The Maverick's Accidental Bride - Christine Rimmer

Series: Montana Mavericks: What Happened at the Wedding (Book 1)

Married by Mistake?


Rust Creek Ramblings

Welcome back, faithful readers The Rust Creek Rambler has an exclusive for you: Jordyn Leigh Cates has gotten married That's right, our innocent Jordyn, who came to town a few years back with the Rust Creek Falls "Gal Rush," tied the knot on July Fourth in what appeared to be a very impulsive ceremony.


No one could blame the blushing bridesmaid for saying "I do" to Will Clifton. The sexy, blue-eyed rancher is six feet of pure muscle and charm. But are these two merely love-struck friends who got swept away at someone else's wedding? Our sources suggest otherwise. Stay tuned to find out the true story behind these surprise spouses--and see if they can make it past their honeymoon.


Christine Rimmer opens this year's Montana Mavericks series with a story of friends to lovers. Jordyn and Will, both from Thunder Canyon, are now living in Rust Creek Falls. Jordyn has been there for a couple years, having arrived after the Flood to help rebuild. She's settled in well, and is happy, except for the lack of romance in her life. Will is a new arrival, having just purchased a ranch nearby. Both are at the wedding reception in the park, Jordyn as a bridesmaid and Will as a guest, when they run into each other for the first time in years.


Jordyn and Will grew up together in Thunder Canyon. Will remembers Jordyn as his little sister's best friend, and is stunned at what a beautiful woman she has become. He still feels a bit protective of her, and swipes the cup of possibly spiked punch she's been drinking, then asks her to dance. He enjoys the dance so much that he keeps dancing with her, and they keep drinking the punch. At one point he lays a kiss on her that leaves him gobsmacked. Jordyn was surprised to see Will in Rust Creek Falls, and to learn that he's moved there. She can't believe he's still trying to boss her around, taking her punch from her and frowning at the cowboy she'd just been dancing with. Sure, she'd had a crush on him when she was a kid, but she's past that now, isn't she? Until he kisses her, and suddenly that crush isn't so far in the past. Continuing to dance with him seems like a swell idea.


That is, until she wakes up in bed with him the next morning with no idea how she got there. Worse yet, it seems that they are married and neither of them can remember actually doing it, though they have the license to prove it. To top it off, most of the town witnessed the wedding, so they have to continue the marriage, at least for awhile, until they can figure out how to end it discreetly. To do that, Jordyn moves into Will's new ranch with him.


I loved seeing the two of them move from friends to lovers. At first they're horrified by what happened, but it isn't too long until the marriage starts to grow on them, though neither is quite ready to admit it. Will feels guilty because he thinks he took advantage of her. He tells her they should stick it out for a couple months to make sure she isn't pregnant, then they can get divorced and go on with their plans. The problem is, he likes her, and he likes having her there with him. And he really likes kissing her, and wishes that he could keep on doing it. That makes him feel even guiltier and he can't make up his mind whether to push her away or drag her even closer. 


Jordyn is just as unnerved by what happened. She had been holding out for true love to take that final step, and now she can't even remember it happening. She feels guilty that he's trapped in a marriage with her when he hadn't planned to get married just yet, and she's determined not to hold him to it any longer than necessary. But she is sure enjoying the kisses that they share and is beginning to wish for more. Every time that she thinks that will happen, he pulls back and that really confuses her. She starts trying to think of ways she can get him to follow through. 


I loved seeing how easily they slipped into living together. It was obvious that they really belonged together. Will was so worried about taking advantage of her that he frequently was rude to her. I loved that she didn't let him get away with it. When Will finally realized that he was in love with Jordyn he was reluctant to say anything because he didn't think she felt the same way. By the time Jordyn admitted her feeling to herself, it was almost too late. I loved the final scene where they finally got together, it was so perfect for who they were.


*copy received in exchange for honest review