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Married in Montana Paperback – July 3, 2017
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Married by Montana is the second novel in the Paradise Valley Ranch series and was published June 29th. No stress, you can easily read the novels separately since I haven't read the first novel yet either!
The reason I requested this book is because I recognized some of myself in Ellie - just by reading the blurb! I'm very independent myself and I would never, ever submit to a man, give up my own choices and free will. Let alone be a housewife that does nothing else but looking after her family. I like doing my own thing, my own way.
Knowing this, I was convinced this would be a book very much to my liking.
The cover of this book also played a part in that decision. It looks simple, romantic and couldn't fit the title more. To tell you the truth, I was completely in the mood for some romance! And romance I got, that I can tell you.
Set in the late 1800's, Ellie's character is out of the ordinary. She's a free-spirited girl who lives impulsively, does what she likes and says whatever she likes. No sugarcoating. No trying to be like the norm of that time and become a charming housewife.
Add to that a dash of dark, brooding, mysterious and handsome with the name Thomas Sheenan, a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Putting these two together, fireworks are bound to go all over the place.
I could connect with Ellie on a couple of levels. I'm a bold, impulsive and straightforward person. I tend to say what I'm thinking, even when it's probably going to come out all wrong. I don't mind what people think of me either. I just want to do my thing and enjoy my life. And I felt that Ellie was the same on all those accounts.
“She ground her teeth together, forcing a smile, aware her strong personality rubbed some the wrong way, and yet she didn't try to be offensive, she just wanted to be herself. But people loved having opinions and they loved to judge.”
But I didn't see eye to eye with Ellie on everything. She seemed like such a strong-minded, confident person. At least before she started begging - pretty out of the blue, in my opinion - to Thomas for his help. I thought she'd put more effort into finding other solutions first, trying other ways to save her father's legacy, the ranch.
Jane Porter's writing style was fluent to say the least. I actually read this book in a couple of hours, walking around with my phone - I'm still desperately waiting for my Kindle to arrive - while doing chores or just moving from one reading spot to the other. I didn't want to stop reading. Just couldn't either.
I was completely and utterly lost in the romance Porter created by putting two head-strong characters together and watching the passion unfold.
I really enjoyed the story, but just felt like sometimes things progressed just a tad too quickly. If the relationship between Ellie and Thomas would've developed a little more slowly, letting that sexual tension build up some more before walls began to crumble... That would've made it perfect for me!
Apart from that, I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves romance with a sensual spin to it or feels like a quick, light read.
This book is getting a 4/5! And I'm definitely going to take a closer look to her other books - she has plenty! - and add them to my TBR.
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Married In Montana gives us a look back to the beginning of the Sheenan family. And the apple didn’t fall far from the tree as Ellie and Thomas’ great-great-(however many greats) – grandchildren have inherited that totally stubborn, bull-headed, prideful gene that runs strong in their ancestors.
Ellie had to marry. She’s aware that her father must see her married before his death – it didn’t matter if it was happily or stupidly in love, simply married. Because of her wealth, or her family’s wealth, there was no shortage of men who would happily take on the stubborn, bull-headed Ellie. None of them would do. Ellie intended to run the ranch, not be some doe eyed wife who stayed in the kitchen – no it was her ranch and she’d be the boss of it. There is one man who fits the type of man Ellie feels she could at least get along with for a lifetime. One man who has no interest in her, or the wealth that the other suitors never try to hide. In a marriage of convenience both parties should get at least part of what they need from the deal. And Ellie has an offer to make to Thomas that he should find difficult to turn down. She never expected to fall in love with her husband.
Thomas had left his homeland to strike out on his own, to make his future with his own hands. Life wasn’t easy in this small settlement, but he’d work hard for what he saw as his future. His plans didn’t include a wife, especially not Ellie who he wasn’t even certain he could stand for more than moments at a time. Yet she made an offer that enticed him. A marriage of convenience might not be a bad way to make his claim to something solid in this new world. He never counted on the woman she became after her father died. He hadn’t expected to care one way or the other if she never left her rooms to face the human race again. He definitely hadn’t expected the sparks that shot off of them, or the beginnings of thoughts for a future that was far more than she’d offered him. He hadn’t expected to love his wife.
Two strong, stubborn, mule-headed people are about to found a dynasty of sorts. First they have to admit that it’s not convenience that binds them and give love a chance to grow in big sky country.
Married In Montana has just about everything I look for in a romance. People who capture my imagination, situations that are tense yet believable, secondary characters that add to the story – and that indescribable something that sparks the belief that this is a couple who will make it against all odds. Thomas and Ellie might not have fallen love the usual way, but their emotions are strong, solid and fit their personalities. By the ending of their story I had no doubts that this was a love match that would endure. And that is what makes a good romance – I can believe in the couple’s reality.
If you love Marietta, Montana stories then going back to how it all began is a treat that shouldn’t be missed. I’d highly recommend this story, and the entire series to any Romance reader no matter your preferred genre.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*