Any Man of Mine by Carolyne Aarsen
Holmes Crossing Series Book Five
Danielle Hemstead has wanted to leave the small town of Preston. And her three brothers where were definitely “guys” not “men” as she categorizes them. The difference? Guys do all those rude, obnoxious guy things while a man, didn't. A man would put a woman first. Her brothers—guys—put themselves first. Danielle could cook, clean, do laundry, and all of that without a thanks. Even though she works too, they still load everything on her.
And if she ever brings a “man” home? Well, her brothers make sure he doesn't come back. They even try to match her up with their idea of the perfect “guy” for her. No thanks. And now that she's finally ready to move to the big city—away from all of this—she might just have found the perfect man. Yes, in her own small town.
This story is told from Danielle's point of view only. I read the older version from Steeple Hill. There is now an updated version. I really enjoyed this story. After reading it nine years ago, I just reread it and enjoyed...and cried...all over again. I didn't realize her friend Tracy's story is in the previous book, A Silence in the Heart, so I'd suggest reading that one first.
This is the story of James and Danielle told in the first person by Danielle. Danielle was a woman with three brothers who thought she was just "one of the guys." She was pretty tried of their type and wanted to marry someone she thought would be more interested.
Enter James. I can't give ANYTHING away about this man, but the author did such a great job with him! I loved how patient James was with Danielle. He knew the moment he laid eyes on her that he wanted to get to know her, and he NEVER GAVE UP! Danielle really liked him at first, then when she found out who he really is she didn't, then slowly she fell for him. But he didn't match up with her plans, so of course she couldn't be with him...could she?
I loved the brothers as well. Though they took her for granted, you know they loved her and were doing what they thought she wanted. James helped her to stand up for herself, and in the end that made all the difference.