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.
Did you see this cover? Ha! It’s different but it certainly made me laugh. Just like this story…I couldn’t stop smiling. I don’t gravitate towards historicals but I am inclined to read anything penned by Easton. This time she leads us to the wild west in the late 1800’s for a heart-racing good time. We meet Robby in NYC and understand he has finally hit his lucky star with a role bound to kick off his career. But then bad luck strikes and he accidentally witnesses a murder. The bloody hands belong to a powerful mob boss and suddenly his own life is on the line. Disappearing is the only option. He hitches a ride on a stage-coach headed west, desperately hoping for a fresh start. Unfortunately, the men looking for him are relentless and his quick thinking and snazzy improvising give him the cover that he needs. Robby must pull off the performance of his lifetime but losing his heart was never part of the gig.
This was my first western romance and I found it highly entertaining. The flow was quick but the romance never felt rushed. From forbidden passion to brutal attacks, this adventure never falters. And the humor is playful and memorable. Easton always packs her stories with an abundance of feels and this was no exception. This wide range of cast ventured from sophisticated to simple. Robby is enchanting and charmed nearly everyone in his path. Trace was a mixed contradiction of tough and tender. Without a doubt what I loved most of all was…
Robby and Trace together! Robby is charismatic, hilarious and invigorating. He has such a bright energy, it’s impossible to not feel it. He needs to hide in plain sight and embraces his impersonation skills. He adopts the life of one Rowena mail order bride and accidentally falls in love with his betrothed’s brother. Whoopsie! But this is Trace, come on! How could he resist the sexy sheriff? The answer is simple, he can’t. Trace and his brothers are rough around the edges…like hacksaw ragged rough. Raised by their father they might as well live in the barn instead of the farmhouse. But ignoring their atrocious manners they are so darn lovable my face hurts. Leave it to Rowena to clean up the Crabtree boys and perhaps pull off some matchmaking skills of her own. There’s some adrenaline surging moments near the end but I had faith everything was going to be okay. Easton never lets me down!
An action-packed adventure with a closeted sheriff and a sassy actor. Quick triggered humor paired with steamy secret loving. A family mystery that will take you by surprise. And an epilogue that will melt your heart.
Western fans, historical fans and of course Easton fans. If you are looking for a side-splitting good time with a heavy dose of romance, the trail stops here.
TITLE: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Pinkerton Road
LENGTH: 294 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon