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The Bridegroom (Stone Creek #5)

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Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro is renowned for stopping outlaws almost before they commit a crime. But now he must stop a wedding --- despite the bride's resistance. Lydia Fairmont will lose everything if she doesn't honor her betrothal to a heartless banker. Unless she marries someone else instead ... whether it's a love match or not.

Determined to honor his own decade-old
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by HQN (first published 2009)
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Rane
Aug 22, 2009 Rane rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Gideon Yarbro is an undercover agent on leave as he’s hired to investigate talks of a strike at a local copper mine, but before he can get started he gets a sudden letter from a girl he knew many years ago, with promise that if anything should happen, just to send for him and he’ll be there.
Lydia Fairmont is about to lose everything and with two aunts to worry about Lydia is forcing herself to marry the local rich man in order to save her and her aunt’s home, but when Gideon shows up, she tri
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jenjn79
Aug 22, 2009 jenjn79 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I think this book has ended up being my least favorite of the Stone Creek series so far. Not that I didn't like it. It was still a fairly good, very readable book, but I just didn't like it as much as some of the past books.

Series Note: this is the 5th book in the Stone Creek series, and 4 of which are historical western romances. This book may be able to be read alone, but there are a lot of continuing characters and references to past events. If you want to understand all that,
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Mareli
Aug 30, 2015 Mareli rated it liked it
when both hero and heroine are boooooooring, the story is boring :(
They were too goody-tto-shoes both of them. The rest was good.

The whole series, Stone Creek, has been a bit boring but this one wins the prize ;)
Wendy
I have enjoyed all of the Stone Creek series, this one is definately included. Gideon Yarbro is now all grown up and returning to Stone Creek to pose as a miner in the local mine to prevent a strike, but on his way home he stops in Pheonix and ends up preventing Lydia from getting married to the wrong man. To save her reputation he marry's her and while they get used to each other, and solve some mysteries, they find love as well. I love the way LLM writes and her characters. I give this one 5 o ...more
Sandy M
Jul 27, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, historical
You know, I always love a good western romance. There’s a few authors out there I’d read no matter what in this genre. But Linda Lael Miller has lately gone that extra step and also given me brothers in her westerns. I love reading about brothers. Not sure exactly why. Guess maybe it’s because I don’t have any. But my first westerns by Ms. Miller were her initial McKettrick books and I loved those. Then I read her Creed brothers and enjoyed them just as much. I’m obviously a little behind in the ...more
M
Dec 17, 2011 M rated it it was amazing
Excellent old west read. Youngest brother Gideon Yarbro receives the plea for help in the form of a letter (written a decade earlier) from Lydia. As a child Lydia had Gideon write the letter for her and address it,as a security that if she ever needed help she could send it to him and he would come right away to save her. Lydia lives with her aged aunts and the bank is about to take the deed to their home. All that stands between them and the poor house is Jacob Fitch--an ugly, hulking, selfish, ...more
Julie Morales
Apr 18, 2016 Julie Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Lydia left Stone Creek as a child with her aunt when her father died. Before she left, Gideon, then 16, wrote a letter she could mail if she was ever scared and needed his help. She was 8 then. After all these years, she kept that letter...and then she mailed it.
A wedding would take place the next day at 2. She was marrying for convenience and nothing else. They were about to lose the house where she lived with two of her great-aunts. The aunts had been through so much already, an
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Ashley
Feb 11, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Great great book! I loved that the author Incorporated Wyatt and rowdy <3 and even Owen and his wife. All the families in fact! I think the only downfall I have was the idea of Gideon working for the mining company was honestly boring and didn't have much going on that was suspenseful or interesting. It wasn't until Jacob Fitch hired someone to kill Gideon the story of him meeting up with the company man for the mining company then became suspenseful because he ended up getting hurt. I loved ...more
Patricia Atkinson
Apr 29, 2016 Patricia Atkinson rated it really liked it
Gideon yarbro is an undercover agent who gets a letter he wrote years ago for Lydia Fairmont that if she ever really needed his help to send the letter and he would be there.lydia is set to marry a man she doesn't love but when she marrys him he will pay off the mortgage on her family home.the day before her wedding Gideon shows up the day of her wedding he goes in and throws her over his shoulder and takes off with her and her 2 aunts and house keeper and head for stone creek.her intended groom ...more
TJ
Jan 07, 2011 TJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: western
Not bad, just run-of-the-mill. Miller's same stock story only the names have been changed. Man, that covers worth the price, though :D
Shubha
Dec 22, 2015 Shubha rated it it was ok
It is a very straight forward and predictable,and that is why I gave it 2 stars!

