In the leadup to the Romance Writers of Australia conference in August, I’ve been looking up the works of the various authors who will be speaking.
So far, I’ve read stories from Stephanie Laurens, Anne Gracie, Mary Jo Putney, but by far and away my favorite read has been What a Bride Wants by Kelly Hunter.
I loved her strong willed main character Ella Grace, who is exasperated by her well-meaning father’s efforts to find her a worthy husband. It sounds like it should be the beginning of a regency romance, but the story plays out in the fictional modern-day world of Marietta, Montana, which Kelly describes as having been ‘crafted with such love and care’ by a number of authors over a period of time.
The story follows Ella’s response to her father’s efforts, and how, when she posts an advertisement on the wall of the saloon for a lover, she finds herself falling for wanderer Sawyer, who just might be more than he seems at first…
Ella Grace Emerson adores her father, but he keeps trying to marry her off to every eligible rancher in Montana. When he puts an ad in the paper on her behalf – for a docile house-husband – Ella retaliates with one of her own, pinned to the noticeboard of the local saloon. No husband required, housebroken or otherwise. What she wants is the perfect lover.
Newcomer Cam Sawyer is perfectly willing to tear up the sheets with Ella and be her partner in chaos. She wants a bad boy and he’s had experience aplenty. But what she really needs is a strong and loving partner, and until Sawyer stops running from his past he can never be that. Sawyer’s the one Ella wants. But can he be the man she needs?
This story was loads of fun, nothing too heavy in it, just a light, flirty, romantic little number that I really enjoyed.
Totally recommended for lazy Sunday afternoons with a cocktail and a sun lounge. Click on the pic to go to Kelly’s site where you can read an excerpt or make a purchase from Amazon.