In The Marriage Charm, book two of The Brides of Bliss County, Spence Hogan is still hung up on his old flame, Melody Nolan. The problem is that Melody doesn't trust Spence after their first relationship attempt failed. Now they are thrown together at their best friends’ wedding, Melody and Spence find themselves together and the sparks fly.
While Melody Nolan is a very independent, and an “in charge” kind of girl, she still believes in true love and fairy-tale happy endings. She’s just not sure how or when it will be found. I can understand her devastation after Spence declines her earlier proposal of marriage, when they were young adults.
I loved that the town gossip has defined Spencer Hogan as the quintessential Cowboy Casanova - the Love 'em and Leave 'em type. This reputation is a good cover for his distrust of the “happily ever after” which was ingrained in him after his early childhood heartache. Spence is a good, upstanding guy who has overcome some hurdles in his past and is ready to make a commitment – to Melody. I like that he is patient and willing to work for Melody’s trust.
The Marriage Charm is a very sweet, fun and sexy addition to The Brides of Bliss County. Melody and Spence’s story is a beautifully written second chance at love story that old and new fans are sure to love. I think that Linda’s stories draw the reader in so completely is because she loves her characters and puts a lot of time into developing their individual personalities. She also creates these wonderful small towns that make me want to go and find them. They are endearing, town gossip and all, and fun. I honestly believe that I could have finished the book in one sitting – I just didn't want to put it down!
I highly recommend The Marriage Charm to any existing Linda Lael Miller fan or to a new reader looking for contemporary western romance.
The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.
One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it's her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.
Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.