Friday, July 13, 2018

Taming the Rancher:Mail Order Bride (Brides & Twins #2), by Natalie Dean

Natalie Dean, September 2017

Bonnie Yankovich, determined not to marry a many who made his living in the dangerous and filthy coal mines, takes the risk of agreeing to be a mail-order bride. She travels from Pittsburgh to Mesquite, Texas to marry Zachary Taylor Kennesaw, a rancher.

When she gets off the stagecoach, she discovers her husband to be, in front of the general store, waiting for her. He has no hat and no shirt, and for the moment no horse, having lost them all in a poker game. But he's handsome and charming, happy to meet her, and not concerned about the losses.

He also has an identical twin brother, William Henry Harrison Kennesaw, with a much quieter, more serious personality--and still in mourning for girl he'd intended to marry, before she died unexpectedly.

At the Kennesaw ranch, she meets the twins' grandmother, Eldora Kennesaw, who raised the boys after her husband and her son both died in the Civil War, quickly followed by her daughter-in-law, giving birth to the twins.

Eldora is a formidable woman.

With the wedding schedule for a a few weeks later, Bonnie has time to get to know her husband and his family, and life on the ranch. She likes him. She really likes him. But there's the gambling, apparently kept within bounds he can afford, but still a concern.

And his friend, Linc Duffy, is trying to convince Zachary that marriage will shackle him in chains and do away with all the fun life.

Bonnie and Zachary have a lot to learn about each other. Fortunately, they're likable people, and it's fun watching them do so. This is another enjoyable, light romance.

I bought this book.