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Through Better & Worse: A Montana Love Story (A Country James Novel Book 1) by [James, C. J. "Country"]
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Getting a boot in the door almost costs Jake Jarvis his life. It does cost him two good hats, some jail time, and a whole bunch of money.

But Dree won't see him for dust.

Guns, roses, and the flow of raw whiskey takes them both Through Better & Worse.

More About This Montana Love Story

Dree Blake thinks Jake Jarvis is a jackass after he nearly runs her off the road. Jake doesn't think much of the dumpy girl or her mule and beat-up, old trailer. When the two finally meet and Dree doesn't tell Jake's hard-nosed cattleman grandfather about the near miss, Jake's surprised and grateful. When she saves his life, he knows, for sure, she's made of different stuff than the gals he's been dating.

Jake wants to get to know who this Dree is, up close and personal, but Dree won't see him for dust. Attempted date rape and her own parents' vitriolic marriage have put her off men completely.

The battle of wills gets violent, and the families step in when blood spills, but even that won't stop their headlong rush for a showdown.

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  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692491759
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  • Publisher: D. L. Keur; 1 edition (25 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ranching and Romance - Not Mutually Exclusive! 30 August 2015
By Cellophane Queen - Published on
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Not many books are perfect, but this one's darned close for the genre: Contemporary western romance. The details of cattle ranching and division of property I know to be accurate, however it might be a bit more information than the non-country reader would like. I can just hear the romance fans yelling, "Get on with the kissing!" Nevertheless, I very much appreciate a book that doesn't slide by the setting and circumstances with no more than a how-do-you-do along the way. Readers who like technical details will be pleased.

This is not your bare-chested, sexy cowboy romance (though Jake ain't bad). Those western-romance-lite books are mere cotton candy representations of real ranch life and real ranch people. Author, C.J. "Country" James, knows the people she writes about far better than most. She's taken a pen name for the Country series, of which this book is the first.

Not only does the pseudonymous James write truly and honestly about the modern west, but is also an artist and has recorded her own audio versions of the book. With a woman that talented, you can't go wrong reading or listening to her books.

The first encounter between Dree Blake and Jake Jarvis couldn't have been worse. Jake has a teenage mind inside a man's body. Driving his fancy pickup too fast, he wants to get around the old clunker pulling a horse trailer. But there isn't room to pass. Narrowly missing Dree's horse trailer by a hair, he yells insults at the girl driving the rig. Neither one has any desire to see the other. Ever.

But the Fates are fond of creating coincidental meetings. Dree is heading to the Jarvis ranch to help teach the hands a new, more humane, method of castrating bull calves. After a demo, Dree and the two men from the Montana Department of Agriculture are asked to stay around for the upcoming roundup of the calves. Just as she's putting her mule, Cougar, into the stable, who should come driving in all la-di-da except the man who nearly drove her off the road.

Jake figures Dree is at the ranch to rat on him. He waits nervously for the blow up from his grandfather, Franklin. But nothing happens. Relieved, Jake is grateful the blocky little lady has kept her peace about the encounter.

Dree recognizes Jake all right, and figures out he's the heir to the Jarvis Ranch. It wouldn't be in her best interests to cause a ruckus. Besides, Dree does not like all. An incident from her childhood, violent beyond measure, gives her horrible anxiety attacks. The result is Dree is too quiet and too easily dismissed.

With this inauspicious beginning, Jake and Dree are forced to learn more about each other. They each find the other isn't quite as horrible as they first thought.

As the story progresses, a lot happens, but that'd all be spoiler material. However, this is a big R Romance, so you have an idea of how it turns out. What will surprise the hell out of you is how.

Recommended. 4-1/2 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story. 28 August 2015
By Anita Lewis - Published on
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Seeing a new book by this author who I was familiar with from other genres, I decided to give Romance a try. I had forgotten that I do like good Romance. I love this book. It is down-to-earth, uplifting, fun, serious, exciting, and interestingly informative about a culture I have not experienced. And it is romantic in the finest sense. To get the flavor, I'd suggest listening to the beginning of it. You can find the audio at the author's website: Enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Through Better & Worse" is a romance story that doesn't need ... 21 February 2016
By R Ford - Published on
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"Through Better & Worse" is a romance story that doesn't need fluff and sex scenes to make it work. It's rock solid. I'm far from Western and have no experience ranching, riding, and roping; still, it kept my interest. The story is told the way people fall in love rather than in lust.

After finishing "Through Better & Worse, I downloaded "To Have & To Hold." I wasn't ready to let Dree and Jake go just yet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 26 August 2015
By Elizabeth Bonecher-Brenaman - Published on
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This is a great read. The author has a strong voice and beautiful writing. I love how the ranch details are interwoven through the story, teaching the reader lots of cool things about ranching life without ever overdoing it. The female lead is strong, and I could really relate to her even though I have a completely different lifestyle. The characters are all well-drawn. The plot moves at a good pace. The one thing I love about this author is that I never feel like I'm reading, I so get lost in the story. Masterfully done. I'll be purchasing the audio version as well for my husband, because this is a read that both men and women will enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The author is an amazing story teller 22 September 2015
By Patrick Tormey - Published on
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The author is an amazing story teller. She sucks you into the story and has you wondering what in the world Dree is going to do next. The book is full of little details that keep you engaged. Once the reader gets into the book it is impossible to put down. The author has a wonderful imagination and taps into it brilliantly. Elaine Tormey

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