No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.
Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.
Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?
I love when a book keeps me up late snickering and devouring page after page. In Karen’s hands the well-known storyline of a shotgun wedding is given new vitality with an all star cast featuring resilient and big hearted Meredith alongside the territorial and protective Archer brothers.
Defying her manipulative aunt and manipulated uncle, Meredith returns to her childhood land to warn the boy who once saved her (who has turned into a handsome brooding man) that danger is imminent. Travis is reminded of the young girl with haunting and alluring blue eyes who has never left the recesses of his memory. The connection made in their youth in strengthened as they are forced to trust and rely on one another to survive the coming storm of threats against their land and family that they cherish.
Heart warming and entertaining, Short-Straw Bride is the perfect accompaniment to relaxing evenings on the patio this summer.