Title: The Stolen Suitor (Dreamspun Desires #3)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreampsinner Press
Release Date: February 1st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 270 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 stars out of 5
His future was set until a thief stole his heart.
All of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, knows local dandy Chris Ramsey will marry Trix Stubben, young widow and heir to the richest ranch in the area. But one woman isn’t too keen on the idea. Mabe Crassen wants to get her hands on that ranch, so she sets her older son to court Trix, and her younger son, Jeremy, to distract Chris and lure him astray.
Jeremy Crassen thinks his mother’s scheme is crazy. But he wants desperately to go off to college, which Mabe will agree to—if he seduces Chris. How will shy, virginal, secretly gay Jeremy attract Chris, who seems determined to do the right thing and marry Trix? Jeremy can’t compete with a rich female widow. Or can he?
Part of Dreampspinner’s new Dreamspun Desires series, Eli Easton offers a sweet long-angst romance to warm up your nights.
Fun fact: For fans of Easton, this romance is actually set in the same small town as her 2013 novel, A Prairie Dog’s Love Song, idyllic Clyde’s Corner, and it’s nice getting to see Ben Rivers and Joshua Braintree are still living their HEA.
The premise, and plan, is simple: now that Trix Stubben’s a widow, she, and her successful ranch, are ripe for the plucking. Mabe Crassen is determined her twenty-four year old son Eric will be the boy to marry Trix in order to get his hands on her ranch. The only thing, in Mabe’s mind, standing in the way is Chris Ramsey, the mercantile owner’s son who’s been seeing Trix and is rumored to be getting ready to ask her to marry him. But Mabe knows Chris likes girls and boys so she gets her twenty-year old son, Jeremy, to seduce Chris. Jeremy doesn’t like the reasons behind the plan, but he sure does like the idea of being with Chris so he goes along with it. Mainly because getting Eric to marry Trix would mean getting his Ma and Eric set up so Jeremy can leave Clyde’s Corner behind and finally go to college.
This one took me three tries to get into it, which is pretty unusual for an Easton story. I’ll admit the set-up bored me a little, but once it got into the groove it was on like Donkey-Kong. It delivers a sweet, hot, low-angst, romance that’s all about the happily-ever-after.