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Justice for Elsie

(Mail-Order Grooms #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Hell-bent on revenge, orphaned rancher Elsie Fin rustles cattle from her neighbor, who she blames for her father’s untimely death. She’s so successful at stealing that she doesn’t stop even when the local marshal gets suspicious. Instead, she decides what she needs is a loyal husband to protect her from the law, so she places a mail-order groom advertisement in the paper.

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Published October 14th 2017
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Kathy Heare Watts

Once again, Ms. Smarts has created a wonderful western with delightful characters that keep the pages turning. A dominant take-charge man who will come looking for a job as a ranch hand but in fact has been hired as an undercover deputy, and a young orphan, who is determined to exact revenge on the neighbor whose actions lead to her father’s death.

Elsie Fin is mourning the loss of her father, and she is determined that she is going to make the Xavier’s pay for their ac
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
☆•° 🌟 °*•~☆5 ROLLICKING STARS!☆•° 🌟 °*•~☆

"You're playing with fire, young lady…."

Amelia Smarts TANTALIZES once again in this heart-tugging tale of revenge and redemption set in the Old West!! This author always manages to transport me to the rugged frontier with her vibrant characters, picturesque descriptions and wonderful attention to detail of that time period. Every time I read one of her beguiling books, I know I am going to be taken on quite an adventure and left feeling all warm and
Natalie Rowe
Thank you to Amelia Smarts for sending me a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Justice for Elise is a historical romance that focuses on Elsie, a young and ambitious girl runs her father's farm following his death. Her hatred to a man she holds responsible is getting out of hand as she seeks revenge, but it's becoming an addiction. She begins to feel like a real man is needed on the farm and orders for a mail-order groom. Unknowing that a handsome man, Wyatt will soon be knocking on h
Elsie wants vengeance for her father. Her neighbors and rivals, the Xanders, drove her father to his death and then had the guts to show up at his funeral. Eighteen year old Elsie can't be having that, so she gets together with her ranch hands and concocts a plan to get back at the Xanders and make her ranch more profitable at the same time. After a nearly a year, her ranch hands are trying to get her to stop, and the sheriff is suspicious.

Wyatt is a cowboy who has hurt his arm and gotten fired
Scarlet Fanning
Elsie Fin is 18 years old and running the family ranch after her father dies from exhaustion. The rich ranch next to them, dammed up the water, so they had to carry water to cattle from a well. After her father's death, the sheriff made the rich neighbor undam the water.

Elsie's grief turned to revenge when she came up with a way to change the neighbor's X brand to her ranch's infinity symbol. The ranch prospered in the cattle rustling plan. Though after a year, her foreman was suggesting it was
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is never a dull moment in an Amelia Smarts book! I don't know where the ideas come from, but this historical western, with a woman in charge of a ranch is a pleasure to listen to. The heroine Elsie Fin, at the young age of 18, comes up with a vengeful plan to rustle cows from the one man that she feels killed her father. Mark Xavier's actions put Elsie's farm at risk, and now she plans on getting some compensation. She decides it's time to settle down, and puts in an ad for a mail-order gr ...more
Donna Louise
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

ByDonna Lon October 16, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic western by Amelia Smarts.
It was an easy read with interesting characters.Elsie Fin's life
changed irrevocably after the death of her father,she was left
to pick up the pieces and keep the family ranch afloat.I was
drawn to Elsie and Wyatt,they were made for each other and
easy to fall in love with.Elsie wants revenge,Mark Xavier had
been responsible for her father's death.Wyatt Parker was a
undercover deputy sent to w
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story starts out with Elsie as a law breaking woman, but the hired help, changes her. Wyatt is a law enforcement agent, who wants to catch Elsie and bring her to justice. As the story unfolds, the only justice Wyatt wants to bring Elsie is in the bedroom.

I listened to this book in one sitting. I couod not put it down. There is a little of everything in this story. Romance, suspense and spankings keep this story captivating.

Logan McAllister is a perfect narrator for this book. His deep, ras
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elsie blames the death of her father on the neighboring ranch. To get her revenge she steals their cattle. Wyatt is tasked to find out who is behind the cattle-rustling. So he goes undercover on her ranch and he soon finds out that the culprit is indeed Elsie. But he did not expect to fall in love with her. Wyatt is determined to make Elsie stop even if it means that he will have to spank her.

