The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton

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StolenSuitor[The]LGThe Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date:  February 1, 2016
Pages: 270 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press • Format: eARC
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Amazon ARe

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?

four-stars

 

Hey, wanna know something? I am a hopeless romantic. Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be. I adore romance, it’s my jam, it’s my comfort zone with reading. From the quiet romance to the erotic and even all the way to PWP, if you give me a shot of feels,  you have me hooked.

What I have come to expect from the Dreamspun Desires series are the feels, the feelings of my first introduction into reading, or rather stealing my sister’s romance novels and devouring this thing called love. It fuels me, it gives me hope and it makes me happy. This series, it’s bringing on the nostalgia and it’s making this hopeless romantic ginger freaking fracking happy.

The latest installment of the series was a blast to read. See, I not only love reading romance but I love watching it and one of my favorite things to watch are the romances on the Hallmark Channel. Sure, they lack the skintastic bump and grind you’d find on other channels but they give me what I want and I adore them. This book, fits right into that category and I fell hard.

The blurb for this gives a hint of a scheming mother, Mabe to get her sons into a wealthy rancher’s family with a plot of the youngest son, Jeremy wooing away the possible suitor, Chris from the newly widowed Trix and having her oldest son, Eric sweep in and marry Trix to get the Big Basin Ranch. Phew… *takes a breath* What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that this story is so much more than that. It’s a romance, yes but it’s a romance story of couples and family. Look up romance in the dictionary and the first entry for it as a noun is: a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. That right there is what this story is about and Easton delivers the romance in abundance.

The Stolen Suitor has a six pack of POV’s and I loved all of them. It’s not just a story about shy virginal Jeremy pretending to be one of the characters he writes to get Chris Ramsey’s attention, it’s about Eric coming to terms with his adulthood and where he belongs, it’s about Trix healing from the death of her husband and being okay with a new love and life again and it’s about Mabe, the boy’s mother and her past catching up with her and the man who ends up right in front of her. The head hoping in this was fun and it read as if were playing on the screen as I watched the story unfold and people fall in love.

I adored Jeremy and loved that not only was he a ginger of the darker variety but his eye color. So often gingers are paired with blue/green eyes and the fact that his were compared to the color of his hair –as mine as a ginger often are – scored points with me. Plus, Jeremy and his career choice and all that he is. I loved him and I found pure joy as he attempted to steal Chris away from Trix… and then, there is Chris. Again, LOVED his POV, he was so conflicted on what to do with his need to be noble and honor his best friends widow,  to take care of her and her daughter. But while Chris is bisexual, he prefers men and his attraction to Jeremy is too strong to deny. Jeremy and Chris were beyond adorable and sexy and I will not be looking at baguettes in the same way for quite some time.

Eric and Trix… sigh. I unexpectedly fell hard for Eric. I thought he would be the rude but lazy older brother to Jeremy and I would eye roll so hard when he came on the page but that never happened. Eric is a wonderful character full of life, love and loyalty who just needed the chance to find where he belonged. I really enjoyed Trix as well, her inner conflict when it came to Eric was giggle worthy while squirmy but her love for her late husband and her daughter was what hit me in the feels. I can’t imagine the thought process and emotions it takes to move on after you husband has passed or the guilt of wanting another man but I loved how it all turned out.

Jeremy and Eric’s mom was a total mess but when you think about her life, you get why. She read so much older than her 42 years but living a hard life, ages you quickly. Stress of income and being a single parent with all the rumors in a small town, it doesn’t make you look like an 18yr old, that’s for sure but I like who Mabe was even if her idea of her boys scheming with Chris and Eric was not so much a plot of the story as a whole, but I am good with that.

The Stolen Suitor was a fun ready full of cowboys (I really need to go back and meet Ben and Joshua…), ranches, boys who don’t know how to fully take what they want but ready to take a chance on love. It was a great story about the family you are born with, the family you create and the ones that you keep close to your heart.

Oh and one last note, I love the cover because it could be either brother, but if the intent was to be Jeremy, I would have liked to see his long hair tucked behind his ears because… it was so endearing. But really, hey Jeremy… where is Chapter 17 my dear boy? Hmm? I wanna know too!

Gah! Okay, I’m done gushing now.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

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