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The Bridegroom [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Lael Miller
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July 28 2009 Stone Creek Novels
#1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller returns to the Arizona frontier in a tale of passion, adventure and dangerous promises…. 

Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro is renowned for stopping outlaws almost before they commit a crime. But now he must stop a wedding—despite the bride's resistance. Lydia Fairmont will lose everything if she doesn't honor her betrothal to a heartless banker. Unless she marries someone else instead…whether it's a love match or not. 

Determined to honor his own decade-old promise to help Lydia, Gideon carries her off to Stone Creek and makes her his reluctant wife. Forget a honeymoon for "show"—not with a vengeful ex-fiancé on their trail and a hired gun on the loose. But there just might be hope for the marriage…and two hearts meant for each other.
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"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Miller has created unforgettable characters and woven a many-faceted yet coherent and lovingly told tale." –Booklist on McKettrick's Choice

"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance."

-RT Book Reviews

"Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller's newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Summer

"Miller's down-home, easy-to-read style keeps the plot moving, and she includes...likable characters, picturesque descriptions and some very sweet pets."

-Publishers Weekly on Big Sky Country

"A delightful addition to Miller's Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic...this story [is] especially entertaining."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Mountain

"A passionate love too long denied drives the action in this multifaceted, emotionally rich reunion story that overflows with breathtaking sexual chemistry."

-Library Journal on McKettricks of Texas: Tate

"Miller's prose is smart, and her tough Eastwoodian cowboy cuts a sharp, unexpectedly funny figure in a classroom full of rambunctious frontier kids."

-Publishers Weekly on The Man from Stone Creek

"Miller's return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero's struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it's easy to empathize with the heroine's desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale."
-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky River

"Miller's third Stone Creek novel gets as hot as the noontime desert. Miller's portrayal of Sarah as a strong, independent woman sets this novel apart from customary tales of the damsel in distress and the rescuing hero...Well-developed, personable characters and a handful of loose ends will leave readers anticipating future installments." --Publishers Weekly on The Rustler --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Linda Lael Miller is the author of seventy historical and contemporary romance novels, many of which are set in the American West. She was awarded the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a great read, July 3 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this read to all western fans Aug. 27 2014
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Always a pleasure reading about the Wild West but Linda Lael Miller puts a little spice in her books and lots of sentiment in the characters. I recommend this read to all western fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bridegroom July 28 2009
By W - Published on Amazon.com
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I have waited for this installment of the Stone Creek series because I was intrigued by the promise young Gideon made to little Lydia Fairmont in A Wanted Man. The excerpt was promising. The story started off well ... but went nowhere in a hurry.

I liked the premise of Gideon rescuing Lydia from a horrible fiancee and bringing her (and her elderly aunts and housekeeper) to Stone Creek where he is to start an undercover job at the mine. Mining is a dangerous job, but Lydia never questions his safety or why such an educated man takes a job such as that. The lack of communication between Gideon and Lydia was depressing and made it hard to believe they fell in love throughout the course of the story. They were so lively as children that it was hard to believe the lackluster adults they had become.

It was nice to see many characters from earlier books but it almost seemed they appeared to fill a quota of book length, because several of them seemed to have no purpose. Actually, much of the book seemed to have no purpose. The plot promises suspense which never quite happens and several scenes in the book greatly resemble Ms. Miller's earlier stories. I had to force myself to finish reading the book, so this will be the last LLM purchase for me. Thanks for the good stories over the years, but I think it's time for me to move on.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly Awaited Bridegroom July 30 2009
By Karen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been waiting for this book for a long time. I knew when Gideon gave Lydia the letter to send to him if she was ever in trouble when they were children that a good book could be made when they were adults. I love the characters in the Stone Creek series, but I was disappointed in the length. There could have been more discussions between Gideon and his brothers about the mine and his conscience changing as he got to know the miners and their families. Lydia also needed to ask more questions about why he was working in a mine when he had a college education and two brothers in town who could give him a better job.

The book was too short. I did enjoy the talk about the missing twin brothers and hope and expect a new Stone Creek novel about them. I hope it is much longer and that the plot and characters are developed with more care. Linda is writing too many books too fast and her books are suffering. What could have been a 5 will get only 3 or 4.

I would still recommend this book because it continues the story of Rowdy and Wyatt. Sam O'Ballivan is also in the book, but doesn't say much. I liked the relationship between Lydia, Lark, and Sarah. I already wanted Gideon and Lydia to have a HEA after reading "A Wanted Man". I believe to really enjoy this book you would have to have read all of the Stone Creek series. It really doesn't stand alone.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridegroom Oct. 26 2009
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
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When Lydia Fairmont finds herself in trouble, there's only one person she can turn to for help. Unfortunately, Lydia hasn't seen Gideon Yarbro in years. Lydia sends her letter anyway, and at the very last minute, Gideon arrives. The hasty decision Gideon makes to get Lydia out of trouble changes their lives, and not all for the better. Gideon may be married to sweet Lydia now, but he has an angry fiancé to deal with, and a dangerous job waiting for him back home in Stone Creek. Lydia loves Gideon, but she doesn't want to be wife in name only and Gideon doesn't think he can stay and keep Lydia out of danger. Will Gideon and Lydia have the chance to make their marriage a real one?

The Bridegroom's rich sensuality and authentic Old West storyline is classic Linda Lael Miller. While Gideon struggles with his decisions, his brothers Rowdy and Wyatt try to steer him in the right direction, reminding him that the love of a good woman is worth fighting for. Lydia is full of sweet fire and Gideon's sexy grin could melt any woman's heart. The Bridegroom is page after page of angst, excitement, and sizzling passion.

Nannette
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but I still loved it! Sept. 1 2009
By Susie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Linda Lael Miller. She is one of my favorite authors. Now, The Bridegroom, was not my favorite book by her (by a long shot), but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it. She has great heroes and heroines, and her books just have great charm to them. They are usually light, but there is a lot of warmth to them.

This book is Gideon's story, younger brother to Wyatt in The Rustler. In this story, Lydia Fairmont, a childhood friend of Gideon's, must marry a despicable banker if she wants to keep her family home. Seeing as her two widowed aunts live with her, she knows that she must go through with the marriage for their sake. But she is secretly hoping that Gideon will come rescue her before the marriage. Gideon made her promise to mail him a letter asking for help if she ever needed him for anything. So she does mail the letter, but it is down to the wire. The day before her wedding, Gideon shows up.

Lydia feels like it is too late though so Gideon has to kidnap her and take her to Stone Creek where his brothers live. He has just taken a job as a miner in Stone Creek, but is really doing some undercover work for the owners of the mine. But when they get to Stone Creek, his brother convinces him to marry Lydia for her sake and reputation, and so has to prevent him from going to jail for kidnapping Lydia. What starts out as a marriage of convenience for both of them, soon turns into a love match. Gideon can't stop thinking about his virgin bride, especially with both of them sharing a bed at night. But Gideon knows that once is job is complete, he will be leaving town. Or maybe he won't if Lydia can make him fall in love with her. I really enjoyed this story! 5 stars!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much attention? Aug. 25 2010
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book is a good read. It goes by pretty fast, as all of LLM's books do. I always enjoy her books. One thing I did notice that was way off was that in A Wanted Man, Nell Baker (the aunt) was referred to as Lydia's maternal aunt, but in The Bridegroom, she becomes the paternal aunt. Maybe LLM forgot what she wrote in the previous book. I only know this because I read A Wanted Man right before The Bridegroom so I caught the mistake. I think something went wrong there! Regardless, I always like reading LLM's books, the good ones and not so good ones.
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