My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Author to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Everyone in Lone Spur knows Rosie will accept even the most unlovable animal into her life. Men, though, are a different story.
Take Destry, the guy who bought the ranch next door. Sure, he’s handsome and wealthy, but he wears flip-flops to work his fields. Not that Rosie should worry about him getting hurt.
Her biggest concern is that she needs to buy her grandfather’s ranch before her uncle sells it out from under her. The problem is that on her teacher’s salary, she doesn’t qualify for a loan. Her long-time boyfriend, Tanner, proposes a solution—they can get married and qualify for a loan together, only Rosie isn’t sure if her heart is with her faithful fiancé, her ranch, or her swoon-worthy neighbor.
My thoughts: I loved the double meaning of the title. Both of the main characters are high school science teachers and then there is the aspect of the chemistry of attraction. It was a fun association for me to make in my head.
Rosie is a lot like the science that she teaches. She looks at the practical aspects of a relationship. It's not emotional. She was hurt as a teen and looks at life like a science experiment. She accepts a marriage proposal because it is a safe relationship. She respects him and is friends with him, so therefore it would make good for a good marriage. She takes out the human factor and analyzes too much.
Destry is the next door neighbor who she is reluctantly attracted to. She doesn't want to be attracted to him. After all, she is in a practical relationship. Who wants the thrill of touching another and having your heart race? He challenges what she believes about herself and what she thinks a relationship should be.
I enjoyed this book. I loved that the characters challenged each other and experienced growth as they came to know and understand each other. Destry and Rosie are good people trying to put others before themselves.
This book is a clean romance with some kissing.I enjoyed the pacing and the plot.
Rebecca H. Jamison has lived on a live volcano, excavated the bones of a prehistoric mammal, and won first prize at a rigged chili cook-off. She wrote novels just for fun until she made a New Year’s resolution in 2011 to submit a manuscript to publishers. Her published works are Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale, Emma: A Latter-day Tale, and Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale. Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English. Her job titles have included special education teacher’s aide, technical writer, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom. You can learn more about Rebecca at www.rebeccahjamison.com