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Resisting the Rancher (Three River Ranch #4)

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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 wom
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Published April 14th 2014 by Entangled: Bliss (first published February 10th 2014)
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When Celia returns to her home town to open her veterinary practice, she brings with her a world of trouble. While she was still a student, a family tragedy caused her to fall behind. Headed for failure she found a helping hand from the wrong guy and now she is being blackmailed and the family business is being threatened.

She turns to Jonah, the guy who she followed around when she was a kid. Now he's a lawyer who goes out of his way to avoid sticky legal situations, but he's always been attrac
Roxanne Snopek
Sep 25, 2015 Roxanne Snopek rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Loved it because I wrote it. Then hated it. Because I wrote it. :)
Apr 10, 2014 Nicola rated it it was amazing
So when I was offered the chance to read Resisting the Rancher, this was pretty much what went down…


…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 Re
Mar 28, 2014 Lucinda rated it really liked it
Heartrending contemporary romance that tugs at your emotions

Resisting the rancher is the fourth book within the ‘three river ranch’ series, by assured writer Roxanne Snopek. This intriguing tale contains interesting, flamboyant characters that capture your imagination as they take you on a personal journey of growth and enlightenment. Anyone who finds relationships fascinating will enjoy this deliciously detailed tale, of broken hearts and soul searching that’s so refreshing. I was taken on a ro
Heather andrews
I loved this book I loved Celia and Jonah and those two together are PERFECT! Jonah I think it's great he's starting to come forth with his feelings for Celia after a long time, "Celia!" Jonah reached the barn door ahead of her and barred it with his body. He held up a hand. "You're not a dumb kid to me." I mean he may be a family friend but where Celia is concerned he's still a red blooded man, "he leaned over Celia's shoulder, watching her fill out her paperwork. And accidentally getting a ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it
4 stars

I loved Celia and Jonah's story. They both have a special place in my heart.
Seeing them work through their fears and insecurities together left me full of happy feels. They are truly meant to be together :)

Three River Ranch has been a great series, I've enjoyed all the books and I highly recommend them.

I love and enjoy Roxanne Snopek's work and I'm looking forward to reading more in the near future.

Thank you to NetGalley and to Entangled Bliss for the advance copy in exchange for my hon
Apr 05, 2014 Carol-Ann rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book and series beautifully written loved it from start till I finished it! Loved this couple country veterinarian Celia Gamble and her brother's best friend Jonah Clarke who is also her family lawyer, she has always had a crush on her brother's best friend,But she needs his help more than ever because she is been blackmailed for a mistake! Great chemistry between this couple love there relationship! Another great book in this series loved every one, Books not to be missed ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Katina rated it really liked it
I was kindly given this ARC from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 rating

I enjoyed this book and just a little upset to find out that this is book 4 in the series. However, you really don't lose much and can read this as a stand alone. The characters were enjoyable and the banter between them was fun and sexy. I loved the history between Celia and Jonah. It was a sweet book. My only complaint was that the ending felt rushed. But, it was a good read.
Jul 29, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I have always loved the song (Kissed You) Good Night by Gloriana. I love the passion in it. Well the song actually happens in this book and I loved it! Check it out here

We have Celia Gamble who has returned home after finishing vet school to practice at home. She has equipment set up and a place above it to live in. But after her brother died, she struggled in school and met a man who helped her. That man had an interest in Celia and she in him. But, turn
Jonah Clarke is a contract lawyer, dead set on not taking on any juvenile cases when a girl brings a dog in need to him. He's a lawyer, not a vet, so he brings the dog to the new vet in town--Celia Gamble, his deceased best friend's little sister. Celia's had a crush on Jonah since they were kids and though she's run into legal trouble of her own, she isn't willing to seek any advice from Jonah.

The two try to deny their feelings until they can't anymore.
"No hiding, honey. It's time to face this.
Cocktails and Books
Jan 03, 2015 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
Another great book in the series "The Three River Ranch". This was just as good as the first 3 books and I hope that she writes more. Even though these are on the tame side, the author does a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life and making you feel what they are feeling. There is passion and romance and a little suspense. This book pulled at the heartstrings and had me on edge the whole time. The writing flowed flawlessly and the plot was very real and the setting that the author ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
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 no
Apr 06, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
This book features several tropes that are my romance catnip! We've got 'friends-to-lovers', overlaid with 'resistant love' (what the SmartBitches call "I'm not supposed to like you / I don't wanna like you / I can't stop thinking about your hair DAMMIT"), garnished with cowboys, on a ranch that raises what I am assuming is grass-fed beef, though they call it "sustainable". So much to like, before we even get to the heroine, a veterinarian whose professional competence exceeds her personal ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Resisting the Rancher is a cute romance with cowboys and a feisty veterinarian!

