Waiting for the Rancher by Jody Hedlund Book Review

Waiting for the Rancher by Jody Hedlund Book Review

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Waiting for the Rancher by Jody Hedlund had everything I could’ve wanted in a romance: chemistry, sizzling kisses, amazing characters, and love interests that care about each other so much.


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Waiting for the Rancher

Author: Jody Hedlund

Pub. Date: June 4, 2024

Series: High Country Ranch book 1

Genre: Adult Historical Romance 

Pages: 228

Rating: 5 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: death of parent; illness; animal injury; animal birth; & injury


In the high country of Colorado, there’s nothing more important than loyalty . . . except maybe love.

Hazel Noble loves her job managing the mares at High Country Ranch. As the foaling season begins, she gets to spend even more time with the horses . . . and with her secret crush, Maverick Oakley, the owner of High Country Ranch and her brother Sterling’s best friend.

When Maverick unwittingly ruins Sterling’s wedding, he goes from best friend to worst enemy. With the rift between their families, Maverick is faced with the possibility of losing Hazel, and he can no longer deny how much he’s always cared about her. The trouble is that he and Sterling made a vow not to court each other’s sisters, and he doesn’t want to break his word and cause further problems.

Maverick gathers the courage to speak with Sterling about their vow, but Sterling demands that he stay away from Hazel. When a tragic accident strikes, Maverick is forced to finally choose where his loyalties lie—with his best friend or his best friend’s sister. After pushing Hazel away, will he be too late to win her heart?


Book Review

Thank you to the author for the ARC of Waiting for the Rancher by Jody Hedlund. All opinions are my own.

Jody Hedlund quickly became one of my favorite authors last year, and her books never disappoint! I was so excited to be able to read this book early because her books are always so good and make me feel so happy.

This is the first book in a new series, and I’m excited to read each book after loving this so much.



Maverick was such a swoony character. I loved how he flirted with Hazel and gave her a cute nickname. His chemistry with Hazel was amazing!

Hazel was such a strong character, and I loved how she didn’t let her brother influence her in keeping away from Maverick.

There were so many cute moments that made me smile. I loved how Maverick and Hazel kept finding themselves alone even though Maverick was trying to stay away from her.

Hazel’s brother Sterling was irritating and irrational at first, but he did redeem himself in the end.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was an easy five star read for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, closed-door romance with amazing chemistry and swoony kisses.


Where to Read & Purchase

You can purchase a copy of this book at the following retailers:

Bookshop.org (supports independent book stores) [affiliate]

Amazon [affiliate]

Books a Million (BAM) [affiliate]

AbeBooks [affiliate]

Barnes & Noble


You can also find this book on:

Kindle Unlimited 


Have you read Waiting for the Rancher or any other books by Jody Hedlund?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment down below.


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2 thoughts on “Waiting for the Rancher by Jody Hedlund Book Review

    1. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors! I have loved everything I’ve read by her so far.

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