(Please note that this is the spicy version of Libby: The Heartbroken Bride)
Libby Chance Sims was orphaned, along with her siblings, at an early age, traveled west on the Oregon Trail, and thought she had her fairytale ending when she met and married a good man at trail’s end. But ten years later, when her husband is killed in a logging accident, her life takes a horrific turn at the hands of unscrupulous “family friend,” Hector. Fearing for herself and the lives of her two boys, she flees Oregon for Haskell, Wyoming and her family. But has she run far enough to escape her past?
Mason Montrose has never forgotten Libby, the beautiful, young bride he fell in love with before realizing she was married ten years ago in Oregon. When she steps down from the train in Haskell, dressed in widow’s black with fear in her eyes, all of the affection and longing for her that he thought he put behind him returns. He will stop at nothing to protect Libby from the demons chasing her, both real and emotional, even marrying her to keep her safe.
Some demons are more sinister than others, though. When Hector arrives in Haskell, it takes more than the power of Mason’s love and devotion to Libby to defeat him, it takes an entire community.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level = HOT
If you would like to read this story without any “scenes,” check out Libby: The Heartbroken Bride
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own. ***
We met Mason Montrose back in His Perfect Bride. He is a farmhand on the Haskell ranch, Paradise Ranch. We’ve seen his brother Travis get married to a mail-order bride in His Bewildered Bride. Libby isn’t unfamiliar with Haskell, Wyoming. Her family moved there after being in Oregon City for a brief period. She decided to marry her love, and stay with him in the logging camps of Oregon. Ten years pass, children are born, and her love dies. So she goes to Haskell to be with her family, and to run away from a terrible secret, one that she knows will destroy her and cause her family to disown her. She sees Mason at the train station. This wasn’t their first time meeting, but she didn’t know she’d see him here. She knew him briefly, but he left a lasting impression.
I really loved this story. This story was a love story but it was so much more. It’s a story of women’s love and bonding in ways and over things that only women can understand. This is a story of people seeing your worth, even when you can’t. Honestly, this story touched me on levels I won’t discuss here. I will tell you that I feel Libby. I know many women who could FEEL Libby. And Mason, and his unwavering support for her is amazing. Her family is amazing. The women of Haskell are simply amazing. Theophilus Gunn is beyond amazing and he’s terrifying. I would LOVE to know his secrets!
Ms. Farmer writes a difficult story. And what I love so much about this particular story…is that it’s more common than what people want to believe. The guilt associated with it, is all too real. And that she tackled this particular form to deal with…well, there just aren’t adequate words. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. I would like to caveat this with a small warning. Though there’s no gruesome depictions of rape, it is no less harrowing and no less real. And if you’re sensitive to the triggers, you might want to forego 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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