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At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job…or marry. Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as his wanted poster. So what’s a gunslinger to do but get himself unhitched and find a job. Any job. Except Adam keeps getting fired, one odd circumstance after another. And he’s running out of options. Desolation was supposed to be his safe haven. Except, he’s not only running from his past but from the irresistible woman he married. And worse, he’s finding that he rather likes the enticing, if damnably independent, wife of his. But some men just aren’t the marrying kind. Only, if he leaves, his own life won’t be worth living. If he stays, he puts the lives of his newfound family and the woman he loves on the line. So much for Desolation being the answer to all his problems. Each book in the Gunslinger series is STANDALONE: * Hitched To The Gunslinger * The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony


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At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job…or marry. Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as his wanted poster. So what’s a gunslinger to do but get himself unhitched and find a job. Any job. Except Adam keeps getting fired, one odd circumstance after another. And he’s running out of options. Desolation was supposed to be his safe haven. Except, he’s not only running from his past but from the irresistible woman he married. And worse, he’s finding that he rather likes the enticing, if damnably independent, wife of his. But some men just aren’t the marrying kind. Only, if he leaves, his own life won’t be worth living. If he stays, he puts the lives of his newfound family and the woman he loves on the line. So much for Desolation being the answer to all his problems. Each book in the Gunslinger series is STANDALONE: * Hitched To The Gunslinger * The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony

30 review for The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨ Where does one apply to become a gunslinger’s holster?✨ This is one of my first western romances and I think I’m a convert. Near ruination just hits DIFFERENT with unhinged pistol popping cowboys idk. Whatever it is it’s a whole mood. Seriously the sexual tension is THROUGH the barn I mean the man sucked out a splinter from her finger???? While making tender but burning eye contact???? While whispering sweet nothings to soothe her pain???? Giddy on UP. They did NOT paint westerns like this in B ✨ Where does one apply to become a gunslinger’s holster?✨ This is one of my first western romances and I think I’m a convert. Near ruination just hits DIFFERENT with unhinged pistol popping cowboys idk. Whatever it is it’s a whole mood. Seriously the sexual tension is THROUGH the barn I mean the man sucked out a splinter from her finger???? While making tender but burning eye contact???? While whispering sweet nothings to soothe her pain???? Giddy on UP. They did NOT paint westerns like this in Back to the Future 3. I really adored how Nora was totally capable but also carried the weight of the world on her shoulders. A lot of the book was Adam trying to relieve some of that pressure on her. Cuddling, coddling, copulating. The domestic bliss between the two had me feeling REAL single. Her astonishment when he was fixing up things around the house nearly took me out. Then there was a scene that I thought would be a breakup but ended in him opening his arms for a hug. And sex. So yeah we won. The little moments between these two were everything, especially since they were married but not and were trying to fight the consummation. The bathtub scene where Nora tries to seduce Adam was just so good. “Yes I’ll do the cooking, Yes I’ll do the cleaning,” she said with her whole chest. The premise of the series is so fun and book 2 definitely delivered on the comedy promised on the cover!! I didn’t read the summary, so the way they ended up getting married was even better. These feel super fresh and modern, while still making me want to get ravished in a haystack and order a sarsaparilla from a questionably clean glass. If you’re someone who gets tripped up by modern language in historicals, skip it and save yourself the torment. But personally, I loved it as I’m not sure I want a truly authentic western novel lmao. From page one, the modern language made the barrier of entry far lower for me. Doc and Martha better be next!!! And Preacher has me INTRIGUED. I’m going back to book one and I’ll be on the lookout for book three! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶🌶/5 My only critique is that I hoped and expected the steam to give a bit more than we got. It still had a couple good scenes, but they weren’t that explicit and not too creative. He never went down on her and the positions were typical. I’m my opinion, the tension was almost hotter than the climax. Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for a free copy. All opinions are honest and my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    This is such a fun and entertaining read, and a great addition to the Gunslinger series! It has a lot of humor and charm, a sexy romance, memorable secondary characters, and a unique found family. Nora is desperate to keep her home, but she fears that her drunk father will gamble it away before she inherits. Marrying Adam solves her problem, but Adam’s number one rule is to avoid marriage at all costs. He is a loner, and with his bad luck and a target on his back, he prefers to stay that way. How This is such a fun and entertaining read, and a great addition to the Gunslinger series! It has a lot of humor and charm, a sexy romance, memorable secondary characters, and a unique found family. Nora is desperate to keep her home, but she fears that her drunk father will gamble it away before she inherits. Marrying Adam solves her problem, but Adam’s number one rule is to avoid marriage at all costs. He is a loner, and with his bad luck and a target on his back, he prefers to stay that way. However, according to the rules of Desolation, the town where the story takes place, new citizens must marry or find work within a month of arriving. Adam is the clumsiest and most unlucky gambler/gunslinger, and the trouble he gets himself into at his numerous jobs throughout the story is hilarious. Adam and Nora have fantastic chemistry, and I adore their banter throughout the story. The way they tease and flirt and challenge each other enhances the sexual tension between the pair. Throughout the story there is a question of whether or not the couple is really married, as they did not sign the official marriage license. And as much as Norah wants her home, she is fiercely independent and does not want to lose her freedom. However, the more time they spend together and the more they get to know each other, the more Nora and Adam can’t resist their feelings. Their time together is filled with chemistry, entertainment, and a