Sunday, July 12, 2020

Love's Silver Bullet by Julie Lessman

About the Book
She’s targeting his love.
He’s aiming to steer clear.
Till true love picks them off in a bull’s-eye of the heart
Eighteen-year-old Sheridan Donovan has been in love with Jake Sullivan since the age of four, when she used to tag after him and her big brothers on the Silver Lining Ranch. From little on, Jake has been her hero, convincing her brothers to play school and wedding with her whenever she’d begged and cried. From horsey rides and tickle fests to his sweet willingness to be her pretend groom, Jake’s gentleness and affection had nurtured two dreams in Sheridan’s heart—becoming both a teacher and Mrs. Jake Sullivan. Preferably not in that order.

At the age of thirty, Jake figures he pretty much has everything he needs at the moment. A good job as the Assistant Foreman for Silver Lining Ranch, great friends in Blaze and Dash Donovan, and a true mentor in their uncle and owner of the ranch, Finn McShane, the man who’d given him a family to replace the one he lost. But when Finn’s niece, Sheridan—Blaze’s and Dash’s little sister to whom Jake became a big brother as well—turns eighteen, Jake discovers there’s one more thing he needs: distance and lots of it. From pinafores and bows at age six to overalls and dirt till age fifteen, the grown-up Sheridan looks nothing like the little girl who’d once been his constant shadow, now transformed into a young woman who races his heart. Painfully aware that Sheridan is determined to win his love, Jake is equally determined to keep a promise to her uncle, a promise that not only shoots a hole in his well-ordered life, but in his heart as well.

My Thoughts
I’m always giddy happy when I finish a Julie Lessman novel and this time was no different! Nobody writes romance like her and I love it!
I had so much fun diving back into the lives of all the people who call the Silver Linings Ranch home! And I was especially excited to get Jake and Sheridan’s story! I absolutely loved Jake’s character in the last book and I knew Sheridan was going to have her work cut out for her to convince him to give up his vow to never marry!
Sheridan started out a little naive and flighty but I loved watching as she grew and matured throughout the book and especially how she learned to trust God with her life instead of trying to control it herself.
Jake was just as awesome as I remembered, an honorable man who was honest, hardworking, loyal, and loving. His interactions with everyone were colored by him wanting to the very best for those he loved. From his interactions with the orphan boys, to his respect for Finn, to his friendship with Blaze and Dash that was more like brothers, to the way he tried to do what he thought was best for Sheridan despite the pain it caused him. His every action was for the good of those he cared for and I couldn’t help admiring him.
Jake and Sheridan’s relationship sure had its ups and downs but I loved every second whether it was toe-curling kisses, or frustration that they didn’t see eye to eye! Lessman always makes you feel every emotion while reading her books and it’s one of my favorite things about her writing! There are tears, laughter, and most importantly, happy giddy sighs!
And I can’t write this review without talking about the spiritual element! Julie Lessman has a knack for infusing every part of her story with a biblical message that always resonates with me. And it doesn’t come off in a preachy way but is natural to the story. Few authors enhance my spiritual walk like Lessman does and I’m always grateful for it!
So yes, I of course loved this book and I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book (I have opinions on who I want it to be about)! If you haven’t read the first two books in this series I recommend you do before starting this one because there is a lot of carry over-it will be well worth your time!

Meet the Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.
Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 21 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017-20, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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