The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride

The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride

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by Cora Seton
     
 

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If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family's ranch, he'll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle-and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit-at least in her e-mails. She

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If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family's ranch, he'll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle-and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit-at least in her e-mails. She wants the same thing he does: a temporary marriage to secure an inheritance. But when Zane meets Kenna, she's nothing like he expects, and Zane finds himself changing his priorities, fast.

If Storm Willow wants to save her family's seaside cottage, she'll have to keep her boss happy-which means taking Kenna's place and marrying Zane when Kenna is detained out of the country. As long as Storm acts her part, no one will know that she's an imposter. But when she falls for the handsome Marine, Storm begins to wonder if holding onto the cottage is worth giving up on love.

Can a fake marriage lead to real happiness? Or is disaster just a heartbeat away?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927036686
Publisher:
One Acre Press
Publication date:
04/27/2015
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
247,637
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride (Heroes of Chance Creek, #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I adored the first two books in this series. I gave each one a 5 star rating. The next book, a Christmas themed one, most recently renumbered as #2.5 - featured friends of Mason and Regan (book 1) meeting up at Chance Hall for Christmas. It was an enjoyable read, but didn't invoke the response of the first 2. This book gets us back on track with Zack's (book 2) twin, Zane the marine. I had a hard time getting into this book. Probably because Storm's character hit a bit close to home for me. It made the read a bit uncomfortable and I couldn't totally immerse myself in the beginning of the story. Looking back, while Storm is lying and pretending to be her boss, the story has this ever so slight jaggedness, like music slightly off key. Once the truth comes out and consequences begin to be dealt with, the tone of the writing smooths out and you can literally feel the relief.  As this marks the 3/4 mark for the brother's stories, there is some major movement in the over all story arc and while the twists weren't shocking, they were nicely done. I think I know where the last book in the series is heading, but until The Airman's Email Order Bride comes out, I won't know for sure. I am giving this one 4 stars and hope that the conclusion ends on a bang. Thanks to the author for the opportunity to review the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
184 pages, a lot shorter than book two. I thought book one was fun (although these are all just a lot of fluff), book two was just "ok", but this one was so very shallow, tedious and predictable. I was disapointed.
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pegasus-one More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this series.
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The first book, about navy SEAL Mason, does a good job building romance. In order to inherit the family ranch Mason and his brothers have one year to marry, have a child, and rebuild the rundown ranch. A chance internet encounter, a slowly building relationship, funny discussions about questions to ask if you want to find out whether you and your future spouse are compatible, and gritty details about the work required to rebuild a ranch made for a fun modern take on the old west mail order bride story. The second book, about special forces soldier Austin and Hollywood actress Ella was still satisfying because of its jabs at Hollywood movie and TV craziness, and plot elements dealing with post-traumatic stress. Ella gradually helps Austin overcome survivor's guilt. The scene between Austin and his deceased friend Donovan's parents was really touching. Unfortunately this third story, about Zane and Storm is disappointing. After lists of other books and teasers, the story is much shorter than the first two - about 170 pages. The premise is that Zane, who is Austin's twin and just out of active service as a Marine in Afghanistan, makes a deal online with Everest mountain climber Kenna for a temporary marriage, so that each can gain their inheritance. Kenna is non-existant in the story except for two telephone calls. Storm is Kenna's overworked personal assistant. Storm has spent eight years sacrificing her childhood, educational goals and personal relationships struggling to support her mother and care for her three younger sisters after the death of her professional surfer father when Storm was only 15. For a promised $30,000 bonus, Storm will pretend she is Kenna for six weeks. Kenna even provides falsified drivers license and passport to use as identification for the marriage to Zane. The potential for character development with Storm's backstory is mostly a throwaway, except for the confrontation scene where Storm finally stands up to her mother. Zane's experience as a Marine is a throwaway except as an excuse for his physique. When Storm and Zane meet there's instant attraction, followed by lots of sex, and both think maybe the temporary marriage might really work. The consequences of building a marriage based on false assumptions are never really addressed, and suspension of disbelief is required throughout the story. For example, while Mason made a thorough background check scoping out his online bride, Zane accepts a grainy image of the worldly mountain climber so he doesn't realize that Storm isn't Kenna. Storm, who barely finished her GED suddenly has the intelligence and skills to assume management, marketing and stocking the failed clothing store in town. Occassional plot elements involving other characters from the series drop in. Legal ramifications of the substitution and falsified documents are glossed over. The slow relationship build of the two earlier books is lacking. Every other scene is a sex scene between Zane and Storm. While Storm's frustration at losing her childhood and dreams is addressed, character background, development, and realistic details are lacking. $4.99 for nothing much more than lot's of mediocre sex scenes. Definitely not for younger readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was rushed especially the last few chapters which were a mess of storylines trying to get wrapped up quickly. Maybe it was to try and get everything in and keep the number of pages low because thiis book was very short. Storm and Zane were ok but actually boring because we didnt get to see much of their daily life so we didnt really get to know them. Please more details in the next book!
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I really like this series even though I think each individual story could be longer. Zane is a really sweet character and I like that you get to see how the rest of the characters are doing throughout the book.
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Ready for the next installmemt. Missed the humor that was in Austin's book, but it was an enjoyable, sweet romance story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another clever story written by Ms. Seton... I get her sense of humor and just loved this four book series... The characters are likable and fun.. I have really enjoyed the romantic twists and turns and Aunt Heloise is the family matriarch and somebody to be reckoned with... Each of the brothers were in a different branch of the military and each has now come home to take over the run down family ranch... Each day is a hoot in spite of their problems getting things back on even footing... And if you want to see some sexy cowboys, you need to see these four.
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This story had me hooked from page one. I couldn't put it down until I was finished with it. I think Zane and Storm may be my favorite couple.