Review: The Cowboy’s Valentine Bride by Patricia Johns

May Contain Spoilers

I was a bit disappointed with this installment of Johns’ Hope Montana series. I guess I didn’t find it very compelling. That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of emotion, because there was, but it just didn’t grab me like previous books in the series.

Brody Mason is home from the front lines. Injured in an explosion in Afghanistan, he’s hurt and angry to learn that his family and friends have been keeping a big big secret from him. His fiancee, Nina, has married his best friend, and everybody has been keeping it from him. Instead, they have been acting as if everything was a-okay, especially Kaitlyn Harpe, Nina’s younger sister. She emailed Brody at least once a week while he was overseas, and never once gave the slightest hint that his girlfriend had been unfaithful and not waited for him to come home.

Kate is now Brody’s nurse. She has loved him for years, but couldn’t let him know because he was going to marry her sister. Kate has never felt that she measured up to Nina. Nina was always in the spotlight, and Kate was forever in the shadows. Now that Brody is her patient, it isn’t ethical to let him know that she has feelings for him. Besides, Brody is so mad at everybody that he could care less how anybody else feels.

And that right were is the crux of why I didn’t like this as much as I expected to. Brody is so angry and has such a big chip on his shoulder that he’s not a very likeable character. I understand that he feels betrayed that his family lied to him, but they did it to keep him safe, and to keep his head in the game. They were afraid that if they told him about Nina, that he would get himself killed. Because he was so angry, he allowed his relationships with his family to start to erode.

Kate was also a bit irritating. Because Brody picked Nina first, she refused to entertain the thought that they could ever be a couple She refused to be his second choice. After a while, I found both characters frustrating, and I just wanted the book to be done. Brody’s change of heart happened so quickly that I wasn’t totally convinced with the HEA.

Grade: 3 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book

A Time to Heal

Brody Mason needs a nurse. As soon as he can walk again, he’ll leave Hope, Montana, and go straight back to the army. But Kaitlyn Harpe? That’s adding insult to injury. Not just because she’s a daily reminder that Brody’s fiancée, Kate’s sister, married his best friend while he was fighting in Afghanistan. But because Kaitlyn had kept the truth from him. 

The Kaitlyn he knew before he deployed would never have perpetuated a lie like that. But this new person—the confident, beautiful woman with hidden depths in her eyes—is nothing like the shy, serious girl he knew. This Kaitlyn troubles him. Because Brody is starting to wonder if he proposed to the wrong sister… 

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