She's his best friend's sister, but he's ready to break all the rules...
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.
About the Author
Roxanne Snopek is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer. Her articles and essays have been published widely, from local newspapers and national newspapers to magazines such as Woman's World and Reader's Digest. Her personal essays have traveled much farther than she has, and have been translated into over a dozen languages.
She's also the author of several non-fiction books, all centering on the human-animal bond. Although she's now focusing on fiction, her work always ends up with animals in it, somehow. She likes it that way.
Although Roxanne is a bit of a hermit in real life, you can learn more about her:
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Resisting the Rancher
A Three River Ranch Novel
By Roxanne Snopek, Wendy Chen, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Roxanne Snopek
All rights reserved.
To: Miss Celia Gamble
Congratulations on your new veterinary practice. What a huge achievement. I'm sure you'd do anything to make it succeed. Unfortunately, I've read some nasty things on the Internet about you recently. Things like:
-Offering sexual acts in exchange for preferential grading
-Obtaining hospital assets as payment for sexual acts
-Violation of the Montana Animal Cruelty Act
I understand the pain this must cause you and would like to offer my assistance in clearing up this matter. While a woman cannot put a price on having her life stolen out from under her, I'm sure you'll see my twenty-five thousand dollar fee as completely reasonable.
Sincerely, a friend.
PS: I'll be in touch.
Celia Gamble scanned the words again, then folded the letter up with shaking hands and returned it to the envelope. No return address. She placed it on her brand-new reception desk carefully, as if it were a bomb, and took a step back. When she hit the wall, her knees buckled. She slid to the floor, pulled off her glasses, and buried her face in her hands.
Twenty-five thousand dollars?
The excitement she'd felt since returning from Bozeman two weeks ago disappeared in a tide of disbelief, humiliation, and fear.
And yet another surprise wave of grief.
Yeah, she knew exactly who this letter was from.
She pressed the heels of her hands hard against her eyes, trying to convince herself this wasn't what it looked like. Maybe she read it wrong. She needed some sleep, after all.
Who was she kidding? She needed a lawyer.
She slid her fingers against her scalp. Lutherton had exactly one of those and he happened to be her brother Zach's best friend — not to mention her childhood crush.
Forget legal advice.
She clenched fistfuls of hair, welcoming the pain as if it could absolve her of monumental stupidity. In the aftermath of the accident that killed her brother Cale and gravely injured her father, she'd sleepwalked through half a semester of vet school on legs that felt nerve-blocked, knowing she couldn't possibly graduate, unable to drum up the energy to give a damn.
Until Paul Stone took her into his bed.
No! Celia slapped her hand against the floor until it stung. He'd taken her under his wing! Not into his bed! They'd never been physically intimate. Sure, they'd skated close to the edge, sharing more about their lives than strictly appropriate, but the second he mentioned his failing marriage as the reason behind all his free time and the air of defeat that trailed him like a cloak, she came suddenly, violently, and fully awake. No way was she going to be somebody's "other woman."
Of course, she had to pick a guy with a mad wife hidden in the attic.
Dr. Stone was no Mr. Rochester, but his wife Madison was definitely off her rocker, and now, gunning for Celia.
Something warm bumped her knee.
The one-eyed cat sniffed her cautiously, as if unsure of his welcome.
He rubbed his cheek against her hand. For the first time, the gift of his affection failed to lift her spirits, but she gave him the scratches he wanted and his throat rumbled in pleasure.
Vaguely, she registered the sound of barking, and tires on gravel. Pull it together, Doc. Panic time's over.
She stood abruptly and gathered her ravaged hair into a rough pony-tail. Cyclops scampered away, his white-tipped tail twitching in annoyance.
The upside of setting up Gamble Veterinary Services on Twinridge Ranch? Free rent.
The downside? Living in the rural Montana equivalent of your parents' basement.
Celia ran the back of her hand over her brow and smoothed her clothes. Shoulders back. Deep breath. Smile.
