Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Husband Maneuver," Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers "Her Dearly Unintended," where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives.
Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride" finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears' "Engaging the Competition" finds a young woman forced to assist the man she's often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.
The Husband Maneuever by Karen Witemeyer
This was a cute story that follows a minor character from on of Witemeyer's other books. I love love love that it had a story in the story, and I love the ending, crossed out part of the story. That was cute and clever.
Marietta is a strong character and I loved getting to know her a little better. Her little scheming were awesome.
It's hard not to like Dan. He has such a good character and it just upstanding.
This was a lovely little story.
Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings
I didn't love this one as much. The female lead was soooo aggressive the whole time and that made it a little unbelievable at the end. If she wasn't such a stinker I would have liked this book a lot more.
Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy:
I was really enjoying this story when all of a sudden it just had too many "What?!?!'s" Maybe because this was a novella, but this might have been better as a longer story that could be flushed out more and didn't have you jumping from one extreme to another.
Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears:
This was my second favorite story in the collection. I have so much sympathy for Harrison and being blind. I can totally relate to that. I just read another review and the reviewer didn't like this story at all, and while I can understand all of her points, and even agree with them, I just thought this was an entertaining read.
Title: With this Ring? A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry
Authors: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: January 2016
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.