Sheriff Spencer Riley and his mother recently ordered his big brother Clayton a mail order bride for Christmas. Too bad neither one of them bothered to tell Clayton, so imagine his surprise, and Spencer thought it to be one of the funniest things ever...until it happened to him! "After all," his mother told him. "If Clayton can have a mail order bride for Christmas, why can't you have one for New Year's?" So much for the annual scarf and mitten set she usually got for him this time of year! Just what sort of mail order bride was HE going to get?
Elle Barstow spent most of her life at Winslow's Orphanage but now it was time to leave and either find a job (of which there were none) become a mail order bride, or take to the streets of New Orleans and hope for the best. Becoming a mail order bride looked like the safest option, but Elle soon learned things don't always go the way we think they will. Unwittingly involved in a horrendous encounter before she leaves New Orleans, Elle can't possibly marry her future husband when she doesn't know if she's considered guilty of murder! She figures her only chance is to avoid the law, not to mention her future husband, until she finds out what really happened. Easier said than done. Her future husband IS the law!
Rather than getting a scarf and mittens for Christmas, Sheriff Spencer Riley—thanks to his meddling mother—is getting a mail-order bride. Having seen the success that his brother, Clayton, had with his mail-order bride, Spencer’s not really complaining. Although he can tell that something other than marriage is on Elle’s mind.
Elle thought she was seeking safety by becoming a mail-order bride, but she has a small problem. She’s possibly guilty of committing murder and her husband’s the sheriff.
This was a cute, clean, little romance. Having met Spencer in the first book, The Christmas Mail Order Bride, I was interested in reading his story. Sadly, this book was just okay. Some parts of the plot were rushed while other parts were so slow I felt my eyes glazing over.
The interaction between Ellen and Spencer was very limited. He spent most of his time mooning over how beautiful she was and she spent most of her time agonizing over the fact she may have killed someone and her husband-to-be was going to arrest her. If it would have focused on building the relationship between Elle and Spencer the book would have been leaps and bounds better.
Overall, the book was a quick read. The only spark between the characters was a very chaste kiss in front of the fire. While I wasn’t expecting a shag-me-on-the-kitchen-table romance, I was expecting at least some chemistry.