Bound for Eden

Bound for Eden

by Tess LeSue

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The first novel in a new western historical romance series that will take readers for the ride of their lives on the Oregon Trail.

Alexandra Barratt has found the perfect man--it's a shame he thinks she's a boy...

Fleeing from the murderous Grady brothers, Alexandra disguises herself as a boy and joins a frontier party heading West, with her brother and sister in tow. The wagon train is captained by the irresistible Luke Slater, who's never met a woman he couldn't charm.

At first, Alex can't believe the way every woman in town falls at Luke's feet, including her suddenly flirtatious sister. But when she sees him naked in the bathtub, she finds herself swooning over him too. If only she could wash the muck of her face and show him who she really is. Unfortunately she has more pressing concerns...

The Gradys aren't about to let Alex, nor the small fortune she stole from them, slip through their fingers. Only by maintaining her ruse does she have a chance of protecting her family. But fate, it seems, is conspiring against her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451492579
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: A Frontiers of the Heart novel Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 587,387
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tess LeSue writes sexy and adventurous romances, set against sweeping historical backdrops. Her current love affair is with the wild landscapes and even wilder men of the Wild West. Bound for Eden is her first Western. Tess also writes literary fiction under the name Amy T. Matthews and teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Flinders University in Australia.

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Bound for Eden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Shelley Murray More than 1 year ago
I love a good story about a woman disguised as a man. Usually they have an element of the man getting some strange feelings for the woman who he thinks is a guy and starting to question his sexuality and/or sanity - but not this one. Ohhhh boy, not this one (though maybe Luke does start questioning his sanity at some point, haha). I LOVE the dual relationship Luke has with Alex in both the ways he know her, both as the beautiful Beatrice and as the "runt" Alex - but boy, he sure is thick. Alex is put again and again into situations where she proves just how tough she is. And boy, is she country strong. I love that she's so strong for her found family, and yet she's still so real and human and has moments where she's vain about the mud caking her face, or jealous of her sister's pretty dress and ability to dance with the men. And then there's Luke... Oh, Luke... he really should have figured things out a little sooner, but I guess sometimes we see what we expect to see. And I suppose a man so used to having women hang all over him must assume that someone NOT hanging all over him must either be male or a child, right? Sure, we'll go with that, haha. Regardless, his continued obtuseness is entertaining and sure gives Alex plenty of time to get spitting mad at him. The writing style was a little confusing. This is told in the omniscient past tense, so the reader gets glimpses into the thoughts and motivations of both the main characters as well as several of the side characters, and at times it could get to be a little confusing. That being said, it was also pretty great to see, for example, Ned O'Brien's growing attraction to Victoria and Victoria's own thoughts, schemes and motivations, as well as Luke's brothers reactions to events. In a way it really helped to give a deeper insight into the overall plot as well as into the main characters themselves that their own introspection wouldn't have necessarily given if the story had been told in a more traditionally seen third person limited POV alternating between the two leads. This is the first book in the Frontiers of the Heart series, but can be read as a stand alone. Tune into the rest of the series to read Matt and Tom's stories (I adored Tom's book, the third in the series, Bound for Temptation), and I have it on very good authority that the author is working on a book about a certain tall, dark, handsome pale-eyed Indian... I hope he finally meets up with that beautiful Archer author woman. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miserable plotting, stupid characters, idiotic dialogue. Do not waste your money!!
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews! Okay, this book was fantastic! It’s unique, absolutely hysterical, and just a really fun time. I truly enjoyed the romance between Luke and Alex, with all of the drama, passion and adventure on the Oregon Trail. Set in the mid-1800s, this story of siblings fleeing their past and headed west is so entertaining, it was hard to put down. Ms. LeSue brought these characters to life and created a world that leapt off the pages. I laughed, I yelled, I cheered… and I even swooned over Luke, who made this story worth reading. This book definitely isn’t your typical romance. The plotting rules don’t apply here, and everything that happens is unexpected and wild. It’s precisely what life on the frontier would have been like and Alex, Luke and the rest of the supporting cast of characters are no exception. If you’re a fan of westerns or someone that has been wanting to give a western/historical romance a try, this is most definitely one I’d suggest you pick up and try. You’ll seriously thank me when you do. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I ended up liking this book quite a lot. I decided to read this book simply because I thought that the premise sounded rather interesting and I usually enjoyed historical western romances. This was one of those books that was really hard to put down once I started reading. I am so glad that I decided to take a chance with this book. Alex and her siblings find themselves in a lot of danger at the start of the story. Everything that happened at the beginning of the book really got my attention and I found myself wanting to read just a bit more. They flee their home to head to their older brother's home but have a long way to go. Some bad men are after them so Alex decides that the best way to escape attention is to pose as a boy. Since the Grady brothers are looking for two women and a man, they will be much harder to find as a boy, woman, and man. I liked this book despite the fact that it had a few things happen that I don't usually enjoy. I don't usually like to see a book's Hero with other women and that does happen in this book. I don't mind so much when it happens