Saturday, March 22, 2014

Book Review ~ "Once Enchanted" by Jaclyn M Hawkes

Once Enchanted  A love story (Rockland Ranch Series) (Volume 3)Once Enchanted A love story (Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary LDS Romance

Book Description: What happened to her fairytale life? She's young, she's sharp, she's the hardest working attorney in the whole LA office. Still, when Alexis O'Brien finally gets brutally honest with herself, she has to admit she's nothing more than a glorified workhorse for her boss and his slippery partners. Her dissatisfaction only deepens when she gets sent on a wild goose chase to rural Wyoming to find some elusive gifted architect for a project she thinks is corrupt. Then she meets Sean Rockland. The antithesis of the effeminate manicured types she's used to at work, with his muscles fairly rippling under his button down, Sean ticks her off from the very first moment she lays eyes on him as he's recuing her from car trouble-which only makes him laugh. Of course that doesn't help. Sean has this way of calmly logically encouraging her to face her issues that makes her even madder. Why does he always have to be right? Why is she drawn to him anyway? What's up with all these crazy fairies appearing? And why can't she find the darned missing architect? When her spitfire meets his steel sparks begin to fly! 

My thoughts: This is the third book in the Rockland Ranch Series. I have had the opportunity to read the first two, so this book was a treat for me.

The Rockland family are good people. They are strong, firm in their LDS beliefs, and loving. This book was about Sean, one of the son's in the Rockland family.

Alexis is a young attorney. She works for a firm that have less than stellar ethics. As the story begins, she is sent from LA to Wyoming to try to snare an up and coming architect into her employer's trap in creating homes on land he plans to swindle the land owners out of. Her trip led her to meet Sean Rockland, just after she ran into an Elk and damaged her car.

From the moment they meet, personalities collide and you can see the romance begin to develop. I liked the tension they had between them. I didn't like that neither was willing to trust and they tried to walk away from each other. I know that it added to the story, but it was frustrating.

While this book can be read as a stand alone, I think it would be beneficial to read the first two books before this one to understand the family dynamic and the characters.

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