The Soldier's Email Order Bride by Cora Seton
Series: Heroes of Chance Creek #2
Genres: Military Romance
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?
We are back in Chance Creek with the Hal brothers and it’s Austin’s turn to find a bride. Austin tweaks his ad and plainly says what he is looking for. Which is NOT a happily ever after! He is looking for a wife for a year plain and simple because he has more than enough baggage to deal with. What he gets is, Ella, a Hollywood actress looking to lay low and has more than enough of her own baggage.
I will say that Austin was my least favorite brother of the group. Yes he has some baggage and I can understand that but there are times when he doesn’t treat Ella as well as she deserves. He keeps saying they shouldn’t be together yet every time you turn around they are having sex then he walks off. He deals with the pangs of first love gone wrong and with the death of friends while he was overseas. Not to mention the young boy who keeps hanging around and boy does he have a shocker to tell. However he does get a chance to read a list that Ella has made and it makes him think.
As he stripped down,she turned away quickly and he bit back a smile. If he was a gentleman he would leave on his boxers, but he wasn’t a gentleman, and ever since he’d seen his name on her list he’d been tingling with the knowledge that she ranked him right up there with fresh air, horses, and children.
Ella is a great heroine in my opinion. She has gotten out of the rat race that is Hollywood due to a scandal and just wants to disappear. She finds that in Chance Creek with Austin. Although I think she falls for him much sooner than he does her and she is willing to help him since it helps her as well. I was a little uneasy about the having a spare heir way of thinking baby wise but it is what it is.