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?
The Soldier’s E-mail Order Bride is the second book in the Heroes of Chance Creek series, a sub-series within Cora Seton’s Chance Creek world. What I love about Chance Creek is you get to reconnect with past characters, because they quite often reappear as a new friend or family member. I do believe more people should be reading these books; I feel like they are a hidden gem.
You do not need to read the first book in this sub-series, The Navy SEAL’s E-mail Order Bride, in order to read The Soldier’s… The blub covers what you need to know. Each book is a stand-alone, but with obvious connections to each other. The “Heroes”, the Hall brothers, must marry in order to inherit their family ranch, and they’ve taken it upon themselves to use modern technology to help.
Austin Hall has been fighting for his country, but is having a tough time after a devastating loss. Not believing himself worthy of a nice future, he goes into the marriage deception thinking he can survive a year without attachment. Ella was Hollywood’s sweetheart, until her fiancé delivers a harsh blow in front of the world. Wanting to step out of the spotlight, she accepts Austin’s deal. What neither of them expects is the sizzling attraction they share. I enjoyed Austin and Ella, both as a couple and individually. They each had their flaws, but they were believable and were willing to put in the energy to work through their problems.
I found the secondary plot device to be executed perfectly. The characters involved had the right amount of heart and hatred. I loved how it will be connecting the future books deeper. My only complaint is not having the next books available to read yet, but I say that’s a positive attribute towards the author’s writing.
I’m a big fan of the Chance Creek books, and The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride has continued to build on my devotion. If you’re hesitant, Amazon offers a couple of the books for free. Test them out!
*I received The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via Negalley for my honest review.