THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL - Kathy Douglass
Harlequin Special Editon
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B
THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL is the third book in the Sweet Briar Sweethearts Series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this series, Sweetbriar, North Carolina is the setting for these ‘sweet’ stories. This one, however begins on a rather sour note as the heroine, Camille Parker, flees New York for her life. There’s a hit out on her, and Sweetbriar is her destination. She is headed to the ranch owned by Jericho Jones, the hero, but the meeting is anything but cordial. Author Kathy Douglass effectively weaves the ‘enemies to lovers’ trope into her story.
Camille and Jericho have quite a shaky history. She didn’t like him, and he didn’t like her. So, what compels her to flee to Jericho’s ranch to seek a safe place to hide from those who wanted to kill her? I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you will discover that the Double J Ranch is the perfect place for Camille to hide. The romantic angle between the hero and heroine develops slowly which is understandable. We learn they both have some serious issues to overcome. On the other hand, the suspense aspect of the story is never fully developed. We know who put the hit out on Camille, and we know why, but we never get any insight into the potential villain. The impending danger to the heroine just dissipates with a weak explanation. There is never an overt attempt to “get” the heroine. The author misses a major opportunity to create a dynamic climax to a suspenseful situation.
I enjoyed revisiting Sweet Briar and the major players from the first two books, The Sheriff, Trent Knight and his wife, Carmen from HOW TO STEAL THE LAWMAN’S HEART, and Brandon Danielson, the chef from THE WAITRESS’S SECRET, and his fiancé Arden. The presence of these characters in THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL displays solid continuity between the books in the series.
This is a good story, but I think it could have been better if the danger the heroine faced was more salient. Nevertheless, I recommend this sweet romance for your reading pleasure.
7th January 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org