Protecting the Colton Bride
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sep 1 2015, $5.50
On his father’s Lucky C Ranch in Oklahoma, Daniel Colton runs a successful quarter horse program. However, Daniel wants to grow his operation, but as an illegitimate has limited means (except his paternal family who he prefers not to beg for help) to reach the top social tier he needs to support his expansion.
His diligent assistant Megan Talbot informs him that she must quit after only a few months on a job she loves due to her demanding father threatening to sell her horses if she fails to return to California and marry a man of their choice. Daniel suggests a marriage of convenience that will give him a ticket to the elite through his wife and Megan a husband so that her parents cannot choose her mate in a forced marriage. Although attracted to each other and share a common interest in horses, neither expected to fall in love; nor he risking his life to keep his wife safe from an assailant trying to kill her.
The fourth Coltons of Oklahoma (see The Temptation of Dr. Colton by Karen Whiddon) is an engaging fresh contemporary that deftly uses the marriage of convenience theme between amiable protagonists though this premise typically is found in historical romances. Although the viable death threat adds exhilarating suspense, the subplot feels unnecessary as the delightful love story of Daniel and Megan is what makes this a marvelous read.