A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure (Novella)
“You’re the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?” Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.
Jilly smiled. “And you’re the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know,” she flirted in return.
Jack smiled. “I do know,” he said.
Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable—and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove—and he was, for the most part.
Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man—no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason—ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true—being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did.
My Review: Jilly is the happiest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, she gets to spark with the handsome Jack Taylor. Jilly would never admit to Jack that he isn't the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, but that honor belongs to Boone Ramsey. Boone is the one man in town that you can always count on to save you from any dangerous situation. Little boy in the fast moving creek, Boone pulls him out. Lost down a well or in a mine, Boone's your man. Boone happens to overhear Jilly's grandpa Doolin Adams worrying about what will happen to Jilly when he dies. He knows that the handsome Jack is not the marrying kind and worries that Jilly's fascination with him will get her in trouble. Boone made a promise to himself when he was a young man that he would never allow anyone or anything to hurt Jilly and he means to keep that promise. So he goes to Doolin and asks for Jilly's hand in marriage which Doolin gladly grants. Jilly is furious, she knows she wants to marry Jack. Her grandparents and Boone can all see what she can't that Jack is not the marrying kind. What will Jilly do, marry a man she hardly knows or a man that wants nothing to do with marrying her.
This was a cute novella. I liked that it was a quick, easy read. I liked the characters. I liked that I was sucked into the town of Mourning Dove Creek and cared about what happened to the people living in it. I really liked the skinny dipping scene, it made me laugh really hard to imagine it! I can't wait to read Marcia Lynn McClure's next book to see just what she will come up with next!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Author Marcia Lynn McClure
Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”
Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.
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