The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain by Lucette Nel

About the book:

Jack Sullivan has a runaway wife to return and a bounty to collect. A gunshot lands him at the feet of Annabelle Lawson and jeopardizes a promise he can’t afford to break. Can he set aside his heart and focus on what he came to do?

Annabelle Lawson had finally picked up the fragments of her heart. Why did Jack have to crash back into her world? She may have to care for the injured bounty hunter, but she refuses to help him cash in on his professed ‘easy money’. Nor will there be a second chance at claiming her heart. 

My Thoughts:

From start to finish I enjoyed my time within the pages of this newest story from Lucette Nel. A heartwarming story of love and forgiveness, with page-turning action and drama. I simply couldn’t put this story down. These dynamic characters soon felt like friends.

Annabelle is a strong, independent woman. She successfully runs her own business, and helps her community. She has a big heart! I felt like I was there in her kitchen, enjoying conversation, a cup of tea and fresh ginger snaps.

Jack is trying to put back the pieces of his life and make some money in order to be able to finally put down roots. He see’s this bounty as a critical component to meeting his goals, so much so that he has blinders on to what is going on behind the scenes. When things start to unravel will he figure out the truth in time to protect those that he cares most about?

This story has a few fun twist that kept me guessing and turning pages to find out what would happen next. If you enjoy inspirational western romance with a fun twist of adventure, then do yourself a favor and pick-up a copy to enjoy!

(I receive books from publishers, publicists and/or authors, including netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

Lucette Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious boy and sweet baby girl and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with a spoiled Pug, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

She works as a bookkeeper and uses every available second to create interesting characters in historical settings.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction and her dream came true when she signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow’s Captive.

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First Line Friday: The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain by Lucette Nel. A heartwarming story of love and forgiveness, with page-turning action and drama. I simply couldn’t put this story down!

Redemption Bluff
1868, Autumn

Annabelle Lawson pounded the pillow with her fist, then froze. Was that a knock?

Hmmm…what did Annabell here? Is someone at the door? Guess you will just have to pick up a copy of this book to find out!


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First Line Friday: At Love’s Command

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring At Love’s Command (Hanger’s Horsemen #1) by Karen Witemeyer. Scheduled to release on June 2, 2020. If you enjoy exciting western romance and a reminder of God’s love and care for all his children, then you won’t want to miss out on this page-turning story!

Purgatory Springs, Texas
May 1893

“They’ve got us pinned down, Captain”
Matt Hanger braced his back against the wall of the line shack he and Wallace had taken shelter behind and reloaded his Remington.

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Pretending to Wed (Frontier Vows #2) by Melissa Jagears

About the Book:

It’s a match made in heaven, as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn’t as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren’t quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

My Thoughts:

What I love about reading Melissa Jagears books, is that her characters face real-life challenges. The story begins with the couple getting married and discovering what daily life looks like. They face difficult challenges. Love and romance is only part of the story, the real life experiences happen when you face challenges together. Does it pull you closer or drive you further apart.

I fell in love with this wonderful characters, flaws and all! I wanted to reach in and give Corinne a hug and encourage her to pray and then talk with Nolan, maybe even give her a good shake and push her in the right direction. Both Corinne and Nolan have past baggage that no matter how they try to leave behind, somehow tags along. This is true for all of us. And just another example of how these characters are delightfully realistic!

I loved reading this book and enjoyed getting to know Corinne and Nolan! I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoyed marriage of convenience stories, and or stories with dynamic, realistic, flawed, lovable characters.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

jagearsheadshotcompressed  Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Lula never wanted to be just a wife.

At the Spearfish Normal School, Lula Arnsby is ready to begin a whole new chapter of her life. When a bully from her past strides into her class as the new teacher’s assistant, she wants nothing to do with the handsome prankster but his aim isn’t to torment her anymore.

Barton Oleson wants to be noticed by the pixie-haired beauty, Lula. He’s spent the last two years making sure she thinks of him every single day, but he’s running out of time to get her to notice him. Only one school term until she will be a teacher and out of his reach.
Is it enough time to make up for two years of hurt and can Lula forgive all that he’s done?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed every book I’ve read (and or listened to) by Kari Trumbo! Her stories pull me in and keep my attention right from the very beginning. Not only can I easily picture what’s happening as if I were watching it on the screen, but I feel what the characters are feeling. Reading this book was a fully immersive experience!

For this story, I enjoyed listening to the audiobook on my daily commute to and from work, or at least that is how it started. But honestly, I was too wrapped up in the story to stop listening, so I put on my headphones and enjoyed listening while catching up with my household chores. Its the first time I can honestly say that the chores got done too quickly!

While I have read other books from Kari Trumbo, this is the first book in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series that I have read. I quickly added the others to my TBR in hopes of reading them soon! I do not know if all of the books can be stand-alone, but if you jump in with this one, you will be just fine!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

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Click on the title to snag your copy:

Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5)

Don’t miss out on the other books in this series:

Dreams in Deadwood (Seven Brides of South Dakota #1)

Kisses in Keystone (Seven Brides of South Dakota #2)

Love in Lead (Seven Brides of South Dakota #3)

Romance in Rapid (Seven Brides of South Dakota #4)

Hearts in Hotspring (Seven Brides of South Dakota #6)

Courting in Custer (Seven Brides of South Dakota #7)