lot of humor, and I love how their unexpected marriage, which neither of them really wants, turns into something more. I also love how the other citizens of Desolation band together and form a unique kind of family. They are an interesting bunch and very loyal to each other, and I like how they welcome Adam into their fold even as they foil his attempts at work. The story takes place a few years after the conclusion of Hitched to the Gunslinger, and it was great to see the characters and beloved animals from that book in this one. There are so many funny moments, as well as some really tender and lovely moments, when the people of Desolation band together, and I’m eager to learn more about these charming and slightly mysterious people. If you like historical rom-coms with dynamic characters, a bit of intrigue, and a fantastic love story, you should totally check this one out. It is the second book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Of course, Hitched to the Gunslinger is fantastic, and I would most definitely recommend that one too! Special thanks to Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, and the author for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    This is such a fun and entertaining read, and a great addition to the Gunslinger series! It has a lot of humor and charm, a sexy romance, memorable secondary characters, and a unique found family. Nora is desperate to keep her home, but she fears that her drunk father will gamble it away before she inherits. Marrying Adam solves her problem, but Adam’s number one rule is to avoid marriage at all costs. He is a loner, and with his bad luck and a target on his back, he prefers to stay that way. How This is such a fun and entertaining read, and a great addition to the Gunslinger series! It has a lot of humor and charm, a sexy romance, memorable secondary characters, and a unique found family. Nora is desperate to keep her home, but she fears that her drunk father will gamble it away before she inherits. Marrying Adam solves her problem, but Adam’s number one rule is to avoid marriage at all costs. He is a loner, and with his bad luck and a target on his back, he prefers to stay that way. However, according to the rules of Desolation, the town where the story takes place, new citizens must marry or find work within a month of arriving. Adam is the clumsiest and most unlucky gambler/gunslinger, and the trouble he gets himself into at his numerous jobs throughout the story is hilarious. Adam and Nora have fantastic chemistry, and I adore their banter throughout the story. The way they tease and flirt and challenge each other enhances the sexual tension between the pair. Throughout the story there is a question of whether or not the couple is really married, as they did not sign the official marriage license. And as much as Norah wants her home, she is fiercely independent and does not want to lose her freedom. However, the more time they spend together and the more they get to know each other, the more Nora and Adam can’t resist their feelings. Their time together is filled with chemistry, entertainment, and a lot of humor, and I love how their unexpected marriage, which neither of them really wants, turns into something more. I also love how the other citizens of Desolation band together and form a unique kind of family. They are an interesting bunch and very loyal to each other, and I like how they welcome Adam into their fold even as they foil his attempts at work. The story takes place a few years after the conclusion of Hitched to the Gunslinger, and it was great to see the characters and beloved animals from that book in this one. There are so many funny moments, as well as some really tender and lovely moments, when the people of Desolation band together, and I’m eager to learn more about these charming and slightly mysterious people. If you like historical rom-coms with dynamic characters, a bit of intrigue, and a fantastic love story, you should totally check this one out. It is the second book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Of course, Hitched to the Gunslinger is fantastic, and I would most definitely recommend that one too! Special thanks to Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, and the author for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    This is book two of this series, but it can absolutely be read as a stand alone. Michelle McLean has a quick and breezy writing style that I enjoy immensely. A Gunslinger's Guide to Avoiding Matrimony features Adam and Nora who are mistakenly married during a mass wedding ceremony. What an endearing love story they shared! It was so cute and funny. I loved every minute of it and everything about the charming town of Desolation and its fine upstanding citizens. I voluntarily read and reviewed an This is book two of this series, but it can absolutely be read as a stand alone. Michelle McLean has a quick and breezy writing style that I enjoy immensely. A Gunslinger's Guide to Avoiding Matrimony features Adam and Nora who are mistakenly married during a mass wedding ceremony. What an endearing love story they shared! It was so cute and funny. I loved every minute of it and everything about the charming town of Desolation and its fine upstanding citizens. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, Entangled Amara for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Rating: 3 Stars Publication: July 26, 2022 Series: Gunslinger Book 2 Pages: 368 “The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony” is a first time read by Michelle McLean, new author to this reader. While I do love a good Western Rom-Com/Romance, this one moved a bit slow for me. I had a hard time connecting to the characters, Nora and Adam. There didn’t feel like any chemistry right Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, Entangled Amara for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Rating: 3 Stars Publication: July 26, 2022 Series: Gunslinger Book 2 Pages: 368 “The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony” is a first time read by Michelle McLean, new author to this reader. While I do love a good Western Rom-Com/Romance, this one moved a bit slow for me. I had a hard time connecting to the characters, Nora and Adam. There didn’t feel like any chemistry right off…just banter and angst. At least a love at first sight. Adam Brady, ex-gunslinger on the run and finds his way to a secret town called Desolation. Arriving he accidently marries Nora Shumacher, who needs a marriage in order to hold on to her grandfather’s ranch or her father squanders it with his debt-ridden behavior. Only requirement to live in the town, you either be married or have a job. Adam goes on a mission to get himself a job so that he can become unmarried to Nora. He has 30 days and hope luck is on his side. After continuing my read, the attraction slowly creeps its head into the story as Adam with the passing day begins to fall in love with Nora, the wife he wants to part with. They are now somewhat likeable people with a lack of communication that makes me the more frustrated because of the back and forth stubbornness of being married or unmarried. I did manage to finish the story; however, the plot became a bit unbelievable. There were some comical parts to the story that made you smile in their efforts to separate or stay together. I can say that I did enjoy the sub-characters and think they bring the small town to life and give you a good feel of the romances already established. There were some intimate moments that added to the story. In the end, was wowed by the read…Not really but I did enjoy the story and the H/h long road to their HEA. I’m gamed to read more from this author. Maybe this one wasn’t for me but I will try out the first in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    SCBookAddict

