Wrangling His Best Friend’s Sister (Beckett Brothers Book 1) by Leslie North

Since the death of her husband, Ava Pearson has struggled to juggle the demands of her job as a journalist with the needs of her young son. When her job uses the opportunity to downsize by firing her, Ava finds herself back in her childhood home, desperate for a job. A chance meeting with her brother’s best friend at a job fair gives her the idea for a story.  All she needs to do is convince him to give her a job and a place to live.

Branson Beckett is determined to run his ranch precisely like his father did. He is hoping to convince his best friend to invest in his ranch so he can expand. There is just one problem, money has been disappearing from his account, and he has no idea how. Branson reluctantly agrees to hire Ava as his ranch hand. Allowing her to interview his employees for her story, if she decides to help find his missing money.

While this seems like a win-win situation, the attraction bubbling beneath the surface complicates matters between the two and the last thing either of them needs right now is to give in.

This book suffers for its length, which is a problem many novellas experiences. There isn’t enough time to develop the story. This book begins well, with good character development. The difficulties between the three Beckett brothers is interesting, but from the first instance of passion between Ava and Branson, the story becomes jumpy and rushed. This could have been a good read, but its length let it down.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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