Romance in the Badlands by Vickie McDonough – Book Review

Posted October 14, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Romance in the Badlands by Vickie McDonough – Book Review

Romance in the Badlands Collection

by Vickie McDonough

Series: Romance in the Badlands
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Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date October 5, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: North Dakota Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 408


In the rugged North Dakota Badlands, the three McFarland siblings struggle to make their ranch a success.

Wild at Heart

Dime novelist Mariah resents Adam McFarland claiming her facts about the West are wrong. At his invitation, she heads to his ranch in North Dakota. But when her train is robbed, and a man is shot trying to help her, she makes sure he gets home. When he turns out to be the very man she came to visit, she is shocked into silence about her identity. As she falls for the troubled cowboy who has his own secrets, will the truth ruin their blossoming romance?

Outlaw Heart

When Deputy Marshal Brett Wickham’s younger brother is killed in a bank robbery, he goes after the gang responsible. But a bear attack lands him badly wounded in the gang’s hideout, with Lottie Salinger caring for him. The woman seems too kind and caring to be a heinous outlaw, but the evidence is strong against her. When Brett starts to care for her, he wonders if he can still do his job. Will justice prevail, or will love win out?

Straight for the Heart

When the mail-order bride his grandmother secretly ordered for him doesn’t arrive, Quinn McFarland is relieved. But the only way to keep her from ordering another one is to find his own wife—and fast. When the sheriff suggests Quinn marry the gal in his jail, he balks. But marriage to Sarah could solve Quinn’s need for a wife and fix Sarah’s problems too. But dare he marry an outlaw?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Wild at Heart

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Vickie McDonough’s Romance in the Badlands series was re-released earlier this year as individual books. And, now it’s available as the full collection in “one” print book, which is always a great deal.

These stories follow the McFarland siblings, and each one builds a little on the previous ones. While completely fine as stand-alone reads, they are better read together.

My favorite of these is the last one, Straight for the Heart. The marriage of convenience between Sarah and Quinn was to please his grandmother and to keep Sarah from getting her neck stretched. The premise is unusual and the story is well done. I loved Quinn’s desire to do right by Sarah and her younger siblings. His protective instincts were quite apparent, and he also showed quite a generous heart.

If you enjoy Western Romance, the Romance in the Badlands collection is worth your consideration.

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About Vickie McDonough

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a sweet computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a best-selling author of more than 50 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her novels include End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel Award. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.

Vickie has been married for forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained-glass projects, watching movies, and traveling

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