‘Seducing Susannah: The Bride Train’ by E.E. Burke

ss eebSTORY: When all else fails, try seduction.

Ross Hardt needs to marry a proper lady in order to reclaim his inheritance. Among the few prospects in town is a smart, sassy widow who has tantalized him from the day they met–the same day she slapped his face.

Susannah Braddock journeys west on The Bride Train in search of a good father for her young son, but on the lawless frontier few candidates meet her requirements–least of all the arrogant, demanding, unfeeling railroad agent.

Can Ross convince Susannah to see him as more than the man she loves to hate?

REVIEW: This is the fifth book in The Bride Train series in which seven women who answer a railroad advertisement that’s looking for single young ladies willing to be married off to the settlers on the Western frontier. What awaits them there is an adventure none of them even dreamed about.

We met both leads of this book in the first telling of this series and Ross and Susannah didn’t hit it off from the start. They just kept butting heads from book one. That’s why I eagerly awaited their story and Ms. Burke didn’t disappoint.

I always thought that Susannah’s pluck was something that attracted Ross and I was right. No matter how many times they came to blows, I think he admired her for being strong, straight spoken and a good mother to her son.

I loved the plot of this story and it really kept me on my toes. There was a lot of secrets on both their parts and it took trust into one another to bring about love.

I must say that this was such a great, heartwarming story that made me laugh and tear up. All the characters were well rounded and their stories were rooted in reality, which made them come to life.

If you’ve never read this series and are skeptical of it, I’d suggest you take a look at the prequel of it, A Bride’s Journey,  which was such an intriguing and informative little intro, especially the character introduction of our brides and their backgrounds.

If you’re in a mood for a clean, intriguing and heartwarming western romance, you need to pick this one up. You’ll love it!

Melanie for b2b

Gift copy provided by the author for an honest review

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‘Blackthorne’s Bride’ by Joan Johnston

bb jjSTORY: Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.

REVIEW: I waited a looooooooong time for this story and I can only say this: It was damn worth it!

This is the fourth book in Mail-Order Brides series (‘Texas Bride’ by Joan Johnston, ‘Wyoming Bride’ by Joan Johnston, and ‘Montana Bride’ by Joan Johnston I loved), and it was worth the wait.

I know that mail-order bride tropes are dime-a-dozen out there and sometimes I’m really skeptical about them, but this series in this authors hands was one of the best I’ve ever read. The reason for it is because the trope takes second place to the characterization, so that the story is character-driven.

To better understand the character and story of Josie, the youngest Wentworth sister, I highly recommend you read all three books before this one. I think you’ll get the dynamic of this family and their history much better. You’ll find out what happened to Josie and what shaped her character. As heroines go, she was everything we can only dream of being, smart, strong willed, loyal and witty. My heart went out to this young woman who has endured so much heartache yet remained optimistic and hopeful.

Our hero, Marcus, was a complex man and I needed some time to fully warm up to him, even though he’d exhibited plenty of good qualities.

I was truly happy to see the ending included all the Wentworth’s and their families. It was like a cherry on top of my sundae!

If you like western romance then this author and her books, this series included, must be on your list.

Melanie for b2b

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‘The Gunslinger’ by Lorraine Heath

tg-lhSTORY: Chance Wilder never wanted to be a hero. A road-weary gunslinger with a ruthless reputation, he focuses only on his next target—and his next payday. That is, until a young boy offers Chance everything he owns—a piece of string, a harmonica, and a bent penny—if he’ll save his sister from a couple of thugs. Chance agrees, only to discover that the beautiful, fierce young woman in need of rescue is actually the very person he’s been hunting: his next mark.

But after he saves her, Lillian Madison awakens in him long-buried dreams and possibilities. Facing the demons of his past, Chance is forced to question his next move. Dare he risk everything by following his heart … and trust that the road to redemption begins with Lillian?

* Originally appeared in the print anthology To Tame a Texan, under the title Long Stretch of Lonesome.

REVIEW: As the footnote says, this short story had originally appeared in the print anthology To Tame a Texan, under the title Long Stretch of Lonesome and  it’s the perfect length for all of you that have never read this author. This story will hook you to her wonderful story telling, and for all of us that have been this author’s faithful followers and fans, this will give you all the “feels” you’re used to getting from her.