    This was a cute, fun and charming read. Adam Brady is running from a bounty hunter and finds himself in the town of Desolation. The best way to describe Desolation would be picture the town of Mayberry but in a western setting. Unbeknownst to him and Nora Schumacher, they find themselves married - to each other. Adam doesn't want to be married and Nora needs a husband - for legal purposes only. Adam and Nora repeatedly butt heads and, with the help of the meddling townsfolk, eventually find out This was a cute, fun and charming read. Adam Brady is running from a bounty hunter and finds himself in the town of Desolation. The best way to describe Desolation would be picture the town of Mayberry but in a western setting. Unbeknownst to him and Nora Schumacher, they find themselves married - to each other. Adam doesn't want to be married and Nora needs a husband - for legal purposes only. Adam and Nora repeatedly butt heads and, with the help of the meddling townsfolk, eventually find out that the idea of marriage isn't so bad. Except that bounty hunter that Adam was running from? He isn't one to give up. I really enjoyed this story and it had more spice to it than I thought it would. This is book two in the series, but can be easily read as a complete standalone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony was one helluva good story and good addition to the Gunslinger series. Gunslinger gambler Adam Brady stumbles upon the town of Desolation and can’t believe his good fortune. He’s got a marshal on his trail and hopes he can hang his hat here knowing this is the place where outlaws can ‘retire’ and live in peace. What he doesn’t know is that Desolation has a new rule and that is to either get married or get a job. He has his own rule to never get marrie The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony was one helluva good story and good addition to the Gunslinger series. Gunslinger gambler Adam Brady stumbles upon the town of Desolation and can’t believe his good fortune. He’s got a marshal on his trail and hopes he can hang his hat here knowing this is the place where outlaws can ‘retire’ and live in peace. What he doesn’t know is that Desolation has a new rule and that is to either get married or get a job. He has his own rule to never get married. Ironically, he stumbles upon a mass marriage ceremony and accidentally gets married! Now he’s finding all kinds of ways to unmarry himself from a tempting and beautiful woman named Nora Schumacher. Nora isn’t averse to being married, just the husband that comes with it. She hopes she can keep the marriage and get rid of the man. She figures it may take some finagling from friends to convince Adam to sign the marriage certificate and make it all legal. This story was a hoot when Adam tried job after job, and for funny circumstances, gets fired from each one. Nora tries to persuade Adam and their banter turns flirtatious and tempting but he still isn’t biting. Each has a secret why he wants out and she wants in. When both secrets are revealed to one another they think they have it all figured out only to realize that Adam’s past now rolls into town. Adam is in trouble and when he takes it upon himself to take his trouble and himself out of the picture, the town folks rally to help him and Nora get out of this impossible situation. I loved that the town folk play a big part in this story, along with livestock, liven up the story with humorous scenes. This story is second in the series but can definitely be read as a standalone. I just think if you want to have more fun and enjoy another rom-com, you’ll definitely enjoy Hitched to the Gunslinger. The author wrote a funny situation for this story and made it a fun and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Desolation. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars I had read the previous book on a whim and was thrilled to see there was going to be more. I really liked Nora and Adam. They’re both stubborn, good, and loyal. I did enjoy their bickering (at first) and did see the chemistry right away, yet some things just dragged. Of course seeing more of the town, as well as Gray and Mercy was a lot of fun. Plot wise, it was okay. I struggled with the repetitive feeling of Adam getting fired, Nora asking him to sign, and the constant constant const 3.5 stars I had read the previous book on a whim and was thrilled to see there was going to be more. I really liked Nora and Adam. They’re both stubborn, good, and loyal. I did enjoy their bickering (at first) and did see the chemistry right away, yet some things just dragged. Of course seeing more of the town, as well as Gray and Mercy was a lot of fun. Plot wise, it was okay. I struggled with the repetitive feeling of Adam getting fired, Nora asking him to sign, and the constant constant constant bickering. I really wanted a bit of honestly, and yes yes, I understand you don’t spill your secrets to a stranger, but it felt like something could have been managed. Especially since the story never felt like it found it’s rhythm. Overall, the characters were great and it was easy to root for them. If there is more to the series, I’ll be reading. