Sunday, May 11, 2014

An Unwilling Husband Book Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the An Unwilling Husband book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a guest post from the author and a giveaway for a $50 gift card and copies of An Unwilling Husband. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

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Release date: May 5, 2014
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical (Western) Romance
Tour Organized by: Literati Author Services

For adventurous Margaret Flemming, arrived from Boston to be with her father, the Old West town of her childhood is a far cry from the drawing rooms and balls of the high society life she’s used to. Her fancy gowns and proper manners have no place in the dusty, cruel land inhabited by Indians and rough cowboys.And her fiercely independent streak constantly gets her in trouble. When tragedy strikes, there’s only one person she can turn to–her childhood friend, Garret Shaw–but he’s disgusted with her Society ways.

With his ranch under attack from the land-grabbing Jennings, the last thing Garret needs is to be saddled with a high-falutin’ lady. Even if she is his friend’s daughter and her kind ways tug at his hardened heart. Duty to her father forces them to wed, but he knows sure as anything, when the chance comes along, she’ll go back to Boston. No matter how much he wants her, loving her is not a risk he can take.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet and delightful romance, An Unwilling Husband was a wonderful read. I really liked this book and I enjoyed reading it.

Margaret was a lovely heroine. She was tougher than most people gave her credit for, despite her high society background. She was strong, determined, and a generally likable character. I thought she was great.

Garret was also wonderful. He had some serious walls up, but even when he was hiding behind them, it was clear that he was a sweet and good man at heart. He was a little stubborn, but also adorable. I really liked him as well.

The romance was good. I wish there had been more to it. Like, more scenes where they are together and reconnecting, so that we could see the romance develop. But, I still thought they were very sweet together. I loved how, even after years apart, their childhood affection was there and it only grew when they reunited. And, for those who want to know, this was a clean romance. I thought these two were a lovely couple.

The plot took a few chapters to start up but, once it did, I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a few twists that took me by surprise. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

An Unwilling Husband was a wonderful romance that I really enjoyed reading. It was sweet and truly lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Guest Post:

Six Fun Facts about Garret Shaw, Reluctant Hero of An Unwilling Husband
Garret Shaw isn’t your typical romance hero. He’s good to his core, and honorable, but he isn’t very nice to our dear Maggie in the beginning. He’s been hurt too many times emotionally to let anyone past the walls he’s erected around his heart anymore, at the very least a smart mouthed high falutin’ proper lady who broke his fifteen year old heart years before. But through this story, Maggie has the perseverance and patience to wait for him grow into the man she knows he can be. And she’ll give all of herself to heal him.

Underneath Garret’s gruff exterior is a complex man who is unerringly loyal to the people he takes under his wing. For a peek under the surface, I’ll share some fun facts about our wary hero.

1. Garret escaped his childhood home, and tyrant of a father, to finish his schooling in Georgetown studying law. If saving the Lazy S Ranch from ruin doesn’t work out, he’d consider assisting the sheriff in the one pony town of Rockdale, Texas where he lives.

2. He has a sensitive side. It’s well hidden, but it’s there. He fills Maggie’s washbasin with fresh water every night so she doesn’t have to haul it herself in the morning. His words are harsh for reasons he thinks are protecting both of them, but he does little sweet things he hopes she won’t notice to secretly make up for how boorish he has to be.

3. He wouldn’t admit it, but he likes Maggie’s tenaciousness. A mouse wouldn’t do our mouthy hero. He needs a woman who can hold her own and tell him exactly what he’s messing up and how to fix it.

4. Maggie’s peach pies are his favorite food on earth. Though they are inedible at first, she works on them so hard through the story, he loves the effort that has gone into each of them just as much as the flavor.

5. He’s created the family he never had with the hired hands he’s found to help him run the Lazy S Ranch.

6. As a boy, he carved his name into a swinging tree near Maggie’s childhood home so she’d always remember him.
Up for grabs is a $50 gift card and 2 e-copies of An Unwilling Husband.
Good luck!

About the Author:
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Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book.Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit


  1. Thanks so much for reviewing and being part of the tour! :)