While I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to have read the first story in this series, Beware The Ranger is not only a terrific story but introduces us to these characters and the roles they played early on in this series. I’m always recommending to read a series in order, but realistically I know that’s not always possible… yet, if you can pick up the first one, it will add so much to your enjoyment of The Lawman’s Apache Moon.

Angelina is finally on the road to her future in Santa Fe where she intends to open shop. Only plans have changed, she’s going solo and while happy for her best friend’s happiness, she’s feeling a tad bit alone right now. Sure there’s a handsome man alongside her making sure she gets to her destination safely… as if she needed the escort. But despite the attraction, Jace is not her man. What started out as helping a friend will soon turn into a much more complicated situation – one that neither Angelina or Jace expected. One dangerous storm, one hotel room available and one beloved relative will make life interesting for this couple who are fighting their attraction for each other. They each hold secrets, can they finally trust someone enough to allow love to grow into something amazing.

While thinking of how to describe this story to you one word keeps coming to mind… vivid. The scenery, the colors, the emotions, the couple themselves… are all vivid and so very easy to picture in your mind. I read a lot, but I cannot remember the last time a story took me so deeply into details and smells, colors, emotions that I could have reached out and touched them. Adding to the mix are the honorable traditions of Jace’s heritage which simply made their story so much more realistic. I would highly recommend The Lawman’s Apache Moon, and the entire series to any Romance reader who love to fall into the surroundings, live in the moment with the couple and find a very satisfactory happy ending for a charming couple.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

~Marsha, Keeper Bookshelf

What an astounding romance Beware The Ranger is. To be frank, this is the type of story behind the reasons I read Romance of any genre.

There was a time when Kat and Clay would have built their lives around each other. Young love but true love was on their side. Add into the mix a meddling grandmother, one who loved her granddaughter and wanted her to achieve her dreams… even if she got what her true dream really was so totally wrong. And one young man who took a wise woman’s words to heart and let his love for this young girl take second place to allowing her to fly free to try out her dreams. Sad thing is… no one asked the young girl what she truly wanted, and it certainly wasn’t what she got in the end.

Fast forward to a little over a decade and our no longer starry eyed lovers meet again, again by the grandmother’s design. Only this time she’s trying to make amends for her actions, decisions that weren’t hers to make. Kaitlyn had gotten her shining spot on Broadway and Clay had gotten his Texas Ranger star. Along the way he’d also had a wife and child. That his wife died and left him with a son to be both mother and father to was simply Clay’s life now. Yet, one woman held out the possibility of a second chance with the woman he’d never stopped loving. Not a do over, that could never happen, but maybe there was enough love left to have that dream. Trouble with that idea is that both Kat and Clay are extremely stubborn people. And when no one talks about the past, Kat makes assumptions. Choices that could cost her that true dream of hers once again.

I was blown away by this story, the emotions it invokes and the slow unveiling of information to us, the reader, and to the characters. It truly is so well done, flows so naturally that I really didn’t want to let this story go. I believe any Romance reader would love Kat and Clay’s romance. It’s a solid story, interesting secondary characters who will probably have their own tales told soon, and an emotional journey that is simply heart-wrenching and eventually heartwarming as well. I would recommend Beware The Ranger to any reader who loves a romance that is so real to life, and so emotional that you’ll be right there in the story with the couple. It’s good, it’s very, very good.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

~ Marsha, Keeper Bookshelf

I have a confession to make. I read a lot of genres. I’ve never met a genre I 100% dislike. I’ve read and enjoyed horror, sci fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, even erotica. There is one genre that I call my guilty pleasure. This genre I love and I read pretty much every book I’ve ever seen in this genre. I just don’t talk about it much because it’s a little silly.

 

Cowboy Romances.

 

I LOVE COWBOY ROMANCES. I don’t know why. Set a book in Wyoming and put the man in jeans and a flannel shirt and I will read it. It’s a flaw but not one I’m willing to change.

 

Hannah offered His Country Bride up for review and I knew I wanted to read it. I don’t review romances very often because They are hard for me to wrap my head around how but I wanted to give this one a try. Especially because its my genre!

 

I love romances because the are familiar. They are soft, warm and like coming home. This can also construed as being predictable. They do tend to follow a pattern or a formula. It’s not necessarily a problem, they use what works. However if you want a book that new and suprisingly unique, I wouldn’t grab a romance.

 

This book is no different. I really like Ellie and Lucas as characters. Ellie is strong but vulnerable. She doesn’t fall prey to being to helpless or sappy. I love how she fights when Lucas oversteps the boundaries she’s set. Lucas is the strong silent type but supportive and dependable. He has a history and that makes him cautious with his heart. I also loved Deacon. He’s my favorite.

