“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas
“So beautiful. You make it impossible to think.” He pulled her against him and found her mouth. “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to do this.”
When he let her up for air, she whispered as though she couldn’t trust her voice, “Is this another Texas custom?”
“Absolutely,” he growled. “Welcome to Texas.”
Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach and claims she’s his mail order bride. Brash and quick-witted, the meddling Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.
But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word, especially now that the demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear…
Bachelors of Battle Creek:
Texas Mail Order Bride
Twice a Texas Bride
Forever His Texas Bride
Broday's first Bachelors of Battle Creek historical, set in 1878 Texas, is packed with TV western clich s. Cooper Thorne and his two buddies formed a brotherhood bond during their childhood years at an orphanage. Now someone's played Cooper for a fool and ordered him a bride. He quickly tells Delta Dandridge it's all a mistake, but she's escaping her own past and refuses to return to it. After she lands a job at the mercantile, she charms everyone in Battle Creek including Cooper. The episodic story jolts from one melodramatic scenario to the next: someone infects Cooper's cattle with a deadly disease, a man beats his pregnant wife, and Cooper and Delta abruptly go from standoffish to smoochy. There's little real history underpinning the story, and much of the sparse character development goes toward setting up Cooper's brothers to be protagonists of future installments.