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When Susannah Smith's father bequeathed his ranch to her, it was under one condition: She must be married. For Virginia City's fallen woman, finding a man to marry is no easy feat. The men in town who seek to court the hot-tempered, unwed mother are sluggards and drunks, not the kind of men capable of running a ranch. Desperate to find a suitable husband or else lose everything, she expands her search by listing an ad in the paper.
When the two meet, Adam's commanding presence makes a startling but good impression on Susannah. The attraction between them is undeniable, but that is soon followed by wariness. Susannah had planned to marry a man who would do her bidding, not take over everything. It's her ranch, after all! Equally befuddled, Adam thought he'd be marrying a woman who knows her place, not a temperamental brat who could benefit from some time over his knee.
Susannah feels outraged by Adam's authoritative ways, but his dominant handling in the bedroom leaves her trembling with desire. Will she learn to accept his firm leadership and expectations? And will Adam grow to love the woman who differs so drastically from the kind of wife he thought he wanted?
Warning: Handling Susannah is a historical western romance containing sexual scenes and domestic discipline, including punishment spanking. If these themes offend you, please don't buy this audiobook.
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By PATRICIA on 06-23-17
What a sweet and spanking fun historical western! Amelia Smarts does it again with her load able characters and original themes. I have read many mail order bride books, but this mail order groom book had me hooked from the beginning. Adam comes to the suck of Susannah in so many ways. Without giving the story away, we see Adam come in and literally turn Susannah's life around from bratty woman to humble wife. She has a lot of growing to do and Adam is able to help her through her dilemmas. I have to say, I always a cringe a little when the dominant cowboy comes in with the first spanking, but these heroes that Amelia Smarts creates always are such tender men you can't help but fall in love with them. Adam really encompasses so many wonderful qualities and tames his new wife, but I have to say the breakout scenes were the ones between Adam and Caleb. When a rough and tough character like Adam can relate to a small boy like Caleb, you know you have a swoon worthy man.
Ken Solin is the narrator of this fun-loving book. I love his western twang and his slow paced drawl is just how I picture the old west. Perfect for Amelia's books.
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By Nina DuBois on 01-18-18
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.
I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. Anything with mail-order bride/groom attached ro it makes me cringe, but I'm glad I gave this book a try.
I really liked Adam's character. He did not hold back and had no problems expressing his thoughts and disappointments. When he leaves his own ranch behind to answer Susannah's marriage proposal he's unhappy to discover her trickery when he finds he has to basically audition with 2 other men for her hand in marriage. Despite Susannah wanting a man she can control, she ends up with a man who has no problem taking charge and doesn't hesitate to put her in her place. Susannah gets a reality check when her spoiled behavior that her father enabled in her will no longer be tolerated by her new husband.
I seriously loved how Adam took control and had no problems bending Susannah over his knee to punish her for her childish behavior. But more than that I loved how they wanted their marriage to work and the sexual chemistry was very hot.
The narration was really good and made this book that much more enjoyable.