Review: Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas

Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon (# 3)
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she’s inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she’s forced to hire are all she’s got.

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he’s been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

 

Review:  I loved being in Ransom Canyon even though it’s my first visit here.  I need to go back and read the first two books in the series, Ransom Canyon and Rustler’s Moon, along with the novella prequel, Winter’s Camp, to help me fill in some of the gaps even though enough background information was given throughout.  Jodi Thomas is one of my go to authors.  I loved her Harmony series as well as many of her other books and I’m always thrilled when a new book she pens is released!

Charley and Jubilee are two lost souls who have never loved or been loved before.  Charley is doing all he can to get back on his feet after being disowned by his father.  He’s a single dad to an adorable five year old daughter who’s wise beyond her years, Lillie, and rescues other strays along the way.  Jubilee was the black sheep of her family and still is.  Add in that she is a workaholic and no wonder all her relationships go bust.  When she quits her job and moves to her grandfather’s ranch which he left her she feels it’s her last chance.  When she meets up with Charley things start to click for both of them but neither wants a relationship other than a working one.  He is hired to help her get the ranch up and running and nothing more but the more time they spend together the closer they become.  Watching them learn to trust was heartwarming even if they took one step forward and two or three back.

There were twists and turns to the story since there was a murder to be solved along with the ambush of the sheriff but there was also sweet romance and love.  There were emotions that arose from the ranch, the animals, memories, anger, hate, fear, sadness, loneliness, tears, lies, happiness, smiles and laughter.  There were a lot of supporting characters that played major roles and were incremental to the story – Lillie, Thatcher, the sheriff and his daughter, Tim and those who lived in the Breaks and wanted to remain invisible.  Jubilee’s sister, Destiny, who swoops in to fix Jubilee and try and get her hands on the ranch, was a piece of work especially when she moves in with servants and her twin sons to Jubilee’s house.  There were many layers to most of the characters and I got to know them little by little except for those from the Breaks who were just mean and deadly.

Thomas pulled at my heartstrings throughout but also got my dander up at times.  There were several happily ever afters and nice closure but enough loose ends for more books in the series.  I for one can’t wait to read more!

Favorite Quote:  She moved closer to the window as first light crept across the land behind the barn.  “You’re not like any man I’ve ever know,” she whispered to his shadow circling the still dark barn.  “If ever there was a man who wasn’t my type, you’re him.  Bossy, headstrong, impatient.”  All the other men she’d gotten to know well enough to sleep with were calm.  Nothing was ever worth fighting over.  They’d always simply left.  But not Charley; he’d argue his point of view to the end and she had a feeling that if he did leave, he’d have plenty to say on his way out.

 

joanne