New York Times best-selling author Joan Johnston is back with these two emotional stories.
The Cowboy Takes a Wife
Desiree Parrish has two weeks to find a man to protect her from her abusive ex-husband. She's never forgotten Carter Prescott's kindness to her, but can she trust him to keep her and her daughter safe now? Though she's offering him a marriage in name only, Carter has one nonnegotiable condition - Desiree will have to share his name and his bed!
The Unforgiving Bride
From the moment rancher Falcon Whitelaw sees Mara Ainsworth, she's the woman of his dreams - but she belongs to someone else. Then a tragic accident leaves her widowed - and she blames Falcon. But it seems marrying him is the only way to save her daughter's life. Can Falcon convince Mara to forgive him and make this a marriage for real?
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THE COWBOY TAKES A WIFE
Let’s start by my telling you what an animal Burley was. What he did to Desiree was so horrible. The least that I wanted to happen to him was that he would die. No more prison for him! Dead, that’s it.
And, of course, then Desiree just had to have a TSTL moment. I was tempted to quit reading but I was on chapter 8 and there were only 9 chapters in this story. What she did was so stupid I didn’t even care if Burley killed her.
The biggest part of this book was spent on Carter gaining her trust so he could make love to her, without her being scared to death. With all that Burley did to her it was no wonder she was scared of every man that walked the earth. Burley was a cold and cruel man, that’s for sure. And got exactly what he deserved.
There was really no sexual tension in this story but there was desire, passion, and it was enough to make it nice. There was sex but it wasn’t all that descriptive. And there was no swearing.
THE UNFORGIVING BRIDE
This was an alright story. Mara needed to save her sick daughter and the best way to do that was to go to the man she hated, because of the death of her husband. Well, you know how that went.
Falcon was a ne’er-do-well who went through the millions, his grandfather left him, in five years’ time. So, the only way he could help Susannah was with his medical insurance and to do that Mara had to marry him.
Needless to say, their sexual attraction was off the charts, and Mara trying not to have sex with Falcon was impossible.
Anyway, Susannah got better and everything, as usual, worked out. However, the first story was better than this one. It had more excitement in it.
The sex wasn’t hot and steamy but it was nice and there wasn’t any swearing to speak of.
As to the narration: He was OK, neither good nor bad. He did read without emotion. Honestly, in the time it took me to write this review I can’t even remember what he sounded like, that’s how unmemorable he was.
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