Title: The Stolen Suitor (Dreamspun Desires #3)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 1st, 2016
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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?
Come on, admit it. You’ve secretly watched soap operas or the more modern equivalent of Lifetime movies with great satisfaction. No? Maybe I’m just projecting. I haven’t read anything else from the Dreamspun Series, but Eli Easton’s contribution to it was just what I needed. Like cuddling on a couch on a cold winter day with the lights dimmed and warm blankets and the cheesiest fluffiest movie ever playing on TV. This is the mood that this book put me in and I absolutely loved it!
The premise is ridiculous –a mother putting her two sons up to seducing the widow with the 4 year-old kid and her best gay friend respectively so they can “climb the social ladder” so to speak. But. The story is woven like a fairy tale. Simple, yes, but sweet and emotional at just the right amount. Jeremy is supposed to seduce Chris, which he does, and the slow-burn is just delicious. I honestly don’t have the energy to get into the plot because there are so many characters and so many plot developments, that it’s best to just get on with it and read it for yourself. I will say that the more I read the more consumed by the drama I got –always low-angst, fear not.
I do have a complaint though. It’s becoming a pattern with this author to have multiple POVs in her books. And I mean at least 4-5. In this particular story it actually worked because while the main couple of interest was Jeremy and Chris, there were side characters who got big parts in the plot. But come on. I don’t want to count but do we really need to be in the heads of sooooo many people?
The romance itself was more of the sweet and tender variety than explosive and raunchy but there were some memorably hot moments. The finale was uber angsty and action packed, culminating to HEAs for everyone involved. And I mean EVERYONE. Can’t go wrong with this one, man, can’t go wrong.