The Cowboy’s E-mail Order Bride ★★★1/2

Author: Cora Seton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
228 pages

Ethan Cruz should be mending fences on his Montana ranch, but instead he’s driving to the Chance Creek, Montana, airport – to pick up the bride he didn’t know he had. This latest salvo in his ongoing practical joke battle with his best friend, Rob Matheson, has gone too far, and Ethan plans to send his “bride” right back home, then get busy plotting his revenge. One look at Autumn Leeds changes his mind, however. Perhaps he needs a bride, after all. A breathtakingly beautiful city bride.

Autumn Leeds needs a story – fast – or she’s going to lose her lucrative contract with CityPretty Magazine, so when she sees the crazy video plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century. Making a video of her own, she casts herself as the perfect mail-order bride for a rancher, but when she finally reaches Montana, she’s surprised to find Ethan’s the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm’s length disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can’t keep playing this game – he has to come clean with Autumn and tell her the truth; about the practical joke and about the state of his ranch. He’s about to lose it all because of the debts his mother racked up before his parents’ deaths. Now his sister, Claire, wants to sell the ranch and collect what little money they can. He’ll be out of a home and a job, and in no shape to support the bride he desperately wants to marry, after all.

Autumn’s in bigger trouble than ever. Not only has she fallen in love with the subject of her expose – she might be carrying his child. If she doesn’t write this article and secure her contract for another year, she’ll lose everything – her career, her apartment, and more importantly, her family’s approval. The only alternative is to stay and marry Ethan. But how can she trust a man she’s just met when she knows too well that men always let you down?

Can a love based on lies last?




     I decided to read this book after I’d already read The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire which is actually book 4 of the Cowboy’s of Chance Creek series.  The Cowboy’s E-mail Order Bride is book 1 of the series.  This was a cute story.  I liked Ethan and Autumn.  It was a quick and easy read.  Ethan’s sister Claire was fairly annoying and I’m not sure if I want to read the next book since it’s about her.  It also drove me nuts that the person doing the most harm to their relationship, Lacey, had my name.  I swear I cringed every time that I read it.  If there is or will be a story with Lacey I won’t be able to read it for that reason.  I can’t imagine how annoying it must be for people who’s names are in books often.  

     I liked Ethan’s friends and think that the whole set-up with the Youtube video was hilarious.  Cora Seton is very talented at thinking of unusual ways to get people to meet.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to find out how Ethan’s friends do.  Ethan is a good guy, a hometown cowboy.  Autumn has some issues in her past regarding her father that make it hard for her to trust.  Her mother really messed her up if you ask me.  I like Autumn, at first I wasn’t sure about her because of the snarky magazine reporter vibe she was giving off.  I’ve read books where I have no idea what the guy sees in the girl and was worried that this would be like that but it all turned out good.

     Autumn falls into life on the ranch like a fish to water.  I liked how the townspeople treated her (except Lacey) and how she treated them.  Ethan is going through some major difficulties after his parents deaths and she is right there with him not only supporting him but helping him through it.  Their relationship is very genuine and instantaneous.  A little love at first sight with some added trepidation because they’re both lying to the other about the reasons they’re together.  The lies pile up and things get pretty rocky.  Everything ended out fine though.  This was definitely a fun read and I look forward to more from Cora Seton.  She has opened me up to yet another genre that I wouldn’t normally read.

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