"Come on in!" she said. Too hearty. Try again. "Welcome."
Better. Less crazy.
Rory Granger, from Three River Ranch, peeked through the screen door, a chubby-cheeked toddler in one arm and an enormous bouquet of flowers in the other. Her shaggy chocolate-colored dog, Mistral, pushed past them from behind, then stopped and looked over her shoulder, her lip lifting just once.
Outside, Celia saw Chewy, Zach's dog, skid to a stop before crashing into them. He sat comically wagging his tail, but the older dog ignored him.
"Mistral!" scolded Rory. "Be nice to your son!"
"Miss-al!" yelled the baby, her arms and legs bouncing in excitement. "Benny tooty ton!"
Rory had moved to Lutherton while Celia was away at college, so they didn't know each other well, but she and Carson had been a huge support to the family after Cale's accident.
Poised, pretty and thoughtful, that was Rory. Celia pulled open the door, slamming it against the toe of her biker boot as she did so. Smooth.
"Congratulations," said Rory, hip nudging the vase onto the counter. "Welcome home, best wishes on your new venture."
"They're lovely, but you shouldn't have. Hey, Lulu-bear." She poked gently in the child's armpit and was rewarded with a shriek of glee.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for setting up here. I was getting sick of taking Missile, as Lulu calls her, to Chinook." The older woman put her daughter down and gave Celia a hug.
The simple gesture disarmed her completely. She had learned in college to live without the interconnectedness of the ranching community. Re-opening those barriers had been tougher than she anticipated, but moments like this reminded her of how much she needed that closeness and support.
She hugged Rory back, hard.
Maybe things weren't so bad. Maybe she was overreacting to the threats in the letter, flying off the handle prematurely.
The dog sat in front of them and offered Celia a paw.
"Aw!" She bent down and got a big slurpy kiss in addition to the handshake. Nothing like a little dog love to boost your confidence. "Such a smart doggy!"
"I think she likes your T-shirt."
Celia glanced down to remind herself of what she was wearing. She really needed to start dressing in front of a mirror.
Proud [begin strikethrough]Vetanarian
Proud Dog Doctor!
"And she reads, too! Best dog ever!"
"Except for those hairy Labradoodle ears." Rory gave her an apologetic smile. "Do you have time for a quick look?"
"Oh, let me think," said Celia, putting a hand to her jaw. "Since you're the first non-family client to darken my door, I could probably squeeze you in, say, now. How's that?"
The well-trained animal was a delight to work with. Plus, everyone knew how crazy Rory was about her dog. For her to trust Celia with Mistral's care was a huge honor. It could go a long way in counteracting any bad press from Paul's wife.
"I was hoping you'd say that! I didn't notice the problem until this morning. Des and I are heading to town for wedding stuff, so I'll be gone all day." She paused. "I can't believe Zach finally got her to set a date."
"I can't believe I'm going to have a sister-in-law."
A metallic bang sounded and they both looked toward it.
Lulu was sitting inside a cage, painting a spit-picture on the pristine stainless-steel. "You rascal!" Rory pulled her out. "Let me get this little monster safely in her car seat, okay? I'll be right back."
Celia examined the dog and quickly found the problem. "A minor ear infection," she called to Rory, over Lulu's complaints.
She put the ear cleaner and ointment in a small bag and waited. How did Rory manage to look so elegant and put-together — while wrangling a small child and a large dog?
"Thanks, Celia, you're a life-saver," said Rory. Even with her hair mussed and her cheeks flushed, she looked like she could be in a magazine. Then, her smile faded. "Something's bothering you. What is it?"
"Uh, nothing." Celia blinked. Some people said Rory was psychic. "I'm tired and stressed from the move. That's all."
"Mm," Rory looked her up and down, her lips pursed. "No. I don't think so. But you've got a clinic Facebook page, right? I'll post a good review. Maybe that will help."