If you’re in a mood for a sweet historical western with some twists and turns, this is it. It has two wonderful leads, some entertaining second characters and secrets that are heartbreaking when revealed.

I recommend it to all romance readers and not just western genre readers.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Hearts Ablaze’ Anthology

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BOOK BLURB: Eight bestselling authors. Eight sizzling tales from the Old West to set your heart ablaze…

In Whispered Love, bestselling author Kathleen Ball takes you to the wild Pacific Northwest, a land bristling with handsome, well-muscled lumberjacks. Foreman Samuel Pearse has only one rule; no women allowed. Until he finds one asleep in his bathtub—Pat Clarke, the company cook. With her secret revealed and her virtue at stake, Pat turns to the only man who can help her…the one man who can set fire to her heart.

In Kate’s Outlaw, award-winning author EE Burke spins a suspenseful yarn about a half-breed desperado who abducts—and then rescues—a railroad heiress. On the run from danger, with enemies on both sides, Jake and Kate seek solace in each other’s arms…and ignite a love as powerful as it is forbidden.

The Officer and the Bostoner, from USA Today bestselling author Rose Gordon, follows the adventures of a well-to-do lady traveling cross-country to meet her intended. Instead, she finds herself stranded at a military fort and forced into an unwanted marriage. Can a hot-blooded officer spark love in his wife’s cold heart?

In Fool’s Rush, from USA Today bestselling author Ciara Knight, a young woman, desperate for independence from all men, embarks on a crazy cross-country wagon train adventure disguised as a man. Rather than finding her independence, a bounty hunter captures her under the guise of horse thieving, a crime punishable by hanging. Will a man she’s lied to for months save her, or will he surrender her to a monster with a badge?

Ridin’ For A Fall by Kirsten Lynn immerses you in a fiery tale of forever love. When circumstances force best friends and Wild West Show performers Lena Boden and Kyle Allaway to marry and return to Wyoming, they must stand together against internal doubts and external forces seeking their destruction—or risk a fall that will knock them out of the saddle for good.

A Warrior’s Heart, from best-selling author Amanda McIntyre, brings to life the passionate story of a bold Cherokee warrior and the brave white woman he rescues from certain death. Thrown together by circumstances not of their own making, they overcome betrayal and tragedy to find a love strong enough to bring nations together.

The Rancher, by bestselling author Hildie McQueen, transports readers to 1870s Montana Territory and into a sensual encounter between an injured rancher and a woman running for her life. Sometimes love enters at the worst moment.

In The Drifter, bestselling author Elizabeth Rose takes you on an epic journey across the plains, as drifter Chase Masters shows up wounded at Nessa Pemberton’s stagecoach relay station mistaken as the bandit who killed her husband. Can a single mother learn to love again and put her trust in a man who is nothing but a drifter?

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REVIEW: Whispered Love by Kathleen Ball is a one fast moving story! I loved the hero and heroine and their road to happily ever after was filled with adversity, but the two had enough strength and love to overcome it.

At times sweet and plenty sensual, this story will suck you in and hold you enthrall ’till the end.

Kate’s Outlaw by E.E. Burke tells the tale of the West that will open your eyes about many things that happened as the railroad is moving into the west and goes through Indian Territory.

I loved the couple and their blatant differences. Their love was sweet and tender and timeless.

If you’ve never read this author, this story is perfect for you to discover her writing voice. She is one of my favorite American Historical story tellers and it bears repeating, what I love about her and all the books she’s written, is her seamless blend of immaculate research and storytelling. She’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget.

If you love historical fiction you will enjoy this romance between Kate, the daughter of a railroad baron and Jake, the Indian she meets and can’t forget.

The Officer and the Bostoner by Rose Gordon is a story of two totally different people that fall in love. It was fast moving, funny and sweet.

If you like opposites attract trope, then this is a must. You’ll love the bantering between these two!

Fool’s Rush by Ciara Knight has such great heroine and hero. I loved them both equally. If you like your heroine to be strong and independent woman and your hero strong and brooding, this story is for you.

But what I loved the most is the way our heroine disguises herself in order to run from her life of servitude.

This story is fast moving, funny and entertaining.

Ridin’ For A Fall by Kirsten Lynn is a story with two very likable characters and an overwhelming amount of adversity to overcome before they embrace their happily ever after.

