I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller
Series: Brides of Bliss County #2
Published by HQN on January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.
One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it's her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.
Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.
What I Thought…
• The Marriage Charm is my first Linda Lael Miller book, but it won’t be my last. It was cute and funny at times and also a bit nerve-racking with the break in’s happening.
• I enjoy a good rekindling the romance story and The Marriage Charm did not disappoint me. Melody and Spence were together 9 years ago and broke up when Melody proposed. I absolutely loved the Melody was the one that proposed back then, plus it would make sense that she is leery about getting back together with Spence since he turned her down.
• While Spence might have been misguided in his youth, his reasons for turning down Melody are legit, and the way he recognizes that as an adult, and goes about showing that he has changed, is almost perfect.
• The Marriage Charm was equal parts love story and mystery. The mystery didn’t blow me away, but I appreciated that it was there I wasn’t in store for another huge communication blow up that causes the couple to break apart before they get back together.
• My favorite part of The Marriage Charm was the relationship between Melody, Hadleigh and Bex. They know when to give space and when to get in their friends faces about stuff. Even though it’s a small role in any book, supportive friends are a must for me.
• The Marriage Charm is considered a western romance, which is a first for me. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it as I’m not a fan of Western movies, but it wasn’t like that at all. Just a regular contemporary romance, but instead of a city setting it was set in the west and there were ranches. And horses, and who doesn’t like horses?
Overall I really enjoyed my first Linda Lael Miller book, and I know it won’t be my last!