Friday, December 21, 2012

Wyoming Bride (A Bitter Creek Novel)

Wyoming Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel
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The sensational second novel in Joan Johnston’s new Western historical romance series set in the world of Bitter Creek.
After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?
Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved—when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn’t pretend to love her, but he doesn’t tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn’t pretend to love him, but she doesn’t tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within—revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish
*****I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.*****

This is my first ever book by this author and I loved it.
It was classic western historical romance, I felt 15 again and a bit sentimental. I will have to get out my Johanna Lindsey books and have a trip down memory lane. Honestly, reading this book was like getting back to my reading roots and to me it was really special.
Now, this is actually the second book in this series and from doing some research on this author it looks like this new series is a spin off or side series of an already existing one. I didn't feel lost or like I was lacking information so to me you could probably read them out of order. The author did enough background rehashing (not a lot) to make you understand what was going on.
Now onto the story, don't you just love a mail order bride novel? I know I do, it's one of my favorite themes in the western romance genre. In saying this you aren't put into this story with a girl umming and ahhing over whether she will make this decision or not. Oh no, this book starts on the wedding night. I love that, straight into the nitty gritty. From the blurb of this book you will know that her husband dies and leaves her pregnant. What you don't know is the circumstances of how this happens and who else she loses.
Needless to say Hannah is in Dire Straits when she meets Flint Creed (what and awesome cowboy name!!!)
Now Flint was a bit of a jerk, but he does believe himself to be in love with his brothers Fiancé, ouch. So the relationship between Flint and Hannah although it gets serious pretty quickly it's not really romantic, more like a relationship of necessity.
It was great watching them fight their attraction. Even more fun was the fact was that we got a bonus couple in this book, Ransom (Flint's brother) and Emaline.
Indian attacks, cattle ranch wars, duals, the dangers of childbirth, steamy sex out of wedlock, shotgun weddings this book had everything a good western romance needs and I lapped it up, enjoying every minute of it.
If you are after a bit of a change from all those full on books that are out there at the moment and wouldn't mind getting back to your mamma's romance books this is the one for you!!!  

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