Title: His Country Bride
Author: Debra Holt
Publisher: Tulip Romance
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
“Sheriff’s Deparment! Raise your hands above your head and don’t move.”She’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiancé at the altar. He’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his won fiancé left him for the bright lights of the city. neither of them planned on running straight into each other…over a burning wedding dress.Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city , the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isn’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be country girl at heart.
With my recent foray into the world of contemporary romance, I’m always on the lookout for more books to read. When I was first told about Debra Holt’s His Country Bride, I thought it sounded like just my kind of story. And it was. His Country Bride was a sweet contemporary romance that hit the right notes.
After finding her groom in a compromising position with one of her bridesmaids, Ellie Perryman drives off to the country farmhouse left to her by her great aunt. While burning her wedding dress in an effort to put this horrible day behind her, a run-in with the local sheriff makes her day go from bad to worse. Lucas McCann doesn’t know what to make of the young woman burning her wedding dress like it’s no big thing. And he doesn’t know what to do about the feelings the keep coming up every time their paths cross. Neither one of them was looking for romance, but they might have just stumbled into it even if they don’t want to admit it.
I think what made my reading of Debra Holt’s His Country Bride so great was that I didn’t really have any expectations about the book when I started it. All I had really been told was that it was a sweet contemporary romance. And that’s definitely what this book was. If you’re looking for a steamy romance, this isn’t it and you should go look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a change of pace and something a little sweeter, then this is it. His Country Bride was a fun story that had more going on than I thought it would. It was definitely a sweet romance (am I sounding repetitive yet?), but that’s not all it was. At the centre of it all, there was an element of mystery, a crime that needed to be solved. That element of mystery helped keep me engaged, because I wanted to see how it would all be resolved. And that mystery was also woven into the romance in a way that one wouldn’t really have happened without the other. It made for some interesting dynamics between Ellie and Lucas and added another dimension to their relationship.
Speaking of Ellie and Lucas. I’ll be hones and say that at first I wasn’t sure what to make of either of them. Like I wasn’t sure how I was going to read a whole book about them. But my worries were for nothing. The more I read, the more I realized that I actually wanted to find out what would happen to them. Ellie would crack me up while also making me respect her desire to do things on her own after everything that happened to her. And Lucas, I warmed up to him once he started being less oblivious about pretty much everything. I mean, I could understand where he was coming from, but there were moments when I thought he couldn’t possibly act any more clueless and stubborn. But it all worked out in the end and Ellie and Lucas were adorable together.