Blackthorne’s Bride (Mail-Order Brides #4) by Joan Johnston

Blackthorne's Bride (Mail-Order Brides #4)

Published: July 25th 2017 

Publisher: Dell 

Length: 415 pages

My Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her; however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.

My Review:

Having read all the other books in this series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. Moving from America to England, this book brought the series to one of my favourite settings. This book had so many of my favourite themes, rags to riches, second chances, a marriage of convenience, and it is executed to perfection.

There are a limited number of sex scenes in this book. In my opinion, it could have done with a few more to add some serious heat to the story. Family is hugely important to our characters, and I loved getting a chance to see Josie’s siblings again as they sought to find her.

This was a fitting conclusion to the series, I can only hope the author expands the universe to include stories involving Marcus’ family.

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 

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