Monday, June 6, 2016

"No Other Will Do" by Karen Witemeyer

About this book:

  “She Trusts Him for the Job, But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?
  Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women’s colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
  Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he’s always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.
  As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper’s Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.”

Series: It look like it is Book #1 in the “Ladies of Harper Station” series.

Spiritual Content- James 2:14-17 at the beginning; Quite a few Scriptures are read, quoted & mentioned; Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Thanking & Praising God; Many talks about God & Jesus; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Young Mal doesn’t think God cares about him &is very mad at God (Older Mal is a bit better, but is quick to blame/forget about God); Many Talks about & mentions of those in the Bible; Many mentions of churches, preachers & sermons; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of blessings & angels; A few mentions of Heaven;
*Note: A couple mentions of Greek gods; A few mentions of devils.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crud’, a form of ‘shut up’, two forms of ‘drat’, two ‘idiot’s, two ‘pansy’s, two ‘stinkin’, three forms of ‘doggone it’, eight forms of ‘shoot’, eight ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Lots of Pain, fighting & throwing punches (semi-detailed); All about threats, villains, a fire, & threats of murder and killing; Many, many mentions of blood, pain, fighting, hitting, injuries, stitches, spouse abuse, abuse, & knives (semi-detailed); Mentions of deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of gunfire, bullet holes, shooters & shooting; Mentions of drinking, drunks, saloons, & gambling; Mentions of stealing & sidestepping the law; Mentions of killed chickens & fighting dogs (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of prison; A couple mentions of slavery; A couple mentions of Indian attacks; A couple mentions of the Grim Reaper; A couple mentions of having to put horses down; A couple mentions of hunting & rotting animals; A mention of hanging.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, two forehead kisses, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses and a very-detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Nuzzling; Wanting to touch & kiss; Lots of Touches, Embraces, Warmth & Smelling (semi-detailed); Nearness, Butterflies & Intimate feelings (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Staring (up to semi-detailed); a ‘harlot’; A mention of flexing muscles; A mention of a man’s lover; A mention of female wiles; A mention of a man spanking Emma’s behind; A mention of woman who discovered herself pregnant after a man attacked her (no details); A couple mentions of mentions of a woman and child who died in childbirth; A couple mentions of a woman’s hips’ role in childbirth; A couple mentions of reputations & rumors; A couple mention of envisioning attacks; A couple mentions of hanky-panky; A couple mentions of a man’s bare chest (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of crushes; A few mentions of women who were ill-used by men; A few mentions of a prostitute, her company, entertaining them & pleasure houses (no details); Mentions of flirting, blushes & jealousy; Mentions of men who think they own/bought their brides; Mentions of when a boy tried to kiss Emma (age 13) (he does kiss her, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kissing & nuzzling; Love, falling in love & the emotions; 
               *Note: A few mentions of figures & swigging hips.

-Emma Chandler, age 23 {11}
-Malachi Shaw, age 25 {13}
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1894 {Prologue set in 1882}
                                                        364 pages

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My personal Rating-
I was completely absorbed into this novel from the first page. Karen Witemeyer really hit it out of the park with this plot and these characters. Malachi has to be one of the best male leads I’ve read about this year. He and Emma were just adorable and I loved reading their backstories together. Now, don’t think I’m skimming over all the touchy, feely, kissy parts—those I could have done without—but I did really enjoy this book. I was quite giddy while reading it and smiling large at all the wit.  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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