Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: January 2015

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.

The Marriage Charm is the second book in this series about three friends who make a marriage pact.  To only find husbands in men they truly love. I really enjoyed the first book, The Marriage Pact.  In this one, It's Hadleigh's turn to  find love.  The thing is, Spence is convinced that it should be him.  That would be great for Hadeligh if he hadn't left her hanging 10 years before.

So far, I think this is my least favorite out of the two I have read.  While I liked it, I just didn't love it.   Wasn't really feeling the love between the two.  I kept saying to myself, why now?  They have lived in the town together for years. Why after 10 years does Spence all of a sudden want to get involved with Hadleigh again.  There was not real catalyst that put him back on her path, other than we are told that he wants her.  I did ultimately like the HEA, but I think this one could have been more of a shorter story.  

There is also the mystery of the break-ins and thefts in the town.   I was surprised at who the thief was only because I felt like the solution came out of nowhere.  There were NO hints at all until almost the end.  For me, it was kind of a "huh?" moment.  Despite this one not being y favorite, I still recommend reading it and the first book.  You can't go too wrong with this author.  I look forward to Bex'x story next in The Marriage Season.

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