Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resisting The Rancher (Three River Ranch Book #4) by Roxanne Snopek with Giveaway & Review

Book Title: Resisting the Rancher
Series: Three River Ranch #4
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Release Date: 4/14/14
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:  
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 Zach’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 wrongfully 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 Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancĂ©e 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 Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.

My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was such a good book. This is the first in the series that I've had the pleasure of reading, so I don't know all the back story. But what I did learn from this book was good. I loved how Celia was so fiercely independent and headstrong. She needed to be when she was growing up, and that hasn't changed. I loved that her family looked out for her, but completely understand her frustration with being treated like a child after everything that she has had to do. She's a Doctor, for crying out loud, and everyone still insists on treating her like she's 12 and has no mind of her own. I loved how Des helped Celia bring out the woman hiding inside of her, like a real sister would. 
Jonah is something else. Like Celia, he was sent away to college and away from family when he needed them most. Jonah has always looked out for Celia when she was growing up and let her do more than her brothers, but since she's come back he slowly realizes that she's not that little girl any longer.  I loved that Jonah still looked out for Celia and that he was there for her when she needed someone, as a friend. Jonah also realizes along the way how him and her brothers treated Celia was wrong, and should have been handled differently, however nothing can change the past.
Celia comes to Jonah for advice on a situation that could make or break both her and her family. Jonah helps her out and along the way, they both fall hard. Jonah is still determined to keep Celia at arm's length and not to pursue anything with her, because of what they both could lose. Sometimes it takes something drastic to make your family realize you aren't a child any more, and when Celia steps up and tells her family what's going on, that does the trick. 
Once Jonah makes up his mind how he feels about Celia, he wants to tell her, but she stops him cold and places him exactly where he said he wanted to be. I really loved how Anne Marie, Jonah's paralegal, took things into her own hands and let Jonah know exactly what he should and shouldn't do. That woman cracked me up! I've got to say loved the way that Jonah made his feelings known. It was perfect for Celia. Will Jonah and Celia end up together or not? Roxanne's creativity and excellent story telling made this a very enjoyable read with characters I'd love to spend more time with. 

Author Bio:
Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and her work has appeared in publications varying from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She’s done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot. (That’s right. Air conditioner maintenance.)
But she’s also had a bunch of other stuff published, including one mystery novel, a couple of literary short stories and a non-fiction series. One summer, she wrote video game dialogue and narrative for Silicon Sisters Interactive, a project that combined her two favourite genres – mystery and romance – with the world of casual gaming.
In 2012 she sold her first romance novel to Entangled Publishing. THREE RIVER RANCH made the Barnes & Noble Top Ten list, The Amazon Top 100 list and is now the foundation of a multi-book series. Recently, the first three books sold to France.


1 comment:

  1. Great review--sounds like some very enjoyable characters in a setting I'll love reading--thanks!