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Summary

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.

©2018 Jane Jensen Holmes (P)2018 Jane Jensen Holmes

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This was such a rip roaring fun book and the narration was fabulous. Highly recommended.

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I enjoyed this! Fun concept, plot had a decent pace, and I liked the characters.

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Fun, uplifting, and poignant!

I loved this western adventure and romantic comedy all rolled into one. It was such fun and uplifting too. Apparently, mail order brides were a real thing in the old west, but Eli Easton certainly turned this trope on its head by making the ‘bride’ male. Robby Riverton finds himself in such a predicament, the only way he can escape the ‘baddies’ is to take the place of a genuine mail order bride destined for Clovis Crabtree.

Robby falls for Trace Crabtree, the sheriff of Flat Bottom and brother to Clovis. He’s strong and sexy and smart, and he soon works out who Robby is. Their attraction and relationship builds steadily and, by the time they sneak some alone time together, they are seriously hot for each other. The chemistry between them is smokin’ and we are treated to some lovely sizzling scenes. No condoms or modern lube here, folks!

Being a skilled actor, Robby takes to the role of ‘Rowena’ and whips the uncouth Crabtree ‘hillbilly’ men into shape, improving their manners and showing them how to treat their womenfolk with respect and consideration. These scenes are delightful; well-written and with great characters.

Throughout, there’s the expectation that Robby’s disguise will be uncovered or the ‘baddies’ will catch up with him. Time is short for Robby and Trace, and this makes their romantic connection all the more poignant. And it’s not as if they could have been ‘out’ and seen together in the nineteenth century Wild West. Subtle but spot-on world-building permeates this story.

The story builds to an exciting and rather nerve-wracking climax. No spoilers, but I had tears in my eyes near to the end. There were also some touching moments and the epilogue is just perfect. I always love Eli’s stories and characters, and this heartwarming tale is one of my favourites.

I adored Matthew Shaw’s narration of the Howl at the Moon series and he is just as fabulous here. He created a wide range of identifiable voices—from the sassy Rowena to the sexy voice for Trace to Pa’s high-pitched almost squeal. Matthew characterized each person wonderfully, and there's a whole cast of characters here. He made the already amusing story such fun and so enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommended.

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Wonderfully amusing story

Such a wonderfully amusing story, I throughly enjoyed it. Loved the Crabtree family and Robbie. Matthew Shaw does a great job with all the different characters. I found myself stopping what I was doing just to listen. I’ll look out for more narrated by him.

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Loved this, such a good story.

What a charming story. Something totally different from Eli Easton, but even so, as with the majority of her books, I couldn't wait to get hold of it.

As one would expect from Matthew Shaw, the narrative flow engages you from the word go. There's a bit of everything here : comedy, fun, and romance, with a bit of suspense thrown in. The characters are wonderful, the MCs and secondary, all playing their part.

Robby was a force to be reckoned with, both as his true self and as Rowena, as both he was incredibly engaging. His dealings with Pa-Pa were gold. Pa-Pa truly met his match in Rowena/Robby. Also, Robby and the phlegmatic Trace were a match made in heaven.

This is such an enjoyable story, it was warm, funny and entertaining and made me smile. The ending was perfect. I'd love to hear more about Robby and the Crabtrees.

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Flipping fantastic

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard listening to an MM romance audiobook. The story was hilariously beautiful and the narration was flawless.

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  • Belen
  • 06-08-18

Loved it!

This is Eli Easton at her best! Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a historical western with plenty of wit, humor, and romance. Full of interesting characters, a terrific plot, and suspense - this book has it all.

Marry the story with Matthew Shaw's fantastic narration and you have a fabulous listen that's so entertaining I went back and listened to it all over again! I loved the way Shaw performs the dialogue and brings the locales and settings to life. This listen is a perfect example of how an audiobook can absolutely feel like a complete experience.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a truly fantastic audiobook - clever, fun, funny, sexy, suspenseful, and absolutely recommended!

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  • Momma Becky
  • 11-08-18

Absolutely brilliant!

From the title and cover, I expected this one to be funny, and I certainly found that. What I didn't expect was the level of emotion and the complete sweetness of Robby and Trace together. The whole story is just absolutely brilliant. Some things, like the Crabtree family's table manners, may have been over the top, but somehow they were just right for this story. And the characters! Each and every one felt real enough to reach out and touch. Eli Easton has taken handfuls of humor, drama, emotion, scorching hot sexy, and a bit of danger, mixed them all up, and created a charming story that is absolutely unputdownable. Then she put it in the very capable hands of narrator, Matthew Shaw, who did a wonderful job conveying all the emotion and excitement this one deserved. This may be my first experience with this author, but it certainly won't be my last.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 08-08-18

A western with hidden depths and lots of laughs

I had read this book a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Hearing it was coming out on audio with Matthew Shaw's narration I was so excited to get it, as his narration on Easton's Howl At The Moon book series was wonderful. Shaw really gets into his performance, making animal sounds and singing. He puts a wide range of emotions into his voice and brings this story to life wonderfully. He started the book with a song which was surprising and delightful, he nailed the accents and tones of voice. In a way Robby, the actor running away from the thugs after witnessing a murder, is a very fitting character for audio narration. Not unlike the narrator himself, Robby takes on many roles and characters to hide is identity and it just fits the audio format so well.

Every character is well rounded, interesting and funny, there are many funny moments but also, hidden depths. Despite this book being a typical western the characters have a deeper sense of humanity and the men in particular a vulnerable side. Trace seemed at first a lazy selfish man, but the scars he carries from the past are much deeper and show his complexity. His family, PaPa and his brothers and sisters in law have secrets themselves but they are kind and loving people once Robby gets to know them. I liked the change he brings into their lives and they to his, and the way Easton managed to bring some of the emotional toll a gay man had to endure in that time. There are a few moments of quite talk between Trace and Robby that touched my soul with the longing these men had for a free life to be who they are.

