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Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell's been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell's been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley James has been perfectly happy floating from job to job until her parents sell the family ranch in Nevada and she no longer has a safety net. She’s not worried as she’s landed a job at a top horse training facility, but that lasts less than a week when Finley, who’s never held back her opinions, tells a wealthy client a truth he doesn’t want to hear. Hat in hand she returns to Marvel Ranch hoping Zach will give her a short term job until she can figure out her next move. Finley knows promising to not interfere or makes waves will be tough. Who knew keeping her hands and her heart to herself would be her biggest challenge?


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Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell's been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell's been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley James has been perfectly happy floating from job to job until her parents sell the family ranch in Nevada and she no longer has a safety net. She’s not worried as she’s landed a job at a top horse training facility, but that lasts less than a week when Finley, who’s never held back her opinions, tells a wealthy client a truth he doesn’t want to hear. Hat in hand she returns to Marvel Ranch hoping Zach will give her a short term job until she can figure out her next move. Finley knows promising to not interfere or makes waves will be tough. Who knew keeping her hands and her heart to herself would be her biggest challenge?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Two Stubborns Don't Make a Right Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free Oh how perfect the set up is... Picture a Manly Man Cowboy vs a What You See is What You Get Gal...Both have been working with horses and know they are excellent in their jobs and confident in their abilities. He has run his ranch with an iron fist and likes routine and control. She has been training horses around the country and never let a thought stay in her head when she thought it should be said out loud. They meet at the weddin 3.5 Two Stubborns Don't Make a Right Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free Oh how perfect the set up is... Picture a Manly Man Cowboy vs a What You See is What You Get Gal...Both have been working with horses and know they are excellent in their jobs and confident in their abilities. He has run his ranch with an iron fist and likes routine and control. She has been training horses around the country and never let a thought stay in her head when she thought it should be said out loud. They meet at the wedding of friends and family. She tells him a thing or two about his horses and what would work better. He tells her she better cool it with the fast mouth at her new la de da training gig with the rich and famous. Neither of them mention the sparks that fly when they were sparing. How the mighty fall... She couldn't stop herself from telling the truth to one of the wealthy clients at the new job. This was exactly what she had been warned not to do...Clients like these do not want to be contradicted so she was sh!t out of her new position in just a week. What now...Why suck it up and beg for a temp trainer position with Mr. Manly Man Cowboy. He doesn't know why he decides to say yes...and she knows it will be a huge challenge to keep her ideas to herself...but they both agree and it is a done deal. This story was fun, smart in its banter and crafted well. The name of the game was what each of these characters could learn from each other. I had read Jeannie Watt one time before with Austin https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and enjoyed her style then and do now. A gifted copy was provided by Tule Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Zach Marvell has been running the family ranch since he was 15 years old. In the last 21 years he may have become a bit autocratic, convinced he's always right, fond of laying down the law. When his younger brother decides to get married he runs into his brother's sister-in-law to-be, Finley James. She's the oil to his water, a horse trainer who has never settled down, she goes as the whim takes her. She wouldn't say she's fond of laying down the law, but she has no trouble telling people the ra Zach Marvell has been running the family ranch since he was 15 years old. In the last 21 years he may have become a bit autocratic, convinced he's always right, fond of laying down the law. When his younger brother decides to get married he runs into his brother's sister-in-law to-be, Finley James. She's the oil to his water, a horse trainer who has never settled down, she goes as the whim takes her. She wouldn't say she's fond of laying down the law, but she has no trouble telling people the raw truth and she won't hold back. It's a match made in heaven (not). Zach and Finley clash at their siblings' wedding, she tries to teach him about training one of his horses, he tries to warn her to keep her opinions to herself at her new job. A few weeks later Finley has been fired for telling off one of the rich clients and has nowhere to go, her only hope is that Zach is still looking for a horse trainer. Suddenly her much vaunted freedom and lack of ties seems to be a castle built on sand. As circumstances throw them together maybe they can find something in common? I liked this, it was a variation on the traditional romance where the wandering cowboy settles down with the homebody. In this case Zach is the homebody and Finley is the wanderer. As they are forced to work together their mutual attraction overrides their mutual antipathy. I liked Jeannie Watt's books. If you like gruff farmers who can cook (and clean), horses, stables, lots of hot sweaty farm work and snarkiness then I'm sure you'll love this. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    FREE today (July 20, 2020) on Amazon. - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review - “Challenging the Cowboy”, is a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I was immediately absorbed by this story and how brilliantly Jeannie Watt writes about the initial stages of physical awareness, attraction, flirtation and falling in love. Zach and Finley are engaging, intense characters. Zach is serious, bossy, confident, guarded, likes to be in control; Finley seems his polar opposite, she’s FREE today (July 20, 2020) on Amazon. - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review - “Challenging the Cowboy”, is a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I was immediately absorbed by this story and how brilliantly Jeannie Watt writes about the initial stages of physical awareness, attraction, flirtation and falling in love. Zach and Finley are engaging, intense characters. Zach is serious, bossy, confident, guarded, likes to be in control; Finley seems his polar opposite, she’s adventurous, vibrant and compassionate. Their battle of wills is delicious to watch