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I loved the first book, Hitched to the Gunslinger, which was also my first introduction to Michelle McLean. Unfortunately, I can't say the same with this one ... it's more of a mixed feelings, really. I did LOVE returning to Desolation, the town where criminals retired. I loved being able to read about familiar characters introduced in the first book, from Sheriff Gray Woodson, his wife Mercy, the deputy Sunshine, as well as Doc, Preacher, Martha, and Desolation mayor, Mrs. DuVere. They were char I loved the first book, Hitched to the Gunslinger, which was also my first introduction to Michelle McLean. Unfortunately, I can't say the same with this one ... it's more of a mixed feelings, really. I did LOVE returning to Desolation, the town where criminals retired. I loved being able to read about familiar characters introduced in the first book, from Sheriff Gray Woodson, his wife Mercy, the deputy Sunshine, as well as Doc, Preacher, Martha, and Desolation mayor, Mrs. DuVere. They were charming characters that make the town fun to read. I was a bit ambivalent about both Adam and Nora, and the situation that "forced" them to get married. It was already over the top in the first place - they were in the mass marriage situation, both shouting "I do" in an argument, and it was proof that they were married (?). The reason of Desolation's rule of "work or marry" was also a bit outrageous. WHY do the criminals need to marry? Is it because the wives will be able to stop them making problem? Are the wives supposed to be like wardens, or something? I didn't feel like Adam and Nora had enough feelings for one another. Their interactions were more of bantering but without that sizzle-spark-pizzas, you know? The ones that made me want to shout "JUST KISS ALREADY!". Adam was also VERY adamant about not wanting to get married, I felt a bit sympathy for him because forcing the man to be married wasn't exactly comfortable to read! I admit, there were some tender moments (when Adam consoling Nora after a confrontation between her father and herself), and yes their sexy times felt fun, and I liked the ending. But in overall, this was only an "okay" read for me. Not like the first book... The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Reads Romance

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series but for some unexplainable reason this one just did not do it for me. I was utterly bewildered at the beginning in how our hero and heroine end up mistakenly married(???) And wasn’t really interested in their dynamic going forward. I understood why Nora needed to marry him, but the whole hijinx of sabotaging him so he won’t have a job and have to stay married to her…idk, I wasn’t really into it. It just felt selfish. Dude doesn’t want to be married? I really enjoyed the first book in this series but for some unexplainable reason this one just did not do it for me. I was utterly bewildered at the beginning in how our hero and heroine end up mistakenly married(???) And wasn’t really interested in their dynamic going forward. I understood why Nora needed to marry him, but the whole hijinx of sabotaging him so he won’t have a job and have to stay married to her…idk, I wasn’t really into it. It just felt selfish. Dude doesn’t want to be married? Just leave him alone? Got about 40% through and was ready to DNF when there was zero chemistry or anything happening besides Adam failing at jobs, but did skip to read the last few chapters. Just wasn’t feeling this one. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he goes to Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, but it comes with string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job or marry. Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he goes to Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, but it comes with string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job or marry. Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as his wanted poster. So what’s a gunslinger to do but get himself unhitched and find a job. Any job. Except Adam keeps getting fired, one odd circumstance after another. And he’s running out of options. The second book in the series & a fun, entertaining read. I loved both Adam & Nora who constantly butted heads, boy were they stubborn, their road to a HEA often had me laughing out loud & I devoured this captivating read in a couple of sittings. I also really enjoyed the help & interference from secondary characters. I hope there are more books in the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bevany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fun easy read. A gunslinger on the run from a lawman finds a hidden town but gets more than he bargains for when within minutes of being in town finds one of his enemies is the town sheriff while trying to keep low to sneak back out of town he finds himself in a crowd and a damsel in distress. He helps her get her father in a wagon only to find the crowd was part of a mass wedding and he and this woman are hitched. The story follows their journey of bickering and negotiations in holy matrimony A fun easy read. A gunslinger on the run from a lawman finds a hidden town but gets more than he bargains for when within minutes of being in town finds one of his enemies is the town sheriff while trying to keep low to sneak back out of town he finds himself in a crowd and a damsel in distress. He helps her get her father in a wagon only to find the crowd was part of a mass wedding and he and this woman are hitched. The story follows their journey of bickering and negotiations in holy matrimony.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    I read the first book in this standalone series and was so excited when I saw that there would be more books in this world. The Gunslinger's Guide to Avoiding Matrimony did not disappoint. A true rom com, this one had me laughing out loud at some points. Super light-hearted and goofy, this was a super fun read. Nora and Adam were delightful main characters. Their dynamic was wonderful. I loved how stubborn they both were and how this put them at odds with each other but also drew them together. I I read the first book in this standalone series and was so excited when I saw that there would be more books in this world. The Gunslinger's Guide to Avoiding Matrimony did not disappoint. A true rom com, this one had me laughing out loud at some points. Super light-hearted and goofy, this was a super fun read. Nora and Adam were delightful main characters. Their dynamic was wonderful. I loved how stubborn they both were and how this put them at odds with each other but also drew them together. I also love the group of side characters in this series, and was so glad we got to revisit Mercy and Gray throughout this book. I really hope there are more books coming in this series *Review copy provided by NetGalley*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Book 2 in the Gunslinger series. Insta-marriage to love + found family tropes. A hilarious HEA?!? Yes, please! This was such an incredibly fun, unique WESTERN romance.. with our gunslinger/gambler hero Adam Brady outrunning a female entanglement AND a sheriff in Colorado. After two days ride he and his grumpy horse accidentally find an old trail leading him to the notorious small town of Desolation.. a place where ex-criminals can live in peace. 🤠🐴🃏 Upon arrival, Adam finds himself instantly/unkn Book 2 in the Gunslinger series. Insta-marriage to love + found family tropes. A hilarious HEA?!? Yes, please! This was such an incredibly fun, unique WESTERN romance.. with our gunslinger/gambler hero Adam Brady outrunning a female entanglement AND a sheriff in Colorado. After two days ride he and his grumpy horse accidentally find an old trail leading him to the notorious small town of Desolation.. a place where ex-criminals can live in peace. 