Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Audio Review Tour: Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride by Eli Easton (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 7hrs 34 mins

Narrated by: Matthew Shaw

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Design


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.

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars!

This book was really fun and interesting. Listening to the audio of this story kept and held my attention throughout the entire length of the book. I was not expecting what the author delivered to us in this book and how good this would be.

The character development and dialogue was in-depth between all of the characters. But I was really amazed by all the descriptive details that were used in every part of the story. How every part was explained and laid out but still wasn’t overwhelming. We got a ton of details about things that really did and could have happened back in the 1800’s. About the old west and the stagecoaches. How people talked, with the different phrasing they used back then and how they acted. It was obvious to me that the author put in a ton of effort making this story seem realistic and believable.

I really enjoyed these characters and all their personalities, especially Robby. Robby “Rowena” was hilarious from the very start. From him having to run and hide out from what he saw, meeting different people along the wagon trail to arriving on the Crabtree Ranch. He had me completely entranced with all of his antics. Some of the things seemed a little unbelievable to me, only because I don’t normally read older western tropes. But that just had me looking deeper into the subject and that’s when I learned “it was me” and the author really did their homework on the subject. Mail Order Brides were a thing, lol. People did in fact drop the f-bomb back in the 1800’s. Also, that people paid so little for everything back then is just astounding to think of. I liked all the sweet stolen moments that Trace and Robby got when no one was around to see them. I know being gay was completely taboo and unheard of back then, so I am happy they found each other, even under the circumstances the got thrown into. I was glad when the wedding was put off until they had the other drama sorted because that would have been all kinds of messy, more than it already was anyways. In the end, Trace and Clovis and the entire Crabtree family wound up being a good group of people to have in your corner and I was happy everything ended the way it did. Fantastically written book.

Oh, and I want to add. The scene with the pigs had me giggling out loud, that was really funny.

Audio – WOW... This narrator Mathew Shaw was fantastic. He was full on acting and performing this book to us even when Robbie was being “Rowena’s” outlandish self. He really truly made Robby’s character believable. I mean he starts off singing the first few lines of the book. He puts a ton of effort into every single character we meet along the way. I was extremely impressed by the vocal performance, because it was a performance he gave us with this one. Not once did I think that he was “reading” the book to us, he totally nailed the narration for this story.

About Eli

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published. 

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs. 

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards. 

In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse.

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