and their romance charming and with some realistic internal obstacles along the way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Put together a cowboy who believes he’s always right, takes no sass from anyone and has a very high opinion of his own abilities and decisions, bring in a horse trainer who refuses to settle down, is not afraid or willing to keep her opinions to herself in spite of the consequences… and something is going to boil over real fast. Meet Zach Marvell and Finley James, two stubborn, opinionated people who believe it’s their way or the highway until the sparks between them Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf Put together a cowboy who believes he’s always right, takes no sass from anyone and has a very high opinion of his own abilities and decisions, bring in a horse trainer who refuses to settle down, is not afraid or willing to keep her opinions to herself in spite of the consequences… and something is going to boil over real fast. Meet Zach Marvell and Finley James, two stubborn, opinionated people who believe it’s their way or the highway until the sparks between them prove to be much more than simply temper and needing to be right. CHALLENGING THE COWBOY brings Zach and Finley into close contact beyond their in-law status as his brother is married to her sister… and the race is on to see who can out-stubborn the other first. I liked Zach and Finley individually and definitely together. Two more stubborn always has to be right, won’t back down from an argument on the exact color of the sky at any given moment in time type of people you’d be hard pressed to find. Yet that same personality trait that drives them both crazy is also what draws them to each other. They each have layers that aren’t on display for everyone to see, they both have issues that lay beneath the surface that needs a bit of digging to come to light – being stubborn is the perfect way to keep digging until you get to the core of things. At times, it may seem that these two bring out the worst in each other yet in truth they’re bringing out the best and proving that two stubborn adults can indeed find a happy ending… eventually. If you’re in the mood for a fun cowboy romance where “rock” meets “hard place” and both win in the end, then you’ll feel right at home on the Marvell Ranch and with CHALLENGING THE COWBOY. I’d not hesitate to recommend this story or the entire series to readers who love a good romance, believable characters, with sparks flying every which way possible. I had a blast and believe you will, too. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt Men of the Marvell Ranch, Book 3 Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell’s been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley James has been perfectly happy floating from job to job unt Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt Men of the Marvell Ranch, Book 3 Zach Marvell’s word is law on the ranch — or it was until she showed up. Zach Marvell’s been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. Horse trainer Finley James has been perfectly happy floating from job to job until her parents sell the family ranch in Nevada and she no longer has a safety net. She’s not worried as she’s landed a job at a top horse training facility, but that lasts less than a week when Finley, who’s never held back her opinions, tells a wealthy client a truth he doesn’t want to hear. Hat in hand she returns to Marvel Ranch hoping Zach will give her a short term job until she can figure out her next move. Finley knows promising to not interfere or makes waves will be tough. Who knew keeping her hands and her heart to herself would be her biggest challenge? This is Finley James and Zach Marvell's story. Finley James had no excuse for letting her focus stray from the gorgeous mare circling the round pen to the guy putting her through her paces. She was a horse trainer, not a man-ogler, but she couldn’t help studying the rider—and it wasn’t because she was watching his technique. Tall in the saddle and ridiculously good-looking, his angular features were set in an expression of supreme concentration, his body moving fluidly with the horse. Oh, yeah. He was something to behold. The mare was nice, too. She blew out a silent breath as her sister’s future brother-in-law, Zach Marvell, took the mare through a series of figure eights. His hands were light on the reins, but the horse, despite her dainty carriage, was slow to respond, and Finley didn’t think it had anything to do with the abilities of the man in the saddle. The horse was beautiful but pigheaded. Headstrong. And, from what her sister had told her, the beautiful guy on top was the same. Not that Ella had one bad word to say about Zach Marvell. No. She admired the guy. Had explained more than once about him taking over the family ranch at the age of fifteen after his father had been killed in an accident and his mother was too distraught to properly run things. For over twenty years he’d been at the helm of this place, and Finley imagined that in that twenty years, he’d become something of a dictator. She’d only been on the Marvell Ranch for four or five hours, having arrived around breakfast time for her sister’s wedding in two days, but already she’d seen how Zach’s brothers and Brandon, the single remaining ranch hand, snapped to whenever he gave an order. Zach hit the ground hard and the horse continued to buck her way around the corral before stopping on the opposite end. She shook her head at Zach and blew loudly through her flared nostrils. Slowly Zach got to his feet. He didn’t bother dusting off before approaching the horse, who started backing away from him. He raised his hat, sent the horse around the corral at a full gallop, establishing dominance before stepping to the center as the horse circled the pen. “Guess this was one for Shane to ride.” Finley turned to see the middle Marvell brother, Cody, approaching from the direction of one of the ranch shop buildings. Finley smiled. She liked Cody. “No, thank you,” Shane called back. “My bronc-riding days are over.” He looped his arm around Ella and pulled her a little closer. Ella had met Shane while traveling the Montana rodeo circuit the previous summer, researching risk behaviors in rodeo competitors. Upon meeting Shane, she’d decided to take a few risks of her own—finally. I highly recommend reading. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book." Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt is a wonderful well written 5 star book. Jeannie's Books with Tule: The Montana Bride Marvells of Montana Starrs of Sweetheart, Montana The Christmas Secret Marvells of Montana Austin American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Catch Me, Cowboy Marvells of Montana The 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo The Cowboy Rides Away Marvells of Montana Wedding at the Graff Holiday at the Graff The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo Men of the Marvell Ranch The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo A Marvell Country Christmas Men of the Marvell Ranch Challenging the Cowboy Men of the Marvell Ranch