🤠🐴🃏 Upon arrival, Adam finds himself instantly/unknowingly married 🤵🏻‍♂️👰🏼💍 to one of the only two available locals.. Nora Schumacher.. and OH BOY is our heroine a REAL PISTOL! She’s keeping a big secret from the new hubby, but then.. he is from her too. 🤫 Adams job pursuits are quite comical 😂 .. losing them as fast as he finds them through no fault but his own! 😛 As the story progresses.. so do Adam and Nora’s feelings. And let me tell you.. their chemistry is hot hot hot!!! 🥵 If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud HEA with a fantastic storyline to boot.. look no further. Loved it!!! ❥ Highly recommend!!! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pub. 7/26/22 I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars Gunslinger/Gambler Adam Brady was on the run when he literally stumbled across the trail leading to the town of Desolation. He had heard rumors of the town, that it was a good place for a gunslinger looking to retire, and he hopes those rumors are true because he is tired of running and fighting. But Adam’s luck isn’t the best and his stay in Desolation will be anything but restful, especially since the sheriff is nonother than Quick Shot Woodson, a man who hates him, and then there is 4.5 stars Gunslinger/Gambler Adam Brady was on the run when he literally stumbled across the trail leading to the town of Desolation. He had heard rumors of the town, that it was a good place for a gunslinger looking to retire, and he hopes those rumors are true because he is tired of running and fighting. But Adam’s luck isn’t the best and his stay in Desolation will be anything but restful, especially since the sheriff is nonother than Quick Shot Woodson, a man who hates him, and then there is the small problem that he may or may not be married to a woman whose name he doesn’t even know! Nora Schumacher is one of the few unmarried ladies in Desolation, but she doesn’t want to marry, but unfortunately, she needs a husband, at least a temporary husband, so she can claim her inheritance before her father gambles it away. She goes into town to see if there are any men that might fit the bill as the preacher is performing a group wedding in the town square, but what she finds is her father passed out drunk in the tavern, she pulls him out, but is having trouble getting him the wagon. That is when she meets Adam, he helps her get her dad in the wagon and then they start to quibble, barely noticing what is going on around them, but thinking it odd that the other people in the square are echoing their words, but it isn’t until a boy comes around with a paper for them to sign, that Nora crumples up, that they realize they are married – sort of. Adam refuses to sign the marriage certificate and learns that per the town’s rules, he will only have one month to either find a job or get married in order to stay in town. Nora tries her level best to convince him to sign the certificate and her friends help by ensuring that Adam will not be able to keep any job he happens to find. They both have their reasons for not wanting to marry and they stick to their convictions, even when it becomes obvious that they are perfect for each other. This was a well-written, fun story with lots of humor and wonderful characters. The story is set a couple of years after the previous book and readers are greeted by lots of familiar faces, including Woodson and Mercy, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, some warm love scenes, and a bit of heartache and sacrifice that will pull at your heartstrings, and finally a HEA complete with an epilogue. I am happy to recommend this title, as I loved this book and found it every bit as enjoyable as the first book. This is the second book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    JP

    4.5⭐️ Really enjoyed this and thought it was even better than book 2. It is a stand-alone if you’re wondering. Likable characters with a fun storyline. Adam was adorable and I really liked Nora. The premise to get these two together was great and really worked for me. There wasn’t a lot of emotional stuff in this romance but a cute, fun overall enjoyable read. I’m hoping for a book 3 because I’d love to see another couple find their HEA❣️ Thanks Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rainelle

    I give the writer a big plus at providing a story that had me entertained for a few hours. Adam and the sheriff certainly did get along in the most unique way. I enjoyed that the book read very quickly for me. I took this a page turner with a lot of excitement in it. The romance between Nora and Adam was very patient in some ways and others a heated relationship. I loved the the story was a fun read with laughter and sentimental moments.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review 3.5 gun-totin' stars I haven't read the first book in this series, but that did not affect my reading of book 2. This is a fun, but a little frustrating tale of the wild west where you gotta get a job or get married to stay. Nora and Adam were mostly likeable, however the frustration for me was that they don't communicate unless it is snarky and snapping at each other. Most of the book is the MCs going backwards and forwards on why they won't marry/wan ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review 3.5 gun-totin' stars I haven't read the first book in this series, but that did not affect my reading of book 2. This is a fun, but a little frustrating tale of the wild west where you gotta get a job or get married to stay. Nora and Adam were mostly likeable, however the frustration for me was that they don't communicate unless it is snarky and snapping at each other. Most of the book is the MCs going backwards and forwards on why they won't marry/want to marry, and all of it could have been gotten over with in one quick conversation. I did like the banter, but it just went on too long. But this is probably just me. I did like the town and the people who live there, and the way they circle the wagons to protect those they call their own. I will eventually go back and read the first book, and look forward to more in the series in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    Desolation is a town in the Wild West remote enough that gunslingers and others who want to escape their pasts and settle down can actually do that. The only problem is, enough gunslingers have shown up, resorting to old habits, that the sheriff (who used to be a deadly gunslinger himself) and the mayor (a woman) passed a law that these men had a month to either get married and settle down, or find a job and stick to it. Otherwise, they'd get the boot. Adam Brady rides into town, and finds a grou Desolation is a town in the Wild West remote enough that gunslingers and others who want to escape their pasts and settle down can actually do that. The only problem is, enough gunslingers have shown up, resorting to old habits, that the sheriff (who used to be a deadly gunslinger himself) and the mayor (a woman) passed a law that these men had a month to either get married and settle down, or find a job