Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: This was my Christmas Present
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Description from Goodreads: Welcome to Hope Falls where three enterprising young females are accepting applications for husbands-for-hire. With one woman already snagged, Lacey Lyman is one of only two remaining. No one really catches her eye until a handsome hunter arrives. Will Lacey find a way to bag her prey? Determined to investigate why Hope Falls’s mine collapsed, Chase Dunstan poses as a potential husband and a hunter, giving him the perfect excuse to poke around inside and outside of town. If only he could get the chatterbox Lacey Lyman off his trail. Can he keep his cover while solving the mystery of the mine?
My thoughts: The first few chapters are very confusing. They feel disjointed. I have read the first book, and the first chapters are to bring the reader up to speed on the previous events and prepare for this book. Honestly, skip them. They really don't help.
When you get to chapter four the book begins to take off and finally become a story.
Lacey is the second in the "Husbands for Hire" to find an attractive man. She doesn't want to be attracted to Chase. He is a rugged tracker/hunter/wilderness guide and not very sociable. He can be downright rude. Try as she might, she can't help the growing attraction she feels for him.
Chase didn't come to Hope Falls to find a bride. He came to find out the truth about his brother in law's death in a mine. He is seeking justice, his attraction for Lacey is more of a bother to him.
This book is about overcoming preconceived notions and opening your heart to the unexpected.
The romance doesn't happen until the end and as I was getting closer to the end, I kept wondering how the two of them would find it in their hearts to give each other a chance. The ending felt incomplete and rushed.
This is a fun book. I liked it. I liked the first one better though.