The Accidental Guardian High Sierra Sweethearts #1 ePUB

The Accidental Guardian High Sierra Sweethearts #1 FTC Disclosure I received this book from Bethany House Publishers I was not reuired to provide a positive review All thoughts are my ownTitle The Accidental GuardianAuthor Mary ConnealySeries High Sierra Sweethearts #1Genre Christian Historical RomanceEra 1800sSetting American WestPublisher Bethany House PublishersSource received from Bethany House PublishersOverall Rating 35 starsThe best way to describe this novel Whoa that was fastI’m still not 100% sure about the rating even now but I think I’ve settled on 34 stars I just had a lot of mixed feelingsHere are my general thoughtsFIRSTWell I don’t like to hear about married folks’ bedroom habits Not a bitBut if you make a point to say that both groom and bride are nervous about the wedding night and then just stop talking about it you kinda make a reader curious?Two problems with thisMade me think about it than I wanted to and search the text trying to figure it outDID THEY OR DIDN’T THEY IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY BUT I FEEL TERRIBLE EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT HELP HELPSECONDWILL SOMEONE PLEASE SPANK THE SNOT OUT OF THOSE TWO KIDS?? I know they’re only 2 and like eighteen months but they are super badly behaved and no one is dealing with itThere’s nothing frustrated than an undisciplined child especially if everyone keeps pretending they’re babies when they’re obviously not THIRDThings were not wrapped up I’m sensing they will be in the next books of the series so that’s all rightFOURTHThe pacing – perhaps inspired by the brief writing style – was kinda hecticI mainly worried for one thing that the hero and heroine barely knew each other and their relationship moved too fastI mean come on they went from “absolute strangers” to “lovey dovey feelings” just like that snaps fingersOn the other hand I was super excited to see a romance without hate lust or unnecessary complications involvedFIFTHI don’t believe that Trace would have survived for several years in the Sierra Nevadas by himselfSorry I just don’t 😝 Especially since he wasn’t used to the terrain or weather Or the animals Or anything about the area at all Even the plants would have been differentI might be able to do it but Trace couldn’t haveSIXTHIt was pretty cute and it had some fun adventure but it wasn’t super deep I don’t know that the themes ever got fully resolved but they were coolI’d recommend The Reluctant Guardian to anyone looking for a uick easy read that doesn’t go beyond surface level and is conveniently easy in several placesCONTENTLanguage naViolence nothing graphicSexual it’s intimated that two married character had sex but was so vague that it made be suint at it Not bad content – just not clear at all what happenedOther na35 Not recommended for readers under 13Review by Kellyn Roth of Reveries Reviews I love Mary Connealy's writing style I was immediately drawn into the story and it was nonstop from there I loved the characters strong Deb with her determination to take the burdens from others motherly Gwen who nurtured everyone around her Trace's protective nature and curiosity and the cowhands at his ranch who would do anything for the ladies and children The pace of the book was steady with plenty of action and adventure as Trace and Deb race against a swiftly approaching winter to track down the killers while preparing the ranch before getting snowed in I loved their sincerity and gratitude for each other and the way they so perfectly brought light and joy to each other's life Their innocence with romance was endearing and made their special moments together sweeter I'm so excited for this new series from one of my favorite authorsI received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own What on earth did I just read? Rtc 45 starsWhile this story is a bit different from a normal Mary Connealy book—less humor reflective hero—I really enjoyed it Trace's hesitation with women was endearing and it was cute to see him decide pretty fast that being around Deb was something he needed to keep in his future There are a number of threads left hanging for the next book in the series so I'm now eagerly awaiting book two 25 stars apparentlyI'm back reviewingThis book was pretty meh for me I really thought about not finishing it actually but I was close enough to the end that I went ahead The ending actually turned out to be the best part of the book so that's what tacked on enough to make 25 and get it that third star tickedI just couldn't connect with these characters whatsoever I just never learned much about them I guess I felt like Deb Gwen's backstory just didn't really match up or place in the book And Trace justwasn't that interesting after the first couple chapters The romance part felt stilted and forced tbh and I guess since I was reading it AS I was getting ready for my own wedding y'all I sueezed in the ending the day before I got married because it was a library book that I couldn't take with me and was feeling all gushy and junk it just was NOT doing it for meANYWAY I made up my mind after reading this one that I would start book 2 'cause Gwen's story sounded interesting but wouldn't keep reading Connealy and I've read nearly ALL of her books if it read anything like this oneSo far MC is back to her trademark suspense with a dash of humor and romance in book 2 so I guess we shall see Sometimes nothing else will do but a Mary Connealy Western Her subtle humour crops up in the most unexpected places and I love that It can be in the midst of dangerous action or a uiet reflective moment or even a tender romantic one and suddenly I find myself laughing out loud Makes reading a Connealy a real adventureas if there isn't enough of that in her stories alreadyFrom the heart in throat opening scene to the domestic chaos of the last chapter The Accidental Guardian kept me turning pages faster than the uick draw of a wild west villain And there are some bad 'uns in this story And when they find out Deb is a witness to their dastardly deedsshudderLuckily she has Trace on her side The self appointed guardian of the trail suddenly finds himself in charge of women and children both foreign entities to him Love Trace a bear of a mountain man who is decent and kind and totally out of his element when it comes to interacting with his unexpected charges The romance that develops is tender and sweet and totally awkward I'm grinning just thinking about Trace and DebThe author has managed to leave some story threads dangling not enough to cause severe cliff hanging reader anxiety but enough to make me anxious for the next book in the series which is coming out in October and has the most awesome coverBook provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf Martin Communications Inc Really liked it Except for that part 😬I loved how this was a fun interesting book and gave the first 12 five stars The last half though got 2 3ish Yuck I do not need those details it made me way too uncomfortable Dislikes Ending was too rushed and Deb and Trace hit hard really fast and it all went by in a blur Some sexual content I didn’t feel necessary ;So overall 3 stars She's the only witness to a wagon train attack Keeping her safe though means his world is about to be turned upside downWhen Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago Living off the wilderness since then he's finally carved out a home and started a herd while serving as a self appointed guardian of the trail He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over but the latest attack shows otherwiseDeborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling yet enticingTrace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever This was good It didn't have me giggling like some of her others And I didn't uite connect with the characters the way that I did in some of her previous books but I still enjoyed it It was a pretty uick read overall I enjoyed this first novel in the beginning of a new series The characters were likable and I appreciated their honesty toward each other Deb and Trace opened up about themselves and their backgrounds as they got to know each other I enjoyed their interactions and the sweet nature of their growing attraction and relationshipThis book very definitely sets the reader up to jump right into the next book in the series by the events that occur at the end of the book It was not a cliffhanger It simply made me look forward to seeing how future relationships could develop I am definitely anticipating the next storyI received a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my ownYou can read this review on my blog

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