Friday, January 11, 2013
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.
Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.
Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?
I enjoyed this novel from start to finish because it held my attention and was not a simply plotted love story. It had a cute theme, but at the same time the emotional part of the story ran much deeper than I expected from what could have been a simple cookie-cutter plot. It has a unique twist on the bride of convenience theme and that difference from the same-old same-old kept me turning the pages.
The best part of the story was probably the cord of love developing between them and the author's twist on the things that kept them apart. I loved how the author used easy to assume misconceptions to create barriers for them, and I loved how they discovered that none of what they believed was true in the end. Of course, the hero was very heroic, and the heroine had strengths as well as flaws, but not the annoying kind that makes you want to roll your eyes. Bottom line, I loved everything about this book.
Short Straw Bride was published by Bethany House and released in June 2012.