Superior- I laughed and even got up in the middle of the night- because I had to see what happened next. Delightful!!!
Their life together may not have started with hearts and flowers, but Drake and Pearl will soon learn that real love- with a breathtaking dose of passion- will make their marriage a true romance...
This story is a fine start for a four-part saga about the Kincaid family of Texas. As Drake Kincaid nears his 30th birthday, he is spitting mad; the terms of the inheritance to his ranch requires that he marry by 30 years of age. Unfortunately, Drake's grandfather is a judge and seems rather gleeful to force Drake to marry. Drake wasn't overly concerned about the marriage provision when he was 18, but the clock is ticking and he could lose the whole ranch to a worthless uncle.
Because Drake is so angry, he decides to find the most unsuitable woman available, marry her and let her live with Grandpa Kincaid, while he resides happily on his ranch by himself.
On his way to purchase horses in Tennessee with his cousin Lex, Drake comes upon a woman being insulted by three men. Instead of quivering, Pearl Parker takes out her gun and shoots at (and scares away) the men. Drake is shocked. Then Drake and Lex note that she is bossy, unwilling to cower, a fine baker and a healer who helps anyone (especially those unable to pay). Pearl is also the sole support of her half-sister and half-brother (Sarah and Storm). Since her grandmother died two weeks before, the mood of the town has turned more negative toward the three teens. Pearl knows she must take those she cares for and get out of town soon.
On a side-trip to see one of Grandpa Kincaid's old friends, Sheriff Evan Cummins, Lex and Drake wind up taking the very ill man to Pearl for treatment. Understanding flashes in Drake's mind when Evan tells the cousins about the trouble that is escalating around the three young people. Drake takes Pearl aside and asks her to marry him in a marriage of convenience; he will also take Sarah and Storm into his home. Magnanimously, Drake brings Belle along too, a 'cousin' to the three teens (actually, she is a whore who was almost killed by a customer and is being protected by Pearl).
Pearl and Drake marry quickly and leave for Texas. Drake is a happy man; he can take his wife and her extended family to Grandpa Kincaid to live and he can go back to his ranch. Ah, Pearl has other ideas about that; it makes for a cute story as Drake and Pearl compromise and change to make a success of their marriage.
The story was a quick read; so much happens and the characters are interesting and multifaceted.
1. The Most Unsuitable Wife (2003)
2. The Most Unsuitable Husband (2003)
3. The Most Unsuitable Courtship (2013)
4. Gabe Kincaid (2014)