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Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. 

When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is - and can't resist him.

Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up disguised as a woman and betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complicated enough, Trace finds the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. 

But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.

©2018 Jane Jensen Holmes (P)2018 Jane Jensen Holmes

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Loved it!

This is Eli Easton at her best! Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a historical western with plenty of wit, humor, and romance. Full of interesting characters, a terrific plot, and suspense - this book has it all.

Marry the story with Matthew Shaw's fantastic narration and you have a fabulous listen that's so entertaining I went back and listened to it all over again! I loved the way Shaw performs the dialogue and brings the locales and settings to life. This listen is a perfect example of how an audiobook can absolutely feel like a complete experience.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a truly fantastic audiobook - clever, fun, funny, sexy, suspenseful, and absolutely recommended!

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Absolutely brilliant!

From the title and cover, I expected this one to be funny, and I certainly found that. What I didn't expect was the level of emotion and the complete sweetness of Robby and Trace together. The whole story is just absolutely brilliant. Some things, like the Crabtree family's table manners, may have been over the top, but somehow they were just right for this story. And the characters! Each and every one felt real enough to reach out and touch. Eli Easton has taken handfuls of humor, drama, emotion, scorching hot sexy, and a bit of danger, mixed them all up, and created a charming story that is absolutely unputdownable. Then she put it in the very capable hands of narrator, Matthew Shaw, who did a wonderful job conveying all the emotion and excitement this one deserved. This may be my first experience with this author, but it certainly won't be my last.

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A western with hidden depths and lots of laughs

I had read this book a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Hearing it was coming out on audio with Matthew Shaw's narration I was so excited to get it, as his narration on Easton's Howl At The Moon book series was wonderful. Shaw really gets into his performance, making animal sounds and singing. He puts a wide range of emotions into his voice and brings this story to life wonderfully. He started the book with a song which was surprising and delightful, he nailed the accents and tones of voice. In a way Robby, the actor running away from the thugs after witnessing a murder, is a very fitting character for audio narration. Not unlike the narrator himself, Robby takes on many roles and characters to hide is identity and it just fits the audio format so well.

Every character is well rounded, interesting and funny, there are many funny moments but also, hidden depths. Despite this book being a typical western the characters have a deeper sense of humanity and the men in particular a vulnerable side. Trace seemed at first a lazy selfish man, but the scars he carries from the past are much deeper and show his complexity. His family, PaPa and his brothers and sisters in law have secrets themselves but they are kind and loving people once Robby gets to know them. I liked the change he brings into their lives and they to his, and the way Easton managed to bring some of the emotional toll a gay man had to endure in that time. There are a few moments of quite talk between Trace and Robby that touched my soul with the longing these men had for a free life to be who they are.

Thrust into this dangerous situation and forced into a web of lies and deceit the passion and chemistry they share seems transient or that it will not last after Robby's pursuers are taken care of. There is also a lot of action, gunfights and the very real fear for Robby's life. This book has everything a western should have with the added depth of emotions Eli brought into the story and two very real men who just want a place in the world to call their own.
I enjoyed this book very much and the narration only enhanced it.

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A fun story, great narration.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is the first audiobook I've listen to by Matthew Shaw. He does a fantastic job with the different voices needed in this story. His voice has nice deep tones (higher, of course, when necessary) and is extremely easy and pleasing to listen to. Eli Easton's writing is great. The story is both funny and serious and really kept my attention while I was listening to it.

Forced to disguise himself as a woman in order to avoid the bad guys who are after him, Robby becomes Rowena, the mail order bride of Clovis Crabtree. Robby/Rowena catches the eye of Clovis' brother, Trace and he is puzzled by his reaction to her (he has never been attracted to women) until he finally figures out who Robby/Rowena is.

In his role as Rowena, Robby challenges the Crabtree men to behave better and stop treating their women as servants. There is a deliciously funny secret about an activity that the family enjoys which had me in stitches when it was revealed. Robby/Rowena's interactions with the Crabtree family are probably my favorite parts of the book. This is due, in no small part, to the great voices done by Matthew Shaw.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride was a seriously fun story to listen to and I'll be looking for more audiobook performances by Matthew Shaw as well as more stories from Eli Easton.

An copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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Pretty Good

It was a great story but I think it was not my taste of book. There were a-lot of funny parts in the story. The relationship between Robby and Trace was the best part of the story. I like the way they keep a secret for his family and the town too. The narrater was not my favorite in this story. It did not keep my attention went I was listening to it.
#CrossDress #LGBTQIA+…or any other point of view #Family #Marriage #OnTheRunaway #Relationships #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

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what a fun story

What a fun story.