Freaky. Her page was barely a week old.
"Thanks," managed Celia. "That would be great."
Thankfully, Desiree chose that moment to pop her head in. "I hope my God-child isn't going to make that noise the whole way back to your place. Hey CeeCee, we're picking up your bridesmaid dress today. Don't even start. It's going to be perfect. Come on, Rory, let's go."
Bridesmaid dress. Celia had forgotten about that. Sure, they were excited about the wedding. They'd look like Betty and Veronica: perfect hair, perfect make-up and perfect bodies. While she'd be Ethel Muggs. The tow-headed, runty version.
She watched the women drive off, then propped her elbows on the windowsill, taking a moment of comfort from the everyday beauty of a working ranch. On the hillside, cattle grazed while warm sunshine burnished their sable-colored coats nearly black. Neatly stacked golden hay bales stood sheltered by the broad side of the main barn. The fences were straight and tight, the yard tidy.
Twinridge, the only home she'd ever known, had survived the difficult change from traditional to sustainable ranching practices, and was finally thriving again.
And her beautiful, beautiful clinic. Zach and his crew had gutted and renovated an unused outbuilding for her, arranging the small space to accommodate her equipment and meet the stringent requirements for state approval. The apartment above, that she now called home, provided personal privacy. Fresh white paint and black shutters subtly emphasized her independence from the stone-and-shingle exterior of the house, while matching window-boxes full of crimson geraniums, her mother's contribution, linked them and added a welcoming touch.
Pride rushed over her and with it, another twist of sorrow. If only Cale were here to see it. She stood up and reached for the broom. They'd all come so far and now that she was finally an asset, able to care for the animals with a proper medical degree, instead of a liability of student loans, she intended to stay that way.
But what if Paul's wife made good on her threat? If those lies got out, there would be rumors, ugly gossip, questions Celia didn't want to answer. Would it destroy her career? Probably not. The Gamble family was wellloved in the community. Even though Celia was the odd duck, the wild-child of the bunch, people would support her for her parents' sake. She hadn't imagined starting her professional run with a stumble out the gate, but Gamble Veterinary Services would find its feet.
Then she sagged against the broom handle. She could just picture it.
Poor Marnie. She's got her hands full with that one!
Good thing Zach built her clinic on the ranch, where he can keep an eye on her.
Joe's barely walking again; this could set him back.
She'd thought people would finally see a new side to her. She'd succeed on her own merits, and create a whole new reputation at the same time.
Instead, her practice would limp forward on pity.
And her family would be humiliated.
* * *
The middle-aged woman stood in the doorway of his office, clicking one polished talon on the frame.
"You can't keep ignoring me."
E I E I I O U. Old MacDonald Loses Farm Putting Son Through Law School.
Worth it? Not lately.
Jonah Clarke, attorney-at-law and her boss, didn't look up from his smartphone. Some kid was beating him at Words With Friends and that wouldn't do. Anne-Marie shook a sheaf of papers at him, making the bracelets on her wrist jangle madly. "Mitch is one of your best friends. A little fresh air and fun on a Saturday? You remember fun, don't you?"
Yeah. I was having it until about five seconds ago.
"A little help orienting a couple of new kids to ranch life."
"I don't work with young offenders." He kept his eyes on his game.
"You think this is a job offer?" she snapped. "A few Saturdays." Her voice softened. "Mitch does what he can for these kids, but he needs your help."
"Which I give him. In large amounts. As you know."
He rearranged the letters on his screen yet again, but had no choice but to take a dive. So far, his opponent had gotten the X, the J, and the Q.
Heels tapped on hardwood as she approached.
Here it comes, he thought.
Mitch had turned his whole life around when he left the corporate world to buy a run-down ranch and turn it into a camp for high-risk kids. These kids were guilty of little more than chronic truancy, shoplifting, and getting kicked out of foster care. Hard Tack was the best place for them, and Jonah wished Mitch every success. However, bridges still smoked from when Jonah finally gave up fighting the hopelessly inept juvenile justice system.
