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The Rancher and the Rock Star [Mass Market Paperback]

Lizbeth Selvig

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062134655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062134653
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm

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Paperback. Pub Date: March. 2012 Pages: 432 Publisher: Avon Impulse To the world Gray Covey is a rock Superstar. But to His Runaway SON. He's simply the father who never has any TIME for him. To Prove that he's more than his rock star lifestyle. for the next few weeks Gray must put aside his fame and become ... a farmhand Abby Stadtler has built the perfect. quiet life for herself. Neat and orderly is the name of the game for her and her beloved farm. When Gray shows up on her doorstep. looking like he stepped straight off the front cover of a magazine. she is determined that he won't upset her routine. But what neither counts on is the love that springs up between them. Abby knows that life on a ranch in Minnesota can never compete with an exciting world tour. But for Gray. it's time to decide what's really important. With Abby's help. will he be able to decide. once and fo...

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Under everything, just another human being..." (Just Breathe/Pearl Jam) 25 Jun 2012
By L. Burns - Published on
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It's not every day that a famous rock legend appears on your doorstep.

Thirty seven year old Abby Stadtler lives a quiet life on a small Minnesota farm. Widowed over a decade ago Abby supports herself and her teen daughter by working part-time and giving riding lessons. For the past several weeks her daughter's friend from New York, Dawson, has been helping out with odd jobs and Abby has become attached to the boy. But there's something that Abby doesn't know...

Dawson is not from New York, and he's not quite the eighteen year old he claims to be. When Dawson's irate father shows up one afternoon to claim his runaway son, Abby gets quite a shock. Dawson's dad is Gray Covey, a musician who has been mega famous for decades.

Gray and Abby try to ignore their mutual attraction as they struggle to do what's right for Dawson. Gray feels guilty about being an absentee father and grapples with trying to weigh his parental responsibilities against his professional commitments. In an effort to heal his fractured relationship with his son, Gray takes a break from fame and agrees to spend some time with Dawson on Abby's farm. To Gray's surprise, his makeshift "family" and his growing feelings for Abby make him happier than he's been in years. But can two people who inhabit such different worlds possibly make a relationship work?

Confession time. What drew me to this book was the cover: A good looking man with a gorgeous body...who can resist? So maybe the pretty boy caught my eye, but the great characters and intriguing storyline are what kept me reading. The author did an excellent job of giving balance to both Gray and Abby's characters. Gray does not come off as the stereotypical aging, arrogant superstar. Abby is not the saintly widow. They are fully dimensional characters with sometimes flawed thinking. They are "good" people who are occasionally motivated by selfishness and they don't always use the best judgment. I loved watching them dance around their attraction for each other.

The supporting characters were great, adding humor and warmth to the story. The dialog was nicely done and the sexual tension between Gray and Abby was palpable. I don't think the title does this book justice. It's a well told story about mature adults, both with significant "pasts" and present responsibilities who have to struggle to make a relationship work. There were a few plot holes, but I was more than willing to overlook them since the core of this story was so engaging and satisfying. Highly recommended.

Very occasional strong language and mild sexual content.

EDIT: I wanted to add a comment regarding the religious aspect of this book. I recommended this to a Romance reader and, after reading some of the reviews, she questioned whether or not this was an "Inspirational" or "Christian Romance". It is not, and I believe that anyone looking for a "Christian Romance" would be disappointed in some of the content of this book. There are a few very brief mentions of Abby's faith. I took her to be a Christian, though I have no clue what denomination. There is no "preaching" or any attempt by Abby to influence anyone else's beliefs. I did not consider religion to play a big part in the story at all. Hope that helps!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that Rock Star! 29 Feb 2012
By Kristina Davis - Published on
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This was an entertaining love story between a single Mom who is a rancher and a rock star Father who is looking to connect better with his son. Really FIND his son, since his son ran away.

I'm not normally a fan of westerns and when I read the title, I was a little worried because I don't enjoy the ranching/farming/western stuff. However, this really wasn't a story about ranching - it's a horse farm and the focus was not really all about farming at all.

