When her parents died, Molly McGregor did what she needed to survive in New York City all alone. She took a job for a well-respected banker, but made a discovery that put her life in danger. Now, in 1882, she is fleeing New York for the western frontier. Molly makes the desperate decision to become a mail order bride in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. She doesn't hope for much, just that her new husband will be strong enough to protect her from the danger she fears will follow.
Ben King was too busy making his fortune in silver to worry about a wife or family. Now he's rich, well known, owns half the town of Tombstone, and is utterly alone. When his heart becomes entangled with his best friend's new wife, he decides drastic action is required and contracts a mail order bride. He requests someone plain, someone simple to warm his hearth and home, someone he can be sure won't rouse his passion or complicate his life. He's tired of fancy women chasing him for his money, and even more tired of hoping any woman could be different. He doesn't believe in true love, and doesn't want the complications that would come with it. He doesn't have time for complicated. He has an empire to run.
But Molly is a shock to his senses. She doesn't care about his money or his fame. All she wants from him is a safe haven, security, and a new last name. Ben tries to keep his heart out of danger, but danger seems to be Molly's middle name. When a rich and powerful enemy chases his beautiful new bride halfway across the country to extract vengeance, Ben discovers his heart is not nearly as cold as he'd hoped. Their passion fires hot, hot enough to kill...more than hot enough to burn them both.
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I liked Molly the best! She was strong, yet vulnerable and very loyal even though there were times I wanted to yell, "Run away!". She saw the good in Ben and was patient for him to see that he did not really want what he thought he wanted.
She did a great job with the different voices. I liked her in this one much better than the first book.
Love got away from Ben King with the last woman he had eyes for, but he needed heirs for his kingdom. His friend found true love and happiness with a mail-order-bride, so why couldn't Ben? Knowing that his heart would forever be someone else's, Ben still sends for a bride, hoping that she can handle a loveless marriage.
Molly needed an escape from a man she helped put in prison and was just released. She runs into the arms of the Baron of Tombstone, Arizona hoping that she would not only find protection but also find love.
Both have to learn to trust and let go of secrets that will only cause more pain and suffering in their fragile relationship. Can Ben learn to love another woman? Can Molly be honest and allow Ben to protect her? Can both learn what it means to give rather than take?
Cynthia delivers another wonderful book by focusing on one of the minor characters in Mail Order Doctor. The story kept me on my toes as Ben was a frustrating character for me because one momentI was rooting for him and the next I wanted to shoot him! Cynthia wrote a wonderful, complex journey Ben to discover what really mattered to him. I really liked who he became by the end. :) I hope there is a fourth book in the series! Maybe get a bride for Gil? ;) Great job, Cynthia!
The only caution I have for this book is that is "spicier" than the other two books if that is something that a reader is sensitive to.
This audible was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Baron book 3 The Brides of Tombstone
- Cecilia McNeil