Saturday, October 20, 2012
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
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?
This book came out on June first and honestly I am ashamed that I just now read it. Karen has become one of my favorite authors, and I have been looking forward to this book for over a year. Now that I have read it I can say that it was just as good as I expected it to be.
I love how Karen's writing is always so pure while still keeping that spark of romance alive and obvious in her books. I love the romance in this book. It is so sweet and tender. They are uncertain of the other one's feeling while their own feelings keep growing stronger and stronger.
I loved seeing Travis' sweet and romantic side come out. So cool to see how a woman can affect him and change him so much. While at the same time, he maintains his strength and masculinity. Love it.
I also really enjoyed reading about Travis' brothers and what they thought about the situation. The were not the main characters, but I found myself interested in them just as much. That was important because I hate when I want to skip certain parts in the story to get back to the main characters.
This book was written very well, and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be rereading it, and highly recommend it.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.