He wished Mitch the best. The kids that landed at Hard Tack had no idea how lucky they were. They had a chance to turn their lives around.
And if they failed, it wouldn't be Jonah's fault.
"You give money." She dropped the files onto the gleaming glass surface of his desk. "He wants you. Those kids need all the help they can get."
"Have you ever tried to help someone who doesn't want to be helped?"
She raised an eyebrow at him meaningfully.
Jonah nudged the files aside. "I'm done with youth court. I'm done with advocacy and mediation. I'm done with being part of something that only ends up hurting people."
Contracts and insurance, that was his life now. Facts, documents, numbers. No messy emotions to deal with. No more desperate kids pretending they didn't care what happened to them. No more kids promising, too late, to change. No more files closed with a coroner's report.
"Some days," she continued, shaking her head, "I don't know why I clock in. It's not for the slave wages you pay and it's sure as hell not for the workplace culture."
"Slave wages," he snorted. "I pay well above the going rate and you know it."
And since she did the work of three, he was spoiled for anyone else and he knew it.
What did he have now? I O U L A D Y.
Got that right. No one could torture him like Anne-Marie.
"Maybe it's the sparkling conversation." She tapped her chin thoughtfully. "Wait. I get more from my goldfish." Jonah heard the swish of fabric as she crossed her arms.
"I can stand here all day."
He pushed his swivel chair back until it hit the wall then looked up, smiling deliberately, blankly. "Annie-honey, good morning! Have you changed your hair? You look lovely."
She narrowed her eyes. "If you ask me about coffee, I'll —"
"Coffee!" Jonah beamed at her. "I'd love some. Thanks for offering, especially since I know the strong feelings you have about paralegals acting as waitresses. That's what I love about you, your selfless dedication to my comfort and well-being. You are the definition of a team player."
She pulled a chair up and lowered herself across from Jonah, smoothing her skirt and composing her face.
"Sweetheart," she began. "You know I think of you as a son —"
"Nope." Jonah made a back-off motion with his hands. "We are not going there."
"A special kind of son," she continued. "A handsome, sweet, well-meaning boy who spent a little too much time in the birth canal and can't be trusted to look out for himself properly."
"Anne-Marie, you're fired."
"And you are a mid-thirties not-entirely-repulsive male whose closest female relationship is with a menopausal paralegal who, due to her exceptional skill and training, could bludgeon you to death with a merlot bottle and never do a day of time."
"Before you go, I'll have a double espresso, thanks."
Anne-Marie leveled a gazed at him. "Think about it, Jonah."
He steepled his fingers and stared back at her. "Yesterday's leftovers microwaved would also be fine."
Anne-Marie smiled and shook her head. "There's more to life than work, you know."
"I know. That's why I'm back in Lutherton." Jonah got up and walked to the window, feeling a muscle in his jaw twitch.
"If I believed that, I'd be in a hammock in Mexico, sipping tequila, waiting for my Botox appointment, instead of babysitting you."
He'd been passionate about the law, once. Now he understood the high rate of failed marriages and alcoholism in his profession.
"You're bored with contracts and insurance," said Anne-Marie with a sigh. "A little pro bono work for Mitch's kids wouldn't kill you."
He had to work to unclench his jaw. "Mitch's youth camp gets far more value from my money than it ever would from me."
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If you're a Roxanne Snopek fan, you're going to LOVE this latest installment in her Three Rivers Ranch series, and if you've never read Roxanne before...it's time to start!! This story as it all...small town charm, forbidden attraction between Celia, a former tomboy turned vet, and her older brother's best friend, local lawyer Jonah. Also, as Snopek promises, there's a dollop of crazy! Some laugh-out-loud crazy in the form of Jonah's sassy office manager, and some cringe and worry crazy in the form of an unbalanced woman from Celia's past, out to make trouble for her thanks to some perceived misdeed. T The heart of this story, however, is pure...well...heart. Snopek gives us two compelling characters to care about and root for as they figure out how to navigate duty to family, find their true calling, and fall in love! Resisting the Rancher is a five-star delight!
