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Pretending to Wed

(Frontier Vows #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  107 reviews
It’s a match made in heaven, as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laun
Published May 28th 2020 by Utmost Publishing (first published May 2020)
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May 14, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Finally done reading it...over and over and over again! Still enjoyed it each time. Especially my inventor heroine and her hero who encouraged her every step of the way.
Get excited folks, because a new Melissa Jagears novel is about to come out, and it's AWESOME!!

Pretending to Wed is definitely in my top favourite books of hers (although it's pretty hard to pick because ALL her books are great!), and probably has my favourite plot so far.

I received an early copy of this book as a beta reader, right when I was in the mood for sweet Christian romances set on the frontier, and this book did not disappoint. We've got the marriage-of-convenience romance trope + a p
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
First thing that caught my eye about this was the whimsical cover. I mean look at the heroine's crossed fingers behind her back and the smirk on her face. That tells me I'm most likely going to laugh at some point in time reading this! Poor Nolan has no idea what hits him when it comes to Corinne Stillwater, but he's soon to find out. Secondly, it’s a marriage-of-convenience story, one of my favorite troupes. I was anticipating it well before I even read the first sentence!

This couldn't be hap
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is one of those books that, once I started it, I couldn't put down! I'm always a sucker for a marriage of convenience story, even though many are pretty similar. Pretending to Wed stands out for a couple reasons. 1). Corinne is not your average bride. She's an inventor (a bit of an absentminded professor-type), and she has a past not often talked about in Christian romances (though her experience would be far from unusual). 2). Marital intimacy is a heavy focus of the novel. Not in any sala ...more
Pretending to wed is another high quality story from Melissa Jagears. This frontier romance ticks all the marriage of convenience boxes. I adore her realistic take on marriage, the ups and downs included. This story is sweet, tender, and just all-around fun.

I found the leads to be unique and endearing. Corinne is a working woman, despite the work being bad for her health. She is independent and business-minded, but acknowledges where she falls short. Nolan is such a fun hero. He is concerned abo
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! The main characters, yet again are strong and well-written. The reader quickly invests themselves in the hopes and dreams for both of them and despite the very businesslike beginning, the character development and relationship so naturally evolves, just as this author seamlessly manages with all her stories. Fun to revisit the characters from book 1.

Can’t wait to see more from this author.
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great marriage of convenience story! It is book two of the Frontier Vows series, yet can be read and enjoyed even if you have not read book one, Romancing the Bride.

This novel has a lot to recommend it. There were some humorous moments, yet the struggles and difficulties that Nolan and Corinne both carried around with them were things that weighed on them and made committing to another person very difficult. Corinne had huge trust issues and Nolan, while strong and capable, felt inadequat
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you get a Melissa Jagears book you know you're in for a treat!
I loved the humor that this author adds in her books and I think I fell in love with Nolan at some point and times in the story. "Sigh"
It's not because of his good looks I can tell you that. I think it's for his stubborn strength and determination to fight for what he thinks is rightfully his. I don't blame him for that. I would too!
Actually, they're both about as stubborn as you know what.
There were time I wanted to smack them
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I love about reading Melissa Jagears books, is that her characters face real-life challenges. The story begins with the couple getting married and discovering what daily life looks like. They face difficult challenges. Love and romance is only part of the story, the real life experiences happen when you face challenges together. Does it pull you closer or drive you further apart.

I fell in love with this wonderful characters, flaws and all! I wanted to reach in and give Corinne a hug and enc
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"What was love if not a desire to make someone happy? Just because she feared she couldn't, didn't mean she didn't desperately want to."

Another sweet, uplifting historical from Melissa Jagears. This is book 2 in the Frontier Vows series but can be read as a stand-alone. The setting of Wyoming Territory in 1884 is very tangible and palpable as each person works hard to make way in the wild west. For Corinne, the town laundress, life gets more difficult as pain interferes with her ability to keep
Becky Lewis
Travel back to a hot summer in 1884 in Wyoming Territory. Nolan Key is desperate, as the ranch he stood to inherit from his father will only pass to him if he marries within 3 months. Otherwise, his unbearable cousin Matt, whom his father always seemed to prefer over his own son, will own the spread.
Pretending to Wed is my first Melissa Jagears novel, but I will be on the lookout for more. I enjoyed the marriage of convenience trope. I liked how some of Nolan’s attitudes were due to his pain, b
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
The more books I read by Melissa, the more I love her!
4/5 stars! Full review to come!
LisLovesReading E.Espinoza
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretending to Wed (Frontier Vows, Book 2), by Melissa Jagears, is a terrific historical fiction novel! Offering a refreshing story rooted in the marriage-of-convenience sub-genre, this book is compelling and unexpected. I was thoroughly invested in this novel after just a few paragraphs, because page after page, this well-written book successfully balances history, romance, faith, and intrigue, making the story utterly entertaining. 
The characters in this novel are unconventional, authentic, a
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
With realistically flawed, endearing, and colorful characters and a creative marriage of convenience premise, Melissa Jagears tickled my fancy with her newest book, Pretending to Wed. Nolan was such a caring hero who seemed a little overwhelmed with industrious, inventive Corinne. They both had trials and problems in the past that they were striving to overcome. It was great fun seeing their relationship blossom from “business partners” to more.

Themes of faith, trust, and forgiveness of self an
Natalie Monk
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Pretending to Wed, we revisit our friends Jacob and Annie, Spencer, Celia, Leah, and other townspeople from the first Frontier Vows story, Romancing the Bride. If you read my review of ROB, you'll remember I loved these characters!

I enjoyed getting to know Nolan, the amputee rancher hero this time around, and Corinne, the laundress and inventor incognito.