Nice to hear a gay story that's not 50% soft porn.

Let's hear it for the cowboy gentleman!

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  • Autumn
  • Marina, CA, United States
  • 11-01-18

Funny

I really liked Robbie. His partner the sheriff was sort of a dud, but Robbie made up for it. This is not a realistic book- it's comedy, but the characters were sweet and funny.

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Fell Flat

The idea behind this book was interesting. I loved pretty much everything except for the ending. Since I hate spoilers, I'll just say that I was unsatisfied with how they got together in the end. It just left me feeling hollow and saying "Seriously?"

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A Must Listen

Great story development. All the characters came to life and experienced positive life changes from the interactions with the main character. The performance lived up to the story. Great narrator.

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Fun Audio

This was a fun read and the audio makes it even more fun. Matthew Shaw is new to me, but I would like to hear more from him.

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  • Mary
  • 10-07-18

Superb

This was such a rip roaring fun book and the narration was fabulous. Highly recommended.

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  • Book addict
  • 09-08-18

Good listen

I enjoyed this! Fun concept, plot had a decent pace, and I liked the characters.

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  • edga
  • 08-06-18

Loved this, such a good story.

What a charming story. Something totally different from Eli Easton, but even so, as with the majority of her books, I couldn't wait to get hold of it.

As one would expect from Matthew Shaw, the narrative flow engages you from the word go. There's a bit of everything here : comedy, fun, and romance, with a bit of suspense thrown in. The characters are wonderful, the MCs and secondary, all playing their part.

Robby was a force to be reckoned with, both as his true self and as Rowena, as both he was incredibly engaging. His dealings with Pa-Pa were gold. Pa-Pa truly met his match in Rowena/Robby. Also, Robby and the phlegmatic Trace were a match made in heaven.

This is such an enjoyable story, it was warm, funny and entertaining and made me smile. The ending was perfect. I'd love to hear more about Robby and the Crabtrees.

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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 08-09-18

Fun, uplifting, and poignant!

I loved this western adventure and romantic comedy all rolled into one. It was such fun and uplifting too. Apparently, mail order brides were a real thing in the old west, but Eli Easton certainly turned this trope on its head by making the ‘bride’ male. Robby Riverton finds himself in such a predicament, the only way he can escape the ‘baddies’ is to take the place of a genuine mail order bride destined for Clovis Crabtree.

Robby falls for Trace Crabtree, the sheriff of Flat Bottom and brother to Clovis. He’s strong and sexy and smart, and he soon works out who Robby is. Their attraction and relationship builds steadily and, by the time they sneak some alone time together, they are seriously hot for each other. The chemistry between them is smokin’ and we are treated to some lovely sizzling scenes. No condoms or modern lube here, folks!

Being a skilled actor, Robby takes to the role of ‘Rowena’ and whips the uncouth Crabtree ‘hillbilly’ men into shape, improving their manners and showing them how to treat their womenfolk with respect and consideration. These scenes are delightful; well-written and with great characters.

Throughout, there’s the expectation that Robby’s disguise will be uncovered or the ‘baddies’ will catch up with him. Time is short for Robby and Trace, and this makes their romantic connection all the more poignant. And it’s not as if they could have been ‘out’ and seen together in the nineteenth century Wild West. Subtle but spot-on world-building permeates this story.

The story builds to an exciting and rather nerve-wracking climax. No spoilers, but I had tears in my eyes near to the end. There were also some touching moments and the epilogue is just perfect. I always love Eli’s stories and characters, and this heartwarming tale is one of my favourites.

I adored Matthew Shaw’s narration of the Howl at the Moon series and he is just as fabulous here. He created a wide range of identifiable voices—from the sassy Rowena to the sexy voice for Trace to Pa’s high-pitched almost squeal. Matthew characterized each person wonderfully, and there's a whole cast of characters here. He made the already amusing story such fun and so enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommended.

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  • MaryD
  • 08-07-18

Wonderfully amusing story

Such a wonderfully amusing story, I throughly enjoyed it. Loved the Crabtree family and Robbie. Matthew Shaw does a great job with all the different characters. I found myself stopping what I was doing just to listen. I’ll look out for more narrated by him.

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  • ReaderLoves
  • 08-04-18

Flipping fantastic

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard listening to an MM romance audiobook. The story was hilariously beautiful and the narration was flawless.