I really enjoyed this book! I loved watching Celia become more than a childhood friend to Jonah. A fun and flirty read that I loved!! Roxanne Snopek has delivered yet again! An awesome addition to her Three River Ranch series!
An absolutely fantastic story. They have known each other all their lives but after being away at law school Jonah comes back to Lutherton and can't believe the changes in Celia Gamble. Now he has to get use to seeing her as a woman rather than is friends kid sister. Great friends to lovers story with all the great characters we've come to expect from Roxanne Snopek. Highly recommended read.
Oh, this one was so much fun! I love older-brother's-best-friend stories (why my parents only gave me a younger brother I will never understand), as well as childhood crushes all grown up and back with a vengeance, so this story was like catnip for me. Or would Beckynip be a better description? Either way, it was a guaranteed win. Add to that Celia's propensity towards wearing novelty work-related t-shirts (Veterinary Medicine: Because People are Gross) and the most brilliant t-shirt related proposal scene ever (the fact that it's the only t-shirt related scene I know of is irrelevant), and you'll understand why I'm typing this review while literally giving the book two thumbs up. It's not easy, but totally worth the sacrifice. The chemistry between Celia and Jonah absolutely sizzles in this book--so much fun to read! You could feel her frustration at wanting to be seen as a grown woman by the guy she worshiped as a kid as well as his shock at finding her all grown up--and the hands-off-she's-Zach's-sister vibe that came along right behind it. It all made for some delicious tension, especially since circumstances kept putting them together. Circumstances, and some fabulous secondary characters. Des, Celia's almost-sister-in-law, played a part, giving our heroine a much-needed push into the girl zone after years of trying to blend in with the boys. Even if nothing sticks beyond the pretty underwear and girl-sized jeans, she will have accomplished much, as I'm sure Jonah can attest. But my favorite secondary character here is Anne-Marie, Jonah's paralegal. She alternately tries to mother and bully him into becoming the man she knows he can be, attempting to fix him up with dates when she's not trying to guilt him into helping out at a local camp for at-risk children. Fully half of the passages I highlighted in this book had her in them, like this one: She stood up abruptly, took a small step forward and slapped him on the face, not so hard as to leave a mark, but hard enough to give him a jolt. “Wake up, Jonah! Love doesn’t come with the risk of pain. It carries a guarantee of pain. Of course, you’ll hurt each other. Then you’ll force each other to change and grow into better people. You’ll become stronger, and more vulnerable at the same time. She’ll have more power over you than anyone else in the world and she’ll also make you feel like the greatest man who ever lived.” “She already does.” Instantly, the pressure in his chest eased. It felt like a dam had burst, a plug had been pulled, a wall breached. Anne-Marie pulled him to his feet and hugged him, hard. “There. That only took a year off my life, but it’s done and now we can move forward.” “If I hurt her—” “Shut up or I’ll slap you again.” She shook him with her small hands. “Now, you’ve got a best-man’s tux to try on. You can love her all you want, but it’ll have to wait until after Des and Zach’s wedding. What does the best lawyer in Lutherton have to say about that?” “I’m the only lawyer in Lutherton.” “See?” She beamed at him. “Not so dumb after all, are you?” Love. Her. I've got some lost time to make up for in this series--I read book one last summer, and now this one, but somehow none of the ones in between--because I really need to find out more about the family tragedy that's still affecting both Cecelia and her family in this book. Clearly, my work is cut out of me. Oh, the sacrifices I have to make... ;) Rating: 4 stars/ A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
4 1/2 stars! This was the one in the series I was most looking forward to because when we met Cee Cee Gamble for the first time in His Reluctant Rancher, she was the spunky but difficult "little sister." Now in Resisting the Rancher, we get to see Celia Gamble as an adult, still spunky but having had to mature through some tough circumstances. My favourite aspect of the whole Three River Ranch series is the way Roxanne Snopek characterizes the animals. Mistral and Chewy seem like old friends by now; Cyclops and JD are the newest additions. And the horses are always present because of their place on the ranch(es) but also because of the relationships the human characters have with them. Although I don't usually read romance, I always read Roxanne Snopek's fiction because it includes everything I want in a story: well developed characters, a memorable setting, excellent dialogue, a heart-rate raising plot line and true-to-life resolutions of conflict. I only approve of "happy endings" if they are truly believable and I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't read this latest novel yet. But trust me: Snopek knows what she's doing! Full disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Resisting the Rancher for an honest review. I would have loved the story to be a bit longer, set over a longer period of time--but it's not really a weakness to leave your readers wanting more.
