The Navy SEAL’s E-Mail Order Bride
by Cora Seton
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?
Regan wriggled happily. She had landed on a page that showcased four men. Brothers, she saw, looking more closely—two of them identical twins. Each one seemed to represent a different branch of the United States military. Were they models? Was this some kind of recruitment ploy?
Practical Wives Wanted read the heading at the top. Regan nearly spit out a sip of her wine. Wives Wanted? Practical ones? She considered the men again, then read more.
Looking for a change? the text went on. Ready for a real challenge? Join four hardworking, clean living men and help bring our family’s ranch back to life.
Skills required—any or all of the following: Riding, roping, construction, animal care, roofing, farming, market gardening, cooking, cleaning, metalworking, small motor repair…
The list went on and on. Regan bit back at a laugh which quickly dissolved into giggles. Small engine repair? How very romantic. Was this supposed to be satire or was it real? It was certainly one of the most intriguing things she’d seen online in a long, long time.
Must be willing to commit to a man and the project. No weekends/no holidays/no sick days. Weaklings need not apply.
Regan snorted. It was beginning to sound like an employment ad. Good luck finding a woman to fill those conditions. She’d tried to find a suitable man for years and came up with Erik—the perennial mooch. That’s why she planned to get pregnant all by herself. There wasn’t anyone worth marrying in the whole city. Probably the whole state. And if the men were all worthless, the women probably were, too. She reached for her wine without turning from the screen, missed, and nearly knocked over her glass. She tried again, secured the wine, drained the glass a third time and set it down again.
What she would give to find a real partner. Someone strong, both physically and emotionally. An equal in intelligence and heart. A real man.
But those didn’t exist.
If you’re sick of wasting your time in a dead-end job, tired of tearing things down instead of building something up, or just ready to get your hands dirty with clean, honest work, write and tell us why you’d make a worthy wife for a man who has spent the last decade in uniform.
There wasn’t much to laugh at in this paragraph. Regan read it again, then got up and wandered to the kitchen to top up her glass. She’d never seen a singles ad like this one. She could see why it was going viral. If it was real, these men were something special. Who wanted to do clean, honest work these days? What kind of man was selfless enough to serve in the military instead of sponging off their girlfriends? If she’d known there were guys like this in the world, she might not have been so quick to schedule the artificial insemination appointment.
I loved this fantastic romance of a Navy Seal/rancher who to reclaim his family's ranch places an online ad for a wife. Mason is a strong and determined man who will do whatever it takes to get his family's ranch back even if it includes marriage. Mason and his three brothers are given conditions to meet in order to reclaim their family's Montana ranch. Each must marry within a year being the biggest condition. Regan is a NYC girl who has had it with her job and her feelings of aloneness. She quits the bank and moves to a studio apartment with the idea of opening her own consultation service and getting artificially inseminated. Regan jokingly and a little drunkenly answers Mason's ad for a wife and the two of them start communicating online. Regan and Mason on the surface are two total opposites but despite that, a relationship develops as they learn that they have many things in common. The courtship of these two fantastic characters drew me in from the beginning. I love Mason's determination and straightforwardness as well as Regan's humor and compassion. This story is well-written and I didn't want this wonderful couples story to end. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series as well as looking at other romances from this very talented author. I highly recommend this wonderful book of love! ~Booklover Sue
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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!
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