Longtime readers of this blog know that I'm from Michigan, although nowhere near the Upper Peninsula, which is where this series takes place. But it's Michigan-set, and I'm not picky. Besides, the U.P. is very lovely. There ain't a whole lot up there, but it's lovely.
I picked up A Ready-Made Family at Borders Express this weekend, and while the back cover copy is worthy of eye-rolling (a bit cliche sounding, even for Harlequin), I have yet to be disappointed in this series. I know she's busy writing for Blaze, but dang Carrie, keep my North Country stories coming! (And update your web site - hint, hint)
Lia Howard Pogue is flat broke and on the run. Her only hope for a new start is to rely on the kindness of strangers. One in particular—the rough and tough ex-Army Ranger who's all hard muscle and soft heart.
Jake Robbin is more than ready to put his wild youth behind him and settle down. If only he could skip the hassle of courtship and babies and messy emotions. What better time for Lia and her three kids to land on his doorstep!
Seems marriage would solve both their problems. Until Lia's ex shows up…and reminds her she could be making the same mistake all over again.
While the first book in the series is enjoyable (North Country Man) it's books 2 and 3 that stood out for me. Romance reading librarians should take note of Three Little Words, that features a librarian heroine working in the very small town where the series is set. If you've ever worked for small/rural libraries, or frequented them, Alexander hits all the right notes. A Family Christmas is great because it featured one of my favorite series regulars - the heroine who is an outsider and black sheep-type. I adore outsider characters to bits, and Wild Rose was one of my favorites.
And of course since I'm a ruthless weeder, I donated/traded this entire series without saving it. When will I learn? Which means I'll have to make a trip to my favorite UBS that stockpiles series romance soon.