Resisting the Rancher (3 River Ranch #4)
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Date of Publication: April 14, 2014
Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.
Jonah is happy to help Little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with his best friend Zach’s wedding on the horizon, and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist or lose the only true family he’s ever known.
Some time back, I read the third book in this series and I remember I wasn’t overly excited about it although I wanted to read more if I got the opportunity. I’m so glad that (a) I remembered that, and (b) I got the opportunity to. Whatever I felt was lacking in the third book (I still haven’t read #1 and #2 in this series), was definitely made up for in this book.
I was utterly charmed by Celia. She’s made a mistake, and it’s likely to cause problems, but she’s not automatically turning to everyone and begging for help. She gives honest effort to trying to figure out a solution before involving anyone else. And then, when she does need help, she turns to an old friend who she long ago had a crush on.
Mmm, I liked Jonah, and his paralegal was freakin’ hillarious! Matchmaker and gossipy busybody all in one…and add in a bit of mother-hen, and you’ve got his older female paralegal (the name escapes me right now). Jonah wants to help, but as anyone familiar with practicing law (which I am, since I work in a law office in my evil day job), you know you can only help as much as the client lets you help and confides the truth to you. Celia didn’t want to ‘fess up as to what she’d done.
And in truth, what Celia did really was nothing that bad. In the end, she hadn’t done what the blackmailer was accusing her of, but it got close enough that she was uncomfortable with it coming to light.
The course of this story really involves Celia and her relationships with everyone back in her home town. No one has ever let her really grow up in their minds, they just think of her as “little CeeCee” or in some cases “The Raisin” (a high school nickname because she didn’t exactly have much in the way of a chest back then). It also has Celia coming to terms with the loss of her brother and how she deals with life now that she is an adult and a practicing vet.
Jonah doesn’t quite have the same developmental arc, but I was okay with that. He didn’t have much polishing to do, just the right woman to encourage him so that he could fall in love. As Celia develops in this book, he finds that “right woman”.
Don’t miss your opportunity and read this book. It’s another great release from Entangled/Bliss!
Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.