Title: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Genre(s): M/M historical
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Being a fugitive in the old west shouldn’t be this much fun.
The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run–all the way to Santa Fe. When he still hasn’t ditched his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters that want to kill him, and the crazy, uncouth family of his “intended”, Robby’s only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is — and can’t resist him.
Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up. Disguised as a woman. And betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complication enough, Trace had to find the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch, and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.
Damn, what a kerfuffle. If only Trace can get rid of the fugitive while hanging on to his own stupid heart.
Can I first express how much I love this cover? It really captures the atmosphere of the book.
I loved the fact that this played out in the wild west and while I’m normally not a fan of historicals, I’ll gladly make an exception for the rugged wild wild west!
Robby is well on his way to become a famous actor. That is until he sees a known criminal murder a man in cold blood one night. Now Robby curses the posters of him all over town with the play he features in. It’s impossible the men didn’t recognize him. He has no choice but to run.
On the wagon train he meets a woman who is supposed to meet her future husband in a town called Flat Bottom. When the woman meets her one true love on the train, Robby decides to take her place as a mail-order bride to escape the men who are looking for him.
Trace is the sheriff of Flat Bottom and when he sees a woman being harassed, he comes to her rescue. When this woman tells him she is the mail-order bride of one Clovis Crabtree, Travis decides to escort her to the family home himself. But some things don’t add up when Trace takes a closer look at the ‘woman’…..
I really liked this. Robby was such a spitfire, he was amazing. And Trace was a regular big bad alpha dude with a heart of gold.
But what really stood out to me in this was how much I loved the fact that Eli Easton made me believe something about the Crabtrees that turned out to be totally wrong. I was fully prepared for Robby to spend time with a hateful, abusive family, but that wasn’t true at all. I ended up loving all of them.
I do have to admit that I wanted a little more out of the romance. I wanted a little more page time with just Robby and Trace. But that was only a minor niggle, since I loved the rest of the characters so much, it wasn’t a hardship to spend more time with them.
These guys were great together and I loved that there wasn’t a lot of angst about the fact that they were both men in a time that being gay was not acceptable. I liked how they ‘solved’ that issue. I was so happy we got an epilogue where we could see their HEA for ourselves.