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Summary

Luke Adler lives for his ranch. It’s the only reason he agreed to get on board with his sister’s grand plan for guests staying on the property. Nothing prepares him for the force of nature that is Samantha Morrison. When she arrives on his ranch to help construct this new part of his business, what he expects and what he gets are two entirely different things.

He expects a no-nonsense business. Straightforward and simple. What he gets is a sunshine smile, sweet sass, and a woman who pushes every button and boundary he has. He tries to ignore the draw, the urges she makes him feel. But when she gets close, he only wants her closer. She makes him question his decisions, his thoughts, and the idea that being alone is best for him. Even when they are consumed by the fire between them, he knows they come from two different worlds and he has to let her go. But when the time comes, can he do that? Can he live without her sunshine to warm his cold heart? Or can this cowboy learn a new trick?

Author's Note: Heat and heart fill this book as our heroine learns to ride a horse and tame a grumpy cowboy in rural Alberta.

©2022 Moreland Books Inc (P)2022 Moreland Books Inc

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Fireworks!

John Lane is an amazing cowboy and Maxine Mitchell is the sunshine to his grump.

Grumpy, stand offish cowboy meets his match in the arms of Sammy Morrison. The sunshine to his storm, builder of businesses, flipper of bad tempered cowboys.

Luke Adler likes his life as it is, his ranch is his life & that's it. Until everything is flipped on its head by the woman his sister invites to the ranch to build her expansion idea.

Delightful story with just the right mix of romance, heat & angst.

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Saddle up - it’s cowboy time!

I am a massive fan of Melanie Moreland but I’ve still to read her hugely popular Vested Interest series. I mention this because this book’s heroine, Sammy, is the daughter of Van and Liv from the fifth book in that series, Van. It’s also the fifth book in the Vested Interest spin-off series, ABC Corp, about the children of the original books. Despite that, they all stand alone and while there are lots of cameos, you don’t have to read any other book to like and enjoy this one.

Sammy is something of a business consultant come TV personality who helps people turn their businesses into successes. She’s highly sought after but she chooses siblings, Rachel and Luke Adler’s, ranch as her next project. Rachel is all in but Luke isn’t happy to have some hoity toity city girl prancing round his ranch and being a general nuisance. Little does he know what he’s actually in for when he and Sammy butt heads.

I loved Sammy. She was such a kick-ass woman who knew what she wanted and was confident enough to grab it with both hands when the opportunity arose. The way she went toe-to-toe with Luke was ah-may-zing and even better was the way that she put him in his place and on his bum when he needed it - which was often. Maxine Mitchell is, as always, Melanie Moreland’s preferred narrator for her heroine. And there’s a reason for this continued choice as Ms Mitchell once again nails it. She’s Sammy to a T. She’s got the sass in her voice, as well as the emotion and tells us the story rather than just reads it. I would be appalled if anyone else was cast to narrate a Melanie Moreland novel.

I have to agree with Ms Moreland that the sunshine and grumpy trope it one of my favourites. And Luke is the poster boy for this trope. Gawd is he grumpy. Even when things change between him and Sammy, his grumpiness shines through on occasion and I loved it. He’s broken and scared of love - poor thing - and he doesn’t believe in love. These are the best kind of heroes to watch fall, kicking and screaming into love. Happy sighs.

Much like Maxine Mitchell, John Lane *is* Melanie Moreland’s heroes. And yet he adds a difference to every character that means I hear a different character with each different portrayal. In his portrayal of Luke, he adds a bit of a twang to his voice to give us the full cowboy effect. I was worried at first, but in the end, of course John Lane kills it. He’s John Lane, after all. Oh, and for those who have read or listened to previous Melanie Moreland books, John Lane manages to utter ‘little dragon’ in this book, too. More happy sighs.

Any kind of antagonism between a couple also really ramps up the sexual tension and add to that their sizzling chemistry, Luke and Sammy together are explosive. In a swimming hole; in the barn, out in the woods, outside a barn dance - you get it all, as well as the softer, gentler sex. Yet all have underlying feelings which makes them extra delicious and gives you those lovely butterflies in your tummy.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on your own, remote ranch, of having a homestead or just of roping your own sexy, rugged (and grumpy) cowboy, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing right now and get to reading this book. Once again, Ms Moreland manages to take my romantic fantasies, write them down and make them even more than I could ever imagine. It’s then that Maxine and John bring them to life and act out the story like I’m watching a movie. And if you’re a sucker for an epilogue (gimme!) and like the whole marriage, kids and happily ever after thing played out to you - you are going to lose it over the ending of this story. I loved it and I just can’t wait to read anything and everything that Melanie Moreland releases next. So long as Maxine and John narrate it! 5 stars from me.

