He casually agrees to a marriage of convenience... never expecting to fall in love with his bride.
Kincaid proposes marriage with the same detachment he gives every
decision. Audra Gilliland accepts his proposal so she can stop being a
burden to her newly married stepdaughter.
But Ethan never
expected Audra to affect him so profoundly, and it terrifies him.
Someone he loved was once seriously injured on his watch, and he won't
let that happen again. If Audra will just do as he says, he can keep her
safe from the dangers that lurk on the ranch.
Audra has been
cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor
job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new
husband had better agree or get out of her way!
Can two fearful hearts--wary of getting in too deep--become two trusting hearts, willing to let go and fall in love?
My Take: I always look forward to books by Mary Connealy because of the humor and great dialogue she inserts into all her novels. I have to say this one had the perfect title. I felt as if Ethan and Audra were almost like two inexperienced boaters tied to a canoe that was speeding down raging rapids. I think it was the first book I read where both main characters were forced into situations pretty much totally out of their control.
Now that isn't to say they didn't make any decisions or were unlikeable. They were unique. I loved watching Audra and Ethan first plan to avoid and work around each other and then learn to love and rely on one another. It was a wonderful journey. The author didn't take it easy on them though. This is a story filled with tense action and danger as well as tender romantic moments. It's the kind of thing that keeps you from eating, sleeping, and doing anything but flipping pages.
This one makes my favorites list. I want to thank Bethany House for providing my copy in exchange for my honest review. They did not influence my opinions or require that I provide a positive review.