Just one talk with his brother and Gideon changes(really? Is that all it took?)...very lame story. Gideon was an undercover miner,but all the miners knew his name, about his family....not a good detective or bad story?

Gideon and Lydia's relationship was only sexual.I enjoy build up of friendship,trust and love in romance stories,but theirs was just sexual and perhaps love at 1st site!

I am never going read a book fro
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When I saw the synopsis for The Bridegroom I couldn’t wait to start reading; romance, the promise of action, and the southern setting all made for a novel I was sure I was going to enjoy. However, even though I didn’t really dislike this novel at all I sat down to write this review feeling like I didn’t really have much to say. Sure it was entertaining, and yeah I liked it, but in the end it was a read and forget kind of novel, n
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Laura
Oct 05, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

The 5th in the Stone Creek Series - the 4th of the historicals in the series (The 4th book in the series, A Stone Creek Christmas is a contemporary).

Sixteen-year-old Gideon Yarbro (then known as Rhodes) made a promise to 8-year-old Lydia Fairmont--if she ever needed him, all she had to do was send a letter and he would be there to help. He even wrote the letter out for her.

Ten years later when the letter arrives in Gideon's mailbox, he keeps his promise and "rescues" Lydia. She is bet
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Mardel
Jul 28, 2009 Mardel rated it really liked it
The Bridegroom is a sweet romance novel with happily-ever-after ending. This is definitely a romance that follows a formula. You have the creepy not so attractive man taking advantage of a young woman's vulnerabiltiy and financial troubles; you have the handsome hero with pain in the past that holds him back from giving in to love; there's a bit of danger; and there is a happily-ever-after, with a fairy-tale ending. However, the heroine is not one of those TSTL women who do silly things.

The Brid
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Megan
Another great historical western romance from the talented Linda Lael Miller. The day I quit liking hot-ass cowboy books is a day I never want to reach. Love them! Enough rambling, on with the review!

POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!!(depending on what I write and what you read) LOL

This book is about Lydia and Gideon. You originally meet the charaters in A Wanted Man, the only other Stone Creek series book I have read. Lydia gets really sick, her dad dies, and her mom is totally uncapable of taking care of h
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Emily
Jan 21, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature Audience
This was the first book of the Stone Creek series that I read and I rather enjoyed it. Although I probably should have started in the beginning with Wyatt and Rowdy's stories, which I assume took place at least 5 to 10 years before Gideon's, I found that I was given the information that I needed from the book and didn't miss knowing their back stories like I have with other series that I've read out of order. I greatly enjoyed the book though there was some questionable things that I wasn't wild ...more
Mahareni Sukadi
Oke, habis ngelarin buku ini, aku mau pindah genre dulu. Agak mabok baca Linda Lael Miller terus-terusan.

Ceritanya sweet, gak terlalu banyak konflik, tapi tetap enak dibaca, khasnya Linda Lael yang tulisannya mengalir kayak air.

Paling epic tetap buku A Wanted Man - Sang Pria Buronan by Linda Lael Miller, paling seruuuu.
*belum_bisa_mupon_dari_Rowdy*
Paula
May 09, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gideon is back. He has grown up and now works undercover for different agencies. He just took on a job working for the copper mine company in Stone Creek in order to try to prevent a strike. Before he can start his job, he gets a 10 yr. old letter that he wrote to himself and gave to a sweet little girl who was scared. The letter simply says "Come get me (or help me)", so he does.

