A cowboy’s marriage of convenience may lead to a deadly honeymoon in the latest from New York Times bestselling author Elle James
With his ranch in financial trouble, cowboy Daniel Colton makes the perfect proposal to Megan Talbot—a marriage of convenience to save his business and ensure she receives her inheritance. But spending night after night with the strawberry blonde beauty tests all boundaries of Daniel’s self-control. And when a killer targets his new bride, vying for her estate, it sets off all of his protective instincts. Daniel refuses to trade his honeymoon for a funeral. Now it’s a race against the clock to track down the culprit and protect the wife who’s starting to be so much more to him than just a business partner.
This is part of a series, but apart from some mentions of other characters at the beginning and end of the book, it works pretty solidly as a standalone.
I’ve seen Protecting the Colton Bride described as an old school category romance, and that’s pretty much the case. I did struggle with the plotting, which alternated between repeated attempts to kill the heroine, followed by hero and heroine both laughing and joking and having sex (some of the terminology in those bedroom scenes was a little clunky) and acting like nothing was wrong!
This is a fast read, and an easy read. I think the blurb implies neither lead character is romantically interested in the other when they have their quickie marriage, but in fact they’re just about in love with each other from the outset. I liked that both of them were sensible people and good, nice people. I like reading about decent characters!
I do think the suspense was a little disconnected from the romance, and I must say I’ve never read so much about horse semen in my life(!), but if you want a few hours’ entertainment, you could do worse.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.