Friday, August 11, 2023

The Kincaids by Caroline Clemmons

 Stephanie Suesan Smith writing for Caroline Clemmons this week.

One of my favorite series written by Caroline is The Kincaids.  This was Caroline's very first series.

 The Kincaids starts out with The Most Unsuitable Wife.  Drake has to marry by the age of 30 or see the ranch he grew up on and runs go to a hated cousin.  Pearl is responsible for her two siblings.  Someone is targeting all three of them, but she doesn't know who it is or why.  Drake and Pearl meet while Drake is buying horses for the ranch, and decide they can solve each other's problems by marrying.  Of course, then they have to learn to live with each other and deal with whoever is after Pearl.  This is one of the few sensuous books Caroline has written.

The Most Unsuitable Husband begins with Sarah.  Her mother dies and Sarah goes to settle her affairs.  Nate, her stepbrother whom she doesn't know, also goes.  When he finds out he has been reported dead and Sarah sold the saloon he believes is his, Nate decides to swindle Sarah out of everything.  Sarah, meanwhile, has found three orphans she needs help with.  She turns to Nate, who takes the opportunity to ingratiate himself with Sarah.  Can Nate ignore his growing feelings and swindle Sarah?  Can Sarah forgive Nate when she finds out his original intentions? Sensuous

Rena is hidden when men kill her husband.  She sees it but can't stop it.  Rena is determined to go after the men and kill them.  Storm is on the path of the men who killed his best friend and his best friend's wife.  He is a federal marshall.  He finds Rena, buries her husband, and wants to drop Rena off at the next town so he can continue the hunt.  Rena refuses to stop, so Storm marries her on paper to save her reputation while they hunt.   Storm is injured, and Rena has to help him and get the bad guys.  Will Storm want to stay in the marriage when they finish their hunt?  Will they get the bad guys? Sensuous

A beautiful woman in disguise running for her life; a man who hates deception and lies; and the event that almost destroys them.

Katie Worthington has lived with her beloved grandfather since her parents’ death. When he is killed by men she had thought were close friends and realizes she is their next target, she takes off and joins the circus. Hiding as Dorothy Duncan, a circus kitchen worker, offers her a chance to get out of town without being seen. By the time the circus reaches Kincaid Springs, Katie has dyed her auburn hair black and become Maharani Shimza, the new fortune teller. Things go wrong when she is attacked in the fortune teller’s tent, and she lands in protective custody at Judge Kincaid’s home.

Gabe Kincaid came to Kincaid Springs to work in his great-uncle’s law office and get away from those who had deceived him. He’s certain the fortune teller is spinning one yarn after another. When first the body of a local man is found behind the circus tent and then the previous fortune teller is killed, he realizes Katie is telling at least part of the truth. But, why do questions about her past terrorize her more than threats at the circus?

Can Gabe determine the circus killer before he strikes again? Will Katie be safe at the Judge’s home? Will her past catch up to her? Can love blossom between Katie and Gabe or is too much stacked against them? Sensous

A destitute widow; a reformed con man; the danger that links them…

Betsie Galloway Hirsch has escaped Memphis with her son. Her gambling husband tricked the wrong people and they’re demanding Betsie pay his debts—or else. She’s come to Kincaid Springs to stay with her mother and seek a safe place for her son. Being so far from her former home, she feels secure. That is, until danger confronts her.

After 34 years alone, Michael “Monk” Magonagle is falling in love with Betsie and is fond of her son. Monk is certain she is not free of the men her late husband cheated. Although he is not a violent man by nature, Monk is willing to fight for Betsie’s safety. He and the men of the Kincaid family prepare to meet the enemy.
How can Betsie and Liam be protected from the approaching danger? Will she and Monk be able to forge a love that endures or will one of them be silenced forever? What toll will the enemy exact? Sensuous

I love this series.  I hope you will enjoy it too.

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