The fourth book in Roxanne Snopek’s Three River Ranch series, Resisting the Rancher, is a fun romantic read that will bring you into the lives of a hot lawyer/rancher named Jonah and a feisty veterinarian named Celia. Now, these two have a history, but not one you’d expect. Jonah is Celia’s older brother’s best friend and Celia’s childhood crush. Now that Celia is all grown up and back home where she opens her own veterinary practice, Jonah is suddenly realizing that Celia is no longer a little girl. In fact, she’s grown to be quite that catch and upon seeing each other for the first time in years, Jonah finds himself eyeing his best friend’s little sister. The chemistry between Jonah and Celia is very apparent throughout the story and as they go on their own individual journey of soul searching. Celia really just wants to be seen as someone other than CeeCee, the young girl who used to follow her brother and his friends around and it takes Jonah for her family, especially her brother, to finally see her as the beautiful woman she has become. Celia confides in Jonah and allows him to see a different side to her, someone other than the girl who wears quirky t-shirts with fun slogans surrounding her love for veterinarian medicine. Jonah and Celia are characters that you can relate to, dealing with real-life situations that captivate the reader, heart and soul. I truly enjoyed this journey I took with Jonah and Celia and I would recommend anyone who loves a good romantic read to take a chance with Roxanne Snopek’s Three River Ranch series.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Roxanne Snopek is an author who never fails to tug at my heartstrings. She always manages to put just the right words and emotions into her writing to bring tears to my eyes. In Resisting the Rancher, you get the real life emotions of an older brother trying to protect his baby sister, while realizing that she isn't a baby any longer. Celia Gamble is living life as best she can after a tragic accident destroyed her family. Celia is trying to be brave and face the world on her own, only to make a horrible mistake. Jonah Clarke has always felt that he was a burden and had to be a certain way because his parents gave up what they loved to send him to college. As a young lawyer who was overwhelmed, he made a mistake that cost someone their life. Since then, he doesn’t have a desire to work with kids. Celia and Jonah are two people who have been dancing around the way they feel about each other since childhood. Jonah is the best friend of Celia’s brother and has been treated like the third son forever. Jonah knows that he can’t risk destroying the relationship he has with the Gamble family. However, with Celia making passes at him after her makeover, she’s making it very hard to resist. When Celia’s past mistake comes back with a vengeance, Jonah is the only person she can turn to. In the process of getting her past worked out, the two make discoveries about themselves and each other. Source: Publisher
I have to say that I enjoyed reading Resisting the Rancher, then again I have enjoyed every Three River Ranch book. This time we are hanging out with Zach's little sister Celia. Basically, everyone in the story still sees Celia as little CeeCee and they don't realize that she's all grown up. As hard as she tries to prove everyone wrong. Well, she finds herself in a pickle, because what happen while at school. Her past has followed her back to her hometown. She calls on the help of Jonah. Now she's been in love with Jonah forever and she would love him to see that she's more than the little. Of course he does, but he's kind of afraid to lose his surrogate family and best friend. What I really enjoyed about the story is how Jonah starts to see his best friend's sister in a whole new light. Of course, his fears play a huge roll and whether he should conquer or retreat. I love Celia and how she proves she's more than a little sister. I adore Desiree for helping Celia to find her self-confidence. Like all Bliss books it has a sweet story, and a happy ending. I'm just glad Jonah came to his senses. Favorite Line: "Love doesn't come with the risk of pain. It carries a guarantee of pain. Of course, you'll hurt each other. Then you'll force each other to change and grow into better people. You'll become stronger, and more vulnerable at the same time." Copy provided by the publisher
