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Poor Mary will pull you in grabbing your heart as she barely stays one step ahead of her stepbrothers. She has nowhere to turn and really nowhere to run with her poor sense of direction. Her heart breaks every day that she lost her beloved stepfather who did his best to keep his wild sons in control. When he is too sick and knows he will die he helps play Mary’s escape. It would have been nice if he would have given her a few more details but hey she is free if only for a little while. When she runs into Zach who isn’t the nicest person but agrees to give her a helping hand. They are on the move trying to stay one step ahead of her brothers. She isn’t too sure of Zack well he has been kind and a gentleman what would it hurt to go to his home until she is better. If she can just keep her heart to herself and go along with his plans maybe everything will work out.
Zack is off to meet his new bride but he finds yet again he has been jilted. What the devil is wrong with these women or is it him. Not even a mail order bride will follow through on her promise. That is it he is done he doesn’t need a women or children or a life. How to tell his family yet again the women got away. His mind is made up when low and behold a women walks right into him. He mind goes a little crazy hummm maybe he can get out of this mess and help a lady through her troubles killing two birds with one stone and then see her on her way safe and sound.
As you know things never go as we plan and lord the trouble and messes these two get into. The laugh is on each of them as the green eyed monster comes to town. You will seriously be entertained as they pull pranks to help the other along with a few maybe to get even.
Ms. Beresford did a wonderful job on the narration. The one trouble I had in the last book was I felt Hope should have a Spanish accent in this book the narrator did that and it sounds outstanding as well as fits with the story. I found no background noise, no high or low sounds just a smooth clear even listen. I love her voice and all her character voices. He male voices were warm and strong her female voices were sweet and innocent with a little devil in both. She hit each emotion right on the money and never leaves you in question to how each character feels. She laughs, cries, chuckles, angry and sad when each character is. There was a time or two when she almost had me in tears. You could hear the teasing in her voice as well as the anger which at times makes you laugh even harder. Her little boy’s voice is outstanding as she gives him innocent tones with questions that only young children could get away with. Lord she had me laughing throughout this whole listen. It was a pleasure listening to this narrator and I can’t wait to listen to more from her. She has wonderful accents, sweet warm lady voices and rich male tones. I just loved them all.
I became a fan of this authors writing a few weeks ago when I listen to one of her books. I really love her writing style, her humor and her plots but she sure out did herself on this one. She put so many twists and turns bring you within inches of danger and then turns it around keeping you laughing at the messes and plans these characters make. This was truly a total enjoyment from beginning to end. There were times I was shocked and I would say no she didn’t or what was he thinking and than I was laughing out loud. I could not put this down every chance I got I was listening no matter how little time I had I had to know what happen next. The author writes about the past which will remind you of the hard times as well as how easy it was to lose it all, how much was taken from the true American the Indians. Their story will break your heart and almost leave you in tears. She reminds you this was one of the most dangerous times in history with evil men, outlaws who would shot first, along with true gentleman, wonderful cowboys and true ladies. This was a time when you could leave your door open welcoming in a stranger, have a big family where family had time for family, love and a passion of the land. She gives you a story that is believable that you can sink into and be taking away. The Stone family has become one of my favorite families. I can’t wait to see what else these characters and this author has in store for me. I highly recommend you pick up one of Ms. Clemmons book you won’t be disappointed.
Zach is all yummy alpha guy with a gruff exterior that hides a gooey center! Yeah, he is a little angsty, but it doesn't last for long. He is almost too good a guy, but that is the joy or romance novels. Personally I always find a guy with a scar quite dashing!
Alice is very sweet and more than a touch naive. I love the banter between her and Zach. They have a great dynamic in their relationship. She has a bit of spunk to her at times and I love the way she defends her man!
The supporting cast is awesome again. I love the aunts and grumpy big brother Joel. It was nice to visit with Micah and Hope from the first book as well. The family atmosphere of this series if very heartwarming. I adore the dynamic and banter they all share.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Emily Beresford. I have listened to several of her other reads, really enjoyed them. This was a bit different from her other performances as she was trying on a few accents. I wasn't sure the accent was successful, a bit too country for my liking. The twang was a bit harsh to listen to in the beginning. It wasn't so bad as to put me off the book, but not my favorite read of hers. The other voices were great and stayed consistent throughout. Great pace, I prefer a quick read and she always delivers in that department!
The romance is sweet, bedroom door is open but details never get erotic. They spend plenty of time getting to know each other before taking that plunge, so to speak.
Plenty of action in the story, another spunky gal saves herself!! Woohoo to girl power. Even in the old west these gals were rockin it out!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
On the journey to Zach's ranch, they add 7 year-old orphan, Seth Barnes, and his dog Harry to the group. Desperation forces Zach and Alice to agree to a brief pretend engagement. Zach's aunts, brothers, an attentive preacher, and assorted neighbors make it difficult to just pretend an attraction. A life as Zach's wife tempts Mary Alice to re-think her plans to go to Atlanta. Zach soon finds it hard to send his pretend bride packing.
The pretended engagement is frought with problems; Alice's green hair, a smitten preacher, Zach's once white but now bright yellow shirt, and a growing mutual love that can survive the final knowledge about Alice's step-family.
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