Book Review: Marrying Off Morgan McBride by Amy Barry

Marrying Off Morgan McBride. Image courtesy Berkley
Marrying Off Morgan McBride. Image courtesy Berkley /

There is something so fun about diving into a companion series especially if it’s a historical romance including Marrying Off Morgan McBride by Amy Barry.

If you don’t recognize that title, you might remember the first book in the series, Kit McBride Gets A Wife. Even though I hadn’t read that one, I was eager to dive into Marrying Off Morgan McBride.

Maybe it’s just me, but something about that title just sucked me in. Then there’s the cover with a cowboy on it and I think we all know how popular cowboy romances are now. I mean you can’t go on a form of the bookish internet and not see a cowboy romance.

If you’re looking for a cowboy historical with an extremely slow-burn romance, then Marrying Off Morgan McBride could be for you. I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me an ARC to read early.

Marrying Off Morgan McBride is a unique twist on a beloved trope.

This is the second book in a companion series so you don’t need to read the first book before this one. However, I do think you could benefit from it since I was slightly confused when I started Marrying Off Morgan McBride.

The story begins with Junebug posting an ad for a wife for her brother, Morgan. For Junebug, she wants someone to help around the house, especially with cooking and she also wants to give Morgan a reason to stay. In comes Epiphany or Pip who answers “Morgan’s ad” looking for a wife.

As you might imagine, Morgan quickly learns of Junebug’s scheming to arrange a marriage for him and it all sort of goes from there. Pip wants to get married and she decides to do every single thing she can to ensure it happens. Morgan is reluctant and the two have this push-and-pull which culminates in some delicious tension and a bit more.

Regardless, Morgan still decides to leave, causing Pip to decide if she wants to follow him or go back home, husbandless. Since this is a romance, I’m sure you can guess what she decides to do but it ends up being a rip-roaring time for all of the characters but especially Pip.

Despite being marketed as a romance, I feel like this was basically a coming-of-age story for both Morgan and Pip. Morgan needed to come to terms with his childhood while Pip needed to grow more confident in herself. While I did enjoy seeing these two eventually realize their feelings for each other, it felt like a little too late.

While I didn’t absolutely love this one, I’m sure historical romance readers will enjoy it and end up liking it more than I did. Marrying Off Morgan McBride wasn’t a bad book but it just wasn’t for me. Regardless, I know this series has its audience out there so if the concept sounds enjoyable to you, it’s worth checking out.

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Marrying Off Morgan McBride is out now wherever books are sold. 

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