Love Me Always(2014)
Last Year's Bride / Make-Believe Wedding
An omnibus of novels by Anne McAllister and Sarah Mayberry
Last Year's Bride It's for the ranch. It's your duty. A man does his duty, always. His father Sam's words were carved into Cole McCullough's brain. His responsibilities lay with Rafter M Arrow, which had been in their family for over a hundred years. Even though they were fighting a losing battle to keep the place going. The ranch always came first, over personal comfort, sometimes reason and definitely women. Sam had seen both his wives walk away, dismissing them as hot-house city girls who couldn't survive the wilds of rural Montana. So how had Cole ended up making a spur-of-the-moment marriage last year in Reno to TV director Nell, who was as city as they came? Nell was prepared to give it all up to be with Cole. But he knew how it would end: as it had always ended before. It was time to stop living a pipe dream and sue for divorce. But then Nell came back to Marietta with The Compatibility Game, a reality program, in which couples discovered what they were willing to do for love by living and working at Rafter M, and Cole found himself taking part too... Make-Believe Wedding Everyone in Marietta, Montana, is in love and getting married - at least that's the way it feels to Andie Bennett the night of the Valentine's Ball. As she watches the man she's loved from afar for half her life dance with another woman, Andie allows herself a moment of sheer fantasy as she fills out a stray entry form for the Great Wedding Giveaway. Andie channels years of fantasy and yearning for Heath McGregor onto the page, but she never intends to actually enter the Giveaway. Only a crazy woman would do that. But fate has other ideas... . When Heath learns he and Andie are last minute finalists in the Great Wedding Giveaway, he's completely baffled. How on earth could anyone make such a ridiculous mistake? When it becomes clear that Andie will be humiliated if the slip-up becomes public, Heath does what any good friend would - he suggests they pretend the engagement is real until the Giveaway is over and then quietly "break up" when no one is paying any attention. It's the perfect solution, except Heath very quickly realises that pretending Andie is his is no hardship at all. In fact, it may just be the best thing that's ever happened to him...
Used availability for Anne McAllister's Love Me Always
July 2014 : USA Paperback