First in new series isn’t one of author’s finest

alliwantisyouThe Marriage Pact
Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin HQN, 2014
Print Length: 377 pages
ISBN: 0373778708
Price: $6.41/Paperback; $5.65/eBook

Publisher’s Synopsis: The women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in this enthralling new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever!

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away!

My Take: The premise that a twenty-first-century woman would exist in a time-warp for a decade, doing nothing but pine for the one she loves, will not arouse much sympathy with any reader and might create a bit of irritation. Since the heroine took control of other areas of her life – her business, death of her family — it seems a bit out of character for her to simply wish for love from afar. I am hoping the two sequels (yes, there are three of them in the Marriage Pact) will show more spunk than Hadleigh did.

While this new series is not one of Linda Miller’s best, but we are talking about the Queen of Romance and her less-than-stellar story is still heads above any others. Written with Ms. Miller’s inimitable style, it will capture your interest and keep you enjoying the read.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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