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.
I wasn’t entirely sure what I was in for when I picked up this book, but Eli Easton hasn’t let me down yet, so I dove right in. Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride was a sweet, funny, sassy, emotional gem of a book that I didn’t want to put down.
This is like an old western with gunslingers and Wild West antics. It read like a movie, fast-paced and snappy and full of delightful old western stereotypes. I felt transported back to 1860’s America, a setting we don’t often see (definitely not enough, IMO) in the m/m genre.
Aside from Robby (and Rowena, who is basically a character of her own) and Trace, I adored each of the characters. Trace’s family – Pa-Pa, Wayne, Roy and Clovis, the wives Marcy and Emma, and the kids – each of them were a delight. The family has a secret that the townsfolk of Flat Bottom shun and misunderstand them for, making them the outsiders in their hometown. Trace is living his quiet, self-described lazy life as sheriff and trying to distance himself from his family while remaining close. Then Robby/Rowena shows up and it’s goodbye to their quiet, complacent lives. There was humor and sass to balance out the life-or-death plot, steam and romance where we needed it, and threads of emotion carrying through the whole thing that tied the story up tight.
This is yet another amazing book by Eli Easton, and one I definitely recommend.
An advance copy of this book was received for review on OMGReads.
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.
Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.
In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.
In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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