Back in August I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of By Proxy by Katy Regnery. It was truly enjoyable, a romance prompted by the Montana “Marriage by Proxy” law.
In By Proxy this odd little law leads to a funny, touching and lovely little tale set in beautiful Montana, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. Kristian is posted in Afghanistan, while his fiance’ Ingrid is posted in Germany. A weekend leave leaves Ingrid ‘in the family way’, a condition that has both families up in arms, and makes a quick wedding rather imperative. Bring on Jenny, Ingrid’s best friend, and Sam, Kristian’s cousin, and let the fireworks begin!
In the second book, Midsummer Sweetheart, the Lindstrom family is at it again, as Erik Lindstrong, Jenny’s big brother, is tapped by Kristian and his wife, Ingrid (from By Proxy) to transport Katrin Svenson, Kristian’s twin sister, to Skidoo Bay in Big Lake County, Montana. Katrin is being stalked and threatened with death by her violent, alcoholic ex-fiance Wade, a loser of immense proportions.
As Eric is headed for the Kalispell County Sheriff’s Department, where he will begin training for three months as an Applied Technology and Drug Recognition Training Enforcement Officer, dropping off Katrin is on his way, and though he really doesn’t want to, he agrees to act as chauffeur.
So begins another Katy Regnery story that reached out and grasped my heart in both hands and carried me away for a non-stop adventure through the gorgeous Montana country, as well as a quirky, Norwegian/Swedish family that I have come to love. Regnery’s newest indulges in some of the Norwegian and Swedish language, which I found absolutely delightful. The newest characters to be added to the story are also charming. As a Nurse, Katrin joins Doctor Martin, who served in Germany with Ingrid, and Gabrielle, another Nurse who served with the Doctor and Ingrid overseas. Doctor Martin, or Jose Martinez as we come to learn is his real name (he assimilated in the military) is much more gorgeous than Eric had expected him to be, causing immediate jealousy (where did that come from?), while Gabrielle is Jamaican, with the beauty, speech patterns, and attitude to match.
This edition of the Heart of Montana Series is beautifully done, as was the last, and kept me rooted to my chair from beginning to end. I found it, as I said, absolutely charming, though Eric was a bit of a pain in the butt as he was so very sure that no one would ever be able to get under his skin and he acts the jerk more than once. Finding out more about him as the book went along, however, I came to love him as much as I do all of Katy’s other characters.
All in all, if you love a romance with a bit of excitement and suspense, you cannot go wrong with Katy Regeny. You should start with “By Proxy”. Not that you couldn’t pick this one up and start here and stay on the story line. However, the first one is so good, why deny yourself??
Midsummer Sweetheart is out today! I was asked by the author to review this book. This in no way affects my review of this or any other book in the series. All opinions are my own.
Katy is a 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations contest finalist who has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all Romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all can often be the messy or unexpected ones. Katy has a Paranormal alter-ego: KP Kelley – https://twitter.com/KPKelleyAuthor
Her Paranormal It’s You is scheduled for a Winter 2014 release.
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