Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 25th January 2016
Romancing the Ranger by Jennie MartsRomancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on March 14th 2016
Pages: 180
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two-stars

Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.
Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.
Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…

City-bred girl with money meets a small-town ranger who’s the opposite of all she is – and in this tale of opposites attract, both attempt to find middle-ground together when the mutual attraction gets too much to contain for a mere fling.

I wish I could say this had been an unforgettable read, but it wasn’t one at all. There was too much focus on the superficial that I struggled to get past – wealth, prestige, looks and class – and there seemed little beyond those bits to plumb.

I never felt as though Reese and Wade got past mutual lust and past the deep-seated issues of the class divide that were so keenly articulated (possibly overly so) in the storytelling, not to mention the certain idiocies in both main characters that made this pairing seem like an uninspired one. Reese felt a people-pleaser with a world view that never went past flaky while Wade’s insecurities with money and class had been written so repetitively about that he seemed like a stick in the mud who couldn’t get back one woman’s betrayal of his trust.

In the end, it took a lot of effort to get through this book, especially after the characters cemented my opinion that they probably were better suited to others than to each other.

two-stars

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