before the story starts and is talked about but I don't need to see it on the page. I am also not a huge fan of any Hero that is almost having to beat women off with a stick. I love Luke but I don't think any man is that universally appealing. I also found that I doubted Luke's intelligence. I don't really think that it is believable that he could have spent so much time with Alex without being able to see past her fake identity. All of these things actually worked for this book. I think that some of the charm and the humor worked into the story only worked because Luke was a clueless but irresistible man. Bravo to the author for making me like all of the things I wouldn't usually care for! I liked Alex and Luke. They both had a few flaws that I felt added to their appeal. Alex was tough and determined. I did find some of her early reactions to Luke to be a bit unbelievable but it worked with this story. Luke really was a good guy. I liked the way that he took Alex's family under his wing and felt responsible for them. There were some wonderful secondary characters in the book as well, such as Alex's brother and sister, the local madam that sees everything, and a few members of the wagon train. I thought that the Grady brothers were great villains that I wanted to see defeated. I would recommend this book to others. I had a lot of fun with it and found it to be a quick read. There were a few laughs and a couple of surprises along the way that kept everything very interesting. I was happy to see this couple make it to there happily ever after. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LeSue delivers a strong & entertaining story with plenty of compelling characters!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue is the first book in her new Frontiers of the Heart series. Bound for Eden is a western historical romance that was an enjoyable, fun story with some witty humor. Alexandra Barratt, our heroine, is on the run with her two younger siblings; Victoria and Adam. Having survived the death of their parents, Alex has been pressured by the bad neighboring brothers, who are trying to force her to marry one of them; but they are evil, and bad to the bone. Alex manages to steal some money from those Grady brothers, and escapes with her siblings to join a wagon train. She knows the Grady brothers are looking for two girls and boy, so Alex disguises herself as a boy to throw them off. Luke Slater, who is ready to go home, after a long trek to buy an Arab horse, he meets the boy (Alex) and willingly takes him under his wing, advising him to purchase a wagon and horse to move west. Before they go, Alex gets to see more then she bargained for in Luke Slater, as it seems that every woman throws themselves at him, as he is a known womanizer. Luke enjoys the attention, especially in the whore house he visits, where he meets the woman of his dreams (Alex after she cleans up, and calls herself another name), but she manages to run away before he can find out who she is. Alex finds herself falling for the hot gorgeous Luke, but unfortunately, so does her sister, Victoria. Alex must keep her disguise and secret, as Victoria throws herself at Luke. When the Grady Brothers come close to finding them, Luke will step in and help them, thinking that it is Victoria who they want. They all manage to escape and the wagon train moves west. What follows is a sweet adventure with some danger, excitement and the humorous banter between Alex and Luke. The battle with the Gradys escalates, as they attack the wagon train. When they are caught and arrested, Alex, Victoria, Adam and Luke feel safe, but the danger will rise again. I really liked them together, but this went on a bit too long & I found myself anxious for Luke to wake up and see what others could see; the woman who calls to his heart. When his brothers find the pretty Alex very attractive, Luke’s anger keeps him at a distance from Alex, who truly does love him; but Luke was blinded by his anger. The exciting climax, where both lives are in danger and hanging a thread, had me holding my breath to see if they would survive. It was a very intense finish, but satisfying finish. Bound for Eden was a sweet fun historical western that was exciting, suspenseful and humorous, with a great couple and perfect blend of romance. I suggest you read Bound for Eden, which was very well written by Tess LeSue.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Bound For Eden is my first book by Tess LeSue, hopefully, the first of many. Ms. LeSue has delivered a well-written book, a nice smooth read. The characters in this book are outstanding. Alexandra along with her brother and sister are on the run, fleeing from the Grady brothers. Luke has women clinging to him wherever he goes. He leads the wagon train that Alexandra, disguised as a young boy, along with her sister and brother join. Alexandra and Luke's story is packed with action, drama, humor, suspense and sexy bits. I enjoyed this story from the first page to the last and look forward to reading more from Tess LeSue in the future. Bound For Eden is book 1 of the Frontiers of the Heart Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received with a book I won from Goodreads. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, unique, hilarious. Those are really the only three words I need to describe Bound for Eden. The first book in a new series from Tess LeSue begins with a spike of adrenaline that will stick with you throughout the course of the novel. Alex Barratt and her foster siblings are on the run from horrendous neighbors. The going gets tough and as a last resort Alex disguises herself as a boy for their journey west. Amid the dangers on the Oregon Trail, she must fight to keep her remaining family safe, protect their secrets, and somehow keep her heart from falling in love with charming Luke Slater. This story is drama heaped on top of drama and I actually enjoyed that. It's not at all what I was expecting and that made me appreciate the story more. Not knowing what was around the corner for Alex and her family kept me reading in anticipation. I felt every bit of triumph, jealousy, heartache, and whatever other type of human emotion possible, that the characters experienced. Some were vain, some honorable, some heroic, some just trying to make it in a rough world. Truly, it was amazing how the characters came to life and jumped off the pages! Bound For Eden doesn't follow the typical layout of a romance novel where everything happens as expected or every event follows a tight plotting sequence. It's wild and adventurous, so if that's your cup of tea don't miss out! *ARC provided via First to Read in consideration for an honest review*