Brentwood’s Ward by Michelle Griep
Publisher: Barbour Books
Goodreads Summary: Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.
Emily is a headstrong young woman and with her father leaving on business for a month he’s worried about her safety and hires Nicholas as her guardian while he is gone. Nicholas has a sick sister and he needs the extra money this job will bring in. The problem is this job is anything but easy. Emily will not listen and drives Nicholas crazy. Also the more Nicholas learns about her dad and his business the more he starts to question his sudden business trip and the more he fears for Emily’s safety.
What I liked: Nicholas and Emily were both likable. I enjoyed how Emily was a strong woman yet she was able to see that she did need help and that she could rely on Nicholas. Nicholas would not put up with Emily’s attitude and it was funny watching them checkmate each other. I also thought the ending was interesting and not quite what I expected.
What I did not like: As much as I liked Emily she went back and forth from a snotty aristocrat to a woman with a heart. It was kind of hard to buy her being both. I also would have enjoyed learning how things turned out for her former maid. The ending left a lot of questions there.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more books by this author. This book has romance, suspense and mystery which made for a fun read. I highly recommend it.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.