Reese Duncan wanted a wife, pure and simple. Someone to have children with, someone to help him rebuild his ranch, someone uncomplicated...and someone very different from his first wife, the woman who'd destroyed his life. But he hadn't bargained on Madelyn Patterson. She was sophisticated and citified, and she was willing to herd cattle, keep house and start a family with Reese. The only thing she asked for in return was love - the one thing Reese refused to guarantee.
©1990 Linda Howington (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Plot: divorced and very bitter rancher Reese~ takes out an ADD for a wife.
Reese Duncan has a run down ranch and lots of debt from his divorce from ex wife April. He wants children and needs a "wife" so he takes out an ADD in the paper. Socialite Madelyn Patterson has looks and money~ but spots the ADD. She replies to the wife wanted ADD. This is fun from the beginning. Reese sends her a bus ticket and she arrives in a plane. He lays out his rules from the beginning. He is bitter and distrustful of women...all women. Maddy and Reese find their marriage is full of passion. Reese wants to make all the 'rules' in the marriage. Maddy and Reese work the run down ranch and plan for the baby they both want. When Maddy pays off the ranch debt Reese is livid. This is a form of betrayal in Reese's eyes...... She is not following his 'plans' and he takes it out on her. Pregnant Maddy decides she has taken enough "crap" from Reese and packs her bags and moves out. But moves down the road to "Flora's Café" and is hired as a waitress. How DARE she move out and take "his baby" ....away from the ranch? The fun begins when dominate male/husband Reese arrives to "drag" the unwilling bride home. LOL. When a LOUD NO ....has Reese stomping out of the diner. Reese has to "court' his own wife with an audience of customers and Flora. You will laugh out loud at this. And Maddy finds she can teach an old dog/husband a few new tricks. This is an excellent audiobook. Lesa Lockford is good reader. This story moves along and keeps us interested. The passion is HOT. The road to happiness for Reese has plenty of pot holes....but the ending is fun and worth it. I give the 5 STARS~ Lockford continues to improve her skills with each new book. This is one of the BEST of the early Linda Howard books. Look for another....excellent Linda Howard early gem....HEARTBREAKER in October by Dreamscape media and audible.
I have always loved a story with a strong man and a stronger woman. Madeline was a loving wife but not Reece's doormat .
Madeline's character was my favorite. She portrayed her just as I had always thought of her from the original book which I read many years ago.
No extreme reaction. It was like getting to visit an old friend in a new way. Loved this book in audio.
The narrator was well chosen. I enjoyed this audio very much.
This is the first time I've listened to a Linda Howard book instead of reading and I found it a bit wish washy compared to her other books. It may be because of the narrator though. Still, a sweet story.
pretty good if you can suspend belief a while. I mean what rich beautiful woman would willingly marry a man like that for nothing at all? I kept thinking, what is she getting out of the deal to do this to herself? Supposedly it is because she fell head over heels for the neanderthal at first sight. I think the story would have been more believable if it had been set in an earlier time period, like the 1800s. Today's woman would not be told when and where she can go. No man would tell her to stay home, clean, have babies and dinner better be on the table when the husband gets home and swoon because he's just so darn dreamy...no man is that dreamy to put up with that.
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Not my favorite but I was intrigued by the story line. Wondered how the author was going to work it out. In the end rather slow and repetitive.
fun, romantic, page turner
Easy romance that kept me turning the page, got so involved with the characters that I am sad it is over.
Love books, preferably romance and suspense. Typically read/listen to 3-5 a week.
I love Linda Howard books. This book was a sweet simple romance book. A little drama, but not much. A little sex too. Sometimes you need a simple book to get you through. I enjoyed the book. I was not sure I would like it but the story draws you in and you are left wanting to know how it ends up. Not realistic. Well, I don't think in today's society a person would answer a newspaper ad for a wife and you fly to meet this person and then marry them.
All in all it was fairly good. The character development was pretty good and story held my attention. Reese was a mean, bitter person and his mail order bride change him and he is able to forgive and live again. The only thing that really bothered me was the total end. An epilog would have been great.
If you are looking for a quick easy read this one is for you.
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