by Linda Lael Miller

August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-373-77388-6
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Phoenix, Arizona Summer 1915

Lydia Fairmont was in a desperate situation unless she marries detestable banker Jacob Fitch. This is the only option left to save her family’s home from foreclosure. Lydia’s elderly spinster great-aunts, survivors of the Civil War, and Helga the long-time family housekeeper, would suffer. When Lydia was an orphan in Stone Creek, a young adolescent Gideon Yarbro had been her hero, saving her from a blizzard. Lydia’s aunt Nell came for her and Gideon had wrote a self addressed letter to himself promising Lydia if he were ever to receive it, he would come to her rescue. Sending the letter has not brought Gideon, so she must go through with the wedding.

Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro has a reputation for getting outlaws before they commit their crimes. The Stone Creek copper mine has hired him to return to his hometown to make sure the underpaid and overworked miners don’t cause any trouble. Before Gideon can get to his next assignment, he must stop in Phoenix. Forwarded the decade old yellowed and torn letter he wrote for eight year old Lydia Fairmont, Gideon will honor his promise. Conspiring with Lydia’s aunts and Helga, Gideon “kidnaps” Lydia and takes her and her extended family to Stone Creek. Now what? Gideon’s family decides the only thing Gideon can do is to marry Lydia. The Bridegroom has his hands full; there’s the spurned Mr. Fitch, as well as hot under the collar Irish miners, but they are nothing compared to trying to resist the charms of his petite and not so demure bride, Lydia!

The Bridegroom is the latest in Linda Lael Miller’s Stone Creek series following the adventures of those hot Yarbro men. Gideon is the youngest and we first met him as a teen in older brother Rowdy’s story, A Wanted Man. All grown up, Gideon is just as rough and tough as his older brothers, and just as all out sexy! Lydia in the aforementioned A Wanted Man, has loved Gideon with the innocence of a girl since then, but now loves him with the passion of a mature woman. The Bridegroom, a smooth read, is a predictable love story package equipped with the standard villain, up and down conflicts between the hero and heroine, and chuckles provided by the hilarious older aunts and Helga.

Reviewed in July 2009 by Bonnie.

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