Rugged and Relentless, Husbands for Hire Series #1    -     By: Kelly Hake
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Rugged and Relentless, Husbands for Hire Series #1

Barbour Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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When three landowning women put an ad in the paper expressing their desire for healthy, hard-working husbands-for-hire to help them set up and run a sawmill, they never dreamed their tiny town would be overflowing with proposals from bachelors who responded promptly...and in person! Out of this logjam of potential suitors, which one will Evelyn Thompson choose? Jacob Grainger trails his brother's murderer to Hopesfall where, to keep his true intentions secret, Jacob pretends to court Miss Evelyn Thompson. Will this lumberjack-turned-bounty-hunter find himself falling for the enterprising female?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1602607605
ISBN-13: 9781602607606
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Series: Husbands for Hire

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Publisher's Description

Roll into Hope Falls, Colorado, where three women are seeking mates to help them establish a sawmill. Evelyn Thompson never dreamed their husbands-for-hire ad would bring so many bachelors to their tiny town. How will she ever figure out which feller to choose? Jacob Granger, a logger-turned-bounty hunter, is hot on the trail of his brother’s killer. When a clue leads him to Hope Falls, he has no choice but to pretend to court Miss Thompson while waiting for the killer to show his hand. Will Jacob’s unexpected adoration of this sweet cook prompt him to speak vows before getting vengeance?

Author Bio

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, shes fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, shes attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kellys great loveshistory and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, shes been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Readers Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

Editorial Reviews

This is the kind of book that makes a great movie! The characters where well developed and the plot was solid.

This book is a fun read with just a bit of a mystery twist to keep it fresh. Definitely worth the read.

I loved the overall premise of the book and it flowed very well. This is a great first novel in a series and readers will definitely tune in to see who the other women choose and what happens to them. Four headstrong and resourceful women is a bigdraw for those of us who don't want to be considered 'fragile' and unable to do things because of our gender. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the strength of these four women, while also allowing them to be vulnerable. Evie's comments about being self conscious of her curves and going on a diet will allow readers to identify with her character, as well as her ability to cook.

In short, I loved this book.  It was absolutely delightful and I flew through it, putting off homework in order to read just a few more pages.  While the basic premise seems to be a romance, it's actually more about friendship especially among the four ladies.  
Overall: Delightful-highly recommended!

One of my favorite things about Kelly Eileen Hake is that her writing is full of humor and creativity.  So many books have similar story lines and if you read as much as I do, you often hear echos of past tales in each new book you encounter.  Rugged and Relentless is entirely fresh and new.  Who ever heard of Mail Order Husbands?  What a creative idea for a series!

In this fun and unexpected story the dialogue moved at a rapid pace.  Sometimes I was sure I heard the characters talking over each other, the varied conversations swirling around the room.  The Hake trademark humor filled the story, but don’t let the laughs fool you, this tale isn’t just bits of humorous fluff.  Themes of honor, acceptance and persevering love underscored the lessons learned in Hope Falls.

I would recommend Rugged and Relentless.  I found it thoroughly enjoyable.

Rugged and Relentless is a great beginning to a new series by Kelly Eileen Hake; it shows the difference strengths and personalities in four friends and the faith it take them to achieve their dreams.

A wonderful, fast paced read with delightful dialogue and characters.

I have to say I enjoyed the way Ms Hake’s characters were less than perfect. It was easy to relate to the self-doubts, the struggles with faith and forgiveness yet heart-warming to see that love can blossom in spite of human faults.

Rugged & Relentless has a good mix of mystery, subtle inspiration, love and forgiveness; a story that will keep your thoughts racing long after the last page is read.
“Rugged and Relentless” by Kelly Eileen Hake is a wonderful adventure about a group of women who, due to tragic circumstances and courageous character, travel to Hope Falls to begin a lumber business. This sweet and rugged romance is set against a dynamic backdrop of rugged beauty. When the ladies place an advertisement in the local paper for husbands, men begin flocking to their door to fill the bill. Novels like these serve as reminders of the strength and character and pioneering spirit that build this nation into the great country that it is. It makes me wonder if anything remotely like this ever took place in reality.