.So I am thinking the title of this book needs some rewording......to maybe "Seducing the Rancher" or "Resisting the Veterinarian"??? The book had good potential as far as storyline and supporting characters but I had a hard time with a few areas. I felt that the attraction was there and building and then before it could mature and become something really beautiful it went down with a premature sex scene. And although it was done with the characters' privacy mostly intact it cheapened the relationship. Especially when the relationship was a constant up and down afterward. Made the intimacy between them way too casual. Also, I feel like the language killed the characters for me. It really drags a character's assumed I.Q. level down into the mud. I've read plenty of books where a mild word is used in an extreme circumstance and that doesn't bother me. But it's screaming uneducated when it peppers their daily vocabulary. On a whole different note, I loved Celia's snarky personality! And to have a childhood crush realized and reciprocated coupled with an opposing force in the form of an overprotective brother! Great potential! Just feel it fell a bit short of reaching it.
Things I liked... The main characters have a lot of history, Cecilia is a tomboy veterinarian and Jonah is one of her older brother's best friends. The story centers around a mistake Cecilia's in college and how she deals with it. (I don't want to be more spoil the story,) She turns to Jonah for legal advice and their relationship starts evolve. The villain was connected to more than one main character, and affected both Cecilia and her family, This was a witty, well written romance that was fast paced and fun to read. Cecilia's struggle to find her place in her family and community was realistic and well balanced. This 4th book was a great follow up to the first three books in the three rivers series. I received a free copy for a honest review
I really enjoyed this story! It had that big-brothers-best-friend-crush, a mystery, a whacko, and a woman with the best intentions that just can't seem to come out on top. That doesn't even cover the all-grown-up version of her crush! CeeCee is a girl that just wanted to fit in with the big boys and prove herself. Now that she has grown up and made a HUGE mistake she just want to start over in her hometown. Jonah has always seen CeeCee, but never considered anything like a relationship since he is Zach's best friend. He swore to help watch out for her growing up. However, as Des makes CeeCee over piece by piece, he can no longer deny that she is all woman! The back and forth between the two is real, and hard, and different. They both have very valid reasons that makes them think they can't be together. This story was very sweet and had so many characters that just came alive. This was not the first book in the series, but it is a stand alone story. You can bet that I will be after the rest of the books now!
Whats not to like about this story, cowboys, family, friends, animals and then throw in some blackmail and you have a great read. This is friends to lovers story. I really enjoyed the banter between the two main characters of Celia and Jonah. They both showed such emotional growth through this book. This is book four in the series, can be read as a stand alone but much better if read in order. It was great to see the reoccurring characters.
