Thursday, January 21, 2016

With This Ring by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears

The Husband Maneuver
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

This is the story of Dead-Eye Dan.  He was introduced in a previous book. Dan is the ranch foreman where Marietta or Etta as she is called is the ranch owner’s daughter.  She has been in love with Dan for years.  He is getting ready to leave and work his own spread. She will do anything to wrangle a proposal out of him before he leaves.  I found Marietta to be a little silly at times.  But I did enjoy this short novella.

Her Dearly Unintended
Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they'll save their reputations--but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing?

This was probably my least favorite of the four novella’s.  I just wasn’t very fond of Josiah or Katie.  They were too intent on arguing with each other to pay too much attention to the stranger that came into their lives.  I also didn’t like the stranger.  Especially after I found out what his profession was.  Without giving anything away,  he was uncouth. 

Runaway Bride
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he's promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.

This novella was my favorite.  I have not read anything by Mary Connealy that I haven’t liked.  This  novella has characters from two of her series.  It’s not necessary to read either of the series.  But it might make some of the character references from other books a little easier to follow.  You would just plain enjoy the books too. 

Engaging the Competition
Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they'll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison's glasses--without which he's nearly blind--she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.

If I were to list the novella’s in order of favorites, this would be third.  Harrison might be nearly blind without his glasses.  But Charlotte doesn’t wear glasses and she can’t see what’s right in front of her face.  Of course everything works out in the end.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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