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Our Little Secrets (Montana Romance #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,711 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Michael West swore he would never fall in love again. So when the beautiful and wily Charlotte steps off the train looking for a new life he jumps at the business opportunity she presents. Engaged forty-five minutes after meeting, married the next day, Michael thinks he’s found everything a respectable man should have. Except that Michael is as far from respectable as they ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 15th 2013 by Createspace (first published May 30th 2012)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 stars

I would have liked this book a whole lot more if the Hero wasn't such a coward! He was a wimp for so much of the book letting "people" walk on him, his friends, and his wife that I kept asking myself what the hell does Charlie see in that spineless jerk. Oh did I forget to say that he was a jerk for half the book too. He tells her that they are to ask no questions about the past, then he doubts her all the time and pushes her away every 5 minutes even after everything comes out he stil
Sharon Buchbinder
When I first began reading Merry Farmer’s OUR LITTLE SECRETS, I was immediately engaged by her main characters, Charlotte Baldwin and Michael West. A young woman on the run from a mysterious past, Charlotte heads west, away from Philadelphia and someone who has been following her from St. Louis. She arrives in Cold Springs, Montana, amidst a bevy of husband-hunting painted ladies and does her best to divest herself of their bawdy company.

Michael, the owner of the general store in Cold Springs, i
I really liked it. This was my first western romance and I was impressed. The book was not immensly "hick" for lack of better words, and the story was intriguing albeit a bit predictable. Both H & h have sordid pasts which they keep from one another. This only creates more problems. If they only were to open up to one another !

I genuinely liked all the characters and the story kept me rivited. The romance develops naturally and the H & h are well suited. I gave 1 star less due to the pre
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: merry-farmer
I had this book in my library for a while before getting around to reading it. The story line was actually pretty good, there were enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page. It was also a nice change to have a male who wasn't perfect in any sense of the word, he wasn't your typical six foot four muscular alpha 'I can kill you with my pinkie' hero. He was a regular joe. He did have some serious 'daddy issues' going on but I think he manned up when he was supposed to and defended Charli ...more
Donna Porter
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good western story. This is the first old time western I have read. It was a romance story and it had action and passion. It was a good story and it held my interest. It is a pretty long novel though. Well worth the time to read
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was lacking in too many ways to rate it any higher. Probably the single most annoying part was the secrets that were referred to time and time again that came out in little bits and pieces toward the end. It was like little kids playing the game, I've got a secret, but won't share. We understand you aren't sharing your secrets, stop telling us already!

It was different from the typical historical western romance in many ways, Phin, Michael was not a hot cowboy, Charlie wasn't the vivaci
Our Little Secrets was a very quick, easy read; it's free on the Kindle so that's pretty great too. The book was a quick read but I'm not quite sure what I thought of the story. There was a lot going on but it all flowed nicely so it wasn't scattered. There were a number of characters but each were introduced well so you could follow along. The extent of the secrets really got to me, though. It irritates me when characters have so many secrets that cause so much conflict, to that extent this was ...more
Connie Taylor
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Farmer has again written a great story that keeps you reading until the very last page. From the time Charlie steps off the train and Michael, a complete stranger, proposes marriage 45 minutes later the action never stops. Each of them is hiding their past from each other and that is not hard to believe in that period of American history. Many people went west to start new lives and just abandoned their lives back east.

This book has love, adventure, steamy scenes, just to name a few. Each ch
Alina Cătărău
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1895 and Charlotte Baldwin, a runaway heiress, arrives in the frontier town of Cold Springs, Montana, hoping to find shelter from the man who is constantly following her and she wishes to start over as Charlie, a new identity that might keep her out of danger… or so she thought. Charlotte meets Michael West, the owner of the general store, a man who seems to live a quiet life – the kind of life Charlotte dreamed to have for so long.

Lynette Eakin
Apr 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

For me I had a hard time finishing the book. Story line was unbelievable. I didn't like the characters. The story felt lacking in areas where new people would come in. The love scenes were explicit and I prefer some things left to the imagination. I read through hoping it would get better but it never did.
2 stars

In a word: Meh

I really liked the description of this book, and I have read a couple of Merry Farmer's novels before, but this one really fell flat for me. While the story line was moderately interesting, the main characters (especially the H --- Michael) didn't connect for me. Michael was described throughout as "odd" and/or "funny" looking. He also was smaller of stature than most others. I guess I like my historical western men brawny? It just didn't do it for me. The sex scene descri
2.5-3 stars

It started off reaaaaaally well but it started to fizzle out during the end, mainly because Michael's being a spineless git I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU, MY DUDE,
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this review copy as part of the blog tour event. Thank you to Merry Farmer for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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This is a 3.5-star book for me.

