02/2016 release

The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton

the-stolen-suitorRating: 3.75 stars
Publication day:
 February 1, 2016
270 pages  
Dreamspinner Press

His future was set until a thief stole his heart.

All of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, knows local dandy Chris Ramsey will marry Trix Stubben, young widow and heir to the richest ranch in the area. But one woman isn’t too keen on the idea. Mabe Crassen wants to get her hands on that ranch, so she sets her older son to court Trix, and her younger son, Jeremy, to distract Chris and lure him astray.

Jeremy Crassen thinks his mother’s scheme is crazy. But he wants desperately to go off to college, which Mabe will agree to—if he seduces Chris. How will shy, virginal, secretly gay Jeremy attract Chris, who seems determined to do the right thing and marry Trix? Jeremy can’t compete with a rich female widow. Or can he?

My View: The Stolen Suitor is part of the Dreamspun Desires series, and delivers a good mix of traditional western tropes. It can be considered an insta-lust to insta-love, but it works as part of the series.

The story is well written and filled with supporting characters. It flows smoothly, but the six points of view were a little excessive.  Since two of the POVs were from female characters pronoun confusion wasn’t an issue.

I like the story, but don’t love it. Jeremy and Chris were right together, but it was more of a relationship of opportunity between the only single gay guys around. From all of the characters, I think Eric was the more appealing and interesting one.

Overall, an easy and entertaining read with three love stories for the price of one.

What I liked the most: For me, Eric, Jeremy’s brother stole the story.

I wanted more/less: Perhaps less POVs.

Who should read it: Fans of traditional western romances.