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- Print Length: 294 pages
- Publisher: Caroline Clemmons; 1 edition (March 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HS10SY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brazos Bride: Men of Stone Mountain Texas (A Stone Mountain Texas Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A western set in the 1870's, I found the mystery intriguing. When Hope calls on handsome neighbor Micah Stone and his two brothers for help, she had already decided to take most matters into her own hands. All former lawmen, the Stone brothers leap into action to protect Hope, and the youngest brother, Micah, grants her odd request. After all, Micah had been acquitted of killing her father.
Micah had fallen on bad times and figures this `help' will mutually benefit both ranches.
I would have liked Hope to be more insistent on having her hand in all aspects of solving the mystery and the running of the ranch. To be as independent as she claimed she wished, but it is after all a man's world in this era. And I wished her to be less tolerant of decisions made for her while recuperating from her illness.
Despite my wanting to berate Hope Montoya as a reader, I did enjoy the love story and had a fine time trying to figure out who was trying to poison Hope Montoya and why.
I recommend this book as a pleasant read, one you romance and mystery lovers won't be sorry you chose to cuddle up with on the beach or for pure escapism into the mores of the early west.
I give it a three and a half star rating. I'm glad I read it.
Hope Montoya knew someone is poisoning her. She suspected her mother was poisoned as well. Her father was shot not long ago, and the suspect, Micah Stone, was acquited by a jury. Who wanted to kill her entire family? The one with most to gain would be her uncle and aunt. The ONLY way around this is to get married... and gain control over her family holdings now. And the only one who she can push into a marriage of convenience... Is the man most likely to hate her... Micah Stone. // Micah Stone would love to woo Hope Montoya, but being accused of her father's murder puts a damper on this, and the town did not believe he's innocent, esp. not the sheriff. Micah's ranch is failing as the Montoya ranch blocked him from the river and the water for his cattle. Hope's proposal surprised him... and it may be the ONLY way to save his ranch, as it also gave him access to the river, and some cash for some repairs on the ranch. But Micah doesn't want a marriage of convenience... but the real thing. And in the Montoya household... can anyone be trusted? When Micah called in his two brothers AND two aunts to run the Montoya household, Hope saw it as trying to control her, but when multiple attempts to kill them, from rifles to snakes, many even came close, perhaps some protection would not be so bad...
This historical romantic suspense was a lot of fun to read, even though the "weird will" forcing her to marry to control her estate was really forcing a plot. Still, the mystery was peeled quite nicely.
Story starts with us learning of heroine's suspicious she is being poisoned! She doesn't know who to trust so she devices a plan to regain control of her inheritance before she ends up dead. Hero on the other hand is in need of water for his cattle and still trying to get past the false accusations against him killing heroine's father. His brothers are there to help him clear his name and get back on his feet. Heroine takes advantage of his troubles and tries to arrange marriage of convenience with him.
Hero is upset. He loves her and his pride is wounded further with her "in name only" marriage proposal. He walks out angry but comes back after an incident that has him setting aside his pride to help heroine and himself. However, he does decide he will work hard to win her over. That includes couple times hero convinces heroine to allow him into her bed, first time for convenience and rest for pleasure; )
So things just keep getting worst for the heroine, and now the hero since he married her. Bad enough she is a shell of her former self due to the poisoning someone wants her dead one way or another. So starting with someone shooting into their bed on their honeymoon, hero's barn being put to blaze, H/h being shot at while on ride and hero getting seriously hurt, family discord as hero replaces heroine's cook, confrontation with family/friends in bid to get information, some putting a rattle snake on heroine's bed and the villain making a direct attack on heroine things are rough!!!
However hero has back up and they all work together to solve that case before heroine, or hero, end up dead. I did love hero's family and how loyal they were. Even heroine falls in love with them but, again, fights it at first. While all these crazy things are going on hero manages to be heroine's safety through it all and in two occasions hero managea to seduce the heroine into letting him into her bed;)
There are one other conflict in that hero does make decisions for heroine around what he is doing to keep her safe. Oh man, heroine mad when she finds out and it does make it harder at times to gain her trust. He still does it. Keep in mind he does worry about her recovery and tries hard make sure she is resting. Even when she looks bad he still finds her attractive.
Then at the climax scene it explains who done it and why. Hero suspected something and I think that is what saves heroine at the end. So even with things solved heroine still holding out. But good loving and morning after helps place things in perespective. Like they say alls well that ends well. Heroine may have been hurt in past but hero and his family's actions help heroine heal and learn love can be beautiful.
It is a safe read. It is good length novel. Focus is on solving the mystery and hero trying win heroine over, so not all the book focuses on the romance. Love scenes moderate in heat factor. Hero was heroine's first. I read two love scenes and both after marriage and towards last half of the book. No OW or OM. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.