The Vigilante's Bride (Yvonne Harris Texas Rangers)
Is Her Kidnapper the Only Man Who Can Keep Her Safe?
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy.
LIKES: the gorgeous cover, the fast-moving plot, the characters themselves, the indians, the western setting
DISLIKES: the unrealistic and irritating conflicts between the romantic leads -- why are they constantly angry with each other? no real reason or validity is given to their temper tantrums; several scenes are simply left unresolved/unfinished; also, the plot could've used more fleshing out
not nearly as satisfactory as similar books of the same genre, but it's worth a day's read...more
This book was very very dull, in realms of writing style and plot development. This is a very slow-paced book. Nothing really happens in it at all, besides some very well-worn cliches, such as the love interests hate each other and want to make each other miserable in the beginning and the girl is terrified...more
Emily is an orphan. After she turns eighteen, she is sent out west to become a mail-order bride, but her stagecoach is robbed. While she's standing in the middle of the road, the robber returns to kidnap her. Luke is intent on making sure Emily knows just who she's agreed to marry before she goes through with the deed.
First of all, I am sick to death of characters named Luke. They pop up in historical romances (especially westerns) way too oft...more
I came into the story expecting Emily’s point of view. After all, the story is called “The Vigilante’s Bride,” emphasis on bride. She came out west as a mail-order bride to this foul man, which she, thankfully, did not have to marry. Once she was released of her marit...more
1. My local library has an adult summer reading program and I can fill out an entry form for prize drawings for each book I read. While I understand that some library patrons may be less than honest when it comes to filling out entry forms for books they may or may not have finished reading, I am adamant that if I'm going to fill out an entry form for a book, I've actually finished reading the entire book.
2. I wanted to write a one-star review for t...more
Luke Sullivan is not a man most want to contend with. Angry and bitter when he finds out his father was swindle in a card game by Bart Axel – an act that forever changed his life – Luke sets out to settle the score. When he discovers Axel’s courier will be on a stage leaving town, Luke decides to take what is rightly his. What he didn’t expect to find is young Emily McCarthy, a girl betrothed to Axel al...more
The story opens with our heroine being asked, forcibly, to leave the orphanage, the only home she’s ever. Without giving her an option, the board of directors at the orphanage answers a newspaper ad that will bind Emily in matrimony to a man not of her choosing. Fortunately for Emily, fate intervenes in the guise o...more
Book Cover: It is an interesting cover. Typically, it wouldn't catch my interest.
Emily McCarthy, an 18 year old Chicago native and orphan, must marry a Bart Axel, a wealthy rancher in Montana. However, Luke Sullivan, has other plans when he robs Bart's stage coach as an act of vengeance due to Sullivan's family losing to Bart in a rigged game. There may be love in expected places.
Emily and Luke are opposites of each other. Emily is a petite 18 year old, and Luke is a 26 year old tall and tough...more
Although the wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel is a stranger, he may very well be Emily’s salvation. With no place to go and no family to turn to, Emily is in need of a quick fix for her situation as she is being forced to leave Al...more
Reviewed by Cindy Loven
Set in Montana Territory in 1884, we find young Emily McCarthy on a stage coach on her way to be married to a total stranger. All arranged by the director of the orphanage where Emily was raised. Now that she is of age, they need the room she lives in so arrangements have been made. Emily is not happy about this at all, but has resigned herself to accepting it.
As she nears her destination, the stage is held up and robbed, an...more
It’s been a long t...more
This is a Western and I really like Westerns, filled with cowboys, Indians, gunfights, cattle drives and greedy, land swindlers. This is a thriller, the good guys are in deadly danger practically from page one and the danger escalates as the story progresses. This is a romance. This is a story filled with g...more
Most of the plot focuses on a cowboy who's trying to go straight, trying to abide by the law, and how life seems to be playing against him. It's also about the Chicago mail-order-bride he kidnaps to get even with his rival. And how, alle...more
I loved this book. Perfect Old West story/ historical Christian romance. I came across this book by accident and what a happy accident!
The title and the beginning of chapter 1 are misleading. If you are looking for a very silly romance with lots of lovey dovey scenes, this is not your novel. Now, if you like a good fast-paced story with a strong male character and good historical features, you should give...more
Luke Sullivan is a man who has always tried to live on the right side of the law. Emily has no choice but to marry a man she has never meet let alone corresponded with. Then a chance of luck give Luke a chance to get back a little of what was taken from his family, and saves Emily from a man she was to marry.
Personally some of the story line seemed a little disjointed, but with the humor that is the book, it made up for the disjointed story line. I think there could have been more to show how th...more
Yvonne Harris' first Historical novel is beautiful. She has the writing ability to create a story that hooks the reader,...more
With romance, adventure, and suspense, this is a light and enjoyable book. I enjo...more
Luke Sullivan just wants to reclaim the money stolen from his father. One stagecoach heist later, his pockets are full and he's one feisty mail-order bride richer. Only problem is, she was on the way to marry his bitter enemy--and she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue."
Yet crossing this dangerous man is only the beginning of Luke's problems. As he realizes what a true treasure the beautiful--but headstrong--redhead in his care is, how far will he go to pr...more
The author wrote to me and told me this, quite interesting:
“I have a couple of things about the book that aren't generally known. For instance, it is based on fact--there really was a vigilance committee by the same name in Montana and run for Granville Stuart (a real man who became an ambassador after he got out of the cattle business in Montana.) My fictional hero ran the committee for Stuart in the story. Stuart's group makes an appearance or two in the story. They were the good guys and Stu...more
However, I must say that I was disappointed with some parts of this book. There were some great set-ups at the very beginning for some deep digging into emotional turmoil, but I sensed a loss of...more