Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.
Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.
As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.
I just love Karen’s books and I was so glad to get my hands on her latest in her new series, Ladies of Harper Station.
I enjoyed all the characters an I thought it was cute and sweet how Malachi loved his bossy angel from the moment she told him she could keep him. He has never known what it was like to have a loving home until the Chandlers took him in. Even though he led a tough hard life before and isn’t used to the affection the Chandlers give him, he has a kindness about him that shows by being over protective of Emma, making sure no harm comes to her. His protective side is so fierce that it gets him kicked out of town as a teen during a scuffle while protecting her from a besotted older boy. This little incident leads Malachi to stay away fro 10 long years until Emma sends him a telegram saying she needs him. Not being able to deny his angel, he leaps to her rescue and gets stunned by the beauty that his angel has turned into.
I love how Malachi fights his emoticons for Emma all throughout the book, thinking he isn’t good enough for her. As for Emma, her childhood infatuation with him soon buds into something more as Malachi is no longer a scrap of a boy, but a grown man. All throughout the book, he always thought of Emma as his angel and even young Andrew referred to her as ‘Mr Shaw’s Angel’ or ‘Mr Shaw’s Emma’, which I thought was cute.
I felt like it was a bit slow at first, but once Mal and Emma got together again, it got better, which this led me to knock it down one star. Also the reveal of the traitor among them wasn’t shocking, at least not to me.
Grace’s story is next, which has me very curious as her hero isn’t an ‘alpha’ but an ordinary, everyday man who has a penchant for bicycles. Also I hope Claire will get a book or maybe a short novella as for some reason I liked her even though her part was small.