and stick to it. Otherwise, they'd get the boot. Adam Brady rides into town, and finds a group of men standing around. He has no idea what's going on, and he's dismayed to recognize the sheriff, who he's been trying to avoid; he notices some women, especially a tall one who wears trousers. Too many things going on at once; he follows the crowd, including shouting "I do!" when they shout--and then discovers that he's married. Sort of. Except that neither he nor Nora have signed the marriage certificate. Nora needs to be married, but she wants a husband only long enough to secure the deed on her property, then she wants him to ride off, so he can't claim it as his, as the law decrees. Meanwhile, Adam doesn't want to leave, but he also doesn't want to be married. And so as he fails at one job after another, the two encounter one another, and sparks fly. It's a light-hearted romance, so you know what's going to happen. It's a bit slow through the middle, as the two never communicate what's most important, and carry on the are we or aren't we, but once they get past that, the second half has a lot of emotional roller coaster and some nice action. I love this town (I really enjoyed the first in the series) and I'm eager to find out the other men's pasts, especially the Preacher. The side characters are a ton of fun, the humor brisk and lively, making it a fun read. Looking forward to the next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    In this delightful read by Michelle McLean, Adam Brady is beside himself when he discovers that he is suddenly married to Nora Schumacher. He fled to the town of Desolation because a bounty hunter was close to catching up with him. The town is said to be a place where men can find respite and get a chance to regroup and that’s what he plans on doing. However, either the men marry or get a job or they have a limited time that they can stay in town. Well, Adam is now married, but not by choice. Nor In this delightful read by Michelle McLean, Adam Brady is beside himself when he discovers that he is suddenly married to Nora Schumacher. He fled to the town of Desolation because a bounty hunter was close to catching up with him. The town is said to be a place where men can find respite and get a chance to regroup and that’s what he plans on doing. However, either the men marry or get a job or they have a limited time that they can stay in town. Well, Adam is now married, but not by choice. Nora knew exactly what she was doing when it came to her marriage to Adam. In fact, in the mass wedding ceremony that had just taken place, she didn’t even care who she married, just that she managed to get hitched. Facing the chance of losing her family land, if she can just stay married until the age of 30 then she can take the deed to her home and keep it out of her father’s hands. He is a drunk and a gambler and has taken everything that Nora has accumulated but she is determined that he won’t get the land. Now, to get Adam on board. Nora and the friendly townsfolk come up with a plan to make Adam see reason. Meanwhile, as Adam and Nora get a chance to spend some time together it soon becomes clear that feelings are entering the picture. But will there be enough time for things to develop before Adam takes leave of Desolation thus causing Nora to lose everything she loves? What an enjoyable story from start to finish. The shenanigans are really funny in this book. In fact, this reminded me of two movies that I saw decades ago that starred James Garner, Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter. Also, while this book is the second in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, but was so much fun to read that I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Many thanks to Entangled: Amara and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. Please enjoy the following YouTube video - https://youtu.be/5Uv8LqCkyPA

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jocelynereadsromance

    This novel is a fun and hilarious western historical romance that I just had a really wonderful time with. Michelle McLean's writing is witty and entertaining while being easily accessible and extremely well paced. The plotting and characters all work hand in hand in creating a western historical romcom that is truly delightful. This is the first novel I have read from Michelle McLean and it will definitely not be my last, I am also looking forward to finally picking up the first novel in this s This novel is a fun and hilarious western historical romance that I just had a really wonderful time with. Michelle McLean's writing is witty and entertaining while being easily accessible and extremely well paced. The plotting and characters all work hand in hand in creating a western historical romcom that is truly delightful. This is the first novel I have read from Michelle McLean and it will definitely not be my last, I am also looking forward to finally picking up the first novel in this series which has been on my TBR since it came out. And even though this novel is the second in this series it can definitely be read as a standalone. Adam is 28 years old and desperate to retire as a gunslinger, while always upholding his two rules-never get marry and avoid the bounty hunter at all costs. So Adam decides to settle in the town of Desolation where notorious men can find respite, although they do have a new rule, gunslingers are welcome but they must either find a job or matrimony to stay. And much to Adam's surprise, upon arrival he accidentally stumbles in on a big town wedding and find's himself hitched to Nora, in order to get himself unhitched him must find himself a job which is proving much more difficult than he expected. This novel them becomes a delightful comedy of errors as Adam works his way through job after job while trying to not fall in love with his wife. This novel is just so delightful! Nora is a wonderful heroine, she is smart mouthed, strong willed and an extremely hard worker. I love watching Adam fight his feelings for her and I also found it perfection when they both finally give into their attraction. I love that Adam is able to show Nora that she is an extremely attractive woman, I love that Adam sees her for her strength and knows that she is capable of everything, but that he also knows how to help lighten some of her load. Watching these two slowly learn to work together is endearing and the perfect way to show their growing relationship into a strong and healthy one. I love that these two have a great foundation that they are able to build, I love that their chemistry is passionate and sensual, and I love that they always are on equal footing when it comes to their relationship. Watching a man determined to avoid matrimony and then discovering that it is maybe the perfect thing for him is such a fun way to spend an afternoon! If you love a western historical definitely check this out, if you have never tried a western historical maybe this one will be the perfect place to start