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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776894
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Talented Lindsay McKenna delivers excitement and romance in equal measure." -RT Book Reviews

"McKenna's latest is an intriguing tale...a unique twist
on the romance novel, and one that's sure to please."
-RT Book Reviews on Dangerous Prey

"Gunfire, emotions, suspense, tension, and sexuality
abound in this fast-paced, absorbing novel."
-Affaire de Coeur on Wild Woman

About the Author

As a homeopath, Lindsay McKenna writes books that introduce people to alternative medicine. Living in twenty-two places in seven states during the first eighteen years of her life provided her with a backdrop for her fictional writing. A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. Coming from an Eastern Cherokee heritage, she often likes to write about Native Americans. Visit her online at

More About the Author

Lindsay McKenna is the pseudonym of award-winning author Eileen Nauman. With more than 115 titles to her credit and approximately 23 million books sold in 22 countries worldwide, Lindsay is one of the most distinguished authors in the women's fiction genre. She is the recipient of many awards, including six RT Book Reviews awards (including best military romance author) and an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. In 1999, foreseeing the emergence of ebooks, she became the first bestselling women's fiction author to exclusively release a new title digitally.

In recognition of her status as one of the originators of the military adventure/romance genre, Lindsay is affectionately known as "The Top Gun of Women's Military Fiction." Lindsay comes by her military knowledge and interest honestly--by continuing a family tradition of serving in the U.S. Navy. Her father, who served on three different destroyers in the Pacific theater during World War II, instilled a strong sense of patriotism and duty in his daughter.

So, upon graduating high school, Lindsay--already a student pilot--continued the family custom by enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving three years (1964-67) as an AG3--Aerographer's Mate Third Class (meteorologist).

Since that time Lindsay has kept up her interest in test piloting and training as research for her military romance novels. In pursuit of authenticity, she has undergone high-altitude hyperbaric chamber training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, flown an Air Force T-38 "chase plane" out of  Edwards Air Force Base in California, undertaken two missions (a 12-hour day mission and a five-hour night mission) in an Air Force Strategic Air Command  (SAC) B-52 bomber out of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan, flown in a Falcon Coast Guard jet from Coast  Guard Miami Air Station in Florida and participated in search-and-rescue helicopter and training missions out of the Coast Guard Port Angeles in Washington.

Naturally, Lindsay's military experience is the backbone of her writing--in addition to being credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983), she has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field. It is, therefore, no surprise that her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are a backdrop for her upcoming Operation: Shadow Warriors series.

Of course, Lindsay's interests don't end with the military. Research for other novels has pushed her into becoming intimately acquainted with other professions that serve the common good. From 1981 to 1983, she served as a volunteer firefighter with the West Point Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio and helped pioneer the role of female firefighters. And from 1996 to 2000, Lindsay was registered as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic in Arizona--expertise that is reflected in emergency and accident situations in her books.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they'd like to see her write next. Visit her website at and blog at

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Customer Reviews

I'd hope for others in this series, it was a good solid read and I reccomend it.
This was an excellent book and kept my attention the whole time I was reading it, it was hard to put down.
Barbara Harmon
Recommend it to anyone who likes stories with a western setting, suspense and romance.
Patricia Massey

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bukcrz on July 9, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book because I read the author's previous book and loved it. This book however came out lacking for me. My main problem is that the conversation between characters are so theatrical, cheesy, and forced that they failed to draw me into the story. At least to me they sounded what they are - a CRAFTED, MADE-UP - conversation.
The heroine is a generic character - sweet, loyal, conflicted - and her only distinguishing marks is her constant gripe about her abusive past. Which to me is a discredit to a promising character. I would have liked her better if her 'poor me' musings were tone down and her strengths - her career or her work ethics or something showing her in a positive light were more emphasized. As it is she ended up sounding whinny and so conflicting to her supposedly military profession.
The hero, though strong in his own way, came out more soft-hearted/emotional than the heroine. He initiated the bromance between his brother and with his constant desire to reconnect with his family he ended up like a lost puppy to me - which conflicted me because it is cute but also un-wrangler like or not your normal men mentality. Still, he came out more likeable than the heroine and yes, in a way, he is a lost puppy going home.
I don't know if I am alone in thinking that in this story, the secondary character 'Gus' carried the story more than the main characters. She is the forced that moved the actions forward. Often times things in the story change because of her and the main characters ended up as followers.
Other than those mentioned, I think the story would be a good read to most cowboy readers who would not mind what I mentioned above. The villain is as clever as he is despicable. Although I wish the author could be creative to find other villain and would not bring him again and again.
Overall, it was an ok read.
Note: Glad my library has a copy, IMO, price did not equal my experience in reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellepaul on June 28, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a long time fan of Lindsay McKenna's books, I knew when starting The Wrangler that I would like it. What I didn't expect was how at home I felt reading it. Even though the story takes place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and I live in Texas I could still relate to the home town feeling that The Wrangler gave me.

