Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Romance Book Review: Shotgun Bride
Series Connection: Whitehorse Montana, The Corbetts Series, Book 1 of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Western Romance/ Category Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Purchase this book through: Amazon
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Since this book was published in April 2009, some might wonder why I read it and am posting it now. Three reason, really: 1) I'm a Harlequin Ambassador and as such frequently Harlequin will ask me to read some of their books and then complete a survey. 2) is to remind people that even though this category romance is older, older books are still available on line for purchase and 3) After reading it I decided it was a really good book and those who like this line or just a good action story might want to pick this one up.
Sometimes the first books of a series can be complicated for some people. I like them that way. I like getting to know about all the characters you will meet in the future books. This one, as it goes, really isn't too complicated.
There are five brothers. Their father, wanting to see grandchildren before he dies, tells his son their mother had a dying wish that each of her sons would be married by the age of 35. The oldest is quickly turning that age. One other thing: the sons were raised in Texas, Mom was raised in Montana and Mom would like them to find a nice Montana cowgirl, like herself, to marry.
A big problem with first series is that while readers are getting to learn all about the other characters in the future novels it doesn't give a lot of time for the hero and heroine to fall in love and get to live happily ever after. This book was the same way. I would have liked to have seen more of the romance form between the two. The action scenes of this book are so good I don't really miss the emotional romance angle to the book.
Handsome as sin and wild as the western wind.
That's the Corbett brothers for you, and Shane's no exception. No way is he settling down just because of some ridiculous marriage pact especially not with a cowgirl from smalltown Whitehorse who seems so young and naive. At least that's what this hardened lawman keeps insisting.
But when Maddie Cavanaugh is kidnapped and drawn into a world of violent greed and despair, Shane jumps into action. While he has no trouble subduing her captors, resisting the force of Maddie's charm is harder than he could've imagined, and it seems as if stubborn Shane may be the first of the Corbett boys to surrender his bachelorhood.