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Shotgun Bride [Reading] ➾ Shotgun Bride Author Linda Lael Miller – One special lady will help this cowboy lawman win his father's ranch and steal his heart in the bargain Kade McKettrick's got five mail order brides to be camped out at the local hotel all than eager One special lady will help this cowboy lawman win his father's ranch and steal his heart in the bargain Kade McKettrick's got five mail order brides to be camped out at the local hotel all than eager to provide him with the heir that will win him the Triple M ranch But Kade the newly appointed marshal has his hands full with a troublesome outlaw gang Why then is he so easily distracted by pretty Sister Mandy who most assuredly is not the nun she claims to be On the run from her outlaw stepfather Mandy Sperrin hides beneath her solemn disguise and vows to keep her wild passionate nature from the respectable citizens of Indian Rock Yet when the handsome marshal makes it clear that he wants her Mandy gives in to her heated desires Despite the secrets that may lure them both perilously close to danger Kade knows that proposing marriage may be the only way to keep this spirited woman by his side But are her ties to a shadowed past threatening and closer than Kade knows His strong sensual embrace may charm Mandy's wild heart but will she surrender to a lifetime of his deep and powerful love.

10 thoughts on “Shotgun Bride

  1. Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ says:

    Love this book series Historical romance done right Stubborn hot alpha cowboys with heart meet their match in sassy heroines with a backbone In Shotgun Bride Kade McKettrick matches wits with Sister MandySister?? Yeah right lol Dynamic characters snarky humor romance and great writing all add up to a fantastic heartfelt storyseries A Must Read

  2. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    While I do love this family I did not care for this book all that much It was necessary to read because of all the side stories going on and to set up the next book Jeb's book But I was so disappointed in Kade's story I felt like he deserved better than Mandy and their love toward one another felt forced I never did start to like MandyOn to Jeb's book I'm looking forward to finding out what he's been up to

  3. Heidi Heidi says:

    I have to reiterate what I said about the first book of the McKettrick's series Kade could have been one hell of a hero but the book fell short Mandy was ok very high strung and spunky once the habit came off I guess maybe I just like steam and romance in my stories This is the second I have read by LLM and I was certainly hoping of romance than I am getting I would consider this book historical fiction than romance as there is little to none through out the book

