Thursday, May 29

@GoddessFish Review & Giveaway: The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton


The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride

The Heroes of Chance Creek, Book 1
Cora Seton


Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: One Acre Press
Date of Publication: May 18, 2014
Number of pages: 175
Word Count: 56,750



Available at the following retailers:
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Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, has fought insurgents and terrorists, but his current mission is one for the records. Not only must he find a wife—and get her pregnant—or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for over a hundred years, he also must convince his three brothers to marry, too—before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?
Excerpt: 
Her phone rang. Regan jumped, then laughed at herself. It wasn’t like Mason Hall could call to check up on her. It could be Jack, though—still angry she’d walked out on him yesterday. Her stomach sank at the thought. When she found her phone, though, she didn’t recognize the number.

“Hello?”

“Regan?” It was a man’s voice, deep and husky and confident. It couldn’t be Mason. There was no way it could be Mason, but somehow she knew without a doubt it was. A spasm of happiness shot through her—a feeling so unexpected and alien it caught her completely off-guard.

“M…Mason?”

A low chuckle sent tingles down her spine. “How’d you know?”

“Where are you?”

“Afghanistan.” His voice was amazing. She glanced at the photo she’d made into her desktop background. Mason gazed back at her with his serious eyes.

“You can make phone calls from there?”

“I pulled some strings. So, are you?”

“Am I what?” She bit her lip at the excitement coursing through her body. How could she be so turned on by just a voice? How could such a tenuous connection make her feel so alive?

“A big, hairy, 82-year-old man.”

She didn’t answer for a moment. She couldn’t believe he was on the other end of the line. How did she sound to him? Sexy? Or as squeaky as a preteen at a Justin Bieber concert? She struggled to control her tone. “No. Sorry to disappoint you.”

“I’m not disappointed. What are you doing today?”

“I’m not sure.”

“You quit your job, right?”

“Yes.”

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

“Would I answer your ad if I did?”

“Maybe.” There was a pause. “I don’t know you yet, do I?”

Yet. Her breath caught. “No boyfriend. Not for a while.”

“Why not?”

Wow, he went right to the heart of the matter, didn’t he? “I guess I’m picky.”

“Or scared.”

She frowned. “I’m not scared. I’ve tried, believe me. I never met the right guy.”

“Or you don’t know you have yet.”

She didn’t know how to answer that. She should tell him right now she wasn’t interested in men. Had no intention of dating again for years. If ever.

“Regan? Did I lose you?” His voice was soft but demanding.

“You move awfully fast, don’t you?”

“When I see something I like, what’s the point in waiting around?”

He kept knocking her off-balance with that sexy, knowing voice. She tried to pull herself together. “Mason?”

“Yeah?”

“You’re paying a hell of a lot for this call.”

“We could Skype next time,” he suggested.

“Okay.” She bit her lip. Okay? What did she mean, okay?

“There will be a next time, won’t there?” he asked.

“Yeah.”
Review: 

I have been eyeing the Cowboys of Chance Creek Series by Cora Seton for awhile. But it seemed like every time I looked, she had come out with another book.  This is great for an ongoing fan. Prolific authors Rock! But not so much for someone like me, who is now being daunted by the shear number of books to catch up on. So I was thrilled to get a chance to start a new series with the author and maybe catch a glimpse of these Cowboys in her other series.  Let me say, there wasn't a whole lot of these other cowboys, but I wasn't missing them with this hot, hot, hot SEAL turned cowboy.

The book starts with Mason calling his 3 younger brothers, all in different branches of the armed services. They have the opportunity to reclaim their family homestead, but to do so they will need to get the ranch up to full working condition, all be married, and someone has to have a baby on the way - all within a year. Nearly impossible, but the brothers agree they want this chance to get back their family heritage that was taken from them when their father died suddenly when they were too young to take over. Since Mason is the closest to getting out of the service, and the oldest, it will fall to him to get the ball rolling, both on getting the ranch ready, but also on getting married and expecting. To facilitate this, he places an online ad for all 4 of the brothers.

Regan is a woman who is tired of her biological clock ticking away while slaving away at a job she no longer enjoys.  She has recently quit her job as a loan officer, moved into a very small apartment and set up an appointment for artificial insemination to get started on the child she desperately wants.  She plans on starting a small company that will help people with the planning and paperwork for buying a home or starting a business, thereby getting back to what she originally loved about her job - helping people realize their dreams.  On her first night in her new apartment, slightly tipsy from an entire bottle of wine, some tequila shots while playing a Pride and Prejudice drinking game, Regan answers Mason's online ad.

I so enjoyed the back and forth of Regan and Mason as they each got to know one another. First by emailing, then skyping and finally the face to face meeting.  The author does a wonderful job of showing Mason as a take charge Alpha male without turning him into a condescending asshat. Mason listened to Regan, valued her opinion, but managed to retain his air of command and leadership.  I'm not saying Regan was a push over, no way, no how.  Especially not with the sneaky, sexy, obstacle course race she totally cheated at and the way she gave Mason's brothers a chewing out when they totally needed it. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.  This was a 5 star read for me. Totally Loved It!!

Giveaway: 

Cora will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.




Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

May 19:
Crazy Four Books
May 21: 
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May 30: 
Booklover Sue

Author Bio:


Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

To connect with the author online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google + | Amazon Author Page | BN Author Page | Smashwords Author Page


12 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the excerpt!

    vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

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  2. What a wonderful review, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I hope you get a chance to check it out. Thanks!

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  3. I really have to agree with this review. This sounds like an awesome series.

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    1. Yep, believe it is going to be an awesome series. Can't pick your favorite military hero? No need, we are going to get the variety pack. LOL :)

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  4. They seem like a really good, fun couple. I'm going to have to check the book out.

    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh yeah, they were and the little bit the brothers are in scenes together showed that they are going to be great fun in later books. Hope you get a chance to check it out.

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  5. Ahhh so...looks like I need to get these! I've been eyeing them too and just stunned by how many so quickly. It's so overwhelming! lol I'll see if I can work one in soon. Glad it was such a hit for ya!

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    1. I know right!! This is both the blessing and the curse. *grin*

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  6. 5 stars works for me.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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