Goodbye Girl (Hidden Lane Ranch #1) by Scarlett Metal
Released: January 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Rachel met Clint in a diner one night while she was on the road trying to escape her past. From the moment they lay their eyes on each other, sparks fly. He offers her a job on his ranch and even though she's a city girl, she accepts.
It's not long before they give into their attraction and settle into life together on the ranch. They find happiness in each other's arms and Clint quickly wonders if Rachel is the girl that can give him his happily ever after.
Rachel's past eventually comes back to haunt her, and threatens her happiness with Clint. Can they work through their demons of the past and find their happily ever after? Or will Rachel leave Clint just like she fled her life before?
Rachel hails from Buffalo, New York but now finds herself in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. She up and left an abusive relationship and in a hurry. Thinking it would be impossible to find her, she decides to stick around for a while and work on a ranch just until she can figure things out and get a plan for the future.
Clint is one of the youngest ranchers in the state. He took over in his early twenties after the death of his father. He still lives in the family home with his mother and siblings. They are a tight-knit group and all have a role in running the ranch.
Who doesn’t love a cowboy and city girl getting together, especially when you add in the strong female who also happens to be a damsel in distress? The story itself is agreeable enough but the part I like is that the sex is singeing and the dirty talk is better than I’ve read in a while. I like how Clint goes completely alpha male in the bedroom. Personally, I have a strange aversion to the pet name of “Babe” so mentally I just altered that to something else because it’s used frequently.
I love the fast pace of this book; there is no time to get bored. Because it a little shorter at less than 200 pages (or for the Kindle people 2109) you often don’t get a lot of details, however, the author was able to weave the necessary particulars into the story fairly seamlessly. The conclusion is definitely an exaggerated HEA. The book also has quite a bit of focus secondary characters but I think this has more to do with preparing the reader for the subsequent books in the series. Overall, it’s a perfectly succinct read for a lazy day.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.