REVIEW: His Rip-Roarin’ Bride by Martha Hix
A bride best kept under lock and key . . .
Packing a six-shooter, Lisa-Ann Wilkins roars into Lubbock, Texas, determined to take out the man who killed her best friend. But a shoot-out at the local saloon only lands the bold beauty in the custody of Sheriff Wes Alington—and the real trouble begins. When the handsome lawman gives her the choice to keep his house until she settles the debts her havoc caused, it’s an offer she can’t refuse, despite the simmering attraction between them…
Wes knows keeping Lisa-Ann close is only going to lead to a pack of problems. For how can he preserve her honor when all he wants to do is take her to his bed? Then there’s the little matter of her plan to murder a local man. But once Wes sees Lisa’s vulnerable side, he knows the feisty lawbreaker is fast on her way to stealing his heart…
Dear Ms. Hix,
Well this one did start out rip-roaring and I had a blast reading the excerpt. It put me in mind of one of my favorite western movies – the 60s almost spoof “Support Your Local Sheriff.” Lisa-Ann is a woman on a mission and only Wes Alington is strong enough to handle her. First he stops her, which is not easy seeing as he’s inches shorter than she is, and then he ends up helping her. There are parts of the story that I found very fun and entertaining while other parts didn’t do for me much at all.
Lisa Ann is a pistol. She’s the type who speaks before she thinks and has her own mouth for a worst enemy. But she’s fearless and set on seeing justice done. She also stands up for herself and doesn’t meekly sit while men decide her fate. Her initial reasons for seeking vengeance on the man she comes gunning for sound a little trite – and I’m a dog lover – but the whole truth backs up her need to see Orville pay for his crimes. She’s intelligent, honorable and, as Wes feels, a wonderful woman who is everything he’s always looked for in a bride.
Overall Wes is a good hero. He helps those in need, his only desire was always to be a lawman, the town looks up to him – so to speak even given his lack of height – and he seems to worship Lisa Ann – that is after he gets over being initially mad at her. He quickly falls head over heels for her and quietly does things to help her out. He can also tell when her mouth is about to get her in trouble and has no compunction in telling her to be quiet when she needs to be. But he does tend to overplay his hand in wooing her – I guess I should chalk it up to his exuberance in finally finding The One Women for Him – but at times he can lay on “a woman’s place is in the home looking after her man” shtick fairly thickly. He does shape up by the end, I will give him that.
Though this is part of – I think – a trilogy, it doesn’t require reading the first book to find my place in this world or among these characters. However, there is a loose thread left unresolved at the end. I wavered back and forth on my feelings about this one with some things working for me while others did not but overall I’d give it a B-/C+