  6. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This book was such a touching one. I immediately fell in love with both Zach and Finley. The story was so beautifully written that I couldn't stop reading. These two people had so much against them. In the beginning they were in such constant conflict that I wondered how they could possibly have a HEA. Ms. Watt did a wonderful job in showing the life of a rancher and the constant struggle they face whil I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This book was such a touching one. I immediately fell in love with both Zach and Finley. The story was so beautifully written that I couldn't stop reading. These two people had so much against them. In the beginning they were in such constant conflict that I wondered how they could possibly have a HEA. Ms. Watt did a wonderful job in showing the life of a rancher and the constant struggle they face while bringing about a wonderful romance. Zach was forced at 15 to become the head of the household with the death of his father. His mother struggled with keeping up with the ranch. Zach had two younger brothers to help raise as well. Over twenty years later, both brothers have gone on to do their own thing but they do come back to help on the ranch but Zach is in charge. His word is not to be challenged. Finley comes to the Marvell Ranch for her sister's wedding to Zach's brother, Shane. Finley is a strong-willed person. She says want she wants and really damn the consequences. She is a force to be reckoned with. When these two meet, sparks are shooting off. The chemistry between them is strong. After the wedding, Finley leaves to train horses at a horse resort for the rich. She does her job but has a conflict with an abusive owner of horse. Upon telling him off that he is the problem, not the horse, she is fired. She returns to the Marvell Ranch and begs Zach for a job. Against his better judgment, he hires her. The rest of the story is a pure joy to read. The scenes are so well written that it really feels like I am right here with the characters. The story is written in my favorite dual POV format. Without it, I don't think I could have connected with Finley. She feels lost when her parents sell the family ranch to downsize for retirement and to travel. Her safety net of returning to the family ranch is gone and she is floundering and feeling lost. There were times that I didn't think that Finley was doing the right thing and making things harder for herself. But seeing her POV on her conflict and struggles was very insightful and really helped me to understand her better. I loved this story and the only downside was having it end. Even though this is the last Marvell brothers' story, there were such wonderful secondary characters that I would love to see them get a chance at their HEA.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read the other 2 books about the Men of Marvell Ranch. This book is the story of the oldest brother, Zach. The book begins with Shane and Ella’s wedding. Both Shane and Ella’s families have arrived. Ella’s sister, Finley is very opinionated and fights Zach on everything. After the wedding Finley heads to an upscale ranch where she’s been hired to be the new horse trainer. Both Zach and her brother know she has I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read the other 2 books about the Men of Marvell Ranch. This book is the story of the oldest brother, Zach. The book begins with Shane and Ella’s wedding. Both Shane and Ella’s families have arrived. Ella’s sister, Finley is very opinionated and fights Zach on everything. After the wedding Finley heads to an upscale ranch where she’s been hired to be the new horse trainer. Both Zach and her brother know she has trouble not speaking her mind and have warned her to be careful at her new ranch. Unfortunately Finley didn’t need the warning and ended up getting fired her first week. She was devastated as she had no where to go. Her parents had sold the home ranch and her brothers lived in tiny trailers. So she went back to the Marvell Ranch. She was interested in Zach and suspected some interest on his part. She begged him for a job on the ranch as the trainer. He had just filled it two days earlier and told her he didn’t need any other help. She pressured him to hire her as the housekeeper and any other ranch tasks. It was a good move as it ended up being the 2 of them and the newly hired horse trainer to take care of the ranch. Zach and Finley gave into their mutual feelings and slept together, trying to keep it secret. The rest of the family returned home and Finley forced herself to leave and try to set up her own horse training school by where she was from in Nevada. We learn both are miserable without the other. The book becomes very exciting with fires and admitted feelings of love. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it and the other books in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miekenstein

