A Wanton Woman: Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs by Vanessa Vale
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
Celia Lawrence can't show her face in her conservative, small town. First, she discovered her husband in bed with another man's wife, and then she witnessed both their murders. While she didn't pull the trigger, small town gossip is not forgiving and everywhere she goes she is chastised for not being woman enough to keep her straying husband at home. Eager to flee her old life, Celia heads to Colorado as a mail-order bride.
As mayor of Slate Springs, Colorado, Luke Benson is expected to set the example. Their small town is hidden away in a remote mountainous region where few women have the courage or desire to tread. As mayor, it falls to him to test out their newly passed law and share a wife with his brother. The truth is, Luke has no interest in a woman of his own, and agrees to a mail-order bride out of duty, not anticipation.
His brother, Walker, is jaded and hard after the death of his first wife and unborn child. For Walker, loving again is out of the question. But a man has needs, and he'll eagerly take his pleasure from their new bride while expecting Luke to provide the tenderness and caring a woman expects.
A marriage based on everything but love should be doomed. But Celia, Luke and Walker discover one thing they have in common: desire. Will that be strong enough to survive the danger that follows Celia from Texas? Will desire be strong enough to teach the three that sometimes you have to risk everything for love?
I will start off with this, if you like menage stories that are M/F/M, this is the book for you!
Celia Lawrence not only caught her husband in bed with someone else, but she witnessed his murder. The small town she lived in basically judged her for it all, and found her guilty. Deciding to leave and become a mail order bride will be an adventure, and she just might find the best thing she's ever experienced.
Slate Springs, CO is small...so small that a law was passed that two men can marry the same woman. As mayor, Luke Benson feels duty bound to be the first to follow through. His brother, Walker is the other man. Neither are looking for love, and Walker refuses to open his heart after losing his first wife in childbirth. However, Celia may be able to heal past hurts and give them both what they are missing in life. Will they open their hearts to her? Will this "experiment" work? They need to work it out before the danger that surrounds them rips her away.
The bedroom scenes were scorching, the love was sweet, and it has a HEA. I really liked this book. I think Walker is my favorite brother, but he barely inches out Luke. The characters are written well, the story for the most part is a page turner - there were a few times I thought it dragged or rushed, but those were few and far between. The book was really good and I highly recommend it. One click it today.
Who doesn't love the romance of the old West? USA Today Bestselling author Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. They're deliciously naughty reads that sometimes push the boundaries of fantasy. It's pure escapism with quite a few very hot, very alpha cowboys.
When she's not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She considers herself to be remarkably normal, exceedingly introverted and fairly vanilla, which does not explain her steamy stories and her fascination with cowboys, preferably more than one at a time.
She lives in the Wild Wild West where there's an endless source of 'research' material.