I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Texas Bride by Joan Johnston
Also in this series: Wyoming Bride, Blackthorne's Bride
Series: Mail Order Brides #1
Published by Dell on March 27th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
He May Be Her Only Hope.She May Be His Last Chance
Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?
Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn't count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn't count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.
Miranda, with her five brothers and sister after losing their parents, have been stuck in a orphanage, under horrid conditions and so when they find a ad in the newspaper for a mail order bride, Miranda knows this is her way out to save her siblings, now that she is eighteen and about to be kicked out, and does the only sensible choice and goes all the way to Texas with her two brothers, only her future husband has no idea about her situation or the brothers she is bringing along with her. Jake, having lost his wife and their child in childbirth, he knows he will never love another like his late wife, but he is desperate for a wife and a mother to his daughter, and so he puts an ad in the paper for a wife, and now that he is married he is shocked to find out that she is not only very beautiful….but has brought along her two younger brothers with her, and even though he is determined to never make love to her, she fills his senses like none other and soon he craves her touch and doesn’t know how long he can stand not touching her especially when Miranda is so determined to consumate their marriage, he has no real chance and he finds a real passion in her arms…..
The Hero (Jake Creed)
Jake, desperate to save himself from getting ruined from his nemesis Blackthorne, he also must find a wife and a mother for his young daughter, so when he puts an ad in the paper, he never though he would get such a quick response, or that he would find her so desirable, but he knows he must stand his ground. He made a promise to himself that after he lost his first wife to childbirth he would never subject another woman to the same fate, but he never thought he would fall in love with Miranda and he never though he would let go of his promise just to spend one night in her arms….
The Heroine (Miranda Wentworth)
After Miranda lost both of her parents in a house fire, she being badly injured herself, ended up in the Chicago Orphanage with her two brothers and three sisters, and now that she is eighteen, she is about to be kicked out and seperated from her siblings, so they hatch a plan to get them all out of this place, however nothing ever goes as planned, but she finds that Jake is what she never expected in different ways but she is determined to seduce him if necessary to make him see the light.
Texas Bride is the ninth installment in the Bitter Creek series, but unlike the other books in the series, it is set in the 1800’s, and having read most of the books in this series, I was very excited to read this one, and especially when I read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to buy this one. Texas Bride, was a astounding read….and I just fell in love with both Miranda and Jake, both were the kind of characters that become deeply rooted. Both Jake and Miranda have gone through hardship in their lives, and only when they trust and love in each other are they able to heal and learn what it means to love. I just loved the conflict in the story on both sides, and it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time, but at the same time I was just soaking up all the juicy details and Joan Johnston has become my favorite author again….one of my favorite things about this book would be the story line and the intimate connection that develops pretty quickly between Jake and Miranda….Definitely worth buying and reading!!!! A Treasure Of A Read!!!
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Other Books In The Series
The Next Mrs. Blackthorne
A Strangers Game
Wyoming Bride (Coming Soon)
Montana Bride (Coming Soon)