for you! I definitely had so much fun with this novel and can not wait to see where this series goes! Thank you to Entangled:Amara and NetGalley for an eARC, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    As soon as I saw Michelle McLean's was back with another romance set in Desolation, I was smashing that "request" for the ARC. As I said last year in my review for her first in this series (Hitched to the Gunslinger), Westerns REALLY aren't my romance subgenre of choice. For some reason, all I can think is how bad everyone's breath would smell (weirdly, other historical time periods don't bother me in the same way. Dunno why). BUT McLean is such a smart writer with great characters and brilliant As soon as I saw Michelle McLean's was back with another romance set in Desolation, I was smashing that "request" for the ARC. As I said last year in my review for her first in this series (Hitched to the Gunslinger), Westerns REALLY aren't my romance subgenre of choice. For some reason, all I can think is how bad everyone's breath would smell (weirdly, other historical time periods don't bother me in the same way. Dunno why). BUT McLean is such a smart writer with great characters and brilliant, funny dialogue, I was hooked. I appreciated the ALMOST slow-burn pacing in this one, and the nontraditional heroine. I liked that the 3rd act crisis was organic and made sense for all the characters. She's done it again. Huzzah and cheers! Thanks to NetGalley and Engtangled Publishing for the ebook ARC. All opinions are mine alone :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is one knee-slapping hilarious book. I remember laughing at the last book and the fun continues. I laughed out loud so many times. Michelle captures the essence of the Wild West along with the sweet romance between Adam and Nora. Bless his heart, Adam could not catch a break and it was kind of fun to see a hero who had to work for it without it coming easy. Fantastic! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony by Michelle McLean is book two in her Gunslinger standalone book series. Notorious gunslinger, Adam Brady, has rules, but the first and most important is: avoid matrimony at all costs. Unfortunately, the town he’s fled to has rules, too: 30 days to find a job or get married. Will Adam’s fortunes change, or will he have to abandon his first rule? Nora Schumacher is a statuesque woman with an independent spirit. For reasons known only to herself, she doe The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony by Michelle McLean is book two in her Gunslinger standalone book series. Notorious gunslinger, Adam Brady, has rules, but the first and most important is: avoid matrimony at all costs. Unfortunately, the town he’s fled to has rules, too: 30 days to find a job or get married. Will Adam’s fortunes change, or will he have to abandon his first rule? Nora Schumacher is a statuesque woman with an independent spirit. For reasons known only to herself, she doesn’t need or want a husband, which makes an entanglement with Adam a “no” for her. The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony is my first read by this author, and I truly enjoyed it. The plot is interesting and held my attention. The narrative is well-written and witty. The dialogue is equally as humorous. I laughed out loud. This novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedy. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Entangled Publishing LLC, Entangled Amara, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meghan ReadsBooks

    Thank you Entangled Publishing for the ebook via NetGalley. This book is 100% a lot of what I don't read: Westerns, historical romance... but I was 100% in for the title and the promise of a witty, clever Western romance because books should be fun, escapist, and indeed witty and clever. From page 1 I was charmed by the humorous style, the don't take this too seriously have fun vibes, and the joy I could feel present in the writing, dialogue, and alliterative phrasing. The banter and steam and r Thank you Entangled Publishing for the ebook via NetGalley. This book is 100% a lot of what I don't read: Westerns, historical romance... but I was 100% in for the title and the promise of a witty, clever Western romance because books should be fun, escapist, and indeed witty and clever. From page 1 I was charmed by the humorous style, the don't take this too seriously have fun vibes, and the joy I could feel present in the writing, dialogue, and alliterative phrasing. The banter and steam and rom com style were perfect for a summer evening. Grab a glass of wine, maybe soak in a bubble bath or sneak away to a deck or hammock, turn off your phone and treat yourself to The Gunslinger's Guide to Avoiding Matrimony.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zilpha Owens

    This was fun and just the break I needed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    This book was sadly not my favorite due to lackluster characterization and plot. Most of the book is taken up by a frustrating back and forth between the main characters about if they are married or not, with no real feelings involved whatsoever. It would have helped matters more if Adam had explained earlier about his motivations to avoid marriage because as it was, for the first half of the book, almost nothing really happens and you're left just growing more annoyed that these characters can' This book was sadly not my favorite due to lackluster characterization and plot. Most of the book is taken up by a frustrating back and forth between the main characters about if they are married or not, with no real feelings involved whatsoever. It would have helped matters more if Adam had explained earlier about his motivations to avoid marriage because as it was, for the first half of the book, almost nothing really happens and you're left just growing more annoyed that these characters can't get it together one way or another. Then almost at once, feelings begin to develop between the two and it goes from zero to a hundred. Suddenly, they both care about each other so much that the marriage is almost inconsequential despite it being the driving force of the story for half the book. You never really get why they like each other or what it is that makes them trust that they can make an actual marriage. ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirribilligirl

