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Series: Bachelors of Battle Creek #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 6, 2015
Genres: Cowboys, historical romance
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“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas
Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach and claims she’s his mail order bride. Brash and quick-witted, the meddling Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.
But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word, especially now that the demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear…
One bachelor, one small town and one special lady to take them on!
Someone has play matchmaker with Cooper and sent out for a mail bride. Now, he doesn’t know what to do with her. In fact, he is totally at loss with her. Delta Dandrigde is no wilting flower. When Cooper send her back home, she sticks around, and make a life for herself.
Texas Mail Order Bride is my type of story. It’s fun, sexy and romantic! Matchmakers prove once again, they are better than pairing than most, because the chemistry between Cooper and Delta is unbelievable, and their dance around each other really great to read.
I love both characters, in fact I love the entire bachelor group, I adore the small town, and Delta is one of the best heroines out there. She is so fun and so full of grit and ready to take on her problems. She is not at fault she ended up in this situation, and Cooper was no gentleman in the way he dealt with it from the beginning, but she turns around and get her on life on this little town.
This is my first book from Ms. Broday, but definitely not my last. I’m crazy to read about the other two bachelors.
You MAY read this because you enjoy a fun read; you SHOULD read this because you like western stories; but you MUST read this if you want to fall in love with characters and a small little town!
Delta covered the space between them so quickly Bandit scurried for safer territory. She glared up into eyes that reminded her of a cold winter’s day. “I can’t believe this. You have a lot of gall, Mr. Thorne. The way I see it, you gave up your right to meddle in my affairs when you told me in no uncertain terms that you weren’t looking for a wife. Therefore, what I do is none of your concern. If I want to—”
“Do what?” Cooper brushed her cheek with a fingertip. “Women like you won’t throw your reputation to the wind. You want it all or nothing.”
She glared. “You’re awfully sure of yourself.”
“I know more than you think.” His words were soft. “I see the yearning for permanence in your eyes. Dear God, you’re a difficult woman to forget.”
Cooper tugged her against his lean body, lowered his head, and pressed his sensual lips firmly on hers. The long kiss held passion and promise and warmth. Delta’s breath got caught somewhere between the need for more and wishing she’d stayed in town, far away from men who indulged in contradictory behavior.
Her knees grew weak and she clutched the shirt covering his broad chest to keep from falling as the world tilted on its axis.
As the kiss deepened, their breaths mingled in a heated flurry while blood pounded in her ears. She heard a low moan and realized it came from her. Strange how it sounded so very far away.
Her stomach whirled and dipped as though she’d fallen from a great height. Tingles raced up her spine in some kind of mindless confusion. The anger that had propelled her into dangerous territory melted away and left a strange desire in its wake. Before she could unclench her hands from his shirt to take a step back, he released her.
The kiss ended suddenly, leaving her wanting more.
Cooper’s sinful half smile turned her knees to jelly. “And that, Miss Delta, is how we do things here in Texas.”
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