Review: Texas Mail Order Bride

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BOOK: TEXAS MAIL ORDER BRIDE

AUTHOR: LINDA BRODAY

PUBLISHER: SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA

5 BREATHTAKING STARS!

Oh my, my! I cannot sing this book’s praises enough. I simply fell in love with Ms. Broday’s writing. It’s superb and magical. I really felt as though I were in Texas right smack in Battle Creek. I loved the characters, all of them. The richness of their personalities drew me in quickly. The banter between Cooper and Delta is fabulous. I even laughed out loud in some parts. I say, what good is a story without some humor thrown in?? This story has a bit of everything: passion, action, adventure, mystery… you name it, it probably has it. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, western, or just loves a stellar story to get wrapped up in for a few hours.

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This is one of my favorite parts of the book:

Delta covered the space between them so quickly Bandit (the dog) scurried for safer territory. She glared up into eyes that reminded her of a cold winter’s day. “I can’t believe this. You have a lot of gall, Mr. Thorne. The way I see it, you have up your right to meddle in my affairs when you told me in no uncertain terms that you weren’t looking for a wife. Therefore, what I do is none of your concern. if I want to-”
“Do what?” Live in sin with Rand?” Cooper brushed her cheek with a fingertip. “You won’t. Women like you won’t throw your reputation to the wind. You want it all or nothing.”
She glared. “You’re awful sure of yourself.”
“I know more than you think.” His words were soft. “I see the yearning for permanence in your eyes. Dear God, you’re a difficult woman to forget.”
Cooper tugged her against his lean body, lowered his head, and pressed his sensual lips firmly on hers. The long kiss held passion and promise and warmth. Delta’s breath got caught somewhere between the need for more and wishing she’d stayed in town, far away from men who indulged in contradictory behavior.
Her knees grew weak and she clutched the shirt covering his broad chest to keep from falling as the world tilted on its axis.
As the kiss deepened, their breaths mingled in a heated flurry while blood pounded in her ears. She heard a low moan and realized it came from her. Strange how it sounded so very far away.
Her stomach whirled and dipped as though she ‘d fallen from a great height. Tingle raced up her spine in some kind of mindless confusion. The anger that had propelled her into dangerous territory melted away and left a strange desire in its wake. She shouldn’t have let this happen. Before she could unclench her hands from his shirt to take a step back, he released her.
The kiss ended suddenly, leaving her wanting more.
Cooper’s sinful half smile turned her knees to jelly. “And that, Miss Delta, is how we do things here in Texas.”

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Review: Rimfire Bride

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BOOK: RIMFIRE BRIDE

AUTHOR: SARA LUCK

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

 

On the golden plains of a new frontier, a smart young schoolteacher teaches a single father a lesson–in the power of love.

 

A scandalous newcomer…

 

Only the boldest of women would set off for the Dakota Territory without a man by her side.  But schoolteacher Jana Hartmann is determined to build a new life for herself and her frail sister, Greta.  True to her courageous spirit, Jana takes the only job she can find in the town of Bismarck–modeling dresses in a shop window–which has every man staring and every woman gossiping.  Adding fuel  to the fire, she’s agreed to help raise money in the annual kissing booth, where one handsome cowboy wants to buy every kiss for himself.

 

A scorching attraction…

 

Drew Malone is  a lawyer, rancher, and father of two little boys.  Although Jana is immediately attracted to the handsome and helpful Drew, she fights it, torn between a budding romance and her responsibility to Greta.  But Drew persists and sweeps her away for a romantic Christmas at Rimfire Ranch in the Badlands, where Jana finds herself having to win over the toughest critics of all– Drew’s young sons.  As Greta becomes more independent, Jana lets down her guard and opens her heart to the three Malone men.  But when the boys are kidnapped on her watch, Jana blames herself and flees to the frontier.  Drew must race against the clock to get back his sons…. and make Jana his Rimfire bride. 

 

 

 

My review: 

Ms. Luck writes an enjoyable romance set back in Dakota territory in the 1800’s.  There’s substance to her writing.  Although this is my first time reading a book by this author, it will not be my last.

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I closed this book with a satisfied sigh. Now I admit this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I had a splendid time tearing through this book and falling in love with the characters. Even the secondary characters are memorable. The two boys that are throughout this book are adorable and funny.  They will grab at your heartstrings and not let go!

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The hero and heroine are an absolute delight. Ms. Luck patiently guides us through a clever maze of characters and will have you emotionally invested in them. Best of all, there’s no nasty cruelness that so often manifests itself in most stories of this tone. 

Drew is a wonderful hero.  Tall, dark, and handsome.  What’s not to love, ladies?  He’s a gentleman to an extent but he is, after all, human.  He has his weaknesses.  *wink*

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Jana is a fabulous heroine. She’s independent (which I love all my heroines to be) and she takes care of her sister.   She is appealing and likable. AND she doesn’t cry much! Yay! I’m so tired of heroine’s who cry all the time.

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 Overall, it’s warm, witty, and loving… and human.  Sara Luck is an author not to be missed!