by Megan Hart

October 2003
ISBN: 1-59279-076-3
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Running from a marriage she doesnít want, Caitleen OíNeal heads out to Montana to become a mail order bride. Being lost in a game of poker to a man she could never love forces Caitleen to make drastic decisions. At the train station in Lonesome, she is met by Jed Peters, the man she is to marry. She is thrilled to find out that he is young and handsome. Maybe the marriage will work out after all.

Jed Peters canít believe his eyes when he sees the woman who has come to marry his father. Young and beautiful, she tempts him with every breath she takes. Knowing itís wrong, Jed yields to his desire. Itís only afterwards that he finds out that Caitleen didnít know that he wasnít the Jed Peters who was to be her husband.

Caitleen canít believe whatís happened. But sheíll go through with the marriage because Jed never said he loved her. So she is faced with the fact that sheíll never be able to have the man she loves. Until something surprising happens. Jed has to convince Caitleen that he really does love her. Before he can, Caitleenís past catches up with her and Jed stands to lose everything he loves.

Lonesome Bride, is a good story marred by the fact that neither one of the main characters is particularly likable. They come across as stubborn to a fault with no communication between them except arguing or when they are in bed together. There is a little information on why Jed might not be willing to admit his love for Caitleen. But we arenít given too many hints on why Caitleen stubbornly insists that Jed say he loves her without telling him her feelings. A few of the secondary characters were interesting, especially Sheriff Shaw and Shorty. Unfortunately, they couldnít save the story.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Jenni.

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