5 out of 5 Stars
Regan Anderson wants a baby, so much so that she’s quit her loan officer job, moved into a smaller apartment, is getting ready to start her own consulting business, and has an appointment for artificial insemination. What she doesn’t count on is the persistent Navy SEAL she began corresponding with one drunken night.
Mason Hall is about to be discharged from the Navy when he finds out he and his brothers have a chance to inherit their family’s ranch back from their eccentric aunt—but only if each of them marries within a year and one of them has a baby, in addition to getting the ranch back up and running. Mason is determined to fulfill all of the requirements, beginning with getting himself an e-mail order bride. Regan’s email intrigues him, and although she admits she isn’t really a contender in his search, she agrees to help him weed through his options. But Mason’s determination has served him well in his career. He’s not about to give up on what he wants so easily, and what he wants is Regan.
Bringing Regan to the ranch for a month appears to be the perfect idea. She’ll fall in love with Mason and the land at the same time. But Mason doesn’t count on the state of disrepair his uncle left the place in. It’s going to take a lot more than he and his brothers expected to get the place back up and running.
Regan does fall in love with the place and the man. Unfortunately Mason’s ready to throw in the towel. They’ll need to work together to make their dreams—a ranch, a marriage, and a baby—come true.
Let’s be honest: the premise is a bit overused these days. It’s tough to find an original spin on an online romance story. But The Navy SEAL’s E-mail Order Bride did just that. While Regan’s correspondence with Mason was not meant to start a romance (the last thing she was looking for), it was fun and playful and just right to get their relationship started. When their Skype sessions started, things turned up a notch, because what is attraction without some degree of physical desirability? And while the fact that Mason’s uncle owed so many people so much money and they didn’t bother to try to collect until Mason came to town may be a bit farfetched, it was easy to see the overall picture of throwing good money over bad on a risky venture.
The relationship between the main characters was well developed by the time they really needed to dig in and work together. Mason had just been discharged from the Navy and was still immersing himself in civilian life—a plot point that was nicely sprinkled throughout the story. When he broke down and decided saving the ranch was impossible, it was no stretch that Regan was ready to convince him otherwise. And her playful method of convincing him was just what he needed.
I loved how Mason looked to his parents’ relationship as a guide, and the similarities between that and his relationship with Regan. His determination to be an honorable man made me love him even more.
This happily ever after is a standalone book, but the quest to save the ranch hasn’t ended since all four brothers need to get married. Presumably that’s what the rest of the series is about. I don’t know that I’d read three more stories on the same premise, but I certainly loved reading this one!