I hope you read this heartwarming and at times very sensual story. I loved it!

A Warrior’s Heart by Amanda McIntyre came as a surprise to me. What was surprising to me was a paranormal aspect to it and I liked it. This was a well written story with an Indian hero to die for!

The heroine was very interesting and her visions were at the heart of this story.

Heartwarming and fast moving.

The Rancher by Hildie McQueen gives you an Alpha hero in its best! He’s handsome, honorable and complex. It takes just as complex character of the heroine to draw him out and by doing so, she falls in love with him.

I also liked the plot of this story and so wished the story was just a tad longer. It would have helped me get to know the heroine better. Regardless, I did like the story and highly recommend it.

The Drifter by Elizabeth Rose is a story of a drifter who is mistaken for an outlaw, and a heroine who blames that identity for the death of her husband. Their way to each other is fraught with peril and heartbreak, but they take a chance on each other. Liked it a lot!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the author.

Spotlight on Rosanne Bittner and ‘Love’s Sweet Revenge’!

Blsr rbOOK BLURB: Their Passion Shaped a Nation

Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they’ve finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

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GIVEAWAY

– one print copy of Outlaw Hearts, the first in the series –

EXCERPT:

Lloyd’s horse skittered sideways as he took the envelope. He quickly opened it. From the loft, Katie watched his whole demeanor change. She could feel it. He removed his hat and shook his long hair behind his back. He’d not retied it. “Did my sister seem okay? Was she real upset?” he asked.

Katie’s heart pounded with wonder at what was in the note.

“She seemed shook up,” Vance told him, “but her husband came home from helpin’ that neighbor kid who broke his arm. She seemed calmer once he got there. What’s in the note?”

Lloyd shoved the note into a pocket inside his denim jacket. “One of the bastards who was at Dune Hollow is out of prison, and he’ll be after my ass for sure.”

“Oh no!” Katie groaned.

“First things first,” Lloyd continued. “Let’s go catch us some rustlers.”

“Jason said it looked like they were headed south toward Denver,” Vance told him.

“And by now Pa is headed south, too. He’ll come around the south border and head on up to the house. Hard to say if he’s ahead of them or behind them.” He studied the very weather-worn and life-worn Vance Kelly, who was about Jake’s age and who Jake suspected had a very colored past but judged him to be a dependable man. “You stay here, Vance, and keep a watch on things. I’m not sure what this sonofabitch who just got released might do. I killed his brother, and he swore to get revenge, so you stay close to my wife and my sister.”

Katie’s heart pounded with dread at the words.

“You can count on me,” Vance answered. “I’ve handled my share of men like that.”

“My wife is up in that loft. You wait for her to come down and follow her back to the house; and don’t you make any jokes about us being up there, understand? You be respectful.”

“Jesus, Lloyd, you don’t have to tell me that.”

Lloyd looked at the other two. “We’ll ride all goddamn night if we have to—try to cut them off before they run across my father. They’ll be going a lot slower than us and will stop somewhere tonight, so we might be able to catch up with them by tomorrow.” He kicked his horse into a hard run, and the other two men followed.

Katie watched them ride off. Pepper and Cole were good men, older like Jake but solid and able. Jake suspected Pepper and Vance were former outlaws, but then, so was Jake Harkner, so he knew men like that better than any other kind. He read men pretty good and seemed to sense which ones could be trusted. So did Lloyd.

“Take care of him,” she whispered in a quick prayer. She hurriedly dressed. She felt embarrassed at having to walk out there and face Vance Kelly, but there was no getting around it.

It seemed they would never be able to totally relax and enjoy the new life they’d found out here. She supposed she would just have to get used to the fact that where there was a Harkner man, there was almost always some kind of danger, even without wearing a badge. All they needed was the name, and guns were required. But she loved Lloyd, and she’d learned to live with the danger.

Besides, this was nothing compared to what happened back in Oklahoma. At least not yet.

REVIEW: Before I tell you why you should read this story, let me ask you couple of questions.

Do you like reading “thick” books? If the answer is “YES”, than this book [514 pages] is just perfect for you!

Are you a fan of series that are actually “sagas” of one particular couple/family? If, once more you said “YES”, then this book is just the thing!

