As if he doesn’t have enough to handle between running outlaws out of Cheyenne, keeping his brothers out of trouble, and avenging his father’s death, Sheriff Sawyer McCade’s meddling mother just dumped a mysterious mail-order bride on his doorstep. One woman can be more trouble than a band of renegades, and while this one has him all stirred up, he’d rather get to the bottom of the story she isn’t telling.
Rose Parker had it all—until a web of danger and deceit sends her running to Cheyenne posing as a mail-order bride. Escaping the evils of New York seems sensible until she meets the unsuspecting sheriff who didn’t ask for her, has no intention of marrying her, and won’t rest until he uncovers her secret and sends her back home.
I do enjoy Western historical romances to break up my Georgian/Regency/Victorian stories. Sawyer’s Rose had an interesting premise, with a mail order bride – who really isn’t one.
I understand that the hero had no idea his mother had ordered him a wife until the day she actually arrived, and I also liked that aspect of the story. However, it was not the heroine’s fault he wasn’t told, and I think he was mean to her in a few childish ways at first. He didn’t have to marry her, but he didn’t have to be openly nasty.
For this reason, I thought it was odd that the heroine was attracted to him from the start. I would have kicked him to the curb!
There is actually quite a bit going on in this story, with secrets gradually revealed. I prefer it when authors do what this one did, keeping you turning the pages because you only get bits of the story at a time. The heroine had big secrets we didn’t understand for the first half of the book.
I think that there were a few places where the story could have been tightened a bit. There were a few points where the focus shifted from the hero and heroine, and I wasn’t as interested – I wanted to know what was going on with those secrets!
This is a solid 19th century Western, with some obvious hints at future books. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit shorter, but you could do worse.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.