All's Fair In Love And
RUST CREEK RAMBLINGS
Lindsay Dalton, daughter of our esteemed town attorney, is about to try her first case in the courtroom, and it's a doozy. It's David versus Goliath as Lindsay tests her mettle against millionaire cowboy Walker Jones.
With his looks, charm and commanding presence, Walker Jones the Third seems like a man who just can't lose. However, his blue-eyed powers of persuasion apparently do not extend to our earnest Ms. Dalton. In fact, our sources suggest the novice Rust Creek Falls lawyer might just be throwing Walker Jones off his game. Could this be mere legal maneuvering? The jury is still out. But with two stubborn hearts in denial, we at the Gazette are predicting an epic romantic showdown!
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It starts out pretty cut and dried. Big city CEO who only cares for the bottom line against small town lawyer fighting for justice for the victims. Walker is surprised by the other lawyer's youth and beauty and fascinated by what he sees from his seat on the other side of the aisle. He's even more surprised by the skill with which she presents her case, ensuring that the case goes from preliminary hearing to trial. Lindsay was nervous, but feeling that they have a good chance, she made her points. She was taken by surprise when she saw Walker, having been expecting his father. His good looks and sexy voice are a distraction she has to fight. Walker isn't too happy to have to stick around until the next week for the trial. Escaping from his hotel room for awhile he goes to the Ace in the Hole for a drink and sees Lindsay there. I loved their encounter, as there are definite sparks flying between them. But Lindsay is very conscious of their opposing sides and refuses to be drawn in by his attempts to get closer to her. Walker isn't used to being shot down, even so he is especially frustrated by Lindsay's resistance. I got to like Walker pretty quickly. He starts out as a pretty jaded guy, used to big city cynicism and every man for himself attitudes. He gets a crash course in small town life when an attempt to improve his image gets him involved with preparations for the fall festival. A bonus for him is being paired with Lindsay, who isn't any too happy to see him. I enjoyed seeing him convince her to put the trial aside and just spend the time with him. Lindsay has grown up wanting to be a lawyer like her dad. She believes in the rightness of this case and doesn't want to do anything to jeopardise it. She can't deny that she is attracted to Walker, but she also knows that involvement with him is a bad idea. In the end, she can't resist the chance to spend a little time with him. She's also determined to protect her heart, having already fallen for one man who was more interested in what the city had to offer than in her. I loved the development of their relationship. Walker is drawn to everything about Lindsay, and when the trial ends finds himself extremely reluctant to head right back to Tulsa. Instead, he sticks around, finding any excuse to spend time with her. I loved the scene where he showed up at her family's house to see her and ended up joining the family for dinner. I ached for him as he saw the type of family relationship he had not experienced and how he wanted it for himself. He really wants a chance to see what can come of whatever it is between them. At the same time, Lindsay is trying to stay away from him because she can see herself falling for him and getting her heart broken. When he gets too close for her comfort, she pushes him away, telling him that there is no way to reconcile their two worlds. I loved seeing that Walker has found something worth fighting for. While Lindsay tries to get over her heartache, she has no idea that Walker isn't giving up. When she encounters him at the Fall Festival, she's surprised to see how many people he knows and who seem to like him. I loved her curiosity and how he made her wait until the next day to spring his surprise on her. I loved his big moment and how he put his whole heart into it, showing her just how much he had changed. There was also a good secondary story involving Walker and his brother Hudson, who is in charge of the day care center. Their r
Walker Jones the 3rd is a businessman following in his father's footsteps. He has to come to Rust Falls Creek due to a lawsuit involving the family's daycare centers. He is used to big towns, not used to the small town he's found himself in because of the case. Lindsay Dalton is a hometown girl, who became a lawyer like her father & is prosecuting the case against the day care center. She is spunky & feisty, with a clear vision of right & wrong. But soon we see the sparks she has with Walker & it's hard to choose side in the case as I found myself rooting for Lindsay & Walker, wanting him to see a life beyond the business & big city & Lindsay to see something besides the case.
Walker Jones the Third is a handsome, savvy businessman who opens day care centers in small towns where the need is greatest. When his center in tiny Rust Creek Falls gets sued, he meets spunky, single new attorney Lindsay Dalton working for the other side. Suddenly we're not at all clear which side to root for in the case. We do find ourselves rooting for Walker and Lindsay to build on their obvious attraction. And we hope that Walker will allow himself to have a personal life and find that home that, despite his parents' money, he never really had growing up. Once again Jump writes a heartwarming romance that takes us either back to the early days of our romances or reminds us of what we could still find. Brava. Jump never disappoints. I was thrilled to review my complimentary copy and have given my honest opinion of this entertaining book.