Title: His Darling Bride
Bethany Darling doesn’t kiss men at first sight…until she falls into the arms of a handsome cowboy bartender.
A mysterious stranger, Mike helps scare off Bethany’s obnoxious ex-boyfriend. Mike’s touch feels like coming home. But Bethany’s so not interested. Between stalled-out dreams of becoming a painter, troubles reconnecting with her sprawling foster family, and the happy chaos of her sister’s upcoming wedding, Bethany’s already in over her head. But each time she and Mike stumble across each other in small-town Chandlerville…sparks fly.
A famous photographer hiding under a Stetson, Mike Taylor recognizes Bethany as a kindred artistic spirit. Together they rekindle her passion for painting—and she inspires him in unexpected, undeniable ways. Then when Mike’s own past threatens to tear apart his present, Bethany becomes his safe place to turn.
Can these two wandering souls finally trust their hearts? Or will they run from the forever love they never expected to find?
Author: Anna DeStefano
Series: Echoes of the Heart #2
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: April 26, 2106
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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A runaway artist trying to find the passion she lost by coming home and a wandering photographer who is just trying to do some good in the world meet in this contemporary romance.
This book is number 2 in the series with a few novellas in between. In a way this can be read as a standalone but to get the most out of the series it should be read together. With that being said I thought it was an okay read but I just wanted to shake the characters with their wise thinking but horrible decision making. You would think that with people who are so good at reading others and understanding what goes underneath the surface that they can spot their own mistakes.
Bethany has basically been left to fend for herself at a very young age and when she finally got adopted into a loving family, she was afraid it was to good to be true. Mike never had a real home since his older brother got diagnosed with cystic fibrosis then passing away years later. His parents have always been part of the posh and glamorous life with multiple charities they were involved in but that was no life for Mike.
This novel could have been really great with an amazing back story and family support but the way the characters interacted was boring which I found myself skimming many pages. Lots of times it sounded like they were fortune cookies with there sage advice. Another thing I couldn’t get into was the love or chemistry between the two. First off by one pushing the other away because of their “bond” (mostly Bethany), then being scared to feel more, promising to stay but then running away, and lastly after their first date they are in love. It was a sweet read that defines family and finding yourself.
I was gifted a copy of this book by the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are my own and I was in no way compensated