Lydia lost her father 10 years ago in Stone Creek and was raised by her aunt. She is now broke and engaged to a very
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Linda
May 14, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Great story about Gideon Yarbrough and Lydia Fairmont. Many years before Gideon wrote a letter to himself and gave it to eight year old Lydia to mail if she ever was in trouble and needed him. The time came that she mailed the letter and Gideon came to her rescue. From that moment on, he would not let her out of his sight even if he had to kidnap her from her own wedding. Wonderful story from beginning to end.
Jennifer
Aug 30, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Evidently my reading comprehension skills are sorely lacking, because when I picked up this book I thought it would be taking place in 18th century England. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was taking place in Arizona in the early 20th century! Heh.

As far as romance novels go, this one was pretty good. I liked the characters a lot, but I think the whole "spy at a mine" subplot was pretty unbelievable. Why would a man like Gideon- who considers himself to be an upright individual- take a
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Joycee
Aug 19, 2014 Joycee rated it liked it
Shelves: romances-read
Seemed a bit slow @ first, and I wasn't "feeling" the characters, but I eventually warmed up to them and rooted for their HEA. Also, I prefer my protagonists to both be in either their 20's and/or 30's (Lydia was only 18, though Gideon is 26) ... But after a while, I forgot about Lydia's youth.

Can't decide yet if I want to read the other Stone Creek historicals ...
Stacie
Jan 29, 2014 Stacie rated it did not like it
This is a continuation of the Stone Creek Series. As young children, Gideon and Lydia met under a trying situation. Gideon promised to come if Lydia ever needs him and states that he will marry her when they are older. As Lydia grows into a grown woman, she feels that she is left with no choice but to marry a man she does not love. She sends for Gideon on an impulse. He arrives just in time to stop the wedding and take her away.
Jenn
Oct 28, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing
A truly enjoyable book. Sexy Gideon and sweet Lydia's story is enthralling. The two old aunts are a riot and entertaining. This is my first read in the Stone Creek series and it is well read as a stand alone. A very captivating story, hardships of miners, greed of owners and passionate. It is a more modern historical romance (early 1900s) and a very strong story line.
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Agent Gideon Yarbaro is on a mission when he checks his mail and finds a letter from Lydia. Lydia is going to marry a man who can't stand, so she mails the letter. When Gideon shows up he tells Lydia how things are going to happen. He kidnaps Lydia and takes her to Stone Creek. They get married, and Gideon gets a job as a miner as part of his cover. Immediately, the guys of the mine don't believe that he belongs there with the rest of them. Because his brothers aren't poor an they don't think he ...more
Ronna
Feb 24, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up because I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, the storyline and it's resolution. It is a charming western historical romance. I read this book independently from the series it's a part of because it was on sale as part of a promotion through Amazon, and I have been wanting to read LLM's books for a while. I love cowboys, historical fiction and romance and this offered the perfect blend of all 3. I had no problem following the story and it can definitely be read as a ...more
Marissa
Aug 24, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed a return to Stone Creek ten years later.

Question though: what happened to all the Yarbros in modern day? The modern portion of the series is all about the O'Ballivan descendants and that's great, but no mention at all of other founding families such as Yarbro and Blackstone.
Jenny
Jan 09, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
This was a great read, ever since the second book in the Stone Creek series I've wondered if Gideon and Lydia's story would come to print. It was both funny and endearing and filled with that time's ideals of proper etiquette etc.
The only negative comment I have is in the history, in the 2nd Stone Creek Novel (where Gideon and Lydia are first introduced in A Wanted Man), Aunt Nell was Lydia's deceased mother's sister, and in this book, it is said that Aunt Nell was Lydia's late father's sister.
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Brandy
Jul 21, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it
This was a good book! One of my thrift store finds. I just wish that I knew before hand that it was part of a series. And I could've read the other Yarbro brother's stories first. And IN ORDER. LOVED Gideon. LOVED Lydia. LOVED Gideon's older brother's Wyatt and Rowdy. And their wives, (Sarah and Lark), and their kid's and families. Helga and Lydia's twin spinster aunt's, Mittie and Millie were FUNNY!. LOVED the addition of Wyatt & Sarah's dog, Pardner. And later, Snippet, the abandonded pupp ...more
Jeanne
Jul 09, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Gideon Yarbro was an undercover agent for Wells Fargo, now he's undercover for the copper mine owners. He receives a letter drafted years ago from Lydia Fairmont which lets him know that she is in distress and needs his help at once. A good little historical and maybe western romance story.
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

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