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Charlie has just arrived in Cold Springs, seeking a fresh start for herself and mistakenly thinks Michael West is a porter and asks him to get her luggage. She eventually realises that he's the owner of the town's convenience store and quickly apologises for her error. It's the beginning of a conversation tha
Sally Wolf
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charlotte got off the train in Cold Springs ready to start a new life. The first thing she does mistakenly think Michael West the owner of the General store is a porter and asks him to fetch her bag. Intrigued by this beautiful woman who despite getting off the train with the flock of women on the hunt for husbands Michael decides he needs to know more about her. During lunch, they strike up a crazy deal to get married. The only stipulation is they do not ask about each others' past. The only pr ...more
M.A Grace
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Warning: The sex scenes get a bit steamy so I wouldn't just hand it off to your child without flipping through it to be sure you are comfortable with them reading them.***

Have you ever sunk into a story that has you begging for more and has you searching for answers from the first page? That is what I got with Our Little Secrets. The past haunts the present as two people try to move into the future. A quick marriage with no questions asked. A budding and growing love. And a past that refuses
Kari Fischer
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better indies I've read!

One of the better indies I've read!

The plot kept me guessing and interested right up to the last word. Only a couple things I found fault with, and the first were missing words now and then and a few typos. But as someone who has self-published with a few of those issues myself, I can hardly throw stones. The second was that the characters seemed to do a lot of smiling, even when it seemed awkward, which is an easy thing to fall back on when lacking in the skil
Pretty awful. I liked the beginning - and thought the story was going to be good, but I soon got tired of the "darn, I wish we hadn't promised not to ask questions" and the characters always being suspicious of each other. It was free on Amazon, so I read it - but I would not recommend this book to anyone else. Also, at the the end of the kindle edition it offers you a glimpse of the next book saying... "want to find out what happened to Ethan..." and I was like, wait, do you mean Eric? Sure eno ...more
Julie Baker
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Great characters, great romance, great intrigue. Charlie and Michael were a great couple. I enjoyed seeing someone like Phin and the love his friends had for him. All of the secrets and who is against who and why was really well done. I was on edge trying to put it all together. I am in awe of how the author was able to make both sides of the sorry so good and still tie them together so well. This is going in my favorites folder and I will read it ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Secrets, betrayal & love.
Good story with plot twists that will keep you reading. It was interesting having the leading male described as an average guy rather than the standard hunk. He was plenty hot in the bedroom though so keep this book away from the kids.
Pet peeve: The book needed a little more editing. The wrong word was used in some places (sign instead of sigh) and there were a few words that were changed by 'as pace' in the wrong spot.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, romance
Talk about a hot steamy read this is the book for you. Charlie has escaped her stepfather and has found a town to settle in. She meets Michael and they settle on a business arrangement to get married. They each hold secrets and the truth will set you free in this book. From the beginning the pages keep making you turn as you want to find out more and more. It was a great read the sex scenes were not over the top like some are. A great book.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A quick read and very good story! Charlie Baldwin gets off of a train in Montana to run away from her past to begin a new life. The first person that she meets is Michael West, a storekeeper looking for help with his general store. After a quick business deal, the next day, Charlie and Michael are married. A big twist turns both of their lives upside down. I very much enjoyed this story!
Donna I.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True love

True love

enjoyed reading this book about true love and the "love scenes" were spectacular. it was enjoyable to also read about how things were in the past and how some things never change.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story line and loved Charlie, however, I was disappointed in Michael. His character fell flat and he was such a wimp through the entire book. Ever time I thought he would get a back bone, he failed.
Wendy Willett
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twists and turns galore

Twists and turns galore

on the run Charlie finds herself married to a man who has as many secrets as she does. friendship, family, love and finding the right thing to do is woven into this charming story in Montana.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genuinely sweet!

Genuinely sweet!

I loved the characters and the storyline. Ms. Farmer spins such a wonderful story, it feels as if you are right there watching from the sidelines. I would definitely read more from this author!
Amazon Freebie 5/15/13
Jessica Bryan
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. A quick and easy read, and I loved everything about both characters. Many of the supporting characters were also well developed.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather enjoyed this. I have no idea how authentic the historical details are, and it did get a little far-fetched in places, but it kept my attention and I loved the two main characters, annoyingly stubborn fools that they were.

Phineas gets my vote for favourite supporting character I’d love to read a story about him next.

Loses a little for being poorly proofed.

Edited to add. Whoo hoo! Found out that Phineas gets a book.
Modified version of mail-order bride.
You can’t run away from your past. But from a more mature, more centered frame of mine, you can chose to deal differently with the people from your past and control your present and future.
Both Charlotte and Michael are running from their past in Philadephia. Interestingly enough from the same man, Michael's father and Charlotte's stepfather.
References to homosexuality and prejudice toward those who are homosexual.
Several explicit sex scenes.
Julia Bell
I liked this story and it did keep me turning the page. I was a bit dubious if a sensible girl like Charlotte would marry a man she had known only twenty-four hours, but I went with the story since things were probably done differently in the Wild West days. There were a few typos that might need a little more editing, otherwise an entertaining story that I can recommend.
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Merry Farmer is a bestselling, award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Torpedo, her grumpy old man, and Justine, the new, feisty baby. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to ear ...more
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