I read the previous books in the series, but I wasn’t as excited for this one as I was for those. Justin has moments where I loved him but they were just moments. His coupling with Priya is perfection. They completely balance each other.
Justin’s life is a complete and utter hot mess. His ex’s have worked him over so much he questions his decision making process especially pertaining to relationships. Both ex’s have manipulated him and played him to their own uses. First, Gabrielle who changed everything about him to the point he didn’t recognize himself. Maisy, his high school sweetheart with numerous mental health issues but he could easily fall into bed with. Her obsession with him lead to her manipulation of the condom and his son. He has sworn off women. Besides he needs to focus on his newborn son and his ranch. Priya, Maisy’s best friend and OB/GYN who delivered Isaac has been helping him with his son’s colic. He shouldn’t be thinking about her constantly. Sex should be the last thing on his mind. The only way to get her out of his mind is to get her under him. He offers her friends with benefits.
Priya has always been the responsible one–with her family and with Maisy. She failed Maisy. So many what ifs and regrets. She feels detached from her family. She feels alone except when goes to the Walker ranch to help Justin with Isaac. She loves cuddling with the little guy and sitting around sipping wine with Justin. She’s always crushed on him, but he has always been with Maisy even when Maisy knew how Priya felt about him. She feels complete when at the farmhouse–like this is where she belongs. Once Issac’s colic is over, Pri is insecure with her life and her career. Both she and the town blame her for Maisy. Justin proposes a friends with benefits arrangement, she jumps on it. She needs to relax and find a distraction. But what happens when Pri wants more?
About White Collar Rancher:
Justin used to rule the boardroom. Now he rules his own little plot of land, or he could if he weren’t a clueless single dad with a newborn. Desperate for help, he calls out an SOS to an old friend—the doctor who delivered his son. But the longer she’s around, the harder it is to ignore that a stunning intellect isn’t her only appeal.
It was supposed to be just two friends getting through a baby’s colic together. Only Priya has harbored way more than friendly feelings for Justin for years, and she’s struggling to keep her thoughts platonic around the scruffy, rugged rancher. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the only friendly port in a frigid small town that was supposed to welcome her back with open arms.
Justin’s sworn off women and refuses to change for anyone. Priya’s fighting to save her job and has no time to soothe male egos. So a friends-with-benefits arrangement seems like the perfect solution…except no one warned them one of the “benefits” could be a broken heart.
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About Marie Johnston:
Marie Johnston writes award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance and is a RITA® Finalist. Before she was a writer, she was a microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. She’s also a licensed medical technician and has worked as a public health microbiologist and as a lab tech in hospital and clinic labs. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer! She has four kids and just as many cats.
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