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Opposites Attract

Opposites attract in this story. Sunshine city girl, Sammy who thinks love is for others but just not for herself. Grumpy, hard headed cowboy Luke doesn’t believe in love.
Right from their first meeting when Luke abandons Sammy at the airport sparks fly all around whenever these two spar.

“We agreed on the rules.” I sniffed. “I just broke them.”
Dad smiled, shaking his head. He cupped my face. “There are no rules with love. That’s a hard lesson to learn, my girl.”

Sunshine and Sammy is a great blend of emotional romance and really fun romcom.

“…Except Dusty didn’t want to move when I tugged on her reins.
“How do you get her in reverse?” I mumbled, looking over my shoulder.”

I have this book in both ebook and audiobook and the audio was perfection! I just loved listening as the narrators brought the characters to life.
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  • Melena
  • 27-09-22

Loved this audiobook!

I will read anything Melanie Moreland writes, but I especially love this second generation series. It is so fun to see favorite characters from previous books and their kids stories now that they are all grown up.

Sammy is planning on working with Luke and his sister on their business. Neither expected to be so drawn to each other. It was fun watching them fall for one another. They come from two different worlds, but they form a strong connection with undeniable chemistry between them.

This story was fun, entertaining, sweet, steamy, and more. Melanie's writing is engaging and easy to read and flows well in audiobook form. She did an excellent job creating characters I loved and a story that hooked me from the beginning. I can't recommend this book and series enough!

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  • Momma Becky
  • 06-09-22

Swoony cowboy!

First, let me just say that this one would've been much shorter and had a much different conclusion if I were Sam. I would've leaned more toward running over this cowboy with his own dang truck after the first meeting they had, which wouldn't have gone well for getting romantic. Ha! But I'm not Sam, and obviously, there's a very good reason I'm on this side of the book, and Melanie Moreland is on the other. She definitely knows her stuff when it comes to romance and never fails to wow me with her words.
I do love me some cowboy, and it didn't take much more than a hot minute for me to fall in love with the grumpy Luke Adler, and every time Sam peeled back another layer, I fell a little more. Luke needed Sam's brand of happy in the worst way, and it's all too easy to root for these two. She's also from Moreland's Vested Interest generation, and I enjoyed the little sneaks at some favorite characters from past books.
So, if you're looking for some swoon and some Kindle-melting heat, Sunshine & Sammy is a good bet. Luke says some of the swooniest things even when he does want to be all grumpy and contrary, and he and Sam have terrific chemistry. We do get some angst, but the author tempers those feels with her often hilarious wit and some equally hilarious situations.
Now, combine all of that swoon with the narration of Maxine Mitchell and John Lane. I loved Sammy and Luke when I read them, and Mitchell and Lane give such a great performance. From all the toe-curling, swoony things Luke says to the crazy situations Sammy finds herself in to the steam this pair generates, it all comes through, feels and all, in the narration. So, another terrific combination between Melanie Moreland's words and Maxine Mitchell and John Lane giving voice to the characters.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-09-22

So Good!!

This is the fifth book in the amazing Vested Interest: ABC Corp Series, a next generation Series of the outstanding Vested Interest Series (BAM Series). I read it, and loved it. The audiobook is so good! Luke and Samantha (Sammy)'s story is sweet and heartwarming. I liked their slow burn and sizzling romance. Luke is a sexy grumpy cowboy, handsome, and protective. Sammy is lovely, kind, smart, and independent. They are both fantastic characters, and they are perfect together. Sammy is Olivia (Liv) and Van's adopted daughter, from the BAM Series. I love second generation series!! The supporting characters are amazing. I liked the family bond and the humor in this story. This is a beautiful story, and another great addition to the series. John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did an outstanding job with the narration. This is an amazing team author/narrators! I enjoyed it. I HIGHLY recommend this series. I need more!

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  • Savannah Medina
  • 19-08-22

incredibly done!

oh. my. goodness! this story was incredible!!! I honestly laughed, cried, smiled, and spent every other moment riveted listening to this incredible story! There aren't even words for how much I LOVED this!!!

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  • SS
  • 18-08-22

This one is a Must Listen

I am loving the BAM series and Sammy & Sunshine is such a beautiful addition to this series. I loved the story when I read it but fell more in love with the characters and the story after listening the audiobook. The experience is at a different level. I was literally hooked and really enjoyed listening to the story. I have listened to both John Lane and Maxine Mitchell and these two are absolutely phenomenal. They gave life to Sammy and Luke’s characters . There narrations were on point, they were able to convey all the feelings and emotions of the characters .

This is a very beautiful sunshine/grumpy plot, Sammy comes to renovate Luke ranch which he is owns it with his sister. From the moment these two meet there is an attraction but Luke doesn’t want anything and he pushes Sammy. I loved how Sammy was strong and Luke was not ashamed of apologizing when he didn’t behave or was rude to her.

