Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: A Bargained for Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure


Author Info

Marcia Lynn McClure's intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books--including The Visions of Ransom Lake, A Crimson Frost, The Pirate Ruse, 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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My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)

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.


“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.

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