Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Design
Length: 65,000 words approx.
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.
Review by: Jennifer
This was my first read by Eli Easton, and I found that I quite enjoyed it. This was a bit different for me as I normally read MM stories that are set in the present, so going back to the wild west days was fun. Robby is an actor that is right on the brink of stardom, he just started to get his name and picture on posters. When he has the misfortune to walk right out a door into a scene he doesn't need to see, Robby has to make the choice, to run and hopefully live or stay and definitely die. Taking his chances he jumps on a stage coach and heads west. Through a huge mix up, Robby ends up disguised as a female and proceeds to lie about having a fiancée. From there his lie turns into somewhat of a reality as the groom in question's brother is there and feels it is now his responsibility to make sure that Robby makes it to the ranch safe and sound. What happens when they reach the ranch? Can Robby keep up this charade of being a female?
When Trace Crabtree goes to Santa Fe, the last thing he thought he would find was a woman being accosted, while claiming to be waiting for his brother. He only came to release some stress, not add more. When everything has finally settled down, and just as he is getting the Miss Rowena off safely, that is when he gets a glimpse at what is really underneath the make up, a man! Trace has no clue how he is going to deal with this situation that his family has unknowingly found themselves in, or how he is going to handle that he wants Robby even though he knows nothing can come of it.
This was a really entertaining story. With drama, some funny times, a bit of danger, and of course a bit of MM sexy times. I really wished there had been more to the epilogue, but I am greedy and not ashamed to say it! I give this 4 stars.
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 email@example.com
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