Monday, June 22, 2015

Married in Montana by Kirsten Osbourne @AuthorKOsbourne - Book Blitz, Review, and #Giveaway

Married in Montana
by Kirsten Osbourne
Series: At the Altar, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 16, 2015

Savannah is tired of the dating scene, even though she wants to get married and have a family. She knows her mother will never move on with her own life as long as Savannah is single. Savannah goes to see a matchmaker, specializing in setting up couples who meet at the altar. At first, she thinks Scott is a dream come true, but his blundering soon makes her crazy.

Scott, a Montana bison rancher, doesn't have time to find a wife. His work is all-encompassing. Besides, he tends to have a hard time getting women to go out with him more than once. When he runs into a matchmaker he's known all his life, he tells her about the problems he's had to see if she can help him. When he meets Savannah at the altar, his heart stops for a moment. She's exactly what he's looking for. Will their diverse backgrounds keep them apart? Or will they be able to work through their differences to make their marriage a loving relationship?

She looked at her husband. "A week?"

"On one condition," he said, not liking the idea of waiting but not willing to start their marriage on the wrong foot by insisting on his marital rights.

"What's that?"

"I get to try to convince you otherwise."

She smiled. "So you're going to constantly be asking me for sex?"

He grinned. "Oh, I'll be a little more subtle than that." He brought her hand to his lips, kissing the palm, his tongue sneaking out to touch her skin.

"I see." She nodded. "That's fair. I think it's a perfect compromise."

"So do I," he told her. "It sounds very fair to me."

"Is there a spare room I can use until our week is up?"

He frowned at that. He would have an easier time convincing her if they were sharing a bed, but he could see where that would give him an unfair advantage in their little game. "Yes, you can have any of the spare rooms you'd like."

"Thank you," she said simply. She felt like she was being a bad wife even asking, but she knew she'd feel like she was being a bad person if she jumped into bed with a total stranger the day she met him, even if he was her husband. "Tell me about the ranch."

He took the change of subject in stride, talking about the huge spread and the men who worked for him. "I have a foreman, but I'm out there sweating and working every day right along with my men." He eyed her. "Do you ride?"

She shook her head. "No. I wanted to when I was a girl, but after my father died, we just didn't have the money for any extras. Mom worked, but it wasn't the same as both of them working."

She heard a buzzing from her purse, and opened it, taking out her phone. "My mother's texting me." She handed him the phone so he could read the message for himself.

Scott laughed, reading the message aloud. "'Has he killed you yet? If he has, please don't answer this. If not, please give me a call so I know you're all right.' I think you should call her."

I just loved this modern day twist on the mail-order bride. It was so much fun watching Savannah and Scott try to carve out their life…especially when their first date was at the altar! This story takes us from New York to Montana where two people who have never met must carve out their new lives as husband and wife.

Scott and Savannah were a great couple – even though there were certainly some bumps in the road to them finding their way to happiness. Savannah has a bit of a temper and has no issues calling Scott out when he has some unrealistic expectations and does some pretty silly things. Scott is pretty clueless when it comes to romance, and even though he thinks he’s being a proper husband…boy does he have some things to learn. From unrealistic expectations that Scott has from his perception of his parent’s marriage, to Savannah’s lack of patience at time when it comes to Scott’s mis-steps, these two could certainly set off sparks. Scott could be very frustrating with some of his expectations, but he certainly more than made up for his gaffs as he and Savannah worked through the growing pains of their marriage.

The supporting characters were wonderful and really helped shape the story. Dr. Simpson, the founder of Matchrimony who paired the two up, was a great sounding board for Savannah as she tried to navigate some of the more serious issues that came up. Scott’s foreman, Jesse Fields, was great at letting Scott know just how far off the mark some of his ideas of romance were, as well as offering some insight into the past and the reality of the relationship that Scott’s parent had. I also loved Savannah’s mother – she always cracked me up, and I loved getting to see her find her own HEA.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the storytelling and dialogue. This was a quick, light read that had minimal heat, but definitely lots of sparks between two characters that were trying to find their way in an arranged marriage. This is one I would recommend to just about anyone!

USA Today Bestselling author, Kirsten Osbourne, has always known she would eventually be a writer.

She penned her first book in a spiral notebook when she was ten and has been writing ever since. As Kirsten she writes both historical and contemporary romance, with a humorous flair. As Morganna Mayfair, she ventures into the realm of paranormal historical romance. Kirsten lives in Texas with her husband of over fifteen years, their son, and a crazed mutt. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy and make believe where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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