    Challenging the Cowboy is an entertaining romance with the all important happy ending. It took me a little while to warm up to Finley, our heroine, because I'm not usually a fan of pushy people, and I did find Finley a little bit pushy at first. Once I realized that Finley didn't argue or fight with people just because she always thought she was right; she truly cared about how any horse around her was being treated, I started to like her. You can't hold being mouthy against someone when they a Challenging the Cowboy is an entertaining romance with the all important happy ending. It took me a little while to warm up to Finley, our heroine, because I'm not usually a fan of pushy people, and I did find Finley a little bit pushy at first. Once I realized that Finley didn't argue or fight with people just because she always thought she was right; she truly cared about how any horse around her was being treated, I started to like her. You can't hold being mouthy against someone when they are sticking up for someone (or something) else. Zach, our hero, is also a bit of a control freak and kind of stand off and prickly at first. I always liked Zach, though he did seem cold at first. By the end of the book I loved Finley and Zach together and enjoyed how their romance unfolded. The secondary characters are also well written and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I received an ARC in exchange of my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelagh

    Challenging the Cowboy, set in rural Montana, has been a thoroughly entertaining story. Horse trainer Finley James has come to the Marvell ranch for her sister Ella’s wedding to Shane Marvell. After the wedding she’s lined up a job at an upmarket ranch that caters to the very wealthy. Known for her strong opinions when it comes to training and looking after horses, she receives plenty of warnings to mind her manners in the new job. It’s no surprise that she argues with one of the clients within Challenging the Cowboy, set in rural Montana, has been a thoroughly entertaining story. Horse trainer Finley James has come to the Marvell ranch for her sister Ella’s wedding to Shane Marvell. After the wedding she’s lined up a job at an upmarket ranch that caters to the very wealthy. Known for her strong opinions when it comes to training and looking after horses, she receives plenty of warnings to mind her manners in the new job. It’s no surprise that she argues with one of the clients within her first week and ends up back at the Marvell ranch begging Shane’s brother Zach for work until she can get back on her feet. Zach’s been running the ranch for years and is particular about things so of course sparks fly between these two, but there’s also that unavoidable zing of attraction. With plenty of arguing, lots of smouldering looks and a bit more, this story is very readable and kept me hooked throughout. It makes for perfect reading if you’re after something light to relax and unwind with.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marcie Robinson

