"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?
Have to say I enjoyed this book. It was what I call a "light read,' nothing too taxing on the brain and enough twists and turns in it to keep you interested. The main characters Meredith and Travis were perfect for one another and I enjoyed how Karen added the "sexual tension," between them without making it smutty.
I feel this book could be the beginning of a series as there are four brothers in the family, all with different stories to tell that would make for a good series of books? No idea though if this is a series it doesn't say?
Stars out of 5 : 4 The storyline kept you interested. It's a good book for an afternoon sitting in the garden or on the beach. You won't learn anything life altering in this book, but you will be entertained.
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