Marry Me by Jo Goodman is a fascinating read. With characters so real they came alive, romance & danger in a captivating & exciting story I couldn't put down. To be honest I started this book with some doubts as the first few sentenced didn't exactly grab my attention. Having said that I should probably say that with the way I read going into a story cold generally makes me hesitant. Even when I know the author or know some of the characters from before I still drag my feet. I generally read something that I've read a blurb on or heard about and immediately jump into it so I'm already eager to get into the story. With Marry Me I had heard it was a good read and put it in my TBR pile but it took me about a week to get to it. I started it, hesitated and started it again. Once I actually got a few pages into the story I was honestly hooked. It wasn't flashy or dramatic but the character interaction between Cole and his sister had me smiling and I knew I had to find out more about them. The people of Reidsville were such interesting individuals I couldn't help wanting to meet more of them. With each new character the story bloomed and I could almost see the town and surrounding area as it teemed with life. Like unwrapping an onion, peeling back layer after layer the more I read the more I wanted to read. Each character was fascinating and each brought something new and interesting to the story. I laughed and I cried and I so wanted to shoot certain characters just on principle! I highly recommend this story! Now I'm going to have to go back and read the previous story about the residents of Reidsville, Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman.
HER HEART WAS LOCKED AWAY
Rhyne Abbott is fierce, brave, and used to a life of isolation on her father's spread on the outskirts of Reidsville, Colorado. But when, overcome with sickness, she collapses, she knows she must return to town if she is to have any hope of recovery. Only there is no place for her but the new doctor's home, and he wants more than just to heal Rhyne. He wants her hand in marriage.
UNTIL ONE MAN FOUND THE KEY
Doctor Cole Monroe's hands are already more than full with his orphaned little sister to look after, and yet somehow he can't resist the magnetic pull of Rhyne's bewitching eyes—or her tempting kiss. But convincing her to trust him won't be easy. For Rhyne's heart needs as much tender care as her ailing body. And the only cure is the thing she most fears: to let herself fall in love...