    The Gunslingers guide to avoiding matrimony= 3.5 stars Missing the X factor I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, A Gunslingers Guide to avoiding Matrimony. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Adam Brady exhausted fast gun rides into Desolation dusty, dirty, and one too many bad decisions in his past. Adams is not looking for redemption. He needs to rest and avoid making poor choices. He wanders into a crowd hoping not to be noticed by an old foe who was the star of book The Gunslingers guide to avoiding matrimony= 3.5 stars Missing the X factor I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, A Gunslingers Guide to avoiding Matrimony. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Adam Brady exhausted fast gun rides into Desolation dusty, dirty, and one too many bad decisions in his past. Adams is not looking for redemption. He needs to rest and avoid making poor choices. He wanders into a crowd hoping not to be noticed by an old foe who was the star of book one in this series Gray Woodson who is now the sheriff. Being an elegant, well-dressed, courteous gunslinger, Adam assists Long tall Nora Schumacher in getting her intoxicated unconscious father into her wagon. Somehow someway, he ends up married to Nora amid his chivalry. Except no license has been signed, and Adam is bound and determined not to sign. The rules are simple if Adam wants to stay in Desolation, he has two choices. Sign the license or find gainful employment within thirty days; otherwise, leave the safety of Desolation. This story deals with an issue that plagued women for years, and Nora got a double whammy. Tall solid women do not fit the image of the perfect woman. Plus, she can’t own land in her own right. So a convoluted plot develops where Nora wants the marriage to hold onto the small farm she is due to inherit in five years from her grandfather and her father, as her guardian is determined to sell it to fund his drinking and gambling. So a short sharp marriage will secure her inheritance, then a fast quick divorce to hold the land in her own right. Adam's adventures in trying to hold a job are hilarious reading, and he is a darling hero. At times, I found the plot machinations hard to believe, but I suspect most readers will enjoy the fun of Adam avoiding marriage. Nora wants marriage on her terms, and the two have great fun as they negotiate their well-deserved happily ever after. I loved the first book in this series, Hitched to the Gunslinger, and rated it a four. This story is 3.5 stars. I missed the X factor that Gray and Mercy’s story delivered. I suspect Nora didn’t connect with me as strongly as Mercy did. I did sense in this story, with some lovely foreshadowing, that the author is keen to move on to her next novel, and if I’m correct, our preacher in Desolation has a story to tell and true love to be discovered. This is a fun, easy read, and Adam is adorable as he finds his purpose in life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely love, love, love this series! The Gunslinger series is guaranteed to make you smile! The Gunslinger’s Guide To Avoiding Matrimony is the second book in the Gunslinger series. This is Adam and Nora’s story. Adam is a gunslinger wanting to retire. Adam finds the town of Desolation, a town he thought was fictional, known for giving men of criminal natures a new start. Nora is an independent, lonely woman facing losing everything she has if she can’t find a way to stop her fath ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely love, love, love this series! The Gunslinger series is guaranteed to make you smile! The Gunslinger’s Guide To Avoiding Matrimony is the second book in the Gunslinger series. This is Adam and Nora’s story. Adam is a gunslinger wanting to retire. Adam finds the town of Desolation, a town he thought was fictional, known for giving men of criminal natures a new start. Nora is an independent, lonely woman facing losing everything she has if she can’t find a way to stop her father from gambling away her future. Adam and Nora are thrown together through hilarious circumstances. Adam must find a way to meet the town’s expectations and irritating laws while avoiding Nora if he wants to stay. Adam is the unluckiest, accident-prone man! He tries fiercely to avoid Nora, but his lousy luck throws him into Nora’s path every time. Nora has always felt ignored, unwanted, and unattractive. Even her father berates her every chance he gets. I loved Nora’s spunk! Nora stands toe to toe with this notorious gunslinger, and Adam is hopelessly lost to Nora’s charms. This book is a romcom and western expertly intertwined. If you don’t read westerns, I implore you to try this series. I instantly fell in love with this wily bunch of townspeople. The plot is flawlessly comical and endearingly romantic. The book is fast-paced, and I didn’t want it to end! I love that the characters from the first book showed up again. However, Adam and Nora’s story stands on its own. I have eagerly awaited this second installment, and I was ecstatic that it exceeded my expectations. Michelle McLean always delivers a well-put-together, hilarious, passionate story that leaves the reader wanting more. Michelle McLean, please write more Gunslinger books! I can’t wait to see what newcomer will haplessly wander into Desolation next! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aymee

    You know the minute someone says they have rules for living that they're all about to be broken in the most epic ways, right? Too bad no one clued Adam in on this or maybe he might have saved himself. Luckily for us, however, he didn't. I'm a total sucker for a handsome cowboy, and Adam completely fit the bill. Rugged, attractive, and funny in an often self-deprecating way, I was half in love with him myself. Despite his reputation as a rough and tumble gunslinger and gambler, he has a big heart You know the minute someone says they have rules for living that they're all about to be broken in the most epic ways, right? Too bad no one clued Adam in on this or maybe he might have saved himself. Luckily for us, however, he didn't. I'm a total sucker for a handsome cowboy, and Adam completely fit the bill. Rugged, attractive, and funny in an often self-deprecating way, I was half in love with him myself. Despite his reputation as a rough and tumble gunslinger and gambler, he has a big heart and a lot of compassion. The way he helps everyone out really endeared him to me. His unflagging devotion to Nora, against all odds, was heart-warming. Nora is the kind of woman I want to be. Strong, independent, willing to take on any challenge that faces her, she's a real inspiration, especially for the time period. Her issues with her father resonated with me and made me empathize with her struggles. Also, her struggle to give up some of her control and allow Adam to do things for her was nice to watch. She didn't have reason to trust many people, but his attempts at winning her over were sweet. The premise of this book is what caught my attention. That Adam and Nora accidentally get married without realizing it set the tone for the rest of the novel. Chaos, laughter, and lots of will they, won't they follow. In addition, the side characters really brought the town to life. I also appreciated the way that their instant attraction to one another slowly grows into mutual affection, even if they both deny it. I'm definitely going to have to pick up the first in this series to see if it's as much fun as this was. *Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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