  4. Foxfire Foxfire says:

    Western romance is currently my favorite genre and Linda Lael Miller is hailed as one of the best however I struggle to get into her books I finished this one with a huge amount of skimming The story is crammed with characters and plot and there really isn't much romance Most of the time there is so much going on that I found it impossible to relate to each person and subplot The hero and heroine never seem to connect emotionally In the first third of the book they don't have much to do with each other and even after they decide to marry they seem to spend time fighting each other than falling in loveI found neither the hero or the heroine particularly likeable The hero starts interesting enough a man who is in competition with his brothers their father has degreed that the first to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit the family properties ranch investments minesThe hero returns into town after a long trip to find six mail order brides waiting for him The details of how these women arrived is never made clear but the hero did send for them paying a fee to an agency and he admits to being absent minded and perhaps sending off for several bridesIt seems odd that there was no correspondence between him and any of the prospective brides but let's assume the hero wrote to the agencies saying I'm in a hurry dispense with the formalities just send a bride to me here in the Arizona TerritoryWhen he is faced with this group of prospective wifes in the local restaurant patiently waiting for him to return the ladies introduce themselves to him Dismayed the hero pays them no attention He refuses to even look at them as individuals regarding them as just a gaggle of silly women Not making any effort to sort out the mess he has created he goes off to his family's ranch and ignores the women as if they were nothing to do with himThis really made me furious with him These women presumably good and sincere have left behind everything familiar and undertaken a long and strenuous journey risking their future in the hope of forging a happy marriage with a stranger They are all willing to work hard to be what they promised to be a wife a homemaker and a mother should that happenMost likely these women have no money the groom's fee to the agency would have covered the cost of their passage and no place to go In those days there were few jobs for women Women either had to marry or be a strain on their relatives I imagine these brides came West because they had no relatives willing or able to support them I also assume that they had a contract with the matrimonial agency and need the hero to sort out the situation formally releasing them from the obligation as obviously he can only marry one although he clearly is not interested in marrying any of themA honorable man would have faced the brides expressed his sincere apologies for the misunderstanding He would have released them from any obligation toward him or the agency and offered to pay for their return passage or provided enough funds to tie them over while they looked for employment or found another man to marry The hero does none of it To the contrary he belittles these women even setting them up in a phony cooking competition to let them prove which one of them would make the best wifeThe women are portrayed as foolish because they let him treat them so badly Yet what choice did these ladies have? They have left their homes are stranded without money in a place that offers women few roles but that of a wife or a whore And being honest citizens they are also bound to worry about their obligation toward the agency that provided the funds for their passage It is never explained what took place when these women arrived in town How did they find out the hero was away on a trip? Did they go to his home to look for him? Why did the hero's father who set the whole must get to married business in motion not invite these women to stay at the family ranch waiting for the hero to return and sort it out? The hero's family is portrayed as very rich with the largest ranch in the territory and other investments cash and mines Why do they choose to leave these women destitute instead of looking after them?To save money the brides are staying in a boarding house The hero goes over to make a contribution toward their costs He is horrified to see the place a sualid house furnished with cast offs walls papered with old newspapers He feels desperately sorry for the owner a woman married to an abusive drunkard and forced to work part time as a prostitute to make ends meet And yet the hero spares no thought to the brides that his actions have forced to live in this place The brides are potentially exposed to violence from the abusive husband and have their reputations tarnished from living in a place run by a prostitute but the hero doesn't care a damnThe heroine too sees these women silly because they accept this treatment She is in the run herself but faring better because a she is willing to steal and lie b she is lucky enough find people prepared to take her in and help herWhy is it that women who behave like normal women with some level of good manners and a conventional moral code are seen as foolish and simpering? Why is it that to deserve love and happiness a woman must be the daughter of a prostitute or an outlaw and feisty enough to fight with the hero and be ready to claw the eyes out from anyone who tries to put her down?Another thing that annoyed me was the lack of realism about the heroine's disguise She steals a nun's habit from the nuns who have taken her in and goes to work in a hotel still dressed as a nun And somehow everyone believes she really is a nun No one seems to wonder why she is not in a convent or why she has no interest in religion It just does not make senseThe writing is engaging and some of the dialogue excellent however the author seems much better at portraying hate and bitterness than showing attraction and togetherness The hero's friction with his half brother is very powerful and to me the half brother is by far the most interesting character in the bookSo in sort too much going on the romance never front and center an annoying heroine and a hero who acts with a total lack of honor toward other women something I find impossible to forgive

  5. Willow Brook Willow Brook says:

    4 12 stars This second installment in the stories of the four McKettrick brothers and their brides delivered plenty of action and suspense along with the romance between temporary town Marshal Kade and Mandy the woman on the run from outlaws who is posing as a nun There is a lot going on with a variety of bad guys stolen money that puts the McKettrick ranch at risk numerous murders loved ones who are dying and someone trying to start a range war Through all this Kade and Mandy slowly build a relationship based first on attraction then passion and then love all the while painstakingly learning to trust each other While this is definitely a historical romance there are all kinds of relationship stories being told The brothers learning to fully appreciate each other and becoming true friends as they mature out of some of their sibling rivalry some they have a ways to go There is also a theme of losing loved ones both in the past and in the present This is a subject that Miller freuently writes and here she does so with her usual skill adding poignancy and a her brand of uiet spirituality to the at times brawling action going onMandy is as spirited and strong minded as her sister in law Emmeline but comes from a much rougher background Raised by a mother who had men but not husbands and who couldn't protect her children from their abuse forced to steal as a youngster able to trust only her wild unpredictable half brother Mandy is not only hiding for her life but trying to figure out what life she wants to live When not pretending to be a nun she takes pride in her ability to ride and shoot better than most men even challenging Kade to a horse race Always a tomboy she does come to see the attraction of being womanly once she and Kade begin to fall in love Her rough edges smooth out a bit but she does not back down from taking an eual role in helping Kade find the outlaws causing so much mayhem in their area I liked that she knew she was an asset to Kade's efforts and didn't accept the woman's role of waiting at home I liked it even better when Kade finally accepted that about her and could value her strengths as a partner in his life Kade is a typical McKettrick strong dependable and courageous but also often arrogant sure he is right and uick tempered For a smart man his wooing and courtship were at times outrageous and dim witted which provided some comic relief I did have a bit of a problem with him being described repeatedly in the first book and several times in this one as the intellectual of the family He definitely was well read and educated but I just didn't see that much of a brainiac side of him other than a couple times when he read or thought fondly of his books Otherwise he spoke just like any of the other cowboys not wasting breath on a lot of words often gruff and not one to discuss feelings Even his internal dialogue seemed pretty stoic and laconic All the McKettrick men are fun to watch together needling each other and kicking each other's butts if they think one needs an attitude adjustment or just for fun Humor arises throughout the story simply from everyone being themselves warts and all The McKettricks and their women are larger than life at times but always with all too human flaws and very human needs for belonging forgiveness and love They feel like real people I've come to know and enjoy I'm glad there are two books in this series because I'd hate to say good bye Happily at the end of Shotgun Bride Jeb's wife Chloe shows up promising to be even of a force of nature than Emmeline or Mandy I can't wait to read the continuing saga

