Friday, May 19, 2017

4.5 stars-- Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1) by Anne Gracie

Oh. My. Word. Marry in Haste was a wonderful beginning to her newest series. Full of hope, humor, second chances and new beginnings. It was everything wonderful with Gracie's writing and will sweep you away and leave you utterly spent and satisfied.

Okay, okay, so the background bits behind the awesome. Cal is a military man. A military man used to order, barking out commands and having them followed instantly Something his life is sorely missing now that he's inherited not only a damaged title but three unruly, outlandish, angry, plain ol wild teenagers that came with it. His solution to this hellish nightmare? Find himself a wife and let her take over trying to wrangle the little hoydens who have taken over his life.

Oh my. This whole little misfit family. I adored them. Wanted to shake them. Laughed with them. Cheered them on. Wanted to protect them and hoped they could all figure out a way to get over their individual hurts and resentments and become a real family. And watching them try to do just that was truly wonderful even with some major fumbles.

Cal and Emm's marriage was one of convenience. Simple as that. It was a business translation and to be nothing more. He'd get the help he needed, she'd get security for life. And it came with problems. Real issues, frustrations and uncertainties as they tried to make a life with a virtual stranger. But some very funny moments, too, that had me smiling. Their romance, in the end, was breathtaking. It left me teary eyed and so happy for them both.

And the girls. Holy hell, yall. Early on I was with Cal and his 'oh my gawd what the hell do you do with this?!' thoughts. These's girls were nightmarish. But I got it, too. The girls were dealt hard hands in life and were wounded and lashing out because of it. I loved watching their transformations over the book as they got to know Cal, gained confidence in themselves, were loved--and really believed it-- and given a safe place to grow. It was amazing watching them blossom and find happiness.

All in all, Marry in Haste touched my heart and gave me a bit of a book hangover. Gracie has a tremendous talent and is a true gem in the historical romance genre. You really must read her.

Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.

When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.

Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?

Amazon | Goodreads | Gracie on HCBS

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