In some ways, I’m sorry that I’ve been on a category romance roll this past week and in other ways, I’m not. Sometimes, I just want to sit down and read, read, read several books in one week, and reading categories allows me to do that.
Ryder’s Wife is the first book in The Justice Way series and all I can say is that I’m impressed. This book had a little bit of everything in it and I really enjoyed it.
Casey Ruban comes from money, and she’s been raised by her grandfather as his sole heir. She’s paid her dues and now that her grandfather has died, she expects to inherit his company and his wealth. There’s only one problem, – grandfather always wanted her to marry the family lawyer, but she just can’t, no matter the circumstances. That’s why she’s so shocked at the reading of the will to find that her grandfather, as his last request, has demanded she marry within 48 hours or she forfeits everything. Of course, everybody expects that she’ll cave in and finally marry lawyer Lash Marlow. Instead, defiant to the end, Casey walks out, alone, on a mission to find a man within the next 48 hours so she doesn’t lose everything.
Ryder Justice is a man who’s in pain. He owns a successful flying company and is himself a pilot by trade. Unfortunately, he blames himself for the death of his own father and that’s why he’s drifting across country, alone. He cannot accept that he was the impetus to his father’s death, and now he’s a vagabond searching for a place to hole up.
He’s sitting in a local watering hole, having a beer, when Casey walks in. She announces that she’ll marry the first man who’s willing, as long as he’ll stay with her for one year. She’s even willing to give the man full bedroom rights, as long as he’ll come along right now and give her his name. Nobody in the bar is willing to do it, except that tall, good looking stranger sitting at a table all alone. Taking Ryder by the hand, she marries him in the middle of the night, and brings him home to be the family chauffeur. This is how Ryder Justice gets himself a rich wife.
There’s intrigue, some true characters that will just get to you, and a budding relationship between the hero and heroine that teaches you what romance is all about. Although we know who the bad guy is almost right from the start, it does not deter from the story. Sharon Sala has written a well-rounded book that was funny in places and sad in others.
If you get a chance to find Ryder’s Wife somewhere, snap it up. It’s worth the effort of finding it. Although this probably isn’t a “keeper” for me, the book was written in such a way that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Thank heavens, I was home with the flu because my boss just would not accept me sneaking a read in the office!