This is the fourth book in the Three Rivers Ranch series and the second I have read. In this book, Celia Gamble, Zach's youngest sister, is back in town to set up her veterinary practice. Unfortunately, a disgruntled person from her past is stirring up trouble. Help comes from Jonah Clarke. Jonah is one of her brother's best friends and is her former crush which makes getting help from Jonah, the only lawyer she knows, difficult. There is obvious chemistry between the two but both are somewhat reluctant. Celia is worried he only sees her as CeCe Zach's little sister. Jonah is torn because he believes it is his job to look after Celia but not in the way his body is wanting to look after her. I really loved this story. Snopek once again does a great job immersing you into life at Three Rivers Ranch. Old characters make there way back into the story and fan's of Zach and Desiree they will be happy to getting more of their story. This was a sweet read that has laugh out loud funny moments, and others that will definitely bring a tear to your eye. It is a refreshing read without any annoying characters or over the top drama. Definitely another winner for Snopek. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Received and ARC for an unbiased review of the novel. I love Mrs. Snopek's books and this is my favorite of the whole series. I have a thing for men who hard workers and work with their hands and has intelligence to boot and Jonah is that man. The lead female heroine is just so endearing and likeable but has an inner strength that allowed her to deal with all the men in the series and thrive. I love the development of the story and felt that the heart knows what the heart wants and in the end its is better to let the heart win sometimes. I love seeing the characters from the prior books in the story and catching up with their lives as well. I loved this story ad it was an excellent conclusion to the first bliss series.
Resisting the Rancher Roxanne Snopek's fourth book in the Three River Ranch Series is the story of Celi Gamble the new country veterinarian who has a misunderstanding from her past coming back to cause her problems. Celia turns to her brother's friend and long time crush Jonah Clarke for help. I love Roxanne Snopek's Three River Ranch Series. This was another great story. The story of the forbidden love from the past finding their way to love in the future. I love that both Celia and Jonah have lost themselves and they are trying to find there way back . Celia is trying to find where she belong when she returns home. Celia has always been the little sister and now she wants to show everyone she is a strong woman. Jonah has gone through something being a lawyer and with his family. He always been Celia protector but now he notice for the woman she is turning into and he is not sure how to handle that. They both go through their own transformation leading them to find out what they really want. I love how this book intertwines with the all the character from the previous books. I had a hard time putting this book down. I love the way the story is told. Another great book for Roxanne Snopek.
Sexy cowboy in a Stetson? Would be rude not to and when I was offered the chance to read Resisting the Rancher, I jumped around room with glee because I have to confess that Three River Ranch is my favourite series in Entangled’s Bliss line. I am a complete sucker for a man in a Stetson and as Lutherton is home to many, it is one of my favourite places to visit. This time the focus is on Celia Gamble and Jonah Clarke and whilst their story could be read as a standalone, personally I would recommend reading the series, or at least His Reluctant Rancher, as the characters are related and the story intertwines. It will mean much more. I had reservations over Celia; Zach’s younger sister hasn’t been that endearing previously. Her attitude left a little to be desired, but in her defence she’s faced huge personal tragedy. She’s a stubborn, independent tomboy and when she returns home to open her vetinary practice, her past surfaces to stir some trouble and she turns to Jonah; lawyer, workaholic and her brothers best-friend. He’s been no stranger in the previous books but we have only scratched his surface. As we have Celia’s. I loved them together. Whilst their chemistry wasn’t explosive, this was absolutely not a bad thing. They’ve known each other their entire lives; they’ve irritated the hell out of one another, protected one another and have a raft of happy and sad memories to go with it. They’re realistic and this is why their chemistry was perfect yet they were so different to any of our previous couples. It was heartfelt and humorous and Jonah became exactly the man I was hoping for during the second half of the book whilst Celia finally redeemed herself to me. Roxanne Snopek has a gift of bringing us completely loveable, frustrating, feisty, funny characters. Each couple has been special in their own way but Carson Granger will always be my favourite man of the series – he saved puppies and ponies for goodness sakes, who can resist that? If an easy-read sweet romance is what you’re after, then this is a book/series that is just that. I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing/the author for an honest & unbiased opinion.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. When I received this book, I was under the impression that it would be a clean romance. I don't believe the author and I have the same opinion of the definition of a "clean romance". I could not bring myself to finish this book because the language and sexual tension too much. It seemed like that was the only thing on everyone's mind. I did like the main characters and always enjoy a fun "girl next door grows up" story. I probably would have enjoyed this book if the author had chosen better dialogue... less cursing, more clever banter. And less lusting.