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text 2018-07-13 16:16
Friday Reads - July 13, 2018
The Hens: The Third Day - Merry Farmer
The Swan: The Seventh Day: The 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides, #7 - Piper Huguley
The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day - Mimi Milan
All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella - Amy Rose Bennett
Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives Book 1) - Amanda Dykes
On A Cold Christmas Eve - Bethany M. Sefchick
A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series) - Caroline Warfield
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
The Christmas Mail Order Bride - Kit Morgan

This Sunday starts the week long COYER Christmas in July read-a-thon and ends during the halfway mark of 24 in 48 read-a-thon. So this list is for the next 10-12 days of reading; I am still working through All the Devils Are Here and Just Mercy, but those are on the back-burner come Sunday.

 

Holiday Reading List:

1. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer

2. The Swan: The Seventh Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #7) by Merry Farmer

3. The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #9) by Mimi Milan

4. All She Wants For Christmas (A Regency Christmas Novella) by Amy Rose Bennett

5. Twelfth Night by Marisa Dillon

6. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes

7. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan

8. On a Cold Christmas Eve by Bethany Sefchick

9. A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series #1) by Caroline Warfield

10. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd Novella) by Jen Turano

11. A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Mapleville) by Farrah Rochon

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review 2018-05-22 17:14
Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey
Mail Order Bride Amelia - Karla Gracey

Amelia is the daughter of influential southern politician who travels a lot with his second wife (Amelia's step-mother from hell) so Amelia has to stay home to care for her 5 year old step-brother. She is tired of being an unpaid nanny and forced to deal with running the household (including pawning her mother's jewelry to pay for the staff's wages when daddy dearest failed to provide a method to pay his staff while he is on a trip). So she answers an advertisement in the paper from the sheriff of a small town in Montana. 

 

This was my second Karla Gracey book and I really enjoyed seeing Amelia and the Sheriff come together and I liked that Amelia stood up to her father and step-mother while also protecting her brother. The sheriff is British and has quite the back story for a short book, but it works in developing an intimacy between him and Amelia.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-07 02:49
I enjoyed it but it did not knock my socks off
Robbie Riverton: Mail Order Bride - Eli Easton

Being a fugitive in the old west shouldn’t be this much fun.

The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run--all the way to Santa Fe. When he still hasn't ditched his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters that want to kill him, and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is -- and can't resist him.

Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up. Disguised as a woman. And betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complication enough, Trace had to find the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch, and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.

Damn, what a kerfuffle. If only Trace can get rid of the fugitive while hanging on to his own stupid heart.

 

Review:

 

Dear Eli Easton,

 

I was looking for a historical romance to read and somebody at my GR group recommended your book .  I have read a lot of your stories before and liked them more often than not and the blurb sounded like a hoot so I dived in.

 

First and foremost readers please beware - despite some suspense moments which made sense based on the blurb, the book was first and foremost a romantic comedy to me.  Which was perfectly fine and I was pleased that the humor worked for me, I just don't want anyone to form incorrect expectations if they decide to try this one.

 

The blurb describes the set up very well. Robby Riverton who worked his ass off to get where he was at his career accidentally witnesses a murder.  He also has a bad luck to be seen by the two gangsters who commit said murder.

 

Pretty soon Robby realizes that the gangsters are looking for him and he has a good sense to run and RUN.  He runs very far from New York as blurb tells you , unfortunately he was being followed almost as far as he runs . Weird events allow Robbie to transform himself in the mail order bride and Trace Crabtree who is the sheriff of the town Robbie comes to saves him from his pursuers while Robby was already presenting himself as Rowena.

 

Lucky for Robby he gets to stay alive and meet a handsome sheriff.  Unlucky for Robby sheriff saw a Wanted poster for Robby and pretty quickly (very early in the book) figures out that Robby is Rowena and confronts him with that revelation.

 

Trace manages to convince Robby to stay on his family's ranch as fake mail order bride for one of his brothers till the danger to Robby could be dealt with and Robby reluctantly agrees.

 

 

Note all that I just described covers the very beginning of the book, most of the book is the hilarity that ensues when Robby has to interact with the Crabtree family (Trace's father and his three brothers and the two wives - one brother is still not married) and some additional suspense at the end when mobsters come for Robby again.  Oh and of course there was some romance.

 

 

I thought that Robby was a *great* character. The guy who did all the menial jobs at the very beginning of his acting career and who had enough talent to actually advance on New York stage and who no doubt would have become a big star had the fate not intervened.

 

But what impressed me the most was how Robby manipulated the Crabtree guys in the best way possible and helped them to become better human beings.  I was so impressed because I usually really don't care for the manipulative characters, but Robby was just so charming and had the best intentions and he won me over.  Robby at the ranch is the major part of the book so I really don't want to discuss the details of his stay, since I consider this part to be spoilers, I will just say that I found the events that occurred before the last part of the book to be quite funny.  Of course humor is subjective and I cannot guarantee it will work for you, but for me it will.

 

Sadly I was underwhelmed by the romance between Robby and Trace.  As I said before, I really liked Robby and Trace was a sweet guy too even if he was not as impressive as Robby to me  ( As my friend said Robby dominated the book anyway), however for the longest part of the book I just did not see them being in love. Maybe it was the point that they were falling in love and at the end we could see that they both liked each other as people and not just were in lust. I don't know.

 

 

Oh and another thing I found underwhelming was Robby's "let's be stupid" final moment. Yes I get that the author tried to justify it, no it did not quite work for me.

 

Grade: B-

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review 2018-03-31 18:35
Room For A Bride, Faith Johnson
Mail Order Bride: Room for a Bride: Clea... Mail Order Bride: Room for a Bride: Clean and Wholesome Western Historical Romance (Busy Brides of the West Series Book 2) - Faith Johnson

I really enjoyed this Historical Western Romance. I voluntarily chose to review this and I've given it a 4.5* rating. This pulled at my heartstrings from the beginning. This heroine has lost so much and yet she pulled herself together and decides to move on, literally to the west for a new start. It was a lot different than she was used to, but it didn't stop her. A wonderful ending. This is also the 16th book of the Sweet Romance Collection. So on to the next.

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review 2018-02-15 18:23
Mail Order Bride by Barbara McMahon
Mail Order Bride - Barbara McMahon

 

Mail Order Bride took a step back in time and gave it a modern twist. How can something that seems as archaic as a Mail Order Bride end up becoming so much more? Barbara McMahon turns complicated into simple with a tale of risky choices and second chances that becomes a poignant story of love, life and hope. Blake and Julianne discover a blessing in disguise and so did I.

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