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Peek Inside Resisting the Rancher

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. And Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.

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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 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.



"A sweet and tender contemporary romance, Resisting The Rancher sparkles with rich emotion and warm characters." - JANE PORTER, The Good Daughter
"I love Mrs. Snopek's books and this is my favorite of the whole series." - Amazon reviewer
"...a laugh out loud, emotional read that had my attention from the start. - Talking Books blog
"...a wonderful read..." Journey With Books
"Friends make the best family..." (4 stars) - RhiReading
"...a lovely book..." - Random Redheaded Ramblings
"You can bet that I'll be after the rest of her books now!" - Joe Cool Reviews
"I loved this book... flawless, clean, engaging and face-paced narrative voice..." - Author Unpublished
"...utterly charmed..." - Tory Michaels' World
"...take a look at the yummy, sexy cowboy in ...Resisting the Rancher." - Romantic Reads and Such
"... a fun, romantic read..." -Turning Pages
"If you like... a sweet love story... with a crazy woman, ranches, horses, silly t-shirts, animals, sweet kisses, lingerie, lawyers and going after what you want, then this is the book for you!" - Kindle and Me

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661688
Series: Three River Ranch, Book 4
Release Date: Apr 14, 2014
Page Count: 268
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: best friend's little sister, blackmail

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By Roxanne September 25, 2015

Loved it because I wrote it. Then hated it. Because I wrote it. :) ...more

By Nicola April 10, 2014

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 fav ...more

By L March 28, 2014

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 ...more

By Irene April 05, 2014

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 rec ...more

By Kelly July 29, 2014

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. ...more

By Cocktails and Books January 03, 2015

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 ...more

By Angela April 22, 2014

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 ...more

By Linda April 13, 2014

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 broth ...more

By Heather April 10, 2014

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 R ...more

By Melody April 16, 2014

Posted on What I'm Reading

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 s ...more

By Kim Reads April 16, 2014

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 t ...more

By *P April 03, 2014

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 ...more

By Sharon April 14, 2014

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 lov ...more

By Rita April 09, 2014

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 we ...more

By Yazmin July 31, 2014

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 i ...more

By Talking April 09, 2014

Resisting The Rancher by Roxanne Snopek was such a laugh out loud, emotional read that had my attention from the start. Strong character dialogue and many laughable, likeable characters that keep your attention to the story. Celia and Jonah's characters had so much emotional baggage to work through ...more

By Katina April 27, 2014

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 enjoya ...more

By Pat April 07, 2014

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 on ...more

By Alison April 14, 2014

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, ...more

By Karen April 06, 2014

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! ...more

By Romancing the October 10, 2019

Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the publisher

Resisting the Rancher is Celia and Jonah's story and what a story it is.  There is definite attraction between the vet and the lawyer but being childhood friends and best friends with her brother Zach has Jonah running away from Celia every chance ...more

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By Becky September 12, 2016

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? Eith ...more

By Charity July 29, 2016

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 le ...more

By Abby April 18, 2014

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 ...more

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Roxanne Snopek

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Roxanne Snopek

Stories by USA TODAY bestselling author Roxanne Snopek are a bit like her life: dramatic, emotional and messy, with dogs, cats and other creatures usually underfoot. She believes that the best heroes are cowboys in spirit no matter what they wear and wealthy at heart no matter what they drive. She lives in beautiful British Columbia with her hero of many years and whatever kids and pets happen to be around.

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