Series: Three River Ranch #4
on April 14th 2014
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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.
This surprised me – in a good way – with the depth of feeling and maturity packed into what’s essentially a novella of a girl who grows up and faces her childhood crush as a woman. Jonah is a very likeable, rock-steady hero and I found myself really digging the way he thought – without extreme emotions or hysterics. Celia on the other hand, felt as though she just had that inch more to grow up still, which in part, has to do with a childhood that was spent on the outside of her brothers’ circle.
I did think however, that the story got a little too tangled and lost in the here/there/nowhere runaround for a while especially when Celia tries to rationalise her thoughts and feelings. That push/pull dance seemed wholly unnecessary but the ending at least made up for it.