The Prospector’s Only Prospect by Dani Collins

Published: March 28, 2023


Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 291

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Dani Collins is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author who thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Dani writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents, but her backlist includes erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.

After eight days in a cramped stagecoach, divorcée Marigold Davis already regrets her decision to come to Denver City to marry. She certainly didn’t realize she’d signed up for mosquitoes, mud, and scores of rough men eyeing her like a hot meal on a cold day. But with her life in Kansas all but incinerated, Marigold needs a husband. Even if she’s not the bride that gold prospector Virgil Gardner is expecting…

Virgil Gardner has a reputation as a grumpy hard-ass, and he’s fine with it. He’s also no fool—this is not the woman he agreed to marry. It takes a tough-as-nails woman to survive the harshness of a Rocky Mountain gold claim, and this whiskey-eyed, gentle beauty is certainly not the type. Now it’s just a matter of how quickly she’ll quit so he can find a wife who will stick. Someone who can care for the only thing he values even more than gold–his children.

But Marigold isn’t about to give in. Cramped in a one-room shack. Berry picking turned into a bear escape. Or cooking for an entire crew of bottomless pits. She’s got more grit than most. And just when Virgil starts to realize his replacement bride might be the treasure he’s been looking for, an unannounced guest arrives…to change everything.

“Unequivocally and irreversibly.”

Marigold is taking the chance of a lifetime, showing up to meet the man her sister had agreed to marry via letter. She doesn’t want to get married, but she can’t stay where she isn’t welcome either. Virgil doesn’t care about finding love; he needs a mother to tend to his children. While Marigold isn’t what he expected, she is something special.

This was equal parts steamy and sweet. The scenery descriptions were fantastic, and the rustic aspects were well done.

I liked Marigold. She was intelligent, bold, and brave. Despite being crushed by her ex-husband and having her reputation destroyed, she was determined to make it. So she got on the train and headed into the wilderness to strike gold.

Virgil was a nice balance to Marigold. I like how their similarities and differences worked so well together. The children were excellent side characters, and I enjoyed how they bloomed throughout the story.

The romance was well done, as was the hardship of being a miner in a rural setting. The elements were well represented.

I enjoyed the humor throughout the story and found the sarcasm fun. Overall, this was a great story about realizing you can change what you want when the timing is just right.

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