JODI THOMAS, JO GOODMAN, KAKI WARNER, ALISON KENT

BOOTS UNDER HER BED

Publisher: Berkley

Published date: January 7, 2014

ISBN-10:  0425267849

ISBN-13:  978-0425267844

Genre: Historical Fiction–Wild West

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

From four acclaimed authors come four all-new novellas featuring the rugged men of the West and the women who want them…

From Jodi Thomas…Callie has done a lot of crazy things, but it’ll take one more to prove she isn’t nuts: find a husband, fast! Her only requirement: he has to be taller than she is and swear not to have her committed during their ruse of a marriage.

From Jo Goodman…Felicity Ravenwood was raised to be independent-minded, but when this runaway bride opposes her father’s choices, it is up to Nat Church to bring her around. But he doesn’t count on springing her from jail, holding her hostage, or falling head over boot-heels in love.

From Kaki Warner…Two strangers on a train have more in common than they know—both have hidden purposes and ties to a Nebraska bank robbery. But when their schemes unravel, they find a bigger surprise awaiting them than either could have imagined.

From Alison Kent…When runaway New York socialite Maeve Daugherty joins her father’s bodyguard Zeb Crow on his personal mission of revenge, what was a slightly scandalous new life as a bookkeeper for an infamous San Antonio brothel becomes downright dangerous. But that’s not stopping Maeve from having the time of her life.

My Thoughts

A great collection of Wild West novellas!  Each novella found in this novel is unique, sassy, and down right fun to read!  This was my first experience with all four of the authors, but certainly not my last.  Each time you start a new story in this book, the characters, storyline and even the setting are rather different and very entertaining!

Crazy Callie needs to find a husband, fast, if she’s going to escape her stepfather’s devious plans.  When she goes husband hunting, in a rather unique place, she finds just the type of man she’s looking for.  But after she and Luke marry, she learns that while she found Luke when he was down, he definitely wasn’t out for the count.  As the two of them deal with the obstacles facing Callie, they find that love can be found even under the strangest of circumstances.

Head strong Felicity isn’t going to bow to her father’s wishes.  She wants to marry of course, but not to the men of her father’s choosing.  So she runs and ends up causing quite the commotion in a small town jail.  When Nat Church shows up and springs her, she’s not exactly willing to go, but Nat has ways to manage difficult females.  Once safely tucked away in her private train car, Nat reveals that she is being allowed to have a grand tour of the west, but if she steps one foot out of the car, she’s officially cut off and not allowed back inside.  But being held captive isn’t quite so bad when you’re riding with Nat Church…..Has Felicity finally found a man she wants?  And is Nat Church willing to marry a rather strong-willed female, such as Miss Felicity Ravenwood?

When Rachel James and Richard Whitmeyer board a train, they have a lot more in common than they think they do.  Both are connected to a bank robbery in Nebraska, both are hiding a secret or two, and both are trying to pry information from the other.  But when their train gets stranded, things start to get quite interesting….  I wish I could tell you more about this one, but I don’t want to ruin the story so you’ll just have to read it for yourself!  I’m sure it will keep you guessing until the last page!

When Maeve Daugherty runs away with her uncle, the last place she expected to find herself was working in brothel.  But as circumstances would have it, that’s exactly where she finds herself.  But at least she’s being allow to use the accounting skills she learned and not serving the men.  But when her father’s hired gun, Zebulon Crow turns up looking for her, she decides to go with him, even though she has no desire to return home to her parents.  She’s always had a thing for Zeb and while not looking forward to the journey or the end destination, it allows her to spend time with him.  But the longer she’s with him, the more she learns that things are not as they seem.  Can Maeve deal with learning the truth about her parents and uncle?  And will Zeb and Maeve have to pay the price for all the wrongs her family has done?

Just a wonderfully written, highly entertaining collection!  Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Westerns, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Boots Under Her Bed.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.  I look forward to reading more from these amazing authors!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by AprilP

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