A must read for all and any historical romance readers along with Western readers,and a new concept "mail order Husbands".

If you're looking for an unconventional h
Fresh writing and funny exchanges kept me entertained. This book was a light-hearted escape from reality and definitely worth the read!

Hake begins her new series with her trademark wit and style in this lively story. Since the characters are setting up shop and solving a mystery, the romance takes a bit of a backseat.

This is a great period fiction book.  It is very unconventional displaying strong women who take thingsinto their own hands at a time when most women were subordinate wives and not often much more.  I love the character and spunk of each of the women.  
 I look forward to the next book in the series, I am so interested to find out what happens to these women and if they all settle down happily married in Hope Falls.

 I have to say I found Rugged & Relentless very entertaining.  The characters are all well done.

This book was delightful. I loved the banter that went on between the woman and the men. Also the dialogue between the four woman kept me giggling. This is a twist on the mail order brides, with the woman advertising for men. When the men see the advertisement they are expecting ugly woman, but these girls are far from that. Can you imagine going where there 5 men for each woman? The book has murder, romance, and the Wild West thrown in. Can't wait for the next books in this series and finish the romance of the other 3 woman!

This was the first book by this author that I have had the chance to read.  I am so glad that I did too.  This book was wonderfully written. 

I absolutely loved the characters.  This author definitely has a great wit to her writing.  The plot was great.  This is the first book in a series and it promises to be a great series.

I highly suggest this fun read.

Let me just say from the start, I was surprised by this book.  I wasn't anticipating a great read, but I found one.  I loved the whit between the two main characters, Evie and Jacob.  The rest of the characters have humor as well, but the focus in this book was Evie and Jacob. I will now be adding a new author as one of my favorites. I read this as a galley from netgalley and will be purchasing a hard copy. I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

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  1. Newaygo,MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Very disappointing!
    January 3, 2014
    Timothy Doll
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have read other books by this author and liked them. This book, however, was a disappointment. It was hard to get into, boring, and completely unrealistic. I kept telling my husband, '"this is the dumbest book I have ever read". He told me to just put it down and start another one, but I persevered and finished it. It may be just me since there are so many good reviews. I don't get it though. This book didn't stand up, in my opinion. Please don't waste your money on it. Sorry.
  2. Hamilton, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved the entire series!
    July 24, 2013
    Donna W
    Hamilton, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The characters were intriguing, the setting and time period realistic and interesting, the storyline in turns heartbreaking and amusing. Very well done!!
  3. Houston, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 1, 2013
    Jacqueline Lane
    Houston, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Loved the story; read book 2 first; had lots of questions; but fell in love with the story once I read, Book 1 and book 3!! Rather clever concept for the story line!!
  4. Metamora, Il.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    reveals hardships and how to handle them
    November 13, 2012
    Merridy Friederich
    Metamora, Il.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    I like to read a series when I have all the books in the series on hand. I can go right from book 1 to book2 and so forth. I enjoy re3ading how people of old handles the hardships they faces when going into new parts of the country that was being settled.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great characters and setting, well written
    June 29, 2012
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Story of three women seeking to hire husbands to helP them run the lumber mill in the once mining town they own. The fourth woman is hurrying to her fiancé's side after he was injured in the mind collapse that shut down the town. Unbeknown to her, he is now crippled. The women seeking husbands place an add in the newspaper, but rather than reply in writing, they all reply in person and thus the adventur begins. Well written and a good plot. The only part I did not like was that the author had the women as the leaders and fircing the men to be subservient. That was fine for the employees,four applying that to the men who were trying to protect and care for the women felt a little too feminist for me. Otherwise an enjoyable book.
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