27 March 2024

the rancher's secret crush | excerpt + giveaway

about the book

Everything good…

Starts with unexpected kindness.

When city girl Elsie Parks comes to Three Springs to care for her nieces while her brother recuperates, she’s in for a surprise—he expects her to run the ranch! Thankfully, Ryan Sloan—the rugged cowboy next door—is happy to help. As they get into a groove working the farm together, their attraction grows like Texas wildflowers. But can this temporary detour become something more?


From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

publisher: harlequin heartwarming
release date: march 26, 2024

other books in the series


Ryan shifted and glanced down the drive where Elsie stood beside his horse. Elsie stroked her fingers down Sundancer’s muzzle. The horse leaned into her touch as if already drawn to her. Ryan knew the feeling. He’d always been aware of Elsie. Too aware. And at all the wrong times. Like now for instance. When he was lingering for no apparent reason. When what he needed was to get back to his career. Back to the circuit. Where he belonged.

“You can look at my picture when you fall asleep. And dream about holding hands with Auntie Elsie.” Gemma twirled around in several circles, wobbled to a stop and speared her arms over her head. “Then you’ll wake up happy.”

A belt buckle. A jackpot. A perfect eight-second ride on a bucking bronc. That had been Ryan’s dream for as long as he could remember. Now certainly wasn’t the time to go looking for some new dream. Or worse someone. He was good as he was—riding through life solo. On his own terms.

Besides, the truth was Elsie and Ryan only worked in a dream. Elsie was high-rises and corner offices. Sophisticated. Polished and poised. He was backroads and pastures. Straightforward. Rough and unrefined at times. Those roads weren’t meant to intersect. Let alone connect. Ever. He pulled his gaze back to Gemma’s picture. “So, this is me and your Aunt Elsie then.”

“Holding hands.” Gemma beamed.

about the author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers.

Connect with Cari by visiting carilynnwebb.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


(2) winners will win a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copies of 2 backlist books by Cari Lynn Webb!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 26, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 2, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

tour schedule


  1. Loved the excerpt and the gorgeous cover, this story is a must read for me. Thank you for posting

  2. thanks for spotlighting The Rancher's Secret Crush, Hallie!

  3. Thanks for featuring The Rancher's Secret Crush on your blog, Hallie. I appreciate it. Have a terrific week!

  4. This looks like a mighty good book. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gemma might have matching-making intentions…

  6. Shelly Peterson28/3/24 19:14

    I am excited to read this.

  7. This sounds like something I’d love to read! Thanks for sharing!