What a fantastic western romance. I immediately fell in love with Elsie and Wyatt. They simply were made
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Elsie's father dies, running the ranch becomes her job. But someone is determinded to see her fail. When Wyatt comes to town in search of a job, he ends up being hired by the Sheriff to see if Elsie is stealing cattle from her neighbor. What starts out as deception quickly turns into something else and Wyatt finds himself wanting to protect Elsie and also apply some discipline that he feels she needs. She is too reckless and puts herself in danger and he has decided he will be the one to st ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this third book in the series. Elsie is a young woman that has gone down a path she can't seem to turn away from. Wyatt is just the man to put her back on the straight and narrow. Both characters were very likeable and worked really well together. I really liked Wyatt's struggle to manage his feelings for Elsie while still doing the job he was hired to do. I connected with Elsie almost immediately and really wanted to see her succeed not only with Wyatt, but with life in genera ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series with strong men, strong but submissive women, and spanking for punishment. I enjoyed the series but this book felt a little rushed in the character and relationship development. Elsie is a young woman who I would expect to be a little more shy about things in the beginning.

I loved Elsie's motivation to get even with the man who killed her father and thought she had a good plan. I would have preferred a little longer story with a more slowly developed relationsh
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This audiobook story is a 'page turner' and a most enjoyable listen. It is simply written with each scene grabbing and holding one's interest. There is a bit of 'steam' so be prepared for that.
I love the connection between Ellie and Wyatt and the chemistry between them.
I also love Ellie's scheme to right the wrong done to her and her father. It was clever even if it was illegal.
Logan McAllister is a new narrator to me and I just love the deepness and versatility of his voice. He really helps bri
Tracy Sylvester
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice little historical romance with quality characters. Elsie lost her mother at a young age. Then her Father when she was 18. That left her in charge of their Infinity ranch, and feeling some serious revenge against the Xavier ranch. Years of anguish between the ranches have led to some discord between the two. Elsie Fin feels her only way to move on in her life is to send for a mail order husband. However, when Wyatt Parker shows up on her doorstep looking to be a ranch hand , her life begins ...more
Virginia Louis
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful series by this author. Originally, I read this story as part of an anthology, but reread it in its revised book edition. I enjoyed it even more this second time. A little more of Elsie's perspective was conveyed in this version that made her even more appealing than in the first story's rendition. As short as this tale is, I would have liked more tidbits from of the other stories, Susannah and Adam, Betsy and Roderick, as well as, at least an epilogue on the budding Florence ...more
Viper Spaulding
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful, steamy, triumphant story!

Elsie is driven to justice - or at least vengeance - for her late father, which involves risky and illegal means of saving her ranch. Wyatt is on the job to help her and find out exactly what is going on. These two find that their undeniable chemistry is an unexpected complication that threatens to reveal their own secrets. The romance blossoms as all the truths come to light, giving them a wonderful HEA with a satisfying resolution to all the troubles
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a rather quick read. A historical western spanking story that was not exciting or really entertaining.

I have read this author's work before, but this book didn't seem to have the same amount of detail or the depth of a storyline. It started out pretty good. I liked both Elsie and Wyatt. After a while, it felt like a rush to the finish line.

The epilogue felt more like an afterthought than an epilogue. The redeeming quality of this book was that it was short.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the "Mail-Order Grooms" series and I was hooked from the very first page with the well planned out plot and the characters were so detailed that as each page was turned I was pulled deeper and deeper into the character's story as it effortlessly unfolded!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
this wasn't bad. it was pretty quick though. I enjoyed the premise though. And I may go back and give the first two books in the series a try. There was a little spanking in there that seemed a little out of place though so I'm not sure it was meant to be a theme of the series or not.
Ashley Hedden
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Justice for Elsie by Amelia Smarts was another great read by the author. Elsie is hell bent on finding her father’s murderer and develops a cattle-rustling operation. Wyatt is an undercover detective trying to find information about the operation. This was a great read.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this story great storyline Elsie looking for revenge and Wyatt who was an undercover cop and dominant to definitely my idea of a story Amelia Smarts never dissapoints me with her stories I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully romantic story. The twists in this western are so well written and the humor is wonderful. The characters very quickly touch your heat and become book friends. A great sexy read. I would recommend this to everyone who likes their cowboys hot and sexy.
Nancy Nicholson hughes

A western spanking story of Elsie, involved in illegal activity, and the deputy sent to her ranch, to find evidence, to convict her. Happy ending.
lust on the range

A little too much in the lust / discipline department. Too infantile to be believed or too much sex on the brain.
Mary Stockwell
Jun 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This book is so ridiculous that I quit reading very early into it. Even though it is fiction it should be at least a little bit believable and relatable.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A spanking good read
A short, sexy tale of revenge and redemption with some great over the knee action.
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Amelia Smarts is a USA Today bestselling author of fast-paced, steamy western romances with dominant cowboys, Dom/sub discipline, and heartwarming HEAs. Amelia holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in creative writing and English. She loves to read, which allows her writing to be influenced by many different genres in addition to romance, including mystery, adventure, history, and suspense. To ...more

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