Giveaway + Excerpt + Review: The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek) by Cora Seton

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Ethan Cruz should be mending fences on his Montana ranch, but instead he’s driving to the Chance Creek, Montana, airport – to pick up the bride he didn’t know he had. This latest salvo in his ongoing practical joke battle with his best friend, Rob Matheson, has gone too far, and Ethan plans to send his “bride” right back home, then get busy plotting his revenge. One look at Autumn Leeds changes his mind, however. Perhaps he needs a bride, after all. A breathtakingly beautiful city bride.

Autumn Leeds needs a story – fast – or she’s going to lose her lucrative contract with CityPretty Magazine, so when she sees the crazy video plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century. Making a video of her own, she casts herself as the perfect mail-order bride for a rancher, but when she finally reaches Montana, she’s surprised to find Ethan’s the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm’s length disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can’t keep playing this game – he has to come clean with Autumn and tell her the truth; about the practical joke and about the state of his ranch. He’s about to lose it all because of the debts his mother racked up before his parents’ deaths. Now his sister, Claire, wants to sell the ranch and collect what little money they can. He’ll be out of a home and a job, and in no shape to support the bride he desperately wants to marry, after all.

Autumn’s in bigger trouble than ever. Not only has she fallen in love with the subject of her expose – she might be carrying his child. If she doesn’t write this article and secure her contract for another year, she’ll lose everything – her career, her apartment, and more importantly, her family’s approval. The only alternative is to stay and marry Ethan. But how can she trust a man she’s just met when she knows too well that men always let you down?

Can a love based on lies last?
Love based on lies can't last, so while Ethan and Autumn each have their hidden motives and secrets, it isn't stopping them from falling in love. And when you've been lying to each other for a while, it gets harder to tell the truth, because they are afraid to lose each other.

They both haven't had the easy life, while Autumn has been raised by the motion of all men are evil and none can be trusted, Ethan has learned it the hard way that when the times get tough the women get going. So they are more similar than they first realize. They will need to put aside their mistrust and learn to trust each other if they want a chance at making it work.

The Cowboy's E-mail Order Bride starts of with an original idea, but in the end there weren't any really big surprises. Still it's a very fun and fast read with lovable characters, some fun jokes, great scenery (and I'm not just talking about nature) and a happy ending. I probably am going to read all the other upcoming books in this serie. Also this type of book is preferably read while you're lying in your backyard enjoying some sunshine. 

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She glanced up at Ethan to find him glancing down, and the warm feeling curved around her insides again. Surely New York men couldn’t be shorter than this crew, or any less manly, but she couldn’t remember the last time she’d been around so much blatant testosterone. She must be ovulating. Why else would she react like this to a perfect stranger?

Ethan touched her arm. “This way.” She followed him down the hall, the others falling into place behind them like a cowboy entourage. She stifled a sudden laugh at the absurdity of it all, slipped her hand into her purse and grabbed her digital camera, capturing the scene with a few clicks. Had this man – this…cowboy – sat down and planned out the video he’d made? She tried to picture Ethan bending over a desk and carefully writing out “Sweet. Good cook. Ready for children.”

She blew out a breath and wondered if she was the only one stifling in this sudden heat. Ready for children? Hardly. Still…if she was going to make babies with anyone…

Shaking her head to dispel that dangerous image, she found herself at the airport’s single baggage carousel. It was just shuddering to life and within moments she pointed out first one, then another sleek, black suitcase. Ethan took them both, began to move toward the door and then faltered to a stop. He avoided her gaze, focusing on something far beyond her shoulder. “It’s just…I wasn’t….”

Oh God, Autumn thought, a sudden chill racing down her spine. Her stomach lurched and she raised a hand as if to ward off his words. She hadn’t even considered this.

He’d taken one look and decided to send her back.

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  1. Thanks for being honest and sharing your true opinion. There are a lot of books out there that are just Okay...good if you need a quick distraction. Sounds like this may be one of those.

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  2. Thanks for the honest review, it sounds the perfect summer read, nothing earth shattering, just a fun, enjoyable story with a happy ending ( I hope)

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  3. Fun excerpt and fun giveaway!
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