This is a fun, quirky marriage of convenience story that looks at its own trope with a bit of a smirk, hence the first lines: “This couldn’
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read! I hadn’t read the first book, but I didn’t feel like I was too lost without it. I liked Corrine and Nolan. I liked how they didn’t let there physical limitations hold them back. I have always liked reading about flawed characters since it makes them seem real.

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
Melissa Wardwell
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Things never go according to plan.

We can make all the plans in the world, but many of them never work out because God has something else in mind. We also were never meant to go through this life alone, thats why God gives us people to share this live with. To be partners in life. I think those are two components these two characters forgot when they hatched their plan to wed without the benefits of marriage, without the attraction.

This story was just what I needed in the romance genre. Typically
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Marriage of convenience is my absolute favorite trope, enough so that that’s basically all you need to say to convince me to read a book! And it’s even better when it’s by an author that I know I enjoy! So when I heard about this story I of course jumped at the chance to review it.
This one was a little different than most marriage of convenience stories in that both of the characters had previously decided to never marry and so when circumstances forced their hands they very much approached the
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, sweet Western romance. I enjoyed the characters and I really liked that they didn't fall in love right away. however, my least favorite trope is when the married couples don't talk to each other, and I feel like they could have had a much stronger relationship (I'm talking business and friendship) and still had the romantic doubts without having to lean on the old "I don't want to tell him/her how I feel because I promised blah blah blah." ...more
Blessed & Bookish
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretending to Wed is the second novel in the Frontier Vows series from Melissa Jagears. It is a marriage of convenience story, which is one of my favorite troupes. And although marrying as strictly business partners is common, Nolan and Corinne take it to a whole new level, drawing up a contract and splitting profits.
I loved the respect Nolan and Corinne had for each other from the beginning. Nolan was surprising in how he supported his new wife in everything from working chores on the ranch to
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
What a fun novel! I love novels like this that are a marriage of convenience type weddings. They need each other but don’t want love or the “traditional” marriage. But then they end up actually falling in love and fighting it before they let the other one know.

One needs security, and one needs to marry to keep his inheritance. I mean, what could go wrong?!

Such a fun novel! I loved it. This is the second novel in a series and I’m very sad that I didn’t read the first one first but now I’m going
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A marriage offer in name only? This is what Nolan offers Corinne so he can keep his fathers ranch. And they can both be happy can’t they?

I love love this story. Melissa Jagears creates a cast of characters that will grip your heart. Especially Nolan and Corinne. These two were the main characters and my favorite by far. I felt bad for them both, life was just not being good to them. Nolan had no choice but to marry and Corinne thought she was unworthy of a man, so marriag
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another captivating novel by outstanding wordsmith Melissa Jagears. Pretending to Wed is a Christian Historical Romance that had me turning pages to see where the story was going next. I was immediately invested in the story.

This is the story of Corinne is our heroine, a laundress. It is also the story of Nolan. He lost a leg when he was younger and naturally this has affected his entire life. Nolan has always done his best but could never measure up to his cousin. Now he and Corrine bo
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What if she unwittingly fell for him? Nothing good would come of that!

This story will grab your attention and make sure you don’t quit reading until you have reached the end! Three months to marry or you lose the ranch - the last will and testament that makes one wonder about the sanity of the deceased father. A business arrangement perhaps....but can it really work?

Nolan is not interested in marriage, but cannot get the will changed. Corinne, the local laundress, needs to find a way to earn a
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started this book after work on May 20th, stayed up well past my bedtime, and woke early to finish it before work on May 21st! That's how well it held my attention. The storyline is very good, as the two main characters learn to work together to pull off a fake marriage to benefit each other. The author touches on some personal issues I don't recall ever reading about in a Christian novel before (the inability to experience pleasure in the bedroom). I applaud her for taking on
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
When two characters who have so much baggage come together, and then try to learn not only how to live around each other, but how to interact with each other. It's something every reader can learn from, because let's face it. We all have baggage in one way or another. It's what we do with it that makes a difference.

I'm also a sucker for marriage-of-convenience stories. I don't know what it is about them, but I just can't get enough - and Jagears is a pro at writing them! She takes her time with
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Affection, love, infatuation - they all give you hope that everything will be alright. But sometimes, you're just not enough.
My heart broke for Corinne when she said those words. But I loved how her life was turned around and she experienced love when she wasn't expecting it. Her history made her feel unworthy and a waste of people's time but the turnaround in her life was nothing short of amazing.
Honorable Nolan! I admired the man he was. I enjoyed reading how he loved Corinne. They both wer
Maureen Timerman
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, and notice her left hand, so cute, and the color of her dress is vibrant!
What to do, two hurt individuals that have sworn off marriage, end up in a desperate situation that marriage and money can solve.
We get to see how this new life arrangement is about to work out, and then enter and entitled cousin, the one who may have had a chance to own the ranch.
Both Nolan, with his missing part of a leg, and Corinne with her hurting hands, have me
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was an enjoyable marriage of convenience story! I liked Corinne and her spunky, independent personality. Nolan, too, is a great hero. Despite the fact their marriage starts as a partnership for each of their goals, you cannot help but cheer for their romance as the story unfolds. Melissa Jagears knows how to create a great romantic tale! The writing is also well done and the book flows well. I think the ending was a little rushed, but this didn’t detract from the good aspects of this b ...more
Kathryn Bochman
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Jagears is one of my favorite storytellers. She completely enthralled me with her newest release, Pretending to Wed, book 2 in her Frontier Brides series. In this story, Jagears presents her hero and heroine as individuals with harsh challenges – those that are both apparent and hidden. Through clever dialogue, an ever deepening plot, and complex characters, these challenges are illuminated and threaten to destroy the very foundation of our characters’ lives.

I absolutely loved everything
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