Proposing Mischief is a fun marriage of convenience story. It is the second full length novel in the Joplin Chronicles series, yet it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. The humor is really fun in this story, yet the characters’ hearts shine through, as well.
Even though Maisie is a strong character, she carries around a lot of self doubt related to the bad decision she made in giving her heart to an unscrupulous man. Boone is focused on his business endeavors and is constantly escaping the machinations of matchmaking mothers who are trying to trap him into marriage with their daughters. When Boone gets the idea for a marriage of convenience with Maisie, it seems all problems might be solved. Of course it is never so simple!
These two characters actually get on quite well once they relax and spend a bit of time together away from prying eyes. However, they seem to make mistake after mistake out in public, where they are supposed to look as if they are wildly in love. There are so many uncomfortable and awkward moments that they must work through!
This is a very clean marriage of convenience story that could easily be shared with a teen reader. The author did a great job of providing information about the crystal cave that Maisie discovered and making me feel as if I was getting a peek at this amazing sight.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Maisie Kentworth is stuck on the ranch. Having fallen in love with the wrong guy, she can’t risk inflaming things between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property.
Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or getting married to a woman he can’t endure.
While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is an untamed farm girl who’s trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she’s discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Historical romance author Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, and a Christy Award and Oklahoma Book of the Year Award finalist. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Her latest book, Courting Misfortune, is set in Joplin, Missouri, and received a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.