*The Joplin Chronicles, Book #2
"How dare you get married! What made you think you could do such a thing?"
And . . . that was exactly why Boone Bragg had married the freckled cave expedition-er; to escape the clutches of women like Justina Caine. He and Maise had made an air-tight agreement, even made it under the Promise Tree, that there would be no romance involved, just a straight up business deal . . . until death do them part. . . or at least until their cave filled with crystals opened up to the public.
Maise Kentworth had just made either the best, or the worst, decision of her life; she'd gotten married to the most eligible bachelor in all of Joplin, Missouri. One thing was certain, she had gained her freedom and saved her brother from prison, (maybe that was overstating things a bit, but for the time being it was the honest truth). Now, how to traverse around all the land mines sprinkled throughout polite society for you see, her reputation was already a bit tainted. Maise knew how to build fences and rope cows, but handling uppity females? Clueless. Or at least in ways that didn't get somebody hurt.
Maise and Boone's journey towards friendship and eventually romance is sprinkled with generous doses of hurt feelings and side-splitting humor, making the story quite entertaining, for even Boone admits early on that, "she was fire and light bound up in a freckled mess". He just didn't expect that "mess" to clean up into such a breathtaking beauty . . . (tell me, what man doesn't recognize his own wife?)
Enjoy this mischievous addition to "The Joplin Chronicles".
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
Only one person can give her the freedom she seeks--but is it worth the risk?
Maisie Kentworth is being forced to stay on her parents' ranch. After a short-lived relationship with the wrong man, she's worried about inflaming things further between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property, where she discovers a great treasure.
Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or marrying a woman he can't endure.
While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is a spitfire farm girl who's trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she's discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos, and it will take all of Maisie's gumption to set things right.