Friday, February 9, 2018

Review & Giveaway: The Rancher's Temporary Engagement

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The Rancher's Temporary Engagement

by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 1st 2018 by Love Inspired Historical

Undercover Fiancée

The Pinkerton agent that Edward Kent hired is intelligent, capable—and unexpectedly female! Though shocked to learn that Maggy Worthing will be investigating the threats to his Wyoming horse ranch, Edward needs to find the culprit. And if that means a temporary engagement to give Maggy a cover story, he’ll play along with the feisty detective.

Maggy always gets her man—at least when it comes to solving crimes. The young widow refuses to marry again and land under another husband’s thumb. Unmasking Edward’s enemies will earn her a longed-for promotion…but the heart has its own mysteries. Could working together with the handsome English aristocrat spark a real and loving partnership?


A forgotten Earl's son who feels unworthy
A Pinkerton agent who feels unworthy
Can they heal each other's past hurts?


 I really enjoyed this story! I loved the characters, the story line, the dialogue, Stacy's writing style. It was all done beautifully.

When I got to Maggy's POV I instantly bristled, I was NOT a fan of the arrogant attitude she emitted. (Arrogant people, real or fictional, are a huge pet peeve of mine)
HOWEVER! Within a page or two I understood why she put off that characteristic, and I admired her for it. 
What I saw at first as a cocky attitude, was actually strength and drive. The more I got to know her, and see her actions the more I really enjoyed how she was written and developed! She was such a strong and independent woman, she reminded me a lot of Meg from "Hercules".

Edward was our typical English gentleman, and I was FOR it! 
Just a few pages in and you can see he's carrying some deep hurt with him. But instead of letting it turn him bitter, he turned it into drive. 

He was the earl's "forgotten" son.
She was abused by both her father and her previous husband.
They both had reasons to hate the world, and hate life. But they turned their lives into something and proved that they were worthy to those who thought they weren't. 

This book focused a lot on "worthiness". A topic that a lot of people struggle with, Stacy did a great job talking about it! 

I LOVE "fake engagement" stories, LIKE CRAZY LOVE THEM, and this one did not disappoint! The banter between Edward and Maggy was SO great! 
Even though their romance happened quickly I didn't feel like it was super "attraction" based. They actually got to know each other, their characteristics, faults, weaknesses, their attributes, strengths. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. 

The ending was so perfect! Though it was bittersweet to see flip the last page. 

I give this book a 4/5 star and definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys quick, cute, light reads!


"Just remember to be true to who you are, Eddie," Liza had often reminded. "You are of worth, most especially to me and to God."

A small smile appeared at her mouth. "That was rather quick scheming on your part."
"A first, I'll admit." Edward chuckled. "But I've had a rather effective albeit persistent teacher today."

Maggy gave him an apologetic smile. "That was a risky move, but apparently I'm not the only brilliant one around here."
"So pleased you finally noticed."

 *I received this book in exchange for my honest review* *All opinions are my own*

About the Author

USA Today
bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.


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Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $40 Amazon e-gift card (open internationally)
- 1 winner will receive a signed print copy of Stacy's novella anthology, LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS (US only)
- Ends February 14th

"You are of worth, most especially to me and to God."


  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing the book, Alysha! Fun to hear how much you enjoyed the fake engagement element and Edward and Maggy's banter. They were fun characters to write. :)

  2. I truly appreciated this review. It seems to provide a very honest assessment of the book without giving away any spoilers. I haven't read anything by this author yet, so I'm looking forward to "meeting" her through this book. The premise to the story sounds fresh and fun.

    1. So glad it sounds like a book you'd enjoy, Denise!

    2. I so hope you enjoy it! (I totally think you will. 😉)

  3. Now I want to read this book for sure!! You’re review was great. I also love books with fake engagements.

    1. Yay, Pamela! Hope you get a chance to read it. The fake engagement angle was fun to write. :)

    2. Thank you!
      Isn’t that one of the best troupes? I love it, especially when it’s done as amazing as this story!

  4. Alysha!!! This one sounds so good! I love the "fake engagement" trope as well. Adding to my TBR!

    Your review is great and this post looks amazing! Awesome job! :)