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Audio Book Review-Saved by the Rancher by Jennifer Ryan

by | May 18, 2022 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is doing more than tend her wounds; he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run—hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the day she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she finds herself in the safety of Jack’s ranch. More than just a haven, Jack’s offering the love, family, and home she thought were out of reach.

Jack’s support will give Jenna the strength she needs to reclaim her life. The hunted will become the hunter, while David gets what he deserves, when they have an explosive confrontation in the boardroom of Merrick International. But not before Jack and Jenna enter into a fight … for their lives.

My Review

First Impressions

I have dearly loved this author and she is one of my top favorites when it comes to contemporary westerns. She mixes a combination of heart and sexy into her stories and they always work for me and I have been wanting to get to her backlisted books, and this one is part of one of her first series. I think I have had Saved by the Rancher on my wishlist for years, almost a decade now. I picked this one up on a whim, as I saw it available in audio on my libby app and I am so happy I grabbed this one. I was instantly hooked and I was able to listen to this one in less than a day. That is not my norm for audiobooks unless I am really into it. Jennifer Ryan worked her magic here and there is such a beautiful blend of endearing characters and heart in the romance. The familial connections were great and the heroine is a badass when its needed. The hero is a protector and will do anything for his girl and the plot was on point! You definitely won’t go wrong if you enjoy reading contemporary westerns with a mix of suspense in the blend.


Jenna Caldwell Merrick, is on the run from her ex-husband. She has never been able to live in peace since she married him, but with the help of her lawyer, she manages to keep on the run but he is always able to find her and lashes out his punishment. In her latest run-in with her ex, his beating was one of the worst ones. Her Lawyer and friend Ben, find her sanctuary with Jack Turner and his family. Jack first sees Jenna at the local restaurant and immediately knows that she is in trouble and in need of help, not realizing she is the woman their mutual friend Ben, requested he give a home to. When Jenna ends up passed out from infection, Jack uses everything from his military knowledge and tends to her wounds and he is determined to protect her no matter what. With Jack’s strength and love, Jenna works her way to being healed, but with Jack and his family’s support, Jenna will fight to reclaim her freedom and life against her ex-husband but will it come at a cost to the lives of Jenna and Jack…..

What I Loved

Saved by the Rancher was such a breathtaking story and I adored every single moment. I just couldn’t put this audiobook down at all. It was such an endearing read and I just love the whole caretaking trope that is such a major element within the story. I was drawn to Jack and Jenna so fiercely. I really admired Jenna, while she has been abused and terrorized and we see the moments of the effect that can have on a person mentally, we also see such strength and playfulness in her character. Jenna hasn’t allowed her ex to break her spirit. She has such a generous spirit and can be a badass businesswoman when needed. She is smart, sassy, and sweet. Jack is a hero that is the perfect match. Jack served in the military but his days of being a medic still haunt him. He lives and breathes his quiet ranch life and hasn’t had an interest in a woman in years until he meets Jenna. She is like a breath of fresh air. The plot of the story is guaranteed to keep you on edge, I really enjoyed the way the plot developed, and seeing the way it kept me on my toes. The side characters were so endearing and I was so drawn into their lives and this story easily sweeps in and captivates your attention from the first chapter.

What I Struggled With


The Narration

I really had a fun time with the narration, I felt like the narrator did a superb job in captivating the various degrees of emotion and also keeping up with the level of intensity as the plot was built up.

Overall View

Saved by the Rancher is a superb read that captures the beautiful intensity that is Jennifer Ryan. It’s a romance of thrilling edges, enduring characters, and a love that will leave you breathless!

Book Details

Title: Saved by the Rancher

Author: Jennifer Ryan

Genre: Contemporary/Suspense

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

Length: 10 Hours & 2 Mins

About the Narrators

Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor and multi-award-winning audiobook voice artist and producer. In 2010 she was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and she won the Audie Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. During her distinguished career, she has been nominated twice for Audie Awards by the Audio Publishers Association, has won numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, and has been an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. Additionally, she has been honored with many starred audio reviews by Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Coleen is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Furthermore, she is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology. Coleen can be found on the Web at coleenmarlo.blogspot.com and on Facebook at ColeenMarloAudiobook.

Book Links

Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Kobo| Goodreads| LibraryThing| Storygraph| Literal Club| Audible| Anyplay

Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 5

Story Itself: 5

Character Development: 5

Writing Style: 5

World Building 5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.75

Pacing 5

Plot 5

Narration= 5

Cover Art 4

Ending 5

Book Ratings

Rating of the Book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering cup of tea—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warmin’ by the fire- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Trigger Warnings

Violence, Bullying, Abuse

Series Order

Can’t Wait-Pub 2014 #0.5 in the Series

Saved by the Rancher-Pub 2013 #1 in the Series

Lucky Like Us-Pub 2013 #2 in the Series

The Right Bride-Pub 2013 #3 in the Series

Chasing Morgan-Pub 2013 #4 in the Series

Everything She Wanted-Pub 2014 #5 in the Series

About The Author

Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.


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