Emma James felt secure in her life. Money, social standing and the protection of her step-brother. Or so she thought. When she discovers his dark secrets, he turns on her and sells her to a western brothel to keep her quiet. There, she's forced to work or participate in an auction. A virgin auction...and she's the prize.
Tessa Bowers grew up in Liberty, Montana but never knew of the well hidden and very strict rules for married women. If she had, she might not have flirted and set her sights on the wealthy rancher, Cole Bridger. Cole wasn't a man controlled by anyone, let alone the little spitfire trying to lure him to the alter. He decided who he married. He decided when. So when Tessa shows up for church one Sunday, she enters as Miss Bowers and leaves as Mrs. Bridger.
Branded a harlot for undoing a confining button on her blouse, Catherine Langton finds herself rejected by the man she is to marry, leaving her in a predicament: mail order bride or the poorhouse. Her decision is simple, and she arrives in Liberty, Montana, to marry a man she's never seen, her only desire to be a pleasing wife.
Ellen Oldsmere, believing she'd killed an overly amorous suitor, agreed to become a mail order bride for a complete stranger in the Montana Territory in order to flee Minneapolis and avoid prosecution. When she arrives in August Point, her husband is all that she'd imagined, and then some. He's handsome, virile and sexually skilled. But there's a problem for this new bride; her new husband is also the town sheriff. How can she be married to a man who would surely arrest her if he found out her secret?
Three Vanessa Vale novellas in one! Three women are now widows from a disastrous mine collapse. Alone in the Montana Territory, each need a man to protect and cherish her. Because of a pact, three men will see this done.
"Good stories, not so good narrator"
Caroline Turner hopes the decision to become a mail order bride will offer her the freedom she's longed for her entire miserable life. Being abused by her father, she chose the Montana Territory and Mr. Horace Meecham as an escape. Could this man give her the life she'd only dreamed of and make her forget her past?
"Another incredibly good story from V. Vale!"
Having escaped isolation on her father's ranch, fiery Sarah Jenkins is determined to avoid the fate of her stepmother, Devney, who now lives under the domination of her new husband in Liberty, Montana. But Sarah's plans to flee to the big city run afoul when she encounters the handsome Ericksson brothers.
For Emily Winston, leaving her old life as her aunt's ward to become a mail-order bride in Montana constitutes a much-needed fresh start. But among the baggage she's hauling on her way to meet her new husband is a dark secret. The aunt who raised Emily also ran a brothel, and the young woman's sexual knowledge and exploration at her own hands has left her something other than a typical virgin.
"A wife with a secret...say it aint so!"
Widow Devney Jenkins needs to remarry and quickly. Not only is she sought after for the vast ranch her husband left her, but she's remarkably still a virgin. She's quite a prize for any money-grubbing bachelor. She married her first husband out of sheer desperation, and it got her seven years of isolation and loneliness. It was not something she wished to repeat, so she decided to forge her own path.
When Piper Sinclair finds herself hauled in by a bounty hunter in connection with her family's crimes, the sheriff's word that she wasn't involved should be enough to make her captor let her go. But Wiley Easton isn't buying it. He's heard that a woman was involved in the crime spree that left several people - including his own father dead. If the sheriff won't lock her up until the judge arrives, he'll keep her captive and naked so she can't escape.
When Laurel Sinclair's uncaring father seeks to pawn her off in marriage as part of a business deal, she seeks to avoid her fate by fleeing. But running away in a Montana blizzard proves to be a terrible mistake. When handsome ranchers Mason and Brody find the stranded redhead next to her injured horse, they take her in and immediately decide to make her theirs, convinced they can convert the beautiful stranger to an unusual arrangement of marrying them both.