Title: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Release Date: April 26th 2018
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Western
Page Count: 294 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
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 is finally doing well on the New York City stage. Having paid his dues he’s ready for his career to only get better. Unfortunately after he witnesses a high-profile murder by a famous, and infamous for killing off witnesses, crime boss Robby has no choice but to go on the run. When he’s pursued across the country it’s a twist of fate that allows him to disguise himself as the mail order bride of a New Mexico Territories rancher.
He only means to don the disguise for a day or two at most but, like everything about his flight from certain death, his intentions backfire and he finds himself stuck pretending to be a woman.
Years ago I used to really enjoy Julie Garwood, LaVyrle Spencer, and other’s historical western romances. I particularly enjoyed the mail order bride plot, so when I found out Eli Easton, one of my favorite M/M Romance writers, was writing one, but as a M/M, well I was all over this like a bear on honey.
I’m so glad Eli Easton decided to write this! Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is clever, fun, funny, sexy, and suspenseful. I loved that the dialogue and setting seemed authentic without it ever being too overly descriptive or boring. It’s reminded me just why I’ve always loved this genre/trope.
Personally I really hope this isn’t the last we get to see of Robby or the Crabtree family. If you’re looking for a captivating page turner I hope you check this out.