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The Marriage Charm (2015)

Melody Nolan works as a jewelry designer in the small town of Mustang Creek in Wyoming. When she was younger, Melody was madly in love with Spence Hogan; so in love, she even proposed to him. However, he declined and that was also the end of their romance. Now, nine years later, Spence is the town's chief of police and he still makes Melody's heart beat faster whenever she sees him. Yet, Spence has a reputation as quite the womaniser and Melody made a pact with her two best friends, Hadleigh and Bex, to start looking for their future husbands. Spence Hogan is not exactly husband material... Or is he? The Marriage Charm is the second part of The Brides of Bliss County series, which focuses on three best friends who have made a marriage pact in order to help each other find suitable husbands with whom they can start a family. This book focuses on Melody and her quest for love. I already knew the characters from the first book and it was great to learn more about Melody, her background story and her search for love. I personally really enjoyed that the story was told from both a male and female perspective, so we as readers get to see what both Melody and Spence think and feel. It's not just the romance that is focused on, though; there are also other aspects to the story, such as a number of mysterious thefts in the town, which kept my attention until the very end. The author's writing style is so easy to get into and combined with a fascinating group of characters and a captivating storyline, her books are really enjoyable reads. I do think it's best to read this as a sequel, so you know the background story and the different characters, but it can also be read as a standalone. If you're a fan of western romances, and you're not yet familiar with Linda Lael Miller, you definitely need to pick up one of her books because you're missing out on something! The Marriage Charm is exactly what a fast-paced and fun romance read is supposed to be like; nothing too complicated, thoroughly enjoyable and with a happy ending. (JoH)

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