Sniper Hunter Powell thought he lost everything when he took the rap for a crime he didn’t commit in order to save a friend. Now he’s got a chance to redeem himself. There’s only one catch–he has to leave the military, settle down on a Montana ranch–and marry a woman he’s never met before. A woman so young and sheltered he can’t believe she’ll have any interest in a hardened warrior like him—even if her fierce independence, hot-tempered humor, and unexpected beauty has got him plenty interested in her.
Jo Reed watched two of her sisters marry the men her father sent to help them on the family ranch, so when Hunter arrives, she’s ready for him. She doesn’t want a husband; she wants a house of her own where she can call the shots—and if the Navy SEAL wants to stay, he’d better build it to her specifications. More to the point, he’d better stop kissing her.
Hunter knows he’s not supposed to build Jo a house—he’s supposed to marry her. But first he’s got to earn her trust—and stop treating her like a new recruit. The longer he’s around the headstrong woman, the more he wants to be around her.
Despite her best intentions, Jo’s falling for the Navy SEAL, but she’s already been unlucky in love twice. Will the third time around be the charm?
Or the last straw?
First I have to say I love the way the General’s next choice shows up at the end of the previous book. It’s not a cliff-hanger but more of an introduction and he comes bearing a gift for the bride and groom. It will certainly have you buying the next book. The letters from the General’s late wife will also have you sniffling even as you’re angry he hasn’t returned to the ranch, not even for the weddings.
Each of these women are connected to the ranch, each has an ability that makes them a bit different, magical. In Jo’s case she can get feelings from someone when she touches them. It’s a way to see if they’re sincere, although that’s been off since her last two boyfriends have tried to kill her family. She also breeds dogs and has a waiting list a mile long. We see a lot of these dogs throughout the books.
Now Hunter is here to build something for her, what she wants is her own house. She’s tired of being treated like a child and wants a space to call hers. The General is not pleased with this turn of events, but Hunter is determined to win Jo over. It a house is what it takes, then a house she will have.
Now it seems the trouble with the drug runners may not be over when Jo’s horse is injured. Now everyone’s on guard again.
This is a favorite scene as Jo and Hunter spend the night in the stable, even though Hunter has disparaged her plans for the little house.
She wasn’t sure how the SEAL had gotten under her defenses again. All she knew was she liked it when he touched her.
She didn’t know what the morning would bring. Didn’t want to think about the future. For once she wanted to keep to the moment. To simply be here alone in the dark with Hunter.
“I need to apologize to you.” His voice came from the gloom.
“What for?” Had any man ever apologized to her?
Not that she could think of.
“For assuming your plans wouldn’t be as well thought out as mine. I took a look at them, and you did a really good job. I’m impressed.”
She didn’t know what to say to that.
“And I’m sorry I ever doubted you. That wasn’t fair.”
“Thank you.” She’d watched the General all her life and had seen just how hard it was for most men to admit they made mistakes. Hunter was different than most men, she supposed.
She reached out impulsively and touched his arm, needing to be sure his feelings matched his thoughts. He didn’t move, but she saw him watching her, his eyes shining in the darkness.
“Why do you do that?” he asked curiously.
“Just to see what’s going on with you.”
“I just told you what was going on with me.”
“Words and feelings are two different things.”
He nodded. “I want to kiss you again. Just a kiss,” he assured her when she hesitated.
She wasn’t naïve enough to believe that, but she found herself inching closer, glad when he closed the gap between them and pressed his mouth to hers again. He was warm, soft but soon demanding more from her. Jo gave in willingly, wanting what he was offering, wanting to give him what he asked for.
Seton, Cora. Issued to the Bride One Sniper (Brides of Chance Creek Book 3) (Kindle Locations 1290-1305). One Acre Press. Kindle Edition.
There’s still a lot going on and Hunter also has a friend that appears to have a lot of problems he’s not handling well.
Laughter, tears, anxiety, drama on both sides, and a simmering to sizzle relationship will have you turning the pages. I am truly loving this series in spite of the General’s stubbornness.
5 Contented Purrs for Cora!
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USA Today and NYT Times bestselling author Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.