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?
My ReviewThis was my first Vanessa Vale book and I admit, the first title I saw for this was a little risque but it's different from my norm, which is why I wanted to read it. This book had an interesting story line and LOTS of hot, sexy scenes. The setting is 1885 Texas and Colorado. Celia sees something she shouldn't and loses her husband. Now, she wants to run away from everything and start over. What better way than to be a mail order bride? (If this was the outcome, maybe it's not such a bad deal! haha) She has nothing to lose and has no idea what her husband looks like, only knows he will have a Bible in his hands. Both Celia and Luke are immediately attracted to each other. She sees Walker but doesn't really notice him until later. Both men take care of her and are attentive to her needs. First off, she needs winter clothes. But both men are willing to warm her up. It was a different concept than most books I read, but the men were sweet and dominating and looked out for Celia. What they did behind closed doors didn't hurt anybody and it was no one else's business but theirs. They had to learn how to live this new life but it worked for them. If you're looking for a hot, sexy read this one will definitely do! It was a fast read for me and I couldn't put it down.
About Vanessa Vale
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.