The Reluctant Bride

The Reluctant Bride

by Leigh Greenwood

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The Reluctant Bride 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
If Slow and Stupid are your style -- Read on! Russ doesn't like women. Understandable considering that his mother and sister were both the town bimbos and apparently didn't care for him at all. His natural father takes off before he is born and his stepfather doesn't like him. He has obvious trust issues. Tanzy is from a Kentucky mountain family that has just about wiped itself out in a hundred year old feud. She is not sure about Russ because he has an archenemy who is trying to kill him. She can't seem to tell the difference between self defense and feuding. It takes Russ and Tanzy an agonizing three quarters of the book to even admit they love each other. And the next day Tanzy decides that she will help Russ by going to work as a saloon girl in his enemies bar. Which of course makes her another town bimbo. Russ is pretty devastated but she is doing it for his own good. Thank god he didn't commit suicide like his mother, father and maybe even his sister did. Fortunately her brilliant plan works and alls well that end well. Really? I'm a greenwood fan but this was beyond disappointing. Save your time and money.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't generally gravitate towards western set historical romances. Cowboys do not make my little heart go pit-a-pat. But every now and again, I dip back into the sub-genre to see if things have changed for me at all. Unfortunately, the answer, as of this reading, is still no.Tanzy escaped from her Kentucky mountain home after her whole family died feuding with neighbors. Once she was left defenseless, her uncle planned to marry her off to her horrible cousin. Instead she fled to St. Louis where the only work she could find was in a gambling hall, not the place for a respectable girl. And so on the advice of another girl, she becomes a mail order bride, traveling out to Colorado Territory to marry Russ Tibbolt. Her first sight of him is when he defends the stagecoach against bandits and she feels a frisson of something for him even then. So it is a shock to her to hear that he is persona non-grata in the small western town.In his youth, he was convicted of murdering the town leader's younger brother and although the conviction was a set-up, he did his time and has come back to Boulder Gap to resume his life. Too bad the townsfolk, led by Stocker Pullet, won't let him, continuing to believe Stocker's assertion that Russ is a liar and a murderer. No matter what Tanzy thinks about the man she somehow knows is decent, she refuses to be caught up in another feud so she isn't willing to marry him. Staying in town and starting to work as the local teacher, she comes to see the best in Russ and in a young boy, Tardy, whose aunt continually degrades and demeans him. When Tanzy's background is called into question and she loses the teaching job, she ends up out on Russ's ranch where she falls farther and farther in love with him and determines to clear his name somehow.While the plot is intriguing, there's a lot of wishy-washy bits where we hear Tanzy and Russ disagree about the nature of the "feud" and whether or not it should be an impediment to their marriage. Add to that Russ's ingrained distrust of women and lack of respect for their opinions and you have a recipe for disaster. Even worse, Tanzy seems to finally understand that it's not a feud but almost immediately does an about face and becomes stupid over the subject again and Russ realizes that Tanzy is an honorable adn trustworthy woman but then turns right around and completely discounts her opinion again. Argh! Both she and Russ are fairly sympathetic characters but there wasn't much of a spark to speak of between the two of them. They'd have done better to partner in opening a home for wayward boys. OK, not really, but this felt entirely too long and drawn out, especially since it was not only clear who was framing Russ for cattle rustling but also how right from the beginning (and this was not carelessness on the author's part as he tells the reader). And so there was no suspense to speak of, lackluster sexual tension, and ubiquitous misunderstandings between characters here. I might have been more forgiving if this had occurred in a romance set in a time and place for which I have more fondness, but perhaps not. As I understand it, fans of western romances really love Greenwood though I did not.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Tanzy decided to become a mail-order bride in order to avoid a marriage to her cousin, after most of her family was killed in a horrific feud. However, when she travels to meet Russ Tibbolt, she finds him in the middle of a shootout. Distraught over the violence, she refuses to marry him, until they get to know each other better. Just one problem, their attraction for each other puts their lives in danger when the past returns. This book is a tedious read, since the first half of the book is slow. However, the intrigue picks up towards the end, when Tanzy decides to go undercover to help Russ survive. Greenwood does a good job of describing the details of the western territory and the ‘town.’ Readers will enjoy feeling like they stepped back in time, while they worry for the character’s safety. Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really enjoying this one until near the end when Tanzy, after FINALLY agreeing she is in love with Russ, and understands his mistrust of women, decides to 'help him' by appearing to betray him so she can solve the problem of the 'feud'. To be honest, I was so frustrated by her doing this I stopped reading the book. No longer cared what happened because she did something so stupid.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1872 mail order bride Tanzy Gallant travels from St. Louis to meet her future spouse rancher Russ Tibbolt in Boulder Gap, Colorado Territory. Near the end of her trek she sees her husband for the first when she watches him shoot fleeing outlaws with buckshot. Uncomfortable with violence and hearing about Russ¿ reputation from a traveling companion that he killed someone ten years ago, Tanzy decides to delay the nuptials insisting to Russ they need to know one another better; Russ reluctantly agrees.--- Russ is attracted to the sassy Tanzy and begins courting his fiancée. She soon sees a different picture of the person so many fear; instead he is kind and caring. As they fall in love, his past surfaces when an enemy snatches his Tanzy to get at Russ.--- Leigh Greenwood always provides one of the year¿s best western romances, but his latest tale may be the best in an illustrious career. The lead couple is a likable pairing that readers hope come together as their interplay is terrific fun to follow. However, what makes the tale is the realistic support cast as the audience gets a different taste on relationships that would send someone less courageous than Tanzy is back to St. Louis. It is only January and once again Mr. Greenwood will have one of the sub-genre top guns of 2005.--- Harriet Klausner