Have I also mentioned that I LOVE books about rock stars?

The Rancher and The Rock Star was a sweet love story. I say sweet because it really WAS. There was slow tension growing between the adults that kept you entertained. When they finally connected though... whew! Hot!

I loved the kids in the story. Kim and Donovan almost stole the show.

The plot was very well done. There were a lot of twists and turns relating to their romance, the connection between Gray and his son, a mystery about the paparazzi finding Gray, and the problems that Abby was having with her horse farm and simply surviving in a small farm.

There were so many parts in this book that made me smile.

The only problem that I had with the book and want to mention is the religious overtones. There were not that many but they were thrown in there at different times. I felt that it added to the character of Abby but I personally didn't love it. :)

This was a great read though and I really enjoyed spending time with Abby and Gray! ** I received an advance copy as part of the Avon Addicts.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book! 19 Mar 2012
By Alison W. Henderson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a beautifully written, poignant, and emotionally satisfying book. Ms. Selving gives her rock star hero a rare depth and humanity. Abby, the heroine, isn't so much a rancher as a she is a nurturer - of animals, children, and anyone else who needs caring and attention. The most amazing thing about the story is how real everything feels, from the dialogue, to the emotions, to the conflict between Abby and Gray. Nothing is forced or contrived. I LOVED this book and was sorry to see it end.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rancher and the Rock Star by Lizbeth Selvig 28 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Notes: Liz entered RWA's Golden Heart contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird), and won the Single Title Contemporary category.

Sometimes we get caught up in the daily grind that is life and lose sight of what's important. We get lost in the here and now and don't see what's going on around us. It's something made more difficult for Gray Covey because his son, Dawson, lives an ocean away. Gray, a modern day rock star, let his job be his first priority. Only seeing his son a few times a year, he mistakenly thought everything was great. That is until he found out from his ex-wife that his son had run away.

Dawson Covey left the posh English boarding school his parent's had paid for, hoping to stay with his grandmother. Only after he made the trip across the ocean did he discover no one had bothered to tell him she'd moved into a nursing home. He felt this validated his earlier feelings which led him to run away--that he just didn't fit into his parent's lives, and they didn't have any time for him. Not even enough to let him know what was going on with his grandmother. He found a haven, however, with a friend he'd made over the internet and her mother. He figured his parents probably wouldn't even notice he was gone.

Abby is a kind hearted soul who always liked helping others. She thought Dawson was from New York and 18 years old. After all, that is what his driver's licence said. When Dawson's father comes around looking for him, she thought he must be looking for a different Dawson. Once he shows her his son's picture, however, there is no doubt. She's been played. Dawson could never have suspected he'd set something in motion that could potentially make his wish to fit in somewhere come true...

There is a religious overtone to the book which may turn some off, but it's not overpowering, and I thought added an endearing quality to Abby's personality. Abby is a widow whose husband and son died over 12 years ago. She's never really gotten over the loss and probably never fully will. Anyone who's ever lost a loved one knows their loss never truly leaves you. You just find ways to deal with it and go on. Abby's been content to focus all her energy on raising her daughter who is now 15. While her priorities are definitely in order, she's lost a piece of herself on that fatal day years ago when she lost part of her family. While the loss left no physical scars, emotionally she was devastated and she has a tendency to keep anyone new, whom she could get attached to, at bay. She keeps a sort of protective emotional barrier around herself, if you will.

Gray finds himself not only clueless about how to handle his son, but distrusting of those around him. Fame comes with a price and it's a high one. Everyone seems to want a piece of you, and he can't help but questions people's motives around him. While he does put his son first, he doesn't quite get it's more than a one day type of deal his son is looking for. Dawson wants more. He doesn't want to be kept in the sterile environment of a boarding school, he wants a relationship with his parents. He wants to be noticed and feel like he belongs.

