Publisher: Harlequin (October 30, 2012)
Few people in Laramie, Texas, know that Merri Duncan is actually the biological mother of her late sister’s twins. Even fewer know that Chase Armstrong, and not his late brother, is their biological father. It’s even news to Chase—and when he returns from military duty, he’s determined to do the right thing by Merri, who’s been raising the twins alone on the Broken Arrow ranch. It’s time for a walk to the altar, for the sake of the children.
There’s just one problem. Merri and Chase are, as they always have been, just friends—nothing more. Without love, their marriage can never be truly complete. Sticking it out may mean sacrificing their chances for future happiness. But maybe faith, hope and desire can bring these two newlyweds what they truly need. After all, it is the season of miracles.
The Texas Rancher’s Marriage is a heartwarming story, a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
There are so many tropes thrown into this book (friends to lovers, Marriage of convenience, surprise baby, military surgeon hero) but they all mesh so brilliantly to create this fabulous read.
Chase gets the surprise of his life when he finds out through Merri that he is the father of his brother’s orphaned twins. (His brother forged his signature on the sperm donor form) Chase proposes marriage to Merri to give the kids the love and security of two parents.
I really liked Chase and Merri; the attraction between the two sizzled off the pages. I really liked how Chase made an effort to get to know and connect with his kids.
I am so impressed by Cathy Gillen Thacker writing, the characters in the book were brilliantly drawn out. She never let my mind wander away, even for a minute; this was my first book from this author and it’s safe to say it won’t be my last.
The Texas Rancher’s Marriage is now one of my favorite American Romance books. HJ Top pick and Highly recommended.