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The Rancher’s Forgotten Rival by Maisey YatesThe Rancher's Forgotten Rival by Maisey Yates
Series: The Carsons of Lone Rock #1
Published by Harlequin on January 25, 2022
Genres: cowboy romance
Pages: 215
Format: netgalley
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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Will amnesia turn these enemies into lovers? Find out in the first Carsons of Lone Rock novel by New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates.

Welcome to Lone Rock, Oregon’s Wild West.

Chance Carson is the one man in Lone Rock who gets Juniper Sohappy all riled up. His family is ranching royalty. He’s arrogant, insufferable and obnoxiously charming—she’ll keep her distance, thanks. But when Juniper finds him on her property, injured and without his memory, she saves his life…and sort of lets him believe he’s her ranch hand. Making the entitled rancher work a little is one thing…but actually liking the man is another. Falling for him? No way. And yet the passion between them is as undeniable as it is unexpected. Will it survive the truth?

I really enjoy Maisey Yates’ small town romances. Her Copper Ridge series is one of my favorites. This book is the start to a new series called the Carsons of Lone Rock, and those Carsons are all going to find love.

This book starts with Chance Carson. He’s out riding his property when his horse is spooked and he’s thrown. He hits his head and that’s where Juniper Sohappy finds Chance. She’s an EMT and she’s in charge of running her family’s land. She’s trying to make it a working ranch again. She wants to make her grandfather proud. But there’s a problem. The Sohappys and the Carsons have had a property dispute for generations. The Sohappys believe that when their ancestor lost his land in a card game to the Carsons ancestor, that the Carson ancestor had cheated.

So finding her enemy knocked out, she can’t help herself but to take him home and hope when he wakes up he’s not mad she brought him to her home. However, once he wakes up, instead of anger, he’s…confused. He can’t remember who he is. So when he guesses he must be one of her ranch hands, Juniper just…doesn’t dissuade him.

This book has an Overboard amnesia vibe which was fun. He works with her on her land and they get to know each other properly, without any of the Carson/Sohappy hostility that typically simmers beneath all of their interactions. No, now there’s something else entirely simmering beneath their words.

Of course Chance remembers who he is after a couple of days and he’s really mad at Juniper. But…he’s also really attracted to her.

This book is a quick read, and has the enemies to lovers trope which I always love. It’s an easy and enjoyable book.

***ARC courtesy of Harlequin via Netgalley