Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
Fit to Be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher
"Humor, a strong secondary cast, and a life-like hero and heroine make Fit to Be Tied a delightful read."
Has a western cowgirl met her match in a refined English lord?
Cleo Arlington is not a normal woman. She loves wearing pants, riding and breaking mustangs, and working her father’s ranch. At 29, she’s pretty much given up hope that there is a man who could accept her unconventional ways and love her for who she is.
Lord Sherwood Stathem has been banished to America. His father, an English Duke, is fed up with his gambling, drinking, and consorting with women, and has sent him penniless to America to learn the value of working hard to support himself. Stuck on a ranch in Idaho, with a demanding female boss, Sherwood is certain he’ll never survive his year of punishment.
Cleo is bound and determined the English dandy will pull his weight of the work load, and she pushes him hard. She soon has to admit that “Woody” has more gumption than she expected. When she catches her thoughts straying to him, she chastises herself. What would an English aristocrat want with the likes of a cowgirl?
Robin Lee Hatcher has created two unique characters in Cleo and Sherwood. Cleo is feisty, outspoken, and determined to be the woman she is, no matter what others think. Sherwood is a man, wounded in war and by his father’s disapproval, who doesn’t know what to do with his life. Both characters have felt the sting of a parent’s rejection.
Ms. Hatcher does an excellent job showing the conflict between the hero and heroine, as well as their growing attachment and the doubts both face as they contemplate how a tomboy like Cleo could ever adapt to the life of an English lady. Humor, a strong secondary cast, and a life-like hero and heroine make Fit to Be Tied a delightful read. I even enjoyed it more than the first book in the series.
Do opposites really attract? Can a fancy-pants hero fall for a female in pants? Fit to Be Tied, book two in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, is a cute story that is sure to tug at you heartstrings and leave you saying, “Ah….”
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.