The story was captivating and beautifully written and the narrator made a joy to listen. It was full of heart , heat , feels and so much joy . It was a totally delight to listen to this story.

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  • Cindy Sprinkel
  • 12-08-22

Must listen

My first book/audio with this author and I'm in love with her writing style already. The love, heart,soul,swooning and spice of this story brings all the feelings to the front. this is not your average romance, it's so much more. oh my heart and my undies😍🥰😍🥲. Narration was great and my oh my... John Lane would you talk me to sleep🤩

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  • C Reads
  • 11-08-22

4.25 - 4.5 Stars! ❤️🤠☀

Having finished this story a few weeks ago i wanted to experience it again. From the moment that i found out about this audiobook i couldn't wait to listen to it! I started looking forward to it right away and got into it as soon as i could. This audiobook hooked me! I really enjoyed this listen so very much!

Having listened to both Maxine Mitchell's and John Lane's narration before i was so happy to find out these two were narrating Sunshine and Sammy! Both Maxine and John pulled my heart and i in with their narration! They captured the characters of Sammy and Luke and the feels they brought, so wonderfully! Whenever two narrators can help me block out the outside world and get so immersed in the story like Maxine and John did, it makes for one fantastic experience!

Sammy and Luke's journey had me glued to my earbuds! Sammy is hired by Luke's sister, Rachel to come help out with their ranch. Can they work together and ignore the sparks flying between them? Or is giving into their hearts the best thing they could ever do?

Gah! I was so glad that i got to experience these and their story again in this new way! From the narration to the characters, this listen had me falling for this story even more! The sunshine lady and the grumpy cowboy left their mark on my heart once again! These two and their story had me all in my feels!

Their story showed how sometimes people can come into our lives and make it better in ways we didn't think possible. It was such a unique take on grumpy/sunshine. It made me so happy to get back into this world and revisit River Rock Ranch!

With Sunshine and Sammy, Ms.Moreland has created such a great story with feels and heart that'll stay with you! From the story, the characters, the setting, and all the way to the narration, this was such an awesome listen! I can see myself coming back to this audiobook for years to come. Definitely check this series out if you haven't already! ❤️🤠☀


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  • Jackie Wright
  • 10-08-22

Great narration for a wonderful story

Melanie Moreland has delivered a breath of fresh air with Sammy and Luke’s emotional love story. This is grumpy/sunshine small town romance at its best and it will certainly appeal to a wide range of audiences.
I was drawn in from the first few pages and there was no putting down until the final words had been read, it’s a wonderful addition to the Vested Interest: ABC Corp Series with characters you will fall hook, line and sinker for.

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell really brought the characters and their journey to life, they were spot on with the narration and I really felt the love and emotion.

Sammy is Van and Olivia’s daughter and just like her parents this girl knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to do what is needed even if that means walking away…. Luke is a rugged cowboy not looking for love until Sammy turns his world upside down, so will this couple who are like oil and water build a future or will past relationships ruin any chance they have. This is an entertaining yet emotional read that I adored and I highly recommend you all one click this beautifully written love story.

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  • AEW
  • 09-08-22

"With you, my soul feels at peace.”

Sunshine and Sammy was a delightful read/listen that will fill you with joy. I will admit that cowboy books are not usually my cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed Sammy and Luke’s story.

Sammy is pure sunshine. She’s driven and determined yet cheerful and optimistic. She’s always sees the good in things and people and brings joy to those around her. Luke is the grumpy cowboy who’s resistant to change. He’s been hurt in the past so he’s built a wall around his heart, but it’s not strong enough to withstand the power of Sammy’s smile.

“You turned my world upside down, yet somehow righted it at the same time.”

I loved these two. Both were fantastic characters who were strong yet gentle. I loved how Luke was never afraid to apologize when he made a mistake and the tenderness he showed Sammy even when he was trying to resist her appeal. Sammy was so respectful of Luke and knew how to handle his gruffness from the start. The chemistry between them was the off the charts.

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did a wonderful job narrating the characters of Luke and Sammy. They injected so much warmth and heart into their performances that you could really feel the emotion in the story.

Full of heart, heat, and so much love and laughs. Sunshine and Sammy was a fun story that will brighten your day. I loved all of the characters and couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

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  • Vicky
  • 09-08-22

I could listen these two for days

I was so happy to see a book with the 3rd generation of BAM and ARC. If you haven't listened to these, you should....so good!

Sammy has a great job..she helps small companies grow. Luke is the owner of ranch that needs help. He is a grump, she is well Sunshine.

He leaves her at the airport, then finds her rummaging threw an office and she gets hurt when she hits her head. And that's just their first day. So much fun afterwards.
Read it. Great book.
Great listen. Let Maxine and John take you away.