Monday, April 30, 2018

ARC Review: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride by Eli Easton

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
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.

Jewel's rating:

What a clever and amusing story! I don't often read historicals, but I could not pass up Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride. One look at the blurb and I knew I had to give it a shot. Eli Easton has done well with this one!

I loved Robby. He was adventurous, clever, and quite inventive! As an actor, he knew a bit about makeup and disguise, and being slightly built, disguising himself as a woman worked. He could charm anyone and he really needed to put that skill to use when he found himself impersonating Rowena Fairchild -- the mail order bride for Clyde Crabtree's youngest son, Clovis.

The only one who saw through Robby's disguise was Trace Crabtree and that was a blessing, because Trace was sheriff of Flat Bottom and agreed to help Robby evade the thugs that were after him. Trace was the perfect counter to Robby. Trace is steadfast, dependable, methodical. Though he dreamed, when he was younger, of seeing the world, but now he's content to stay in Flat Bottom for the foreseeable future. His family is there, he knows what to expect and there isn't too much going on. Well, until Robby shows up, that is, and turns Trace's world upside down.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave!! I found the story amusing, clever, and so so sexy! I really enjoyed Robby and Trace together. In fact, all of Robby's interactions with the Crabtree family were a joy to experience. The story had a little bit of everything - comedy, drama, suspense, steamy scenes, and a happy ending. Eli Easton knows how to draw her readers into her stories and as soon as I started reading Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride, I was hard pressed to put it down. It's a pretty light read, so if you're in the mood for something clever and light, you can't go wrong with this one.


ARC of Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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