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Plots and Pans......

Title:  Plots and Pans
Author:  Kelly Eileen Hake
Pages:  313
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Jessalyn Culpepper is finished with finishing school!  Her father sent her to England to become a lady seven years ago and she’s been at five different schools over that time period, being dismissed from each one for her behavior.  When she discovers her father is dead, she cashes in her tuition money for a ticket back to Texas.  She has outgrown school and needs to prove she belongs home on the Bar None.  Her father sent her away and now she feels like she has to earn a place to belong on the ranch and in her family.  She meets an aunt she had no knowledge of before upon her return home.  She definitely benefits from having an older female influence.  However, Jess can do without all the talk of God that her aunt, her brother and Tucker bring into almost every conversation.  Jess and God aren’t on speaking terms as He never answered her prayers to come home or to save her mother from dying.
Tucker Carmichael is the ranch foreman.  After Simon Culpepper dies, Tucker is now part owner of the Bar None Ranch.  He knows Jess will be coming home sometime soon, but hopes it is later rather than sooner.  She was a handful when she left and Tucker doubts she has changed much since she has been gone.  He is in charge and likes to run a clean, efficient operation.  Jess is impulsive and makes rash decisions, a style which doesn’t mesh with Tucker’s way of doing things.  Once Jess arrives, they are at loggerheads a lot.  He admires her spunk and her know-how around the ranch, but he promised her dad he would keep her safe.  The decisions she makes keep Tucker hopping to ensure her safety.  Maybe he should sell his part of the ranch and take a job as foreman somewhere else.
I’ve read all of Kelly’s other books, so when this one came out I knew I was going to read it.  As with her other books, there are humorous scenes and dialogue sprinkled throughout the story, but this story for me was just average.  The round up where some action actually occurs isn’t until late in the book and everything up to that point is very ho-hum and drags a bit.  I just couldn’t connect with the characters. Hopefully, her next book will be back up to par with her prior ones.  This book isn’t terrible by any means, but it just isn’t as good as her others.
My rating is 3 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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