What a way to start a book! I was engrossed in every detail of the fire, and then later of the landscape. Flat. Dirt. Farmland. The author has an amazing way of describing it all and putting me right there in the story.
I loved the beginning quotes of each chapter, as it gave me a greater insight to what the characters were thinking and feeling. I like Rex’s fixation on the color red, which is mentioned throughout the book. His love of red starts with dirt, and then it transitions to his love of Regina’s red hair.
The book is beautifully written with descriptive imagery. The mystery is intriguing, and I can’t help but love Rex throughout the story. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author!
My rating: 4.5 stars
“I ain’t going yet, if that’s what you keep trying to say,” Ben said without looking back.
“I’m saying you’ve done plenty, though.”
“And I said I’m not going until this boy is completely settled.” I stepped closer, opened my mouth, then closed it again. I wouldn’t argue like a Kansan or say what I was thinking—God help whatever poor woman ended up married to this man.
Neither Rex nor Regina wants a spouse, but they do have needs. Ranger Rex Duncan needs a false identity – just long enough to uncover a ring of Kansas ranch thieves. Answering Regina’s ad for a temporary husband, he leaves his beloved red dirt of Oklahoma to assume that disguise. But the most obstinate woman he’s ever known confounds his assignment, and with hair the red color that has always made his heart beat a little faster.
Regina Howard needs a new Mrs. in front of her name – just long enough to reclaim her deceased husband’s ranch, since Kansas law won’t allow women to own property. When Rex answers her ad for a husband who can take orders as part of a brief business arrangement, she finds this stubborn man ignores her every command. Yet, a good man is far more than just a name…