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Claiming Their Mail Order Bride (A Cowboy Ménage Romance)

Montana Ménage Book 2


One mail-order bride on the run. Two dangerously attractive ranchers. And a huge secret. 

Innocent Sarah Franklin is on the run to escape a fate worse than death. During her long journey west, she befriends Liza Hunter, a mail-order bride who’s agreed to marry two men…at the same time! When her new friend unexpectedly dies just short of her destination, a desperate Sarah seizes the chance to evade her pursuers by assuming the other woman’s identity. Now, she must maintain this façade, or she’ll lose everything, possibly even her life. The scandalous notion of falling in love with two irresistible, protective, and wealthy ranchers is completely out of the question, but her heart has other plans. 

Best friends Larkin Williams and Walt Edwards have always shared everything, including women. After years of trying to find a suitable bride in a town where the men vastly outnumber the women, Walt goes behind his friend’s back to take a chance on a mail-order bride…to share. When his fiancee arrives in the rough-and-tumble gold rush town of Twin Forks, it’s love at first sight for the strong but easygoing Walt, who’s always dreamed of a wife and a family of his own.

But hot-tempered Larkin’s not so sure. Sure, he’s immediately attracted to the lovely young woman and intrigued by her sweet air of innocence, not to mention the realization that she’s hiding something. But helping Walt initiate her into the delights of lovemaking is one thing, and actually taking her to wife is quite another! 

For their unorthodox relationship to succeed, Sarah must find a way to tell Walt and Larkin the truth about her identity and her past before her secret puts everything in jeopardy, including their hearts!

Claiming Their Mail Order Bride is an M/F/M ménage historical romance that’s a slow burn to lots of sizzling-hot loving, a dab of consensual discipline, friendship, forgiveness, and an unforgettable frontier town where the men outnumber the women 100-to-1!

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Then, as if the surprise of an arriving—and highly unwelcome—bride wasn't enough, Walt threw another stick of dynamite into the conversation.

"Our bride," he said quietly. Color rose in his face under his tan and scattering of freckles. "I subscribed to the Matrimonial Hope magazine and saw an ad for a mail-order bride. Miss Elizabeth Hunter has agreed to marry both of us." He paused, studying Larkin's face.

Larkin didn't try to hide his shock and dismay at this turn of events. "Goddammit, Walt!"

"I thought you'd be happy," Walt added, looking unhappy. "Since we usually share our women, I figured that you wouldn't mind sharing a wife. Or maybe you want your own wife? I could give you my copy of Matrimonial—"

"I don't need a God-damned wife!" Larkin exploded. "I'm happy with the way things are! I like women just fine, especially in bed, but I sure as hell don't want to hitch myself to one!" He was so angry that he was shaking. It took all his self-control not to wallop Walt and knock the stupid out of him. "Why the hell did you have to go and do that? And without even talking to me about it!"

"All I'm asking is to give Miss Hunter a chance!" Walt's face flushed, a sure sign that he was getting mad too.

He might be generally soft-spoken and cautious where Larkin tended to charge ahead when he spotted an opportunity, but Larkin knew that his friend was every inch as stubborn as he was. And for some crazy reason, he'd set his mind on marrying this female, sight unseen. "We've been writing letters to each other since last autumn, and I can tell she’s a sweet and caring woman. More importantly, she's a farm girl, and so living out here on the ranch won't come as a shock to her system."

"Sweet and caring, huh?" Larkin snorted. "C'mon, hand over a photograph of this angel. She sounds too good to be true." He shook his head. "Look, if she's everything you say she is, then why hasn't she already gotten herself hitched to a suitor back home?"

"Because she doesn't have any money or any prospects. Her brothers are set to inherit the family farm, and they're bound and determined to keep her a spinster so that she can care for their father in his old age," Walt explained. He sighed. "And that's why she wasn't able to send a photo—no money for one, and she didn't want her brothers finding out what she was up to."

I can't believe he fell for that humbug! Larkin shook his head.

"She's probably a sour, hatchet-faced old stick; you're gonna be really sorry that you got bamboozled," he predicted.

"Well, if you hurry and get yourself cleaned up, we can both meet the train and Miss Hunter," Walt shot back. "Then we'll see who's right."

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