Pick of the Week: January 30, 2013

I was in the mood for something different this week and noticed Kaki Warner’s Runaway Brides series is on Smexy Books’ recommendation list.  I almost never read westerns and had never read one of Ms. Warner’s books before.  I am now a huge fan of hers – I started with Heartbreak Creek and devoured the novel in close to one sitting.  Edwina Ladoux is at the end of her rope in the war-torn South.  She answers an ad for a mail-order bride and is soon married by proxy to Declan Brodie, a widower with four children.  It’s a wild gamble for both of them and neither is pleased when Edwina arrives at his ranch in Colorado.  Declan needs someone who can work hard at his ranch and Edwina is a seemingly useless, pampered miss.  Edwina sees Declan as a silent, severe giant and his children are hooligans.  More drama is added to the mix when a madman hell-bent on destroying Declan’s life starts making trouble.  I enjoyed every page of this book and the ending is very satisfying.  There are many intriguing secondary characters including the protagonists of the next two books in the Runaway Brides series which I am really looking forward to reading.

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