by Susan Kay Law

June 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81906-
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

I must say that I don't read historicals very often. But when I do, some usually turn out pretty good. Marrying Miss Bright turned out to be better than pretty good. Susan Kay Law has a way with words and she knows how to get the reader's attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical westerns.

Miss Anthea Bright just started a new teaching assignment in the town of Haven, Kansas. She is excited about teaching the children. But she's is learning that some children could be pure angels, and others could be little devils in waiting . She's also learning that some children come with parents with no manners or scruples. Just like Mr. Gabriel Jackson, who can be a pain in the butt at times.

Mr. Gabriel Jackson came back to town to fix up his old home to sale. What he did not expect was to take on a little girl whose mother had passed away. No one wanted to take the town whore's bastard child. Everyone thought that it was his child anyway. He knew how the little girl felt. He would help her get out of this town and keep the others from hurting her. That was the plan until he met Lilly's teacher Miss Anthea Bright. He might just have to stay a little longer….

Anthea and Gabriel are finding it very hard to stay away from each other. It just isn't proper for a lady to be seen with Gabriel. He is considered the town's Scoundrel, the town's bastard and just plain bad man. But Anthea had to come to his house to help Lilly. What else is she to do when Gabriel wanted to be informed of everything that went on with Lilly? And Gabriel knew that Miss Anthea should not be seen with him but he just could not resist her proper and stubborn ways.

What they did not bargain for was a blizzard that left her and the children stuck in the schoolhouse and no one willing to come rescue the children and take them home. Except for Gabriel. The attraction between them was so strong that one kiss in front of the children was spread all over town. And now her job was on the line or so she thought.

Gabriel finally had a way to make her permanently his. She was just going to have to marry him

There are times when exceptions are made and this book made it. I would recommend this book to anyone who does not like historical romances. It has a humor, wit and shows that even the most proper lady can get dirty every now and then.

Hats off to Susan Kay Law she has proven to me that there is always exceptions to every rule. I am looking forward to reading many more of her books whether it's historical or not.

Reviewed in October 2001 by Starla.

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