Title: The Stolen Suitor
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Chris Ramsey, Jeremy Crassen
Sub-Genre: Western, Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
His future was set until a thief stole his heart.
All of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, knows local dandy Chris Ramsey will marry Trix Stubben, young widow and heir to the richest ranch in the area. But one woman isn’t too keen on the idea. Mabe Crassen wants to get her hands on that ranch, so she sets her older son to court Trix, and her younger son, Jeremy, to distract Chris and lure him astray.
Jeremy Crassen thinks his mother’s scheme is crazy. But he wants desperately to go off to college, which Mabe will agree to—if he seduces Chris. How will shy, virginal, secretly gay Jeremy attract Chris, who seems determined to do the right thing and marry Trix? Jeremy can’t compete with a rich female widow. Or can he?
The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton is a sexy and fast-paced read from start to finish. I totally fell for these characters and was intrigued by the story they had to tell.
I was immediately interested in the relationship between Jeremy and Chris. Because Jeremy grew up with a bully for an older brother and because he was born on the wrong side of the tracks, he’s been often overlooked and misunderstood. On the other hand, Chris was very popular and had many friends. When they were younger, Chris didn’t notice Jeremy much at all, but now that Jeremy seems determined to get noticed and to be flirtatious with Chris, Chris can’t seem to keep his sudden attraction and interest in the younger man at bay.
I don’t want to spoil this story but I will say I really like the ongoing conflict these characters have. Each character really does a lot of self-growth and evolves as a person as their story progresses. I liked how these men truly grew to like, respect and love each other. I found myself quite enchanted by this book and truly hated to see it come to an end.
The Stolen Suitor is one of my favorite reads this year. I hope the author will continue to write more about these characters and more about the hometown they live in. I truly loved this book and can’t recommend it high enough.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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