Review: The Soldier's E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek #2) by Cora Seton

Staff Sergeant Austin Hall has a brilliant record in the Special Forces—except for one disastrous decision that cost his best friend’s life. Now he’s heading home to Chance Creek, Montana, where he’d like to spend the rest of his days in the obscurity of his family’s ranch. Too bad Great Aunt Heloise won’t hand the ranch over unless all four of the Hall brothers marry and one of them produces an heir within the year. Austin is too broken to marry for love, so he places an online ad for a fake wife. What could possibly go wrong?

Ella needs to leave Hollywood—fast. It’s bad enough another actress stole her fiancé—on national television. Now she’s ruined her comeback by decking her ex on a morning talk show. Pursued by paparazzi, Ella needs a new life, a new name and someplace to hide. When she reads Austin’s ad for a stand-in wife, she knows she can act this part perfectly. To the rest of the residents of Chance Creek, they'll be a happily married couple. In private, they’ll just be roommates. In a year when she'd old news and the Hall brothers secure the ranch, she and Austin will quietly divorce and she’ll go on her way.

Or will she?

Austin’s already finding it hard to remember his promise never to love again. Ella’s finding it hard to keep her hands to herself. But when they're asked make a back-up baby, Ella realizes she may have stepped into a lifetime role.

Can this pretend marriage go the distance?

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

One brother down, three more to go. Austin is returning home, but he's definitely not the same boy who left. A classic case of survivor's guilt, Austin believes he's made a mistake and therefore he does not deserve any happiness. So finding a woman to love and marry is not going to work for him. He sends out his own wanted ad, stating clearly that he needs someone to play his wife. It would be strictly business and after a year they would get a divorce.

Now Ella is one of America's favourite actresses, but she recently got dumped on live television a week before she was to get married. She feels totally humiliated and needs to escape from the paparazzi until this whole thing blows over. Thanks to a message by her agent she stumbles upon Austin's message. Playing someone's wife for a year somewhere on a farm in Montana, seems like the perfect place to hide out. I didn't say it was the smartest.

Austin might not recognize her at first, but it's not long before it seems that the whole town knows about Ella's whereabouts. Things get more complicated when Austin and Ella are supposed to get a back up baby, bringing their no sex rule very much in danger. Honestly things between them are very hot and heavy. Ella is adapting to her role way better than expected and could see her fitting in permanently, though convincing Austin of that won't be so easy.

While these are fun and easy reads, there definitely is more to the story. Ella and Austin's personal problems add some depth which I appreciate very much. You still know how it is going to end, but there were some interesting surprises on their road to happiness.  

The Heroes of Chance Creek - Reading order and purchase links
*All books can be read as a standalone*


The Author
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle eight years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.

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