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With This Ring

Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!

Love isn’t always a fairy tale, and it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

The Husband Maneuver
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

Her Dearly Unintended
Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they’ll save their reputations–but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing?

Runaway Bride
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he’s promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.

Engaging the Competition
Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they’ll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison’s glasses–without which he’s nearly blind–she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.

Review

As you all know, I’m not a fan of novellas. However, if authors I really enjoy write them, I read them. That said, I enjoyed these novellas so much (some more than others) and have discovered the secret to doing them well. My thoughts:

Karen Witemeyer’s The Husband Maneuver– This one was my favorite. Most likely because I had read the full-length companion novel (A Worthy Pursuit) and so Daniel and Marietta felt like old friends. In fact, I had thought their story wasn’t quite finished in the novel and I was right! So the secret, my friends, is to already have a back story and then build upon it. Every page was awesome, though Daniel clearly didn’t want to be the hero that was based upon his life, how cool is it to fall in love with the actual hero of a story? Fantastic novella.

Regina Jennings’ Her Dearly Unintended-This novella….logically made no sense. However, this story was still good as you could tell that the characters already had a solid foundation to build on and they were so interesting I was still rapidly turning the pages. But logically… there were problems.

Mary Connealy’s Runaway Bride-In this novella, the main characters are mentioned in another series that Mary Connealy wrote and just about all the side characters have books on their own. It was like visiting old friends. I will say the romance felt super fast to me. But I still enjoyed this novella very much.

Melissa Jagears’ Engaging the Competition-I enjoyed this novella because it was different. Harrison was a different kind of hero and I love different heroes. I will be honest and say that I haven’t read Melissa Jagears (I don’t think), but still the characters had an already established relationship that I thought was pretty neat. The only thing with this one being so short, was that I thought this couple could have used more time together on the page. The author implies that they do, but I would have liked to see them come together more.

Overall, I consider this novella collection to be a success.

**I received a copy from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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