mary Sue Jackson is the romance pen name created for all those cowboy dreamers! This Montana-based cowgirl is a rancher, and knows what hard work means. But despite being up at dawn and working past dusk, she still finds time for what she really loves… romance! With so many hours spent alone, riding across the seemingly never-ending expanse of grasslands, she has plenty of time to dream of love and the romantic tales of ranch life.

Mary Sue’s not out on the grasslands dreaming up her next story, she’s most often spending time with her own personal hunky rancher, her husband. One of Mary Sue’s favorite activities is to ride the ranch with her husband in the evening and hold his hand as they watch the sun go down over the prairie.

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