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Story starts with us learning of heroine's suspicious she is being poisoned! She doesn't know who to trust so she devices a plan to regain control of her inheritance before she ends up dead. Hero on the other hand is in need of water for his cattle and still trying to get past the false accusations against him killing heroine's father. His brothers are there to help him clear his name and get back on his feet. Heroine takes advantage of his troubles and tries to arrange marriage of convenience with him.
Hero is upset. He loves her and his pride is wounded further with her "in name only" marriage proposal. He walks out angry but comes back after an incident that has him setting aside his pride to help heroine and himself. However, he does decide he will work hard to win her over. That includes couple times hero convinces heroine to allow him into her bed, first time for convenience and rest for pleasure; )
So things just keep getting worst for the heroine, and now the hero since he married her. Bad enough she is a shell of her former self due to the poisoning someone wants her dead one way or another. So starting with someone shooting into their bed on their honeymoon, hero's barn being put to blaze, H/h being shot at while on ride and hero getting seriously hurt, family discord as hero replaces heroine's cook, confrontation with family/friends in bid to get information, some putting a rattle snake on heroine's bed and the villain making a direct attack on heroine things are rough!!!
However hero has back up and they all work together to solve that case before heroine, or hero, end up dead. I did love hero's family and how loyal they were. Even heroine falls in love with them but, again, fights it at first. While all these crazy things are going on hero manages to be heroine's safety through it all and in two occasions hero managea to seduce the heroine into letting him into her bed;)
There are one other conflict in that hero does make decisions for heroine around what he is doing to keep her safe. Oh man, heroine mad when she finds out and it does make it harder at times to gain her trust. He still does it. Keep in mind he does worry about her recovery and tries hard make sure she is resting. Even when she looks bad he still finds her attractive.
Then at the climax scene it explains who done it and why. Hero suspected something and I think that is what saves heroine at the end. So even with things solved heroine still holding out. But good loving and morning after helps place things in perespective. Like they say alls well that ends well. Heroine may have been hurt in past but hero and his family's actions help heroine heal and learn love can be beautiful.
It is a safe read. It is good length novel. Focus is on solving the mystery and hero trying win heroine over, so not all the book focuses on the romance. Love scenes moderate in heat factor. Hero was heroine's first. I read two love scenes and both after marriage and towards last half of the book. No OW or OM. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.
A western set in the 1870's, I found the mystery intriguing. When Hope calls on handsome neighbor Micah Stone and his two brothers for help, she had already decided to take most matters into her own hands. All former lawmen, the Stone brothers leap into action to protect Hope, and the youngest brother, Micah, grants her odd request. After all, Micah had been acquitted of killing her father.
Micah had fallen on bad times and figures this `help' will mutually benefit both ranches.
I would have liked Hope to be more insistent on having her hand in all aspects of solving the mystery and the running of the ranch. To be as independent as she claimed she wished, but it is after all a man's world in this era. And I wished her to be less tolerant of decisions made for her while recuperating from her illness.
Despite my wanting to berate Hope Montoya as a reader, I did enjoy the love story and had a fine time trying to figure out who was trying to poison Hope Montoya and why.
I recommend this book as a pleasant read, one you romance and mystery lovers won't be sorry you chose to cuddle up with on the beach or for pure escapism into the mores of the early west.
I give it a three and a half star rating. I'm glad I read it.
Micah is shock when a man comes to him asking him to met Hope who he has loved from afar for many years. One night he held her in his arms as they dance it was the best night of his life until her father put an end to it. He wasn’t a very nice man when he put him in his place. He never stopped loving Hope but when she ask him to marry her he thinks his dreams has come true until she said it would be a marriage in name only. He said NO WAY NO HOW until something happens to change his mind as he runs back to Hope making her his bride.
Can he keep his promise to keep his hands to his self or will he throw it all away to take the women he loves and make her his wife. Hope is very weak and is in need of a lot of rest but as Micah watches over her protecting her over and over from those that want her dead it is very hard to turn away from the only man you can trust.
I felt Valerie Gilbert did a good job for the most part on this audio. She has a great smooth voice but at times her voice sound robotic not all the time but at times. She goes give wonderful emotion and you can tell what each are feeling. There were a couple of places where there was no emotion that I could hear. As a review for an audio you have to listen closely to the narrator voice why still listening to the story. At times it can be trying when you have both a good story and a good narrator. I feel Ms. Gilbert does a good job just need a little work on a smoother read. Her characters voices were great you did not have any trouble telling who was talking. I guess it throw me I thought Hope would have more of a Spanish accent which she does not. I did enjoy her many character voices you could always tell who was talking and just what was on their mind. I found no background noise her tones for the most part where smooth and even. There were no high or low parts just a clear listen.
Ms. Clemmons gives you a highly entertaining read as she hooks you from page one. She gives you wonderful characters you can relate to. Before you are done you feel these people are your family. You are so invested in the story you do not want it to end. My heart broke for Hope not only has she lost just about everything but to have parents who really didn’t care for you or each other made her life tough. Thinking her aunt and uncle could be the ones trying to kill her just doesn’t put much faith in family at all. She has a few good friends but she still is holding her cards close to her chest. Micah you have to love this man as he protects Hope with his life. He finds it hard to keep his hands to his self. This is one true gentlemen any women would be proud to call her own. Who wouldn’t want a strong take charge kind of man who is as gentle as a lamb but can put the fear of god in most men?
I love this authors writing style as well as the twists she puts in her story some you won’t see coming. I was almost done with the listen before I worked out who the killer was and almost missed the clues. This is one author that is very talented and gives you wonderful details why holding back enough to let you work out the who and what. I love the supporting characters his brothers will steal your heart and his aunts are just amazing. They will keep you smiling and even laughing from time to time. The author gives you excitement, adventure, a few heart stopping moments and some wonderful passion. I just cannot wait to start book two in this series.
For anyone who loves a pretty clean western romance you should pick this book up. There is a little sex nothing that is over powering and some major swearing as cowboys were well known for. I myself didn’t find anything wrong with this as I found this story and plot to be outstanding. I am very sure Ms. Clemmons and I will have a very long author – reader relationship. She gives you a thrilling, suspenseful romance you can sink into leaving you with a smile and love in your heart.