The day Dakota Callahan left their small town, Sarah was glad. He was the man she had secretly loved for years. He saved her from the horrible man who tried to kidnap her as a teenager. But the last time she saw him, Dakota had been facing so much grief, loss, and pain that he had overstepped his boundaries with her. It had shaken Sarah to her core.
Now two years later, Dakota was back. To her, this man was larger than life and twice as dangerous. Sarah was worried that she would fall for him a second time. This time, she feared that the heartache would be more than she could bear.
Dakota couldn’t believe he was back in their small town. Worse, that he found himself on the mountain, hurt and in pain. As a former FBI agent, he was used to tracking criminals and finding missing persons. Being weak and vulnerable was something he hated. So, when the beautiful Sarah MacDonald finds him limping and in pain, trying to walk down the mountain, he chafes at having to depend on her for help. Sarah insisted Dakota come to stay with her grandfather Angus MacDonald and her in their small cabin until he was fully healed.
When an angry man — a neighbor on the mountain — tries to force Sarah to marry him, Dakota steps in and offers the unthinkable… a marriage of convenience. Trouble comes their way and Dakota has to use all his skills to keep Sarah close to protect her, while still protecting his heart.
Titles in the 7 Brides for 7 Cowboys series include — The Forgiven Cowboy’s Best Friend —♥— The Redeemed Cowboy’s Secret Baby —♥— The Honorable Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage —♥—
This is a romance that includes no swearing, no violence, and no sexual content (beyond a few light kisses).
Title: The Honorable Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage
Series: 7 Brides for & Cowboys #3
Author: Melody Archer
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: May 30, 2022
My Rating: 4 stars
The Honorable Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage is the third title in the 7 Brides for 7 Cowboys series, yet I easily read it as a stand-alone title since I’ve not read the earlier titles in this series. Anything I might have needed to know was smoothly covered either in the narrative or dialogue so I didn’t feel lost at all.
Both Dakota and Sarah have painful pasts, and both have dealt with similar issues, each in their own unique way. Sarah is open, loving, and, in many ways naive. She’s loved Dakota for years, something she’s kept to herself mostly for he’d broken her innocent heart with his declaration of never intending to commit himself to a woman for life. Now, Dakota has his reasons for that attitude, and in his mind, they might be good ones, but he’s closed himself off out of fear. Not for himself but for those he loves, a wife, perhaps children. So he won’t take the risk. After an injury in the line of duty, he left his FBI position to open his own Private Investigation company specializing in finding missing or kidnapped children. It is the case of a missing child that brings him home once again, and into danger… and possibly the love of his life if he’s willing to set aside his fears.
I enjoyed The Honorable Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage. There is danger, a mystery to solve, and two people to work their way beyond the past into a loving relationship… even if it started off as a marriage of convenience. There were moments when I wished I could sit down with a stubborn cowboy and have a stern conversation. But eventually, Dakota and Sarah found their happy ending.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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