Title: The Bride
So here’s the deal. I’m sixteen and I’m getting married. Super weird, I know.
My dad is a cattle rancher in Montana. Or he was, until he died suddenly, leaving me an orphan (which is still a thing). I’m sixteen months away from being a legal adult, so I have two choices.
Foster home, or married. To Jake Talley. The foreman of the ranch and my best friend.
It’s legal. It solves all my problems. Except now I’m living with Riverbend’s hottest cowboy - my husband (in name only of course) - and I’m still in high school. Trust me, no one wants to date Weird Married Ellie.
But it’s cool. All we have to do is wait it out until I'm eighteen and we'll get a divorce. Then Jake and I will go back to being normal. We’ve got this.
I’m twenty-six, and I never saw this coming. Married. To a kid I’ve known her whole life. But there was no way in hell I was going to let her live at a foster home, instead of at the ranch where she belongs.
Sure we’re married but it’s not real. Just a piece of paper. My girlfriend is furious but I know I’m doing the right thing - for Ellie. For sixteen months, it’s me and her against the world - until the divorce.
No big deal.
Or is it?
Author: S. Doyle
Series: The Bride #1
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: April 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Western Romance
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The Bride had all the potential to be a bit creepy. A 26 year old man married a 16 year old girl and they live together on her remote ranch? Doyle handles the story so well that creepy is never an issue. Jake’s intentions really are the best and he’s more of a dad to Ellie than a husband for much of the book. I had one nagging question. Why didn’t Ellie petition to become an emancipated minor. Of course, that wouldn’t have worked nearly as well for the plot.
Doyle uses dual point of view and writes both characters well. Ellie isn’t a silly teen. She cares about boys, friends and her social life as much as she can but takes on a much more serious role when dealing with her ranch. Jake is honest with Ellie, his girlfriend and others in the story. He’s a hardworking, stand up kind of guy.
Throughout this short book, I kept expecting more of the romance, especially as Ellie neared her 18th birthday. Doyle sets the scenario for these two to move toward a deeper romance though and there’s no doubt the two are falling in love and becoming increasing attracted to each other. A twist at the end of the book ensures the two need each other longer for business reasons and sets the scene for the relationship to continue its course.
Doyle does an excellent job of portraying ranch life and the harsh Montana winters.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading The Wife.