- File Size: 2674 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publication Date: April 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZZJYRTY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Always, Ransom (Three Rivers Express Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Full disclosure: I don't read western romances. This just isn't my usual chosen genre...except that now it apparently is because this is the second story set in this time period by Reina Torres that I have read and she has converted me. I finished this book and immediately wanted to read the next in the series, I enjoyed living in that world with these characters that much.
Ms. Torres has written the kind of story that will reel you in from the start. I read this over the Easter weekend and it was so frustrating to have to put the book down to do “real life” chores when all I wanted to do was sit and find out what was happening and how things would end up for Ransom and Delia and their friends. In this day of the romance genre being inundated with poorly-written erotica books that rely on the “having-tons-of-dirty-sex-is-love” trope, and bully male characters being labeled “alphas” to excuse their poor behavior, it was INCREDIBLY refreshing to read a book with a male character who actually *respects* the woman he loves. Their attraction was palpable, even without sex (or kissing) because Ms. Torres beautifully illustrated their blossoming relationship. I was happily surprised when my pulse started to pound in a scene where the two main characters discuss courting. Courting. There was no kiss, there were no blindfolds or handcuffs, there was just a man pouring his heart out to the woman he wanted to be with and her reciprocating. It was gorgeous and perfect and made me love these two (especially Ransom) even more.
Delia was a fantastic frontier woman. She dealt with and handled everything thrown at her with a grace and strength that showed that she didn't need a man to make her life complete, and that made her relationship with Ransom even more special. She didn't NEED him in her life, but she wanted him there. And he never tried to control her, he just stood beside her and helped without being overbearing because she was a self-rescuing princess.
I LOVED this novel, and I cannot wait for the next books in this series.
If you like a well-written romance with a dash of intrigue, the kind of book that will make you want to read the whole book in one sitting and/or one that doesn't rely on copious gratuitous sex to show love and attraction between characters you should definitely read this book.
For Delia and her father Frank Burroughs, they will operate one of the swing stations where riders from Three Rivers will stop and exchange one of the Morgan horses between town and the next station. Trouble will plague the Burroughs and other stations down the line.
Ransom McCain is one of the many riders for the Pony Express. As was very common among riders, he is orphaned and on his own. The job comes with plenty of danger, but something he is excited to do. Meeting Delia Burroughs is an added bonus. “I’m not looking to break a record for speed if all I did was deliver the mail from one point to the other and can keep my horse under me and the sky above my head, that’s all I can really ask for.”
The plot will have the beginning of the Pony Express, along with the Three Rivers Station that is run by the Hawkins family and will house many of the riders at the first leg of the journey. While the story does not cover the details of the various runs along the journey, it will introduce several of the riders. Most of the riders all work well together, which includes chores that must be accomplished at the Hawkins station when they are not on one of their rides delivering the mail pouches. Trouble comes in the form of stations being shot at, fires being set, horses injured and turned loose, and even threats made against Delia and her father at their station.
The story is the beginning of a romance for Delia and Ransom, two people that both understand loss. Delia is still mourning the loss of her mother, her brothers moving away, and her father’s drinking causes her heartache. Ransom lost his parents when he was young and was raised by an aunt and uncle, but the passing of his aunt still is painful.
This is a sweet, clean historical based story of new beginnings. “I was meant to come here to Three Rivers,” he turned slightly, facing her so she could see everything in his eyes and still feel the warmth of their hands against the other. “I was meant to take this job so that I could meet you. And I will do what it takes to be worthy of you.” He drew in a long breath. “That is, if you would consent to me, courting you, Miss Burroughs.”