Rugged and Relentless (Paperback)

By Kelly E. Hake

Barbour Publishing, 9781602607606, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2011



Roll into Hope Falls, Colorado, where three women are seeking mates to help them establish a sawmill. Evelyn Thompson never dreamed their husbands-for-hire ad would bring so many bachelors to their tiny town. How will she ever figure out which feller to choose? Jacob Granger, a logger-turned-bounty hunter, is hot on the trail of his brother's killer. When a clue leads him to Hope Falls, he has no choice but to pretend to court Miss Thompson while waiting for the killer to show his hand. Will Jacob's unexpected adoration of this sweet cook prompt him to speak vows before getting vengeance?

Praise For Rugged and Relentless

This is the kind of book that makes a great movie! The characters where well developed and the plot was solid.
-Abbie Tireman

This book is a fun read with just a bit of a mystery twist to keep it fresh. Definitely worth the read.

-Mary Buhrle

If you're looking for an unconventional h
-Rachel Ropper

Fresh writing and funny exchanges kept me entertained. This book was a light-hearted escape from reality and definitely worth the read!
-Katherine Todd

Hake begins her new series with her trademark wit and style in this lively story. Since the characters are setting up shop and solving a mystery, the romance takes a bit of a backseat.
-Chandra McNeil

This is a great period fiction book.  It is very unconventional displaying strong women who take thingsinto their own hands at a time when most women were subordinate wives and not often much more.  I love the character and spunk of each of the women.  
 I look forward to the next book in the series, I am so interested to find out what happens to these women and if they all settle down happily married in Hope Falls.
-Camille Buffenmeyer

 I have to say I found Rugged & Relentless very entertaining.  The characters are all well done.
-Barbara Hightower

This book was delightful. I loved the banter that went on between the woman and the men. Also the dialogue between the four woman kept me giggling. This is a twist on the mail order brides, with the woman advertising for men. When the men see the advertisement they are expecting ugly woman, but these girls are far from that. Can you imagine going where there 5 men for each woman? The book has murder, romance, and the Wild West thrown in. Can't wait for the next books in this series and finish the romance of the other 3 woman!
-Maureen Timerman

This was the first book by this author that I have had the chance to read.  I am so glad that I did too.  This book was wonderfully written. 

I absolutely loved the characters.  This author definitely has a great wit to her writing.  The plot was great.  This is the first book in a series and it promises to be a great series.

I highly suggest this fun read.

-Norma Wills

Let me just say from the start, I was surprised by this book.  I wasn't anticipating a great read, but I found one.  I loved the whit between the two main characters, Evie and Jacob.  The rest of the characters have humor as well, but the focus in this book was Evie and Jacob. I will now be adding a new author as one of my favorites. I read this as a galley from netgalley and will be purchasing a hard copy. I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
-Lisa Faber

I loved the overall premise of the book and it flowed very well. This is a great first novel in a series and readers will definitely tune in to see who the other women choose and what happens to them. Four headstrong and resourceful women is a bigdraw for those of us who don't want to be considered 'fragile' and unable to do things because of our gender. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the strength of these four women, while also allowing them to be vulnerable. Evie's comments about being self conscious of her curves and going on a diet will allow readers to identify with her character, as well as her ability to cook.
-Debbie Lester

In short, I loved this book.  It was absolutely delightful and I flew through it, putting off homework in order to read just a few more pages.  While the basic premise seems to be a romance, it's actually more about friendship especially among the four ladies.  
Overall: Delightful-highly recommended!
-Stephanie Fleischer

One of my favorite things about Kelly Eileen Hake is that her writing is full of humor and creativity.  So many books have similar story lines and if you read as much as I do, you often hear echos of past tales in each new book you encounter.  Rugged and Relentless is entirely fresh and new.  Who ever heard of Mail Order Husbands?  What a creative idea for a series!

In this fun and unexpected story the dialogue moved at a rapid pace.  Sometimes I was sure I heard the characters talking over each other, the varied conversations swirling around the room.  The Hake trademark humor filled the story, but don’t let the laughs fool you, this tale isn’t just bits of humorous fluff.  Themes of honor, acceptance and persevering love underscored the lessons learned in Hope Falls.

I would recommend Rugged and Relentless.  I found it thoroughly enjoyable.

-Rachelle Sperling

Rugged and Relentless is a great beginning to a new series by Kelly Eileen Hake; it shows the difference strengths and personalities in four friends and the faith it take them to achieve their dreams.
-Kelsey Shade

A wonderful, fast paced read with delightful dialogue and characters.
-Tammy Griffin

I have to say I enjoyed the way Ms Hake’s characters were less than perfect. It was easy to relate to the self-doubts, the struggles with faith and forgiveness yet heart-warming to see that love can blossom in spite of human faults.
Rugged & Relentless has a good mix of mystery, subtle inspiration, love and forgiveness; a story that will keep your thoughts racing long after the last page is read.

“Rugged and Relentless” by Kelly Eileen Hake is a wonderful adventure about a group of women who, due to tragic circumstances and courageous character, travel to Hope Falls to begin a lumber business. This sweet and rugged romance is set against a dynamic backdrop of rugged beauty. When the ladies place an advertisement in the local paper for husbands, men begin flocking to their door to fill the bill. Novels like these serve as reminders of the strength and character and pioneering spirit that build this nation into the great country that it is. It makes me wonder if anything remotely like this ever took place in reality.

-Stacey Dale

A must read for all and any historical romance readers along with Western readers,and a new concept "mail order Husbands".
-April Renn