{Review} Stolen Away by Jennie Marts

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{Review} Stolen Away by Jennie MartsStolen Away by Jennie Marts
Series: Hearts of Montana #3
Publisher: Entangled Select Contemporary on September 26, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 245

Our Rating

5 Stars

Elusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.

Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.

There’s a darkness in Cash’s past that’s kept him from ever letting anyone get too close, but he can’t seem to stay away from Emma, who seems to be the one to finally break through his tough exterior and steal this cowboy’s heart.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Stolen Away by Jennie Marts

Judging Covers:  Another beautiful cover!  I just love the cover art for this series — the color, the layout, the way it grabs my attention and makes me want to find out more…


The Verdict:  This book was released right about the time I was moving eleventy billion boxes from my old apartment to my new one — with only my elderly dog to help.  Needless to say, I pulled every muscle in my body, passed out cold at one point, and missed out on a lot of reading.  Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on this book, which as you know was written by one of my favorite authors, and I have to say that it’s among her best!

We met previously met Emma as the forlorn and abused wife whose ex tried to wreak havoc at a wedding when the whole town was in attendance.  With the help of her dad, she’s gotten divorced and is getting back on her feet, only to have her ex-brothers-in-law harassing and causing her more grief.  After all she’s been through, she’s certainly not looking for another man in her life, but she can’t deny the spark of attraction she feels whenever Cash Walker is near.

Cash isn’t really looking for anyone, either.  Truth be told, he tries to keep people at arm’s length.  But a fat lot of good that does when Emma’s around.  She’s kind and vulnerable, trying hard to keep her chin up and be somewhat independent, and doesn’t act anything like Cash expects her to.  It’s clear to him that she’s a bit skittish, though she does her best to keep that under wraps, and like everyone else in town, he knows something of her story.

Emma was incredibly easy to love.  She’s a little timid, which is to be expected, but she approaches life on her own with wide-open eyes and takes delight in all the little things she couldn’t enjoy for so long.  I usually expect a character who’s experienced abuse to be withdrawn and wary, and there is a little bit of that in Emma.  But Marts illustrates Emma’s character in such a way that you just know how strong she is, without having to be told, and she won me over the minute she showed up with a goat in her car.

Cash is easy on the eyes and easy on the heart.  He’s got a pretty big hang-up when it comes to relationships, but it comes from a good place.  He knows how terribly he’s lost his temper in the past, and he’s worried he could hurt someone if he lets his emotions get out of hand.  It’s his own goodness that’s holding him back, and when faced with a woman like Emma, he wants to be doubly sure he never does anything to put her at risk.

Emma’s ex and his family are basically your stereotypical, white-trash, small-town bullies.  But as cliched as it may seem, I’m pretty sure every small town has someone like that.  Where I grew up (population less than 200), we had the boys down the road who would fight anyone over anything, as well as the boys further out who would actually shoot at any unfamiliar cars unfortunate enough to turn onto their gravel road.  Pretty sure they were protecting either their stills or their crops.  And once we moved into civilization, there were a couple more families just like that in town.  So to me, these jerks seemed very real, and their trouble-making felt like it fit the small-town scenario perfectly.  Needless to say, they gave Emma some hell.

Cash and Emma’s relationship was just achingly sweet.  She struggled to come out of her shell and be the kind of woman Cash deserved, while Cash tried like crazy to be good enough for her.  And just when it seemed everything was going perfectly, a little bit of all hell broke loose, bringing out the best in both of them.  I just loved seeing both Cash and Emma put their fears and bad experiences behind them and really be there for each other.  And I especially loved the way that Emma proved she was no broken sparrow when she had no one to save her but herself.

As you can see from my previous reviews Hearts of Montana books, I absolutely love this series.  The authentic country-living, the flawed but lovable characters, and the bull named Rodney stand out in this genre.  But while two previous books certainly deserved the 5 stars I gave them, I think Stolen Away deserves even more.  If you’re a fan of hot cowboys, a few laughs, and some really excellent storytelling, grab the whole series and get to reading!

  
The Breakdown
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About Jennie Marts

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She is a USA TODAY Best-selling author and writes for Entangled Publishing. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest series about hot hockey players, the Bannister Brothers Books.

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