With This Ring? A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry
Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Baker Publishing Group, 2016
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The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer
Marietta Hawkins has loved her father’s ranch foreman for years, but he doesn’t seem to know she exists. Now he is leaving and Marietta decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands. Retired bounty hunter Daniel Barrett hasn’t overlooked Etta, but he knows he must not pursue her until the vow he made is fulfilled, a vow he takes very seriously. Will they be able to work through the misunderstanding and be patient till the time is right?
Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings
Katie Ellen Watson had her heart broken once before and she won’t allow it to happen again, no matter how mature and good looking Josiah is now. Josiah Huckabee can’t understand why Katie Ellen dislikes him so much. He’s crazy about her despite her quirks, and won’t let her harsh rebuttals and stubbornness drive him away. When the two of them are thrown together in a dangerous situation with a menacing stranger they fall into a necessary deception to save themselves and their reputations. Their close proximity forces them to acknowledge the attraction they feel for each other and confront the misunderstandings that have kept them apart all these years.
Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy
Facing a frightening arranged marriage to settle her fathers debts, Carrie Halsey and her younger brother slip away in the night to escape a deplorable future. With the aid of a Texas Ranger sent to accompany them, they set off to reach their sister in Colorado, but Carrie’s fiancé has other plans. Pursued by hired gunmen, John Conway has his work cut out for him to get his charges to safety and not fall in love with the lovely and courageous young woman in the process.
More by Mary Connealy: The Lassoed By Marriage Romance Collection
Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears
Charlotte (Charlie) Andrews is a dead shot – Harrison Gray knows this because she showed him up in front of all their school friends with his brand new rifle. Now, years later, a nearly blind Harrison loses his glasses in a storm and Charlie feels responsible, so she insists on helping him with his duties as a teacher until a new pair arrives. Harrison finds his feelings for the rough riding cowgirl haven’t faded much over the years, even though her competitive nature hasn’t faded either, and he struggles to keep his distance because Charlie is now engaged. But something strange is going on, and Harrison has a feeling this engagement is not what it seems. At the urging of their kind, meddlesome preacher, he attempts to get to the bottom of it, showing Charlie that she has more choices than she thought she did.
With This Ring? is a great collection of novellas by some very talented authors. No duds in this one, all four hooked me and I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite. I have previously enjoyed books by the first three of these ladies and have since added three books by the fourth to my wishlist.