Friday, April 8, 2011

Rugged and Relentless (Husbands for Hire) by Kelly Eileen Hake

Book Description:  Roll into Hope Falls, Colorado, where three women are seeking mates to help them establish a sawmill. Evelyn Thompson never dreamed their husbands-for-hire ad would bring so many bachelors to their tiny town. How will she ever figure out which feller to choose? Jacob Granger, a logger-turned-bounty hunter, is hot on the trail of his brother’s killer. When a clue leads him to Hope Falls, he has no choice but to pretend to court Miss Thompson while waiting for the killer to show his hand. Will Jacob’s unexpected adoration of this sweet cook prompt him to speak vows before getting vengeance?

My Review:  Three friends set out for Colorado to help an ailing friend, to re-claim lost money and to find husbands!
These three best friends get.more.than.they.bargain.for when two dozen men descend on the small town after hearing the these beautiful ladies are in town.  
Jake has the most wonderful memories of a lady back East who can cook like nobody's business.  He longs to see her again!  So, imagine his utter surprise when he finds her and her two friends ensconced in "his" town with many admirers at their beck and call.
This dying mining town has never seen the likes of three women who are determined to change all for good.  And Jake fears for the ladies since not all of the mining men are honorable and reputable.  He tries to reason with them but Lacey is determined that what this town needs is not mining but to concentrate on the lumber!  Uh oh! Clash of the wills!  
Jake is hurting and believes that the mysterious Mr. Twyler is responsible for his brother's death.
The mystery of Mr. Twyler and Jake's murdered brother brings an element of suspense to this delightful read!
The ladies are non-conventional but  they still wear corsets, have desire to wives of honorable men and when overbearing men think they know what is best for them.
A wonderful, fast paced read with delightful dialogue and characters.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for this great read!*

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