Saturday, October 5, 2013

Montana Bride by Joan Johnston + Featured Freebie

Montana Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel
Release date: January 27, 2014
Publisher: Random House: Dell
Genre: Historical (Old West) Romance
Series: Mail-Order Brides #3


When Karl Norwood’s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she’s going to pretend to be all the things she isn’t—including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she’s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child.

Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn’t object—until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying . . . about everything. Can a woman forced to keep secrets and a man hindered by distrust ever hope to find happily ever after in each other’s arms?

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Another lovely book in this series! Montana Bride was a wonderful historical romance. It was sweet, steamy, and a truly enjoyable read.

Hetty was a great heroine. She starts of the book as kind of shallow and selfish and rather immature. But, as the book goes on, she matures and it was great watching her grow up from a flighty girl to a strong woman. I had only one issue with her, and the book in general. For about the first half, she was kind of mean to Karl. As I said, she starts off the book as very shallow and, since Karl is plain looking, she judges him badly for his average looks. Not only that, but she decides to have a good opinion of Karl's friend because he is good looking, even though he acts like a jerk, while Karl is never anything but sweet to her. Because Hetty grew out of that and redeemed herself when she finally sees past Karl's plain appearance to the wonderful man underneath, it didn't bother me too much. But, it was an annoyance. Regardless, I still liked her character. She might have started out irritating, but she ended up being a strong, fierce, likable heroine.

Karl was absolutely lovely. He was so sweet and strong and determined to be a good man. He's always been cast as second best because of his handsome brother and handsome friend, but, rather than making him bitter, it makes him determined to prove himself. And, he did. He was sweet and wonderful and I totally adored him.

The romance was perfect, both sweet and steamy. Hetty and Karl were adorable together. I really liked the progression of their relationship, how they gradually fell in love. And, there is no denying the chemistry between these two. I thought they were great together.

The other characters in the book were wonderfully done.
Grace and Griffin, the two children that Hetty takes in, were awesome characters. They both had their own stories and were just fun to read about. They were both so strong and protective of each other. I loved that Grace had her own little romance that was just so sweet. And Griffin was fun to read about, with his crazy antics and determination to protect his loved ones. I totally adored these two.

Karl's "friend" was a character that was easy to hate. He might play the part of charming and nice, but he is definitely not. Selfish, greedy, and uncaring of others, he was just awful. And, I liked how the author made him. How she dropped hints about his true nature and it kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to yell at Hetty and Karl to see the truth about him. He was a wonderfully hateful character.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were definitely some secrets and surprises. I really enjoyed the story and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Montana Bride was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was absolutely wonderful! To those who want a great western romance to read, this book is one you'll want to check out. 

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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