The Marriage Lottery #12: March and Wyatt by Caty Callahan is not your typical romance. If you believe in love at first sight and waiting until the one you love loves you back, this is the romance for you.
10 out of 10 stars. I loved it. I loved March and May and especially May’s bat. I loved the way Wyatt tried out March’s lip gloss collection. He is my ideal of the perfect hunk and husband all rolled into one.
Her room was big. An entire wall was lined with bookshelves and they were overflowing. Her dresser was lined with makeup including an entire row of lip glosses and lipsticks. He picked them up, one by one, opened them, and smelled them. “Honey, come here,” he said.
March was sitting on the bed, exhausted, but she rose and came to the dresser. “Are you into lip gloss?”
He painted one on her lips, kissed her, and tasted it. “Strawberry.” He painted another one on her lips, kissed her, and tasted it. “Bubble gum.” Next was chocolate mint and then watermelon. By the time he got to cherry she was giggling and went back to sitting on the bed.
Abraham and Taylor Lincoln have six loving daughters and one who wreaks havoc with the other six’s lives and their husbands. June Lincoln can’t keep her hands to herself or her own husband. She’s always flirting with her sisters’ husbands. June also has a bad habit of discarding husbands. She’s just discarded husband number four. When June promises her younger sister March that she’s NOT entering the lottery this year, March hesitantly walks to town. She waits until there’s only five minutes left and enters, sure that June couldn’t possibly make it in time.
Wyatt Odair is new to town, but he dressed up for Lottery Day like it really means something to him. So March stands right in front of him determined to let him know she’s interested. He is. Until June gallops onto Lottery Field riding the Lincoln stallion Tornado and enters with barely a second to spare. Every man there walks over to stand in front of June who has stunning platinum blonde hair. Poor March is left standing there all alone. It’s too late to remove her name, but she’s vowed never to forgive her lying, manipulative sister.
The first man’s name is drawn and he picks June, leaving the others to scramble to whatever women are left. Wyatt comes back to March, but too late. She’s seen this happen before. June ruined her sister January’s marriage by taunting January’s husband. No way is March going to let that happen to her. It’s too bad, though, because Wyatt had potential. Wyatt’s name is called and he picks March, but she wants nothing to do with him.
From the right she heard the sound of hoof beats and a cloud of dust covered them all. Her sister June was riding Tornado, their finest stallion, and dismounted like she was the Queen of Egypt.
March inwardly groaned. This was what she’d dreaded. Her sister June was beautiful and platinum blonde. Men fell at her feet and followed her like puppies. She’d married and discarded four husbands already and had promised March she had no intention to come today. But here she was. On number five.
“Hello June,” Tom said and exchanged a glance with March.
“Hello Thomas,” June said coyly and dropped a chit in the jar.
They were sisters, but it didn’t make any difference. June winked at her and took up a spot about ten feet to her right, far away from the other women. Every man there went to stand in front of her, including the idiot she’d picked.
The Lincolns have a tradition. They always have a two-day celebration starting on Lottery Day to celebrate all the anniversaries in the family. Everyone in the family is there and Wyatt is introduced to March’s loving family. He sees firsthand June’s malevolence toward her sisters and he also sees March’s brilliance and kindness. That night he shares her bed and although nothing happens, March falls head over heels in love with Wyatt. Which is precisely why she tosses him back. He’s thrown out of the house and sent packing because his wife loves him and he doesn’t understand how that’s a bad thing. But according to March if she loves him and he loves June, their marriage can never be happy. Which just makes him angry because he can’t stand June.
Months go by and she refuses to speak with him or spend that required three months with him. (In order to divorce, couples must live together for three consecutive months.) She’s terrified if she spends any time at all with him, she’ll sleep with him and he’ll break her heart.
Throughout the novel March keeps waiting for Wyatt to fall in love with her. Just when she thinks it will never happen, a ray of sunshine brightens her day and everything comes together.
There’s a side story of an unscrupulous land developer stealing ranchers’ water rights. No one knows what he’s doing until he comes under March’s radar. Her solution is nothing short of brilliant. I love revenge novels and this one was perfect. She takes out two birds with one stone. 🙂
10 out of 10 stars. The Marriage Lottery series has slightly more adult material than The Bride Lottery series. In this one I think that moment is when March finds out just how deeply June has ruined their sister January’s marriage. I would still classify it as a sweet romance.
Reviewed by Colleen.