Thursday, June 26, 2014

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

Born and raised on sprawling Texas land, Margaret O’Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. But her father believes she’s made for more than just dawn-to-dusk work. He wants her to have the love of a good man, to raise children, to build a life. But Margaret gave up such dreams years ago. She’s convinced no man would have her, that the ranch is her life now.

So when Margaret’s father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she’s frustrated and suspicious. Then an overheard conversation links him with a gang of bank robbers, and she’s downright worried. Daniel swears he’s not involved, but Margaret’s not convinced. She knows the man still has secrets. But would a criminal be so kind and talk so convincingly of his faith? As a series of tragic “accidents” threatens all she holds dear, Margaret must decide what to trust: her own ears, her best judgment . . . or what her heart keeps telling her.

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble was an interesting and romantic novel. The plot line was filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, and there were definitely unexpected developments that kept me riveted to the pages. The characters were intriguing and well developed, and I enjoyed seeing Margaret and Daniel interact with one another as they tried to figure each other out. They each had their own strengths and weaknesses, and as the story progressed, each had to learn to work past their misgivings in order to prevent the dangers that surround them. Overall, I enjoyed this second installment in the Under the Stars series, and I would recommend both Blue Moon Promise and Safe in His Arms to readers who enjoy western novels that have equal parts romance and mystery.

I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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