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Fiery Bride, (Matchmaker & Co. Series, Book 3)
     

Fiery Bride, (Matchmaker & Co. Series, Book 3)

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by Cynthia Woolf
 

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After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would

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After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she'll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker...and a very seductive kiss.

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Product Details

BN ID:
2940148254539
Publisher:
Cynthia Woolf
Publication date:
07/06/2013
Series:
Matchmaker & Co , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
64,262
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.

In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

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Fiery Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by this author, and I found this book to have truly shown the author's growth. While I loved the first romance I read of hers, this book showed a true maturity I had not seen from this author before. The story was incredibly well-written, and I was captivated from the beginning till the end. The characters were well-developed, and I loved the wonderful humor she added between the characters. She truly captured the spirit of the Old West and the entire mail order bride industry. I will warn you that while the profanity is very minimal (even though quite unnecessary), the bedroom scenes are hot and intense. I would have preferred old-fashioned morality being emphasized within the book, but at least the intimate scenes were engaging and quite spirited. I appreciate the fact that the author dealt with the issues of marital abuse and women's lack of independence. Sometimes we forget that these were real issues even way back when, but mostly they were not discussed. I am so glad that our heroine was strong and sassy (and close to my age!). Lately, most of the romance novels I read do involve women in their 30's and up, and I am grateful for this trend. If you love historical romances along the lines of the Harlequin romance persuasion, this book will be right up your alley. It is short, somewhat predictable, but completely endearing. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
My first thought?  Gawds but I love this author’s spin on mail order brides.  What a twist!  And not only to mail order brides but in the story itself.  I never expected this one. This novel has a very smooth flow that draws you in and is so well written that you’re very content to stay there.  Woolf’s descriptions are so natural and real that you can visualize the scenes without trying.  They are so intricate that you can taste the meals that the characters are eating, and smell the world around them.   As usual, Woolf has nailed the time period perfectly.  I also really appreciate her take on driving horses.  Unlike most literature, Woolf doesn’t adopt the status quo but is actually accurate.  The intriguing characters that Woolf presents are extremely well developed for a short novel.  You fall in love with them and their situations, both sides of it.  I absolutely love the air of superiority that the characters adopt to get out of sticky situations.  It seems so natural and real.  It really adds to the character building throughout the novel.  Each time a character does this you learn something new about them.   Woolf also takes the time to develop her supporting cast into individuals that you know, but could see yourself getting to know better.  As a reader you become emotionally invested in the lives of all of these amazing individuals. Overall this was a fantastically unique story that kept me hooked throughout.  It gave me a good few giggles and made my heart soar a time or two.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
I love a book that gives enough detail that it feels like you are right there watching what is going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please let Maggie keep doing her mailorder bride stories. they are a wonderful read.
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I loved this third book in Cynthia Woolf's Matchmaker's series ! It was so much fun reading Caleb and Maggie's story .
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MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Margaret "Maggie" Selby is a widow who suffered for twelve years in an arranged and abusive marriage. Now she runs a successful matchmaking business in New York, pairing women with suitable and trustworthy men. As a survivor of an abusive relationship, Maggie has sworn never to let a man have control over her and her life ever again. She has been corresponding with her latest client, Caleb Black, whose letters have ignited an unfamiliar spark within her. But he is to be set up with another woman, so Maggie can only wish for what she can't have. Caleb Black wants only one woman to be his future bride, and that woman is Maggie. He feels he knows what he needs to know about her, and he wants her. But first he'll have to get her to leave New York and make the trip to Colorado. Sparks fly when they meet in person. Can a woman who never wants to become a man's "property" ever again, and a man who doesn't know what love is, find a way to overcome their personal demons to get their HEA? I loved the hero of this story. Caleb was a widower who was left to raise his daughter all by herself after his wife had died after giving birth. He was a great and loving father, a hard worker, and one sexy rancher. I loved his honesty and tenacity where Maggie was concerned. His cheeky side was also very appealing in the way he indulged her with her plans to bring prospective brides out to the ranch. In all honesty, I think he carried this story more than the heroine did. Maggie. I can't say that I liked her all that much. This story focused a lot on her past shaping her present to the point that it was repeated a lot throughout the story. So much so that her constant excuses were all I remembered of the story. I found her a rather difficult character to connect with. If we take her past into consideration, she wasn't afraid of men or getting close to one. She was just afraid of giving up the freedom she'd found with becoming a widow. Even though she knew that Caleb was nothing like her former husband, she often treated him as if he would become what she feared most even though he assured her he would never take her job away from her. When she realized she'd fallen in love with him, it scared her enough to want to run, but at the same time she would have stayed if Caleb could say those three little words. I would have liked to have seen a bit more character growth from the heroine near the end; an epiphany that she could either take a risk and grab life by the horns or continue to let her past dictate her life and not bemoan how lonely she would be without him. I didn't completely buy their chemistry because the foundation of it was probably established "off-screen" in those letters. If it was mentioned, I can't remember what about her appealed to him so much that he had to have her. Aside from that, my favorite parts of this story where her actual matchmaking attempts. I thought it was cute that nothing went the way she had intended them. The love scenes were hot and steamy, so make sure you have a fan handy. The ending was a little predictable, and again Maggie had a moment where I wanted to shake her hard, but thanks to some meddling friends, all's well that ends well. Even though this book is a part of a series, it can stand on its own. Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author via Black Lion Virtual Book Tours for the purpose of an honest review.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Fiery Bride sweeps the reader back to old west to a feisty matchmaker named Maggie. Spurned by love Maggie has vowed to never fall for another man, but when she starts corresponding with her latest client, Caleb, she feels something that she has never felt before. To Maggie it was harmless because he was hundreds of miles away. Then the unthinkable happens. The bride that Maggie matched for Caleb runs off to marry another man, leaving Maggie to face the dark and handsome Caleb. Maggie and Caleb are prefect for each other. Caleb has to convince Maggie that love is worth the risk. He seduces her, lays claim to her heart, and envelopes her soul with his very essence. The road to romance is never easy, but Caleb always gets what he wants, and he wants Maggie. Be prepared to fall in love with the characters. Laugh, cry, sigh, and yell. This book will warm you heart and take you on an adventure that you will never forget. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.