Tour Stop + Review: The Reluctant Rancher by Joann Baker and Patricia Mason


Howdy folks!

Welcome to my tour stop for The Reluctant Rancher by Joann baker and Patricia Mason. Let me start of by pointing out the obvious… I was SO not reluctant reading about this rancher after that STEAMY cover. Just saying.

The Reluctant Rancher - New CoverSynopsis:

Luke Tanner was a hard man with a painful past. It seemed as if every single citizen of Fiddler Creek wanted something from the wealthy rancher. He’d learned early on not many cared to see past his looks and sour attitude and discover the man beneath.

So when the generously curved Mary Carter hit him up for a loan to save her fledgling business, he made her a short-term proposition she couldn’t refuse. Only the more time the reluctant rancher spends with the lovely Mary, the more he starts to think about a long-term relationship.

Mary Carter had fantasized about Luke Tanner since her first glimpse of the veritable mountain of a man with a perpetual scowl. She’d never been brave enough to approach him until circumstances forces her to seek his help.

The Reluctant Rancher is the story of two individuals who have never experienced the soul stirring passion of true love – until they find each other.

Authors: Joann Baker and Patricia Mason

Where did I get the book: from the authors and Book Monster Promotions in exchange for an honest and fair review:

My Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

My Review:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all you amazing authors who have realized that a plus sized female MC does not a bad MC make. I love all these fantastic books that have all these fabulous woman that are bigger than a toothpick and owning it. (What give you the idea that I myself am plus sized – heehee).

Mary is a nurse. She loves looking after people but in order for her to do that she needs a loan. And unfortunately for her (and fortunately for us) she cannot get one from the bank and the only place left to go is the rude, reclusive, red-hot rancher Luke Tanner. Luke is the richest man in Fiddler’s Creek and tired of feeling like the local ATM, but when beautiful Mary knocks on his door he sees a mutually beneficial opportunity. Striking a deal with this curvy lady leads to Mary moving onto the ranch for 2 months to look after his grandfather.

You know how you see those not so perfect looking people (you know – us every day folks) that look so happy together. You know how you hardly ever come across a book where these people find each other. Search no further. Luke is rugged. He is rude. He is really not handsome. But to Mary he is perfect. And together they make the perfect couple.

I loved their instant chemistry. Not love, no insta love nonsense for this reluctant rancher, but chemistry. It was well written and easy to read. It had me reaching for my ice water on more than one occasion. Both the MC’s and all the supporting characters were really fun especially Luke’s grandfather Joseph. I always love reading about spunky old men that always know better then their younger counterparts.

It was a fun, fast read that sometimes felt like it jumped at places but I think this just lent a more authentic feel to Luke and Mary’s emotions.






“Who the hell are you and what are you doing on my land?”

The shock of the deep male voice held Mary immobile for several seconds.

She turned slowly, facing the man she had come to see. But if the sound of his voice had shocked her, the sight of the man stunned her. Mary had seen Luke Tanner on several occasions but she had never been this up close and personal. A mountain of a man, she had to look up to see his face. A long way up. With genuine feminine appreciation she realized that Luke Tanner would stand at least six-foot-four in his stocking feet. His shoulders were broad and sturdy, their huge mass emphasized by the flannel-lined denim work jacket he wore. His large size made her, Mary Carter, feel small and dainty.

A patch of dark, curling hair peeked out from the neckline of his blue plaid western shirt and her stomach quivered at the tantalizing glimpse of his permanently sun-darkened chest. Her gaze fell, drinking in the sight of his strong, muscular legs. Whitewashed jeans clung lovingly to every male sinew. Even though his waist could never be called slim, it was in perfect proportion to his size. To Mary, he was a fine looking man.

With great reluctance, she tore her gaze away, taking in the rest of his sun-bronzed features – his frowning forehead, his beard-roughened jaw, and his crooked nose. Immediately his eyes captured her attention. My goodness, she had never seen such incredible eyes. Green as the mountain grass after the first spring rain and surrounded by lashes a woman would die for.

Mary shivered, more in reaction to this potently virile male than from the cold seeping beneath her coat.


Joann Baker and Patricia Mason love romance – sweet, sassy, with a little heat and always with a happily-ever-after. Their stories always include that sweet and sassy heroine who can bring that alpha male to his knees, whether he’s a cowboy, lawman, or billionaire rancher. Working together isn’t as difficult as one would imagine In fact, they are often accused of sharing the same brain. They love to hear from their readers and nothing thrills them more than a five star review (hint, hint!) Email them at

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