THE BRIDE RAFFLE
Plumley has written an appealing story about a western Martha Stewart and a bad boy turned model citizen and father. The characters are likable but the plot is a bit unrealistic.
Owen Cooper wins the bride raffle — with the help of Morrow Creek’s matchmakers — and finds his prize in his bed. Pregnant cookbook author Daisy Walsh has no idea her brother raffled off her services. She boards with Owen and his daughter in exchange for cooking and homemaking lessons. The attraction between them blooms, despite her delicate condition. Owen tries to do the right thing and unite Daisy with her ex, only to realize that he wants her for himself. (HARLEQUIN, Apr., 333 pp., $5.99)