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Publisher's Summary

Hope Montoya knows someone is poisoning her, but who? She suspects her mother was also poisoned and knows her father was murdered. Who wants her family eliminated? She vows to fight! She realizes she won't last the eight months until she turns twenty-five and her uncle no longer controls her or her estate. Never will she be dominated by a man as she was by her father, as she has seen her mother and grandmothers dominated. If she marries, she gains control now, but only if she weds a man she can trust. Only one man meets her requirements. Can she trust him to protect her and capture the killer…but then to leave?

Micah Stone has been in love with Hope since the first time he saw her. But he was accused of her father's murder and surely would have hung if not for his two brothers' aid. Most in the community still believe him guilty. But the drought has him too worried about water for his dying cattle to care about his neighbors' opinions. When Hope proposes a paper marriage in exchange for land on the Brazos River and much needed cash, her offer rubs his pride raw. His name may be Stone, but he's not made of it. He can't refuse her for long, and so their adventure begins.

©2012 Caroline Clemmons (P)2013 Caroline Clemmons

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Sweet Western Romance

Whenever I get the opportunity to review an author that's new to me I jump at the chance especially if it's a historical romance.

This is the first book in the trilogy of the Men of Stone Mountain. This story focuses on the brother, Micah and his love interest Hope. I enjoy books with a good story and this one delivered an interesting plot, well developed characters, and a sweet western romance. The suspense and mystery in this story added depth and intrigue. The narration was very clear and she did a great job with the accents.

If you enjoy Western Romances definitely give this one a try. I'm off to listen to book 2.

I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom.


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Excellent Story

This book was given in exchange for an honest review via audiobook boom
I throughly enjoyed this story. The Stone brothers are some extraordinary men. This is a break from the traditional telling of stories about bothers usually it starts with the oldest then goes down the line but this is the youngest story. The borthers are trying to help him save his ranch after coming to town to help stop the town hanging him. The daughter of the man he is accused of killig not only testified for him but turned to him when she realized she and her family were being targeted by a killer. First her mother then her father and now her. The brotherrs do what they can to protect her and she hatches a plan of them being married to keep anyone form her land. But the story takes several twists and turns before comeing to a satisfying ending. The narrator was right for the story and she moved it along very well. Can't wait to read book two. The first chapter is included in this book and it is just as interresting as this one is. Worth the credit.
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Sweet Surprising Suspense

Intrigued by the summary of this book, I decided to invest in the almost 8 hours it would take to listen to this story and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed Hope's spirit and love for her family and land. Her passion for life made her character someone I wanted to get to know better and the author didn't disappoint. The whole story developed at a pace I found easy to follow without getting bored. There was always something being revealed about Micah, his brothers or Hope's family, but the twists and turns during the second half were a big surprise.
The attraction and longing between Micah and Hope was nothing short of endearing and I waited, almost patiently, to see if they would get beyond their pasts and see what was in front of them.
I thought Valerie Gilbert did a great job with the voices of the different characters. I had no problems distinguishing one from the other and her timing was spot on.
Altogether it was a very enjoyable listen.

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Sweet Romance with a bit of action

I am not always into Historical Western reads, that being said I really enjoyed this book.

The Stone brothers are delicious hero types. This is the story of the youngest brother Micah. He is just so sweet, don't let that fool you though, he is definitely a take charge kind of guy. Thankfully, he is willing to let his lady make her own decisions about most things, just her safety isn't one of them.

Hope is very sweet most of the time and rather meek. She has a backbone of steel but tends to stay lowkey. I loved the way she mostly saved herself by marrying Micah. THE ladies always kid themselves into thinking they are marrying the hottie to foil the villain, but really they have serious feeling for him. Sigh, classic trope but ya can't help but love it!

The supporting cast is terrific, the brothers are yummy and the aunts are such sweethearts! I hope we see them in the rest of the series! Great little bit of intrigue mixed into the romance.

The steam is rather light, the bedroom door is open, but just barely. Not full on erotic details but plenty of heat to make a gal sizzle. It has a very nice build to the consummation of the marriage.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who does a great job. While the lead character has a Spanish accent it is not heavy handed. The narrator definitely kept the flavor of the accent but made it easy for listeners to understand every word. She has a great feel for the energy and pace of the book, everything moves along smoothly. Her read helps things keep moving even when there is a bit of a lull in the action.

This is a very sweet series. Sometimes I like to take a break from the hot and heavy to enjoy a nice romance. This book was a great break from my norm. I am eager to see each of the Stone men find his HEA!

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Great Read!

Hope knows that someone is trying to kill her, but who? Her mother just recently died under unnatural circumstances and now Hope is the sole heir to the family ranch. She must do one of two things. Survive until her twenty-fifth birthday or get married. Since she doubts she will see her next birthday, she "hires" a bodyguard by marrying Micah Stone, the very man who was acquitted of murdering Hope's father. What a strange web life weaves. 



Micah has loved Hope ever since their first dance, but Hope's father rejects Micah as good marriage material. Now, Hope needs help but there is no one to keep her safe, so when asked, Micah jumps at the chance to be Hope's husband. The question is will this be a marriage of "protection" or will Micah be able to woo his wife? And will he be able to protect his wife from the person who is bent on destroying Hope and her ranch?



I really enjoyed this book by Caroline Clemmons! It was fast paced and a great listen. Valerie Gilbert did a great job narrating this book.

Note: This book has one intimate scene for those who would like to know.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Captivating

Enjoyed listening to this story. Plenty of twists and turns. Looking forward to the next book.

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I live the men of Stone Mountain

I read this book when Caroline Clkemmons first released it, and I loved it [and gave it 5 stars]. Listening to it tonight was like listening to a new book. When reading I sometimes miss or misread some part and have to reread it. Listening helps you hear what the author meant. This is the story of Hope Montoya and Micah Stone. Hope thinks she is being poisoned and turns to Micah for help. I recommend this book highly.

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Brazos Bride

I expected a sweet clean romance & was surprised by the amount of sex described. It wasn't a deal breaker, just my expectations were wrong. Otherwise, I liked the characters, the mystery was well done with plenty of people to choose from who could've been the bad guy. I may have to see what Zach & Joel get up to on their way to love, lol.

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This story was alright.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm not sure. I don't really feel I was every a part of the story, if you know what I mean. It didn't really draw me like others typically do.

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

Big fan of Valerie Gilbert! I’ve listened to many of her audiobooks and have enjoyed the majority of them. She’s great with accents! But for whatever reason Valerie said ‘runed instead of ‘ruined,’ there were a few others word that were mispronounced.

Any additional comments?

I found it strange that Hope didn’t have a Spanish accent when everyone in her family does. Also that Eduardo didn’t have an accent or know how to say certain Spanish words when his parents both speak Spanish.

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loved it

i really enjoyed this book and cant wait for the next book.

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

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  • Patricia Crawford
  • 02-20-15

Fantastic

Much better than I was expecting, amazing author with a great narrator. A gripping story that I had to just finish and see what happens! Would definitely recommend!