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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Range War Bride by Lara Santiago

Range War Bride by Lara Santiago
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (109 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory

In a world where female infertility is the norm, two related men are legally allowed to marry one woman to produce an heir for their family property.

Brianna escapes a vile arranged marriage but is rescued by two brothers, Alex and Rafe Drakestone, on their own bride hunt for a woman to carry their child. Brianna agrees to marry Alex and Rafe, if she proves fertile. However, her stubborn and not-so-nice ex-fiancés won’t let her go without a fight and bring the local law into the mix.

And then all hell breaks loose.

Brianna harbors a horrible secret that threatens her freedom if found out. Will Alex and Rafe start a range war to keep her as their bride? And will they discard her once they learn what she’s done in the name of self-preservation? Can four men fight over one woman and settle their private war?

An interesting futuristic take on a western.

I loved that while this was set in the future the story didn't throw that in your face. Some of the technology was advanced but wasn't overly done and helped the plot along wonderfully. It made for a good background to the story.

I enjoyed the way Rafe and Alex came across as very down to earth. While they were rich it didn't effect them. I found myself conflicted about Brianna. I got why she didn't want to confide in Rafe and Alex since she'd just met them. Especially when she might have done something illegal, but given her choices even going to jail would've been a better bet than her fiances.

I didn't get why the whole brother thing was such a big deal though. Why she felt the need to keep that a secret escaped me. I wanted to keep telling her -- say something already, but Ms. Santiago keeps you on pins and needles drawing it out. This did have a well developed plot which adding bits and pieces to the story at just the right time. Ms. Santiago does manage to give us a happy ending even with all the twists and intrigue. She also tossed in a little something I hadn't expected which is always a plus in my book. Overall a good read.

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