 

There were some parts where I just thought, “Now, that’s just silly.” As unlikely as some situations seemed though, they drove the plot and I was willing to suspend my disbelief because it made for a good story. For me a romance doesn’t have to make perfect sense. Especially because when strong emotions are involved people don’t always think as clearly as they should. I’m willing to make some concessions.

This is a really cute contemporary romance with cowboys. I would rate it PG13 if you are worried about it being to adult for you. Give it a try and you might find yourself with a new genre obsession!

 

-Emily Reads Everything

If you've been around my blog for long enough, you know that I love reading books like this. There's something this kind of romance that just makes me happy. Sounds a little morbid I guess especially because Ellie's life is in danger and all but it's something I like. 

 

So, I clearly enjoyed this book. However, I wasn't sure how much I'd like Lucas to be honest. Since this is set in Texas and I got the "strong Texan alpha male" vibe from him--not really my thing I've come to learn--I wasn't sure how I'd like him. But I was so wrong to be worried because I loved Lucas! He's very silent, almost brooding and because both of our characters have had a past, he's guarded with his heart. Ellie, too, has to come to terms with everything that happened to her and what her future is going to be like and I liked that Debra Holt wasn't scared to push her characters. 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were moments where I didn't think the plot would work but Holt made me a believer. I loved seeing Lucas and Ellie open up to each other. Lucas became less reserved and Ellie gained more of the confidence she had been faking. 

 

- Life According to a Bibliophile

  my thoughts

This was such a cute romance! It was especially fun to read as my wedding is this weekend. So, I thought it was hysterical to read about a runaway bride.  But it was a seriously cute romance. It was light and fun and really just what I needed in my life right about now. (With wedding stuff going awry, I just needed something fun and light, and adorable to read).

 

I really liked how Ellie and Lucas complement each other. And I found it hysterical how they met: Lucas is a sheriff and Ellie was breaking the law.  When characters can not only make you like them, but when they complement each other, those are the best. Because when characters complement each other they become more lifelike and I really enjoyed reading Ellie and Lucas’ story.

 

All the while, I was also in love with the setting. I love city girls who are country at heart (hell, I am one of them). But to read Ellie’s story set in the country, was what really drew me into this story. I am obsessed with country romances, men in flannel and cowboy hats, and best of all the country music that stems from it. So, if you like country romances, definitely check this one out!

I’m really hoping to see more of Debra Holt and possible cameos of Ellie and Lucas in her future books!

- In Wonderland

With my recent foray into the world of contemporary romance, I’m always on the lookout for more books to read. When I was first told about Debra Holt’s His Country Bride, I thought it sounded like just my kind of story. And it was.His Country Bride was a sweet contemporary romance that hit the right notes.

 

After finding her groom in a compromising position with one of her bridesmaids, Ellie Perryman drives off to the country farmhouse left to her by her great aunt. While burning her wedding dress in an effort to put this horrible day behind her, a run-in with the local sheriff makes her day go from bad to worse. Lucas McCann doesn’t know what to make of the young woman burning her wedding dress like it’s no big thing. And he doesn’t know what to do about the feelings the keep coming up every time their paths cross. Neither one of them was looking for romance, but they might have just stumbled into it even if they don’t want to admit it.

 

I think what made my reading of Debra Holt’s His Country Bride so great was that I didn’t really have any expectations about the book when I started it. All I had really been told was that it was a sweet contemporary romance. And that’s definitely what this book was. If you’re looking for a steamy romance, this isn’t it and you should go look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a change of pace and something a little sweeter, then this is it. His Country Bride was a fun story that had more going on than I thought it would. It was definitely a sweet romance (am I sounding repetitive yet?), but that’s not all it was. At the centre of it all, there was an element of mystery, a crime that needed to be solved. That element of mystery helped keep me engaged, because I wanted to see how it would all be resolved. And that mystery was also woven into the romance in a way that one wouldn’t really have happened without the other. It made for some interesting dynamics between Ellie and Lucas and added another dimension to their relationship. 

 

Speaking of Ellie and Lucas. I’ll be hones and say that at first I wasn’t sure what to make of either of them. Like I wasn’t sure how I was going to read a whole book about them. But my worries were for nothing. The more I read, the more I realized that I actually wanted to find out what would happen to them. Ellie would crack me up while also making me respect her desire to do things on her own after everything that happened to her. And Lucas, I warmed up to him once he started being less oblivious about pretty much everything. I mean, I could understand where he was coming from, but there were moments when I thought he couldn’t possibly act any more clueless and stubborn. But it all worked out in the end and Ellie and Lucas were adorable together.

 

If you’re on the lookout for a fun and sweet contemporary romance, then Debra Holt’s His Country Bride is the book for you. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it has a bit of a mystery and a whole lot of southern charm.

 

-Emilie's Book World

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