When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity’s doorstep, he knows he can’t help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can’t bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail-order bride he’d been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.
Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She’s rough and tumble – and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she’ll have to betray her new husband. There’s only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister, or the man she loves.
Title: The Mail Order Bride’s Secret
Series: Outlaw Mail Order Brides #3
Author: Linda Broday
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Published: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
The Mail Order Bride’s Secret is the third title in the Outlaw Mail Order Brides series, and this couple’s romance is certainly not your typical mail-order bride situation – not by a long shot.
Do two wrongs ever make a right? Probably not under normal circumstances but Tait and Melanie find themselves in trouble deep from their beginning and it’s not about to get better until they take control of the truth and deal with it. Most of what you’ll need to know can be found in the cover description, and I really don’t want to get into the plot for I normally don’t anyway, and it plays out so much better if you experience it for yourself. It’s easiest to say that neither Tait nor Melanie had been honest with each other, both may have had good reasons for that but as events flow around them it’s so easy to see that this outlaw and this rebel really do fit together perfectly – they’re just going to have to deal with more than most couples bargain for before that happy ever after can come along.
If you’ve followed the series so far then you’ll find some old friends in The Mail Order Bride’s Secret. There are vile villains, nasty pieces of work to be dealt with, sizzle, laughter, adorable and mischievous children, and a couple who could be perfect for each other if their pasts can just get out of the way. I enjoyed myself back in this world, and although you could step into this series here I’d still recommend the earlier books for they are so good on their own and add more to the overall feel of this series. If you’re in the mood to watch two wrongs indeed make a lifetime right then pick up Melanie and Tait’s story now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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