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.
Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is by Eli Easton, which means my immediate reaction was GET IN MY KINDLE!! I'm an Eli Easton super-fan, so any book she writes, I'm getting. And Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride didn't let me down.
I'm a historical romance lover, but American historical romance, especially Westerns, are probably my least read genre in historicals. I was a bit nervous about it, honestly, since a big howdy, partner does NOT turn my crank. But the book was much more clever than I was expecting.
Frankly, though the romance was good and certainly built as the story went on (the start of the romance was a bit rushed for me), what really sold me on the story was Robby Riverton himself. Robby was amazing. A master manipulator in the best way, he used his acting talents and natural charm to bend those around him to his will. I loved, loved, loved the magic he worked on the Crabtree family. The whole story was worth it to see the Crabtree family change for the better. I really loved Robby's moments with the Crabtree family, almost more than the moments between Robby and Trace.
The story was also a bit suspenseful, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat. I knew our resilient Robby would make it (this is romance, after all!), but I still felt a smidge anxious. And I loved the way the story wrapped up.
A must read for Eli Easton fans that are interested in American historical romances. Eli Easton always writes winners.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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