Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.
Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station 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, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.
After reading Head in the Clouds, I had a feeling Karen Witemeyer would become one of my favorite authors. She hasn’t disappointed me yet. Her historical romances include a variety of settings and circumstances, which creates unique conflicts and plots. No Other Will Do is no different.
I’m not sure if women’s colonies actually existed, but I love Witemeyer’s ability to take a topic that’s still relevant today and create a setting and situation that’s believable in a historical time period. This allows her to create characters like Emma and Malachi, who may be considered revolutionary in their time, but still maintain a traditional set of values that helps everything stick together.
I also love Witemeyer’s ability to craft sweet romances that the reader can watch unfold and blossom. I’ve read several books that made me wonder why the guy and girl ever wanted to be together, but you can always see the thread of romance in Witemeyer’s books, and this one is no exceptiong.
If you enjoy a historical romance, I highly recommend Karen Witemeyer, and No Other Will Do in particular. Fans of Mary Connealy and Melissa Jagears are sure to enjoy this novel.
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.