Thursday, September 1, 2022

Refuge of Convenience


She doesn’t trust men. He doesn’t trust women. Can they learn to trust each other?
On the run from her past, nurse Claire Monroe’s only hope of disappearing lies in the hands of her former patient, Wyoming rancher, Jackson Garrity. But Jackson shouldn’t even be out of the hospital. He can barely walk, let alone protect her. Besides, he’s a man, and life has taught her men are not to be trusted.
Jackson doesn’t know a thing about women. Ever since his mother abandoned him and his three brothers, his father hasn’t allowed a single female—human or animal—to live on their ranch. But one thing he does know: Claire is hiding secrets, dark ones, and he’d be a fool to take her home with him. But when his boss delivers an ultimatum, he and Claire reach an uneasy compromise in a marriage of convenience.
Then a Pinkerton detective shows up on their doorstep and their convenient marriage becomes anything but.

My thoughts: I can only imagine what it would be like to be in Anna's shoes, on the run after fleeing an abusive husband and the suspicion that she had something to do with his death. The story deals with some heavy topics that might be a trigger for some, but I thought that the author did a fantastic job of handling the difficult subject of abuse. 
I love the characters and how they came together in an unexpected way, deciding to marry in name only for the protection and benefit of working together. I enjoyed how their relationship blossoms throughout the story. 
This is a wonderful, beautifully written story!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

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