Review for Their Reluctant Bride by Vanessa Vale

Their Reluctant Bride
Book 6
Bridgewater Ménage Series

Genre: Historical Western Erotic
Word count: 35,000

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Emily Woodhouse is a penniless, homeless widow thanks to her recently deceased husband. His gambling ways have placed her in a desperate situation. Faced with working off his debt in the basest of ways, she chooses instead to accept Tyler and Xander's unconventional marriage proposal. She won't be marrying one man, but two.

Tyler and Xander know instantly that Emily is the one for them. Not only does the widowed young woman rouse their protective natures, she knows of their customs regarding a two husband marriage. Despite the fact that Emily needs the safety they can offer, she isn't eager to remarry. She might be reluctant, but they will show her what it will be like with two men to cherish, protect and possess her.

But the past catches up with them in the most dangerous of ways. Only in facing the past can they forge a future together.

You need a wife and Emily is perfect.”
“She’s just lost her husband. How could she be perfect if she’s clearly not interested?” I angled my head toward the direction she’d gone.
“Her husband gambled and drank to excess. While she never once confessed it, I believe he hit her. He was cruel to her at the very least. She is not the least bit sorry he’s dead. In fact, if she weren’t such a nice person, she’d be dancing on his grave.”
The idea of anyone hurting Mrs. Woodhouse made my hands clench. She was too small, too… dainty—even with her lush curves—to protect herself from the likes of a man Olivia described.
“Then she can find a man she truly likes this time around. She’s young, beautiful. She’s a catch for any man in town.”
Olivia grinned. “So you think she’s beautiful?”
“Any conscious man would think so,” I countered.
“Then you should offer for her.”
I sighed, exasperated. “Why?”
“Because you and Xander need a wife.”
I shook my head. “We do not need a wife.”
“I see the way you look at the couples at Bridgewater. Everyone’s happily married. It’s hard, I’m sure, for you to witness since no one else marries like we do. Like your parents. You want a marriage with Xander like all of us at Bridgewater. Admit it.”
“Of course I admit it. I won’t marry any other way.” I put my hand up. “That does not mean that our bride should be Mrs. Woodhouse.”
Olivia pursed her lips. “She has to marry.”
My brows went up. “Again, why?”
“The bank is taking the ranch. Debts, most of them I’m sure are because of her husband’s gambling. She has no place to go. No money. She’ll have to get a job and there are none, unless she wants to work on her back.”
“Olivia,” I warned.
“What? It’s true.” Olivia took a deep breath. “She’s going to have to marry. A woman doesn’t have any other options. It might as well be you.”
I frowned. “Is that a compliment?”
“Of course, it is. She deserves someone—or two someones—who will be good to her. I know you and Xander would be. Plus, I know her well and she knows about how we marry. I like her. Trust me, you’ll be well suited.”
I turned so I could look at the woman’s retreating figure. Well suited? I had no doubt we’d be very compatible in bed. She would be no hardship to look at. That did not make a marriage, but it certainly helped.

My Review

Vanessa Vale's "Their Reluctant Bride" is the sixth tale in the Bridgewater Menage series. I've read other books in the series, and it is not necessary to read them in order. I like this one - it's a little different since Emily's a little more experienced than the gals usually are in these tales. I love the two different feels of Xander and Tyler. The dark and the light! Sexy as always! Just a couple more for me to read in this series now!

4.5 out of 5 stars


Other books in the Bridgewater Menage Series:
Their Runaway Bride- Book .5 (Available for free on my web site!)
Their Kidnapped Bride- Book 1
Their Wayward Bride- Book 2
Their Captivated Bride- Book 3
Their Treasured Bride- Book 4
Their Christmas Bride- Book 5
Their Reluctant Bride- Book 6
Their Stolen Bride- Book 7
Their Brazen Bride- Book 8

My Reviews of #1 - #4 and #7 & #8:

Vanessa Vale's "Their Kidnapped Bride" is the first tale in the Bridgewater Menage series. I've read other books in the series, so I thought I would come back and see how it all started. I really liked getting to know some of the larger storylines that surround each of the standalone tales in the series. As usual, there are plenty of hot sexy scenes. The leading men are super hot. I definitely need to go back and read every book in the series.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Vanessa Vale's "Their Wayward Bride" is the second book in the Bridgewater Menage series, but you can read it as a standalone. I loved it! I rarely give a straight 5 stars, but this one deserves it. Mason and Brody are totally sexy. Laurel is strong and curvy and beautiful. This series is just so amazing! I can't wait to read #3!

5 out of 5 stars

Vanessa Vale's "Their Captivated Bride" is the third tale in the Bridgewater Menage series. You can read it as a standalone, but why would you want to? This one has a different flavor to it. Olivia builds up an amazing bond with her three men - Simon, Rhys, and Cross. Each has his own troubles, and yet their come together perfectly. They protect her and she heals them. I am loving the series and have already ordered #4 and #5!

5 out of 5 stars

Vanessa Vale's "Their Treasured Bride" is the fourth tale in the Bridgewater Menage series. You can read it as a standalone, but it's so hot you will want to read them all, I certainly have and I have already ordered #5. I love the Scottish accents, so hot! Dash and Connor are totes sexy! Rebecca is prim and proper and they have to *re-educate* her! Love it! Nom...nom...nom...need to read all of these! I love this series.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Vanessa Vale's "Their Stolen Bride" is the seventh tale in the Bridgewater Menage Series, but you can read it as a standalone, I did. Although as soon as I finished it, I went right on and one-clicked two more from the series right was *that* good! Very, very will want to get your batteries ready! The storyline was interesting as well. I love a good M/M/F read! I don't give many straight 5 stars, but this one deserves it! I can't wait to read more from Vanessa Vale!

5 out of 5 stars

Vanessa Vale's "Their Brazen Bride" is the eighth tale in the Bridgewater Menage series, but you can read it as a standalone, I did. I love the Landrys! Gabe and Tucker are very sexy men. I loved the details and the backstory. It has hot sexy scenes and just the right pacing! I missed a few of the Bridgewater Menage books and I need to get them ASAP!

 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author

Who doesn't love the romance of the old West? Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. They're deliciously naughty reads that sometimes push the boundaries of fantasy. It's pure escapism with quite a few very hot, very alpha cowboys.

When she's not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She considers herself to be remarkably normal, exceedingly introverted and fairly vanilla, which does not explain her steamy stories and her fascination with cowboys, preferably more than one at a time.

She lives in the Wild Wild West where there's an endless source of 'research' material.

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