Emily McBride is being blackmailed. The
preacher’s daughter, who now runs a boarding house after the
death of her parents, secretly writes dime novels. Now,
someone has found out, and they want her money. As the
blackmailer depletes her savings, Emily has other fish to fry.
She has received two marriage proposals from men she’s not
interested in, and she’s fallen for her male border, who
happens to be a “nancy boy.” Life is very tough for Emily
Seth Wright’s first job for the
Peacemaker Alliance is to go to California and deliver a
marriage proposal to Emily on behalf of Athens Garrett, his
boss. Then Athens’s sister, Paris, tells Seth of the blackmail
and asks him to solve the problem. But when he gets to
California, Emily mistakes him for a poet who favors men.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but it’s a good cover
while Seth investigates Emily’s problem and tries to help her
As Emily and Seth get closer, his
masquerade brings up interesting situations for the preacher’s
daughter, who figures Seth is the perfect candidate for
showing her how some things are done, like kisses that
produce, well, hard feelings.
I’m ashamed to say this is my first Beth
Ciotta novel. But it won’t be my last. Full of witty repartee
and characters that are larger than life, I was hooked on the
first page. The character’s antics made me laugh out loud. I
feel in love with both Emily and Seth, and rooted for them to
realize they were perfect for each other.
Emily and Garrett romanced my heart. I
can’t wait to read the first book in the series and eagerly
await the third, to see who comes along to handle the
delicious Rome Garrett.
Romancing the West is a
definite Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read.