Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Last Chance Ranch #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
A female carpenter needs a husband so she can get her contractor’s license back… Can Jeri and Sawyer navigate the minefield of a pretend marriage before their feelings become real?
Jeri Bell lost everything when her former construction manager betrayed her—her company, her crew, and her contractor’s license. She’s been hired to build dog enclosures at Last Chance Ranch, and she needs the job and loves the atmosphere. But when the ranch’s grant funding might dry up if she can’t provide her license, she’s desperate for a solution.
The cowboy living in the cabin next door, Sawyer Smith, doesn’t want to go visit his perfectly paired-off family, but it’s hard to find a date when he spends all his time with ranch animals. So he walks next door, a proposition in his back pocket for the beautiful brunette who’s come to the ranch and caught his eye.
Jeri readily agrees—maybe a little too fast—and after a successful party where they’ve fooled his family that they’re a happy couple, she convinces him to stop by the courthouse and tie the knot so she can get her contractor’s license back.
For the ranch, they agree. Just for a few months, they say. After all, the ranch would die without the grant money, and Jeri really is the best contractor there is.
As Sawyer and Jeri spend more time together, she starts to develop real feelings for him, which scares her. Hasn’t she already done this once? Fallen for a man only to lose everything? Yes. Yes, she has. Can she risk her heart—and her business—again?
All the books of Ms Isaacson’s that I’ve read follow pretty much the same formula and this one does too but with a twist. A big twist. They are married. It isn’t insta-love so much as insta-marriage, and then they have to figure out their relationship.
It is unfortunate that Jeri had not faced her past earlier in life and spent so many years with the burden she carried. I was glad to see she got some therapy because I think she needed it. I was glad to see she was able to establish a relationship with her son.
And I was glad that Sawyer was forthcoming about his feelings and was patient even if it was a frustrating and sad time.
This book seemed a little heavier on the Christian lit but not in a preachy way. Praying for help was prevalent.
Sex: Closed door-married. No description beyond having wakened in bed together.