Review: Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James

Protecting The Colton Bride

The Coltons of Oklahoma

Book Four


Elle James

304 Pages

Release Date: 09/01/2015

Publisher: Harlequin | Imprint: Romantic Suspense
Genre: Romance | Series RomanceRomantic Suspense
Series: The Coltons of Oklahoma

A cowboy’s marriage of convenience may lead to a deadly honeymoon in the latest from New York Times bestselling author Elle James

Protecting The Colton BrideWith his ranch in financial trouble, cowboy Daniel Colton makes the perfect proposal to Megan Talbot—a marriage of convenience to save his business and ensure she receives her inheritance. But spending night after night with the strawberry blonde beauty tests all boundaries of Daniel’s self-control. And when a killer targets his new bride, vying for her estate, it sets off all of his protective instincts. Daniel refuses to trade his honeymoon for a funeral. Now it’s a race against the clock to track down the culprit and protect the wife who’s starting to be so much more to him than just a business partner.


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First Impression: Well-written, with two main characters I liked, related to, and wanted to know more about and a suspense plot that intrigued from the start.

It’s not always easy to pull off a marriage of convenience story, especially one that started out with a somewhat forbidden love between a boss and employee, even if it was only in the boss’s head. But without question, Elle James did that and more in Protecting the Colton Bride, book four in the Harlequin Romantic Suspense series, The Coltons of Oklahoma.

As a born and raised native of Oklahoma and a frequent traveler to Tulsa and Oklahoma City, I’m always kind of leery when people write about my hometown area, and then I jump for joy when they get it right. This book made me miss all the things I love about Oklahoma, and made me long to go back there and see the sprawling ranches and beautiful horses again. I loved all the descriptions and the way the characters saw their surroundings made me love them even more.

In this story, Megan Talbot has taken a job working for Daniel Colton, the illegitimate son of Big J Colton, but thanks to a threat from her father to sell her own horses to a glue factory if she doesn’t come back to California and do as he wants, Megan must quit working for Daniel. Until Daniel comes up with the solution for them to marry in Vegas, solving both her problem and his. Because Daniel is trying to move his beloved Lucky C ranch into the horse breeding arena and he can’t quite do that if he doesn’t get the deal to mate his mares with a prized stud that will take the family ranch operation to the next level. Marriage to Megan could help as she comes from a family of horse-breeders, well-known horse-breeders at that.

I loved and enjoyed this book a lot. I obviously loved the setting because Oklahoma girl here, but I really loved the characters and the suspense in the book, too. All of it was well done and culminated in a really great read for me.

If you love marriage of convenience stories between a boss and employee with danger hovering around the heroine and the hero doing whatever it takes to protect her, Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James is a fantastic category romance that will make you long to visit Oklahoma and find your own Colton cowboy. Or maybe that’s just me? Either way, I recommend reading this book. It’s a great series romance, and an excellent addition to the Coltons of Oklahoma series.



Protecting The Colton Bride


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The Coltons of Oklahoma Series

Book One: Colton Cowboy Protector by Beth Cornelison
Book Two: Colton’s Cowboy Code by Melissa Cutler
Book Three: The Temptation of Dr. Colton by Karen Whiddon
Book Four: Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James

And coming soon:

Book Five: Second Chance Colton By Maria Ferrarella (October 2015)
Book Six: The Colton Bodyguard by Carla Cassidy (November 2015)


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Elle James, spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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