Review: Resisting the Rancher, by Roxanne Snopek

About the book, Resisting the Rancher

Resisting the Rancher

Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Pages: 213

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 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 Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.

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About the author, Roxanne Snopek

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.

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My Thoughts

I’m not really a fan of “formula” romances. There’s nothing wrong with them, and studies have been done proving that women (in particular) who read them tend to have better, more fulfilling sex lives than women who do not. They’re just not my typical cup of literary tea. That said, every once in a while, it’s nice to pick up something that’s sexy and romantic and just escape into a piece of fiction.

Roxanne Snopek’s Resisting the Rancher was an excellent choice for just such an escape. Her characters were three-dimensional and their interaction was both interesting and plausible. Main character Celia is likeable – and I’m not just saying that because I work in dog rescue – smart, and resourceful, and love-interest Jonah is equally substantial.

I also enjoyed the frenetic pace the author created by setting everything against the backdrop of a family wedding – what better event than that to bring out all the quirks and dramas that linger within relationships of all kinds?

In short, Resisting the Rancher is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and I’d happily dip my toes in author Snopek’s pond again – easy to do since this novel is part of a series.

Goes well with Grilled chicken Caesar salad and mango iced tea, followed by a froufrou cupcake.

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