Staff Sergeant Austin Hall has a brilliant record in the Special Forces—except for one disastrous decision that cost his best friend’s life. Now he’s heading home to Chance Creek, Montana, where he’d like to spend the rest of his days in the obscurity of his family’s ranch. Too bad Great Aunt Heloise won’t hand the ranch over unless all four of the Hall brothers marry and one of them produces an heir within the year. Austin is too broken to marry for love, so he places an online ad for a fake wife. What could possibly go wrong?
Ella needs to leave Hollywood—fast. It’s bad enough another actress stole her fiancé—on national television. Now she’s ruined her comeback by decking her ex on a morning talk show. Pursued by paparazzi, Ella needs a new life, a new name and someplace to hide. When she reads Austin’s ad for a stand-in wife, she knows she can act this part perfectly. To the rest of the residents of Chance Creek, they’ll be a happily married couple. In private, they’ll just be roommates. In a year when she’d old news and the Hall brothers secure the ranch, she and Austin will quietly divorce and she’ll go on her way.
Or will she?
Austin’s already finding it hard to remember his promise never to love again. Ella’s finding it hard to keep her hands to herself. But when they’re asked make a back-up baby, Ella realizes she may have stepped into a lifetime role.
Can this pretend marriage go the distance?
My review: Having recently left the military to return home and help run the family ranch, with his brothers, Austin Hall knows he needs a wife because of his aunt’s inheritance stipulations. So, what does Austin do? He puts and add on the internet for a temporary wife.
Ella, is a beautiful, overwhelmed Hollywood actress who has been recently humiliated by her former a**hole of a finance. Ella makes a bad choice (one I applauded her for) that causes her to go into hiding. Both Austin and Ella agree to marry for their own personal gain. Ella would convince Austin’s family that their marriage is real. In return, Austin would give Ella a safe haven from the paparazzi. Clearly this wasn’t a realistic solution if they claimed they would keep their hearts out of it.
I liked the pace of this story and all the little bits of angst the author threw in. However, I was frustrated with Austin a bit. Sadly, he had some issues that he was still dealing with from something that happened during his time in Afghanistan. Of course I understood that his feelings were justified, however I felt that it took too long for him to move forward even a little. I was so happy for him once he realized that he was worthy of Ella’s love. Ella on the other hand knew she wanted a life with Austin from almost the beginning. Ella was strong willed and loyal. I loved that although she was hurt by the stresses of Hollywood and all that being famous entailed, Ella was never influenced by its selfishness and cruelty. “The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride,” was a sweet and heartwarming addition to the Heroes of Chance Creek Series. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention the chemistry they had going! That being said, I am looking forward to find out how the other Hall brothers catch their brides, especially Colt. There was a hint to that at the end of this book and I can already guess at the angst in that one. 4.5 Stars!!!