I did not have high expectations when I started reading this book. The title did not really reach out to me and, I must confess, if Avon had not given me an advanced eBook loan of it, I'd probably have glanced right by it on the shelf. That said, this was a very sweet and, for me, surprisingly enjoyable read. There was plenty of drama, engaging characters that I could relate to, and enough going on to keep my attention and stay in my thoughts well after I'd finished reading. I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a FAN rating--the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees. Your face may be slightly flushed and a fan would be nice. I thought the chemistry between Gray and Abby was undeniable and the two complimented each other very well. A truly heartwarming love story that left me with a smile on my face.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars! Well developed, very enjoyable romance/family drama! I was impressed. 9 Oct 2012
By Karla - Published on
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Right off the bat I want to say, don't judge this book by its cover or its title, neither do the book justice! Yes, this is a book about a small-time rancher and rock star, but not in the way that you might think. Abby Stadler runs a small horse farm, and Gray Covey is a rock star, however, he's not a down and dirty, gritty rock star as is being depicted in so many popular reads of late. I would attribute him to a "Bruce Springsteen" type, famous in his day and that popularity has proven itself over time and spans the generations. He's 45 years young, a seasoned performer, and I found him to be refreshingly appealing! Abby is a widow and single mother to Kim, who befriends Dawson, Gray's son. Unbeknownst to Abby, Dawson has run away from home and lied about his age when she offered him a place to stay and work.

There is more than one storyline here, and they are all woven together very nicely. These are two single parents that are trying to do right by their children. Abby is making a go at providing for Kim the best she can and is a very hands on parent. Gray needs to re-connect with Dawson and find common ground in their relationship. His fame, hectic life and living on different continents, has him at an impasse with his son. Dawson's also bitter towards his father when it comes to his beloved grandmother and his father's decision to put her in assisted living. This was handled very well by the author and brought another sense of realism into the book.

The attraction between Gray and Abby is evident early on, but the physical and romantic element is slow to build. Oh, they have moments that are touchy, feely and heated, but when they are intimate for the first time, they make love, they do not have sex. The author is descriptive, but it's done very tastefully, yet it's steamy and breathtaking. It was exceptionally well done, sweet and appropriate for the story.

"You're like a living fantasy in the middle of a nightmare, and I hope you know I wish I could hold you like this forever."

So, now I want to touch on a part of the book that I don't want readers to ignore, but I just don't think more needs to be made of it then what it really is. There is an element of faith in the book. This is not Christian fiction, and don't close the book at the first mention of God...please! Abby has faith, she doesn't bible sling, she has moments of reflection that give her hope, that somehow she will find her way through the tragedy and difficulties that have found their way into her life. She's a strong independent woman, who, for reasons you will read about, needs to provide for her child and finds it tough to accept help from anyone. At times she annoyed me, but I understood, because in many ways I am her, I like to do things on my own. In any respect, all this will bring you to a beautiful moment between Gray and Abby at the end of the book. This wonderful man helps her to understand that sometimes the sign you are looking for doesn't come in the way of the heavens opening up, the sun shining through and the angels singing Hallelujah! See it for what it's worth and in order to help yourself and those you love, you have to push your pride aside, reach out and grab the hand that's offered. Quite possibly, the hand your grabbing is in need of rescue too!

"Life is simple for you, Abby Stadtler. You're right. I needed to find you."

I enjoyed the simple complexity of this book. Every day real problems woven into a unique story, but not blown out of proportion. Two people who are attracted to each other, but take the time to know one another before they move on to the next level in their relationship. Real life teenage drama, that makes parents want to bang their heads against a wall. What to do, what to say, because no matter what, it's going to be the wrong thing! The ending was a little melodramatic, but to bring the characters together it was somewhat necessary. That's not to say I didn't like it!

Lizbeth Selving wrote a beautifully descriptive book, filled with wonderful dialogue, an enticing story, endearing characters, humorous and heart felt moments, and sweet ending that is sure to satisfy many readers.
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