    “Challenging the Cowboy” is book three of The Men of Marvell Ranch series by Jeannie Watt. Zach Marvell has been in charge of operations for the family ranch since he was fifteen. Nothing, and no one, is to disrupt the peace he requires if you work for him. But Finley James, in town for a Marvell wedding, challenges Zach like no one has ever dared. He’s not sure he likes it….until he does. Finley’s dream is to start her own horse training business, but until she gets the cash together, she’s workin “Challenging the Cowboy” is book three of The Men of Marvell Ranch series by Jeannie Watt. Zach Marvell has been in charge of operations for the family ranch since he was fifteen. Nothing, and no one, is to disrupt the peace he requires if you work for him. But Finley James, in town for a Marvell wedding, challenges Zach like no one has ever dared. He’s not sure he likes it….until he does. Finley’s dream is to start her own horse training business, but until she gets the cash together, she’s working for someone else. When her parents sell the family ranch—consequently losing her home base—and then her job doesn’t work out, Finley goes to the one person she hopes will help her. Zach. Zach and Finley may be opposites, but they are also a perfect match. She loosens him up. He steadies her. I absolutely loved the banter between these two. If you enjoy cowboys and western romances, you are going to love “Challenging the Cowboy”. No one writes cowboys and the cowboy way of life like Ms. Watt.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Strong cowboy and even stronger cowgirl make Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt an amusing read. I like for characters to be evenly matched. Without a doubt, Finley and Zach are exactly that. While it may seem that siblings and horses might be all this couple have in common, that is far from the truth. The story-line is interesting and even more believable. It is real life ranch story with plenty of the everyday chores to give Zach and Finley loads of interaction and opinions. What looked to Strong cowboy and even stronger cowgirl make Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt an amusing read. I like for characters to be evenly matched. Without a doubt, Finley and Zach are exactly that. While it may seem that siblings and horses might be all this couple have in common, that is far from the truth. The story-line is interesting and even more believable. It is real life ranch story with plenty of the everyday chores to give Zach and Finley loads of interaction and opinions. What looked to be oil and water don’t mix kind of story becomes a fighting our attraction story as they learn to work together. The focus is on the building relationship not acting on instant attraction. Well done, too. Challenging the Cowboy is book three of The Men of Marvell Ranch. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fedora

    Challenging the Cowboy is the third in Jeannie Watt's The Men of Marvell Ranch series, and is a terrific read. Zach Marvell's the eldest, the reliable one who stepped into his late father's shoes when he was just a teen to keep the ranch going. He's used to being the boss and most people are used to giving way when he speaks up. But his new sister-in-law Finley James isn't most people. She's a horse trainer in between jobs, and clearly used to speaking her mind. She convinces Zach to keep her on Challenging the Cowboy is the third in Jeannie Watt's The Men of Marvell Ranch series, and is a terrific read. Zach Marvell's the eldest, the reliable one who stepped into his late father's shoes when he was just a teen to keep the ranch going. He's used to being the boss and most people are used to giving way when he speaks up. But his new sister-in-law Finley James isn't most people. She's a horse trainer in between jobs, and clearly used to speaking her mind. She convinces Zach to keep her on temporarily as an extra hand, and the two of them dance around an unexpected attraction. Jeannie Watt's writing is excellent, and Finley and Zach's conversations come alive as do the inconvenient sparks flying between them. I couldn't put this down, and can't wait to read more of Ms Watt's stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori R

    I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were interesting and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the banter between Finley and Zach. Finley is kind of a spit fire character who says exactly what she thinks until she gets fired for doing just that. The chemistry between her and Zach is undeniable to the reader but not to the characters. Zach is very stubborn not used to anyone questioning him and so Finley quickly gets under his skin. Both of them will soon find out that absence makes the hear I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were interesting and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the banter between Finley and Zach. Finley is kind of a spit fire character who says exactly what she thinks until she gets fired for doing just that. The chemistry between her and Zach is undeniable to the reader but not to the characters. Zach is very stubborn not used to anyone questioning him and so Finley quickly gets under his skin. Both of them will soon find out that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Add to this romance the beautiful ranch, horses, his brothers and her sister and you have a really fun story with a lot of excitement. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Ramirez

    I love Marietta and Cowboys! And while this book is not set inside the town of Marietta it is about about one of the Men who grew up on a Ranch there. Zach Marvell has worked the family ranch and raised his siblings since his father passed away when Zach was 15. This made him into the strong authority figure that he is today. Finley James is in town for her sister's wedding to Zach's brother Shane. Finley and Zach are so much fun to watch whether they are in the same room or even close by each o I love Marietta and Cowboys! And while this book is not set inside the town of Marietta it is about about one of the Men who grew up on a Ranch there. Zach Marvell has worked the family ranch and raised his siblings since his father passed away when Zach was 15. This made him into the strong authority figure that he is today. Finley James is in town for her sister's wedding to Zach's brother Shane. Finley and Zach are so much fun to watch whether they are in the same room or even close by each other at the corrals...sparks fly like you would not believe. What's so funny is these two don't recognize it for a long time but we the readers get to enjoy the fun as we see them butt heads , pull apart but like magnets life draws them back together again. I think this is my favorite in the Men of Marvell Ranch books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen Roma