Thrust into this dangerous situation and forced into a web of lies and deceit the passion and chemistry they share seems transient or that it will not last after Robby's pursuers are taken care of. There is also a lot of action, gunfights and the very real fear for Robby's life. This book has everything a western should have with the added depth of emotions Eli brought into the story and two very real men who just want a place in the world to call their own.
I enjoyed this book very much and the narration only enhanced it.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 07-08-18

A fun story, great narration.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is the first audiobook I've listen to by Matthew Shaw. He does a fantastic job with the different voices needed in this story. His voice has nice deep tones (higher, of course, when necessary) and is extremely easy and pleasing to listen to. Eli Easton's writing is great. The story is both funny and serious and really kept my attention while I was listening to it.

Forced to disguise himself as a woman in order to avoid the bad guys who are after him, Robby becomes Rowena, the mail order bride of Clovis Crabtree. Robby/Rowena catches the eye of Clovis' brother, Trace and he is puzzled by his reaction to her (he has never been attracted to women) until he finally figures out who Robby/Rowena is.

In his role as Rowena, Robby challenges the Crabtree men to behave better and stop treating their women as servants. There is a deliciously funny secret about an activity that the family enjoys which had me in stitches when it was revealed. Robby/Rowena's interactions with the Crabtree family are probably my favorite parts of the book. This is due, in no small part, to the great voices done by Matthew Shaw.

Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride was a seriously fun story to listen to and I'll be looking for more audiobook performances by Matthew Shaw as well as more stories from Eli Easton.

An copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • Ashley
  • 19-09-18

Fell Flat

The idea behind this book was interesting. I loved pretty much everything except for the ending. Since I hate spoilers, I'll just say that I was unsatisfied with how they got together in the end. It just left me feeling hollow and saying "Seriously?"

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  • renz
  • 16-09-18

A Must Listen

Great story development. All the characters came to life and experienced positive life changes from the interactions with the main character. The performance lived up to the story. Great narrator.

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  • Texan2
  • 01-09-18

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This was a fun read and the audio makes it even more fun. Matthew Shaw is new to me, but I would like to hear more from him.

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  • Trio
  • 31-08-18

Wonderful Story & Matthew Shaw is Perfect!

Eli Easton writes some of the most charming romances I’ve ever read and Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride hits the mark in the best possible way. The connection she creates between her characters is engaging and there’s no end to the interesting situations they find themselves in. Between Eli Easton’s captivating story, and Matthew Shaw’s stunning narration, this is one gosh darn terrific audiobook!

This story takes place in the mid 1800’s and Eli Easton manages to completely capture the mood of the period. The old-timey expressions she digs up are hilarious and add so much to the overall feel of the book. There’s a perfect blend of humor, romance, and action in this one. Fast paced and clever, I enjoyed every minute of Robby Riverton.

I love the delightful and very colorful cast of characters, though they’re all a bit stuck in their slovenly ways. In addition to their appalling manners, they don’t treat their women-folk well at all. As Robby infiltrates the Crabtree family as Rowena, he uses the talents he’s honed on the stage to wrap them all around his little finger. Thankfully they see the error of their ways once Rowena gets up the gumption to insist on some changes.

The attraction between Robby and Trace is immediate, and both men are surprised by its intensity. With everything they have going against them, waiting to see how Eli Easton was going to find a way for them to be together was the sweetest kind of torture. There’s not a ton of sex, but what’s here is raw and hot and incredibly intimate, and I loved watching them fall in love.

Matthew Shaw’s character voices are always creative, and his range never fails to impress me. He has the most wonderful variety for each person in Robby Riverton. Pa-Pa’s craggy cackle, the perfect drawls for the uncouth brothers, and I could listen to Trace’s smokey, sexy, sultry voice all day. The high pitched girly voices he uses for “the gals” and his Rowena voice, are just what I’d think a man would try to emulate, and it was hilarious.

Like all the Eli Easton novels I’ve read, Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride is a wonderful, feel good story. I think this might just be her best one yet, and delivered with Matthew Shaw’s impeccable narration, it’s a winner!

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  • Stacy Thompson
  • 29-08-18

Robby Riverton

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.

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  • AH
  • 24-08-18

Great audio experience of a great book!

I read this book when it came out several months ago, and it was an instant favorite. I'll read pretty much anything Eli Easton writes, but Robby Riverton was a great surprise and a fantastic story. It works really well in audiobook format; the length is perfect, the writing and action are snappy and come to life and Matthew Shaw does a great job with the performance, bringing every character to life.

This is like an old western with gunslingers and Wild West antics and I felt transported back to 1860’s America. Flat Bottom was so well-portrayed in the book when I read it, that listening to it come to life was like coming back to a familiar place. But nothing is done as well as the characters. I loved them all when reading, and Matthew Shaw makes them jump right off the page with his performance.

Trace is living his quiet, self-described lazy life as sheriff and trying to distance himself from his family while remaining close. Then Robby/Rowena shows up and it’s goodbye to their quiet, complacent lives. Trace’s family - Pa-Pa, Wayne, Roy and Clovis, the wives Marcy and Emma, and the kids - each of them were a delight. The family has a secret that the townsfolk of Flat Bottom shun and misunderstand them for, making them the outsiders in their hometown.

There are humor and sass to balance out the life-or-death plot, steam and romance where we need it, and threads of emotion carrying through the whole thing that tied the story up tight. This book and audiobook are ones I definitely recommend!