Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Robby Riverton was making a name for himself on the New York stage, until he witnesses a murder one night and before he knows it, he’s in a wagon train heading out west. One thing leads to another, and before too long, Robby is masquerading as Miss Rowena Fairchild and is headed to the Crabtree Ranch to wed Clovis Crabtree. And the handsome Sheriff who saved Rowena’s life in Santa Fe from the gangsters from New York who had followed Robby? Turns out he’s Trace Crabtree, Clovis’ brother.

What follows is a sweet, funny tale of an actor playing the role of a lifetime. As Rowena, he befriends the entire Crabtree family, teaches them some manners, bonds with his “sisters-in-law-to-be”, learns the deep dark secret of the Crabtree family, and shows Pa-Pa Crabtree that he’s not jes a purdy gal – by golly, he’s got gumption!

As Robby Riverton, he and Trace soon learn they share the same inclinations and before too long, they share steamy sexy nights in the bunkhouse or the cabin by the river, while waiting for the danger to pass.

Eli Easton has created some wonderful characters here – in particular, the entire Crabtree family who are wonderfully fleshed out. Robby is a great character – honest and kind and forthright about the kind of life he wants to share with Trace. The epilogue is a lovely insight into their HEA and the book is a sweet peach of a book and a delight to read! 4.5 stars.

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A sweet peach of a book and a delight to read!

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader