Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Another wonderful visit to Central City, Colorado, and to some of the great characters we met in the first two books.
Twenty-four year old Erin O’Toole’s father is second in charge of the Five Points Gang in New York City and when her brother Ian died at the hands of a rival gang she left home and got a job as a maid. She wanted nothing to do with her father or his gang but when her new employer tried to rape her she ran to her older brother Sean’s home and the very next day went to Matchmaker’s Inc. to be a mail-order bride.
Erin wants a husband and children, she is one of nine and a big family is her dream. She had three choices of a husband but she chose Henry Jacobs a blacksmith in Central City where she was met by a very tall, very handsome man who would be her husband. Like his friends before him, Lucky Madigan and Jack Colton, Henry was sure he would never love again since the death of his fiance, but if you read the first two books, well that is all I am going to say on the subject.
Erin is Irish, red hair and a temper to match but Henry is very pleased with the woman who was now his wife. Erin and his friend’s wives, Rita and Ann all became friends and Erin was very happy with her husband and their lives. He told her he would never love again but she was willing to wait for him to fall for her and hoped it wouldn’t be a long wait.
There is something Erin didn’t know about Henry, something that could be the cause of her leaving him. A man from his past, Joe Timmons, shows up and it is anything but a friendly reunion. Joe needs something from Henry and it is something he is not going to reveal to Erin. They haven’t been married long but he now finds himself having to lie to her and if the truth becomes known to her it could cost him everything he now has and cherishes.
I love the mail-order bride stories and even though each man is convinced he will never love again and each new bride is hoping that he will change his mind the stories are beautiful and I am amazed each time I read about the 1800’s out West. We take for granted the conveniences we have such as indoor plumbing, cars, electricity and washing machines and I enjoy reading about how life is in this time period and thank goodness every day that I am not living back then lol.