Review: The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek #3) by Cora Seton

If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family’s ranch, he’ll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle—and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit—at least in her e-mails. She wants the same thing he does: a temporary marriage to secure an inheritance. But when Zane meets Kenna, she’s nothing like he expects, and Zane finds himself changing his priorities, fast.

If Storm Willow wants to save her family’s seaside cottage, she’ll have to keep her boss happy—which means taking Kenna’s place and marrying Zane when Kenna is detained out of the country. As long as Storm acts her part, no one will know that she’s an imposter. But when she falls for the handsome Marine, Storm begins to wonder if holding onto the cottage is worth giving up on love.

Can a fake marriage lead to real happiness? Or is disaster just a heartbeat away?

By now you kind of now how the story goes. Man seeks woman to marry, though not really, but in the end they fall in love and live happily ever after. To me this is not a spoiler, as the plot has been told over and over again in this series. Still I very much enjoyed reading this book.

Zane takes things a bit further than his brothers though. He actually has a contract with a woman who's in the same predicament as him. Kenna needs a husband for a year and he needs a wife for a year. Things turn out quite different when Kenna is stuck abroad, and she requests her assistant Storm to take her place. Now usually this is way above her pay grade, but when Kenna offers a big bonus Storm accepts the role of bride.

What she didn't expect was her attraction towards Zane, and neither did he expect to feel so intense about her. They hit it off really well, and things develop between them at super speed. No hesitation, just full on ahead. This makes Zane wonder if he won't be able to change her mind to stay longer, maybe even permanent. What he doesn't know of course is that Storm is not Kenna, and Storm doesn't know how to tell him.

So certainly plenty of drama, sexy scenes and some humor. The plot line isn't original, but still an entertaining read. I really liked the chemistry between Zane and Storm. She's actually such a sweet girl, with not a bad bone in her body. To do this, is quite out of character for her, though her intentions were never bad. She did this, because the money would help her family. When things exploded, she stood her ground, no matter how difficult. Zane, like his brothers, is used to getting his way. He doesn't deal well with the lie, but he can not deny his feelings for Storm.

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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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