A Bargained-For Bride

A Bargained-For Bride

by Marcia Lynn McClure


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"You're the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?" Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.
Jilly smiled. "And you're the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know," she flirted in return.
Jack smiled. "I do know," he said.
Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable-and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove-and he was, for the most part.
Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man-no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason-ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true-being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988958296
Publisher: Distractions Ink
Publication date: 09/19/2001
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Marcia Lynn McClure�s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books�including The Visions of Ransom Lake, A Crimson Frost, Shackles of Honor, and Kissing Cousins�has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title �The Queen of Kissing.�

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

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A Bargained-For Bride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
A couple of my friends had reviews of this book up on their blogs a couple of months ago and I decided that I just had to get it! It has been a while since I read a novella with such a concise and well written story line. Being a novella it did not take me all that long to read-but I certainly enjoyed every single second. At the very end the author explains a bit of how this book came into being and why she actually prefers writing novellas. She does write full length novels as well. Jilly has been sweet on Jack Taylor for a couple of months-deluding herself as many of us have on occasion! Jilly's parents died when she was very young and she lived with her great grandparents. Her Grandfather knew he was sick and was worried about Jilly--he knew Jack Taylor was only a "Tom Cat". Enter Boone Ramsey who after hearing the Doc and Jilly's Grandfather talking--asked for Jilly's hand in marriage. Well, Jilly found out the truth about Jack and agreed to marry Boone. But would either of them realize that each had actually loved the other since they were children? This is a book that will touch your heart in all the right ways!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Why on earth did I wait so long to read this book? I was scheduled to review this one some time ago, but I ran out of time. I had a few minutes, so I thought I would give this book a try yesterday, and I was immediately immersed in the book. I discovered this is only a novella, but it honestly makes no difference. The story is as involving as a full-length novel, and I was able to read this book in practically no time. There is only very minimal profanity (one of the words I don't see as profanity, and it was quite humorous), and there are no intimate scenes. The couple wait to have sex until after marriage (imagine), and the book is entirely appropriate for young adults and older. I was sharing with my mom about why McClure books are such amazing books. This story includes 3-dimensional characters, emotionally involving action, and a lot of humor. So many books do not choose to include any humor, and I always miss it no matter how great the book is. This author writes genuinely clean romance that never come off as being sappy. I don't mind having a happily ever after when the characters can be as much fun as Boone and Jill. As a side note, I also love the author's remarks concerning the writing of this novella. She shared tidbits about the process and the story behind the story. It is an extended note, but I think you will find the same genuinely warm and funny voice even in this author's note. Anyone who enjoys a good romance will love this book--at least in my opinion. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure is a deliciously romantic and ravishingly thrilling story of not settling for anything but the best. This was a truly magical and swoon worthy love story that unreservedly captured my heart and gave it wings to fly to the heights of Heaven and back. My heart was swept away by the quiet yet simmering passion that we see being accidentally discovered, lovingly nurtured, and desperately pursued by the enchanting characters that we come to know. I think that women need to realize that we shouldn’t be settling for just any guy that will show us some attention and dish out some affection our way. We should be much more discerning when it comes to our heart. Why would you ever think about handing your heart over to a one night stand or to a player who only wants to add another notch to his bedpost? We are so much more valuable and precious then these types of men give us credit for. We deeply infuse passionate love, tender gentleness, and endless heart into our society. Not only would men wither and fade without us, but they would never know the heart-pounding pleasure of performing a task in order to see the room light up with a smile from his love or the pulse spiking passion of his lady’s tender kiss of gratitude and love. We complete them, and the smart ones know that any sacrifice is worth the endless ecstasy and soul-filling wholeness that only we can offer them. The truly lucky ones know the heavenly benefits and pure joy that comes from finding the one that completes him and loving her with everything in him. He doesn’t need to go looking for more because he knows he has more than enough woman on his hands then he could ever tame and love in a lifetime. On that same note, we as women need to realize the power that we hold in our own hands. If we choose, we can tease as well as they can if not better, but if we are true women of virtue and wisdom, we will use that power to honor the men worthy of our love and life through our actions and our words. By showing these men that we are worthy of their precious attention, their fierce love, and their boundless devotion, we can begin to heal the great rift that has been created since the fall of mankind. Men have no less depth of the soul and passion of the heart then we do. They have just been taught not to be as quick in showing it as we are. Society teaches them to be hard and show no emotion, and in so doing they will be perceived as strong and invincible. In reality, they crave our attention and desire our love just as much, and I would venture to say that they hunger for it even more than we do for they are taught to suppress that natural desire in light of appearing aloof and independent. So let us learn to not only control our own yearnings but to show each other the respect that both men and women deserve. If we fall, so does our society. McClure is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance authors because she focuses on the immense value and the infinite important of the family. We are not much without the love and guidance provided to us by our family. True family will do whatever is needed in order to take care of and look out for each other. We need to remember to always love and appreciate our family – whoever they might be.