Duncan's Bride
Linda Howard     

Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Hot

Available digitally for the first time ever, Duncan's Bride is a classic contemporary romance novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard

It's been seven years since rancher Reese Duncan's first wife left him high and dry, and he's been trying to rebuild his life ever since. What he needs is a dependable mate—someone uncomplicated with whom he can start a family and who will help out around the ranch. At first glance, city girl Madelyn Patterson seems all wrong. But Madelyn isn't after his money or his land. She wants the one thing Reese can't guarantee—his heart.

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Linda Howard is one of my favorite romance authors. I loved basically everything she wrote when she wrote for Harlequin/Silhouette. Duncan's Bride is probably my favorite of her books next to Sarah's Child--if you haven't read this book, you really need to.

This story is the contemporary version of the mail order bride, which Ms. Howard makes totally believable. Why, you ask, would a beautiful woman in her 20s answer an ad for a bride? And why does a hunky, rancher need to advertise for one? Let's just be happy that they did.

Their initial meeting is electric with a capital E but things don't go as you'd expect them to. Eventually, things do work out--so to speak--and Reese and Maddy are man and wife with a nice contract to make things all very official.

The greatness of this story is how they adapt to married life and how their relationship grows. Sexual compatibility is not a problem for these two. It's off-the-charts, and the one place that requires no adjustment at all. Maddy also has to adjust to life on a working ranch. Not always easy. And it's not easy to be married to a man who can't forget what his first wife did to him and expects her to be the same.

There's a hair-raising, heart-pounding moment that had be holding my breath. The ending was the best. It really is. I love it when a man who has a ton of regrets about some things he did. Not gonna tell you what, but I loved it.

All in all, I can't even tell you how many times I've read this book. I have the original Silhouette print book and have the digital on pre-order. Yes, that's how much I love it. And I'm sure you will too.

Reviewed by Beverley