When I first started reading The Wrangler I did not realize that it was #5 in the series. I never once felt like anything was missing or became lost in what was going on in Jackson Hole. It is just fine as a standalone but I will be going back to read the rest in this series!

This is a story of family, home and working the land. If you like small town, cowboy stories with some romance, then you should pick up The Wrangler!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on September 13, 2012
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The Air Force intelligence officer Val Hunter was forced to take a decision she never wanted to: She took a hardship discharge from the army and returned to the neglected family ranch in Wyoming. Years ago she thought that by leaving her home she would leave her sad childhood behind but now she understands that without closure of her past she can't move on to create her future.

Griff McPherson was a successful Wall Street investment banker, until the stock exchange bubble burst, leaving him literally penniless. Having nothing else to lose, he decides to return to Wyoming, where he hopes to find work as a wrangler and dreams of mending his relationship with his twin brother.

Destiny wants that Val's grandmother hires Griff as a wrangler at their ranch to help the women to restore the business. But there's a villain out there who has other plans for the ranch.

The plot would've had a lot of potential, especially taking into consideration that the activities of the villain were the staff of life in Val's career during her service. However, the elaboration of the suspense part was insufficient, predictable and boring. What a pity!

Both main characters were troubled souls, each one for his/ her own reasons. Griff's way of reasoning and how he handled his personal affairs were more understandable for me. I can't say the same for Val, who gave me a really hard time. Yes, she had a very hard childhood but I would've expected that she would try to "digest" her past and move on, especially when taking into consideration which career path she chose in the army and what this would involve in terms of professional activities, such as stake outs etc. In any case, I don't mean to imply that a childhood like that could be "deleted".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles N. Gervais on February 18, 2013
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This book was a chore to finish. It is in no way a mystery and is poor romance novel. The two man charters have issues that are constantly being brought to the front of all actions and conversations. This was and will be my one and only book by this author. I'm being generous with 2 stars. I really did want to enjoy this is why I took the time to struggle through it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bjb on September 17, 2012
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I loved this book! If you are into the cowboy books this is one to read! It also goes to show you that family is always there for you in the end no matter what has happened between them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Wrangler is the first book by Lindsay McKenna I have read. It was an enjoyable read. Griff and Val both have a past that they need to overcome before they can find happiness with each other.

Val has just left a carrier in the Air Force due to her grandmother breaking her hip, and being unable to care for the family ranch alone. The last place on earth she wants to be is on the Bar H, because it holds nothing but bad memories of her abusive father. But her love of her spitfire grandmother gets her to face her own demons.

Griff was a successful stockbroker until the crash of the markets that forced him to crawl home to his paternal twin brother. His brother aloud him to work their family ranch for awhile, but after getting married made him go work in town at a ranch supply store.

Val's ranch is in horrible shape due to her father's years of focusing more on his drinking than the running of the ranch. She needs a wrangler she can trust, but when she meets Griff he stirs something in her. Her mistrust of all men makes her tell her grandmother not to hire him, but Gus is determined to give him a chance. That turns out to be the best choice they could have made. Griff is not only a great worker, but his MBA comes in handy too.

This is a great story with a touch of suspense in it. I loved watching Griff's patience with Val. He saw that she needed to be the one to make all the moves, and he held back his own desires for her to build a strong trust in him. I think y'all will really like this one.

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