November 6, 2007
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Historical Romance/Western Romance
Rating: 5 Cups
Emma Radcliff loves caring for the quarter horses on her father’s ranch, the Triple R; but that changes when her father announces he is marrying her off. As much as she once cared for Rafe, she is not interested in marriage.
Rafe Sinclair needs a woman but not just any woman, a wife. He would just have to bite the bullet and get married. His grandfather really put a dent in the will, but Rafe refuses to lose the ranch. Marrying Emma was not the end to a great deal, but he would do it.
Emma cannot believe her father demands she marry. He thinks at twenty-years-old she needs a husband, so gives her to Rafe. Her father believes this is a good investment for all of them. Until she turns twenty-one, she will agree to the arrangement or get off his property. Rafe has a difficult decision, marry before he is thirty, or lose the Circle S Ranch. Emma agrees as long as he forfeits all husbandry rights. Only if she agrees that if she changes her mind, they will consummate the marriage. All gloves aside, Rafe has his own any game plan but wonders can he ever entice her when she wears men’s clothing and six-shooters?
Branded hooked me from the beginning. I love the spitfire of Emma and the charisma of Rafe. They keep the excitement between the marriage one steaming relationship. The well-rounded secondary characters add great dimension to the storyline. Beth Williamson crafts a powerful high-octane read. The way she pens Rafe and his seduction act to get Emma is amazing, my heart just melted. How does Ms. Williamson do it? This is another extraordinary tale that this reader will never forget.
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