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Marrying Walker McKay
by Lori Copeland
(Avon, $5.99, PG) ISBN 0-380-80249-X
The cover quote on Marrying Walker McKay reads that Lori Copeland is a good storyteller and wickedly funny. That sounded hopeful. I like wickedly funny. But you know, sometimes there is no truth in advertising. The author just plain wasn’t in this book. Not wickedly funny or a good storyteller either. Sigh.

Walker McKay figures he has plenty of time to get married and get himself an heir to his ranch. He’s only twenty eight, after all. A close brush with death makes him realize that you can’t count on anything. Back East, Sara Livingston figures she is running out of time. She is eighteen and still not married - and not likely to be the way her father manages to get rid of her admirers. Of course these two are destined to meet.

Sara runs away from home and gets involved in switching identities with another female who is planning to be a mail-order bride. The new fake bride-to-be is very impressed with her groom…..Walker. Sara may not be much on ranching or housekeeping or much of anything to do with common sense, but she certainly figures out how to make love. That counts for a lot in this book. I have nothing against making love, believe me. But common sense would have helped a whole lot here, too.

Sara destroys the food she tries to cook. Sara rearranges the furniture and drives everyone crazy with her redecorating. Sara doesn’t tell her family where she’s gone. Sara must be GREAT in bed because I wanted to go drown her myself. She does decide to become a dime store author (read romance writer), so she can’t be all bad but by the time you discover she can also do accounting and has learned someone is embezzling from her new husband - well, you’ve pretty much already given up on Sara.

Walker has his problems, too. He likes going to bed with Sara just fine. But he doesn’t believe her when she tells him about his money shortage problem. And when he discovers she has been lying all this time about who she is - well, he should be mad. But he shouldn’t also ignore that she’s pregnant and say they aren’t married. I mean, the girl may be a ditz but she’s also the mother of his kid.

Sara improves slightly by the time the book ends. She takes responsibility for her lies and does her best to make up for her ditziness. She gets kidnapped by a bad guy so you do feel a little sorry for her. She gets sent back home to Daddy which makes you sorry for her but mad at Walker - not a good thing to do when the hero and heroine’s likeability is already hanging by a thread. She also points out that Walker is able to forgive the embezzler before he is able to forgive her which gives her at least one point for logic in my mind. It subtracts one point from Walker, but you can’t have everything in this book. Shoot, maybe you can’t have a whole lot of anything good in this book.

--Irene Williams

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