Review: Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek

Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek
Series:  Three River Ranch (# 4)
Release Date:  April 14, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Pages:  260
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Friendship isn’t working anymore.

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke, her brother’s best friend, the family lawyer — and her childhood crush.Jonah is happy to help CeeCee, if only she’d get her story straight. And he could keep his head on straight. But with his best friend’s wedding on the horizon, and the fashionista bride giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is suddenly a definite swan.The unwritten law on sisters is clear: hands off. Jonah must help CeeCee the friend while resisting CeeCee the woman or risk losing the only true family he’s ever known.

 

Review:   Resisting the Rancher is Celia and Jonah’s story and what a story it is.  There is definite attraction between the vet and the lawyer but being childhood friends and best friends with her brother Zach has Jonah running away from Celia every chance he can.  It doesn’t matter how much he’s tempted or that their chemistry is off the charts Jonah tries to do what he feels is right.  Of course,  Celia doesn’t agree with his thinking and does everything she can to force his hand.  He also knows what her brother will do if he sniffs around his baby sister and tries to stay strong and fight his feelings but how does that work out?

The family still has ghosts from the death of Zach and Celia’s brother, Cale, which is one of the reasons why Zach doesn’t let Celia breathe.  Celia fights him all she can but with secrets she’s trying to keep hidden so not to hurt her family or lose the respect of the people in her town she doesn’t always make the best decisions but Jonah seems to always be there when she needs him.

It was nice that the characters we’ve met in the previous books in the series were all featured in Resisting the Rancher.  There are family businesses, family and friends, animals, a wedding to plan, secrets, blackmail, a psycho, laughter, tears, anger, hurt, fear, makeovers, legal matters, loving and love.  My emotions were involved throughout and I often wanted to shake Jonah just like his assistant, Ann-Marie does!  There were highs and lows to the character’s emotions but someone was always there to help them through.  There was some closure and a happily ever after in the offing that was cutely portrayed but an epilogue would have been nice.

I’ve now read all four books in the Three River Ranch series plus the novella.  All were enjoyable reads.  I hope there are more books in the series because Paris and Melissa need a book or novella written for them.  Snopek is an author whose books I will look for as they are published.  Her books that I haven’t read yet will be added to my always growing TBR pile!

Favorite Quote: GQ-polished Jonah was formidable.  But Jonah in jeans?  Lethal.

 

joanne