    Challenging the Cowboy is the first book in Jeannie Watt’s brand new Men of the Maxwell Ranch series, and an amazing page-turner too. I always enjoy these stories and the wonderful array of tough and strong-minded characters that grace the pages. This is definitely the case with Zach and Finley, as they are both extremely opinionated and equally determined to prove themselves right. This is a delightful start to a new series, with an interesting plot, captivating characters, and a whole lot of “G Challenging the Cowboy is the first book in Jeannie Watt’s brand new Men of the Maxwell Ranch series, and an amazing page-turner too. I always enjoy these stories and the wonderful array of tough and strong-minded characters that grace the pages. This is definitely the case with Zach and Finley, as they are both extremely opinionated and equally determined to prove themselves right. This is a delightful start to a new series, with an interesting plot, captivating characters, and a whole lot of “Get outta my way” attitude to boot! I’m looking forward to more from this wonderful author and this exciting new series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura D

    Zach Marvell has been running the family ranch for 15 years and doesn't take crap from anyone. Then he meets his brother's future sister in-law, Finley James. She feels free to give her opinions and call Zach on his crap. When her parents sell the family ranch she loses her fall back plan. Now she has to get serious and she takes a job training horses for wealthy people. When that lasts less than a week she is back at Zach's ranch asking for a temporary job. Zach knows he is in trouble when he c Zach Marvell has been running the family ranch for 15 years and doesn't take crap from anyone. Then he meets his brother's future sister in-law, Finley James. She feels free to give her opinions and call Zach on his crap. When her parents sell the family ranch she loses her fall back plan. Now she has to get serious and she takes a job training horses for wealthy people. When that lasts less than a week she is back at Zach's ranch asking for a temporary job. Zach knows he is in trouble when he can't say no to her. Can his heart survive having her working on the ranch with his growing attraction to her? Sometimes love shows up when you least expect it. Good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Cuyler

    Jeannie Watt created real characters, flaws and all, and she did it in a way that let the reader get to know them through their words and actions. Zach is a no-nonsense, in-charge kind of guy. He's had to be that way since the age of 15, when his dad died and he had to more or less take over the running of the ranch. Finley is a strong-willed woman who can't hold her tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two of them butt heads as the chemistry between them kept burning hotter and hotter. The Jeannie Watt created real characters, flaws and all, and she did it in a way that let the reader get to know them through their words and actions. Zach is a no-nonsense, in-charge kind of guy. He's had to be that way since the age of 15, when his dad died and he had to more or less take over the running of the ranch. Finley is a strong-willed woman who can't hold her tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two of them butt heads as the chemistry between them kept burning hotter and hotter. The pace was good, and the action kept my interest throughout. The secondary characters added to the story as well. No doubt about it. This was a winner.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gonzales

    Oh what a fun read watching the sparks fly as Zach and Finley get under each other’s skin,but which do they feel the most attraction or irate? When Finley is at her lowest point, having lost her job and with no where to go and she shows up at his ranch almost begging for a place to stay and a job as his house keeper will he keep her around, or can he even turn away his brothers sister in-law?? Between the sheets in this book, between the front cover and the back cover of this book lays some awe Oh what a fun read watching the sparks fly as Zach and Finley get under each other’s skin,but which do they feel the most attraction or irate? When Finley is at her lowest point, having lost her job and with no where to go and she shows up at his ranch almost begging for a place to stay and a job as his house keeper will he keep her around, or can he even turn away his brothers sister in-law?? Between the sheets in this book, between the front cover and the back cover of this book lays some awesomeness to keep you turning those pages.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Zach Marvell is opinionated, headstrong, and used to everyone doing as he says. Finley James is opinionated, headstrong, and speaks her mind even when it bites her in the ass. They butt heads from the moment they met, but they each can't get the other out of their head. When Finley gets herself fired, she is forced to tuck tail and ask Zach for a job. This means Zach and Finley are forced to spend a lot of time together. Attraction can only be fought for so long. Sparks fly with Finley and Zach. Zach Marvell is opinionated, headstrong, and used to everyone doing as he says. Finley James is opinionated, headstrong, and speaks her mind even when it bites her in the ass. They butt heads from the moment they met, but they each can't get the other out of their head. When Finley gets herself fired, she is forced to tuck tail and ask Zach for a job. This means Zach and Finley are forced to spend a lot of time together. Attraction can only be fought for so long. Sparks fly with Finley and Zach. ***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Zach Marvell’s been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. This was a quick and enjoyable read. It’s a spin on the familiar opposites attract trope. I really liked Zach but wasn’t too crazy about Finley. That kind of character tends to irritate me, but it didn’t really deter from Zach Marvell’s been running the family Marvell Ranch without interference since he was fifteen, but when Finley James arrives for her sister’s wedding and proceeds to ask questions, give advice and tell him a few unpleasant facts about himself, he’s annoyed. And then intrigued. This was a quick and enjoyable read. It’s a spin on the familiar opposites attract trope. I really liked Zach but wasn’t too crazy about Finley. That kind of character tends to irritate me, but it didn’t really deter from the book. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donnajo

