Bethany Darling doesn’t kiss men at first sight…until she falls into the arms of a handsome cowboy bartender.
A mysterious stranger, Mike helps scare off Bethany’s obnoxious ex-boyfriend. Mike’s touch feels like coming home. But Bethany’s so not interested. Between stalled-out dreams of becoming a painter, troubles reconnecting with her sprawling foster family, and the happy chaos of her sister’s upcoming wedding, Bethany’s already in over her head. But each time she and Mike stumble across each other in small-town Chandlerville…sparks fly.
A famous photographer hiding under a Stetson, Mike Taylor recognizes Bethany as a kindred artistic spirit. Together they rekindle her passion for painting—and she inspires him in unexpected, undeniable ways. Then when Mike’s own past threatens to tear apart his present, Bethany becomes his safe place to turn.
Can these two wandering souls finally trust their hearts? Or will they run from the forever love they never expected to find?
First let me say I got this book in exchange for an honest review.
Now let me say this is part of a series, however I have not read the previous titles and did NOT feel lost. I do plan now to go back and read the previous titles. I can’t wait to see more from this town and these characters.
HIS DARLING BRIDE is the story of Bethany, Bethie, and Mike. Both Mike and Bethany have their baggage and their struggle with accepting and giving love. The giving is easier than the accepting. I loved watching these two find their way. I will say I worried there for them, but kept turning pages just knowing the author, Anna DeStefano, had to give me a HEA. Fans of great writing with characters that are realistic, well developed and engaging will find HIS DARLING BRIDE a wonderful addition to their bookshelf. Be warned this one is hard to put down, you just want to know what’s going to happen. I do hope we see these characters again, as I want to see them in the future. Fans of this series, Echoes of the Heart, are going to love this one. There are some laugh out loud moments, some sigh worthy moments, and some moments that will make you think……….wonder……..and maybe want to help. I loved that I became part of the story, not just a reader. I can’t wait to see what’s next and go back and read the previous titles. This is one that will end up on your Keeper Shelf!
Heat Rating: Mild
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