(Please note that this is the spicy version of Corva: The Perfect Bride)
For Corva Collier, life as a mail-order bride in the quirky town of Haskell, Wyoming is her last chance for escape. She longs for a peaceful life away from the darkness of her past where she can create the paintings that are close to her heart, and where she hopes she can grow to love her husband.
But how do you love a man who was persuaded to marry you against his will?
Franklin Haskell never planned to marry. What woman would want a man who was crippled due to his own arrogance? But when he is offered the chance to help a woman in crisis, he agrees to wed. Corva is so much more than he expected, and when a baseball game gives her the chance to shine, he loses his heart.
But how do you tell a woman you love her when she deserves so much better?
The game of love has never been so hard to play…or so worth winning.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level = HOT
If you would like to read this story without any “scenes,” check out Corva: The Perfect Bride
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Franklin Haskell Trail of Destiny of the Hot on the Trail Series. And admittedly, he wasn’t the most noble of characters. BUT in his defense, he learned a very valuable lesson and he changed his ways by the end. This isn’t a part of the HotT Series, but it is still related as many of the characters we’ve come to love from that series are in this book. Charlie Garrett from Trail of Aces owns a home for women who suffered abuse in Nashville, TN. His wife got the idea that maybe some of the good men of Haskell, Wyoming might do right by some of these unfortunate women. So they needed a guinea pig for their first mail-order bride, and they picked Franklin. If you’ve read Trail of Destiny, you’ll remember how badly his legs were wounded. This is more than a decade later and his legs still cause him great pain and agony. But not nearly so much as his guilt and shame over his actions that caused his misfortune.
Ms. Corva Collier was abused by her uncle and survived the burning of Atlanta, and she agreed to meet and marry Mr. Franklin Haskell. And in her husband she was grateful to find a very patient man. A man who never raised his voice and it never hurt that he was most handsome. Their story was steamy, much like the author suggests, though he gives her time to get to know him before such things take place.
I liked Franklin in Jarvis’ and Alice’s story. I felt bad that he was so young and stupid and did a terrible thing and that it especially had life-long consequences for him. But I really liked him and I’m so happy that he got his happily-ever-after.
When I read Trail of Destiny, I asked Ms. Farmer to please give Franklin his very own love story because he clearly needed it. He was such a good guy, even if he was bone-headed. So, imagine my happy dance when I found out that he WAS getting his own story. As usual, Ms. Farmer’s prose is beautiful and she surrounds you with familiar faces. Reading this book was like visiting with friends you’d not seen in a while. The only complaint I have about this particular story is that it is shorter than I’d prefer, but that’s just my greedy bookworm nature. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. I would suggest lightly that you read the Hot on the Trail Series first. Because so many wonderful people you read about in those stories make cameos in this book.
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
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