Once a high powered derivatives trader, Griff has returned to Wyoming penniless. He is estranged from his twin brother, lacks the skills needed to work on a ranch and in need of a job. Val needs a wrangler and the inexperienced but eager Griff is the one her grandmother approves of. While working on the ranch, Griff discovers a sense of purpose and Val builds up her trust in men.
This is a mostly sweet ranching romance with two people ready for romance. Full of Western tropes, including a dance to deepen the protagonists feelings for one another, McKenna also adds a ruthless rancher with a drug trafficking pipeline to protect. This will appeal to readers of Lorelei James who respect her grasp of Wyoming culture and ranching life, but who don't want the spanky sex that comes with a James novel. The Wrangler is a standard Western romance with an unlikely cowboy and strong female characters.
Can a city boy make good in the Wild West?
After Wall Street collapses, investment banker Griff McPherson trades in his suits and ties for Stetsons and cowboy boots. He returns to the Wyoming ranch he co-owns with his brother, but it's not exactly a happy homecoming. So to prove to everyone, including himself, that he belongs back in Jackson Hole, he takes a post as a wrangler on another ranch.
Air force lieutenant Val Hunter has just returned to the Bar H ranch to help her ailing grandmother run the property. While it is full of unhappy memories, Val is determined to do right by her home. Her new hire is easy on the eyes and a tough wrangler to boot, yet her instincts make it hard for her to trust him. When a nefarious neighbor endangers her land, Val is forced to accept Griff's help-but will she finally be able to open her heart?