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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rancher McBride by Lauri Robinson

Rancher McBride by Lauri Robinson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Length: Short (25 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

Blue Spring’s most eligible bachelor is about to go down.

Josie Hollister has determined she’s willing to give up her dream of being a rancher and settle for being a rancher’s wife. She throws away her britches for petticoats and corsets, but the act causes Calvin McBride to run for the hills.

Calvin McBride wants Josie in his bed every night, but the woman has gone loco. All that lace and those floppy hats will set his Texas longhorns into a stampede! Can his brother convince him it’s not the clothes that makes the woman?

Josie Hollister has just finished her last cattle round up and is now in Kansas for good. Her reason? To marry Calvin McBride. But Cal doesn’t know of her plan just yet. In front of Calvin’s eyes Josie goes from wearing britches to wearing petticoats and corsets. But Calvin is still stuck on the old Josie Hollister. Do the clothes really make the woman? Besides, he doesn’t want a wife; especially Josie dressed the way she is. How can she convince him otherwise?

This story is captivating from start to finish. It’s a short, passion-filled read. Lauri Robinson has done a terrific job with the year 1879. Her facts seem accurate and the speech, dress, and act of the characters fit 1879 wholly. For such a short read the characters are strong and developed quiet nicely. I love the scenes and the conflict that Robinson has provided in just twenty-five pages. It’s a great job, the scenes aren’t too rushed either.

I think you’ll be surprised when you read this story--I know I was. Lauri Robinson definitely goes on my author must-reads! This was one of my favorite historical short reads in a long time! Can’t wait to see more from Robinson!