Celia Gamble, our heroine, was a rangy tomboy when she left Three River Ranch to go to vet school. She has returned to Three River Ranch a feisty, determined, curvy woman. She is definitely tired of being under her brother's protection. It was the hardest thing for her to confide in Jonah when she needed legal assistance.

Jonah Clarke is Celia's brother's best friend and the town's only attorney. Celia's brother woul
Heather Duff
Apr 10, 2014 Heather Duff rated it really liked it
She's his best friend's sister, but he's ready to break all the rules...

I was kindly sent an ARC from Entangled Publishing, Thank You!

Now I have never read any Bliss books before, nor I have I read any of Roxanne Snopek's book before so I went in to this book with no prior experience!

Resisting the Rancher is a Three River Ranch novel, the story centres around the Gamble family, specifically Celia "CeeCee" Gamble.

Returning the heart of her family after training to be a Veterinarian, Celia Gamble
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Apr 16, 2014 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary
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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
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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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 brav
Apr 03, 2014 *P rated it it was amazing
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 r
Apr 14, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it
I found Resisting the Rancher to be a fun, cute story. Celia has always had a crush on her brother's best friend, Jonah, but she thinks he views her as just a kid. Of course, the way she dresses doesn't exactly help him view her as a grown woman, but Jonah is attracted to her no matter what she's wearing.

When Celia needs help due to threats she has received, she reluctantly turns to Jonah who is a lawyer. I enjoyed the relationship between Celia and Jonah, but I felt that the whole blackmail st
Jul 31, 2014 Yazmin rated it really liked it
In Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek, Celia Gamble is in real big trouble. She has just opened her practice as a country veterinarian and is having a bit of a hard time getting people to bring in their animals to her. It takes time to build trust and a clientele, but now all her hard work is in danger of falling apart.

A misunderstanding and an error from her past is rearing its ugly head and she needs help to make it go away. Unfortunately she needs legal help and the only person who can h
Apr 07, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
Celia Gamble is all grown up, and opening a vet practice in her home town. Most remember her as the skinny little girl, always trying to catch up with her brothers and their friends. But she's a woman now, with a mistake she made in her past haunting her, and her newly found independence. She has only one person she can turn to, Jonah, the boy/man she has always had a crush on. Can she trust him?
Full review to follow at..........
Alison Bliss
Apr 14, 2014 Alison Bliss rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Celia and Jonah's story. Always love an older brother's best friend trope. So much fun! I've read a couple of books by Roxanne Snopek, so I'm not at all surprised that I have fallen in love with yet another one of her stories. The author consistently provides the reader with great, likeable characters, a terrific storyline, and fantastic writing.
Apr 06, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, entangled
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!
Sep 12, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
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 prop
Charity Foster
Jul 29, 2016 Charity Foster rated it really liked it
Celia has recently moved back home to start her veterinary practice after graduating college. She has always wanted to practice where she grew up and couldn’t wait to start, even if she was nervous of failing. She had so much pressure on her from her brother to succeed, that she was terrified to let them down. The last thing she needed was to run into her older brothers’ best friend, Jonah and dredge up all the feelings she has for him.
Jonah is a lawyer in their small town and he feels pressur
I got a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange of an honest review.

Resisting the Rancher is my first book by Roxanne Snopek, and I believe my first cowboy book too. I'm happy to say Ms. Snopek did not disappoint. It was a fun and quirky book and emotional where needed.

Celia Gamble just came back home to and opened a new veterinary clinic. Just when things look good, trouble ensues. Someone from her past is determined to ruin her and is willing to go to any extent. There is
Apr 21, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
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This was a cute romance book from the Entangled Bliss line. This wasn't one of those hot and steamy, filled with danger or sexual tension kind of books. This is literally just a cute, romantic little quick read. But it was definitely filled with elements that any girl could get into! (like Cowboys!)

I loved CeeCee's character! As she struggled to fit in once moving back home, find her bearings, overcome her fears, and make a successful go at her professi
Apr 18, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it

Don’t you just hate it when men mess with your life? They lie and are deceitful. Sometimes they only think of themselves and not of the consequences? Well that’s the definition of Celia’s life so far. She was at a point in her life where depression took hold of her soul and wouldn’t let up, because of the loss of her brother. She was drowning, her dreams going up in flames, but a man came to her rescue. He helped secure her spot on graduation day by helping her make up all the time she lost aft
Pretty Sassy Cool
3 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

Jonah Clarke is a contract lawyer, dead set on not taking on any juvenile cases when a girl brings a dog in need to him. He's a lawyer, not a vet, so he brings the dog to the new vet in town--Celia Gamble, his deceased best friend's little sister. Celia's had a crush on Jonah since they were kids and though she's run into legal trouble of her own, she isn't willing to seek any advice from Jonah.

The two try to deny their feelings until they ca
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