I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: The Brides of Bliss County #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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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!
There is just something about the way Linda Lael Miller writes about cowboys wearing Stetsons and a well-worn pair of Wranglers that says, “Roz, pick me up and read me!”.
This review was originally posted on my Goodreads page on Friday 25 July.
Here are my thoughts on The Marriage Pact:
I’ve been reading Linda Lael Miller’s work for quite a while now, and I’d have to say that The Marriage Pact is one of my favourite books of hers.
The concept is really sweet and fun – I love the idea that three friends are that supportive of each other that they would band together to find their true loves. What I liked even better was that it could have descended into crazy behaviour on their part – luckily, Linda Lael Miller manages to maintain the sense of fun in it all.
The spark, the chemistry, call it what you will…Hadleigh and Tripp definitely share a connection that goes beyond friendship. Sure, they don’t always see eye-to-eye, but hey, I’ve been with my other half for 16 years and we sure don’t always agree. The actual romantic involvement between them doesn’t start until a fair way into the book, but I just loved the to-ing and fro-ing, the “circling each other like boxers in a ring”.
I really can’t wait to read the next couple of books in this series (I believe it’s Melody’s turn next). I love small-town romance, and LLM does it really well in this, the first in the Brides of Bliss County. Great way to start a series!