With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

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Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!

Love isn’t always a fairy tale, and it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

The Husband Maneuver
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

Her Dearly Unintended
Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they’ll save their reputations–but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing?

Runaway Bride
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he’s promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.

Engaging the Competition
Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they’ll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison’s glasses–without which he’s nearly blind–she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.


I loved this collection of historical western romances that I received from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer is the first one and was my favorite one. It is connected to Witemeyer’s full length novel A Worthy Pursuit, this time telling “Dead-Eyed Dan” Daniel Barrett and Marietta Hawkins’ story. In a way this novella was two stories in one because at the beginning of each chapter, there is an excerpt from the final “Dead-Eyed Dan” novel which was inspired by Daniel Barrett. I had already fallen in love with the characters when reading A Worthy Pursuit and I only fell more in love with the characters. I was entertained seeing Marietta trying to get Daniel to pursue her, while Daniel was trying to keep his promise to her father to not pursue her in any way while he worked for him.

The second novella in this collection is Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings. To me, the characters seemed really young and immature and I kept forgetting that they were of marriageable age. I was kind of entertained by the way they bugged each other and they had to pretend to be married because of the stranger stranded at the house with them.

Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy was next and is connected to both the Kincaid Brides series and Trouble in Texas series. This book moved a little too fast for me. It seemed like there was no build up or warning to Carrie and Big John’s first kiss. It felt like it was their first real conversation when he kissed her. However, after that the story moved along fairly well and the relationship developed. I loved the interaction between Big John Conroy and his friends. It provided me with plenty of laughs.

The fourth novella, Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears, was my second favorite novella in this collection. I had never read any of Jagears’ books before and this one made me want to read more of hers. The back and forth between Harrison and Charlie made me laugh and get invested in their lives. I didn’t really want the story to end. I felt for Charlie and how she wanted to protect her mother and keep the house that her late father had built.

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