Renee and Vanessa are back with another Wolf Ranch book, Ruthless. And all I have to say is yay! (Well, I have a little more than that to say, otherwise it would be a really short blog post.)
Two years ago, Old Man Sheffield died, leaving his ranch, which is next door to the Wolf Ranch, to his niece, Natalie. In the past, Willow, who mated to Rob Wolf, pretended to be Natalie, but she got busted. But now, after 2 years, the real Natalie is back, and she’s going to live on the ranch. She’s just gotten her master’s degree in music, and she’s a concert violinist, but that just doen’t make a lot of money in LA. So, she has a free ranch, she might as well go live there. Which she does. And she’s stuck trying to come up with the money to pay for the repairs to the house, which it really needs. Meanwhile, she’s just going to keep slinging drinks at the bar, earning what money she can, and try to figure out how to make more money. And oh yeah, keep the secret that her neighbors and many of the people who live on the mountain are shifters. She learned the secret many years ago, when she saw Rand change, and her uncle told her about it. Not only is she keeping the secret from the world, she’s also keeping the secret from the shifters.
Then there’s Rand. He’s now a contractor, but back in the day, when he was a teenager, he worked on the Sheffield ranch helping out. One day, a tractor fell on him, so he just shifted so that he could work his way out from under it. What he doesn’t know is that the 10 year old little girl who was visiting her uncle saw him. What he does know is that the last couple of months have been difficult for him. He’s been edgy and grumpy. One night, on the full moon run, he smells something, something tantalizing, wonderous, and addictive. He follows the smell down to the swimming hole on the Sheffield ranch and sees Natalie, swimming in the moonlight. She stands up and spots him, as a wolf, and meets his eye. That’s when he realizes she’s his mate.
I like Natalie. I love her determination. She has obviously had to have a lot of determination to get through college and do it the way that she did. She also has a lot of determination about living in Montana on her uncle’s ranch. She feels like she’s there for a reason, so she’s determined to find out what that reason is. I think that she also tries hard to be practical and realistic within the framework of the knowledge that she has. I do like her. I like her sass and her fire. She keeps Rand on his toes for sure.
Rand is definitely a wolf. He’s bossy, possessive, dominating, and knows what he wants. So, just like every single other guy in this series. The nice thing about Rand is that he has the benefit of everyone else screwing up, including his brother, and the benefit of all the other human women he can ask for assistance when he’s trying to figure stuff out. I think that helps him at times, because there are a lot of times when he falls on his face and needs some help.
OK, that’s all there is for today. Nothing below the pic today. Go check it out! Happy reading!