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Publisher's Summary

Rancher Adam Harrington has long yearned to marry a diligent, virginal bride with a sweet disposition. When he reads a young woman's unusual advertisement requesting a mail-order cowboy as her groom, he thinks they might be a good match. He writes the woman a letter saying just that, and she pens a favorable response, accepting him as her future husband. Adam packs up his belongings and heads west to a bright new future.

When Susannah Smith's father bequeathed his ranch to her, it was under one condition: She must be married. For Virginia City's fallen woman, finding a man to marry is no easy feat. The men in town who seek to court the hot-tempered, unwed mother are sluggards and drunks, not the kind of men capable of running a ranch. Desperate to find a suitable husband or else lose everything, she expands her search by listing an ad in the paper.

When the two meet, Adam's commanding presence makes a startling but good impression on Susannah. The attraction between them is undeniable, but that is soon followed by wariness. Susannah had planned to marry a man who would do her bidding, not take over everything. It's her ranch, after all! Equally befuddled, Adam thought he'd be marrying a woman who knows her place, not a temperamental brat who could benefit from some time over his knee.

Susannah feels outraged by Adam's authoritative ways, but his dominant handling in the bedroom leaves her trembling with desire. Will she learn to accept his firm leadership and expectations? And will Adam grow to love the woman who differs so drastically from the kind of wife he thought he wanted?

Warning: Handling Susannah is a historical western romance containing sexual scenes and domestic discipline, including punishment spanking. If these themes offend you, please don't buy this audiobook.

©2017 Amelia Smarts (P)2017 Amelia Smarts

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OH Susannah!

What a sweet and spanking fun historical western! Amelia Smarts does it again with her load able characters and original themes. I have read many mail order bride books, but this mail order groom book had me hooked from the beginning. Adam comes to the suck of Susannah in so many ways. Without giving the story away, we see Adam come in and literally turn Susannah's life around from bratty woman to humble wife. She has a lot of growing to do and Adam is able to help her through her dilemmas. I have to say, I always a cringe a little when the dominant cowboy comes in with the first spanking, but these heroes that Amelia Smarts creates always are such tender men you can't help but fall in love with them. Adam really encompasses so many wonderful qualities and tames his new wife, but I have to say the breakout scenes were the ones between Adam and Caleb. When a rough and tough character like Adam can relate to a small boy like Caleb, you know you have a swoon worthy man.

Ken Solin is the narrator of this fun-loving book. I love his western twang and his slow paced drawl is just how I picture the old west. Perfect for Amelia's books.

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Surprisingly Entertaining

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. Anything with mail-order bride/groom attached ro it makes me cringe, but I'm glad I gave this book a try.

I really liked Adam's character. He did not hold back and had no problems expressing his thoughts and disappointments. When he leaves his own ranch behind to answer Susannah's marriage proposal he's unhappy to discover her trickery when he finds he has to basically audition with 2 other men for her hand in marriage. Despite Susannah wanting a man she can control, she ends up with a man who has no problem taking charge and doesn't hesitate to put her in her place. Susannah gets a reality check when her spoiled behavior that her father enabled in her will no longer be tolerated by her new husband.

I seriously loved how Adam took control and had no problems bending Susannah over his knee to punish her for her childish behavior. But more than that I loved how they wanted their marriage to work and the sexual chemistry was very hot.

The narration was really good and made this book that much more enjoyable.

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A fun quick listen

I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This was a fun, quick listen. Handling Susannah is a great historical romance with realistic characters and issues that are still pertinent today. The part I was less thrilled about was the narration. At times, the narrator seemed monotonous. Otherwise, a very enjoyable listen.

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I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book

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Well Susannah was HANDLED!

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

This was a great story with a great hero.. Adam is a no nonsense honest guy, that doesn't appreciate dishonestly or laziness and Susannah found out the hard way, but I don't think she minded the lessons she learned :)..

Overall, a good story and believable characters.

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This was a quick and easy listen.

This was a quick and easy listen. The genre of mail order bride is one that I particularly enjoy. The idea of love growing after marriage and often after initial dislike is an intriguing plot. This plot was okay, but nothing special. The characters of Adam and Caleb were appealing, but the character of Susannah was bratty and unappealing.

The spanking discipline plot seems to be becoming a popular romance plot. I am finding them too similar and somewhat tame. There is not enough lead up to reasons for such discipline.

The narration of this audio was very poor. The narrator merely sounded as if he was reading a story aloud for the first time! There were stutters that should have been edited, but mainly the reading was uninspired!

This book was given to me for an honest review. Thank you.

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A scorcher!!!!!!

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HANDLING SUSANNAH was a steamy, sexy and sweet story that had me hooked from the start!! This was my first Western spanking book and I am kicking myself for not giving this genre a try sooner!!! The narrative was delightful and addictive, and the discipline scenes between the swoony Adam and his kitten, Susannah was scorchingly HOTTTTT!!!! I adored the sweet scenes between Adam and Susannah's son, Caleb. In a nutshell, this book has converted me and I will be seeking out more audios by Amelia Smarts!

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author.

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wonderful narration for a well written story

OMG I love this narrator. He could read the stock market to me and I would be swooning. He takes a wonderful story and adds such character to it with his voices. What do you get when you add great narration to a superbly written story? Handling Susannah; an audible book that comes alive in audible format. It is soooo worth the credit.

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Nice romance story

Would you listen to Handling Susannah again? Why?

No, I don't often listen to books more than once

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite character

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ken Solin?

Maybe, but not a romance book.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Mail Order Groom and a Connection with a Bride

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Adam's losing his family ranch as the sheep ranchers are taking over. He is tired of being alone as well. He finds an ad of a woman wanting a groom to help her run a ranch and he believes he's found a purpose. So he meets Susannah a single mother who has been spoiled and although she believes she wants to be in charge in her marriage she picks an alpha male and never regrets it.
There is discipline, spanking and yet tenderness in how Adam treats Susannah and her son, The only have a portion of the book I disliked and that was some of the words Adam called her during their bedroom play .
The narrator did an excellent job