However, if you’ve never read this author or this series, then please don’t start with this story. You must read the previous two books [Outlaw Hearts (Outlaw Hearts, #1)  and Do Not Forsake Me (Outlaw Hearts, #2)] in this series in order to fully enjoy this story.

Ever since I’ve read the first book in this series, I’ve realized that this author goes in big when it comes to writing characters and plots. Every book I’ve read so far has a feel of an epic. Trust me. I’m not exaggerating.

This is the last installment in this series and it is B.I.G. Just when I thought these two wonderful characters have been through hell and back, the author gives them more heartache and sorrow, and then brings it all around. Jake and Miranda Harkner are a couple who I’ll enjoy rereading about as much as I enjoy Outlander’s Jamie and Claire Fraser.

This story is not just for western romance lovers. This is a story for everyone that thrives on reading complex and strong characters with plenty of action and danger. I highly recommend it to all of you!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

RosanneBittnerAUTHOR BIO: USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity.

Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.

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‘Whispers on the Wind’ by Caroline Fyffe

wotw cfSTORY: Wyoming Territory, October 1883

Tabitha Canterbury came to Logan Meadows with one goal: to open the bookshop she’s always dreamed of having. In a town full of illiterate cowboys, though, making the Storybook Lodge a success is easier said than done. And things get more complicated when the saloon next door gets a new co-owner and Tabitha finds herself falling for the wrong sort of man.…

After a lifetime guiding settlers across the prairie, Hunter Wade isn’t looking to stay put in Logan Meadows. But as a partner in the Bright Nugget saloon, he’s determined to turn a profit—and if that puts him in competition with Miss Hoity-Toity Canterbury, that’s fine. Even if she is beautiful, and clever, and always ready with a witty retort.

Can these two stubborn souls come together—or will pride keep them apart?

REVIEW: When it come to western romance, there are only a handful of authors that I completely trust, and Caroline Fyffe is right at the top of that list.

She manages to create stories that easily capture my imagination from that proverbial first page, all the way to the last. The hero’s she creates are men of honor and strength, yet vulnerable and flawed. This perfectly describes a hero in this novel, Hunter Wade, a drifter who is pondering if it’s time to put down roots in this town. It all depends on how his news will be received by the town folks and especially the owner of Bright Nugget saloon.

Tabitha is one of those smart-ass heroines that knows exactly who she is and what she wants out of life. Or at least she did before our hero steps in her way.

 is her own woman. Leaving all she ever knew, she headed west with nothing but her dreams of owning her own bookstore. And she founds those dreams in Logan Meadows. Known as the town spinster at the age of almost 29, she has her home and her business, not to mention countless friends to make her happy. Life is good. And then Hunter rode into town.

This romance had a lot to overcome and the way to their happily ever after wasn’t without trouble. It’s those topsy turvy situations that were fun to witness and it made me appreciate their happy ending even more. 

Seriously, if you’ve never read this author, I highly recommend you start. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, her books are free! Now go get ’em, pardner!

Melanie for b2b

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‘West Winds of Wyoming’ by Caroline Fyffe

wwow cfSTORY: When widower Charlie Rose shows up looking for work at the struggling Cotton Ranch, no one knows he’s secretly trying to outrun trouble—and he intends to keep it that way. He wants to start over fresh in the small town of Logan Meadows, where his blind daughter can grow up safe…and where danger can’t find him.

Feisty and independent, Nell Page is determined to protect the Cotton Ranch, despite threats from the bank…and the mysterious stranger lurking on the ranch’s borders. In spite of her better judgment, Nell instantly feels drawn to handsome, dependable Charlie. The more they ride together through the beautiful Wyoming mountains and plains, the more their feelings grow into a love that could be strong enough to last forever. But will Charlie’s past catch up with him and dash their hopes for a future together?

REVIEW: This past week I’ve been on a Caroline Fyffe kick and it looked like I’ve missed on some of the books that have already been out for couple of years, and it was time I caught up with those folks in Logan Meadows.

Once more I find myself immersed in these people’s lives and thanks to Ms. Fyffe’s excellent writing skills I may as well be their neighbor. That’s how real her setting and  her characters are to me. By now, I know them well and I’m always looking forward meeting new arrivals, in this case Charlie, and catching up to residents, such as our heroine, Nell.

With a well developed plot and steady pace, I thoroughly enjoyed this romance and highly recommend you read it.

Melanie for b2b

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