    I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for honest opinion Challenging the cowboy by Jeannie Watt. I have read past books by this author and have always enjoyed them. This one hasn't disappointed me. I enjoyed going back and reading about more in this series The Men of Marvell Ranch. This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed the character development and storyline. I can't wait to read more about these characters in future books. I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for honest opinion Challenging the cowboy by Jeannie Watt. I have read past books by this author and have always enjoyed them. This one hasn't disappointed me. I enjoyed going back and reading about more in this series The Men of Marvell Ranch. This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed the character development and storyline. I can't wait to read more about these characters in future books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I really enjoyed this. I liked the banter between the two of them where they constantly tried to score points. Both were a little, uh... set in their ways but it did make their connection interesting. I haven't actually read the rest of the series (I picked this one up when it was free) but I didn't feel I missed anything that I couldn't work out quite easily. I would be interested in reading more by this author. I really enjoyed this. I liked the banter between the two of them where they constantly tried to score points. Both were a little, uh... set in their ways but it did make their connection interesting. I haven't actually read the rest of the series (I picked this one up when it was free) but I didn't feel I missed anything that I couldn't work out quite easily. I would be interested in reading more by this author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in this series that I have read. I enjoyed the book and was really getting into it but all of a sudden it ended. I feel that the ending was a little abrupt and could’ve been developed a little more. Other than that, I really enjoyed Zach and Finley’s story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paula Pugh

    Head knocking, stubborn stand-offs, and dueling egos all combine to create this oh-so-entertaining and combustible story. Findley James and Zach Marvell both know what’s right and neither wants to concede. Chemistry says otherwise but Findley has a personal battle to fight first before she can truly consider anything with Zach.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kory Bull

    This book is a wonderful love story of two hard headed people. They have so much chemistry but are so determined to be right they can't see it.. The story is very heart warming and I couldn't help but fall in love with Zach and Finley. I highly recommend this book and I have the other books in this series on my TBR list. This book is a wonderful love story of two hard headed people. They have so much chemistry but are so determined to be right they can't see it.. The story is very heart warming and I couldn't help but fall in love with Zach and Finley. I highly recommend this book and I have the other books in this series on my TBR list.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Not a bad story, but definitely could have been written better. You don’t recall God even mentioned and sadly I imagine the author never does either. The authors attempt to spice up the story with graphic sex scenes did not improve the book and I assume she was attempting to broaden her reading audience. A really good writer doesn’t have to spice up the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Beautiful Finley was at the ranch for her sister's wedding, her parents decided to sell their ranch and now she feels lost. Zach has been pretty much running the ranch since his dad died when he was 15. They butt heads but in a way that shows that they are strong willed, can they overcome it. Beautiful Finley was at the ranch for her sister's wedding, her parents decided to sell their ranch and now she feels lost. Zach has been pretty much running the ranch since his dad died when he was 15. They butt heads but in a way that shows that they are strong willed, can they overcome it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

    4.5☆ I liked it! What I liked: The writing style The characters Part of a series: Men of Marvell Ranch Standalone HEA Epilogue I look forward to reading more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Runner10

    Zach and Finley are two strong characters that find their attraction hard to resist. I enjoyed the banter between the two characters and the development of their story. Challenging the Cowboy is part of the Marvell series, but can be a stand alone book. I can’t wait to read more of this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracie R

    Challenging the Cowboy is the third book in The Men of Marvell Ranch and is set in rural Montana. A well delivered story with great characters and engaging interaction. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more.

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