I thought this was a cute and quick read. I did like the male-order-husband aspect of it as well. As a reader, I’m always looking for something different that will keep me on my toes or give me that surprise factor and this delivered on that. I don’t know how often this may have happened in real life, but it was fun to read about.
I really like it when there is a strong female lead. I feel they give the storylines more depth and have a better chance to grow as a character. Weak female leads tend to bore me. I was completely happy with Audra in this story. I give her a lot of credit for trying to save her ranch, as well as her determination to stand up to Jess. I really think that Dillon was a perfect match for her, because she needed someone who was not going to always say yes or do what she wanted.
Overall I really liked this novella. Although it was short, I was able to connect with the characters and enjoyed how the story unfolded. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
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About The Book
Though she’s loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch.
Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, neighboring cattle baron Jess Fairbanks is making a play for the Diamond D and Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.
Audra grudgingly accepts that the mere presence of a husband will keep her men working, and Fairbanks under control. It seems a perfectly reasonable idea, then, to ask her uncle, who is the town attorney and a matchmaker of sorts, to find her a groom—a “proxy” who will take her orders and dish them out to the men.
Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. After a year, he can abandon her and she won’t tell. By then, she will have proven to the cowboys she’s a competent rancher, and the cattle man next door will be looking elsewhere for a wife. But when word gets out that Dillon came to Audra via Evergreen’s matchmaker, he’s dubbed a “male order bride.” The resulting jokes at his expense are constant and brutal. Just how much abuse can Dillon’s pride stand?
When Audra discovers her father’s death was no accident, she realizes her new husband is in danger, too. And she cares . . . quite a lot, it turns out.
To save Dillon, she may have to let go of the one thing she’s fought her whole life to keep.