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REVIEW: “Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) ” by L.E Harner


After six long months in rehab, Navy Veteran Tyler Hardin received his medical discharge and heads west to visit with his mentor and surrogate father, only to arrive minutes after his old friend passes. Ranch owner Cass Cartwright takes one look at the handsome stranger and knows he’s in danger of doing the one thing he swore never to do: fall in love. Cass works to convince Tyler to overcome his past and give a relationship with another man a chance, even while someone is working to sabotage his ranch and his one true chance at love.


Oh I know I shouldn’t have, but I just couldn’t help myself.  It should be known that I am not the target audience for this book, but there’s something to be said for impulsive purchases, especially when it’s free and features an uber-sexy cowboy and an ex-Navy seal right?

Of course there is! Even if it is full of everything I despise: insta-lust/love, cheesy lines, implausible scenarios, an over-the-top bad guy, and a possessive growly alpha man that, urgh …growls. If I was wearing my judgement glasses this story would have evoked the biggest as-if-eye-roll from me – followed by a shoulder toss, followed by a shout of NEXT!

But not this time. This time I put my judgement glasses away and just read it because a) it was so easy to read b) I was loosely interested in the PTSD thread. c) I just didn’t want to think too hard. And do you know what happened? I giggled at all that silliness, I awwwed in all the right places and surprise, surprise I was smiling and rooting for these guys. I actually enjoyed myself once I decided to.

Yes, I feel silly reading and even liking this book and swore I wouldn’t tell anyone I read it, because well, I’m totally shallow and a complete book snob and … uhm, this book reminded me of one of those Harlequin high romance novelettes that you find on the spiny rack at your local library – but I don’t care. I like it, it was sweet and it reminded me that fiction (especially contemporary fiction) doesn’t all have to be plausible and so true to life. It’s sometimes good to shove the cynicism in the closet and just indulge in what is given freely.




Title: Ty Hard Author: L.E Harner
Publisher: Hot Corner Press
Pages: 105
Release Date: 10 August 2011
Purchase Links: All Romance

6 comments on “REVIEW: “Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) ” by L.E Harner

  1. Laina G
    March 31, 2014

    LOL… I am a fan as well!! Have you read Ty’d Down (WSR # 3.5)?? It’s free too and not long at all but it continues Ty & Cass’ story … it’s a novella (only 18 pages).


    • shelley
      March 31, 2014

      Uhm … I may have ‘accidentally’ downloaded that one Laina. But it was totally by accident, and I really can’t say if I’ll be accidentally reading it later or not ;)


  2. Otila
    March 31, 2014

    This is exactly how I ended up with this book too. I saw this on aRe and was, “ooh, cowboy, ex-SEAL, and free, why not?” Then each time I was about to start it, I questioned whether it would be worth the time or not. I’m so glad you reviewed it, I don’t think I’ll hesitate to read this now. Thanks, Shelley.


    • shelley
      April 1, 2014

      Just make sure you are in the mood for silly and adorable and you’ll do okay with it Otila. Let me know how you got on with it :)


      • Otila
        April 2, 2014

        So I read it and yes, it’s silly and OTT and the cheesy lines… I was rolling my eyes so much, I thought they would pop out of my head. Then I remembered I was supposed to not be thinking too much and once I switched off my brain, i really enjoyed it. The sex was kind of hot, the guys were kind of adorable and it was an easy read. Now I really want to know what happens with the Sheriff and the vet. Ughhh… It looks like I’m totally squirreling away from my tbr again.


        • shelley
          April 7, 2014

          Hahaha you actually read it?! That’s brilliant! Ha! I love that you had to turn off your brain too :D Isn’t it fun though, to just now and again revel in the silly? I don’t think the compulsive cynic in me will allow any switch flipping too often so you’ll have to let me know how you get on with the sequel.


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