BRANDON’S BRIDE

LISA GARDNER writing as ALICIA SCOTT

Website:  http://lisagardner.com/

Publisher:  Signet; Reissue edition

Published Date: December 3, 2013

ISBN-10: 0451465563

ISBN-13: 978-0451465566

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for…

For years Brandon Ferringer has sought to untangle the mystery surrounding his father’s disappearance.  Now training as a hotshot—a seasonal wildland fire fighter—Brandon feels he’s on the verge of finally discovering the truth.  In need of temporary lodging, Brandon rents a room at a local farm, and is surprised when his attraction to the ranch’s alluring owner threatens to distract him from his mission.

Single mother Victoria Meese struggles to find time for herself in between raising her son, Randy, and running the Lady Luck Ranch. When she meets Brandon, she suddenly finds something to believe in again. But Brandon’s search for answers is about to turn dangerous, threatening their growing connection—and their very lives.

MY THOUGHTS:

Lisa Gardner, a well known crime novelist, is the author of Brandon’s Bride writing as Alicia Scott.  It is the third book in the “Family Secrets Trilogy.”  Brandon’s Bride can be read as a stand alone novel.  I read it as a stand alone without realizing it was part of a trilogy until after I began it.  Since I was already hooked, I continued reading and found I enjoyed it very much as a stand alone.  

In the “Family Secrets Trilogy,”  Brandon Ferringer and his two siblings have been on a quest for several years trying to untangle events leading to their father’s disappearance.  In Brandon’s Bride, Brandon follows a lead to a small town in Oregon and becomes a “hotshot” so he can secretly search for information about his father.  While in Oregon, Brandon needs housing and rents a room at a local ranch.  Brandon finds the ranch owner very attractive.  The feeling is mutual for owner, Victoria.  As their love affair grows, they become entangled in the Ferringer mystery and encounter several deadly situations that implicate Victoria’s ex-husband.

I found the plot of Brandon’s Bride predictable – but not in a bad way.  I feel that there is so much going on in this story with Brandon and Victoria individually, that making their love story twist and turn would have caused the plot to become very  complicated and the reader would have lost enjoyment.  Yes, it was predictable that two attractive people who are put together on a remote ranch would fall in love.  Thus, we have the love story of Brandon and Victoria.  With that being a “given,” readers can focus on the individual complications each character brings to the story through the Ferringer family mystery and Victoria’s past.

I found myself intrigued in both the danger Victoria and her family encounter from her ex-husband, and in the mystery of Brandon’s father’s disappearance.  Both story lines move along on individual threads that become intertwined in the end.  The predictable love story between Brandon and Victoria becomes “icing on the cake” to the suspenseful mystery that climaxes as Brandon completes his quest.    

RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Mild

REVIEWED BY:  Molly Waters

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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