It's time to claim what's his...
THE RIGHT RANGER
The Men of At Ease Ranch #3
Releasing June 12, 2017
Former Army Ranger Cord Brannigan has a secret, too. He promised his fallen teammate he’d protect the tempting, fiercely independent Haley from a distance, but now they’re stuck together for three weeks. Alone. Keeping his hands off will take every ounce of control he can muster. And that control is slipping…
The blurb for this book sucked me in. The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites and when you toss in a former army ranger? Well sign me up. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. This book had heat and heart to go along with it.
I liked Haley. I thought she was a strong woman who had been dealt a raw deal a few times. She's dusted herself off and is trying to make a living doing something she loves and is passionate about. I enjoyed her determination to succeed-it was one of her great strengths. That being said, she isn't perfect and I liked that, too. She was a relatable heroine.
Cord was straight up sexy. There's something about a man who tries to live his life by a certain code, only to be tempted to break it and realize that his loyalty was in the wrong place. Cord's journey in this book was a big deal. I sympathized with what he'd been through; it broke my heart a bit. But he was a strong character hell bent on doing the right thing-even if it wasn't the best thing for himself.
These two definitely had chemistry. They try so valiantly to fight it but them coming together is just inevitable. And it works. The pacing of their relationship works well for them. Their sexy times? Definitely hot.
Now, there was something that bothered me a bit throughout the book. It's a bit of a spoiler so I'm going to be intentionally vague. I definitely thought that Cord's loyalty was misplaced for a few reasons, and it just didn't seem to match with his character in the rest of the book.
Overall I enjoyed this book. The writing was sharp and quick, the pacing was strong. Again, it's the third in a series but I had no problem following it as a standalone. The secondary characters were fun and intrigued me enough to go back and purchase the other books. I would recommend this book.
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Tasty Q&A with Donna Michaels
Describe yourself in five words or less.
I love to entertain readers.
Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
My cellphone. Yep, I’m one of them. But only because I am usually waiting for an email or message from an author, publisher, editor…etc, and need to multitask my personal life errands into my day, too.
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
My favorite scenes to write are the sparring scenes between the hero and heroine. When the hero has met his match, or vice versa . There were several of those scenes in The Right Ranger.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Yes, there are several characters I’d love to go back to, but shhh…don’t tell my other ones. The two that immediately come to mind are Kit Katt and Pierce DeVein from my humorous paranormal, The Spy Who Fanged Me. They are agents from different departments. She’s a black panther shifter and he’s a vampire and they’re forced to work together to bring down a dangerous gnome. Kit was by far the most fun I ever had writing a heroine. Between her can do attitude, her capabilities, and the fact she has catlike tendencies that get in the way at the most inopportune times, I would love to write another mission for her and her man/vampire. 😊
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Right now, I’m writing book 4 in The Men of At Ease Ranch series. This is Vince’s book. He’s been the easygoing happy guy throughout the series, and longs to have a relationship like his buddies have found. But, it’s like they say, be careful what you wish for. He’s discovering that his idea of the ideal significant other is flawed, relationships aren’t always easy, and they come when you least expect it. He is definitely one of my fun characters to write.