  6. Wendy Wendy says:

    I would read this book again It is fun and engaging Kade is a man needing to get married and have a child before his brothers to win the ranch He is determined and has sent away for mail order brides Yet when he gets home from finding his little brother he runs into Mandy Mandy is hideing out from her step father by posing as a nun Kade sees right through her diguise and is drawn to her While trying to figure out what is going on after a settler's home is burned the town sherrif has a heart attack and Kade must take over the job Between the brides Mandy sherriffing his brothers his father and all that is happening these things add up for a rousing story that will be hard for you to forget Their love story is touching and yet Mandy isn't the simmpering type at all which I liked Any woman that can beat her man in a horse race and can out shoot him gets my vote

  7. Sherdene Sherdene says:

    This book made me laugh Kade and his 5 mail order brides plus his new feelings for Sister Mandy made this book fun Loved it

  8. Sarah Grass Sarah Grass says:

    A bit of a disappointment I thought this would be my favorite McKettrick story Kade was supposed to be bookish and wise kind of the strong beta hero I like so much But Kade thought and acted just like his hot headed self centered brothers No sign of higher intelligence or character anywhereThe plot was weak and characters kind of boring too I think I amdone with this series

  9. Michelle Michelle says:

    Nice story uick read No thinking

  10. Melissa Melissa says:

    It's hit or miss with Linda Lael Miller sometimes While I liked the idea of the plot of this novel unfortunately it just wasn't carried out well nor were its characters compellingKade McKettrick after returning with his lost brother to his home town and family ranch finds a surprise waiting for him in the form of 6 mail order brides They all have their ualities for sure but his attention is drawn to Sister Mandy a woman he's sure isn't a nun But she has secrets of her own and seems to be tied in the crimes that have been happening around the area the lead of which is a giant robbery and murder Could Mandy know than she claims?The characters weren't the greatest in this book The side characters were ok but I wasn't impressed with the rest of them All of their motivations weren't very believable and Mandy especially had some strange goings on She tried too hard to be independent or a rebel Her brother Cree was also very unbelievable and had too much of a mood switch and motivation change Kade McKettrick was kind of a jerk and as the main male lead I didn't really enjoy reading about himThe plot had promise and was filled with plenty of excitement but the lackluster characters mellowed it down so it didn't live up to its potential You would think a book with robberies gun flights and dangerous people milling about would have been better Since this is a romance I do have to comment on the fact that there are sex scenes in this book If this is not your cup of tea I suggest you stay away from all of Miller's books as they all contain this feature Her writing is easy to read though; she doesn't get too verbose and usually her characters are compellingly doneI will keep reading the series but I'm not as eager to start on the next one as I was beforeShotgun BrideCopyright 2003432 pagesReview by M Reynard 2011

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