A mistake, not of her making, leads Nettie to a marriage that may be doomed from the start unless they find it in themselves to work together as partners.
Nettie’s dream is to find a teaching position and help her younger brother to become a doctor. One night of drunkenness by the town’s bachelor leads to a forced marriage. At first glance, Nettie would be classified as a shy woman, but as Josh finds out, there’s a fiery spirit kept in check there, just waiting for the right catalyst.
Josh McClintock is a hard worker, helping his father on their family ranch. But by night he parties hard. The consummate playboy, it would be hard to truly dislike Josh and to his credit he is attracted to Nettie, he just didn’t plan to marry her. Actually, his plans didn’t extend past the next willing bed partner. There was some real humor in the situation that forces Josh and Nettie to wed. That was nice because the author could have taken it into a different direction when Nettie’s dad walks in demanding answers.
This is a historical novel where the setting, language and colorful descriptions felt very accurate. It was easy to picture the story as it played out. The story is simple, not overly complicated. What really makes this story special are the characters. They were easy to cheer for and it was nice to see them end with a HEA despite the rocky start. The writing and the plot are good. But the story highlights the characters, at their best and their worst.
McClintock’s Reluctant Bride shows how family and love can come into your life in different ways. It has humor, heart and just enough heat to satisfy readers who enjoy a good western historical romance that begins with a shotgun wedding. Worth the read.
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