"Spitfire Sweetheart" by Mary Connealy
Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is, and he never expected to fall in love.
"Love Letter to the Editor" by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper's owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He's resolved to change Molly's mind about him--as an editor and as a man.
"A Cowboy for Katie" by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie's mind?
"Courting Trouble" by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive--or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn't interested in the case--until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace.
My Rating: 4 Stars
I requested this book to review on a whim one afternoon because I needed something to read quick during my busy schedule. A collection of Western romances sounded less daunting than a full-length novel. I’m very glad I did, because I very much enjoyed it. These are my thoughts on each of the four stories.
Spitfire Sweetheart – This was my favorite story of the collection. Individually, I give it 5 stars. I’ve hardly read anything by Mary Connealy, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I loved it right from the first paragraph. I have a hard time finding heroines in books that I really like, and Maizy was one of those rare gems who really drew me into her character. I really liked Rylan too. I thought the chemistry between them as the story went on was really good, and I quite enjoyed how in concluded.
A Love Letter to the Editor – This story took me a little bit to get into. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it after the first chapter, but once I got to know the characters better, I enjoyed it more. It wasn’t quite as exciting as the first story, but offered a sweet romance with a very cute ending.
A Cowboy for Katie – I really didn’t know what to expect from this story based on the first couple pages. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Katie because she just seemed a little too over the top, but once her story became more clear, and I got to know her, I really started feeling for her. This story was so different feeling from a lot of the Western romances I’ve read. I mean, how many are about someone whose life has been destroyed by a tornado? I would have to say this was my second favorite of the four stories.
Courting Trouble – This was an interesting story, considering the premise. I really liked Brock’s character, though I didn’t connect as much with Grace. It was almost like the story had two parts—Grace’s trial, and then the process of bringing her and Brock together. I thought the last half felt a little off or rushed, but all in all, a good story.
I very much recommend this collection of Western romances if your looking for some sweet, quick reads. It gives you a good sampling of the different authors’ styles.
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