Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5 Wine Glass #Review of Wrangler's Rescue by B.J. Daniels

37761655Title: Wrangler’s Rescue
Series: The Montana Cahills #7
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published: November 20th 2018 by HQN Books
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She’ll risk everything to bring her cowboy back home…

One week ago, Cyrus Cahill told Ashley Jo “AJ” Somerfield that he’d be back in her arms by the weekend. He just needed to buy a bull for his ranch, and then they’d pick up where they left off after that romantic ride through the foothills. But now he’s gone missing and everyone—even the sheriff—believes he’s dead.

Everyone…but AJ. She suspects foul play and she won’t rest until Cyrus is back home in Gilt Edge, right where he belongs. Because Cyrus isn’t the kind of cowboy who breaks a promise. And since she’s not the kind of woman who gives up on her man, AJ will risk anything to help bring him home…even her own life.

Don’t miss this suspenseful conclusion of The Montana Cahills series from New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels.

Linda's Thoughts:
The Breath-Taking Conclusion of the Montana Cahills’ Saga!

B.J. Daniels’ delivers a truly fantastic romantic suspense series’ finale in Wrangler’s Rescue. Even though it logs in as the seventh installment in the saga, it also works perfectly well as a standalone if that is your preference. That said, your pleasure in the story will be increased if you’ve read the preceding books as previous favorite characters play supporting roles. Buckle your seat belts securely as Cyrus Cahill’s and Ashley Jo “AJ” Somerfield’s adventure won’t be a smooth ride.

AJ has had a crush on Cyrus for a while now. She feels certain he cares for her, but to say he’s reserved and not given to impulsive actions is putting it mildly. However, after a sweet and funny almost-first-kiss moment, Cyrus leaves for Denver to attend a cattle sale and pick up a bull for the ranch after promising AJ that he’d see her on Saturday. Her frustration and anticipation are palpable. But, Cyrus doesn’t appear on Saturday, nor does he check in. Then, Cyrus’ brother, the Sheriff, receives a call that Cyrus has been reported missing from a cruise ship and is presumed dead. Things get even more bizarre after that.

Durn! I really wanted AJ to get that kiss she longed for and for Cyrus to come out of his shell and finally make his move! I liked this couple from the get-go. Their relationship was so sweet. When Cyrus goes missing, I loved how AJ stepped up to the plate for her man vowing to find him and bring him home even while everyone else has given up hope. She trusted her heart and refused to believe the false narrative that was being fed them. Cyrus showed his mettle too as he fought to reclaim his life and AJ. His tenderness towards AJ confirmed what a wonderful man he was – a man well-worth fighting for. I was so aghast and enraged at all the despicable crooks and sociopaths who seemed to emerge from every quarter and pulled for justice to prevail!

Following please find a few choice lines from Wrangler’s Rescue. The last one is from one of my favorite scenes that’s not to be missed – when the couple almost kissed:

Sheriff Flint Cahill had been thinking about how quiet Gilt Edge had been lately, when a call was put through to his office.
“Sheriff Flint Cahill?” a man asked in a West Indies accent.
“Yes? How may I help you?”
“I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Your brother Cyrus Cahill?”
“Yes.” He sat up a little straighter, holding the phone tighter.
“He has disappeared and believed to have gone overboard.”
“Gone overboard?” Flint repeated thinking he must have heard wrong.
“Yes, he has fallen off the cruise ship he was on.” Flint shook his head. “I’m sorry, who did you say you were?”
“The police commissioner here on the island of St. Augusta in the Caribbean.”

“If we’re going to die, I want you in my arms.”

It had taken Cyrus a while to come out of his shell. One of those “aw shucks, ma’am” kind of cowboys, he was so darned shy she thought she was going to have to throw herself on the floor at his boots for him to notice her. But once he had opened up a little, they’d started talking, joking around, getting to know each other. Before he left, they’d gone for a horseback ride through the snowy foothills up into the towering pines of the forest. It had been Cyrus’s idea. They’d ridden up into one of the four mountain ranges that surrounded the town of Gilt Edge – and the Cahill Ranch. 
It was when they’d stopped to admire the view from the mountaintop that overlooked the small western town that AJ had hoped Cyrus would kiss her. He sure looked as if he’d wanted to as they’d walked their horses to the edge of the overlook. 
The sun warming them while the breeze whispered through the boughs of the nearby snow-laden pines, it was one of those priceless Montana January days between snowstorms. That’s why Cyrus had said they should take advantage of the beautiful day before he left for Denver. 
Standing on a bared-off spot on the edge of the mountain, he’d reached over and taken her hand in his. “Beautiful,” he’d said. For a moment she thought he was talking about the view, but when she met his gaze she’d seen that he’d meant her.
Her heart had begun to pound. This was it. This was what she’d been hoping for. He drew her closer. His mouth was just a breath away from hers – when his mare nudged him with her nose. 
She could laugh about it now. But if she hadn’t grabbed Cyrus he would have fallen down the mountainside.
“She’s just jealous,” Cyrus had said of his horse as he’d rubbed the beast’s neck after getting his footing under himself again.
But the moment had been lost. They’d saddled up and ridden back to Cahill Ranch. AJ still wanted that kiss more than anything.

My heart remained lodged in my throat throughout this engrossing tale. Every single story in this series has rocked my world, but have to say that Wrangler’s Rescue tops them all. This story line was totally unexpected and there were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished. This review is a bittersweet farewell. All the loose ends from the series are tied up in a pretty bow, but I’m going to miss reading more about the Cahills and the small rural community of Gilt Edge, Montana. If you crave a well-plotted, heart-stopping suspenseful thrill ride paired with a lovely, subtle romance, Wrangler’s Rescue fills the bill!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Renegade’s Pride (Book #1)
Outlaw’s Honor (Book #2)
Cowboy’s Legacy (Book #3) 
Cowboy’s Redemption (Book #4)
Hero’s Return (Book #5)
The Rancher’s Dream (Book #6)
Wrangler’s Rescue (Book #7)

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